AUGUST 17-21, 2020

Week 1 in the Books ... Here We Go Week 2!

Congratulations on finishing Week 1 of Distance Learning! From the results of the survey, the majority of our staff is DRAINED but remains OPTIMISTIC. (results below). I hope you step into this week with a little more confidence as you begin to find a rhythm. Please remember to stay connected, reach out for help, and support each other during this time. Connection is so important!



  • *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
  • LUNCH AT THE HORSESHOE - 12:30 - 1:10 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

  • LUNCH AT THE HORSESHOE - 12:30 - 1:10 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 1-6 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm

  • Staff/PD/Collaboration/Prep 1:10 pm - 2:30 pm

**Kevin Wendland will be available on Google Meet or Google Chat Monday-Friday from 8:00 - 2:30 pm to for tech support. Google Meet Link in the WHS Google Classroom or CLICK HERE. He will put an away message up if he is out of the office helping someone out.


Back to School Night Presentations Due August 21

Our Back to School Night on August 27 will look a little different this year. We are going to hold a virtual Back to School Night … Bitmoji style!

Here is the plan:

  1. Record a Back to School Night presentation (no longer than 10 minutes) for each prep you teach. You have the option to do an audio narration of your presentation instead of a video.
  2. This is open to more than teachers! Library, Front Office, GLCs, etc. are welcome to join in.
  3. Upload your video to YouTube or make sure you have a shareable link where everyone can view it.
  4. Create a BitMoji! Please make sure the Bitmoji is a full body shot of you standing, sitting, waving, or anything else creative. Here is a tutorial on how to create a Bitmoji:
  5. Fill out this form to share your Back to School Night presentations and upload your BitMoji.
  6. Please submit Back to School Night presentations and your Bitmoji by August 21.

Once we receive Back to School Night presentations and Bitmoji’s, we will create a virtual lobby for each department. Parents can click on any department where it will link to your Back to School Night presentations.

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Site Licenses!

I am meeting with the Walnut High Community Club on Tuesday Night to ask for Site Licenses based on the teacher survey. The district is working on a district-wide license for Kami and I will show the survey to the parents on other site licenses. EdPuzzle for sure! That was our number one choice.
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LUNCH AT THE HORSESHOE! - Wednesdays & Thursdays

Starting this week, every Wednesday & Thursday, we will have tables, games, and music set up in the Horseshoe in the center of campus ALL DAY! From 12:30 - 1:30 get away from your screen, bring your lunch out, get out of your classroom, and enjoy each other's company with physical distancing.

Tables and chairs will be set up in the shade, games will be set up in the horseshoe area with shade, and Ave will be playing nothing but the hits.

Games include cornhole, giant Jenga, giant Connect-4, Table Tennis, and others. Make sure we follow social distancing. We will have sanitizer as well paper towels and citra-cide spray to wipe anything down for you.

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Results are in- We are DRAINED, STRESSED, but OPTIMISTIC after Week 1

Take a look at our survey results from Week 1. It's important to know that you are not in this alone and as you can see there are a range of emotions from Week 1. Let's stay connected. Feel free to share to our Padlet board to see what others are doing, share a success story, funny story, or vent!
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Four Steps to Activating Your New Zoom Account

Please click the PDF below to see how to correctly activate your Zoom account if you are using that platform for your instruction.

Start Nominating for Walnut Wednesday Awards!

Our first Walnut Wednesday Awards will be on September 2nd! If you are on campus, we will surprise you, take a pic, give you a certificate, and let you pick from the swag bag. If you are not on campus, we will surprise you virtually, take a pic (somehow?), put the certificate in your box, as well as a ticket you can turn into Monique to pick from the swag bag when you get back.

Fill out the link below to nominate someone who embodies "The Walnut Way"

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Family Fridays | August 28

Come join us as we celebrate the end of August, and paychecks on the horizon as we get together for Family Friday on August 28.

Donuts, coffee, and fellowship while keeping a safe distance. More details to follow!

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PE Lockers | Textbook Room Open this Week

Please let your students know that the Textbook Room and PE Locker Room will be open M-F, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm.

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.

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/Zoom 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 / Zoom as well as get the students started on their assignments.


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

Current Solutions | Check Your Illness & Vacation Hours

Current Solutions allows us to check our sick and vacation hours.

  1. Link:
  2. The log in information for WVUSD employees will be as follows:

  • User name: first name
  • Password: last 4 of your social

Staff Meeting Recap Sessions

Two weeks ago, 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 in case you missed any.

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!

Janice Zhen Holds Virtual Escape Room!

In her first week, Janice Zhen held a Virtual Escape room for her Bio students solve scientific method clues to unlock multiple levels in order to escape!
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Keeping the Texbook Room Open!

Shoutout to Tania for keeping the textbook room open and available for our students. Also, shoutout to Nelson Chen and Vanessa Pai for keeping the textbook room until 4:30 pm so our parents can come by late in the afternoon. Thanks for going above and beyond!

Abbey Poole with Chalk Art Messages!

Abbey Poole does some amazing chalk art! Last Monday, she made this for all WVUSD students. Follow her Instagram @mommyswabbs for more of her amazing work. Thanks for going above and beyond Abbey!
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Cawley & Patrick McConnell and the Mustangs HQ board.

Last weekend, Conchita Cawley put together the Mustang HQ board for our staff to let us know if they are here. It has been a huge help for our custodians as they work to deep clean your room or work space when you leave campus.

Also, every night, our custodian, Patrick McConnell santizes the green magnets, resets them, and works with Conchita to make sure deep cleaning is taking place for staff members that are here.

Thanks for your behind the scenes work!

Newman & Jacks Still on Duty!

If you haven't noticed, Nathan Newman and Jeff Jacks were out during passing period last week due to olds habits. They are still getting used to this virtual thing, but thanks for making sure the campus is safe during the passing period!
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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


Designing Learning to Prioritize Student Voices

The work of schools is to create more opportunities for students to connect with content and produce work that they feel they own. Rather than submit to something that is based on a distant administrator or outside authority’s priorities, students should have opportunities to create work that allows them to investigate issues that they regard as meaningful. Read more about this by clicking below.

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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