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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 Celebrates Every Kid Healthy Week with Dance, Nutrition

Follow-up Story: Los Nietos School District celebrated its annual Every Kid Healthy Week from April 24-28 with a mix of fun and education. Families, volunteers and community organizations took part in Run Club, Zumba sessions, structured play recess and a Veggie App Workshop, among other activities. The Los Nietos Food Service director also conducted a food demonstration to showcase the use of healthy ingredients in tasty dishes. Photos are available. 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 Journey to China to Share Education Practices that Inspire Students

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)Read More Photos

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)