The Friday Forecast


Senior SURPRISE: Signs support Class of 2020

To recognize and celebrate the class of 2020, over 30 volunteers that included WHS staff, WVUSD board members, parents, the Walnut Rotary Club, and WVEF, traveled to visit the homes of 588 seniors in our 2020 graduating class. While practicing social distancing, our volunteers placed the signs on our senior's lawns as a way to honor our senior class and remind them they are missed and loved! Special shoutout to the Walnut Valley Ed. Foundation for sponsoring our students! CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW!

If your Senior did not receive one, please e-mail Shirley Markel - All signs were delivered to the address students have on their Aeries Student Information. Please make sure you check that address first if you changed addresses.

Senior SURPRISE: Signs support Class of 2020


MONDAY -April 27

  • English Block: 9:00 - 10:30 am

  • Social Science Block: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Elective Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

TUESDAY - April 28

  • Math Block: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Science Block: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • PE/Performing Arts/Athletics/CTE/ROP/Directed Studies Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

WEDNESDAY - April 29

  • Social Science Block: 9:00 - 10:30 am

  • English Block: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Elective Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

THURSDAY -April 30

  • Science Block: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Math Block: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • PE/Performing Arts/Athletics/CTE/ROP/Directed Studies Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm


  • Office Hours / Tutorial: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Staff Collaboration: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Need someone to talk to? Need Emotional Support? We are here to help!

Small doses of support can have a much bigger impact than you expect.

Please click on the link to make an appointment with a counselor:

Distance Learning: Week 1

From the classroom to the living room, were extremely proud to see our students, teachers, and staff going virtual. Check out this behind the scenes photo of Choir Director, Mrs. Lopez, working with her classes.

The most common message we heard from teachers over the past two days has been how great it is to see and interact with their kids again. Thank you for being patient with us as we continue to find ways to connect with our students and learn from a digital environment. Just like anything new, we will adapt, get better, and continue to find innovative ways to support our students.

Here are some quotes from our staff this week:

“Today was excellent! I’m doing office hours and at the end of my block I still had students who just wanted to stay on the google meet and hangout while we’re both working. A lot of them really miss school!”

“My zoom session was filled with kids who just wanted to hang out after.”

“It felt so good to see the kids today!”

“Our kids are amazing. They were eager to learn and patient with me as I am learning how to use all these new tools with them.”

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Top Schools: Walnut High School Makes U.S. News’ Best of 2020

After crunching the numbers, U.S. News and World Report released its annual report of top performing public high schools in the country on April 21 and it’s no surprise that Walnut High School continues to lead the way through exceptional dedication to the success of all students.

Walnut High scored #35 in Los Angeles Metro Schools, #84 in California, and #601 in the nation.

The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings include data on more than 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Nearly 18,000 schools in the country, and 1,612 in California, were reviewed for performance in state assessments, graduation rates, and how well they prepare students for college.

Additional information at:

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ASB Presents: Walnut Wednesday Broadcast

This week, ASB President Matt Mayo features Boys Tennis, Badminton, and Softball! Check it out!
WalnutWednesdayBroadcasts: Episode 5

The Dream Machine: Join the 2nd rebellion!

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WHS COVID-19 Updates

WHS Distance Learning & Support Plan

This week, WHS began Distance Learning through a virtual platform. Take a look on how to get started. Let’s work together Mustangs and finish the semester strong!
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Chromebook Distribution

If you missed the first distribution of Chromebooks, we will begin distribution from the District Office starting April 20th. The IT staff will collect Chromebooks and schedule appointments for pick up from the Technology Office. For those that need a Chromebook, we have setup an email address strictly for student and parents. Please forward any student-related technical support requests to: . This is only for students that NEED a device for distance learning.

Need Help finding Novels or Research Resources?

Need help finding novels or research resources online? We can help guide you to the tools you need! Email Mrs. Voss with your questions, include contact number for text or phone request.

Graduation Information

Graduation Tickets - At this time, we are working on still holding some form of celebration for our Seniors when the large group gathering restrictions are lifted. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled celebration for our Seniors, we will provide information regarding refunds once we have more clarity on when we can meet as a large group.

Grad Night - We are working closely with Disneyland on their next steps and how they plan to refund the money, postpone to another time, or provide some type of package for students to go at anytime. Once we get information we will send that out right away.

Diplomas - We are working closely with our district to figure out a plan to hand out diplomas to our Graduating Seniors.


Join the Award Winning Band Program

It’s as easy as signing up with your GLC! Band is a place for everybody! Contact Mr. Wicks and Ms. Takahashi if you have any questions.
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Color Guard Interest Form 2020-2021

This is the link for anyone who is interested in joining the Color Guard for the 2020-2021 school year! Because of the current school situation, we will not have color guard clinics or tryouts this year. Anyone who is interested in joining should sign up on the link and will be welcomed on the team (no color guard or dance experience necessary!)

Walnut High School Color Guard Video 2020

LAST CHANCE! Interested in Joining Choir?

Students planning to be in choir next year, auditions are coming up. If you would like to audition for an intermediate or advanced choir, the form below should be completed by April 24th.
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Important IB Update

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of so many schools, the IB has decided to cancel the 2020 May exams. However, the IB still intends to award Diplomas and Certificates. They have explained that the awarding of Diplomas and Certificates will be based on the grade from the internal assessment associated with each class, the teacher’s predicted grade and other statistical data to determine what grade they think the students would have scored had they taken the exam. They will still release results in July. The IB has said that any students who are unhappy with their results will have the option to take the actual IB exams during the 2020 November exam session. Further information can be found on the IB website. Please visit


Please see the video below from our AP Computer Science Teacher, Nick Blackford, on how our AP Students can utilize free, live, AP review lessons delivered from teachers across the country.

Most AP teachers and students we surveyed prefer to test earlier, while the content is still fresh.

  • Exams will be given from May 11–22.
  • Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.
  • Students can take exams at home or in schools, if they reopen.
  • Each subject's exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.

Exam Format

  • Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.

  • Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.

  • For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.

  • Certain courses—Art and Design: 2D; Art and Design: 3D; Computer Science Principles; Drawing; Research; and Seminar—will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.

  • Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. We'll provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.

To learn more about the rationale behind the exam content, watch Trevor Packer's presentation.

College Board Livestream Update (03.25.20)


Governor Newson issued an order to suspend state standardized testing. We anticipate CAASPP testing will be canceled, pending federal approval for the 2019-2020 school year.


The College Board has canceled the May 2nd SAT administration, as well as the makeup test dates for March. Please visit the College Board website to keep up to date on cancellations, makeups, refunds, and more.


ACT has rescheduled its April 4th national test date to June 13th across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Some parents have requested additional guidance from others on how to implement social distancing with teenagers. Here are a few links that you might find useful:

Mustang Shout-Outs!

Gabby Marquez Earns Scholarship

Congratulations to Walnut High Senior, Gabriella Marquez, for being selected as a 2020 WGASC (Winter Guard Association of Southern California) Scholarship Recipient! Gabby is a 4-year member of the Walnut High School Color Guard and is currently the Weapons Captain. This Fall, Gabby will attend either USC or NYU and major in Political Science.
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Mustangs Moving On!

Congratulations to the following Mustang Senior Scholar-Athletes who made a commitment to play at the next level this month:

  • Jordyn Sanchez - Mt. Sac
  • Rogelio Chaidez - Rio Hondo
  • Tyler Nguyen - Manhattan College


Ryan Seacrest Checks in on the Class of 2020 Mustangs!
On April 17, Ryan Seacrest checked in on the Walnut Mustangs, Class of 2020, during his radio show. Our Principal asked Ryan Seacrest to give a special personalized message to our Seniors on May 28. He accepted! Thank you, Ryan Seacrest, for honoring our Mustang Seniors! Listen to the full interview above.

Three New Banners up at Walnut High School!

THREE new banners are up along the streets of Walnut High School! ⁣We love our Seniors & we miss all of our students! ⁣⁣Thank you Walnut High Community Club for your help! ⁣

Take a pic of the banner and feel free to post to support our Seniors and Mustang students during this unprecedented time. ⁣

CBS2 Wants to Feature Class of 2020 Grads!

Congratulations to all the high school seniors who are missing out on some big graduation events due to COVID-19. We’d like to recognize their outstanding efforts and achievements by featuring names and photos in our newscasts throughout the day!

If you’re interested, fill out the fields in the link below and please include a candid picture of the graduate (no professional pictures, please)

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Walnut High School Students Accept Dance Challenge

Two weeks ago, our Walnut High School staff challenged our students to a dance challenge! Our students accepted! Check the videos below.


WHS C/O 2020 Virtual Dance Challenge


Class 2021 Virtual Dance Challenge


Class of 2022 Dance Challenge


Virtual Dance Challenge 2020


Walnut High School Quarantine Staff Dance


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Social-Emotional Resources

Our Counseling Team provided Social-Emotional Resources for your child during the closure time. Please use the link below for important resources you may need:
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GLC availability

The GLC’s will be available to answer emails from 9:00-3:00 pm Monday-Friday. They will also be available to Google Chat from 1:00-2:00 or by appointment. See video below on how to speak to your GLC through Google Chat.

Check email regularly

It is very important that you check your email on a regular basis. GLC’s will be contacting students via the students school email account and/or parent email.

Check your REMIND

The GLC’s will be sending out information on a regular basis through REMIND. If you have not signed up for your class REMIND, please do so immediately. You can find the codes on the WHS Website.


If you need a transcript, you can see it on your Student Portal. You may also make an account on Parchment (Link on WHS website) and view it free or have one sent from that site. If you need it in another format, please contact your GLC for help.

Check the WHS/District Website

For up to date information please check out the WHS website also the Walnut Valley Unified School District Website.

College Admission changes

Shortly we will be providing information and links regarding the changes coming for admission to colleges.

Summer registration appointment

If you have not made your summer registration appointment with your GLC yet, please contact Mrs. Markel at

Work Permit

· Download work permit application from website (located under Students then Work Permit) or

· Complete Student/Parent sections and take to employer.

· Once form is completed, scan or take photo of form and email to Shirley Markel @ Permit will be processed within 48 hours and emailed back to the students.

Connecting to Your GLC through Google Chat

GLC Listing

9th GRADE (Class of 2023)

Sarah Doramus (interim) (A – Li, ext. 43649)

Jeff Jacks (Lo – Z, ext. 43626)

10th GRADE (Class of 2022)

Ken McDill (A - Lo, ext. 43635)

Corolar Schultz (Lu – Z, ext. 43630)

11th GRADE (Class of 2021)

Viviana Hoyos (A – Lo, ext. 43641)

Sonia Nunez (Lu – Z, ext. 43616)

12th GRADE (Class of 2020)

Nathan Newman (A – Lo, ext. 43632)

Jenny Alegre (Lu – Z, ext. 43644)

ADP (Academic Design Program)

Elisabeth Everts (ext. 34264)

Intervention Counselor

Jennifer Peiten (ext. 43663)

Parent Info Night - GLC Presentations

Our annual Parent Information Night was held on March 4th.

We encourage everyone to take a moment to review the PowerPoints presented.

Please click on the appropriate grade level of your student.

Learning Enrichment And Resource Network

We have provided social-emotional resources for your child as well as the district resource page that 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.

Scholarship Opportunities

WVEF Senior Scholarships

WVEF is still planning to award $10,000 in scholarships this year to graduating seniors. Please click on the file below for more information.

The Nancy McMullen Memorial Scholarship

These Scholarships are presented by Ray McMullen and Dedicated to Learning Inc. (D2L). D2L is a nonprofit corporation that provides summer school for the middle and high school students of this area.

The corporation is dedicated to developing innovative solutions that create extraordinary opportunities for students and educators around the world. All profits beyond the D2L operational costs are given to schools and school districts as well as to students. One of these scholarships will be presented to a student at Diamond Bar High School and another at Walnut High School.

Nancy McMullen, was an extraordinary elementary school teacher who went to UCLA as an art major and a biological science minor. She later taught for 30 years in the Covina School District. In addition to her teaching and work with kids, she maintained her passion for art and was a water color painter.

  • These $1,000 scholarships are given annually in her memory and are intended to help young people pursue a career in a field of the visual arts.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee of educators and artists.
  • The deadline for the application materials and the supporting piece of art is May 8.

Class of 2020 Walnut Valley Educational Foundation Scholarship

Apply for 1 of 4 student #scholarships available through the Walnut Valley Educational Foundation. Hurry, deadline to submit applications is 5/1. Check out to learn more. Thank you to the wonderful #WVUSD community partners who make these scholarships possible!


Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 15, 2020.

Applications can be sent to:

Lindsay Miyamoto 19376 Red Hawk Road

Walnut, CA 91789

Applications can also be emailed to:

Questions can also be answered by calling Lindsay Miyamoto at:(626) 646-3485


CLICK BELOW for a senior scholarship application from PEARLS of Service, Inc., a newly established nonprofit tax-exempt organization.

The applicant can select from three choices. Please note for one choice the GPA can be 2.50. Please share with the appropriate seniors. The deadline date has been extended to May 15, 2020.


**CIF has canceled the Spring Sports Season for High School.