AUGUST 10-14, 2020

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

WELCOME BACK STAFF! Who would have thought a year ago that we would be opening up the 2020-2021 school year teaching 100% remotely, scanning into school to make sure we aren't sick, and having a whiteboard (see below) for our custodians to do a thorough sanitization of rooms when teachers were here.

We know this first week will take some getting used to as we work out technical difficulties and working to find our rhythm. Let's work together as a team to support our students academically and social-emotionally. Wishing you an amazing year!



  • *Periods 1-6 Minimum Day Schedule - 8:00 am-12:26 pm


  • *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


  • *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


  • *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


  • *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



Per District Policy, if you come on campus, you need to fill out a Google Form and answer two questions. Also, please make sure you move your green magnet to the right side of your name if you are here. This will help us know who is on campus for sanitation purposes and in case of an emergency.

The board is located in front of the W by the administration office. Please make sure you are wearing a mask when you leave your classroom or workspace.

Below is a link to the check in form you need to fill out when you arrive on campus. QR codes were placed in your box and will be around campus.

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We created a Distance Learning Resource Guide that will help answer questions for our students and parents. Feel free to post this link in your Google Classroom or Syllabus.

A tutorial video on how to use the guide is below as well as a link to the guide. You can also access the guide by heading to

2020-2021 Distance Learning Guide

Substitute Teachers?!

If you need a sub during Distance Learning, here is the protocol:

  • The teacher puts in for a sub on AESOP/Frontline
  • The teacher creates a new Google Meet link for the substitute.
  • Post link into Frontline for the sub, and Google Classroom for the students.
  • Post announcement telling students there will be a substitute as well as the lesson for the day.
  • Copy and upload the lesson plan into Frontline for the substitute.
  • The substitute will come on campus, have rosters printed for them, and take roll through Google Meet as well as get the students started on their assignments.

Textbook Room Open this Week!

In the last two days, we had several students safely return to acquire additional textbooks and supplemental materials. It is safe to say that not every student showed up. Therefore, please let your students know that the Textbook Room will be open M-F, from 8:00 am-4:30 pm next week.

If a student fails to have their books by Week 2, he or she will have to make an appointment with their GLC.

Students Coming on Campus to Pick Something Up

Please make sure you let Conchita know or meet them in the front office if you have students coming on campus to pick up any material. We need to make sure we log any student that comes on campus to be as safe as possible.

Staff Meeting Recap Sessions

Last week we had a staff meeting as well as breakout sessions to cover the nuts and bolts of Distance Learning. Click on the links below if you need to review any of the meetings.

Kevin Tech Recap Sessions

Kevin held some PD sessions on Friday. See what was covered below and click on the videos if you need to watch. Please feel free to reach out to Kevin if you need anything!

  • Taking Attendance in Google Meet. We went over 3 ways to take attendance in Google Meet. Unfortunately, Meet Attendance didn't load and we didn't try it out until after we stopped recording. It did work, but for some reason it didn't want to load the first time. The links to the add-ons are HERE. Grid View (fix) must be installed to use Google Meet Attendance and Attendance & Breakout.

  • Go Guardian & Assessments. We went through the basics of Go Guardian. I think GG will be a great tool to use when we get back on campus, but for right now if they aren't using a chromebook, it won't do what you need it to do. We also had some good conversations about different ways to assess students during this time.

Attendance in Google Meet
Go Guardian & Assessments

Resetting Student Passwords

If you have students who need their password reset please watch the video below on how you can do it from home.
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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

Happy Retirement to Arlene! 42 years of service!

Arlene Rodriquez, our wonderful Life- Time Custodian, began

her Retirement on Friday at 2:30 pm!

We surprised her with a box of thank you cards in the library, cake, lunch, and a standing ovation as she walked in the library.

We wish Arlene a well earned New Chapter in life. She worked 42 years in the district and over 30 years at Walnut High School. We will miss you Arlene!


4 weeks of registration was a success! Special thanks to our GLCs, ASB, Operations team, and front office for their support to our students and parents.

✅ Over 2,000 students registered and completed their Aeries Data Registration

✅ Every GLC met virtually with their students & families for 20 minutes. Thank you to Shirley Markel for scheduling all those appointments & Dr. Poma for working with teacher changes over the summer to balance classes!

✅ Over 10,000 books checked out thanks to Tania and her crew!

✅ Our custodial and security team for making sure physical distancing was in place as well as a thorough cleaning every night.

✅ Andy, Ave, Monique, Conchita, Nelson, Vanessa Pai, Liz Lopez, Cecille, Margie, Barbara, Walnut High Community Club, and textbook volunteers for working behind the scenes making sure registration was set up every morning for our families.

Wendland Creates Virtual Tour of Walnut High School

Over the summer, Kevin Wendland created a Virtual Tour of Walnut High School! Please watch the video below to see how to fully immerse yourself in the tour. Use this for class assignments (especially freshman), scavenger hunts, or a resource for students to get familiar with our campus.
Virtual Tour of Walnut High School

Marissa Beemer - Friday Check - Ins!

Marissa Beemer is going to have her students fill out the google doc (link below) every Friday. Please feel free to make a copy and to use it any way you think would be effective! Make it a Google Classroom assignment every Friday!

Love it Marissa!

Congrats to Jena Muhr!

Jena Muhr and her husband Jose Muhr have granted me the honor of introducing you to their newest addition, baby boy Jose Tomas Muhr!

Mom, dad and baby are all healthy and so happy!!

Baby Jose Stats:

Born: August 4, 2020

At 11:16 pm

7 lbs. 10 oz.

Congratulations and welcome to the Mustang family Jose!

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8/3 Lawrence Luu

8/5 Charlene Pena

8/7 Rob Coad

8/8 Emily Alder

8/8 Pat Collins

8/8 Patrick Gutierrez

8/12 Kirsten Thibeault

8/15 Ernest Mota

8/16 Shirley Markel

8/18 Richard Kim

8/19 Anthony Reynoso

8/20 Jerry Knox

8/20 Dawn Martinez

8/21 Paul Acosta

8/27 Gloria Goytia

8/28 Alyssia Infante

8/28 Chiara Morgan

8/28 Andrea Takahashi

8/30 Jeff Jacks


Relationships Matter More than Ever!

One of the biggest questions is, “how do we build relationships through remote learning spaces, especially with a new class of students to start the year?”

The article below lists 4 tips to build connections with your students during distance learning. It will definitely be more difficult to do so with a brand new class as last March we had already established those relationships.

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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