Whittier Union High School District

  • Cal High Condor Boys’ Water Polo Team Celebrates First-ever CIF-SS Division 5 Title

    California High School boys’ water polo team celebrated its first CIF-Southern Section Division 5 title, edging out Brentwood High 10-9 at the William Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine in November, capping a successful year in which the team compiled a 28-6 record. The CIF title is the first for Cal High in any sport since 2000, and only the fourth title in the school’s 65-year history. Cal High’s title run caps a remarkable month of November for Whittier Union athletics, with many student-athletes distinguishing themselves with personal bests and triumphs.

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  • Whittier Union Students Ring in Holidays with Choral Festival

    Whittier Union High School District students rang in the holidays, singing traditional songs and holiday favorites as part of the annual Choral Festival on Dec. 5. Choral groups from California, La Serna, Santa Fe and Whittier high schools received evaluation from this year’s adjudicator, Michelle Jensen, an assistant professor at Azusa Pacific University, clinician and conductor of the APU Chamber Singers.

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  • Whittier Union Scholar-Athlete Counters Adversity through Physical Challenges, Academic Success

    Pioneer High School senior Raylene Cosio has never been one to back down from a challenge – whether it’s running a 26.2-mile marathon, taking a six-week accelerated geometry class or leading the varsity girls’ basketball team to victory. Cosio’s constant resilience is a character trait developed as a result of the adversity she faced growing up, including losing her home on two separate occasions and dealing with difficult family relationships.

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11 Whittier Union Students to Perform in Tournament of Roses Parade

Whittier High School baritone player Jacob Cortes will perform for the second year in a row in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade Honor Band on New Year’s Day. He is one of 11 Whittier Union students to win a coveted spot in the nearly 250-member Honor Band, which involved a rigorous audition process that included hundreds of high school musicians from throughout Southern California. Joining him are seven band and four color guard members. From Santa Fe High School, they are Korey Allen (clarinet) and Dominick Bonelli (trumpet). From California High School, they are Kaelee Chavez (clarinet), Seth Diaz (tenor sax), Mark Gonzalez (trombone), Roberto Haro (trumpet), Isabella Bocanegra (banner), Lauren Hernandez (tall flag and also a second-year ToR performer), Erika Leal (banner) and Chole Martin (banner).

Whittier Union Releases Additional Draft Trustee Area Maps

Whittier Union High School District will hold its last round of community open houses to gather input from community stakeholders on draft trustee area maps as it shifts from at-large elections to by-trustee area elections, effective November 2020. Open Houses are set for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Wallen L. Andrews School and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at California High School. The board anticipates narrowing the number of trustee area maps at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 and selecting a final map at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

Cal High Condor Boys’ Water Polo Team Celebrates First-ever CIF-SS Division 5 Title

California High School boys’ water polo team celebrated its first CIF-Southern Section Division 5 title, edging out Brentwood High 10-9 at the William Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine in November, capping a successful year in which the team compiled a 28-6 record. The CIF title is the first for Cal High in any sport since 2000, and only the fourth title in the school’s 65-year history. Cal High’s title run caps a remarkable month of November for Whittier Union athletics, with many student-athletes distinguishing themselves with personal bests and triumphs.

Whittier Union Students Ring in Holidays with Choral Festival

Whittier Union High School District students rang in the holidays, singing traditional songs and holiday favorites as part of the annual Choral Festival on Dec. 5. Choral groups from California, La Serna, Santa Fe and Whittier high schools received evaluation from this year’s adjudicator, Michelle Jensen, an assistant professor at Azusa Pacific University, clinician and conductor of the APU Chamber Singers.

Whittier Union Scholar-Athlete Counters Adversity through Physical Challenges, Academic Success

Pioneer High School senior Raylene Cosio has never been one to back down from a challenge – whether it’s running a 26.2-mile marathon, taking a six-week accelerated geometry class or leading the varsity girls’ basketball team to victory. Cosio’s constant resilience is a character trait developed as a result of the adversity she faced growing up, including losing her home on two separate occasions and dealing with difficult family relationships.

Whittier Union Freshman Fresh Start Offers New Students a Smooth Transition to High School

The transition from middle to high school can be difficult for students who are having trouble acclimating to the intensified academic rigor. Sierra Vista High School, Whittier Union’s independent study campus, provides a bridge for these students through the Freshman Fresh Start program. Launched in 2013, Freshman Fresh Start is designed to support ninth-graders who are behind in credits, have poor attendance or need one-on-one teacher support. The result for many Sierra Vista freshmen is better social skills, better grades, a restoration of confidence and new friends.

Whittier Union 2018 Band Jam to Celebrate Student Music, Dance

Whittier Union High School District will celebrate student musical and dance performances at its 2018 Band Jamboree, an annual event that features the District’s five comprehensive high school marching bands, cheer squads and drill teams. The Band Jamboree will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at Sandra Sanchez Thorstenson Stadium at California High School, 9800 Mills Ave., Whittier.

Whittier Union Leaders Take on New Roles to Steer Student Achievement

Familiar faces have taken on new roles at Whittier Union, continuing a history of strong leadership that has led to rising student academic achievement. Frontier High School Principal Dr. Margie Moriarty will also lead the Whittier Adult School. Richard Rodriguez will serve as assistant principal of Frontier High School. Allison Huntley will serve as assistant principal of guidance at Whittier High School. Craig Fox will serve as Pioneer High School’s assistant principal of business and activities. Together, the four have served Whittier Union for nearly 60 years.

Santa Fe High to Host Parent Education Day to Ensure Student Success

Santa Fe High School will offer parents the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops on topics ranging from teens’ social media use to college and career information during its annual Parent Education Day from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10400 Orr and Day Road, Santa Fe Springs. Launched in 2003, the program is an informal and free way to gain knowledge on topics and issues that impact teens today.

Whittier High Senior Honored for Balancing Academics with Community Service

Whittier High School senior Ava Sanchez is determined to make a difference – whether its empowering her peers to give back to the local community or inspiring younger students to achieve academic success. Recognized for her leadership skills, integrity and work ethic, Sanchez – a straight-A student who is on track to be one of Whittier High’s class of 2019 valedictorians – has found a way to balance academics with community service.