2013 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 2013 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.
A mock 9-1-1 broadcast blared through Santa Fe High School’s PA system during the late morning of April 1, alerting students that the “Every 15 Minutes” program had officially begun. The two-day program presents the devastating consequences of drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel by incorporating realistic scenarios, beginning with a simulated auto crash. Held in front of the school, the staged crash involved a Santa Fe High student “fatality” and an “injured” student who was transported via ambulance to a local hospital.
When Jesse Sanchez began attending Frontier High School, he hadn’t stepped foot in a classroom in more than a year and was nearly two years behind in his coursework. In July 2013, the teenage father enrolled as a junior in Frontier with just 30 credits under his belt. With the support of Frontier teachers and staff, Jesse flourished in his new home, becoming an active member on the Associated Student Body, serving on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council and earning more than enough credits to graduate three months ahead of schedule. He was recently recognized by the Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees for his perseverance and dedication.
More than 300 California High School students sat in silence in their school gym as Holocaust survivor Peter Daniels told the harrowing tale of his childhood in Nazi Germany and the two years he was held in a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Daniels, however, wasn’t in the room when he was garnering the students’ attention and taking their questions during the March 11 event. He was at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, talking to them through Skype, an online video chatting application.
Whittier Union’s Frontier High School has been recognized by the California Department of Education as a Model Continuation High School for providing an academically rigorous program that has helped close the achievement gap among student groups taking the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and given at-risk students the environment they need to flourish.
Pioneer High School senior Aneliza Ruiz has always enjoyed the arts, culture and theater, becoming a talented actress and developing a knack for memorization and an ability to think on her feet. Those skills have propelled her to excel in one of her other passions: speech and debate. On March 4, Aneliza competed against 25 master speakers in the ACSA Region 15 Student Oratory Contest. She was one of six winners selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship.