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  • 8324 S. Westman Ave., Whittier, CA 90606 • 90562-692-0271
  • Los Nietos School District is California’s oldest school district, serving an area of 3.5 square miles in Whittier with three K-6 elementary schools and one middle school with grades seven and eight. Vision. The District values building the community through education to ensure students are prepared academically and socially for future success.

  • Superintendent: Jonathan Vasquez
  • Board of Trustees: Nicholas Aquino, president; Silvia B. Monge, vice president; Catherine Martinez, clerk; Evelyn Avdalyan, Member, Emilio Sosa, Member
  • 2015-16 Enrollment: 1,767

Los Nietos Eighth-graders Recap East Coast Adventures for School Board

Follow-up Story: Eleven Los Nietos Middle School students presented findings from their field trip to the East Coast during a school board meeting on April 27. The students toured Washington, D.C, New York and Gettysburg from March 24-30, including visits to the White House, Capitol Building and Wall Street. Media Contact: Valerie Martinez, Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Los Nietos Elementary Students Hold Chess Tournament on May 20

Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary students will hold their final chess tournament of the year at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, an event that will include sister school Ada S. Nelson Elementary. The students hone their concentration and problem-solving skills through the school’s Chess Club, which meets Fridays. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Los Nietos to Celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week

Los Nietos School District will celebrate its annual Every Kid Healthy Week from Monday, April 24 through Friday, April 28. Families, volunteers and community organizations will take part in Run Club, Zumba sessions, structured play recess and a Veggie App Workshop, among other activities. The Los Nietos Food Service director will also conduct a food demonstration to showcase the use of healthy ingredients in tasty dishes. Media Contact: Media contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-833-1965 (office)

Los Nietos Elementary Students to Run 2nd Annual Jog-A-Thon Fundraiser

Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School students will hit the field for the second annual jog-a-thon fundraiser to support school programs. The run will be held at noon Friday, April 28 on school grounds with students, parents, Principal Octavio Perez and Superintendent Jonathan Vasquez. The event is part of the District’s Healthy Los Nietos program. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Los Nietos Middle School Students Earn High Finishes at MESA Regionals

Follow-up Story: A pair of Los Nietos Middle School students earned second- and third-place honors at the MESA Regional competition on April 8 at UC Irvine. Xico Reyes took second place in the solo math category and Reyes teamed with Aaron Jimenez to finish third in the glider competition. This marks the fifth straight year that the school reached the MESA Preliminary and Regional finals. Photos are available. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Los Nietos Educators Visit Schools in China to Exchange Education Practices

Follow-up Story: Three Los Nietos educators from Aeolian Elementary completed a week-long academic excursion to Chengdu, China, where they visited six schools and met with students and teachers to share western educational practices. For the Chinese educators, there was specific interest in learning about the District’s special needs education and services. Los Nietos established the international partnership in 2014, with Chinese educators and students also visiting the District to tour campuses and experience classroom instruction. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Los Nietos Students Recite Famous Speeches, Original Writing at Contest

Follow-up Story: The winners of Ada S. Nelson Elementary School’s Oratorical Contest recited original works and famous speeches at a schoolwide assembly on March 17. The K-6 students were chosen after coming out on top in grade-level speaking battles. A diverse group of former educators judged the Los Nietos School District contest. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Los Nietos Middle School Scholars to Compete in Science, Tech Contest

Thirty-one scholars of the Los Nietos Middle School Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program will compete from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11 against about 10 other Chapman University MESA Center schools at the annual MESA Preliminary Competition. High-performing teams will compete against schools from 10 other Southern California Regions at the Regional MESA event on April 8 at UC Irvine. Los Nietos Middle School has been a fixture at the MESA Prelims and Regionals, reaching both competitions in each of the last five years. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

Los Nietos Celebrates Read Across America with Whittier Police Department and Community Leaders

Follow-up Story: Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary students laughed and listened intently, captivated by community leaders who took turns reading classic tales on March 2 in celebration of Read Across America, the annual reading awareness program. Literary rhymes from Dr. Seuss classics like “The Cat in The Hat,” “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket” filled classrooms as guest readers encouraged children to explore books and imparted important lessons. Whittier Police Officer Lindsay Inman dedicated a few moments to recently fallen Officer Keith Boyer, and assured students of her role in keeping them safe. Santa Fe Springs City Council member Juanita Trujillo shared a lesson on dreaming big. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Los Nietos Students to Compete in LA County Science Competition

Fifteen fifth- and sixth-graders from Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School will compete at the annual Los Angeles County Elementary Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 4 at Occidental College. A total of 60 teams will compete. Rancho has been preparing for the event through its weekly science club and is hoping to improve on its silver medal finish last year. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More