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South Whittier School District November Board Meeting Recap

South Whittier School District held their monthly board meeting Tuesday, November 14, at the district office. The board was able to express their positive feedback regarding district events that have taken place this past month.


Graves Middle School Receives the Golden Bell Award 


Richard L. Graves was selected to receive the Golden Bell Award for their outstanding work through their AVID Program. This is an enormous opportunity to show our district as well as surrounding districts and community that Graves is a school to watch. They will officially receive their award at an event in San Diego November 30th.


In acknowledgement to receiving the Golden Bell Award Deborah Pacheco, the district clerk, shared, “That’s something that just doesn’t happen. It has to be strategic, planned, and worked on and it’s hard. It’s something that we can all be proud of. A plan is put into effect and comes to success, to completion.”



HOT Conference 


The district board members and administration, along with Take Note Institute, took time to recognize all the parents that participated and presented at the 17th Annual HOT Conference. The HOT Conference stands for Hispanic Outreach Taskforce and included two workshops that were lead by South Whittier School District parents.


“You are making our students better people, better leaders for tomorrow,” Jan Baird, vice president of the school board, stated.


The president of the board, Fransisco Santana shared, “The more you guys are involved, the more your kids get involved. You’re leading by example.” 


Superintendent, Dr. Gonzales, closed the recognition by saying, “Feel good about what you’ve done and feel good about setting an example for your children. You are their primary educators. So I want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy days. I cannot thank you enough.”


HOT Conference parent presenters recognized:

Reyna Serrillo 

Alejandra Sánchez

Myrna Vázquez

Doren Valencia

Claudia Hernández- Cipres

Margarita Chulde

María Caballero

Yesenia Avilés



Operation School Bell


Vice president, Jan Baird, was able to attend the event “Operation School Bell” that gave South Whittier School District families in need vouchers to use at Target for clothes and supplies. Junior high students received $60 vouchers, and elementary students received $40 vouchers.


She shared about her experience attending the event and her amazement at how hard the ladies from the Assistance League of Whittier, who organized and sponsored the event, worked along with the Target team members. 


“If the total was a couple dollars less than the vouchers the ladies working told the families to go back and get more socks or something, and if it was a few dollars over, Target ate that money,” she stated.


The next board meeting will be held December 12 at 6PM at the district.