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Principal's Message

Frontier High School, a Title I continuation school, has received numerous awards and recognitions this year. I am so proud of the work our staff and students do each day that resulted in these awards. In the last year we had the Whittier Union High School District Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Denise Gimenez. She is a highly respected teacher who has held several positions in the district. Currently we are lucky to have her teaching in the special education program at Frontier.

In the fall, our application for Model School status was accepted by the California Continuation Education Association and we were visited by a two-person team in November appointed by the CCEA and trained by the California Department of Education to verify our application. The CDE officially named Frontier a Model School on March 18, 2015. Frontier was one of 29 of the state’s 480 continuation schools to receive this award this year. Staff and students celebrated the award with a field day in May.

The Whittier Union High School District’s Board of Trustees officially recognized Frontier’s achievement at their April 2014 meeting. Seven members of the staff attended the state CCEA conference in May where Frontier was  officially awarded the Model Continuation High School plaque and flag by the CCEA President and CDE officials. I was also recognized at the conference as Administrator of the Year for CCEA District VII (Los Angeles County).

Finally, in June the Whittier City Council recognized Frontier High School for providing “comprehensive services to at-promise youth through the use of exemplary instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, and guidance and counseling services.” All of our accomplishments have been publicized in district newsletters and by our local paper, the Whittier Daily News.

Moving forward, Frontier teachers continue to implement the Common Core State Standards, infuse their lessons with technology, and engage students in meaningful ways that include the 21st century skills needed for our students to continue their education beyond high school and be successful in the workplace. Frontier now has the highest ratio of computers to students in the district and all classrooms will be equipped with laptop carts by the end of 2015. We will be the first school in the district to pilot OnPoint tablet devices to encourage student collaboration and we are expanding our web-based math classes for students to work at their own pace to remediate or accelerate math skills.

It is an exciting time to be a Frontier Aztec! I am looking forward to another incredible year. As always, parents/guardians are encouraged to be involved at Frontier High School through our School Site Council and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Committee. Both meet approximately four times per year. For more information, contact the office at (562) 698-8121 x1201 or me directly at [email protected].

Margie Moriarty