The Friday Forecast

School Closure Updates: March 20, 2020

School closure Update

Good Afternoon Walnut High School Families,

We appreciate our families' support as we work together during this extraordinary, complex, and unprecedented time. Our staff has been working around the clock to prepare lessons for your child during this closure time. It has been amazing seeing our staff hold Google Meet sessions, Office Hours, Enrichment Activities, YouTube Lessons, and much more to stay connected with our kids. I could not be more proud of our staff, students, families, and community for all of the work we have put in over the past seven days.

The Walnut High School mindset as we head into uncharted waters is a quote from a book called The Obstacle is the Way. The author, Ryan Holiday, says "Placed in some situation that seems unchangeable and undeniably negative, we can turn it into a learning experience, a humbling experience, and a chance to provide comfort to others."

I wanted to continue the Friday Forecast with some important updates below as well as shoutouts to some of our Mustangs doing amazing things through this difficult time.

Thank you for your kindness, flexibility, and grace as we navigate through these uncertain times. We are committed to doing our absolute best to care for our families, staff, and students during this global health crisis.

Ryan Maine


Walnut High School

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School Closure Extended to May 5

A message from Superintendent, Dr. Taylor:

As you will recall, at an Emergency Meeting of the Board of Trustees on March 13, 2020, the Board approved a resolution through an emergency measure, which grants me, as the Superintendent, the authority to “take all appropriate action to respond to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.” The Board of Trustees and I continue to place the health, wellness, and safety of our students and staff as our highest priority.

Unfortunately, based on today’s directive from the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) requiring all schools within Los Angeles County to close through Tuesday, May 5, to help contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), I have decided to extend the closure of all Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD) schools (and the District Office) through May 5, 2020.

Beginning back on Monday, March 16, and now continuing through Tuesday, May 5, all schools and the District Office will be CLOSED. If deemed safe by Public Health and LACOE, schools and the District Office are tentatively scheduled to resume normal operations on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Spring Break continues to be recognized as April 10 – April 17.

Walnut High School Academic Resource Page

Early this week, our staff has been working around the clock to provide the resources your child will need over the next four weeks. At this time, your child should have heard from their teachers in regards to what to expect in their classes over the next 16 days of school closure. Our staff has created an academic resource webpage for each subject that will help your child review, enrich, and practice during this closure time. We encourage you to utilize these resources with your child to help minimize the learning gap. The resources page can be found below as well as a tutorial video on how to access these documents.

School Closure Student Resources

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.
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For questions and inquiries to district staff, we have prepared a web-based communication resource for parents/students/community members to contact the district. Click on the tab titled, "COVID-19 School Closure Inquiries" on our District website homepage to submit your questions and inquiries. District staff will respond to you in a timely manner.


The College Board made an important announcement today regarding AP testing. For the 2019-2020 school year, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. College Board will post the specific test dates and the free-response question types by April 3. Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.

Please see the video below from our AP Computer Science Teacher, Nick Blackford, on important updates regarding AP exams.

AP Exam Update (03.20.20)


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:

Mustangs Shout-Outs!

A Message to our Seniors

Our Senior GLCs, Principal, and ASB Class President filmed an important message to our Class of 2020 before we closed our campus. We want to acknowledge the Class of 2020 and their families. We realize this is a stressful time for high school seniors at Walnut High School, in California, and across the nation. We will work with teachers, counselors, our activities director, and district administrators to communicate next steps about end-of-year activities as they become available.
School Closure Senior Message

Walnut Wednesday Broadcasts

Our ASB President, Matt Mayo, started Walnut Wednesday Broadcasts where he will shine the light on programs that had events canceled and created an avenue for students to share their triumphs during the year. Our first episode aired this Wednesday. Watch below!
#WalnutWednesdayBroadcast: Episode 1

Behind the Scenes: Walnut High School Staff


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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:

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

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 Friday, April 24.

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


***All sporting events and practices are postponed until further notice.