Pioneer High was the host site of this year’s Team Science Summer Camp, a three-week program providing 350 students from five counties and 44 cities throughout Southern California with fun, hands-on science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) activities. The annual program concluded on Friday, July 31.
In anticipation of another rigorous year at the Whittier Union High School District, instructors spent their summer months attending professional development workshops at the Sierra Education Center, breaking into teams and setting an ambitious agenda designed to continually enhance teacher development and student achievement. This work will help prepare students for the Smarter Balanced tests, which assess students’ understanding of content under the rigorous California Standards. All 11th-grade students will complete the exams in the spring.
Recent Santa Fe High School graduate Anthony Ayala as selected as one of 2015’s top three high school monologists by the Educational Theater Association, the nation’s preeminent professional association for theater education, during a performance at the International Thespian Festival. The accolades awarded to Ayala at the June festival at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln marked the culmination of a distinguished portfolio of work at Santa Fe, from the starring role in “Macbeth” to student director of plays.
Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal. At least that’s the case for Stephen Zavala, a 2011 Whittier High School graduate who was recently selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 37th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Zavala – a star catcher on the Whittier High Cardinals Baseball team and member of Whittier College’s 2015 graduating class – has already signed a contract and reported to St. Louis’ Class A minor league affiliate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Whittier Union High School District teacher leaders and administrators recently shared a compelling overview of District academic culture, centering on student assessments and teacher leadership as it transitions to the new California Standards, to a prestigious group of visiting administrators, researchers and policymakers.