Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson to serve on the new five-member governing board of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. The new state board will advise and assist school districts, county superintendents of schools and charter schools in achieving the goals set forth in Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) which are now required under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Media contact: Laura Flores, 562-668-7833 (office)
Sierra Vista High School senior Jose de Leon is looking forward to participating in commencement exercises in June and pursuing a career as a probation officer. But it wasn’t very long ago that the idea of graduating from high school was more fantasy than reality for de Leon. As a freshman, de Leon spent two days at the comprehensive high school before being transferred to Sierra Vista, the District’s independent study campus. There, he was placed in the evening program, where he received one-on-one support. He now plans to attend Rio Hondo College and become a probation officer. For overcoming personal barriers, de Leon was honored with an Award of Merit by the Board of Trustees.
Santa Fe High School hosted a two-day “Every 15 Minutes” program using a trio of techniques to bring home the dangers of drinking and driving: a graphic staging of a deadly drunk-driving crash, students randomly pulled from classes to represent lives lost to drunk driving and a mock funeral service on April 3 and 4.
Two Whittier Union schools have been designated as AVID Schoolwide Sites of Distinction. Pioneer and Santa Fe high schools – both of which are National AVID Demonstration Schools ¬– were recognized for demonstrating outstanding commitment to their students by ensuring equity and opportunity for all students, providing rigorous academic opportunities and implementing superb instructional practices across both schools.