The Friday Forecast
THE WEEK OF MAY 18 - MAY 22, 2020
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
- Take Breaks
- Stay Connected
- Reach Out
We are in this together Mustangs!
THIS WEEK: Virtual SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
MONDAY -May 18
English Block: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Social Science Block: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Elective Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
TUESDAY - May 19
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 - May 20
Social Science Block: 9:00 - 10:30 am
English Block: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Elective Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
THURSDAY -May 21
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
Last day of Class for Seniors
FRIDAY - MAY 22
- Office Hours / Tutorial: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Staff Collaboration: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
- Final Grades Due for Seniors
Important Parent Survey
Attention Seniors!!! Important information for Senior Item Drop off/Pick Up
Dates for seniors to turn in their school-issued device and clean out their lockers have been announced.
Seniors will be invited back to campus by alpha (Last Names) on May 22, 26th and 27th.
While on campus, seniors please:
- - Clean out your LOCKER (PE, Band and Textbook)
- - Drop-off your TEXTBOOKS
- - Drop-off your CHROMEBOOKS
- - Pick-up your MEDICATION
- - Pick-up your CAP & GOWN
Social distancing guidelines will be enforced at all times. Security and staff will supervise the entire campus, and ensure all visitors wear a mask, and abide by the safety protocols recommended by the CDC and LA County.
More details to follow on Monday, May 18th.
Stay tuned Mustangs!
A Message from some of our Walnut High School Coaches
Steadfast: The Hoofprint’s new magazine
Thank you to Mrs. So Hee Tan, WHS Publications Advisor for finding ways to give our students a voice!
Read more here:
Keep Calm You Can Still Order a Yearbook!
Yearbook online sales are being extended until June 20th or until supplies last!
Any remaining balance on a yearbook Senior Tribute (Ad) must be paid BEFORE yearbook distribution. Look for email with details about how and when you can pay that balance.
*Unpaid balance will result in withholding of diploma and/or yearbook.
Seniors: Special Message from Mr. Maine and Important Senior Updates!
Dear Class of 2020,
I wanted to send some important updates to our Class of 2020 students and families as we head into our final month of the school year. First off, thank you for coming together as a Mustang family during this unprecedented time. Seeing the positive messages on social media, via e-mail, and working with our Seniors shows how blessed we are to have such a phenomenal group of parents and young men and women representing Walnut High School.
Below are some important updates that we wanted to share with you:
VIRTUAL RECOGNITION CEREMONY - MAY 28
- We still plan to have an in-person ceremony in the stadium. We know how important it is for students, families, and friends to experience graduation on our football field. We are working closely with the department of health to find a later time in the summer that will allow us to hold an in-person ceremony.
- In the meantime, May 28 is going to be a day you will not forget! We will celebrate our Seniors like we never have in the history of Walnut High School. The Class of 2020 is the 50th graduating class, so we might as well make it even more special for them!
- Starting in the morning, we will have photo booths set up with photographers for our graduating Seniors to take a photo in their cap and gown with their family. We will send out appointment sign-ups that allow us to practice social distancing and maintain a safe environment.
- Our Virtual Recognition Ceremony will begin in the afternoon. We are still finalizing the time frame, but plan to be at your home ready to watch the virtual recognition ceremony around 4:30 pm via a Live Stream link. The virtual recognition ceremony will include staff speeches, student speeches, performances, a keynote speech from Ryan Seacrest, as well as reading every Seniors’ name and showing it on the screen with their Senior picture to honor our Class of 2020.
- Following the Virtual Recognition Ceremony, we will have a drive-thru in which each graduating senior gets to take “One Last Ride” on a specific route around Walnut High School. Only one car will be allowed per family. We encourage you to decorate your car and have the graduate sit in the front passenger seat. Let’s make this a truly memorable experience.
- Our teachers and staff will be spaced (following social distance protocols) out throughout the route, cheering on our Seniors and congratulating them on this monumental day.
- At the end of the route, students will receive their diploma case. Actual diploma distribution details will be sent at a later date.
- The route will be separated by alpha order to make sure we do not have over 500 cars on our campus at one time.
- More information regarding the parade route, photo booth appointments, and minute by minute itinerary of the day will be sent out in the near future.
- We plan to open our Virtual Recognition ceremony with a Senior Montage recapping our graduates four years at Walnut High School. Please upload any photos or videos that you have throughout your four years at Walnut High School. You can upload photos and videos by CLICKING HERE. Photos are due by May 15.
- Please take a minute to fill out the Senior Exit Survey to let us know what you plan to do after high school. You can access the survey by CLICKING HERE.
SENIOR AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
- We are in the process of putting together an awards program and need your help! If you have received a scholarship to the college you are attending or received an award, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
- GRAD NIGHT: A representative for Disneyland says the refund will be available in 6 to 8 weeks. We will be working closely with Disneyland and keep you up to date.
- GRADUATION TICKETS: We still plan to hold an in-person ceremony when we are allowed to do so. Your graduation tickets will be used for our in-person ceremony.
- We have less than two weeks of school left. Please make sure you finish strong, stay on top of your work, and finish your classes with passing grades. You are almost at the finish line. Don’t give up!
- May 21 - last day of instruction for Seniors
- May 22 - Final Grades submitted for Seniors
- May 28 - Last day of School
- May 28 - Virtual Graduation Ceremony and "One Last Ride"
Thank you for being patient with us as we continue to find ways to make special moments for the Class of 2020 during this global pandemic. We look forward to sending out more details as we get closer to May 28.
Walnut High School
Applebee Discount for our Seniors: May 25- 29
The Week of May 25 - 29, Applebee’s Grill +Bar will be providing you with a 10% off the entire order for our Class of 2020 - No ID required. When ordering take out all you have to mention is that you are from the graduating class of 2020 and it will automatically give you the 10% off discount.
Classified School Employee Week (17-23): High Five for Classified!
Classified School Employee Week celebrates the support staff and paraprofessionals who help our early childhood centers, schools, and colleges succeed.
Classified employees perform essential work, but it is often behind the scenes. To all of our custodians, front office staff, instructional aides, EL aides and security we truly appreciate all that you do and all your hard work!
Non-Tuition Summer School: Course Wait list
If your student did not receive a Non-Tuition summer school class (Civics/Economics, World History, Music Appreciation, Fundamentals of Art, Computer Aided Drafting and Design) and would like to get on a wait list, please click on the button below and fill out the Wait list form to be considered for any open spots.
*Monday, June 8, 2020 - First day of summer school
New Summer Class Added: Business Management Entrepreneurship
ASB Presents: Walnut Wednesday Broadcast
2020-2021 Class Officer Elections: Becoming a Leader in High School
Campaign week will be May 20 to May 25 and we will send out links provided via the principal to all students. You may also campaign on your own during this time.
Voting will be May 26 and 27. Results will be released on May 28. Good Luck!
Senior, Evan Tan and Kawin Watkins Donate Face Masks To The Homeless To Fight COVID-19
Evan Tan partnered up with, Wolf Corp., who made 50 cloth face masks and donated to us to give away to homeless people in LA. Finding Coronavirus masks is hard for the homeless. We are pleased to help protect them from getting COVID-19 and prevent them to spreading.
Thank you to our team member, Kawin Watkins who spent his afternoon passing the face masks out (Some photos are blurred due to their privacy.)
Support the mission at https://www.gofundme.com/f/WolfCorpRobotics12525
The Dream Machine: Join the 2nd rebellion!
jOIN WALNUT ROBOTICS Team 6325!
JOIN WHS WOLFCORP
Virtual Interviews with Industry/Business Representatives
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.
- Email: Tcodayemail@example.com
WHS Distance Learning & Support Plan
TRY OUT INFORMATION
Join the Award Winning Band Program
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!)
College Webinars Exclusively for Walnut HS Families
As part of our comprehensive approach to taking care of our families, we have contracted with Collegewise to provide a series of online seminars to our Walnut HS community! We’re very excited about this as we are one of only 9 high schools in the state who get to offer this program. We hope you choose to take advantage of it.
What is being offered?
- Collegewise will be offering 5 webinars between now and June 18.
- 3 of the five webinars are exclusively for our Walnut HS families and the remaining
- The 3 exclusive webinars are:
- State of the Admissions Nation due to COVID
- Navigating the College Search
- Changes to the UC/CSU Admissions Policies (The other two district-wide webinars are
Creative Summer Planning + Creating an Impact When You Can’t Go Outside and Character Counts: How Character Plays a Powerful Role in Selective College Admissions.)
- Who may attend? Any Walnut HS parent or student from grades 9-11.
- How much does it cost? It’s free - but you do have to register in order to participate.
- How do I register? Just use this link and sign up for as many of the webinars as you wish: http://go.collegewise.com/walnuthighschoolwebinars
Information for AP students and parents:
Get ready for your online AP exams!
Please review the following information to assure you are prepared and have a successful exam session. Stay healthy and study hard!
- Updates for AP Students and Schools Affected by Coronavirus
- 2020 Exam Schedule
- Course Specific Information
- Review the AP Testing Guide 2020 (see attached)
- Review and print to have with you during testing the AP Student Exam Day Checklist
- Exam day experience
- testing demo to confirm technical readiness and simulate taking the exam
- AP 2020 Exam Walkthrough video
- Submission guidelines
- Special requirements and exam formats for
- Student accommodations for the 2020 AP Exams
- Get assistance in resolving College Board email and and account issues
- Exam security/test day protocols
- How to report testing misconduct
- Course specific references and guides
- Using resources and class notes during open book/open note exams
- The Rules
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 ibo.org.
Here are the outstanding students from May 9th. Congratulations to Miranda Lovio, Matt Mayo, Dominic Yousef, Josh Deubler, Becky Zhu, Grace Tananan, Shirley Lee, Jason Wang, Danielle Jing. Keep up the hard work!
Rachel Lee Wins National Art Competition
Congratulations to 10th grader, Rachel Lee, who won a $500 gift card for herself and a $500 gift card for the school in the 2020 ESS Art Contest. Rachel's artwork was titled "Elevated Learning" where her work earned 1st place in the high school category against students across the country. Congrats Rachel!
Mustangs Moving On!
We’ve got some more Senior college commitments this week as more keep rollin’ in! Excited to see where the rest of our Mustangs commit over the next month. Congrats to the following Seniors! Make sure you click the link below to have your Senior recognized once they commit. (Student must use their WVUSD Google Account)
Thank you for a great year, Walnut High Community Club!
The Walnut High Community Club held its last meeting of the year (also their first Zoom General Meeting) Thank you to President, Lily Eibert, and all our parents for logging on. Bidding a sentimental farewell to the Senior parents who will not be returning in the Fall. Please know that WHCC is your home and you are always welcomed back to join us in supporting Walnut High School!
Dr. Shelton earns 3rd Master's Degree!
Last week, our very own math teacher, Dr. Shelton, earned her third Master's degree! Dr. Shelton now has a Masters in Mathematics (Computational track) to complement her Masters in Statistics and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics as well as her EdD in Educational Psychology.
Dr. Shelton's research project was "Block-based compressive sensing of microarray data: an application for clinical oncology"
Dr. Shelton helped develop algorithms to make precision medicine quicker and more accessible.
Congrats Dr. Shelton!
Photos: Dr. Shelton recording her lessons for her students during distance learning & a shot from her virtual graduation ceremony last week at Texas A & M.
Mental Health Virtual Spirit Week
Suicide Prevention Awareness: YOU could be the difference
Senior, Kaitlin Chheng, is currently working to raise Teen Suicide Awareness in our community as a part of her Girl Scout Gold Award. Mental health problems and suicidal thoughts may hide in plain sight, and it is up to us as a community to recognize this, raise awareness, and prevent it.
Learn about what to do and what to be on the look out for. YOU could be the difference.
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:
Mt. SAC Outreach specialist
Mt. SAC is trying to ensure that our SENIORS know that they are available to them on multiple platforms (email, call/text/zoom video chat).
Questions? High School Outreach representative Annette Monge-Hermosillo can schedule one-on-one appointments.
GLC AVAILABILITY DURING DISTANCE LEARNING
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.
9th GRADE (Class of 2023)
Sarah Doramus (interim) (A – Li,)
Jeff Jacks (Lo – Z)
10th GRADE (Class of 2022)
Ken McDill (A - Lo)
Corolar Schultz (Lu – Z)
11th GRADE (Class of 2021)
Viviana Hoyos (A – Lo)
Sonia Nunez (Lu – Z)
12th GRADE (Class of 2020)
Nathan Newman (A – Lo)
Jenny Alegre (Lu – Z)
ADP (Academic Design Program)
Parent Info Night - GLC Presentations
We encourage everyone to take a moment to review the PowerPoints presented.
Please click on the appropriate grade level of your student.