OCTOBER 21-25, 2019

2019 WHS ShakeOut Sped Up 10x

Thank You for Participating in the Shake Out!

THANK YOU to our students and staff for participating in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill.

Your support during this and every drill, as well as real emergencies, is crucial to the safety of our staff and students.

In the event of a real emergency, it will be all hands on deck. We will support each other and the students. Flexibility and communication are vital. Our goal is to keep everyone safe. Our hard work to prepare and practice emergency procedures will help us meet our goal.

Check out the drone shot above from Mike Yamashiro sped up 10x!

Mustang Schedule This Week:


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


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


  • *Periods 1-4 Collaboration Schedule - 7:50 am-2:00 pm (Early Out Dismissal)
  • FAC in H5 - 2:05 -2:45 pm
  • Staff: Wear College Gear


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


  • Family Friday in the F Workroom - 7:15 - 7:40am
  • *Periods 1-6 Regular Day Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm


Tightening Up Turo

We will start the "Mustang Round-Up" on Tuesday, November 5.

Here are some details:

  • Tutorial announcements will begin this week letting students know they have to be in a classroom during tutorial by the bell otherwise they will be sent to the "Mustang Round-Up" in the MPR
  • A GLC will scan students in and an email will be sent to parents/guardians
  • All students in "Mustang Round Up" will quietly work on something in the MPR. It is not a hang out time! We really want our students to focus on finishing homework, getting extra help, and using that time during the school day to get ahead.

Note: Please remind students of the importance of tutorial! More work during tutorial leads to less work at home.

Halloween Dress Up!

Join us on Halloween as the GLCs and Admin team are dressing up as a 80/90's movie character, celebrity, or musician. We will take a group photo at lunch on the stage! Swing by the front office to get a name tag so people know who you are!
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3rd Annual Jazz and BBQ Concert - Oct 25

Josh Bandy, Jennifer Maletz and Justin Panlilio, Jennifer Maletz to preform!

Dinner is included with the ticket: Pulled pork sliders, corn, beans, potato salad, watermelon, and dessert.

Faculty and staff who would like to attend can email for tickets!

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Walnut Valley has actively supported this important cause for many years. Some of our staff have fought or are fighting cancer right now. A few have lost the battle. Please support and donate to this worthwhile cause. Proceeds support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

Please submit all donations to Monique Estrada by November 1st. The WHS employee that donates the most will receive a pink bag.

No cash please! Checks made out to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Thank you for supporting this worthy cause!

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Directing Change Mini Grant Opportunity for Los Angeles County Districts and Schools

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest is thrilled to announce a new Mini Grant Opportunity for Schools and Districts in Los Angeles County! The Directing Change Program & Film Contest engages youth to learn about the topics of suicide prevention and mental health by creating short films that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts across the state, in their communities, and on their campuses. Participants have a chance to win cash prizes, meet with film making professionals, and attend an award ceremony in May.

Eligible Organizations: Schools and districts working with students in grades 6-12 in Los Angeles County. Public, private, and charter schools and districts are all eligible to apply.

Mini Grant Funding: $1,500 to implement the Directing Change Program & Film Contest in a classroom setting.


  • Facilitate participation of at least one classroom in the Directing Change program during the 2019-20 school year, resulting in a minimum of five film submissions by the submission deadline: March 1, 2020.
  • Teach at least one Directing Change mental health or suicide prevention lesson in a classroom on campus.
  • Plan and implement an awareness event on campus which includes screening of the youth-produced films to peers and/or parents in May 2020.

Interested? Complete these steps by Friday October 18, 2019:

Mini-Grant Opportunities for K-12 Teachers

Sponsored by The Helen and Will Webster Foundation and Azusa Pacific University.

Keeping History Alive and Bringing STEM to Life awards mini-grants of $250-$850 to K-12 teachers of history and STEM in Los Angeles County. The mini-grants assist teachers in public, private, charter, and parochial schools with classroom resources, field trips, on-campus presentations, and/or professional development. Applications due: October 31, 2019

Eligibility requirements, applications, and rubrics can be viewed online via the following links:



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TurnitIn After School Workshop for all secondary teachers who incorporate writing in their content area.

Turnitin is a great tool that supports a curriculum focused on communication and collaboration skills. It is so much more than just a plagiarism checker! With Feedback Studio and PeerMark, you can save yourself hours of work from grading. Here are some time-saving features teachers love: voice and text comments, rubric grading, automatic grammar check, and peer feedback.

This is a hands-on workshop open to all secondary teachers who incorporate writing in their content area, not just those who teach English Language Arts. Turnitin accepts a variety of file types such as Google Docs, Google Slides (if converted to PDF format), Excel, and PowerPoint.

Training Date: November 4, 2019
Training Time: 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Training Location: Ed Services Training Room, District Office
Presenter: Alice Chen, Suzanne Middle School Teacher & Tech Coach

Attendees will be compensated at the professional hourly rate for attending.

Bring an electronic device.

Spots are limited so sign up before we fill up!

Sign up on this Google Form.


Time to dust off those old cleats and represent the staff at the new annual Boys Soccer Alumni/Faculty soccer game. This year the game will take place on Friday, November 8, from 3 to 4:30 pm.

A free snack and Gatorade will be given to all participants. Anyone interested in participating, please contact

If you would like to watch the game, there is free entry and the concessions stand will be open. We are also looking for volunteers to help announce, run the score board, and take video of the game.


Boys Basketball is hosting our annual staff basketball fundraiser game on Friday, NOVEMBER 8th at 6:00. We would love to have you be a part of this event. If you would like to play in the game, Be a coach, sing the national anthem, sell tickets or help us out in any other way please let me know. The more staff members that we have involved the more fun the atmosphere will be. This game will be against the Diamondbar Staff.



Online Referrals Rolling Out!

Thank you to the E building for piloting our online referrals. We are now going to roll out online referrals to K & F. If anybody would like to know more about online referrals, then please reach out to Kevin Wendland.


Fundraiser Requests will be filled out online, The link will also be on the Staff Resource Doc under Forms & Requests.

You will receive an email saying if your request is approved or denied. If approved, you will also receive a PDF copy of the form you normally would have filled out.




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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

Conchita and the Great Shake Out!

Thank you Conchita for all your hard work and organization in planning the Great Shake Out. From the folders, e-mail reminders, to the last-minute JV field change. Thank you!

Thanks to our Emergecy Support Team!

  • Jerry Person and the Search & Rescue Team: Shirley Markel, Dave Smith, Mike O’Shields, Jerry Knox, Nick Blackford, Keith Thompson, Paul Acosta, Mike James, Tony Goossens, Joe Khouzam, Wil Lares, Angela McElroy, Eric Peralta, Wayne DiMascio, Gloria Goytia, Anthony Reynoso and Arlene Rodriguez.

  • Football Stadium and Baseball Field Support Team and Field Captains: Jeff Jacks, Corolar Schultz, Viviana Hoyos, Jenny Alegre, Drew Johannsen, Sarah Doramus, Ken McDill, Elisabeth Everts, Cecile Hernandez-Ortiz, Jen Peiten and Nelson Chen.
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Sonia Nunez is a PSAT Planning Machine!

Shoutout to Sonia Nunez for planning and coordinating with the PSAT this weekend! Over 500 students took the PSAT with 16 proctors and 40+ hours of planning to make it all come together! You da woman Sonia!

Coach Mac holds Teacher Appreciation Night!

Before the game on Tuesday, our Girls Volleyball team recognized a teacher who has made a positive impact on their life. Each teacher was given a handwritten thank you note. Such a great idea from our girls and Coach Mac! It takes a village!
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Newman goes Oprah on us!

Big shoutout to Mr. Newman and our Mustang student, John Chao. They submitted Walnut High School in a 3M School Supply Contest & won! Free supplies for our staff! Newman went Oprah on us and said, "You get a sticky note, you get a wall hanger thingy, you get some tape!"

Thanks for setting it up Newman!

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Juarez-Medina & Thibeault ECGA Hikes

Thank you Renee and Kirsten for taking our ECGA students hiking and cleaning up the last two weekends. It's a great time for our kids to get outside and de-stress a bit.

Jerry Knox completes his 7th - 100 mile run this weekend!

Jerry does it again!! He ran 100 miles this weekend under 24 hours!
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Goossens and the Bridge Project!

Tensions were high in Mr. Goossens Physics class this week. Each group of students received 15 wooden sticks, some glue, & had to plan, design, and build a bridge that supported a minimum of 9 lbs. ‬⁣⁣Some groups made it to 58 pounds. Thanks for the hands-on and collaborative learning Mr. Goossens,
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Blackford and his kids are coding websites!

Mr. Blackford’s PLTW Computer Science Principles AP class presented their student-developed websites this week. Each student coded websites from scratch!
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Garrett Lim Honored Last Week at "Salute to Teachers"

Congratulations to Garrett Lim who was honored at the "Salute to Teachers" event on October 16 at Diamond Bar High School.
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ShoutOut to our Fall Sports Programs!

  • Girls Volleyball swept Charter Oak last week to earn a spot in the CIF playoffs.

  • Girls Golf had the top seven scores for the first day of Hacienda League Finals led by Tiffany Le with a 2 under par 70.

  • Boys Water Polo is currently undefeated in league. They just defeated a very good Segerstrom team who eliminated them from the CIF playoffs last year. They are peaking at the right time.

  • Cross Country setting themselves up to win the league at all levels for boys frosh-jv-varsity and girls jv-varsity. Jesse Alvarado ran a 14:26.7 which is the 2nd fastest time for boys in the last 10 years. The boys have 5 of the top 20 times for the last 10 years.

  • Girls Tennis is currently undefeated in league. The Hacienda League Finals will be hosted by Walnut High School on October 29 and 30.

  • Football is battling in league! Our freshmen team is 7-1 right now with a new football-only league starting next year. The future is bright for Mustang football.

OVERALL the Mustangs should win 5 out of the 7 Hacienda League Championships in the Fall sports.

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10/1 So Hee Tan

10/03 Sonia Nunez

10/5 Julie Park

10/10 Christy Godinez

10/10 John Vu

10/12 David Smits

10/15 Erik Jameson

10/16 Donny Melara

10/18 Linda Rehm

10/21 Leah Turner

10/30 Marissa Beemer

10/30 Patrick McConnell


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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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