Secret Spirit Week - Pajama Day!

THANK YOU to our staff who joined in on our Secret Spirit Day last Friday. We held a raffle after school on Friday. Several students guessed the right theme, but only ONE could win the prize. Congrats to 9th grader Omar Abdelaziz who was the lucky winner. He had Door Dash delivered to his house on Friday. Scroll down to see this week's secret theme and scroll down even more to see some of our teacher participants!
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Secret Spirit Day Raffle Winner!



  • *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

  • LUNCH AT THE HORSESHOE - 12:30 - 1:10 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

  • 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


  • Family Friday - 7:15 - 7:55 am
  • *Periods 1-6 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm

  • Staff/PD/Collaboration/Prep 1:10 pm - 2:30 pm

  • Lockdown Drill - 1:10 -1:30 pm


  • Grades due by 3:00 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 --> CLICK HERE. He will put an away message up if he is out of the office helping someone out.


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Katelyn Tinius Guided Self-Reflection

Katelyn Tinius has her students participate in a 10-minute self-reflection. Here is the prompt she has as well as a 10-minute video to help students.

Knowledge is power. Taking a few moments to observe your body before and after you reflect will help you dial in what practices are the most beneficial for your body and stress management. Most importantly, it will help you enhance or create the habit of tuning in to what your body is telling you every day!

After that, she has students fill out a survey on how they feel pre and post self-reflection. Great work Katelyn!

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Is there an SEL Lesson You Do with Your Students?

We would like to highlight weekly SEL lessons from our staff on the Monday Morning Mustang. If you have any SEL lesson ideas, please fill out the form below so we can feature you!

Want to be Featured on a Monthly Lesson Highlight?

E-Mail Ryan Maine or one of the deans. In our FAC meeting, teachers mentioned they would like to see some lessons in action. If you have a fun lesson planned, shoot us an e-mail, so we can record some highlights and share with the staff.

--------------IMPORTANT INFO----------------

Grades Due - September 25 by 3 pm

The end of the 6 week grading period is this Friday, September 18. Grades are due by 3 pm on September 25.
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Lockdown Drill - Friday @ 1:10 pm

We are having a level 1 Lockdown Drill on Friday, September 25th at 1:10pm. The district informed us that drills still need to be completed, even during Distance Learning.

If you will be working off-site on this day, please read on for important information.

If you will be on-site on this day, please read on for further instructions.

We are conducting this drill to practice getting to a safe, secure space on campus quickly in the event of an emergency. The more we practice, the more successful we will be in a real emergency.

There are three lockdown levels:

  • Level #1 – Preventive
    • There is a threat nearby, off campus.
  • Level #2 – Emergency
    • The threat involves an unarmed intruder on campus.
  • Level #3 – Imminent
    • There is an armed intruder or active shooter on campus.

What will occur during our level 1 lockdown drill, or in the event of a real level 1 lockdown emergency?

  • Dr. Maine will make an announcement via the PA system.
  • Security and Custodial will lock all perimeter and interior gates.
  • Staff should open classroom/office doors and quickly sweep in anyone outside of your door and in your immediate view.
    • After your sweep, quickly lock your door(s) and continue with normal activity.
      • If you do sweep in anyone, please call Attendance and report to the office.
    • Do not open the doors until the ALL CLEAR is called over the PA system.

Rep Your College Gear!

College Application Season is here! Please help our Senior GLCs promote colleges/universities, and vocational or military programs by wearing your best college gear every 2nd and 4th Wednesday through fall semester.

Wait…there’s more. Participants will be eligible for raffle prizes.

Here’s how:

SECRET SPIRIT DAY: This Week's Mission!

Last week, we will held our SECRET SPIRIT DAY! (Great idea Andrea Takahashi!) Click below to accept this week's mission!
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Front Office Staggered Shifts

Taking precaution IF someone comes down with COVID (don't worry, no one has) we want to make sure we don't have to shut down our entire office for 14 days, so we decided to stagger shifts. What this means is our front office team will be working from home some days and in the office other days. They are all connected to CISCO Jabber and their email, so feel free to dial their extension or send an email if they are not physically in the office. Click below for our September schedule.

STUDENT FEEDBACK: Distance Learning

At the beginning of the school year, our district sent a survey to all students asking for their feedback regarding Distance Learning. We wanted to share the results from Walnut High School students. Obviously, with an anonymous survey, there are some interesting comments in there, but we hope this gives you some insight into how our students are feeling right now regarding Distance Learning.

The survey is broken into six tabs at the top for you to view:

  • Biggest Challenges of Distance Learning
  • What is going well with Distance Learning?
  • Anything you want us to know?
  • How do you feel about returning?
  • What are some concerns you have with returning to school when it reopens?
  • What safety precautions would make you feel more comfortable about returning to school?

PSAT Proctors

We are working to develop our plan for the January PSAT, in anticipation of our students returning to in person instruction by that time. The exam would take place on Tuesday, January 26th during the instructional day, and we will need certificated staff to proctor during your conference period. At present time, we do not have any information regarding school opening, but want to be prepared. If you are interested in proctoring the PSAT during your prep period on that day, please fill out the form below:

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.

---------------TECH NEWS & UPDATES -----------------

Kami Split & Merge PDF's

Here is a quick look at how to split large pdf files or merge multiple files into single pdf files on Kami.
Kami - Split & Merge

Illuminate Flex Assessment

Illuminate is a great way to take and use your old paper tests during distance learning. Last year, Illuminate transitioned from "hybrid" assessments to "flex" assessments. The process is basically the same. Here is a quick walk-through of creating a flex assessment and assigning it to your classes.
Illuminate Flex Assessment

September Tech Newsletter!

Kevin Wendland created a September Tech Newsletter. Check it out!
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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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----------------COVID SAFETY INFO--------------------

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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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

Pajama Day Participants!

Thanks to everyone who mixed things up a bit and participated in our PAJAMA DAY last Friday. We are all trying our best to break up the monotony of Distance Learning and little fun activities like this help mix it up a bit as well as make it fun. Check out the pics below!
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Keith Thompson Hand Written Notes

Keith Thompson has been sending his student's handwritten notes each week. His goal is to send one to every student by the end of the semester. How cool is this? Thank you Keith for making our students feel valued! Kind acts such as this go a long way!
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College Week!

Big shoutout to Viviana Hoyos, Sonia Nunes, Elisabeth Everts, and Corolar Schultz for hosting THREE college events last week. A virtual meeting regarding college apps, a financial aid night, and a virtual college fair. Thank you for going above and beyond!

Carreno, Pai, Sebastian, & Villanueva Inspiring Others!

On Thursday, Jennifer Carreno, Vanessa Pai, Sheila Sebastian, and Faith Villanueva presented to East San Gabriel ROP's faculty and admin on tips, techniques, apps, and hacks on Google Classroom and Distance Learning. Thank you for representing Walnut High School and inspiring others!
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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


9/1 Hanan Gibani

9/4 Tito Rodriguez

9/8 Rebecca Chai

9/11 Keith Dillabough

9/14 Kevin Wendland

9/14 Conchita Cawley

9/20 Kate Borihane

9/21 Angela McElroy

9/22 Jennifer Chalew

9/22 Andy Schultz

9/26 Jennifer Sorbara

9/26 Donna Waggener

9/30 Wil Lares

9/30 Jena Muhr


The Social Dilemma

This weekend, I had the opportunity to watch THE SOCIAL DILEMMA on Netflix. It was an eye opening documentary on how much the tech industry and social media influence our decisions on a daily basis and work to keep us addicted to technology. An alarming statistic showed that teenage depression, anxiety, and suicide have increased tremendously since 2010 (when social media brought their apps to mobile phones) or fake news travels six times faster online than true news.

If you have a chance, watch it and continue to educate our students on being responsible digital citizens as well as the influence social media has on our daily lives.

The Social Dilemma | Official Trailer | Netflix

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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