February 10-14, 2020

Walnut Wednesday Awards

Last Wednesday, we had our second installment of our Walnut Wednesday Awards for 2020! Congrats to our staff members who received an award, a pick from the swag bag, and a social media shout out. Scroll down to see who received the awards!

Love the enthusiasm Jen Sorbara!

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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)


  • *Periods 1-2 & 5-6 Tutorial Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm
  • Dr. Taylor & Board Member Visit - 9:00 - 12:00 pm
  • SEL Team Meeting in H5 - 3:00 - 4:00 pm


  • *Periods 1-6 Regular Day Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm
  • Valentine's Staff Luncheon in MPR 11:30 - 12:30.
  • End of 6 Week Grading Period


Valentine's Day Lunch!

Andy Schultz and our ASB kids will be hosting a Valentine's Day luncheon from 11:30 - 12:30 in the MPR on Friday. The admin team will have a Valentine's Goodie Bag for you as well. Come swing by during lunch!
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Time to Nominate our Teacher of the Year!

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Teacher of the Year! Please nominate a teacher that you feel deserves this honor! Criteria and nomination link below.
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Grades Due Feb 21!

Friday, February 14, is the end of the 6 week grading period! Grades are due February 21.
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Staff PD Day on February 21

Our Staff PD Day will be held on Friday, February 21. This is what the district called "Mini-U" last year, but this year will be site based. Kevin will send out a sign-up sheet for the breakout sessions this week.

Here is a rough itinerary of the day:

  • 7:30 – 8:00: Breakfast and Coffee
  • 8:00 – 8:15: Staff Meeting
  • 8:15 – 8:30: Transition to WASC Groups
  • 8:30 – 10:00: WASC Data Collection Groups
  • 10:00 – 10:15: Break
  • 10:15 – 11:00: BREAKOUT SESSION #1
  • 11:10 – 11:55: BREAKOUT SESSION #2
  • 12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH (Provided by the district)
  • 1:00 – 3:00: Relax (Massage envy is coming) and Classroom Prep (On your own)

We are looking for presenters in our breakout sessions. If you have an exciting lesson, tech tool, tips & tricks, or anything else that might help us grow professionally!

Get Google Certified!

The district is once again offering its Google Certified Educator Level 1 training. The training will take place over 3 days at the district office. A sub will be provided for you.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Google Suite of products and how to use them effectively in your classes.

The dates are February 24th, 26th, and March 3rd.

If you are interested, please sign up below.

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Period by Period Meeting on February 28

Mark your calendars for a Period-by-Period meeting on February 28 in H5.

Low Performing Student Block Grant

Our district received a one-time Low Performing Student Block Grant to compensate certificated staff for their commitment and hard work with continuous professional learning to meet the needs of our students.

Please see the attached memo with more information and form below that you need to fill out to be compensated.


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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Tutorial Requests Video

Kevin gives our staff the option to request students to their tutorial sessions through Google Forms. Take a look at the video below on HOW TO request students to tutorial.
Tutorial Request

Tutorial Scanning Sheets

Just a quick follow-up to our staff meeting & email.

  • Before the sheet will work properly you need to approve the script to run. That is found in the video below. It should take 2-3 minutes to get it to run.
  • Always make sure you are in the first column when scanning/typing in IDs.
  • I will be going around building by building over the next couple of weeks during tutorial to check in
  • If you are having any issues getting the script to run, please fill out this form HERE.
Tutorial Set Up




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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

Walnut Wednesday Winners

A big congrats to our Walnut Wednesday Award Winners for the month of January! See our winners below.

FBLA wins 9 straight!

Congrats to Mike Moore and the FBLA team for their 1st place win in the FBLA Inland Section for the 9th year straight!
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Rebecca Chai SIOP Presentation

Huge shout out to Rebecca Chai who presented to the entire district leadership team on Thursday regarding SIOP and it's effectiveness for our EL Population. She did an amazing job!
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Chalew Facilitates Cooperative Argumentative Dialogue

This week, Jennifer Chalew, had her students participate in the Socratic Method of argumentative dialogue. It's refreshing seeing our students able to express their opinions, back it up with valid points, and be civil. This is something our kids need more of as we see the complete opposite on social media.
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Ellie taking our kids on a Field Trip

Ellie Blanchard took her Anatomy & Physiology students to the Southern California University of Health Sciences today where they get to view pre-dissected human specimens and discuss topics regarding embryology, neurology, the special senses, and internal organs.
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Rob & Drew Share Their Vision with the Board

On Wednesday night, Rob and Drew showed our board the vision of our new Peer Counseling Center called "The Stable". A soft rollout is happening this month and we plan to send out a big announcement introducing the new room in March.
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Thanks to our Custodial Crew!

On Wednesday, we had ELPAC testing and a mid-year board review meeting in the Library. Our custodians set up, broke down, then set back up again for testing in a 24-hour span! I appreciate our crew!
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2/1 Robert Sandoval

2/3 Erica Blake

2/6 Katelyn Takahashi

2/9 Jane Han

2/12 Renee Juarez-Medina

2/12 Corey Wicks

2/13 Rose Marie Arellanes

2/13 Jeri Burnside

2/13 Suzanne TenBroek

2/16 Haesoo Park

2/19 Tania Coday-Voss

2/28 Ragen Goetz

2/29 Ron Honore


The video below is under three minutes and filled with a lot of wisdom nuggets for classroom teaching.

The speaker talks about:

  1. Learning for our students
  2. Learning about our students
  3. Learning with our students

Give it a watch!

3 Types of Learning Crucial for Education

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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