March 30-APRIL 3, 2020


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Thank you all for joining our virtual staff meeting. Here is a quick recap for what we covered:

  • We have 3 phases of online learning:
    • Phase 1 (March 19 – April 9): Students are working on review, practice, and enrichment material to lessen the learning gap.
    • Phase 2 (April 20 – May 5): Online instruction begins. Students are expected to work.
    • Phase 3 (May 6 – May 28): IF school is still closed, we will close out the year continuing online instruction. We will have to give finals, input final grades, etc.
  • Over the next few weeks, the district is going to answer questions regarding students that need resources such as computers and internet access, staff that needs PD, modifications for our SPED students, and other issues that need to be addressed.
  • Thank you to our Online Learning Pioneers who helped share their experiences and answer questions today:
    • Nick Blackford
    • Garrett Lim
    • Kellee Lyons
    • Suzanne Tenbroek
    • Jennifer Maletz
    • Tina Yu-Wong
      • Reach out to them for any advice, tips, or possible training as you begin to set up your online platform.
  • Kevin Wendland shared some technology recommendations. You can find those all by clicking here.
  • Kevin sent out a schedule for the sessions as well as his office hours for Q & A. Please reach out! We are here to help. The schedule is found below.

As far as next steps:

  • Start preparing your online learning platform and what that looks like. Students are expected to start doing work on April 20. Those expectations are on you as a teacher. You have the freedom to map out what the remainder of the year looks like.

I will send out any new updates that come in. Also, thank you classified for all of the behind the scenes work you are doing from keeping our campus clean and secure, to scheduling registration appointments, and everything in between.

Mustang Schedule This Week:









Join us for a Staff Meeting on Thursday at Noon. I have a district virtual meeting at 9 am and would love to provide any updates I hear from this meeting regarding the next steps, other staff members sharing best practices, and help answer any questions. The link for the meeting can be found below.

THIS WEEK: Professional Development Sessions

Just a heads up on what is going on this week for webinar/technology trainings:

  • Monday 3-30, 2 - 3 PM: Online Assessments - hosted by me (link). We will talk about 3 popular choices for online assessments Google Forms, Socrative, and Illuminate. Pros/Cons, how to set up each one.

  • Tuesday 3-31, 2 - 3 PM: General Tech Q&A - hosted by me (link). Just a open discussion on any tech questions you have. If you have something you want to share with the staff (tips, sites, etc.) feel free to join in and share.

  • Wednesday 4-1, 2 - 3 PM: Google Classroom - hosted by DB's tech coach Randy Thomas (link). We will discuss the basics of Google Classroom. How to create assignments, import from Aeries, and other basic functions. If you aren't familiar with Google Classroom, come join.

  • Thursday 4-2, 2 - 3 PM: General Tech Q&A - hosted by me (link). After our staff meeting at noon, grab a bite to eat, then join us for another open discussion on any tech questions you have. If you have something you want to share with the staff (tips, sites, etc.) feel free to join in and share.

Distance Learning Resource Site - updated with some add-ons for Google Meet and more. Take a look at it and spend a few minutes getting used to some of the different tools available to you.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Kevin.

Looking for Cohort of Innovative Teachers

Dear Teachers,

I want to start by thanking all of you as we move through these unchartered waters. Your commitment to your students, your flexibility, and your compassion have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for all you do! As we begin to plan Distance Learning beginning on April 20th, we need your help. We are looking for innovative teachers to be a part of our curriculum cohort to help create a baseline plan for each department.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

1. For the week of 3/30/20-4/3/20, a minimum of 4 hours to be a resource in your department and help teachers deliver instruction using the Google Classroom platform.

2. Beginning the week of 4/6/20, you would be on an as-needed basis. About 1 hour weekly.

3. We are looking for teachers with experience with Google Classroom-Google Certified (preferred)

4. Curriculum Cohort provides a sample for week 1 and is a resource for subsequent weeks.

5. You will be compensated at the professional rate.

We are looking for two teachers per department. If you are interested in helping design our baseline platform, please let your dean know.


Marta will be hosting a Google Meet Master Schedule Meeting with the SPED Department at 10:00 am on Wednesday. The link can be found below.

Google Compiles Remote Learning Resources for Educators with ‘Teach from Home’ Hub

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Now that our campus closure date has been extended to May 5, we will begin online instruction on April 20. Last week, Google compiled all of its resources to create a one-stop-shop for remote learning. First are simple card-based instructions on how to “teach remotely with video calls.” This includes using Hangouts Meet, live-streaming, and the Audience Q&A feature in Google Slides as we did with our staff meeting last Monday. There are also tips to ensure accessibility (closed captioning, voice typing), keeping students engaged (discussions in Classroom, Jamboard), and communicating with fellow teachers (Hangouts Chat, Drive, and Groups).

Click the links below to see how to get started or reach out to Kevin Wendland if you have any questions!


The College Board made an important announcement today regarding AP testing. For the 2019-2020 school year, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. College Board will post the specific test dates and the free-response question types by April 3. Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.

Please see the video below from our AP Computer Science Teacher, Nick Blackford, on how our AP Students can utilize free, live, AP review lessons delivered from teachers across the country.

College Board Livestream Update (03.25.20)

Learning Enrichment And Resource Network

The district resource page was formed in collaboration with educators, experts in the field of social and emotional health of children, and local mental health and wellness providers. It is a consortium to serve as a one-stop place in the Walnut Valley Unified School District for academic, wellness, and parenting resources. Please view the video message from Superintendent Dr. Taylor on our district-wide Learning Enrichment And Resource Network.
WVUSD Learning Enrichment and Resource Network


Google Meet Updates to Grid View!

Much like Zoom, Google Meet added an extension to let you see everyone during a Google Meet session. See the instructions below!
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Google Meet Grid View on Student iOS Devices

Distance Learning Resource Site

Kevin went ahead and put together a quick resource site for you to look at during this time before we fully transition to distance learning.

The page is broken down into some categories:

  • Video/Screencasting
  • Online Assessments
  • Interactive Lessons
  • Google Classroom
  • Other sites to use

Try not to be overwhelmed during this time. Take a few minutes, read a description and then watch a few videos. When we have the Q&As next week, you can ask questions about some of the things you saw. We are still working on a webinar schedule as well that will focus on each of the topics. We'll get through this together!

Distance Learning Resource Site - HERE.

Once again, I recommend using Google Chat for messaging teams during this time instead of email or texting. It is through your Google account and can be accessed online or through an app on your phone. Information for Google Chat is HERE.

Synchronous vs Asynchronous Online Learning

As Suzanne TenBroek said, there is a significant difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning. With synchronous learning, learners can receive immediate feedback from their fellow students or teacher through instant messaging. Asynchronous learning doesn't enable that type of interaction but still plays a major role. See the graphic below on how both can be a major benefit for your online classroom.
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Google File Stream

Google used to have a program that allowed you to add Google Drive to Windows to make it function like any other folder on your computer. They have revamped it and renamed it to Google File Stream. The functionality is basically the same, except now it will look like a Network Drive versus a Folder. The main benefit of installing this on your computer is that you can now save everything to your Drive, where you have unlimited storage, and be able to access it from anywhere you have internet access.
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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!


Shoutout to our staff below for holding Google Meet / Zoom sessions to touch base and stay connected. Feel free to invite any of us to your sessions. We love checking in, seeing the kids, and actually talking to human beings outside our family.


3/6 Hugo Gonzalez

3/7 Neil Jacoby

3/12 Wayne DiMascio

3/12 Pei-Ying Lin

3/12 Bill Bosanko

3/13 Josh Bandy

3/13 Kristy Kirkpatrick

3/14 Mary Harms

3/16 Eleanor Blanchard

3/17 Alex Nigian

3/18 Linda Jimenez

3/20 Jenny Herzog

3/28 David Kim



Here are 10 tips to help transition to distance learning. Remember, find a routine, keep it simple, and don't go too crazy. As Kevin said, we are all first-year online educators. We don't expect it to be perfect.

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