May 11 - May 15, 2020

Google Classroom Challenge #2: Mental Health Tips

Last week, our Google Classroom Challenge was to share tips on how we are taking care of our mental health during distance learning. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and during this time of distance learning, it is important to take care of your mental well being. We will share this video with our students today! Thank you to everyone who participated.
Mental Health Tips from the Walnut High Staff

Mustang Schedule This Week:

MONDAY -May 11

  • 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 12

  • 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



  • 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

FRIDAY - May 15

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Virtual Staff Meeting 05.08.2020

Virtual Staff Meeting Recap - May 8, 2020

Thank you for attending our Virtual Staff Meeting on Friday. Our meeting recording video can be seen above.

Here is a recap of our meeting:

  • Senior Class President, Matt Mayo, checked in with our staff.
  • Our Senior Class Cabinet announced our Faculty Honor Guard
  • May 28 – Graduation Update
  • May 28 – Parade Route Information
  • Kevin Wendland Tech Updates
  • Athletics Update
  • Re-Opening School Options
  • End of the School Year Info

Important Dates as we Wrap up the Semster

  • May 21 - last day of instruction for Senuors
  • May 22 - Grades due for Seniors
  • May 22 - Staff Meeting @ 8 am
  • May 28 - Last day of School
  • May 28 - Virtual Graduation Ceremony and Parade
  • June 4 - Grades due by 3 pm


Here is the link for the Staff RSVP for our Graduation Parade. It is a very short form; name, one question, optional comment field and acknowledgement box. Easy peasy. The headcount generated from this form will tell us how many Xs we need to mark throughout the school (for social distancing) and will also help us prepare for the staff meal.

This event is optional. We would love to see you if you are able to attend.

If you submit the form and change your mind, please feel free to email me with your updated response. Not a requirement, but definitely helpful for count purposes. Please have the form completed by Wednesday, May 13th.

Join the Walnut High School Google Classroom

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We created a Google Classroom for the staff to connect, work together, ask questions, and have staff challenges. This is a one-stop shop for our staff and also an opportunity to see what it looks like from the student perspective in Google Classroom.

The Google classroom code to join is: c3jgixn. A video below is to show you how to join a class.

The Google Classroom is set up to help you in the following:

Q&A: We created discussion posts on different topics under "Stream" where you can ask questions during the week and the staff can help answer questions for you. The topics are the following:

  • Google Classroom
  • Google Meet
  • Google Chat
  • General Question
  • Share Out - Cool Things You are Doing or Ideas

Staff Resources: Kevin linked staff resources and tutorial videos under "Classwork" for anything you may need to help with distance learning.

Weekly Assignment: We will have a staff challenge every week under "Classwork" to post and have fun. It will even show you what it looks like as a student submitting an assignment.

Accessing Google Classroom

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE!! Classified Employee of the Year 2020 : Recognizing Walnut's Finest School Support Staff

Now accepting nominations! Please take a moment to nominate a "Classified School Employee of the Year." The award was established many years ago, to recognize significant contributions and excellence in service and teamwork. This employee goes above and beyond their regular duties and is an overall team player! Thanks y'all!

All nominations are due by May 11th.

Email if you have any questions.

Concordia University Irvine’s Information Meeting

The flyer below invites teachers to attend an upcoming Online Info Session
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Distance Learning means that students are being educated without in-person interaction among their instructors or peers. Instructors may use Google Classroom, webinars, videos, audio recordings, email, packets, and/or textbooks to teach their students. Distance Learning is not limited to synchronous instruction. Distance Learning is a broad instructional approach where teachers and students are not in the same place and same time.

Below is the attachment describing our Distance Learning Guidelines. Some key points include:

  • Provide a weekly student learning plan that may include learning objectives, assignments, lessons, activities, enrichment, resources, etc.
  • At a minimum, teachers connect with their classroom and/or individual students 2-3 times weekly via email, Google Classroom, etc.
  • Communicate with and provide timely feedback to students, as appropriate.
  • At a minimum, reply to parent and/or student emails within 2 business days.
  • Recommended that staff remove out of the office auto-replies beginning April 20


Kevin Wendland will hold a Tech Q & A on Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm and Friday from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. After your first full week of teaching online, this is a great time to come together, share ideas, ask questions, tell us what worked, and what didn't. Link below to join! (Must be a part of WHS Staff Google Classroom to access)

Department Support Crew

Below is a list of teachers in your Department willing to help you out as you through distance learning process. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the following teachers, your dean, GLC, AP, and Principal. We want to have as many layers of support for you as possible.
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Phase 2 Announcements

Just a couple announcements as we get ready to roll into Phase 2:

  • is live. I sent directions this morning on how to access it, here is a screenshot of the directions

  • The district flipped a switch that took away the students' ability to make a Google Meet.

  • This means they can't go into the room without you starting it first. So you can just use the code generated by Google Classroom for your Meet room. Post the link before the Meeting or just tell them the time to be there. The link stays live for about 1-2 minutes after everyone has left. I tested it multiple times and it was usually right around a minute and change. I made a video showing the changes, HERE.

  • If you signed up for Screencastify using the promo code, access has now been extended until May 31st.

  • We also have Pro account status for EdPuzzle. Use this link to activate it, HERE. EdPuzzle is a site that allows you to post videos and embed questions during the videos. There is more information about EdPuzzle on the Distance Learning Site. Thanks to Sara Bilton for getting the school registered!

Thanks again for all your hard work. Once again the Distance Resource Site is HERE. If you have any questions, message me on Google Chat.

Distance Learning Resource Site

Kevin went ahead and put together a quick resource site for you to look at during this time before we fully transition to distance learning.

The page is broken down into some categories:

  • Video/Screencasting
  • Online Assessments
  • Interactive Lessons
  • Google Classroom
  • Other sites to use

Try not to be overwhelmed during this time. Take a few minutes, read a description and then watch a few videos. When we have the Q&As next week, you can ask questions about some of the things you saw. We are still working on a webinar schedule as well that will focus on each of the topics. We'll get through this together!

Distance Learning Resource Site - HERE.

Once again, I recommend using Google Chat for messaging teams during this time instead of email or texting. It is through your Google account and can be accessed online or through an app on your phone. Information for Google Chat is HERE.




a wonderful or astonishing person or thing.

Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

Congrats to our Teacher of the Year - Jerry Knox!

Over +150 teachers, administration and staff annually recognize an outstanding high school educator who represents Walnut High School in the following areas: Professional Skills, Commitment, and Personal Growth.

We are excited to announce that Mr. Jerry Knox is our 2020 Teacher of the Year! Mr. Knox teaches Human Geography and Bioethics AP/IB. He has over 25 years of teaching experience, a 90% AP Pass Rate compared to the 48% national average, Head Cross Country Coach, Club Advisor, and a WHS Mustang Alumni.

Congrats Mr. Knox! You are living proof of The Walnut Way!

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The 2020 Teacher of the Year: Jerry Knox

Congrats to our Faculty Honor Guard!

Every year our Seniors vote for the most influential, impactful, and favorite teacher over their four years at Walnut High School. Yesterday during our virtual staff meeting, we announced our Faculty Honor Guard for the Class of 2020. It was a special moment and even more special that EVERY teacher on our campus received a vote from a student.

Congrats to the following teachers on this amazing recognition:

  • Mrs. Blanchard
  • Mr. Chen
  • Mrs. Herzog
  • Mr. Khouzam
  • Mr. Knox
  • Mr. Lim
  • Mr. Park
  • Ms. Takahashi
  • Ms. Thibeault
  • Mrs. Tinius
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Shoutout to Mr. Clean ... I mean Corey Wicks!!

To honor our Class of 2020 and show his support, our band director, Mr. Wicks, took a vote to see if he should shave his head. Here are the results! ENJOY!
Mr. Wicks shaves his head for the class of 2020!

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Shoutout to all of our Teachers as we celebrated Teachers Appreciation Week last week. Thank you for all that you do for our students!
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Dr. Shelton Earns her 3rd Masters Degree!

On Friday, Dr. Shelton now has an MS in Mathematics (Computational track) to complement her MS in Statistics and MAT in 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"

To us non-math people, Dr. Shelton helped develop algorithms to make precision medicine quicker and more accessible.

Below is Dr. Shelton being honored on Texas A & M's field as well as her research project.

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5/1 Maisha Shepherd

5/2 Sara Bilton

5/2 Olivia Madrid

5/8 Andrew Chavez

5/10 Chris Belcher

5/11 Duy Tran

5/13 Aaron Cornell

5/13 Winnie Lee

5/17 Don Lindsay

5/18 Monique Estrada

5/19 Candice Marsano

5/20 Michael Moore

5/25 Jessie Chen

5/26 Tamar Landin

5/27 Michael Yamashiro

5/29 Nelson Chen

5/31 Saul Huerta

5/31 Maureen Lacey-Pope


The Importance and Impact of Greetings in Virtual Hallways

“Focus on connection first, everything else second. And a very DISTANT second.” The “virtual greeting” to start a day is about creating an environment where it is about more than “teaching and learning” but also makes teaching and learning more effective in an online or face-to-face setting. Feeling valued is necessary for all environments.

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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