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Los Nietos School District

  • 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 Educators to Visit Schools in China to Share Education Practices

Three Los Nietos School District educators will trek to Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, from Saturday, March 25 to Sunday, April 2 to visit six schools and lead conversations about western education with fellow educators. Aeolian Elementary School Principal Becky Speh will join teachers Rick Gallardo and Christina Fontenot, along with family and friends. The group will also visit the Jinsha Site Museum to examine artifacts from the Shu Kingdom and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to observe endangered giant pandas in their natural habitat. 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

Los Nietos Elementary Teaches Students to Set Goals for Achieving Dreams

Follow-up Story: Guided by familiar animated movie characters and pop music icons, Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School K-6 students received lessons on the benefits of setting goals and planning for the future during the multi-screen, multi-media presentation, “Ready! Set! Go!” on Feb. 17. The 30-minute motivational lesson focuses on telling the stories of real students across the country demonstrating proper planning strategies, and how they use initiative and perseverance to combat the obstacles that unexpectedly crop up along the way. Photos are available. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Los Nietos Elementary School Parent Teacher Club Finances 50 Laptops

Aeolian Elementary School is spending $13,500 to buy 50 Chromebook laptops for classrooms, a purchase made possible by the fundraising efforts of Aeolian’s Parent Teacher Club (PTC). The District is working toward a 1-to-1 ratio of students to personal devices. The PTC unanimously concluded that building on the school’s technology base would be the best use of its funds. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Los Nietos Middle School Students Run 18 Miles to Prepare for Marathon

Follow-up Story: Twenty-four Los Nietos Middle School students completed the L.A. Marathon on March 19, crossing the finish line to earn medals. The students prepared all year through Students Run L.A., a program designed to improve student health, promote goal-setting and facilitate character-building. Los Nietos Students Run L.A. Coach Erika Rose, with the help of three coaches and two adult volunteers, guided students through a long, rigorous training schedule that included distance runs. With the help of parents and volunteers, every Los Nietos runner crossed the finish line. Photos are available. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Los Nietos Hosts Educators from China for Exchange of Practices

Follow-up Story: Los Nietos School District hosted nearly 25 educators from China for a lunch, school tour and exchange of educational practices on Jan. 23 as part of an international partnership. The educators visited Aeolian Elementary School, where they toured the campus and experienced classroom instruction. The District’s new curriculum, technology, and Safe and Civil Schools behavioral practices were on display. The group concluded the visit at the Los Nietos District Office, where they met with Superintendent Jonathan Vasquez and staff members for a debriefing. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office) Photos

Los Nietos Elementary School Introduces Students to STEAM Careers

Follow-up Story: Nearly 125 Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School students took part in the opening day of a four-Saturday science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) Enrichment Program that kicked off on Jan. 28. The program allows students in second grade and above to explore exciting fields like robotics, computer coding, journalism, computer skills and art. The program is designed to help students excel beyond their daily curriculum while finding new passions and interests that can lead them down a path of success. The program will continue Saturday, Feb. 11; Saturday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, April 8. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office) or 206-579-4432 (cell)Read More