OCTOBER 14-18, 2019

Join us on Wednesday as we honor Garrett Lim!

The district will be honoring Garrett Lim this Wednesday on October 16 at DBHS starting at 3:30 pm. Let's show up and support Garrett!
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Mustang Schedule This Week:


  • *Periods 1-6 Regular Day Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm


  • *Periods 3-4 & 5-6 Tutorial Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm


  • *Periods 1-4 Collaboration Schedule - 7:50 am-2:00 pm (Early Out Dismissal)
  • Salute to Teachers at DBHS: 3:30 pm
  • Staff: Wear Walnut Gear


  • *Periods 1-2 & 5-6 ShakeOut Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm
  • Great ShakeOut Drill 10:25 am


  • *Periods 1-6 Regular Day Schedule - 7:50 am-2:45 pm


Directing Change Mini Grant Opportunity for Los Angeles County Districts and Schools

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest is thrilled to announce a new Mini Grant Opportunity for Schools and Districts in Los Angeles County! The Directing Change Program & Film Contest engages youth to learn about the topics of suicide prevention and mental health by creating short films that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts across the state, in their communities, and on their campuses. Participants have a chance to win cash prizes, meet with film making professionals, and attend an award ceremony in May.

Eligible Organizations: Schools and districts working with students in grades 6-12 in Los Angeles County. Public, private, and charter schools and districts are all eligible to apply.

Mini Grant Funding: $1,500 to implement the Directing Change Program & Film Contest in a classroom setting.


  • Facilitate participation of at least one classroom in the Directing Change program during the 2019-20 school year, resulting in a minimum of five film submissions by the submission deadline: March 1, 2020.
  • Teach at least one Directing Change mental health or suicide prevention lesson in a classroom on campus.
  • Plan and implement an awareness event on campus which includes screening of the youth-produced films to peers and/or parents in May 2020.

Interested? Complete these steps by Friday October 18, 2019:

CalRTA Teacher Grant Program- Deadline for submissions is October 18

Mini-Grant Opportunities for K-12 Teachers

Sponsored by The Helen and Will Webster Foundation and Azusa Pacific University.

Keeping History Alive and Bringing STEM to Life awards mini-grants of $250-$850 to K-12 teachers of history and STEM in Los Angeles County. The mini-grants assist teachers in public, private, charter, and parochial schools with classroom resources, field trips, on-campus presentations, and/or professional development. Applications due: October 31, 2019

Eligibility requirements, applications, and rubrics can be viewed online via the following links:



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TurnitIn After School Workshop for all secondary teachers who incorporate writing in their content area.

Turnitin is a great tool that supports a curriculum focused on communication and collaboration skills. It is so much more than just a plagiarism checker! With Feedback Studio and PeerMark, you can save yourself hours of work from grading. Here are some time-saving features teachers love: voice and text comments, rubric grading, automatic grammar check, and peer feedback.

This is a hands-on workshop open to all secondary teachers who incorporate writing in their content area, not just those who teach English Language Arts. Turnitin accepts a variety of file types such as Google Docs, Google Slides (if converted to PDF format), Excel, and PowerPoint.

Training Date: November 4, 2019
Training Time: 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Training Location: Ed Services Training Room, District Office
Presenter: Alice Chen, Suzanne Middle School Teacher & Tech Coach

Attendees will be compensated at the professional hourly rate for attending.

Bring an electronic device.

Spots are limited so sign up before we fill up!

Sign up on this Google Form.


Time to dust off those old cleats and represent the staff at the new annual Boys Soccer Alumni/Faculty soccer game. This year the game will take place on Friday, November 8, from 3 to 4:30 pm.

A free snack and Gatorade will be given to all participants. Anyone interested in participating, please contact

If you would like to watch the game, there is free entry and the concessions stand will be open. We are also looking for volunteers to help announce, run the score board, and take video of the game.


Boys Basketball is hosting our annual staff basketball fundraiser game on Friday, NOVEMBER 8th at 6:00. We would love to have you be a part of this event. If you would like to play in the game, Be a coach, sing the national anthem, sell tickets or help us out in any other way please let me know. The more staff members that we have involved the more fun the atmosphere will be. This game will be against the Diamondbar Staff.


Show the Great Things Happening at Walnut High School!

In our staff meeting, we talked about showcasing all the great things happening on our campus. If you tweet using the following hashtags (see above) then it will show up in our lobby for everyone to see. If you have any questions please reach out to Kevin. Reach out to an administrator if you choose not to use social media. We would love to capture it for you!

Take a look at the twitter wall! Some of you are already doing it! See below.

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Fundraiser Requests will be filled out online, The link will also be on the Staff Resource Doc under Forms & Requests.

You will receive an email saying if your request is approved or denied. If approved, you will also receive a PDF copy of the form you normally would have filled out.




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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

The Blue Thunder Starts the Season Off Right!

Congratulations to Corey Wicks and Katie Takahashi! Under their direction, the Blue Thunder Marching Band and Color Guard scored an amazing 81.7 at their first competition this weekend. Blue Thunder earned a first place as well as high percussion and high color guard. What a way to start the season!
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AF Team holds "Take Care of Yourself" Tutorial

Last year, Marissa Beemer started “Take Care of Yourself” tutorials. Marissa and the AF team held their first one on October 10th (which was also World Mental Health Day). They had students do some line dancing and de-stress a bit as we hit the halfway point this semester.

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Our AP EL Students are making progress!

Huge shoutout to our AP teachers and Rebecca Chai for investing in our EL students.

In 2018 we had 57 exams given to EL students with a 68% pass rate.

In 2019 we had 89 exams given to EL students with a 74% pass rate.

Keep doing what you are doing AP team! Your hard work and investment in our EL population is paying off.

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Ceramics on a roll!

Mike O'Shields has his kids on a roll in ceramic. Students are popping out bowls, figurines, you name it. Thanks for letting our kids get this hands-on experience Mike!
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Nelson and Marta getting AP Students ready!

Thanks to Nelson and Marta for holding an AP Informational meeting for our kids and getting them ready to go as the AP Testing season is slowly creeping up on us. It takes a village with our AP team and we appreciate all your behind the scenes efforts.
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PLTW Coming Together!

Biomedical Intervention and Anatomy came together last week for some PLTW collaboration. Bryn Schultz' BI students tested their self developed physiology tests on Ellie Blanchard’s students.
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Panlilio and Key Club!

Walnut High School and Key Club raised enough school supplies for 100 students in underserved areas in the Los Angeles area. Students and staff donated K-12 supplies to provide the tools necessary for academic success. Key Club advisor, Mr. Panlilio teamed up with Coach Mike Nelson to deliver the supplies this week. This is the 4th year Key club has hosted this drive and they plan to continue the tradition by getting more of the community involved.


10/1 So Hee Tan

10/03 Sonia Nunez

10/5 Julie Park

10/10 Christy Godinez

10/10 John Vu

10/12 David Smits

10/15 Erik Jameson

10/16 Donny Melara

10/18 Linda Rehm

10/21 Leah Turner

10/30 Marissa Beemer

10/30 Patrick McConnell


Helping our Kids Understand the Process of Hard Work

This is a great lesson to talk to our kids about. We live in a society that offers instant gratification. Social media, Amazon Prime (same day shipping), UberEats, but there is a process to build great habits.

"Hard work over a period of time is not only about the product but it is about the actual process of sticking with hard work over time. This process is valuable to life and learning."

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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