It's Halloween Time!

Don't forget to dress up for Halloween on Thursday! We will be dressing as 80/90's movie characters, celebrities, musicians, etc. As you can see below, my Dumb and Dumber suit came in! Please swing by the front office to get a name tag so everyone knows who you are dressed up as. Also, we will have 75 students visiting from Japan on this day. They will be in for a surprise.
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Mustang Schedule This Week:


  • *Periods 1-6 Regular Day Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm


  • *Periods 3-4 & 5-6 Tutorial Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm


  • *Periods 1-4 Collaboration Schedule - 7:50 am-2:00 pm (Early Out Dismissal)
  • Walnut Wednesday: Wear Walnut Gear
  • Dr. Taylor Site Visit
  • Opening Night to Almost, Maine


  • *Periods 1-2 & 5-6 Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm
  • 75 Japanese Students Visiting Campus - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Halloween!


  • *Periods 1-6 Regular Day Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm


Start Nominating for Walnut Wednesday!

Our third Walnut Wednesday Awards will be on November 6! Fill out the link below to nominate someone who embodies "The Walnut Way"

Tightening Up Tutorial

We will start the "Mustang Round-Up" on Tuesday, November 5.

Here are some details:

  • Tutorial announcements are currently being made letting students know they have to be in a classroom during tutorial by the bell otherwise they will be sent to the "Mustang Round-Up" in the MPR
  • A GLC will scan students in and an email will be sent to parents/guardians
  • All students in "Mustang Round Up" will quietly work on something in the MPR. It is not a hang out time! We really want our students to focus on finishing homework, getting extra help, and using that time during the school day to get ahead.

Note: Please remind students of the importance of tutorial! More work during tutorial leads to less work at home.


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Walnut Valley has actively supported this important cause for many years. Some of our staff have fought or are fighting cancer right now. A few have lost the battle. Please support and donate to this worthwhile cause. Proceeds support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

Please submit all donations to Monique Estrada by November 1st. The WHS employee that donates the most will receive a pink bag.

No cash please! Checks made out to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Thank you for supporting this worthy cause!

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Directing Change Mini Grant Opportunity for Los Angeles County Districts and Schools

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest is thrilled to announce a new Mini Grant Opportunity for Schools and Districts in Los Angeles County! The Directing Change Program & Film Contest engages youth to learn about the topics of suicide prevention and mental health by creating short films that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts across the state, in their communities, and on their campuses. Participants have a chance to win cash prizes, meet with film making professionals, and attend an award ceremony in May.

Eligible Organizations: Schools and districts working with students in grades 6-12 in Los Angeles County. Public, private, and charter schools and districts are all eligible to apply.

Mini Grant Funding: $1,500 to implement the Directing Change Program & Film Contest in a classroom setting.


  • Facilitate participation of at least one classroom in the Directing Change program during the 2019-20 school year, resulting in a minimum of five film submissions by the submission deadline: March 1, 2020.
  • Teach at least one Directing Change mental health or suicide prevention lesson in a classroom on campus.
  • Plan and implement an awareness event on campus which includes screening of the youth-produced films to peers and/or parents in May 2020.

Interested? Complete these steps by Friday October 18, 2019:

Mini-Grant Opportunities for K-12 Teachers

Sponsored by The Helen and Will Webster Foundation and Azusa Pacific University.

Keeping History Alive and Bringing STEM to Life awards mini-grants of $250-$850 to K-12 teachers of history and STEM in Los Angeles County. The mini-grants assist teachers in public, private, charter, and parochial schools with classroom resources, field trips, on-campus presentations, and/or professional development. Applications due: October 31, 2019

Eligibility requirements, applications, and rubrics can be viewed online via the following links:



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TurnitIn After School Workshop for all secondary teachers who incorporate writing in their content area.

Turnitin is a great tool that supports a curriculum focused on communication and collaboration skills. It is so much more than just a plagiarism checker! With Feedback Studio and PeerMark, you can save yourself hours of work from grading. Here are some time-saving features teachers love: voice and text comments, rubric grading, automatic grammar check, and peer feedback.

This is a hands-on workshop open to all secondary teachers who incorporate writing in their content area, not just those who teach English Language Arts. Turnitin accepts a variety of file types such as Google Docs, Google Slides (if converted to PDF format), Excel, and PowerPoint.

Training Date: November 4, 2019
Training Time: 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Training Location: Ed Services Training Room, District Office
Presenter: Alice Chen, Suzanne Middle School Teacher & Tech Coach

Attendees will be compensated at the professional hourly rate for attending.

Bring an electronic device.

Spots are limited so sign up before we fill up!

Sign up on this Google Form.


Boys Basketball is hosting our annual staff basketball fundraiser game on Friday, NOVEMBER 7th at 5:00. We would love to have you be a part of this event. If you would like to play in the game, Be a coach, sing the national anthem, sell tickets or help us out in any other way please let me know. The more staff members that we have involved the more fun the atmosphere will be. This game will be against the Diamondbar Staff.



Time to dust off those old cleats and represent the staff at the new annual Boys Soccer Alumni/Faculty soccer game. This year the game will take place on Friday, November 8, from 3 to 4:30 pm.

A free snack and Gatorade will be given to all participants. Anyone interested in participating, please contact

If you would like to watch the game, there is free entry and the concessions stand will be open. We are also looking for volunteers to help announce, run the score board, and take video of the game.


Online Referrals Rolling Out!

Thank you to the E building for piloting our online referrals. We are now going to roll out online referrals to K & F. If anybody would like to know more about online referrals, then please reach out to Kevin Wendland.


Fundraiser Requests will be filled out online, The link will also be on the Staff Resource Doc under Forms & Requests.

You will receive an email saying if your request is approved or denied. If approved, you will also receive a PDF copy of the form you normally would have filled out.


Bandy, Maletz, and Panlilio Sing at Jazz Night!

Corey Wicks and Katie Takahashi held a Jazz Band BBQ on Friday Night. It felt like the Hollywood Bowl. Such a cool experience. Josh Bandy, Jennifer Maletz, and Justin Panlilio had the opportunity to sing in front of hundreds of people.
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Janice Zhen sharing on Twitter!

Janice Zhen signed up for Twitter this month and has been sharing some amazing things happening in her classroom. Thanks for trying out new things Janice and showcasing all the cool things happening in your classroom.
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Coach Mac and our CIF Volleyball Girls!

Our Girls Volleyball Team beat the #2 ranked team in CIF, Schurr HS, on Saturday Night. Schurr was 21-0 and the Mustangs were big underdogs, but we have Coach Mac aka Return of the Mac!
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Jenny Tomlin Stepping Up!

Thank you, Jenny Tomlin, for stepping up last week. Our admin team was off-campus at a meeting on Thursday and Jenny stepped in to help with any issues that came up. Thanks for stepping up and your willingness to help out.

Garrett Lim celebrates Mole Day

Garrett Lim was excited on 10/23 for Mole Day. He literally dressed as a Mole. Love your enthusiasm Garrett!
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Blue Thunder Earns $705

The Walnut High School Band Program received a $705 check tonight at the Walnut Valley Water District board meeting for their help in conserving water at Walnut HS.

Under the direction of Corey Wicks and Katie Takahashi, some of our band students helped install high efficiency toilets on campus saving over 60 million gallons of water!
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PLTW Presents Their Findings!

Mrs. Schultz’s PLTW Biomedical Innovation students presented their findings from the Human Physiology experiment conducted with Mrs. Blanchard’s A& P students last month. Swing by Mrs. Schultz's room to see the posters and results. Our kids did a great job!
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a wonderful or astonishing person or thing.

Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!


10/1 So Hee Tan

10/03 Sonia Nunez

10/5 Julie Park

10/10 Christy Godinez

10/10 John Vu

10/12 David Smits

10/15 Erik Jameson

10/16 Donny Melara

10/18 Linda Rehm

10/21 Leah Turner

10/30 Marissa Beemer

10/30 Patrick McConnell


We're Constantly Checking on Students, but What About Teachers?

This constant mental load we share with hundreds of kids does not come without consequences to our own health. It is something that a bubble bath or fuzzy socks or a little more sleep won’t exactly fix. It’s something that we all need to be aware of as we have not have had a day off since September 2. Please make sure you are taking care of your self.

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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