AUGUST 24-28, 2020

Virtual Back to School Night Overview

Our Virtual Back to School Night will be held this Thursday, August 27. We will send an e-mail on Tuesday afternoon to our staff to double-check their Back to School night links and make sure it is all up and running.

On Thursday Morning, we will send the Virtual Back to School Night website link to our community for them to view throughout the day and the rest of the school year.

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  • *Periods 1-3 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm

  • Period 4 Tutorial - 1:10 pm-1:35 pm

  • Period 5 Tutorial - 1:37 pm-2:02 pm

  • Period 6 Tutorial - 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm


  • *Periods 4-6 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm

  • Period 1 Tutorial - 1:10 pm-1:35 pm

  • Period 2 Tutorial - 1:37 pm-2:02 pm

  • Period 3 Tutorial - 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm


  • *Periods 1-3 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm
  • LUNCH AT THE HORSESHOE - 12:30 - 1:10 pm
  • Period 4 Tutorial - 1:10 pm-1:35 pm

  • Period 5 Tutorial - 1:37 pm-2:02 pm

  • Period 6 Tutorial - 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm


  • *Periods 4-6 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm

  • LUNCH AT THE HORSESHOE - 12:30 - 1:10 pm (Kona Ice on us!)

  • Period 1 Tutorial - 1:10 pm-1:35 pm

  • Period 2 Tutorial - 1:37 pm-2:02 pm

  • Period 3 Tutorial - 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm

  • Virtual Back to School Night


  • Family Friday 7:15 - 7:55 am in front of the Mustang Statue

  • *Periods 1-6 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm

  • Minimum Day for Certificated - Contractually done at 12:30 pm.

**Kevin Wendland will be available on Google Meet or Google Chat Monday-Friday from 8:00 - 2:30 pm to for tech support. Google Meet Link in the WHS Google Classroom or CLICK HERE. He will put an away message up if he is out of the office helping someone out.


Family Fridays | August 28

Come join us as we celebrate the end of August, and paychecks on the horizon as we get together for Family Friday on August 28 in front of the Mustang HQ board and Mustang statue from 7:15-7:55 am.

Donuts, coffee, and fellowship while keeping a safe distance.

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Teachers - Choose your new Laptop!

Teachers! Please make sure you fill out the district device form sent by Dr. Witmer on Thursday, August 13. Once our entire site has made their choice, they will place our order for us. See the link below!

Site Licenses - Screencastify

Thanks to the Walnut High Community Club, we were fortunate enough to receive Screencastify and EdPuzzle as a site license.

For Screencastify, check the tutorial below on how to use it. We have some extra site licenses for screencastify if any of your family or close friends would like to hop on board with us and use it. Please shoot me an email if you would like me to add them.

Screencastify Tutorial 2020 | Teaching Digital Lessons

Site Licenses - EdPuzzle

EdPuzzle is also ready to go. The entire school has been activated. If you have an account and have Walnut High listed as your school you are good to go. Your account should read Pro School. If you don't have an EdPuzzle account, go ahead and click this link,

Finally, if you are new to EdPuzzle, take a look at their resources,

Getting Started with "EdPuzzle" Tutorial

LUNCH AT THE HORSESHOE! - Wednesdays & Thursdays

Remember, every Wednesday & Thursday, we will have tables, games, and music set up in the Horseshoe in the center of campus ALL DAY! From 12:30 - 1:30 get away from your screen, bring your lunch out, get out of your classroom, and enjoy each other's company with physical distancing.

Tables and chairs will be set up in the shade, games will be set up in the horseshoe area with shade, and Ave will be playing nothing but the hits.

Games include cornhole, giant Jenga, giant Connect-4, Table Tennis, and others. Make sure we follow social distancing. We will have sanitizer as well paper towels and citra-cide spray to wipe anything down for you.

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Kona Ice - This Thursday starting at Noon

We are serving Kona Ice at lunch in the Horseshoe starting at 12:00 pm as a THANK YOU for all you have done over these past 3 weeks. I know it has been a huge transition for us, but everyone has been amazing! Come get some Kona Ice on us!
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Keep adding to our Padlet Board!

Feel free to share to our Padlet board to see what others are doing, share a success story, funny story, or vent!
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Take Attendance in Zoom

1. go to REPORTS

2. Click Usage

3. scroll to the right and click on the highlighted/linked BLUE number

4. view or download as csv file. Report shows WHO was in the meeting and for how long

Four Steps to Activating Your New Zoom Account

Please click the PDF below to see how to correctly activate your Zoom account if you are using that platform for your instruction.

Start Nominating for Walnut Wednesday Awards!

Our first Walnut Wednesday Awards will be on September 2nd! If you are on campus, we will surprise you, take a pic, give you a certificate, and let you pick from the swag bag. If you are not on campus, we will surprise you virtually, take a pic (somehow?), put the certificate in your box, as well as a ticket you can turn into Monique to pick from the swag bag when you get back.

Fill out the link below to nominate someone who embodies "The Walnut Way"

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PE Lockers | Textbook Room Open this Week

Please let your students know that the Textbook Room and PE Locker Room will be open M-F, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm.

Students Coming on Campus to Pick Something Up

Please make sure you let Conchita know or meet them in the front office if you have students coming on campus to pick up any material. We need to make sure we log any student that comes on campus to be as safe as possible.

Substitute Teachers?!

If you need a sub during Distance Learning, here is the protocol:

  • The teacher puts in for a sub on AESOP/Frontline
  • The teacher creates a new Google Meet/Zoom link for the substitute.
  • Post link into Frontline for the sub, and Google Classroom for the students.
  • Post announcement telling students there will be a substitute as well as the lesson for the day.
  • Copy and upload the lesson plan into Frontline for the substitute.
  • The substitute will come on campus, have rosters printed for them, and take roll through Google Meet / Zoom as well as get the students started on their assignments.

COVID Exposure Protocol

Thank you for your support as we navigate through such unprecedented times. I wanted to provide some basic information and clarification regarding COVID protocol.

If you have symptoms and are in the process of testing or test positive for COVID:

  • DO - Call Kina Mattoon, Risk Management/Employee Benefits Specialist ( or 909-595-1261, ext. 31332) or Admin staff as soon as possible. Be prepared to provide any dates that you were on campus as well as names of anyone you came in contact with.
  • DO NOT – come to campus. Kina will provide you with a return date.

If a staff member or student has a confirmed case, possible confirmed case or potential exposure of COVID-19:

  • WE CAN – directly inform any persons that may have come in contact with that staff member or student.
  • Encourage anyone exposed to check their symptoms frequently and inquire about a COVID-19 test with your physician

  • WE WILL- immediately close off any areas that the staff member or student visited
  • Wait for 24 hours, or as long as practical, before cleaning and disinfecting these areas

  • WE CANNOT – give out any personal information (name, job classification, room number, etc.) or designators (gender, grade level etc.) which would identify the staff member or student. Providing this information would be a violation of the Education Code, HIPAA, FERPA, CMIA and ADA privacy policies.

We understand your concerns and your need for information. District, state and federal guidelines are being strictly followed. Please be assured that we are committed to your safety: this includes your physical health as well as your right to privacy.


Per District Policy, if you come on campus, you need to fill out a Google Form and answer two questions. Also, please make sure you move your green magnet to the right side of your name if you are here. This will help us know who is on campus for sanitation purposes and in case of an emergency.

The board is located in front of the W by the administration office. Please make sure you are wearing a mask when you leave your classroom or workspace.

Below is a link to the check in form you need to fill out when you arrive on campus. QR codes were placed in your box and will be around campus.

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We created a Distance Learning Resource Guide that will help answer questions for our students and parents. Feel free to post this link in your Google Classroom or Syllabus.

A tutorial video on how to use the guide is below as well as a link to the guide. You can also access the guide by heading to

2020-2021 Distance Learning Guide

Current Solutions | Check Your Illness & Vacation Hours

Current Solutions allows us to check our sick and vacation hours.

  1. Link:
  2. The log in information for WVUSD employees will be as follows:

  • User name: first name
  • Password: last 4 of your social

Staff Meeting Recap Sessions

Three ago, we had a staff meeting as well as breakout sessions to cover the nuts and bolts of Distance Learning. Click on the links below if you need to review any of the meetings in case you missed any.

Resetting Student Passwords

If you have students who need their password reset please watch the video below on how you can do it from home.
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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

PE Crew Adapting & Overcoming!

Big shoutout to our PE crew who has been working together as a team to provide the best instruction and resources possible for our students. Angela McElroy had a couple of moments where she wanted to phone it in, but her perseverance and resiliency shined through. With the support of her team, she has transformed into a Distance Learning rising star!
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Instructional Tech Support Superstars!

Thank you so much to the following teachers who have been a huge help to other teachers throughout our Distance Learning phase:

  • Kevin Wendland
  • Jane Han
  • Marissa Beemer
  • Erik Jameson
  • Vanessa Chen
  • Jennifer Carreno
  • Eric Peralta
  • Justin Panlilio
  • Emily Alder

Collaboration Superstars!

Big shoutout to our AP Teachers, IB Teachers, AF, and ADP crew for doing an amazing job collaborating with each other and working to stay on the same page with so much going on right now.

Campus Support!

Thank you to the following staff members who have been helping behind the scenes to keep Distance Learning running smoothly for our staff and students:

- Tania Coday-Voss (Textbooks)

- Lori Campos (Distributing supplemental material at the W)

- Cecille Hernandez Ortiz (Distributing supplemental material at the W)

- Dawn Martinez (Distributing supplemental material at the W)

- Conchita Cawley (Health and Safety procedures)

Our Custodial Team Keeping our Campus Sanitized

Our custodian team has been working behind the scenes making sure rooms are getting deep cleaned, door handles being wiped down, and keeping this campus as safe and clean as possible. Thank you, custodial crew!

Attendance Passes the Audit!

Congrats to Julie Blair and Mary Harms who passed an intensive attendance audit this month. The audit included:

  • · Monthly Attendance Summary Report
  • · Monthly Attendance Detail Report
  • · Access to original source documentation (scantron sheets or roll sheets)
  • · Access to notes or logs documenting absences
  • · Bell schedules and attendance calendars (indicating the number of regular, minimum and other modified days)
  • · Records or verification that each site is in compliance with instructional time requirements
  • · Listing of classes that have 20% or more English Language Learners enrolled
  • · Independent study documentation and files (both short-term and long-term if applicable)
  • · Ability to interview the site personnel responsible for collecting, maintaining, and reporting data for the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) compilation.

It was intense! Great job ladies!

GLC's Adapting to our Virtual Environment!

Shoutout to our GLC team who has been adjusting to connecting with our students throughout the week whether it's virtual office hours, meeting with teachers, to reaching out to families when students are absent. Thank you for continuing to connect with our kids!



8/3 Lawrence Luu

8/5 Charlene Pena

8/7 Rob Coad

8/8 Emily Alder

8/8 Pat Collins

8/8 Patrick Gutierrez

8/12 Kirsten Thibeault

8/15 Ernest Mota

8/16 Shirley Markel

8/18 Richard Kim

8/19 Anthony Reynoso

8/20 Jerry Knox

8/20 Dawn Martinez

8/21 Paul Acosta

8/27 Gloria Goytia

8/28 Alyssia Infante

8/28 Chiara Morgan

8/28 Andrea Takahashi

8/30 Jeff Jacks


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About Us

Opened in 1968, Walnut High School is a public school located in the Walnut Valley Unified School District that serves roughly 2,300 students.
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