The Friday Forecast
The Week Of March 13 - March 17, 2023
Band Buddies Welcomes 115 Fifth Grade Students!
On March 8, the Walnut High School Instrumental Music Program had its first Band Buddies rehearsal since 2019. One hundred fifteen fifth-grade participants showed up and rehearsed with our current instrumental music students.
They are so excited to continue rehearsals together and work towards the “Band Buddies Extravaganza Concert” on April 14th! This is THE BEST part of being in band… making friends through music
This is the 10th anniversary of the Band Buddies program with the goal of supporting elementary students in their love for music.
Video credit: Jason Jin (awesome student leader, alto saxophone player, and Band Buddies Historian)
IMPORTANT EVENTS March 13 - March 17, 2023
MONDAY - MARCH 13
- *Periods 1-6 Regular Schedule - 8:30 am- 3:25 pm
TUESDAY - MARCH 14
- *Periods 1-6 Testing Schedule - 8:30 am-3:25 pm
- 11th Grade CAASPP Testing: Blue Group in the AM & Yellow Group in the PM
WEDNESDAY - MARCH 15
- *Periods 1-6 Testing Schedule - 8:30 am-3:25 pm (No early release)
THURSDAY - MARCH 16
- *Periods 1-6 Testing Schedule - 8:30 am-3:25 pm
- 11th Grade CAASPP Testing: Blue Group in the AM & Yellow Group in the PM
FRIDAY - MARCH 17
- *Periods 1-6 Minimum Day Schedule - 8:30 am- 12:32 pm
**There will be no tutorial or early release this week due to testing. Friday is a Minimum Day Schedule.
News and Announcements
WHS SADIE HAWKINS DANCE Reminders & Expectations
Our Sadie's Dance is all set for tonight at 6:00 pm! Here are important rules and expectations to review before attending the dance:
- The entrance to the dance is at the gate, entering the gym in the student parking lot.
- Students must bring their ID to get scanned into the dance.
- Students must be with their DATE when checking in. (If you purchased tickets together)
- Gates will open at 6:00 pm to begin entering the dance.
- Students must arrive no later than 6:45 pm.
- Students may begin leaving the dance at 7:00 pm.
- Security will do a quick search at the gate upon entering the dance.
- The following items are not allowed into the dance: bottles, containers, liquids, food, gum, pepper spray, lighters, sharp objects, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, and markers.
- No loitering in the parking lot. Security will be doing parking lot checks and car checks periodically throughout the night.
- School rules will still be implemented. If any school rules are violated, parents will be notified and consequences will be applied.
- Please make sure your child is picked up by 10:00 pm.
Phil Cotton and Salvador Quintanilla Recognized as NFF Scholar Athletes
Congratulations to Seniors Phil Cotton and Sal Quintanilla for being selected as National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes. Last night they were recognized at the 51st Annual National Football Foundation Awards Banquet in Alhambra.
Members needed to have a cumulative 3.0 or better GPA and have excelled on the field, in the communities, and on campus.
Sal was the CIF Offensive Player of the Year, and Phil was the CIF Defensive Player of the Year for Division 11 this past season in leading the Mustangs to their 1st ever CIF Football Championship.
Phil was also awarded a $1000 scholarship last night for outstanding athletic performance, GPA, and community service. Congratulations to Phil and Sal. Go Mustangs!
Science Olympiad qualifies for state
Meet the Cast: Newsies Opening Night One Week Away!
Based on a true story, “Newsies” is the rousing tale of a ragged band of teenage newspaper sellers who dream of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. After newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer hikes up the prices for his papers charged to the newsies, Jack Kelly rallies his fellow newsboys to protest the change, falling in love with young reporter Katherine along the way. These young newsies from across the city come together and rise up against the exploitation of wealthy publishing tycoons and fight for justice using the only power they have – solidarity.
This entertaining, high-energy musical is not to be missed. Join Jack, Crutchie, Race, Albert, and the dozens of Newsies cast members from the WHS School of the Arts as they seize the day to take on the powerful giants of New York. (Meet the Cast Below!)
Shows will be held on March 17, 18, 24, & 25 with a special sensory-sensitive matinee on March 25! Click on the link below to pick your seat and purchase a ticket.
11TH GRADE STATE TESTING WEEK 1 : ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
We had a practice test run for our JUNIORS last week. Thank you to our testing team for all the hard work and for making our test run successful.
On Monday, we begin 11th-grade state testing in English Language Arts. Juniors who take the CAASPP will receive a CAASPP EAP score. Those scores, combined with their senior year classes or grade point average, may help identify two key California State University (CSU) first-year classes.
Happy Testing Season!
Introducing our New College & Career Pathways Advisor : Mrs. Hernandez
Kristine Nodarse-Hernandez is Walnut High School's new College and Career Pathway Advisor. Welcome to the Mustang Family, Kristine!
She received her Bachelor's in Science degree from Cal Poly Pomona and her Master's in Public Health from Cal State Long Beach. She also had the privilege of being a student at Loma Linda, University of South Florida, and Yale. Professionally, she has worked as a virtual office manager for the International Dyslexia Association and as a substitute teacher and AVID tutor for Glendora and Hacienda La Puente Unified School Districts.
WVEF Presents Taste of Walnut
Walnut Valley Educational Foundation Presents A Taste of Walnut! Food and fun for the entire family! Don't miss it!
When: Saturday, March 25th, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: At Suzanne Park, Walnut
Walnut Swim Fundraiser
WALNUT VALLEY ALUMNI ENDOWMENT
There was a recent e-mail and mailer from the Walnut Valley Endowment asking for alumni contact and data information. This is a non-profit organization we are working with to gather a database of alumni information that will help improve alumni connection, correspondence, and ways to support Walnut High School. This is completely optional and you can respond only if you feel comfortable in doing so. We apologize if this e-mail caused any confusion or seemed like a phishing attempt.
For more information on the Walnut Valley Endowment visit our website or PLEASE CLICK HERE to learn more.
Attention Senior Parents and Students!
ASB is offering the opportunity to purchase 4 more graduation tickets in the month of March. No form is necessary however we only take cash or check payable to Walnut High School.
Each ticket is $15 and if you purchase the maximum of 4, it would cost $60.
If we have additional tickets we will be offering more in the month of April. Tickets are available to purchase in ASB!
Walnut High Community Club "Mustang" Scholarship!
Become a Coach
Interested individuals should send a letter of interest to Athletic Director Jerry Person at email@example.com by March 22.
Monday night March Madness Basketball Clinics
C/O 2026 BOBA SALES
GLC Summer Registration Appointments are Live!
Class of 2024, 2025, 2026, and 2027 students should have received an email from their GLC via Sign Up Genius with a link to select their summer registration appointment.
Parents, please coordinate with your student your preferred date and time! Preferably, sibling appointments should be selected on the same day. Sibling appointments will not be made for you.
Registration appointments will be held from July 5 - July 28.
IMPORTANT: Student schedules will be created in June based on their course request selections. There is no benefit or drawback to selecting the first summer or last appointments; please set the appointment time that best fits your schedule. Summer appointments are to review schedules, check for scheduling mistakes, and to ensure that your student is taking the most appropriate courses for their grade level and post-secondary plans. Teacher change requests will not be honored.
Any questions? Call 909-594-1333 and leave a message. Before calling, make sure your student checks their school-issued email.
SENIORS! PURCHASE YOUR CAP & GOWNS!
Graduation Cap & Gowns are available in the ASB office. You can purchase a Cap & Gown with Tassel for $45.00. Cash or check only.
Academic Design Program Interest Form AVAILABLE NOW!
March 10 is the DEADLINE to order a late AP Exam!
Below is an informational video for prospective AP students. The video covers EXPECTATIONS, TIME MANAGEMENT, STRESS MANAGEMENT, OPEN ACCESS, AP EXIT POLICY, and COLLEGE BOARD UPDATES.
- Friday, March 10th is the DEADLINE to order a late exam.
- Late Exam Fee is $140/exam.
- No cash! Only credit card, checks, and money orders accepted!
- March 31st IS THE LAST DAY TO CANCEL ANY EXAM and receive a $60 refund.
Feel free to click the link below for more information!
7th Annual Career STEAMposium
The theme for this year’s event is STEAM TO THE FUTURE. The 7th Annual Career STEAMposium will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. This FREE event will take place at Pasadena City College located at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA.
STEAM pervades every part of our lives and career opportunities in these areas are growing by about 14% per year. In order to be gainfully employed, it is important to have skills that people are willing to pay to gain access to. STEAM professions are the jobs of today and the future. Many high paying jobs in these areas continue to go unfilled because there is a gap between workforce skillsets and job requirements. If we want to close this gap, we need to encourage our future workforce to pursue careers of the future which are in STEAM.
WASC Parent Survey
It is imperative that we hear from all stakeholders, teachers, students, parents, community members, support, and district staff, as we set improvement goals through this reflective process. To reach that goal, we have created an electronic parent survey. Please take the time to complete the survey below and assist us in setting plans to make WHS the best school possible.
Reporting Full Day Absences and Tardies Over 30 Mins
Students will be subject to disciplinary action when a student has been absent from class without a valid excuse. All absences must be cleared within one (1) school day after the last date of absence. The preferred method for clearing absences is via parent/guardian phone calls to the attendance office.
Parents must call the attendance office the day their student is absent as early as possible or within two school days of an absence, at the latest. Messages may also be left. Please clearly state the student's first and last name, guardian name, dates or class periods absent, and reason for the absence.
A reminder email and robocall are sent to the parent on the day of the absence. If uncleared, the office will make a courtesy call the following day.
When parents do not call within the two school days, the absences are counted as truant and referred to the GLC. We will not accept late phone calls.
Attendance Reporting Hotline:
11 & 12 Grades: 909- 444-3642
9 & 10 Grades : 909 - 444-3625
Mt. SAC Connect 4 Workshops
You Can Still Buy a Yearbook!
Free After School Tutoring for ALL Algebra 2 Students!
CELEBRATE YOUR CHILD'S BIRTHDAY ON OUR MARQUEE!
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!
HELP US WITH AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP!
9th GRADE (Class of 2026)
Corolar Schultz (A - LIM) firstname.lastname@example.org
Morgan Galeener (LIN-Z) email@example.com
10th GRADE (Class of 2025)
Wil Lares (A – LO) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonia Nunez (LU – Z) email@example.com
11th GRADE (Class of 2024)
Nathan Newman (A – LI) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Alegre (LO – Z) email@example.com
12th GRADE (Class of 2023)
Jennifer Tucker (A – LI) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Jacks (LO – Z) email@example.com
ADP (Academic Design Program)
Viviana Hoyos firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Peiten jLPeiten@wvusd.org
SCHOOL LUNCH POLICY
Due to many problems and safety issues we DO NOT allow student lunches to be delivered anywhere on campus.
Food, drinks or other items are NOT to be passed to students through the fence. This is strictly prohibited.
Outside Food Delivery Services such as UBER Eats/Door Dash is strictly prohibited. Food will be confiscated if deliveries are dropped off.
We understand the importance of student nutrition but we encourage students to either use the free lunch at school or bring their lunch from home.
2022-2023 RULES & EXPECTATIONS AT WALNUT HIGH SCHOOL
Parents: One thing you will notice this year are tardy or cell phone detention automated emails. If your child was issued a detention for excessive tardies or a cell phone violation, you will get an email with information on the detention they need to serve.