The Friday Forecast

The Week of April 25-April 29, 2022

Walnut High School Ranked Top 50 Best Public High Schools in California

Walnut High School was ranked in the top 50 best public high schools in the state, according to recently released rankings from

Walnut High School came in at #43 as Best Public High School in California and #9 as Best Public High School in Los Angeles County. The leading research website also placed Walnut High School in the top 1% of 19,984 high schools in the nation.

Niche's 2022 rankings factored in both academic and student social life data from thousands of schools across the country. The most important factor was academics, but Niche also looked at culture and diversity, teachers, clubs and activities, sports, and more. The company rigorously analyzes public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, neighborhood, and large employer.

To see more about Walnut High School rankings, CLICK HERE.

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Schedule Next Week:

MONDAY - April 25

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

TUESDAY - April 26

  • *Periods 3-4 & 5-6 Tutorial Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm

WEDNESDAY - April 27

  • *Periods 1-4 Collaboration Schedule - 7:50 am-2:00 pm
  • Front Office Closed at 2:00pm for Front Office Collaboration Meeting

THURSDAY - April 28

  • *Periods 1-2 & 5-6 Tutorial Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm


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

News and Announcements

Three Students Build Electric Guitar From Scratch

A custom electric guitar built from scratch!

This week, Jennifer Lee, Stephen Lui, and Jaydan Trinh who are a part of The Luthiers Club finished their guitars and had a chance to test them out!

The Luthiers started the process in the fall by drawing the body shape, sculpting the body, building the neck, coating, installing the electronics, and much more!

Students from the Luthiers Club apply #STEM skills, hands-on learning, problem-solving, & trade skills. ‬

A big shoutout to our teacher, Richard Kim, who worked with our students throughout the year to build the guitar and secured funding for our kids!

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Jason Chen Shines at SkillsUSA!

Congratulations to Sophomore Jason Chen, a Gold medal winner at SkillsUSA Region 3! SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving middle school, high school, and college students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.
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WHS FBLA Taking care of Business!

Students from the Walnut High FBLA Chapter are heading to Chicago this summer! Congrats to our group led by Lailah Gallegos as they competed in Regionals during Spring Break.
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New Bell Schedule for 2022-2023

In 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 328, which requires high schools next fall to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. SB 328 is rooted in over three decades of research on teen health, sleep patterns, and brain chemistry. Its goal is to align school start times to support better sleep habits, student health, and performance in school.

Working closely with our staff and the district, we began preparing a plan to minimize disruption to our existing bell schedule and make any operational adjustments (transportation, food service, etc.) to support these changes.

Earlier this month, we finalized our new bell schedule that will go into effect starting next school year. To help you prepare for the changes in our start time and end times, we wanted to give you access to the updated schedule which will go into effect on August 8, 2022.

If you have trouble with the attachments, you can click below to access the files:

Thank you for being so understanding, patient, and flexible as we work through another change.

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Additional Graduation Tickets Available!

Seniors can purchase a maximum of 2 additional tickets at $15 each at the ASB office. Purchase must be in cash or a check made out to Walnut High School. We will sell these two additional tickets until we run out of tickets. Tickets will be handout out to students the day before graduation at the second graduation practice.


It's that time of the year when our Seniors start deciding their next steps and which school they will be attending. We want to celebrate where they are attending school next year! Once they decide which school they plan to attend, please fill out the google form, upload a photo in their college gear with their acceptance letter, and we will feature our Seniors! Over the next six weeks, we will be recognizing this huge milestone in their life! We can’t wait to celebrate with you! (The google form is only accessible to WVUSD student accounts).

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Mustangs Forever Fundraiser - VIP Graduation Seats & Parking

Before Spring Break, our marquee software froze and would not allow any updates. This pre-WIFI marquee and software is old and It’s a matter of time before it completely breaks down. Since it’s an expensive replacement, we need to start raising funds for it now.

This year, WHCC spent $20k on lunch tables and umbrellas and we hope to incrementally add more as funds are available.

For Senior families who are interested, we have the Mustangs Forever Package (4 VIP seats + 1 VIP parking space at graduation) available for a $1500 donation. There are 10 packages available on a First Come First Serve basis. The donation link will be available Friday, April 29th.

As an added bonus, on Thursday, April 28, ALL seniors will be entered in 2 free drawings for a chance to win a Mustangs Forever Package. The 2 winners will be announced on the school website, Friday Forecast and social media.

Thank you for supporting our students and school!
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Congrats Marquee Grad Shoutout!

Congrats Grad marquee is now available!! You can congratulate your Class of 2022 grad on our school marquee by clicking on the link below.

Only 10 names per week starting in May on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss out on your preferred week! There is a $25 donation requested and all funds go back to supporting our students and school.

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Autism Acceptance Week | 4/25-4/29

April is Autism Acceptance Month. Please join our SPED team in raising awareness and support our Autism Acceptance Spirit Week!

Autism is a complex developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. People with autism may have difficulties with social communication, social interaction, and restricted and repetitive behaviors, activities, or interests. Autism can affect people in different ways and can often co-exist with other mental health, behavior, emotional, and sensory problems, making getting the proper support more challenging.

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Come and hear the choirs perform their first LIVE Spring Pops concert in three years! "Blast from the Past" will feature all FIVE CHOIRS singing and dancing your favorite hits from the 50's and 60's. Tickets available at
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Alumni Jazz Concert - April 28

Please join us for our annual Alumni Jazz Concert next Thursday, April 28th at 7pm in the Walnut High School Performing Arts Center!

We will be featuring the WHS Jazz Students, WHS Jazz Alumni, WHS Choir Students, and special guest guitarist, our own MR. RENÉ LOPEZ

Get your tickets now at

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Percussion and Color Guard Showcase - April 29

Come support our Color Guard and Percussion students in their final performance of the year! Our award-winner winter guard teams will perform their competitive shows, and our percussion students will showcase a variety of small ensemble performances.

When: Friday, April 29th @ 6 pm

Where: Walnut High School Gym

Tickets: $5 at the door

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Student Help Needed

Walnut Elementary is looking for HS volunteers for their school carnival next Saturday, 4/30 . If you are interested and would like to help, please view the link below. Thank you!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

An irreverent, fast-paced romp through Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy, having clocked a palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre! Join the madcap Advanced Drama students as they weave their wicked way through most of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

One night only - May 5 @7PM in the WHS PAC General Admission - Pay what you can.

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WHS Sadie Hawkins 2022 | 80's RETROGRAD

Where: WHS Gym

When: May 6th, 2022

What Time: 7-10 PM

Tickets will be sold on

ASB will not be selling tickets; however, the QR code is posted outside their office. Date passes are in the ASB office and are due to their GLC by May 4TH.

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Best Buddies Presents Masquerade Prom

WHS Best Buddies is a program that fosters one-on-one friendships between high school students and students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies promotes and supports inclusion, acceptance, and respect for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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HOSA | Future Health Professionals

Were you thinking about joining the HOSA cabinet? Well, applications are now open in our link tree!! You can learn leadership, build connections, and make memories with amazing people.
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Walnut High's 10th Annual Golf Tournament

Come join us at the California Country Club in Whittier for a day of golf. See the flyer for all the details!
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Water Polo Summer Info!

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Soccer Summer Camp

Join us this summer to improve your skills and athleticism. Work with the Mustangs staff and current college athletes using targeted drills.

We look forward to seeing new faces and returning athletes.

Email Coach Blackford with questions at

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1st Annual Volleyball Golf Tournament | June 1, 2022

The Walnut High School Girls Volleyball Program will be hosting their 1st Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Los Serranos Golf Club. This event raises vital funds to support our girl's volleyball program. These funds will be used to purchase much-needed equipment, tournament fees, transportation, meals, and supportive coaching staff to help them succeed on the court.

Our goal is to always provide a safe, instructive environment for all of our athletes to learn and develop skills to be better volleyball players, but more importantly, productive members of society and fielding a competitive program.

To continue to make this experience a reality for our program, we are reaching out directly to area businesses, family, and friends and offering the opportunity to help by becoming a sponsor.

Included in this letter is a brochure with a variety of sponsorship packages for you to review and details about the tournament. All donations to our volleyball program are tax-deductible. Our Tax ID # is 95-6003446. Your support for this event will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Contact details are below.

Go Mustangs Volleyball!

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Yearbook Online sale extended!

Online Yearbook Sale has been extended! Go to to purchase a yearbook. School code: 2864. Cost is $100. Don't miss out!
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Looking for a job?

Heads up, Mustangs! Take a look at what is being offered from Deane Homes Swim Club! Take advantage of this opportunity today!
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Walnut Valley Women's Club scholarship

Each year Walnut Valley Women's Club awards several college scholarships ranging in value from $500 to $1,600. The number and amount is dependent upon our fundraising success for the year. In 2021 we awarded five scholarships for a total of $6400. Deadline to apply 4/22/22.

Please see flyer and visit for more information.

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Seniors! WHCC Scholarship application

There are scholarships to compete for, but this one is ONLY for WHS Class of 2022 Seniors!

Walnut High Community Club offers a total of $3000 worth of scholarships to support our seniors in their next endeavors. Six scholarships will be awarded at $500 each. Seniors do not need to have the highest GPA or participate in extra-curricular activities.

If they have never thought of applying for a scholarship because they think they may not qualify, then this is the one for your Senior. Ask your Senior to apply today! Deadline to apply 4/23/22.

Click on the link below for the Mustang Scholarship application:

For questions, email:

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The Women of AT&T National Scholarship program was established to encourage and reward personal and professional development, focusing on continuous growth, advancement, and success through education, leadership, and community involvement.

The program awards scholarships to deserving students who are attending or will soon be attending an establishment of higher learning. Applicants must be sponsored by a Women of AT&T member.

The Women of AT&T National Scholarship Committee annually determines the amount of money and number of scholarships awarded based on funding availability. In 2022, the Committee is pleased to announce that forty (40) $1000 scholarships will be awarded to:

  • Graduating high school seniors
  • Undergraduate students already enrolled and attending an establishment of higher education

~ APRIL 30, 2022 DEADLINE ~

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WVEF Scholarship Application

During each academic year the Walnut Valley Educational Foundation (WVEF) awards monetary scholarships up to $1,000 each, to graduating senior students in the following categories:

• Ron Hockwalt Educational Scholarship Award

• Teen Citizen Scholarship Award

• Industrial Technology Scholarship Award

• Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Award

• Ronald “Ron” Everett Servant Leader Scholarship Award

Attached please find this year's WVEF Scholarship application and more information about each scholarship!

COVID testing: April 25-28

The following walk-up COVID-19 testing opportunities are available next week for WVUSD staff. Please note: WVUSD ID is required at time of testing.

Monday, April 25:

Diamond Bar High School

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. STAFF ONLY

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26:

Walnut High School

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. STAFF ONLY

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 27:

South Pointe Middle School

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please register using BOTH links below if you would like to be tested at a WVUSD school site:

No appointments are needed, but preregistration is requested.

Additional Testing opportunity offered by the City of Walnut:

Thursday, April 28:

Walnut Senior Center

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Walk-ups only - 300 Capacity

(Not a WVUSD-Sponsored Event)

Next Vaccination Clinic – Saturday, April 23

We are pleased to announce a COVID-19 vaccination clinic opportunity for Walnut Valley staff, families, and community members. The next clinic will be held on Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Diamond Bar High School.

This clinic will be for anyone who is eligible for the booster, and anyone who needs to get their first and second dose of the vaccine.





PFIZER VACCINE (Age 12+ only):



  1. A copy of your proof of age (ex. Birth certificate, passport, AIRES cover page for students) – we will need to keep the copy
  2. Proof of insurance if applicable – we will need to keep a copy
  3. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

If you are able to provide us with a copy of your proof of age and insurance it will save valuable time for you and for the clinic.

We want to thank the entire Walnut Valley Unified School District community for continuing to support our efforts in making the return to school a safe one.

Vaccination location:

Diamond Bar High School

21400 Pathfinder Rd

Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Procedure on Reporting a covid 19 case

Use the Walnut High School COVID 19 Reporting Form to report all Covid positive cases and known exposures. This will help facilitate the contact tracing process. Someone from the school health team will contact the person who submitted the form within 48 hours of the form submission.

Visit our website at and click on the button labeled REPORT A COVID-19 Case in the top left-hand corner. Parents can upload vaccine records, positive tests, and report details related to positive cases and possible exposure.

The information will go directly to the attendance office and our school nurse.

FREE After School Tutoring Opportunity

We are offering FREE After School tutoring on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays after school from 3:00 - 4:30 pm in the library starting next week. Tutors will be available in all content areas to help our students with homework, study for tests, or anything they need!
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Additional Tutoring Help!

Thank you to our Instructional Aides for offering before and after school tutoring extra homework help for our students.
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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!

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GLC Listing

9th GRADE (Class of 2025)

Wil Lares (A – Lo)

Sonia Nunez (Lu – Z)

10th GRADE (Class of 2024)

Nathan Newman (A – Li)

Jenny Alegre (Lo – Z)

11th GRADE (Class of 2023)

Jennifer Tucker (A – Lim)

Jeff Jacks (Lin – Z)

12th GRADE (Class of 2022)

Ethan Doiron (A - Li)

Corolar Schultz (Lo – Z)

ADP (Academic Design Program)

Viviana Hoyos

Intervention Counselor

Jennifer Peiten

College Application & FINANCIAL AID Night | RECAP

Our GLCs held a College Application and Financial Aid Information Night over YouTube Live. Below the video contains the Frequently Asked Questions during Financial Aid Night 2021.

FAQs from Financial Aid Night 2021


This short video provides a variety of College and Career Readiness Resources for this years Seniors.

Senior Website


Students must attend every class, every day, and be on time. In order to receive daily credit, students are to bring all necessary materials to class. Students will not be excused from class to get materials. Homework and class assignments are to be completed on time and to the best of the student’s ability. Only behaviors befitting the learning environment are acceptable. Students are to comply with all reasonable requests of any staff member. Dress code will be enforced.

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ATTENDANCE COUNTS | Reporting a Student Absence

Attendance is an essential part of each student's educational plan at Walnut High School. A parent/guardian must contact the attendance office for full-day absences by the end of the day. This procedure helps us fulfill required attendance monitoring obligations and helps ensure our students' safety.

Any student who arrives 30 mins late to school must check in to the attendance office either with a parent/ guardian or a phone call from their parent/guardian.

If a parent/guardian wishes to dismiss a student before the end of a typical school day, the parent/guardian will have to check out the student and must present their ID to the attendance office.

Attendance Reporting Hotline:

10 & 11 Grades: 909-594-1333 Ext. 43642

9 & 12 Grades : 909 - 594-1333 Ext 43625


Due to safety concerns, we DO NOT accept student lunches in the office. We understand the importance of student nutrition, but we encourage students to either purchase lunch at school or bring their lunch from home. Food, drinks, or other items are NOT to be passed to students through the fence. This is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

Please Note: Parents can now access the Food Services Department from our website under the Parents tab. On that page, parents can set up and deposit funds into their student's lunch account for purchasing lunch on campus.


Never been on our campus? We used a 360-degree camera to help you get familiar with Walnut High School. We 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.

Virtual Tour of Walnut High School
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