February 10-14, 2020

We Love Our Counselors!

National School Counseling Week 2020, "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans," is celebrated from Feb. 3-7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. THANK YOU to our GLCs, Intervention Counselor, and School Psychologists who work around the clock to provide care and support to our students (and staff!). THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
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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


  • *Periods 1-6 Regular Day Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm


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. We will send out more details and an itinerary as we get closer.

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 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.

Free Voluntary PD for Staff

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is partnering with Dramatic Results to offer a free 3-hour hands-on workshop on Design Thinking on Monday, February 10th, from 4:00-7:00p.m. at Dramatic Results' studios at 3310 Lime Avenue, Signal Hill.

This is a fabulous opportunity for teachers, instructional coaches, and any other staff interested in supporting their students to consider STEAM career pathways. Cooper Hewitt will be providing a Certificate for all attendees. If you/they are interested in attending, please have them register via this link to Cooper Hewitt:

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served, basis and capped at 30 attendees to ensure optimal

**Your attendance is voluntary and you will not be paid for attending


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.
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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.
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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

Gearing Up for WASC

We began to lay out the planning stages for our WASC Mid-Cycle Visit in 2021 with an amazing group of leaders. Great day of collaboration and fellowship!
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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


So Many Opportunities for our Kids to Cheat

Our FAC group last week brought up an app called "Slader" that has all of the textbook answers for students. It is tough teaching in a digital age with so much information and opportunities to cheat online. Below is an article of certain apps students are using to get answers.

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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