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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

East Whittier City Schools Provide Students with Academic Safety Net

Through a mix of personalized one-on-one instruction, web-based curriculum and a visit from a four-footed friend, East Whittier City School District students are provided with a comprehensive Response to Intervention program to address academic or behavioral support needs. Each of East Whittier’s 10 elementary schools have full-time intervention specialists who oversee the schoolwide RTI in English language arts, mathematics, writing and English language development. Laurel Academy, a six-week program for students at Laurel Elementary, provides students with 30-minute study sessions during homeroom. At Hillview Middle School, students are under “Husky Watch,” in which teachers keep a close eye on students in need of additional support. Occasionally, students receive a visit from the school mascot, Bani the Husky, a neighborhood dog who has become a beloved fixture at Hillview. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

East Whittier City School District Superintendent Announces Retirement

Following a 30-year career as an educator in the East Whittier City School District, Superintendent Mary Branca has announced that she will retire at the close of the 2016-17 academic year. Branca joined the District as a substitute teacher in 1985, switching careers from banking after being inspired by her time volunteering in her daughters' classrooms. After a year, she was hired as a full-time teacher at the District’s Ocean View Elementary. She went on to become an assistant principal and principal, and then assistant superintendent of personnel in 2008, co-superintendent in 2012 and superintendent in 2014. Branca was instrumental in helping the District overcome challenges during tough economic conditions. In November, voters supported two bond measures that will ensure East Whittier students have access to high-quality learning facilities for years to come.  The Board of Education during its Jan. 9 meeting decided to conduct a full search for a new superintendent to begin in 2017-18. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

East Whittier GATE STEM Academy Challenges Students to Expand Educational Horizons

Qualifying East Whittier City School District students are being considered for the District’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, which will immerse them in a series of advanced educational offerings, including workshops in explosive science, creative game development and innovative engineering. East Whittier’s GATE program is designed for third- through eighth-grade students with accelerated abilities who are looking to challenge themselves academically, including through a series of hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workshops. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

East Whittier Schools Donate to Charity and Families in Need

East Whittier City School District students are giving back to the community this holiday season by donating funds, food, toys, clothing and other items to charities and families in need. Granada Middle School’s Think Pink Club, a student-run philanthropic club, donated socks, books, board games and school supplies to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Orange County and From Maddi’s Closet, a nonprofit public charity for children with cancer. La Colima Elementary's Parent Teacher Association held a Food and Toy Drive in which students donated canned goods, rice, beans, and new, unwrapped toys. Donations will be used to create holiday dinners and gift baskets for 18 families in need. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

East Whittier City School District Celebrates Students for Perfect State Scores

Loud cheering filled East Whittier Middle School’s Student Activity Center as 85 East Whittier City School District students were recognized for perfect scores on California standardized tests in math, science and English language arts. One student received a trophy for a perfect score on all three tests, six received plaques for perfect scores on two tests and 78 students received certificates for perfect scores on one test. The District credits rising scores to frequent monitoring of student progress. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

East Whittier City School District Voters Pass 2 Bond Measures

Follow-up Story: East Whittier City School District voters approved Measures R and Z with more than 72 percent support each. The $94 million bond measures will fund repairs and modernization at 10 elementary and three middle schools, enhancing learning environments, safety and security. Next up for the District is prioritizing a schedule of projects. This will be accomplished as the District finishes paying off a 1997 bond to keep tax burdens at current levels. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

East Whittier City School District Boosts Learning Environments by Teaching with Technology

East Whittier City School District is equipping first- and second-grade students and teachers with over 1,400 Chromebooks to expand student access to high-quality content and instruction, improve student learning and narrow the achievement gap. The new technology – added under a multi-year initiative – will strengthen achievement on grade-level California Standards by increasing critical-thinking, problem-solving, collaborative and multi-media research opportunities. The 2:1 Technology Learning Initiative was launched in 2015-16 to place a digital device in the hands of every two students. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

East Whittier City School District Pledges to be Drug-Free

Follow-up Story: East Whittier students took a pledge to be drug-free during an eventful Red Ribbon Week that included theme days and visits from Whittier High School students, Whittier Police Department and the local fire department. Throughout the week, students wore clothing and accessories to correspond with the theme of each day, such as Socking it to Drugs, Shading Drugs Out, and Teaming Up Against Drugs. Associated Student Body representatives and athletes from Whittier High School visited Leffingwell Elementary to speak to kids about their own pledges to stay drug-free after a performance by the high school’s cheerleaders and band. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

East Whittier City School Parent Workshops Support Student Achievement

East Whittier parents will have 13 opportunities this school year to attend workshops that cover updates on educational topics, safety tips and ways to support student achievement. Parents will learn about internet safety, bullying prevention, computer basics and how to get children excited about science, reading and writing. The workshops are part of a program of 20 classes that grew out of the District outreach efforts in 2015-16, in which parents asked for a robust program to help them become engaged in their children’s education. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

Los Nietos Names Parent Volunteer to Board of Trustees

The Los Nietos Board of Trustees swore in Evelyn Avdalyan on Oct. 11 to replace former trustee Marisa B. Hernandez. Avdalyan, a 15-year member of the Los Nietos community and volunteer parent, was selected from among three finalists. Hernandez stepped down Sept. 15 after moving out of the District boundaries; Avdalyan will complete the remainder of a four-year term that ends in November 2017. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More