THE FRIDAY FORECAST
THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 12 - OCTOBER 16, 2020
World Mental Health Day | October 10
World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
High School Seniors, Saavarni Chilukuri and Michelle Siu spent this past summer working and gaining skills on The Purple Hydrangea Project. The student-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit fights to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health. Their mission is to promote equity in youth mental health support and foster an environment of understanding in which everyone feels comfortable reaching out for help without fear of being judged, ignored, or shunned.
Saavarni Chilukuri and Michelle Siu became very passionate about speaking out on mental health and wanted to share it with the community of Walnut by bringing the chapter to Walnut High School. The Walnut Chapter’s mission is to carry out similar and new projects in a community-based outlet. As high school students, they understand that dealing with the pressures of school and other personal issues can take a toll on one’s mental health, especially with Walnut High School being known for its academically excellent, yet competitive atmosphere. With this new club, they hope to be more connected with their peers, promote positivity, create a safer environment, and contribute to the community with their in-progress projects.
The Purple Hydrangea Project offers internships and staff positions, allowing students to be a part of an important cause and promoting self growth. Students are constantly working to obtain this ambition by carrying out outreach projects, hosting webinars, inviting guest speakers, and much more. Learn how you can volunteer by contacting Saavarni and/or Michelle at their email address provided below.
THE WEEK IN ADVANCE | SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
MONDAY - OCTOBER 12
*Periods 1-3 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm
Period 4 Tutorial - 1:10 pm-1:35 pm
Period 5 Tutorial - 1:37 pm-2:02 pm
Period 6 Tutorial - 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm
- Senior Photo Booth Pictures by appointment only - 1:00 - 3:30 pm
- Virtual College Visit: Colgate University
TUESDAY - OCTOBER 13
- *Periods 4-6 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm
- Period 1 Tutorial - 1:10 pm-1:35 pm
- Period 2 Tutorial - 1:37 pm-2:02 pm
- Period 3 Tutorial - 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm
- Virtual College Visit: Scripps College
WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 14
- *Periods 1-3 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm
- Period 4 Tutorial - 1:10 pm-1:35 pm
- Period 5 Tutorial - 1:37 pm-2:02 pm
- Period 6 Tutorial - 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm
- Senior Photo Booth Pictures
- Virtual College Visit: Columbia University & Navy
- Represent Your College T-shirt Day
- Return to Athletics Information Video E-Mailed at 5:00 pm
THURSDAY - OCTOBER 15
- *Periods 4-6 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm
- Period 1 Tutorial - 1:10 pm-1:35 pm
- Period 2 Tutorial - 1:37 pm-2:02 pm
- Period 3 Tutorial - 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm
- Virtual College Visit: Occidental College & UC Berkeley
- WVUSD Informative Zoom Meeting on Vaping Awareness @ 6:30 pm
FRIDAY - OCTOBER 16
*Periods 1-6 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm
Staff/PD/Collaboration/Prep 1:10 pm - 2:30 pm
Virtual College Visit: University of Redlands
SATURDAY - OCTOBER 17
- Mt. Sac Financial Aid & Scholarships Fair 9am- 2pm (Virtually)
WALNUT HIGH SCHOOL DISTANCE LEARNING BELL SCHEDULE
DISTANCE LEARNING MONTHLY SCHEDULE
About our schedule
- Our distance learning schedule follows the recommended and required amount of instructional time for all students. Additionally, we created tutorial time after lunch for our teachers and students to use for the whole group, small group, or individual instruction, intervention, enrichment, or remediation. This time may also be used for Office Hours, homework time, GLC appointments, Social-Emotional Support, SST, 504, and IEP time.
Distance Learning Resource Guide
News and Announcements
Mental Health Layers of Support
Peer Support is offered by our WHS Peer Counselors who are students who have been trained to listen. They are fellow students who will not tell you how you should feel. They are willing to listen and go through issues with you.
Our WHS Peer Counselors have training in how to talk with students without judging. They understand that confidentiality is the most important part of what they do. Peer Counselors will keep what you say private unless there is a risk of suicide, self-injury, child abuse, or a danger that you will hurt someone else.
Peer Counseling is not a club and represents a diverse group of WHS students. In fact, most Peer Counselors do not know each other when the year begins. This group of students only exists to support their fellow students during difficult times.
During these times, asking for support, or just finding a place to talk when you need to, is more important than ever.
If you would like to talk to a counselor or peer to peer support, please complete the form below and someone will reach out to you. We will be checking these messages Monday through Friday at 9am to schedule a time to speak with you.
Senior Photo Booth Pictures | 10/12 & 10/14
Appointment Only. All activities are in alignment with LA County Covid -19 guidelines.
Masks are required!
Walnut Wednesday Awards: October 2020
This month we honored some amazing staff members for our October Walnut Wednesday Awards. Staff members are nominated each month by their colleagues for living out the Walnut Way. Congrats to these incredible human beings for making Walnut High School such a special place.
Multiple Clubs Celebrate Diversity at Walnut High School
WVUSD Informative Zoom Meeting for parents | Vaping Awareness
Save the date for the Walnut Valley Unified School District Vaping Awareness Information Night.
When: Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Where: Zoom (Please see flyer for more details)
Meeting ID: 580 649 6923
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Textbook & Library Schedule for 10/12- 10/10/16
Textbook Room will be open for students on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Hours will remain the same, 12:30pm- 3:00pm. Please contact Mrs. Coday -Voss if you have any questions regarding textbooks and novels at tCoday-Voss@wvusd.org.
ATTENTION PARENTS & STUDENTS: Beware of Scammers!
Attention parents & students. With everyone working from home right now, scammers are working overtime to get into your computer. There are various ways that scammers will try to get you to give them access to your computer. Here are just a few:
Phone call: scammers will call pretending to be from Apple Care or Microsoft Support. That is the first red flag, Apple & Microsoft will NEVER call you about an issue. You can ignore all calls from people claiming to be from either company.
Pop-Ups: Pop-ups are annoying to begin with, but they can be a sign of something bigger if they keep coming back. If there is a persistent pop-up claiming that your computer has a virus, close the window. Never call any number on the pop-up.
Email/Phishing: these are emails that look like they are coming from the actual company. They will generally have a link for you to click on to reset your password. Companies never send links to reset passwords in emails. Never click on the link.
If you give access to your computer to these scammers, they can lock your computer and ask for a sum of money to get it unlocked. They could also just delete everything on it. Be aware, be smart and protect yourselves. Go through the companies sites and official phone numbers if you have questions regarding a phone call, pop-up, or email.
RETURN TO ATHLETICS TIMELINE
Dear Walnut High School Families,
As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and following the Los Angeles Department of Public Health Reopening Protocol of Youth Sports, we are excited to announce that we are in the process of welcoming our athletes back on campus for voluntary athletic workouts and conditioning. Our student-athletes and staff’s safety and well-being remain our top priority as we work together to bring our athletes on campus. As we prepare for this, we want to share a timeline that gives our staff, student-athletes, and parents time to prepare.
October 9: Athletic Clearance Packets Due
October 14: Parent Informational Video @ 5:00 pm
October 19: Voluntary Fall Sports Return
October 26: Voluntary Winter and Spring Sports Return
Athletic Clearance Packets Due: All athletic clearance procedures must be completed and submitted by October 9. Failure to complete will delay your son/daughter's participation in athletics. Please click here to access the Athletic Clearance Procedures. If you have any questions regarding clearances, please contact Athletic Trainer, Faith Villanueva at email@example.com.
Parent Informational Video: Every parent must watch our “Return to Athletics” informational video that will be emailed out on October 14 at 5:00 pm. The video will include all of our safety measures that will be taken, including pre-workout screening, student-athlete arrival procedure, facility usage, athletic training services, student-athlete exposure protocol, as well as post-exposure return to play guidelines. At the end of the webinar, you will be asked to fill out a Google Form, acknowledging that you viewed the webinar.
Voluntary Fall Sports Workouts: Your child’s coach will send out detailed information regarding practice times, check-in/check-out locations, as well as conditioning cohorts as we begin our voluntary opening starting October 19. Please note that not all fall sports may begin on this date based on the coaching staff and athletes’ availability.
Voluntary Winter and Spring Sports Workouts: The following week, winter and spring sports will slowly transition back to campus based on information communicated from their coach. Coaches will communicate practice times, dates, check-in points, as well as conditioning cohorts. Please note that not all winter and spring sports may begin on this date based on the coaching staff and athletes’ availability.
Coaches will announce tryouts as we move forward with the return to athletics protocol based on recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Health. We understand that the situation may change during the school year, and we will remain flexible and adjust our plans as necessary. In the meantime, we are excited to welcome back our student-athletes as we work to reacclimate back to physical activity, and hopefully, athletic competition in 2021.
Thank you for your support of our coaches and students.
Walnut High School
Celebrate Your Child's Birthday on our Marquee!
BIRTHDAY MARQUEE is now available! If you have a student that has a birthday coming up, be sure to make a birthday dedication on the WHS marquee! All proceeds goes to support WHS students and staff so RESERVE YOURS TODAY!
Great idea for WHS staff, teachers and Alums too!
Do you need Algebra 2 Help? Mr. Luu is here to help you!
Mt. Sac Online | Free Math & Science Tutoring
Click on the link below to register.
CSUF Free Tutoring for k-12 students
Cal State Fullerton is offering a free Virtual Tutoring program at Cal State Fullerton for students. Tutoring services are for K-12 students in various subjects. Below is a short description for your convenience.
The College of Education at California State University, Fullerton has created a free virtual tutoring program for 1st-12th grade. This tutoring program includes math, science, language arts and social studies. In addition, the program has tutors who can tutor students who are taking high school Spanish or French, and students who are participating in dual immersion programs. Please use this link to sign up for a date, time and subject area: https://virtualteachingcoecsuf.as.me/schedule.php
Tech Tips for Parents
- WVUSD created a website for technology tips for parents on how to get onto Google classroom, Student Portal, Aeries, and other tutorial videos. We also added some tech tip tutorial videos below.
- CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE WEBSITE
2021 Yearbooks are still on sale!
COST: $90 until Nov. 1
Head to Yearbookordercenter.com and use the code: 2864
Marketing, Sales & Service Student Highlight!
College Season is here | Time to represent!
It’s time to show us your favorite colleges/universities, and vocational or military programs by wearing your best gear every 2nd and 4th Wednesday through fall semester.
We can’t wait to see which schools interest you the most!
CLASS OF 2021 | SENIOR SWAG
Order your Senior Hoodie this September for $35. The money raised will help go toward funding senior activities when/if school resumes! That includes Senior Spirit supplies, Senior Breakfast, and making graduation extra special!
As soon as we reach a minimum 150 orders, we can place the order for shipment and we will arrange a pick-up day on campus.
Orders must be placed in September for the $35 price!
Please remember that attendance counts, every period, every day. Students will be marked absent if they are not on camera at the beginning of each period to verify their attendance.
If your student is having difficulty logging in, please contact your teacher immediately, and remember to clear their attendance by the end of the day.
Beginning Monday, all single period absences will need to be reconciled through the attendance office by the student. If marked absent, students will receive an email from the attendance office notifying them that they have been marked absent. The notification will include the date and period of the absence. The student will need to contact their teacher to make any necessary corrections to their individual period attendance. The teacher will then contact the attendance office to request the change. For full-day absences, please contact the attendance office by the end of the day.
We are so happy to see all of our students online and learning. They are working hard and making us proud. Keep up the great work!
Attendance Reporting Hotline:
- 9 & 10 Grades: 909-594-1333 Ext. 43642
- 11 & 12 Grades : 909 - 594-1333 Ext 43625
WHS Kitchen: Serving Free Grab and go Meals
The WHS Kitchen is serving daily M - F - 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Please see the map below.
Social Emotional Support for our Students
In 1997, 2004, and 2018, National studies found that school connectedness and family connection were the two most important factors predicting positive outcomes for students during their high school years.
It is critical that WHS, our students, and their families continue to improve our connection to each other.
At WHS we work to ensure that there are many layers of support that surround each student. Our goal is that if a student needs support, they are able to obtain support by choosing from several options.
The "Need Emotional Support" option on our webpage provides students a way to privately reach out and ask for support. Based on the student’s initial request, a staff member will reach out to first ensure their safety and well-being and then to listen. Often students need someone to listen as they process concerns they are having. Based on the issue, the responding staff member will assist the student to make connections to family members or other supportive WHS faculty who can help.
Seniors! A message from your Senior GLCs
Juniors | PSAT/NMSQT Survey
Please take the time to complete the following survey https://forms.gle/UaPPgBJxtjNEjoy58 regarding the PSAT/NMSQT. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we cannot guarantee that we are able to administer the PSAT/NMSQT exam on Tuesday, January 26th. In the event guidelines allow WHS to administer the test we need to know how many JUNIORS are interested.
Please complete the survey by November 10th.
CLASS OF 2024 | GLC CHECK - IN
Please also check out the link below to explore our WHS pathways by clicking on the pathway.
AP Informational Webinar
Topics that were covered include:
- myap.collegeboard.org account and student resources
- College Board important updates regarding 2021 exams
- WHS exam ordering process and important deadlines
- Policy on "self-studying students"
- AP Scholar tips and recommendations
- AP exam schedule
Watch the informational video below!
Financial Aid & Scholarships Fair
Get FREE help filling out your financial aid application! High school seniors and parents are encouraged to attend this event to obtain assistance with completing the FAFSA/CA Dream Act Application. This event will be a virtual webinar presentation with LIVE Q&A sessions.
In order to be processed, registration MUST be in the high school senior's name. Register Now!
Time & Location:
Saturday, October 17th, 2020
9am - 9:30am: Welcome
9:30am - 11am: FAFSA/CADAA Application Workshop/PPT
11 - 12: LIVE Q&A
11 - 12pm: Scholarships and Admissions and Records Workshops*
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Resource Fair
1 - 2pm: LIVE Q&A
1 - 2pm: Scholarships and Admissions and Records Workshops*
*The 11am and 1pm Scholarships and Admission and Records workshops will have their individual Zoom meeting ID that will be shared during the Webinar.
Collegewise | Runway : A Wiser Path to College
Our partners at Collegewise have launched Runway, a free series of college planning programs and resources, carefully structured to give students and parents the tips, tools, and timelines they need to reach their college goals in the year (the experience, really) that is 2020. There are specific programs for all high school grade levels and we are one of the very first districts to get access to this programming.
This program is available to all of you and there is no cost for access.
Please see the attached flyer for more details, and to sign up.
WebGrants 4 Seniors
SENIORS, your GPA has been uploaded to the California Student Aid Commission for Cal Grant Verification.
You can create an account on https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/ to view your status.
UC Application Tutorial!
Deadline to apply to UC is November 30th!
College Application Night and Financial Aid Night Video Links
We also posted a Financial Aid Q & A below.
Class of 2021 | GLC Office Hours
Student CLASSROOM Expectations
- Teachers will be taking attendance everyday. Students will need to keep their cameras for attendance, participation, and checking for understanding. Teachers will let students know if they can turn off their camera during certain times in the class.
- Students are not allowed to record without teacher permission.
- New legislation (AB 77) states that if a student is absent 3 days in the week, the parent will be contacted to support the student to re-engage with Distance Learning.
- Normal grading policy begins the first day of school. Teachers will cover their grading policy in their syllabus as well as in their Back to School Night presentation.
- More information regarding Distance Behavioral Expectations is located below .
WVUSD Distance Learning Behavioral Expectations for Students
9th GRADE (Class of 2024)
Nathan Newman (A – Li) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Alegre (Lo – Z) email@example.com
10th GRADE (Class of 2023)
Jennifer Tucker (A – Li) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Jacks (Lo – Z) email@example.com
11th GRADE (Class of 2022)
Ken McDill (A - Li) firstname.lastname@example.org
Corolar Schultz (Lo – Z) email@example.com
12th GRADE (Class of 2021)
Viviana Hoyos (A – Lo) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonia Nunez (Lu – Z) email@example.com
ADP (Academic Design Program)
Elisabeth Everts firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Peiten jLPeiten@wvusd.org
Virtual Tour of Walnut High School
Due to our current circumstances, we cannot give you a physical tour of our campus, but instead, we used a 360-degree camera to help you get familiar with Walnut High School. I encourage you to click on the link, use your computer or mobile device to move around, and see what Walnut High School has to offer. Use this virtual tour to click on photos, learn more information, as well as hear voice-overs from our staff members. Below is a quick overview of our virtual tour and a map of all our scenes.
Our Virtual Tour is located on our webpage under "About Us" if you ever need access for future reference.