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Los Nietos School District

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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 Plans New Fresh Menu Inspired by Le Cordon Bleu Chef

Follow-up Story: Le Cordon Bleu chef Trina Nelson led Los Nietos nutrition staff in a two-day culinary workshop on Aug. 8-9 aimed at preparing the District to launch a new “scratch” cooking menu this fall. Nutrition staff practiced cooking items from the new menu and learned knife handling, fresh food preparation and presentation skills. The menu is one of the District’s 2017-18 health initiatives and will eliminate all processed food from school-provided meals in favor of fresh ingredients. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Los Nietos Students Return to Improved Technology, Updated Facilities for 2017-18 School Year

Follow-up Story: About 1,700 students in the Los Nietos School District will discover new digital tools, remodeled classrooms and a soon-to-be completed science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) lab when they return to campuses on Monday, Aug. 14. Students in grades three through eight will also receive 1:1 access to digital tools this year. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Los Nietos Summer STEAM Enrichment Program Inspires Future Female Engineers

Follow-up Story: About 48 Los Nietos School District students are exploring science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) fields at Ada S. Nelson Elementary School during the District’s four-week summer enrichment program, which concludes Friday, June 30. Students in grades three through eight were selected for the program, which includes building model bridges, launching rockets and conducting Google Slides presentations. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Los Nietos Middle School Celebrates Promotion of Eighth-graders

Follow-up Story: Clad in blue caps and gowns, Los Nietos Middle School eighth-graders walked across their campus front lawn to receive certificates of completion while laughing, crying and cheering. About 180 students celebrated their promotion amid friends and family on May 26. The eighth-graders completed a two-year science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) Academy program. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)

Ada S. Nelson Elementary Third-grade Educator Named Los Nietos Teacher of the Year

Follow-up Story: Sonia De Anda, a 20-year veteran teacher at Nelson Elementary School, has been named Los Nietos School District’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year for her efforts to boost achievement for her English learner students. De Anda was commended for her helpful attitude, willingness to embrace new technology for classroom instruction and round-the-clock dedication to her third-graders. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary Wins Battle of the Books

Follow-up Story: Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School outdueled three schools from the neighboring Little Lake City School District to win the 11th annual Battle of the Books on May 26 at Santa Fe Springs Activity Center. Each school brought two teams of six students in fourth and fifth grades to answer questions about popular children’s books. Rancho earned the event’s trophy, which will reside on campus for one year. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Los Nietos Middle School to Celebrate Promotion of Eighth-Graders During Ceremony

Los Nietos Middle School will send their eighth-graders off to high school during a promotion ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, May 26 on the school campus front lawn, 11425 Rivera Road, Whittier. About 180 graduates will be on hand during a celebration that features speeches from valedictorians and performances from the school band. The eighth-graders have completed a two-year science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) Academy program. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

Award-Winning Aeolian Elementary Garden Club Teaches Students About Agriculture

Aeolian Elementary School’s award-winning Garden Club was awarded a first place ribbon for excellence at the California 48th District Agricultural Association (DAA) Schools’ Agriculture and Nutrition Fair at the Fairplex in Pomona on May 18. The 26-bed garden, cultivated for 16 years, includes leafy greens, spicy peppers and California wildflowers. The 45-member club is guided by Aeolian second-grade teacher and Certified Master Gardener Juvenal Martinez. In 2014, the club won the “There is a School in Every Garden” award. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

Los Nietos Eighth-grader Overcomes Physical Challenges to Help Lead MESA Program to Regional Competition

Los Nietos Middle School eighth-grader Jared Avalos is helping his school send six teams to the MESA Regional Competition on Saturday, April 8 at UC Irvine despite a neurological condition that makes it difficult for him to walk. Jared lost his ability to walk three years ago, and has been on a challenging road to recovery that requires daily exercise and physical therapy three times per week. Avalos is unhindered, however, when exploring math and science. An honors student with a 3.8 GPA, he will compete in the Mouse Trap Car and Prosthetic Arm categories while inspiring all those around him. Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Los Nietos Students Receive Free Dental Checkups through Partnership

Follow-up Story: Aeolian Elementary School students in first through third grades are smiling brighter after having received free dental screenings on May 18 on campus through a district partnership with Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine. Transitional kindergartners and kindergartners throughout the District received similar examinations on April 27. The project aims to improve access to dental care, prevent tooth infections and lower the risk of childhood cavities. Photos are available Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos