CA School News Report

Whittier Union High School District

  • 9401 S. Painter Ave., Whittier, CA 90605 • (562) 698-8121
  • Whittier Union High School District, formed in 1900, operates five comprehensive high schools, one continuation school, one alternative studies program and one adult school.

  • Superintendent: Martin Plourde
  • Board of Trustees: Tim Schneider, president; Dr. Ralph S. Pacheco, vice president; Russell Castañeda-Calleros, clerk; Jeff Baird, member; Leighton Anderson, member

Pioneer High School Opens Enrollment for Escalante Summer Math Academy

Pioneer High School is accepting applications for its 27th annual Escalante Summer Math Academy, which enables Whittier’s middle- and high-school students to get ahead on math classes and prepare for college-level courses. Named for educator Jaime Escalante, the six-week program offers Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Math Analysis and Calculus classes. Students who earn A’s or Bs will advance a course level. The academy will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 12 to July 20. Applications are due by 3 p.m. Friday, March 10 at Pioneer High School, 10800 Benavon St., Whittier. For information, contact Javier Gonzalez at, or 562-698-8121, ext. 5200. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More

Whittier Union High School Counselor Recognized by Congresswoman

Santa Fe High School counselor Cheryl Redgate was recognized Feb. 7 by U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as part of National School Counseling Week. A counselor at Santa Fe for 35 years, Redgate was celebrated for her dedicated efforts to empower students and instilling the values of selflessness and giving. The Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees will recognize Redgate at the Feb. 14 board meeting. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Frontier High Girls Empowered to Dream as Part of Whittier Soroptimist Education Program

The Soroptimist International of Whittier recently launched its Dream It, Be It career development and female empowerment program for a group of girls at Frontier High School, providing the Whittier Union teens access to professional role models, career education and the resources needed to reach their full potential. Over a six-week period, the women’s social and economic empowerment club will work in partnership with 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders in small groups and explore topics such as career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures. This is the second year Frontier is participating in the program. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Pioneer High Students to Compete in JPL Science Bowl

Pioneer High School is one of 24 teams to compete at the JPL Regional Science Bowl Competition from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. In a fast-paced, game-show format, students will buzz in to score points on questions at the college freshman level, covering topics in Earth and space sciences, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics and math. On Pioneer's team are Danielle Diaz, Lauren Hall, Emily Iniguez and Krystal Frith, with Fernando Ochoa serving as an alternate. The winning team will earn the opportunity to compete April 27 through May 1 at the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Whittier Union Baseball Game Unites Special Needs Students, Athletes

Follow-up Story: Wearing batting helmets and fielders’ mitts, students in the special education program at Santa Fe High School swung bats, ran bases and fielded positions in the third annual Make A Difference (MAD) baseball game – a cheerful event organized by student-athletes and the school’s Associated Student Body. Guided and assisted by the student-athletes, dozens of students wearing commemorative MAD T-shirts had their names announced over a loud-speaker as they approached the field, with friends and family cheering them on in the stands. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Whittier Union Launches New Tool to Increase Communication

Whittier Union High School District has launched a new electronic communication tool that will help strengthen engagement among students, parents, teachers and school administrators. Integrated into the District’s Aeries Parent Portal student information system, Loop supports one- and two-way announcements and messaging through phone calls, text messages, emails, text-to-speech and instant messaging. Loop provides an easy way to receive urgent messages, stay up to date on school activities and contact teachers. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More

Therapy Dogs Put College-Bound Students at Ease

Follow-up Story: Four-legged therapists recently soothed stressed California High School students tackling college applications ahead of the Nov. 30 deadline. In partnership with Pet Partners, a national nonprofit focused on animal-assistant therapy, Cal High invited therapy dogs in three application workshops for students applying to Cal State University and University of California campuses. During each four-hour session, students dropped in to work on applications, get questions answered by experts and de-stress with friendly pets. Organizers hope to invite the canines back next semester for senior project days and Saturday sessions for stressed AP sophomores, as well as inspire the program to expand across the District. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Santa Fe High Chieftain Lauded for Connecting Students, Promoting Positive Campus Culture

Whittier Union High School District's Board of Trustees has recognized Santa Fe High senior Valeria Restrepo with an Award of Merit for helping to build a one-of-a-kind camaraderie at her high school. Santa Fe High School’s award-winning Associated Student Body has played an essential role in making the campus culture a positive and inclusive environment. The only student on the current ASB cabinet to have participated all four years of high school, Restrepo has become a key leader of the spirited team. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Whittier Union Teacher Receives Outstanding Educator Award

Santa Fe High School biology teacher Alejandra Gonzalez has been selected for the University of Chicago’s 2016 Outstanding Educator Award, an honor that recognizes exceptional dedication to her craft and the profound influence she’s had on her students, including on the former Chieftain who nominated her. Gonzalez, a biology and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher at Santa Fe for nearly 11 years, was nominated by 2015 graduate Daisy Nahoul, who was awarded a $70,000-a-year QuestBridge Scholarship to the University of Chicago. Formerly homeless, Nahoul is a molecular physics major and the first in her family to go to college. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)

9 Whittier Union Students to Perform in Tournament of Roses Parade

Nine marching band and color guard members from the Whittier Union High School District will represent their schools and exhibit their talents at the 128th Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2. The Tournament of Roses Honor Band, which has marched in every Tournament of Roses Parade since 1930, chose for its 2017 band: California High School students Olivia Huizar (piccolo), Rocio Vega (trombone), Gus Sausedo (tuba), Eric Gonzalez (color guard/tall flag) and Edith Garcia (color guard/banner); La Serna High School students Avery Smith (alto sax), Taylor Medina (trombone) and Ye Lee (baritone); and Pioneer High School student Marco Galvan (trombone). Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)