May 25 - May 29, 2020

Congrats to our 2019-2020 Staff Award Winners

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Last Friday, we held our last Staff Meeting (virtually) as we work to wrap up the 2019-2020 school year. We ended the meeting by giving some year-end awards. Please congratulate our 2019-2020 Walnut High School Staff Award Winners:

  • Classified Employee of the Year: Shirley Markel
  • Teacher of the Year: Jerry Knox
  • Math, Science, PE Division Teacher of the Year: Tina Yu-Wong
  • English, Social Science, CTE Division Teacher of the Year: Jane Han
  • Special Programs Division Teacher of the Year: Mary Jo Gomez
  • Certificated Mustang of the Year: Kellee Lyons
  • Classified Mustang of the Year: Karen Seargeant
  • Support Mustang of the Year: Kevin Wendland

Golden Mustangs are given to staff members who had a milestone moment this year or was nominated by multiple people for pouring their heart into Walnut High School. Congrats to the following Golden Mustang Award Winners:

  • Jenny Alegre
  • Nathan Newman
  • Rebecca Chai
  • Joe Khouzam
  • Cecille Hernandez-Ortiz
  • Andy Schultz
  • Drew Johannsen
  • Rob Coad
  • Monique Estrada
  • Sarah Doramus
  • Faith Villanueva
  • Jennifer Tucker

Mustang Schedule This Week:

    MONDAY -May 25


    TUESDAY - May 26

    • 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

    WEDNESDAY - May 27

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

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

    • Elective Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

    THURSDAY -May 28

    • 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

    • Last day of School

    • May 28 - Virtual Graduation Ceremony and Parade

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Thank to everyone who attended our last staff meeting of the school year. Below is our staff meeting as we covered the following:

  • Closing out the School Year
  • The Budget for Next Year ☹
  • May 28 Game Plan
  • The Walnut High School Awards Show
    • Classified Employee of the Year
    • Division Teachers of the Year
    • Mustangs of the Year
    • Golden Mustangs
  • Honor our Retirees

Virtual Staff Meeting - 5.22.2020


The results are in!

  • 63.5% (73) Stay with the same Distance Learning Schedule
  • 36.5% (42) Modified Finals Schedule

We will stay on track with our current distance learning schedule for the week of May 25th! Please plan accordingly and remember, students will not work on Memorial Day, so plan accordingly.


The Grading Portal is now open to ALL USERS! We will send a google form towards the end of the week to upload your final grades.

Grades DUE by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 4th


We are a few days away from celebrating the Class of 2020 on May 28.

*'One Last Ride' will begin at the entrance of our staff lot on Pierre Road.


  • 5 minute appointments 'drive up' booth
  • 7 booths available
  • Security working with traffic control


  • 4:00 pm grab and go dinner
  • 4:30 live steam you tube countdown begins
  • 5:00 virtual ceremony begins
  • Live Stream Ceremony Ends

ONE LAST RIDE : 6:30-8:30 pm

  • First come first serve spot location
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Bring portable chair
  • Please don't group up.
  • Please wear mask.
  • Bring your school spirit!!

Class of 2020 "One Last Ride"


On Friday, Seniors were invited back to pick up and return chromebooks, textbooks, gold cords and medication. It was bittersweet for many being back at school for the first time in nearly two months, and likely for the last time this year.

Seniors will be back today and tomorrow during their designed block times as shown in the schedule. As many as 150 seniors visited campus and over 700 books were returned. Shutout to Conchita Cawley, Nelson Chen, Taniaz Coday- Voss and the Custodial Crew for planning, organizing, and keeping everyone safe during the return. Also, our front office Mustang Girls, Security, ASB, Vanessa Pai, and Van Nguyen for coming out and kicking butt!

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Our Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen will have a curbside drop off in the student lot starting May 29th. Please make sure you show up during the day of your designated grade level. Siblings are the only exception. A more detailed email will be sent out next week.
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On last Wednesday, the Board of Trustees took action to approve Dr. Andrea Poma as our new Assistant Principal at Walnut High School. Dr. Poma comes to us from Bonita Unified School District, where she most recently served as a Dean of Student Services. Prior to her time at Bonita Unified, Dr. Poma was a high school English teacher and ELD Coordinator at West Covina High School. Dr. Poma is a proud doctoral graduate of the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, where she researched opportunity gaps in high school English courses.

Dr. Andrea Poma’s official start date is July 1, but she will begin the transition into her new role during the month of June. Dr. Poma states, “I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been selected as the new Assistant Principal at Walnut High School. To say that I am excited to be taking on this new role would be an under-representation of my feelings. I am beyond excited. I have a wonderful feeling about my new role, the district, my new colleagues, students, and Walnut High School. I am ready to immerse myself in “the Walnut Way” and to contribute to a school and district with a strong reputation for putting kids first, every student, every day. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.”

Welcome Dr. Poma to the Walnut High School family!

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Welcome our New Head Girls Soccer Coach!

We would like to announce that we hired Alex Valdez as our new/returning Head Soccer Coach. He will lead the program as he did before. He needed to take some time off due to other commitments in his life. He is ready to take this challenge on once again. Here is a short message from Coach Valdez.

My name is Alex Valdez and I currently coach for Liverpool FC International Academy SoCal (formally LA Galaxy OC) located in Irvine.

I have been coaching competitive soccer for 18 years and I served as an Assistant Head Coach for the Men’s Program at Providence Christian College for 2 years.

I currently hold my USSF National C Coaching License and I will be working on obtaining my National B Coaching License this Fall.

I am excited to be returning to Walnut High School and taking charge of the Girls Soccer Program. Looking forward in meeting all the players and their parents as soon as we can.

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Welcome our New Head Volleyball Coach!

We would like to welcome our new Head Volleyball Coach at Walnut High School, Aubrey Caires. Aubrey was a true standout in the interviews and we feel she has what it takes to continue the excellent tradition of our Walnut High School Volleyball Team.

Aubrey is a recent graduate of Whittier College where she was on the Dean’s List and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was a four year member of the NCAA Volleyball Team that qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2017. She has been a youth and club sport coach in the recent years as well as the Head JV Boys Coach at Diamond Ranch High School.

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Welcome our New Head Tennis Coach!

We would like to welcome our new Head Tennis Coach at Walnut High School, Josiah Sibayan. Josiah has been an assistant tennis coach for Walnut for over 10 years. He worked closely with Lee Shiomoto (who took the head coaching job at Mt. Sac).

Coach Sibayan is a certified personal trainer with his AA in Kinesiology and Wellness.

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EQ in your PJs

Jeanette Koh shared an SEL webinar hosted by SEL4CA- Maslows Before Zoom- and the guest speaker, Keeth Matheny, presented about his free resource EQ in your PJs. She said it was a great session and wanted to share it with our staff!

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Join the Walnut High School Google Classroom

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We created a Google Classroom for the staff to connect, work together, ask questions, and have staff challenges. This is a one-stop shop for our staff and also an opportunity to see what it looks like from the student perspective in Google Classroom.

The Google classroom code to join is: c3jgixn. A video below is to show you how to join a class.

The Google Classroom is set up to help you in the following:

Q&A: We created discussion posts on different topics under "Stream" where you can ask questions during the week and the staff can help answer questions for you. The topics are the following:

  • Google Classroom
  • Google Meet
  • Google Chat
  • General Question
  • Share Out - Cool Things You are Doing or Ideas

Staff Resources: Kevin linked staff resources and tutorial videos under "Classwork" for anything you may need to help with distance learning.

Weekly Assignment: We will have a staff challenge every week under "Classwork" to post and have fun. It will even show you what it looks like as a student submitting an assignment.

Accessing Google Classroom


Distance Learning means that students are being educated without in-person interaction among their instructors or peers. Instructors may use Google Classroom, webinars, videos, audio recordings, email, packets, and/or textbooks to teach their students. Distance Learning is not limited to synchronous instruction. Distance Learning is a broad instructional approach where teachers and students are not in the same place and same time.

Below is the attachment describing our Distance Learning Guidelines. Some key points include:

  • Provide a weekly student learning plan that may include learning objectives, assignments, lessons, activities, enrichment, resources, etc.
  • At a minimum, teachers connect with their classroom and/or individual students 2-3 times weekly via email, Google Classroom, etc.
  • Communicate with and provide timely feedback to students, as appropriate.
  • At a minimum, reply to parent and/or student emails within 2 business days.
  • Recommended that staff remove out of the office auto-replies beginning April 20


Kevin Wendland will hold a Tech Q & A on Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm and Friday from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. After your first full week of teaching online, this is a great time to come together, share ideas, ask questions, tell us what worked, and what didn't. Link below to join! (Must be a part of WHS Staff Google Classroom to access)

Department Support Crew

Below is a list of teachers in your Department willing to help you out as you through distance learning process. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the following teachers, your dean, GLC, AP, and Principal. We want to have as many layers of support for you as possible.
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Phase 2 Announcements

Just a couple announcements as we get ready to roll into Phase 2:

  • is live. I sent directions this morning on how to access it, here is a screenshot of the directions

  • The district flipped a switch that took away the students' ability to make a Google Meet.

  • This means they can't go into the room without you starting it first. So you can just use the code generated by Google Classroom for your Meet room. Post the link before the Meeting or just tell them the time to be there. The link stays live for about 1-2 minutes after everyone has left. I tested it multiple times and it was usually right around a minute and change. I made a video showing the changes, HERE.

  • If you signed up for Screencastify using the promo code, access has now been extended until May 31st.

  • We also have Pro account status for EdPuzzle. Use this link to activate it, HERE. EdPuzzle is a site that allows you to post videos and embed questions during the videos. There is more information about EdPuzzle on the Distance Learning Site. Thanks to Sara Bilton for getting the school registered!

Thanks again for all your hard work. Once again the Distance Resource Site is HERE. If you have any questions, message me on Google Chat.

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.




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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!


Our Mustang Marvels for the last week of school goes to this entire staff! Thank you for going above and beyond for our kids, never hesitating to step up, and literally changing the way we teach in the middle of the 2nd semester within three days. This has never been done before in the history of Walnut High School. We will all look back on this time and although it was stressful, we ALL stepped up. When COVID gave us lemons, we turned it into some award winning tasting lemonade! THANK YOU STAFF!
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5/1 Maisha Shepherd

5/2 Sara Bilton

5/2 Olivia Madrid

5/8 Andrew Chavez

5/10 Chris Belcher

5/11 Duy Tran

5/13 Aaron Cornell

5/13 Winnie Lee

5/17 Don Lindsay

5/18 Monique Estrada

5/19 Candice Marsano

5/20 Michael Moore

5/25 Jessie Chen

5/26 Tamar Landin

5/27 Michael Yamashiro

5/29 Nelson Chen

5/31 Saul Huerta

5/31 Maureen Lacey-Pope


Take Time to Reflect on the Year!

Kevin created an archive of all our Monday Morning Mustang newsletters for the year. 37 newsletters! If you have a moment, click on each week and go through the year. It's always good to sit back and reflect on the year, the good, the bad, and the ugly. At the end of the day, we continue to serve each other, serve kids, and serve our community. Even with a global pandemic staring us in the face, we overcame! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING MUSTANGS!

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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