The Friday Forecast

THE WEEK OF MAY 11 - MAY 15, 2020

Introducing your 2020 Walnut High School Teacher of the Year

Over +150 teachers, administration and staff annually recognize an outstanding high school educator who represents the Walnut Way.

We are excited to announce that Mr. Jerry Knox is our 2020 Teacher of the Year! Mr. Knox teaches Human Geography and Bioethics AP/IB. He has over 25 years of teaching experience, a 90% AP Pass Rate compared to the 48% national average, Head Cross Country Coach, Club Advisor, and a WHS Mustang Alumni.

Congrats Mr. Knox! You are living proof of The Walnut Way! Please watch our video announcement below.

The 2020 Teacher of the Year: Jerry Knox


MONDAY -May 11

  • English Block: 9:00 - 10:30 am

  • Social Science Block: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Elective Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

TUESDAY - May 12

  • Math Block: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Science Block: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • PE/Performing Arts/Athletics/CTE/ROP/Directed Studies Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm


  • Social Science Block: 9:00 - 10:30 am

  • English Block: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Elective Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm


  • Science Block: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Math Block: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • PE/Performing Arts/Athletics/CTE/ROP/Directed Studies Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm


  • Office Hours / Tutorial: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Staff Collaboration: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Important Senior Updates

Dear Class of 2020,

I wanted to send some important updates to our Class of 2020 students and families as we head into our final month of the school year. First off, thank you for coming together as a Mustang family during this unprecedented time. Seeing the positive messages on social media, via e-mail, and working with our Seniors shows how blessed we are to have such a phenomenal group of parents and young men and women representing Walnut High School.

Below are some important updates that we wanted to share with you:


  • We still plan to have an in-person ceremony in the stadium. We know how important it is for students, families, and friends to experience graduation on our football field. We are working closely with the department of health to find a later time in the summer that will allow us to hold an in-person ceremony.
  • In the meantime, May 28 is going to be a day you will not forget! We will celebrate our Seniors like we never have in the history of Walnut High School. The Class of 2020 is the 50th graduating class, so we might as well make it even more special for them!
  • Starting in the morning, we will have photo booths set up with photographers for our graduating Seniors to take a photo in their cap and gown with their family. We will send out appointment sign-ups that allow us to practice social distancing and maintain a safe environment.
  • Our Virtual Recognition Ceremony will begin in the afternoon. We are still finalizing the time frame, but plan to be at your home ready to watch the virtual recognition ceremony around 4:30 pm via a Live Stream link. The virtual recognition ceremony will include staff speeches, student speeches, performances, a keynote speech from Ryan Seacrest, as well as reading every Seniors’ name and showing it on the screen with their Senior picture to honor our Class of 2020.
  • If you have a difficult name to pronounce, please fill out this form by CLICKING HERE. Students must use their WVUSD Student Google Account to access the form.
  • Following the Virtual Recognition Ceremony, we will have a parade in which each graduating senior gets to take “One Last Ride” on a specific route around Walnut High School. Only one car will be allowed per family. We encourage you to decorate your car and have the graduate sit in the front passenger seat. Let’s make this a truly memorable experience.
  • Our teachers and staff will be spaced (following social distance protocols) out throughout the parade route, cheering on our Seniors and congratulating them on this monumental day.
  • At the end of the route, students will receive their diploma case. Actual diploma distribution details will be sent at a later date.
  • The parade route will be separated by alpha order to make sure we do not have over 500 cars on our campus at one time.
  • More information regarding the parade route, photo booth appointments, and minute by minute itinerary of the day will be sent out in the near future.


  • We plan to open our Virtual Recognition ceremony with a Senior Montage recapping our graduates four years at Walnut High School. Please upload any photos or videos that you have throughout your four years at Walnut High School. You can upload photos and videos by CLICKING HERE.


  • Please take a minute to fill out the Senior Exit Survey to let us know what you plan to do after high school. You can access the survey by CLICKING HERE.


  • We are in the process of putting together an awards program and need your help! If you have received a scholarship to the college you are attending or received an award, please send the information to


  • GRAD NIGHT: A representative for Disneyland says the refund will be available in 6 to 8 weeks. We will be working closely with Disneyland and keep you up to date.
  • GRADUATION TICKETS: We still plan to hold an in-person ceremony when we are allowed to do so. Your graduation tickets will be used for our in-person ceremony.


  • We have less than four weeks of school left. Please make sure you finish strong, stay on top of your work, and finish your classes with passing grades. You are almost at the finish line. Don’t give up!

Thank you for being patient with us as we continue to find ways to make special moments for the Class of 2020 during this global pandemic. We look forward to sending out more details as we get closer to May 28.


Ryan Maine


Walnut High School

Senior Countdown: Congratulations Seniors!

Today, May 8th, marks the last TEN days of high school classes for our seniors! Our Class of 2020 Cabinet created Instagram filters that allow Seniors to post countdowns of their favorite memories at WHS. Follow @walnuths2020 on Instagram to see the posts from our Seniors.
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Teacher Appreciation Week: We love our teachers!

From Apple Valley to Murrieta to South Pasadena & everywhere in between - our parents personally delivered a cupcake to every teacher's doorstep today! The Walnut High School Community Club has made such a positive impact on our campus in its first year! THANK YOU!

Virtual Workshop for SPED parents

The East San Gabriel Valley SELPA and Parent Community Advisory Committee is hosting a virtual workshop for PARENTS: Strategies to Support New Learning Routines and Positive Behaviors in the Home on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Please see the attached flyer for registration information.
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New Summer Class Added: Business Management Entrepreneurship

Click HERE to fill out the interest form for our NEW summer school Business Management Entrepreneurship class. This class fulfills 10 elective credits, AND FBLA CTE requirements.
Business Management Entrepreneurship

Senior Exit Survey

Hi Seniors, please take a moment to tell us about the next chapter in your life!

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” Eleanor Roosevelt

Senior Awards & Scholarships

Class of 2020! We are trying to put together an awards program and need your help! If you have received a scholarship to the college you will attending or received an award, please send the information to

What we need:

  • the name of the scholarship and the college of attendance or
  • the name of the award

ASB Presents: Walnut Wednesday Broadcast

This week, ASB President Matt Mayo features Boys and Girls Track and Field, Girls Swim, Election Info, and a Special Surprise!
#WalnutWednesdayBroadcasts: Episode 7

2020-2021 Class Officer Elections: Becoming a Leader in High School

Declare for a class office by submitting a picture with FlipGrid link (see attached flyers) to by Friday, May 15.

Campaign week will be May 20 to May 25 and we will send out links provided via the principal to all students. You may also campaign on your own during this time.

Voting will be May 26 and 27. Results will be released on May 28. Good Luck!

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The Dream Machine: Join the 2nd rebellion!

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Summer Registration Appointments

If you have not made your summer registration appointment with your GLC, please contact Mrs. Markel at

Need Transcripts?

If you need a transcript, you can see it on your Student Portal or go to our website at and click under the students tab. Make an account on Parchment and view it free or have one sent. If you need it in another format, please contact your GLC for help.

Virtual Interviews with Industry/Business Representatives

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Chromebook Distribution

If you missed the first distribution of Chromebooks, we will begin distribution from the District Office starting April 20th. The IT staff will collect Chromebooks and schedule appointments for pick up from the Technology Office. For those that need a Chromebook, we have setup an email address strictly for student and parents. Please forward any student-related technical support requests to: . This is only for students that NEED a device for distance learning.

Need Help finding Novels or Research Resources?

Need help finding novels or research resources online? We can help guide you to the tools you need! Email Mrs. Voss with your questions, include contact number for text or phone request.

WHS Distance Learning & Support Plan

This week, WHS began Distance Learning through a virtual platform. Take a look on how to get started. Let’s work together Mustangs and finish the semester strong!
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Join the Award Winning Band Program

It’s as easy as signing up with your GLC! Band is a place for everybody! Contact Mr. Wicks and Ms. Takahashi if you have any questions.
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Color Guard Interest Form 2020-2021

This is the link for anyone who is interested in joining the Color Guard for the 2020-2021 school year! Because of the current school situation, we will not have color guard clinics or tryouts this year. Anyone who is interested in joining should sign up on the link and will be welcomed on the team (no color guard or dance experience necessary!)

Walnut High School Color Guard Video 2020


Information for AP students and parents:

Get ready for your online AP exams!

Please review the following information to assure you are prepared and have a successful exam session. Stay healthy and study hard!

Important IB Update

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of so many schools, the IB has decided to cancel the 2020 May exams. However, the IB still intends to award Diplomas and Certificates. They have explained that the awarding of Diplomas and Certificates will be based on the grade from the internal assessment associated with each class, the teacher’s predicted grade and other statistical data to determine what grade they think the students would have scored had they taken the exam. They will still release results in July. The IB has said that any students who are unhappy with their results will have the option to take the actual IB exams during the 2020 November exam session. Further information can be found on the IB website. Please visit

Mustang Shout-Outs!

Saturday Shoutouts!

Every Saturday in MAY, our GLCs will recognize STUDENTS for representing the Walnut Way and pushing through the challenges of distance learning.

Here are the outstanding students from May 2nd. Congratulations to Aala Ahmed, Ian Ceballo, Natalia Gonzalez, Annika Le, Abbie Laurel, Isaiah Parrish, Joseph Shen, Victoria Segura, and Pamela Wang. Keep up the hard work!

Band Director, Mr. Wicks, Shaves his Head!

To honor our Class of 2020 and show his support, our band director, Mr. Wicks, took a vote to see if he should shave his head. Here are the results! ENJOY!
Mr. Wicks shaves his head for the class of 2020!

Faculty Honor Guard

Every year our Seniors pick their most influential, impactful, and favorite teacher over their four years at Walnut High School. Today, we announced our Faculty Honor Guard for our Class of 2020.

Congrats to the following teachers:

  • Mrs. Blanchard
  • Mr. Chen
  • Mrs. Herzog
  • Mr. Khouzam
  • Mr. Knox
  • Mr. Lim
  • Mr. Park
  • Ms. Takahashi
  • Ms. Thibeault
  • Mrs. Tinius

*Disclaimer: Mrs. Tinius takes funny yearbook photos every year. :)

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WHS Students Give Teachers a Shoutout!

We created a FlipGrid for students to give a special message to all of our teachers. Students are currently populating the Grid this week with heartfelt messages thanking all of our teachers for all they do! Currently, we have over 30 videos with some special messages. Click the link below to view the shootouts.
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WHS robotics teams use 3D printing to help fight pandemic

Over the past several weeks, tech savvy teens from Diamond Bar and Walnut High School quietly answered a call to aide first responders during the global pandemic.

When students learned of the dire shortage of personal protective equipment for frontline medical staff and how anyone with a 3D printer could fill the void – they sprang into action.

To date, Team Sprocket, Walnut Valley Robotics, Aluminati and 2nd Rebellion have provided approximately 600 free face shields to this initiative, which has supported nearly 100 medical centers, including West Covina Medical Center, Pomona Valley Medical Center, and Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

Walnut High’s Wolf Corp Robotics team members are making do-it-yourself (DIY) face shields for health care workers and those providing essential services, including Walnut Valley USD Nutrition Services staff serving weekday Grab & Go meals.

The shields are low cost and very easy to make with three main components: foam, elastic band, and a transparency sheet.

Each member has pledged to construct 15-20 protective face shields from home and over the weekend 50 additional gifts were delivered to essential workers in the community.

Aerospace engineer and mentor Eric Gever established the SoCal Makers initiative organizing groups of colleagues, robotics students, and local makers interested in making a difference and helping to produce the face shields.

Teens are not only solving real-world problems, but getting more interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“While many students may be thinking of this time away from school as an extended break, those who have remained involved in the Socal Makers Response Team have stood to benefit greatly though their participation in this project,” Gever said via Go Fund Me.

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Mustangs Moving On!

We’ve got some more Senior college commitments this week as more keep rollin’ in! Excited to see where the rest of our Mustangs commit over the next month. Congrats to the following Seniors! Make sure you click the link below to have your Senior recognized once they commit. (Student must use their WVUSD Google Account)

We love you class of 2020, watts and watts!

We are going to honor our SENIORS by turning on stadium lights once a week at 8:20 PM (2020 Military time) for 20 minutes. We want our seniors to know that we miss them and always thinking about them as we enter our last month of the school year.
Stadium Lights for our Class of 2020


Ryan Seacrest Checks in on the Class of 2020 Mustangs!
On April 17, Ryan Seacrest checked in on the Walnut Mustangs, Class of 2020, during his radio show. Our Principal asked Ryan Seacrest to give a special personalized message to our Seniors on May 28. He accepted! Thank you, Ryan Seacrest, for honoring our Mustang Seniors! Listen to the full interview above.

Three New Banners up at Walnut High School!

THREE new banners are up along the streets of Walnut High School! ⁣We love our Seniors & we miss all of our students! ⁣⁣Thank you Walnut High Community Club for your help! ⁣

Take a pic of the banner and feel free to post to support our Seniors and Mustang students during this unprecedented time. ⁣

Walnut High School Students Accept Dance Challenge

Two weeks ago, our Walnut High School staff challenged our students to a dance challenge! Our students accepted! Check the videos below.


WHS C/O 2020 Virtual Dance Challenge


Class 2021 Virtual Dance Challenge


Class of 2022 Dance Challenge


Virtual Dance Challenge 2020


Walnut High School Quarantine Staff Dance


Suicide Prevention Awareness: YOU could be the difference

Senior, Kaitlin Chheng, is currently working to raise Teen Suicide Awareness in our community as a part of her Girl Scout Gold Award. Mental health problems and suicidal thoughts may hide in plain sight, and it is up to us as a community to recognize this, raise awareness, and prevent it.

Learn about what to do and what to be on the look out for. YOU could be the difference.

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Need someone to talk to? Need Emotional Support? We are here to help!

Small doses of support can have a much bigger impact than you expect.

Please click on the link to make an appointment with a counselor:

Social-Emotional Resources

Our Counseling Team provided Social-Emotional Resources for your child during the closure time. Please use the link below for important resources you may need:
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Mt. SAC Outreach specialist

Mt. SAC is trying to ensure that our SENIORS know that they are available to them on multiple platforms (email, call/text/zoom video chat).

Questions? High School Outreach representative Annette Monge-Hermosillo can schedule one-on-one appointments.

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GLC availability

The GLC’s will be available to answer emails from 9:00-3:00 pm Monday-Friday. They will also be available to Google Chat from 1:00-2:00 or by appointment. See video below on how to speak to your GLC through Google Chat.

Check email regularly

It is very important that you check your email on a regular basis. GLC’s will be contacting students via the students school email account and/or parent email.

Check your REMIND

The GLC’s will be sending out information on a regular basis through REMIND. If you have not signed up for your class REMIND, please do so immediately. You can find the codes on the WHS Website.

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Connecting to Your GLC through Google Chat

GLC Listing

9th GRADE (Class of 2023)

Sarah Doramus (interim) (A – Li,)

Jeff Jacks (Lo – Z)

10th GRADE (Class of 2022)

Ken McDill (A - Lo)

Corolar Schultz (Lu – Z)

11th GRADE (Class of 2021)

Viviana Hoyos (A – Lo)

Sonia Nunez (Lu – Z)

12th GRADE (Class of 2020)

Nathan Newman (A – Lo)

Jenny Alegre (Lu – Z)

ADP (Academic Design Program)

Elisabeth Everts

Intervention Counselor

Jennifer Peiten

Parent Info Night - GLC Presentations

Our annual Parent Information Night was held on March 4th.

We encourage everyone to take a moment to review the PowerPoints presented.

Please click on the appropriate grade level of your student.

Learning Enrichment And Resource Network

We have provided social-emotional resources for your child as well as the district resource page that 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.

Scholarship Opportunities

WVEF Senior Scholarships

WVEF is still planning to award $10,000 in scholarships this year to graduating seniors. Please click on the file below for more information.Applications sent by mail MUST be RECEIVED by May 15, 2020.


Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 15, 2020.

Applications can be sent to:

Lindsay Miyamoto 19376 Red Hawk Road

Walnut, CA 91789

Applications can also be emailed to:

Questions can also be answered by calling Lindsay Miyamoto at:(626) 646-3485


CLICK BELOW for a senior scholarship application from PEARLS of Service, Inc., a newly established nonprofit tax-exempt organization.

The applicant can select from three choices. Please note for one choice the GPA can be 2.50. Please share with the appropriate seniors. The deadline date has been extended to May 15, 2020.


Incoming Freshmen (8th grade) Athletic Presentation and Survey

Click the link below to watch the slides presentation for incoming freshmen, watch the videos, and fill out the survey included in the slides presentation. For more information, please visit our athletics website at
**CIF has canceled the Spring Sports Season for High School.