MONDAY MORNING MUSTANG

March 23-27, 2020

Google Compiles Remote Learning Resources for Educators with ‘Teach from Home’ Hub

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Now that our campus closure date has been extended to May 5, the reality of remote learning is looking like more of a possibility. Last week, Google compiled all of its resources to create a one-stop-shop for remote learning. First are simple card-based instructions on how to “teach remotely with video calls.” This includes using Hangouts Meet, live-streaming, and the Audience Q&A feature in Google Slides as we did with our staff meeting last Monday. There are also tips to ensure accessibility (closed captioning, voice typing), keeping students engaged (discussions in Classroom, Jamboard), and communicating with fellow teachers (Hangouts Chat, Drive, and Groups).


Click the links below to see how to get started or reach out to Kevin Wendland if you have any questions!

Mustang Schedule This Week:

MONDAY -MARCH 23

  • STAY AT HOME

  • VOLUNTARY AP TEACHER GOOGLE MEET SESSION @ 10 AM (Nelson & Marta will send the link)


TUESDAY - MARCH 24

  • STAY AT HOME


WEDNESDAY - MARCH 25

  • STAY AT HOME


THURSDAY - MARCH 26

  • STAY AT HOME
  • VOLUNTARY STAFF GOOGLE MEET SESSION @ 11:00 AM (Ryan Maine will send the link)


FRIDAY - MARCH 27

  • STAY AT HOME

IMPORTANT INFO

JOIN US FOR A STAFF GOOGLE MEET SESSION THURSDAY AT 11AM

Join us for a Staff Meeting on Thursday at 11 am. I have a district virtual meeting at 9 am and would love to provide any updates I hear from this meeting regarding the next steps, other staff members sharing best practices, and help answer any questions. I will send out a link early this week.

AP TEACHER GOOGLE MEET SESSION ON MONDAY AT 10 AM

Nelson and Marta are holding a Google Meet Session at 10 am on MONDAY as an open forum for any questions, teachers sharing out, and touching base as an AP team.

AP TESTING UPDATES

The College Board made an important announcement today regarding AP testing. For the 2019-2020 school year, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. College Board will post the specific test dates and the free-response question types by April 3. Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.


Please see the video below from Nick Blackford on important updates regarding AP exams.

AP Exam Update (03.20.20)

IB Testing Updates

The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.


As an organization, it is critical for the IB to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.


The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.

Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programs.


We know parents and students will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by March 27

Learning Enrichment And Resource Network

The district resource page was formed in collaboration with educators, experts in the field of social and emotional health of children, and local mental health and wellness providers. It is a consortium to serve as a one-stop place in the Walnut Valley Unified School District for academic, wellness, and parenting resources. Please view the video message from Superintendent Dr. Taylor on our district-wide Learning Enrichment And Resource Network.
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WENDLAND TECH UPDATES

Google File Stream

Google used to have a program that allowed you to add Google Drive to Windows to make it function like any other folder on your computer. They have revamped it and renamed it to Google File Stream. The functionality is basically the same, except now it will look like a Network Drive versus a Folder. The main benefit of installing this on your computer is that you can now save everything to your Drive, where you have unlimited storage, and be able to access it from anywhere you have internet access.
Google File Stream

MUSTANG MARVELS

WALNUT WEDNESDAY AWARD WINNERS

On March 11 (before the chaos began) we gave out our monthly Walnut Wednesday Awards. Please see below who are recipients were. We didn't forget about you!

Maletz, Lyons, Chalew, Lim, and Burnside Hold Google Meet Sessions to Check in With their Kids!

I had the opportunity to check in with some amazing teachers and their students this past week over Google Meet. Jennifer Maletz, Kellee Lyons, Jennifer Chalew, Garrett Lim, Jeri Burnside were able to touch base with their kids, help lead discussions, set expectations, and help ease some anxiety from our students. If you have any Zoom or Google Meet sessions, let the admin team know. We would love to check in and say hello.
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mar·vel

noun

a wonderful or astonishing person or thing.


Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

MUSTANG MARCH BIRTHDAYS

3/6 Hugo Gonzalez

3/7 Neil Jacoby

3/12 Wayne DiMascio

3/12 Pei-Ying Lin

3/12 Bill Bosanko

3/13 Josh Bandy

3/13 Kristy Kirkpatrick

3/14 Mary Harms

3/16 Eleanor Blanchard

3/17 Alex Nigian

3/18 Linda Jimenez

3/20 Jenny Herzog

3/28 David Kim

A WORTHY READ

CommUNITY has Never Mattered More!

"Human connection has never been so important. We might not be able to do it face-to-face, but we still have to find a means to do so."

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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