A monthly update from the Whittier Union High School DIstrict.
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August 2016


It’s hard to believe that our summer break is over and it is time once again to begin a new school year. This year holds many exciting beginnings for us as we welcome over 2,800 new students who will spend the next 720 days – or four years – on our District campuses. As we begin the 2016-17 school year, we will work every day to provide the best 720-day experience our students can imagine, and when they are through, have them look back upon their time in our schools knowing that they are better because they attended a Whittier Union high school. 

Hundreds of Whittier community members on Aug. 12 converged on the California High School campus to celebrate the dedication and grand opening of Whittier Union’s second 7,000-seat District stadium – this one named in honor of visionary educational leader and former superintendent, Sandra Thorstenson. The $20 million facility, built with proceeds from the District’s $75 million Measure W facilities bond, was dedicated as Sandra Sanchez Thorstenson Stadium. The District stadium will be shared among California, La Serna and Whittier high schools and features an all-weather track, renovated soccer fields, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, junior varsity and varsity baseball and softball fields, and concession areas. To see photos of the celebration and new facility, click here

Frontier High School on Aug. 30 held its first Student Awards Night of the year, recognizing 14 students for their outstanding performance on the state's new standardized tests taken this spring; 16 students for achieving perfect attendance during the July summer session; 33 Top Producers for their academic performance in the July summer session; and three students for excelling in their credit production during the summer session. Altogether, more than 50 Frontier students were celebrated for their accomplishments.

La Serna High School sophomore Briana Chacon, a fast-rising, 14-year-old golfer, recently competed in the 116th U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship – the premier amateur tournament in the country. The tournament ran in early August at the Rolling Green Golf Course in Springfield, Pennsylvania. Playing mostly against college players, Chacon was just one of seven players to advance to the championship from a field of 84 players in a qualifying tournament in June at the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier. She finished in a three-way tie for fifth place during the qualifying round. Chacon, who turns 15 in October, is already drawing attention from Division I college programs across the country, including UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, Stanford, Texas Christian and Virginia.

The Pioneer High School Associated Student Body (ASB) hosted its annual Welcome Back Assembly, themed "90s Cartoons," on Aug. 26 for 1,450 members of the student body, who enjoyed performances by the school's award-winning drill team, pepsters, dance company, color guard and choir. Fall sports teams and seven new teachers were also introduced. The assembly concluded with the revelation of this year's Homecoming thing - “Around the World in One Night.” Homecoming will begin with a night pep rally featuring performances, competitions and presentation of the Homecoming Court at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. The Homecoming tailgate, featuring a performance by the 80s All Starz, will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at the entrance of the Dick Torres Memorial Stadium. The Titans will play Inglewood High School at 7 p.m. at the stadium.

Whittier Union kicked off the 2016-17 school year on Aug. 16, giving more than 2,800 members of the Class of 2020 a preview of what the next 720 days – or four years – of their high school careers will be like. To eliminate any first-day jitters before the official start of school on Aug. 17, each comprehensive high school welcomed freshmen with opening pep rallies with colorful balloons, spirited music and displays of Condor, Lancer, Titan, Chieftain and Cardinal pride as part of Freshman First Day. At Santa Fe High School, 592 freshmen were greeted by nearly 100 student leaders, including Link Crew juniors and seniors who will serve as mentors to the students during their first year at the school. Click here to read more. 

A crowd of Whittier High School art students and their families erupted in cheers on Aug. 5 as they unveiled murals depicting the history of the community and school, a montage of vivid images that celebrate civil rights advocacy, football heroes, Vietnam War protests, technology advances and the school’s iconic Cardinal mascot. The Centennial Cardinals Mural Project displays 17 murals, each 5 feet by 5 feet, in an 80-foot tunnel that connects two parts of the Whittier High campus. Each mural represents a decade in the community’s history. Students pored through archives underneath the Whittier High School Library and at the Whittier Museum to research decades from 1900 to the current day, with the best designs from more than 30 students chosen. Click here to view a video of the unveiling.
Leighton Anderson
Martin J. Plourde

Tim Schneider
Loring Davies 

Dr. Ralph S.


Dr. Monica Oviedo 



Kevin Jamero 

Jeff Baird

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