East Whittier City School District

  • El Monte City School District Nutrition Services Chief Named Director of the Year

    Director of Nutrition Services Dr. Robert Lewis keeps students happy, healthy and productive by offering creative and healthy dishes like cherry blossom chicken with brown rice and broccoli, handmade tamales and pizza with low-fat cheese and whole grain crust. Since joining the El Monte City School District 10 years ago, Lewis enacted programs to fight childhood obesity and secured funding to make breakfast, lunch and supper free to all K-6 students.

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  • East Whittier Elementary Designated 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

    The U.S. Department of Education on Sept. 28 named East Whittier City School District’s Leffingwell Elementary School as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon school for narrowing the achievement gap. Leffingwell is among 342 schools across the U.S. and 22 in California to receive the coveted designation.

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  • East Whittier City Names New Evergreen Elementary School Principal

    East Whittier City School District has named Skarlette Torres as the new principal of Evergreen Elementary School, returning her to the school where she spent her first 10 years at EWCSD as a teacher and counselor. Torres is committed to the 5-C’s of 21st Century learning – critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and community.

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El Monte City School District Nutrition Services Chief Named Director of the Year

Director of Nutrition Services Dr. Robert Lewis keeps students happy, healthy and productive by offering creative and healthy dishes like cherry blossom chicken with brown rice and broccoli, handmade tamales and pizza with low-fat cheese and whole grain crust. Since joining the El Monte City School District 10 years ago, Lewis enacted programs to fight childhood obesity and secured funding to make breakfast, lunch and supper free to all K-6 students.

East Whittier City Names New Evergreen Elementary School Principal

East Whittier City School District has named Skarlette Torres as the new principal of Evergreen Elementary School, returning her to the school where she spent her first 10 years at EWCSD as a teacher and counselor. Torres is committed to the 5-C’s of 21st Century learning – critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and community.

East Whittier City Schools Kick Off Year with Town Halls, Safety Upgrades

East Whittier City School District will welcome students and parents to the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 15 with renovated campuses and an opportunity to meet new Superintendent Marc Patterson during town hall meetings set for late August and early September. EWCSD completed maintenance and safety upgrades over the summer at La Colima, Laurel, Mulberry and Orchard Dale Elementary schools. The town halls will inform families about District programs, solicit input and contribute to a sense of community.

East Whittier City Board Approves $85 Million 2017-20 LCAP Spending Plan

Follow-up Story: The East Whittier City School District Board of Education approved the $85 million Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) on June 19, reaffirming the District’s commitment to bolstering student achievement by updating classroom technology, reducing class sizes, and increasing funding for Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) programs. The LCAP highlights significant gains among all students in English language arts and math during the 2016-17 school year. The increases are credited to funds allocated for after-school student support and extra class periods provided in the previous year’s LCAP.

East Whittier Elementary Teacher Named LA County Teacher of the Year

Machae Tessier, a second-grade teacher at East Whittier’s Ocean View Elementary School, was named one of 16 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year on Sept. 29. Tessier joined the District in 1993 and has worked at Ocean View since 1997. She serves as the school’s California Standards lead teacher for primary grades, as well as its language arts matrix committee chair.

East Whittier City Schools Hold Groundbreaking to Launch Bond Projects

East Whittier City School District will host a groundbreaking and bond program launch ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, June 16 to kick off the first facilities improvements funded by Measures R and Z, passed by local voters in November 2016. This summer, the District will improve La Colima Elementary School’s kindergarten playground, while providing fencing, painting, roofing, flooring and asphalt upgrades at four East Whittier City schools. The ceremony is at La Colima Elementary, 11225 Miller Road, Whittier.

Mulberry Elementary School Students Plant Tree In Memory of Whittier Police Officer

Follow-up Story: Students at East Whittier City School District’s Mulberry Elementary School planted a camphor tree and presented a $500 check to the family of fallen Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer in a special ceremony on May 23. Mulberry student council members led a Loose Change Drive that raised over $700, some of which paid for a plaque honoring Boyer. Eric Borunda, an arborist for the City of Santa Fe Springs and whose son is a Mulberry fifth-grader, donated the tree on behalf of the city.

East Whittier Students Explore Engineering by Launching Rockets

Follow-up Story: Sixth- and seventh-graders at East Whittier City School District’s Hillview Middle School combined lessons from science and math to launch water-fueled rockets on May 24 as part of the school’s STEM program. Seventh-grade science teacher Marc Rizzo has hosted the launch for the last five years. This year, science and math classes were combined to demonstrate the connections between subjects. Science students designed and tested the rockets; math students calculated velocity and overall success rates.

New Principal to Lead Hillview Middle School

Follow-up Story: East Whittier City School District has named David S. Herrera as principal of Hillview Middle School, replacing Wendy Davio, who is retiring. Herrera, who has spent 20 years as a teacher and administrator, is a champion of student achievement, parent engagement, resources for STEM classes and programs, and pathways to college.