April 20-24, 2020


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It's Gameday! We have been preparing for this moment our entire lives! Actually, about 2-3 weeks, but we are ready. Please note the following sent out from EdServices last week.

  • Please post or email the weekly student learning plan to students/parents between 9:00 AM on Sunday and 9:00 AM on Monday, every week, during the Distance Learning period. The weekly student learning plan for the week of April 20 needs to be posted or emailed to students/parents between 9:00 AM Sunday, April 19, and 9:00 AM Monday, April 20.

  • Starting this Friday, April 17, staff will be able to access Aeries without using the VDI staff remote access portal. You can access Aeries through our new Aeries portal: You will log in using your Google account.

Please reach out to us if you need anything. This is new to all of us, so stay simple, get used to teaching from a virtual environment, and each week will get a little easier. Thank you for all you do and the work you have put in behind the scenes to pull this off!

Mustang Schedule This Week:

MONDAY -April 20

  • English Block: 9:00 - 10:30 am

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

  • Elective Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

TUESDAY - April 21

  • 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 - April 22

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

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

  • Elective Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

THURSDAY -April 23

  • 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

FRIDAY - April 24

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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


Kevin Wendland will hold a Tech Q & A on 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!

Student Expectations & Advice

Below are two infographics we shared with our parents and students last week. We want to enforce Digital Citizenship with our students. If any students are doing anything inappropriate, please reach out to their GLC so we can apply appropriate consequences. Obviously, we need to get creative with consequences, but we have the right to suspend their WVUSD Google Account for inappropriate internet usage, plus a call home, and possible consequences the following year.
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A Message from Mike James

Mike James teaches Online Health and wanted to share one last message before we start:

"One of the things I also wanted to mention was that teachers can’t be afraid to make changes to their class. My health class today looks totally different than it did when I started it. I thought I had it pretty much wired but now I feel like I have to step it up another 5 notches. Kevin has been an AWESOME resource. I always tell him that I need to talk to him about my class. Now I’m going to make it a point to do that. One of the biggest things that I’ve learned over the time doing that class, is that there is no substitute for face to face interactions."

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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Day of the Teacher - Win $50

A Message from the CRTA:

As members of the California Retired teachers Association, we are committed to showing our support for public education in California by recognizing practicing teachers on the Day of the Teacher in May.

We would like to again use last year’s format to send each teacher a “Day of the Teacher” message from our organization and offer them an opportunity to enter a drawing for a $50 cash prize which they can use in any way they wish. The CRTA wants you to know how much the organization values you, and so they will have the opportunity to participate in our drawing.

Please use the "google forms link" below. We ask that the teachers respond by May 1st so that we can distribute the prizes the following week.


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)


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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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.

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!


Our staff dance video is almost at 5,000 views in less than 2 weeks! You are all going to be famous. Our students responded with the following dance videos below. Thanks for spreading joy & positivity to our community.


Walnut High School Quarantine Staff Dance


WHS C/O 2020 Virtual Dance Challenge


Class 2021 Virtual Dance Challenge


Class of 2022 Dance Challenge


Virtual Dance Challenge 2020


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.

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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


6 Ideas for Creating a Remote Community of Learners

While it might feel like you have more control by asking students to watch a video, or listen to you teach for an hour, I believe that creating the community of learners to connect and collaborate with one another will be what keeps learners coming to class and what will sustain more powerful learning over time. People learn from one another, through observation, imitation, and modeling. We learn how to act and react to situations from others. This article gives six tips to create a remote community of learners.

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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