Whittier High School will hold its 2013 Homecoming football game, which will include a pre-game street parade and performance. The game starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Whittier College stadium, 13847 Earlham Drive. Photo opportunity of parade, pre-game show and game. Contact: Laura Flores, (562) 668-7833 (office)
La Serna High School English and Puente Program teacher Shelly DeSimone dreamed of a career in education as early as second grade, when a teacher asked her to help a struggling English learner. For DeSimone’s efforts in preparing La Serna English learners for college, she was named Whittier Union High School District’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. Over her 34-year career, DeSimone has helped hundreds of students to speak, read and write English, guided La Serna’s Puente Program since its inception and established herself as an author of teen fiction written for English learners.
Rosemead High School will add an unusual component to its student-run organic herb and vegetable gardens – a garden of weeds to examine how common intruders such as dandelions, clover and nettles can benefit the ecosystem. The “Wisdom of Weeds” program will be developed with a $3,000 Budding Botanist Grant, awarded to the school for its commitment to environmental sustainability and biodiversity. The grant – consisting of a $2,500 check and books/materials valued at $500 – was provided through a joint partnership between Klorane Botanical Foundation and KidsGardening.org. It was presented during a ceremony and garden tour on May 17.
Two Santa Fe High School graduating seniors, who have developed a passion to give back to their community and inspire those around them, have collectively earned $30,000 in scholarships from the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce to pursue their dreams as first-generation college students. Students Sarah Garcia and Jennisa Casillas are among seven recipients of a Destiny Scholarship, awarded by the Chamber/League Youth Enrichment Fund. Casillas won $10,000 while Garcia was named the winner of the $20,000 Destiny Scholarship, aimed at providing students the opportunity to change their direction in life, or their “destiny.”
Pioneer High School (Whittier) will welcome its incoming ninth graders with fun activities, bonding games, food, a preview tour of their classes and a chance to meet their new teachers and administrators from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. Upperclassmen Link Crew members will be at each campus to help smooth ninth graders’ transition into high school. (Photo opportunity available) Contact: Laura Flores, (562) 668-7833 (cell)