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East Whittier City School District

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  • 14535 E. Whittier Blvd., Whittier CA, 90605 • 562-907-5900
  • East Whittier City School District serves students through 10 elementary schools and four middle schools. The District, in partnership with parents, endeavors to motivate, inspire, and encourage all students to use their unique potentials to reach their highest level of academic achievement and emotional and physical well-being.

  • Superintendent: Mary Branca
  • Board of Trustees: Paul Gardiner, president; Chrstine Chacon Sullivan, vice president; Armando Urteaga, clerk; Dimitri Elbling, member; Carlos Aparicio, member
  • 2015-16 Enrollment: 8,891

Elementary School Instructor Named East Whittier Teacher of the Year

Ocean View Elementary School second-grade teacher Machae Tessier has been named East Whittier City School District Teacher of the Year for 2017-18. Tessier, who joined the District in 1993, has worked at Ocean View since 1997 and serves as the school’s California State Standards lead teacher for primary grades, as well as Ocean View’s language arts matrix committee chair. Tessier also assists Ocean View colleagues in identifying individual strengths and talents. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

East Whittier City Schools Hold Groundbreaking to Launch Bond Projects

East Whittier City School District will host a groundbreaking and bond program launch ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, June 16 to kick off the first facilities improvements funded by Measures R and Z, passed by local voters in November 2016. This summer, the District will improve La Colima Elementary School’s kindergarten playground, while providing fencing, painting, roofing, flooring and asphalt upgrades at four East Whittier City schools. The ceremony is at La Colima Elementary, 11225 Miller Road, Whittier. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

Mulberry Elementary School Students Plant Tree In Memory of Whittier Police Officer

Follow-up Story: Students at East Whittier City School District’s Mulberry Elementary School planted a camphor tree and presented a $500 check to the family of fallen Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer in a special ceremony on May 23. Mulberry student council members led a Loose Change Drive that raised over $700, some of which paid for a plaque honoring Boyer. Eric Borunda, an arborist for the City of Santa Fe Springs and whose son is a Mulberry fifth-grader, donated the tree on behalf of the city. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

East Whittier Students Explore Engineering by Launching Rockets

Follow-up Story: Sixth- and seventh-graders at East Whittier City School District’s Hillview Middle School combined lessons from science and math to launch water-fueled rockets on May 24 as part of the school’s STEM program. Seventh-grade science teacher Marc Rizzo has hosted the launch for the last five years. This year, science and math classes were combined to demonstrate the connections between subjects. Science students designed and tested the rockets; math students calculated velocity and overall success rates. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

New Principal to Lead Hillview Middle School

Follow-up Story: East Whittier City School District has named David S. Herrera as principal of Hillview Middle School, replacing Wendy Davio, who is retiring. Herrera, who has spent 20 years as a teacher and administrator, is a champion of student achievement, parent engagement, resources for STEM classes and programs, and pathways to college. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

East Whittier City Appoints New Superintendent

Board of Education members named Capistrano Unified administrator Marc Patterson as East Whittier City School District’s next superintendent at their May 22 meeting at the District office. Patterson replaces Mary Branca, who is retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

East Whittier Named to California Honor Roll for Commitment to Narrowing Achievement Gap

East Whittier City School District has been named a California Honor Roll School District by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). East Whittier is one of 20 California school districts to be named to the honor roll in 2016. This is the fifth consecutive year EWCSD has been named an Honor Roll school district. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

Middle School Students Win County Awards for Films Focused on Bullying, Access to Tech

Video production students from Hillview and Granada middle schools have each won two 2017 Los Angeles County Office of Education Digital Voice Awards, recognizing their digital expertise. The student-produced public service announcements address issues such as digital equity, bullying and literacy, winning in the categories of Character Education and Technical Arts. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

East Whittier City Students Display Art Influenced by the Masters

Sculptures inspired by Pablo Picasso and metal embossing influenced by Vincent van Gogh are among dozens of installations created by K-8 students at East Whittier Unified’s annual Student Art Show at the Whittier Art Gallery, 8035 Painter Ave., Whittier. The show closes April 29. Media contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell) Media Contact: Media contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

East Whittier School Awarded California Gold Ribbon for Promoting Engagement, Civic Education

Granada Middle School has been named a California Gold Ribbon School for strengthening student and parent engagement, instilling high academic standards and fostering a supportive culture that has significantly reduced student disciplinary issues. Granada’s Matador LEAD (Leadership through Engagement, Action and Determination) initiative, implemented in 2013, was singled out for its civic education awareness and parent, family and community engagement. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More