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)

Band Buddies is Back!

IMPORTANT EVENTS March 13 - March 17, 2023


  • *Periods 1-6 Regular Schedule - 8:30 am- 3:25 pm


  • *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


  • *Periods 1-6 Testing Schedule - 8:30 am-3:25 pm (No early release)


  • *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


  • *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.


On March 12, 2023, the time will change very early in the morning, 2:00 am, to be exact. This is a friendly reminder to everybody, so don’t forget to change the times on your clock.
2022-2023 Athletic Event Calendar

Click here for all athletic games and contests.

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

Last weekend, our Science Olympiad team placed fourth overall against 60 High Schools at the Science Olympiad Regionals at Rio Hondo College, qualifying for State at Cal Tech in early April. Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.
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Meet the Cast: Newsies Opening Night One Week Away!

Our Walnut High School Theater Department has been working hard to prepare for their Spring Musical, "Newsies" as opening night is slated for March 17!

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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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Walnut Swim Fundraiser

In the mood for pizza? Come and support the swim team's fundraiser on Thursday, 3/16 from 3 to 9 pm at Pieology of Walnut (505 N. Grand Avenue, Suite E). For your order to count towards the fundraiser, mention the Walnut Swim fundraiser when ordering in-store and if ordering online or via the Pielife app, use code RAISEFUNDS at checkout.
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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!

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Walnut High Community Club "Mustang" Scholarship!

Walnut High Community Club is happy to announce that the yearly Mustang Scholarship will be live soon!
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Become a Coach

Walnut Mustangs Boys Soccer is searching for a head coach to continue to build the program. Applicants must have the ability to oversee multiple levels and lead a competitive team.

Interested individuals should send a letter of interest to Athletic Director Jerry Person at by March 22.
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Monday night March Madness Basketball Clinics

Join the Spring clinics held by the WHS Boys' Basketball program. Meet Varsity Coach Khouzam and his trainers, and staff. Get acquainted with high school basketball. Open to all 6th - 8th grade athletes.
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Support class of 2026 every Wednesday by buying Boba!!
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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.


Graduation Cap & Gowns are available in the ASB office. You can purchase a Cap & Gown with Tassel for $45.00. Cash or check only.

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Academic Design Program Interest Form AVAILABLE NOW!

The Academic Design Program (ADP) is a standards-based, integrated approach to learning. Using the Design-Based Learning methodology, Social Science and English are brought together as the students work through real-world problems in search of real-world solutions. Students will engage with the content through creativity and collaboration in order to build a mind-body connection with the material they learn. Please use the QR code or go to to submit questions regarding ADP.
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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!

2023 AP Presentation for Prospective Students

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.

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WASC Parent Survey

In the Spring of 2024, Walnut High School will be evaluated for accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC accreditation shows our school meets high standards for operating a quality program. WASC accreditation is an ongoing cycle, including an initial self-study process, creating a schoolwide plan, and hosting evaluation visits. An accredited school is a statement to the broader community and the stakeholders that it is a trustworthy institution for student learning and committed to ongoing improvement.

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.
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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

Are you interested in attending Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC)? Attend the in person workshops below to receive help with the enrollment process and complete Connect 4—a process that assists graduating seniors with the transition to Mt. SAC and provides early registration for Fall 2023!
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You Can Still Buy a Yearbook!

Don't be left without a yearbook. It's not late to buy before we sell out. Price is now $100. Order online at ($5 processing will be added) or through the ASB office. Price goes up again on distribution day so save a little money and buy your book today!
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Free After School Tutoring for ALL Algebra 2 Students!

Swing by Mr. Luu's classroom - E12 - for FREE Algebra 2 tutoring! He will be there on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and available to help our students study for tests, assist with homework problems, or help answer any questions!
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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!


Please see the map below for two exit options when you pick up your student. As a reminder, please do not park under the solar panels in the front entrance or any red zones.
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9th GRADE (Class of 2026)

Corolar Schultz (A - LIM)

Morgan Galeener (LIN-Z)

10th GRADE (Class of 2025)

Wil Lares (A – LO)

Sonia Nunez (LU – Z)

11th GRADE (Class of 2024)

Nathan Newman (A – LI)

Jenny Alegre (LO – Z)

12th GRADE (Class of 2023)

Jennifer Tucker (A – LI)

Jeff Jacks (LO – Z)

ADP (Academic Design Program)

Viviana Hoyos

Intervention Counselor

Jennifer Peiten


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.


During summer registration, students and their guardians watched the rules and expectations video for the upcoming school year. If you did not have a chance to watch it, please take a minute to view the video to help you be successful this year!

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.

2022-2023 Walnut High School Rules & Expectations Video


Students must attend every class, every day, and be on time. In order to receive daily credit, students are to bring all necessary materials to class. Students will not be excused from class to get materials. Homework and class assignments are to be completed on time and to the best of the student’s ability. Only behaviors befitting the learning environment are acceptable. Students are to comply with all reasonable requests of any staff member. Dress code will be enforced.