April 6-10, 2020


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THANK YOU for meeting on Thursday! We had a lot of information to cover in our virtual staff meeting. I know it can be overwhelming, but we are working together and here to support you on multiple levels.

  • Below is the WHS Distance Learning Schedule.

As far as next steps:

  • Start preparing your online learning platform and weekly plans. Remember to start small and keep it simple. 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.

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Mustang Schedule This Week:

MONDAY -April 6

TUESDAY - April 7



FRIDAY - April 10



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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


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

One more week before Spring Break. We have some more trainings for you this week. I will also be sending out some material on some subjects we didn't get do cover in a webinar.

  • Monday 4-6, 2 - 3 pm (link): Google Classroom Part 2. Hosted by Randy Thomas. This part will focus on some of the integrations with Aeries and the grading aspects. Part 1 HERE.
  • Tuesday 4 - 7, 2 - 3 pm (link): Q&A, come ask questions or share out something you think the rest of the staff should know about.
  • Wednesday 4 - 8, 2 - 3 pm (link): Screen Recording through browser extensions. Screen recording and posting to Google Classroom seems to be the fan favorite right now. So this session will look at 4 different screen recording extensions (Screencastify, Loom, Screencast-o-matic, Nimbus) that work through your browser. We will compare them and then show how to screen record with them.
  • Thursday 4 - 9, 2 - 3 pm (link): Final Q&A before spring break. Come get those last minute questions answered before break.

Remember you still have the Distance Learning Resource Site that has a ton of suggestions and tutorial videos for you to look at.

Department Support Crew

Below is a list of teachers in your Department willing to help you out as you being Distance Learning on April 20. 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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We currently have 35 submissions! I need about 8-10 more to finalize the video, which is amazing by the way. I didn't realize this staff has so many talented dancers. Below is the link to submit and some screen shots from the dance video!


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)

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!


A message from Schools First:

I hope you are healthy and staying well. I’m your SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union representative. I wanted to share with you a flyer we recently created to let our Members know how we can serve them during this time of uncertainty. Please feel free to share the flyer with your team.

With the schools closed, we know that some employees may be affected financially. We wanted to make sure they know that their Credit Union is here for them, to help eliminate potential concerns in that area.

Thank you for all that you do.

Cynthia Sarosy

Membership Development Specialist

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union

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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.

Thank you Joe, Ellie, and Marissa for sharing your sample lessons!

Thank you to Joe, Ellie, and Marissa as they shared their sample lessons when we start on April 20.
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4/2 Manette Idris

4/2 Kathy May

4/3 Elisabeth Everts

4/3 Heather Villagomez

4/3 Yanti Wong

4/4 Bryn Schultz

4/11 Shantel Urzua-Garcia

4/11 Maritza Bernal

4/11 Sarah Doramus

4/12 Jennifer Peiten

4/15 Cecille Hernandez-Ortiz

4/16 Conrad White

4/17 Tiffany Redcher

4/21 Shari I

4/21 Norlyn Nicolas

4/28 Jacob Villafana

4/29 Julie Blair

4/30 Lori Campos


Uncertain Times!

Viviana Hoyos shared this article with me last week and I wanted to share it with the staff. In a time of uncertainty and not knowing when we will come back together, our staff and student's anxiety levels are definitely heightened. Being transparent, my anxiety has been through the roof these past couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing this Viviana. One day at a time everyone.

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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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