Whittier Union High School District

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Whittier Union High School District Safety Update

The news that police arrested a predator who had approached two of our Sierra Vista freshman students serves as a stark reminder that all students - at any age, in every community - need to be wary of people they don't know. Each day we work to prepare our students for life beyond high school by teaching them critical thinking and decision making along with subject-based instruction. But with this incident, we are also reminded that life skills include the consistent reminders that we need to be cautious and aware of those around us. We are all fortunate to live in a safe community; but this happens in all communities, so we all need to be mindful.

 
We will continue to maintain safe and secure campuses. We ensure all visitors must sign in with campus security at the entrance of the school. It is important to note that the predator never entered the Sierra Vista campus. Our campus security teams, which include a school police officer, dean, campus security staff, counselors and administrators on each campus, work diligently to maintain campuses that are safe for students, staff, parents and community members. We are also working with our teachers and staff to remind students of the care and precautions they must take if approached by individuals not known to them on the way to and from school and in the community. We are sending Teleparent calls to our families to ensure they know what has happened and are asking them to help us spread this message of safety to their children. 

 -- Sandra Thorstenson, Superintendent

 
Reflecting on Paul Lee
Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson reflects on the life of beloved student Hun Joon Lee, who teachers, staff and students knew affectionately as “Paul,” the impact he has had on the entire Whittier Union High School District community, and collective responsibility to protect all children, especially those who are vulnerable, in an Op-Ed that appeared in the Whittier Daily News on Oct. 4. Please click here to read more.
 
Health Insurance Coverage Information for Students & Families  
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LCAP Information  
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) will be the new guide for the district's expenditure of state funding and parent input is needed. Click here for more information To read the LCAP, click here To read an overview of the LCAP, click here.
  
Superintendent’s Message - Winter 2015-2016
Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson shares the many wonderful accomplishments the District has celebrated, modernization efforts at campuses District-wide and the creation of the District's new Educational Foundation. Click here to read the message.
 
NEW - WUHSD 2015-2016 Winter Newsletter
Check out WUHSD's Winter Newsletter, which features student, staff and teacher success stories from throughout our District, as well as updates on our LCAP development and extensive modernization of campus classrooms and facilities. Click here to read the newsletter. Click here for the Spanish newsletter.
 
  Monthly WUHSD Update: January 2016
Check out the latest news and events happening at our high schools! Click here to read our latest update. An archive of all District newsletters is available here.
 
 2015 Report to the Community 
WUHSD students are reaching increasingly higher levels of academic achievement as the result of the District’s focus on its “Whatever It Takes” initiative. The 2015 Report to the Community provides new, detailed information on the District’s academic improvement as well as a budget overview and summary of its ongoing program to modernize facilities. Click here to download the report. 

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  • Inspirational Cal High Student Leader Celebrated for Beating the Odds

    California High School student leader Sophia Aldecoa is a homecoming princess who dreams of one day becoming a brain surgeon. But fulfilling these lifelong goals has not come easy for the 18-year-old, who once grappled with a low self-esteem that stemmed from growing up in a difficult home. Still, the shy youngster never wavered from the high expectations she set for herself, persevering personally and academically while at Cal High, where she has been named a Top 100 Student for four consecutive years. Aldecoa was recently recognized with an Award of Merit by the Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees.

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  • Whittier Union Embraces Collaboration through LCAP Development

    With the valuable input of stakeholders from the Whittier Union community, the District has begun the process of updating its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), a three-year guide required under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) that provides districts with flexibility on how to best address the needs of students. Community meetings will be held on March 2 and April 14.

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  • Whittier Union Launches Official Facebook Page

    To further strengthen community outreach and communication efforts among the school district community, the Whittier Union High School District has launched its official Facebook page, where it will distribute up-to-date news and information about its schools, activities and District initiatives.

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  • Financial Hardships No Obstacle for Santa Fe High Senior Who Wins Full-Ride Scholarship

    Daisy Nahoul has faced significant hardships in her 18 years, including living out of a car as her family coped with financial difficulties. However, instead of letting her situation determine her future, the Santa Fe High School senior saw it as a challenge – one that would push her to unprecedented academic heights at the top of her class. She has been awarded a $70,000-a-year QuestBridge Scholarship to the University of Chicago. She will be the first in her family to go to college.

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  • Whittier Union to Obtain Stakeholder Input for Selection of Next Superintendent

    The Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees decided is gather written and oral comments from a wide array of sources and stakeholders within the school district community prior to selecting its new executive leader. As part of the process, the school community and public are invited to submit written comments through an online survey available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/H8LV8RS through Friday, Jan. 29.

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Announcements

  • Home School Lookup
    Are you new to the area and not sure which high school you will attend, try the new home school lookup tool click here.
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  • Open Enrollment 2016-17 
    Open Enrollment Dates:
    January 25, 2016 - February 5, 2016
     
    For more information or to apply, please click here
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  • Please make sure to complete the Parent Survey so your input can help improve our school.
     
    WUHSD Parent Survey in English:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WUHSDparent

    WUHSD Encuesta para Padres en Español:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EsPar 

     
     
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  • 2015-2016 Academic Calendar
    Click here for the recently published WUHSD 2015-2016 Academic Calendar.
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  • Questions about Pertussis (Whooping Cough)?
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    Supplemental Educational Services/Servicios Educativos Suplementarios (SES) 
    Click here for the SES Application
    Click here for FAQs regarding SES
    Oprima aquí para ver la solicitud SES 
    Oprima aquí para ver las Preguntas Frecuentes de SES
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  • Covered California
    Enrollment Ends February 15 for Covered California
     
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  • District  Operating Hours
    District offices are open from 7:30am-4pm
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  • Attention Working Students
    Please click here  for Work Permit information. 
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  • District Newsletters
    Interested in what's going on at Whittier Union? The district newsletters are a great way to find out. Click here for the current newsletter, as well as our full archives. 
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