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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 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

East Whittier Named Honor Roll District for Fourth Consecutive Year

East Whittier City School District was named to the 2015 District Honor Roll by the Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE) for the fourth consecutive year as one of the state’s 15 higher-performing districts, where student achievement outpaces comparable schools. The District accepted the 2015 award and an accompanying banner at its Sept. 12 board meeting. The District Honor Roll is one element of CBEE’s comprehensive Honor Roll, which includes individual public K-8 and high schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student achievement, improvement in achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

East Whittier City School District Aces State Exams

East Whittier City School District students outperformed state and county averages and showed substantial year-over-year improvement in the state’s second round of testing on the new California Standards for English language arts (ELA) and math. Students testing proficient in ELA jumped by almost 6 percentage points while math proficiency climbed by almost 5 percentage points. English learners showed the greatest improvement with an 8 percentage point upswing in ELA and an almost 7 percentage point increase in math. 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 Upgrades Three Elementary Campuses

East Whittier City School District staff rolled up their sleeves this summer to make much-needed repairs to three elementary schools. Evergreen Elementary School received fresh paint, new windows, fencing, carpet and reconditioned playground equipment. Playground equipment was reconditioned and was drought-tolerant landscaping installed at Murphy Elementary. The library at Mulberry Elementary was painted and recarpeted. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

East Whittier City Board of Education Approves First Phase of School Modernization Projects

The East Whittier City School District Board of Education has approved the first round of campus modernization and repairs through money raised via the $94 million measures R and Z bonds, approved by voters in November 2016. Beginning in summer, Laurel, Mulberry, Orchard Dale and La Colima elementary schools will receive the following upgrades: roofing repair; painted lunch shelters, covered walkways and storage bins; asphalt/concrete replacement; fencing; flooring abatement and flooring installation. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

East Whittier Introduces New Elementary Administrators Following Start of 2016-17 School Year

The East Whittier City School District has appointed two new principals and an assistant principal to kick off the new school year at Orchard Dale and Ocean View elementary schools. Leading Ocean View Elementary is a 16-year veteran of the District, Tim Strand; Renee Mackay will helm Orchard Dale Elementary as principal after working in education for 18 years; and Kim Songer, who has 26 years of experience in education, will serve as assistant principal at Ocean View Elementary. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos