Chaparral's Good News!

Second Semester 2020-2021

Week 21: May 24-27, 2021

On behalf of our Administrative Team: Dr. Thibodeaux & Mrs. Loera

Weekend Highlights

Hello Cougar Families,

As we approach our last week of school for the 2020-2021 school year, we are reminded of the tremendous journey this year has brought us all. Thank you for your patience and partnership throughout this past school year. Looking ahead, our staff is ready for the next school year to "Reconnect, Restore, and Reimagine" a new year together.

Featured in this newsletter:

  • Last week of school schedule
  • Awards/Yearbooks distribution for students still in need of picking-up items
  • Promotion webinar(s) for 8th-grade families on TUESDAY (05/25/21)
  • Promotion event for 8th-graders at DBHS on THURSDAY (05/27/21) morning
  • Good News - Principal appointed, vaccine opportunities, WVUSD documentary, summer school, and more!
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Weekly Schedule: Student Reminders

Hello Cougar Students,

CLOSELY review the schedule below for the upcoming week.

MONDAY: May 24th only A-L students "IN-PERSON"

  • Period 4 @ 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM;
  • Period 6 @ 9:35 AM - 10:55 AM;
  • Period 2 @ 11:10 AM - 12:30 PM;
  • Structured Tutorial @ 1:10 PM -2:30 PM

TUESDAY: May 25th only M-Z students "IN-PERSON"

  • Period 5 @ 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM;
  • Period 1 @ 9:35 AM - 10:55 AM;
  • Period 3 @ 11:10 AM - 12:30 PM;
  • Structured Tutorial @ 1:10 PM -2:30 PM
  • 8th Grade STUDENT WEBINAR for PROMOTION @ 1:10 PM - 2:30 PM
  • 8th Grade PARENT WEBINAR for PROMOTION @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

May 26th

"Remote Learning" - ALL students learning online; no "in-person learning" on campus

  • Period 1 @ 8:00 AM - 8:40 AM;
  • Period 2 @ 8:45 AM - 9:25 AM;
  • Period 3 @ 9:30 AM - 10:10 AM;
  • Break @ 10:10 AM - 10:20 AM;
  • Period 4 @ 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM;
  • Period 5 @ 11:05 AM - 11:45 AM;
  • Period 6 @ 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM

May 27th
  • "Remote Learning" - ALL students learning online; no "in-person learning" on campus

    • Period 1 @ 8:00 AM - 8:40 AM;
    • Period 2 @ 8:45 AM - 9:25 AM;
    • Period 3 @ 9:30 AM - 10:10 AM;
    • Break @ 10:10 AM - 10:20 AM;
    • Period 4 @ 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM;
    • Period 5 @ 11:05 AM - 11:45 AM;
    • Period 6 @ 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
  • PROMOTION EVENT at DBHS (Check-in @ 7:15 AM); ceremony begins at 9:00 AM

May 28th
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Thursday, May 27th @ DBHS

Hello 8th-grade families,

Our school is looking forward to our 1st Promotion at Diamond Bar High School! After a year of unexpected circumstances, we are grateful to our DBHS team for extending their campus to us. We realize California's Department of Public Health (CDPH) has provided us with guidelines to follow, and we are asking for your continued partnership to ensure a safe environment for all.

Our site is stressing the importance of adhering to all safety guidelines to allow for the graduating Class of 2021's ceremony to go on as scheduled later that day. Please be sure to attend our scheduled PROMOTION INFORMATION webinar(s) on Tuesday, May 25th. Our 8th-grade counselor, Mrs. Ebel, has already sent out the Zoom link information by email on Friday, May 21st. Our 8th-grade counselor has also posted more details on her Google Classroom for students, so be sure to log in and view the information. Anyone not attending the Promotion event may view it LIVE by visiting our school's website at

Below is an overview of the guidelines with more information linked HERE:

  • All attendees must wear masks
  • Attendees must sign up in advance
  • Only those who have preregistered may attend
  • Staff or attendants must monitor the number of attendees
  • Individuals who are sick or in isolation or quarantine must remain at home.
  • All attendees should be screened

A few of the reminders shared with 8th-grade families previously by email on May 3rd:

  • Immediate household only will be allowed
  • Individuals must be spaced 6 ft. apart (unless from the same household)
  • The maximum capacity of the venue that we can use is 33%
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Good News!

Featured news!

New Principal: Mr. Robby Jung

Seeing that our dedicated principal, Dr. Thibodeaux has promoted to the district office, our school board has now appointed a new principal. Mr. Jung will begin his principalship at Chaparral in July, and we look forward to everyone welcoming him to the Cougar family soon!
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Vaccine opportunities!

Hello Walnut Valley Families,

Walnut Valley had partnered with Mercy Pharmacy to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students 12 years old and older. The family members of our students will also be welcome to schedule a vaccination appointment. On June 4 from 8 am to 11 am, Mercy Pharmacy will be administering the Pfizer vaccine in the South Pointe Middle School gymnasium. The second dose will be scheduled for June 25 at the same site. Your middle school will send another email to schedule an appointment as we get closer to the vaccination date. Thank you for your continued efforts in helping us provide a safe environment for your children.

Cutting edge labs on Miller time!

A sticky situation in Mr. Miller's classes this week! He hosted exciting dissection labs with his students this past week. Thank you to our science students for sharing their joy of learning anatomy. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then be sure to check out the video!
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Congratulations to our 8th graders earning a GOLD CORD distinction for 3 years of academic excellence at Chaparral! Click on the link to view all recipients who'll be wearing the Gold Cord during the Promotion on May 27, 2021.


A warm shoutout to Mrs. Barrera's students for their spirit-filled chalk art this week! Her students along with her support team designed more artwork in class too! Kudos to you all for lifting our spirits with your campus cheer!
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Documentary premiers on Saturday, May 22nd at 7:00 PM! Be sure to visit to view the complete documentary.
50 Years of Excellence--WVUSD Documentary Trailer

Summer School: Registration


Registration began on March 15th. Our updated day for the LAST time to register is May 23rd! Please note this is the LAST opportunity to register using the active link to Dedicated-2-Learning by Sunday, May 23rd.

Any student on a WAITING LIST will be contacted prior to June 7th. Reminder: Summer School will be offered ONLY virtually from June 7-July 15, 2021.

D2L: FLEX Summer Program

Check out a NEW opportunity to continue learning through the summer!

D2L offers more prep. courses!

Hello middle school families,

Another exciting opportunity for our students to obtain summer enrichment programs through FLEX College Prep. Dedicated-2-Learning (D2L) is offering a link to gather interest from families who may want to explore additional courses that will expand your middle schooler's summer learning. Click here if you are interested in the program for your child.


How to Write a Great Essay! (Grades 6 -8)

This creative and personal essay online writing course curriculum was developed by a former instructor at the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). It offers students a fun and engaging way to improve essay writing skills through creating a chapter autobiography.

June 21 – July 15

8 two-hour sessions (2 per week) for 4 weeks. Total instruction is 16 hours.

Monday and Wednesday, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Complete the registration form to reserve your seat for the program. Once we confirm the minimum enrollment amount to host the class, email confirmations will be sent to all registrants, along with a link to submit your payment at that time.

Click the link below to pre-register:

For additional information, click on the link below.


6th Grade Counselor - Mr. Tran

7th Grade Counselor - Ms. Aquino

8th Grade Counselor - Mrs. Ebel

Need Emotional Support?

Your SSRAs are available to check-in with students.

Click the link here.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Our district has a Diversity Think Tank (DTT) focused on celebrating our ongoing steps towards equity, inclusion, and diversity. Feel free to review the link HERE to see resources provided by our community.
  • Chinese American Parents Association (CAPA) website at for more information
  • An overview of the month of May:

    - May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants.

    - May is Older Americans Month, established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them

    - May is Jewish American Heritage Month, which recognizes the diverse contributions of the Jewish people to American culture.

    - May is Mental Health Awareness Month (or Mental Health Month), which aims to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses