A monthly update from the Whittier Union High School DIstrict.
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July 2022


Dear Whittier Union High School District community,
We hope that you have had an enjoyable summer, filled with relaxation, fun and time spent with friends and family. This summer break has gone by quickly and the first day of school is right around the corner. We are thrilled to welcome our students back to campus for the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 17 to kick off the 2022-23 school year.
We are excited to announce that we will be holding our annual Freshmen First Day on Tuesday, Aug. 16. This event aims to ease the transition into high school for students and encourages them to build connections with each other to help ensure they can have the best and most impactful high school experience. Freshmen First Day includes activities such as meet-and-greets with teachers, walkthroughs of class schedules and the campus, games and student performances to help incoming freshmen become more acclimated with their new schools.
We are also delighted to share that eight of our Whittier Union High School District teachers have been awarded $25,000 grants by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for their commitment to maintaining high teaching standards for underrepresented students at high-priority schools. I would like to personally congratulate these teachers for achieving such a great honor, representing our District and mission and shining a light on the truly incredible educators at Whittier Union.
Thank you to the community for your continuous support and commitment to doing Whatever It Takes to ensure our District and students continue to “Achieve and Maintain Excellence.” I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Dr. Monica Oviedo

Eight Whittier Union Teachers Receive $25,000 National Board Certified Teacher Grants

Reflecting the Whittier Union High School District commitment to provide equity for every student and maintain high teaching standards, eight teachers have been awarded $25,000 grants by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as part of a statewide incentive program to retain and train National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) to teach at high-priority schools throughout California.

The grants will be spread out over five years, with the recipients receiving $5,000 annually beginning July 1, 2022. To receive the grant, the recipients – who are all National Board Certified teachers – have agreed to continue teaching at their schools for five years. The grants will be paid through the California Department of Education.

The recipients are: Lindsey Garcia, California High School (physical education and guided studies); Julie Tonkovich, California High School (visual arts); Laura Mejia Torres, California High School (world languages); Virginia Glasscock, California High School (biology and chemistry); Rebecca Doran, California High School (special education); Mark Quintero, California High School (art and English); Josh Rear, California High School (English); and Robin Hernandez, Whittier High School (economics and world history).

In addition to the grants, the NBCT program will provide stipends of $2,500 to any teacher who initiates the process of pursuing National Board Certification while teaching at a high-priority school. A high-priority school is defined as a school with 55% or more students classified as an English language learner, foster youth, or free and reduced lunch eligible. 
Whittier Union Summer Highlights
Santa Fe High School

Santa Fe High School’s yearbook team has earned national recognition as part of the Jostens Look Book. Way to go, Chiefs!

HERE to see more!

Whittier High School

Whittier High School has named one of their main entrance gates “Coach’s Gate,” in recognition of Walter Scott, a Whittier High retired coach.

HERE for more!

California High School

This month, California High School’s Dance Team participated in “Hell Week” to prepare for various events and activities that will take place during the 2022-23 school year.

HERE to learn more about the team!

Pioneer High School

Pioneer High School’s Cheer Team has been busy all summer long preparing for the new school year and cheer season, practicing new routines, drills and learning the fundamentals of stunting.

Visit the team’s
social media to see more!

La Serna High School

La Serna High School’s Football Team competed in the 2022 Marina Tournament, bringing home the “Surf City Challenge” win and securing the title as tournament champs. La Serna beat their opponent 22-12 in the finals.

HERE to see more and stay up to date on the team during the new school year!

Whittier Union Adult School

Fall Quarter 1 classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Whittier Union Adult School. Students who enroll will have the opportunity to take part in career technical education job training courses and citizenship classes.

HERE to view the 2022-23 Fall Quarter 1 schedule!

Sierra Vista High School

Sierra Vista High School is proud to welcome Jonathan Blanco, who will serve as a full-time intervention counselor in the 2022-23 school year. Blanco was a part-time counselor during the 2021-22 school year and, due to enrollment growth at Sierra Vista, was selected as the school’s full-time counselor.

“I will forever be grateful for my amazing family and friends who supported my journey to become a school counselor,” Blanco said. “I am excited to be a part of the Sierra Vista staff and look forward to becoming acquainted with all of you.”


Frontier High School

Frontier High School’s Edgar Godoy has overcome academic obstacles while enrolled at Frontier High and, after completing three nine-week quarters, Godoy has become the school’s first graduate from the Class of 2023.

“Our Frontier staff is extremely proud of Edgar for completing all Whittier Union graduation requirements,” Assistant Principal Richard Rodriguez said. “When he arrived at Frontier High in October of his senior year, he was more than a year behind in credits. Now, less than a year later, we are celebrating him as the school’s first graduate of the 2022-23 school year. Edgar has developed a strong work ethic, which will benefit him in his future community college endeavors.”

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