The Friday Forecast

THE WEEK OF MAY 25- MAY 29, 2020

Congrats to our 2019-2020 Staff Award Winners

Today we held our last Staff Meeting (virtually) as we work to wrap up the 2019-2020 school year. We ended the meeting by giving some year-end awards. Please congratulate our 2019-2020 Walnut High School Staff Award Winners:

  • Classified Employee of the Year: Shirley Markel
  • Teacher of the Year: Jerry Knox
  • Math, Science, PE Division Teacher of the Year: Tina Yu-Wong
  • English, Social Science, CTE Division Teacher of the Year: Jane Han
  • Special Programs Division Teacher of the Year: Mary Jo Gomez
  • Certificated Mustang of the Year: Kellee Lyons
  • Classified Mustang of the Year: Karen Seargeant
  • Support Mustang of the Year: Kevin Wendland

Golden Mustangs are given to staff members who had a milestone moment this year or was nominated by multiple people for pouring their heart into Walnut High School. Congrats to the following Golden Mustang Award Winners:

  • Jenny Alegre
  • Nathan Newman
  • Rebecca Chai
  • Joe Khouzam
  • Cecille Hernandez-Ortiz
  • Andy Schultz
  • Drew Johannsen
  • Rob Coad
  • Monique Estrada
  • Sarah Doramus
  • Faith Villanueva
  • Jennifer Tucker
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MONDAY -May 25


TUESDAY - May 26

  • 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


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

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

  • Elective 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

  • Last day of School

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CLASS OF 2020 | Virtual Graduation and One Last Ride

We are less than one week away from celebrating the Class of 2020 on May 28. We are capping the day off with “One Last Ride” through Walnut High School for our graduating Seniors. Please watch the video as it covers important information regarding our route through Walnut High School. Please arrive at your assigned time to facilitate traffic flow and maintain social distance guidelines. The purpose of the event is to provide a safe and memorable graduation for the graduating class of 2020.

*'One Last Ride' will begin at the entrance of our staff lot on Pierre Road.

One Last Ride Order:

  • 6:30 - 7: 00PM : A-F Graduates
  • 7:00 - 7: 30PM : G-L Graduates
  • 7:30 - 8: 00PM : M-S Graduates
  • 8:00 - 8:30PM : T-Z Graduates

Security Check Point:

  • Once Car Per Senior
  • Must Show Student ID
  • Someone Drive Graduate

Near Y- Building:

  • Diploma cases distributed (actual Diploma Pick up - June 3 & June 4)
  • Virtual Pomp and Circumstance

*Exit left and follow the route onto Ken Gunn Express Way - 2020 Class Gift will be given out!

Class of 2020 "One Last Ride"

Class of 2020 | Checkout starts today!

On May 22nd, 26th and 27th, Walnut High School will strategically allow seniors to return to campus to vacate lockers, turn in textbooks, pay any outstanding balances, pick up medication, return Chromebooks, and pick up cap and gowns, and gold cords*.

Senior student accounts must be cleared to ensure there is no delay issuing diplomas and final transcripts. Please check your “Parent Portal” under “Fees and Fines” to see any outstanding balance. All textbook fees must be reconciled by cash, check, or money order.

Seniors must bring their student IDs, and arrive during your designated block times as shown in the schedule. Please review the Schedule below for your assigned day and time. Specific stations for textbooks, medication, Chromebooks, and cap and gowns/gold cords will be located in the cafeteria lunch table area. Anything left in the lockers on Thursday, May 28th will be discarded or donated.

Security and staff will be on campus to supervise and enforce strict social distancing protocols. All visitors are required to wear a face mask/covering to enter campus. Gloves are not required, but are encouraged. Only one person per senior will be allowed on campus. Please do not come to campus if you are sick or have any symptoms.

Thanks for your cooperation and understanding. Your safety is our top priority! If you have any further questions, please e-mail Nelson Chen –

*Gold cords are given to students who have a 3.5 or higher GPA over seven semesters.

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Underclassmen Checkout Begins May 29!

Our Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen will have a curbside drop off in the student lot starting May 29th. Please make sure you show up during the day of your designated grade level. Siblings are the only exception. A more detailed email will be sent out next week.
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Virtual GLC Registration appointments | Data Confirmation

This year, COVID-19 has added an extra challenge to the season, so for the first time ever, GLC summer appointments will be done virtually. Virtual Meeting (by appointment you signed up for) will start on June 29th. More information will be provided as it becomes available. If you have not made your summer registration appointment, please contact Mrs. Markel at We look forward to utilizing new digital platforms and virtual meetings to ensure everyone is supported.

Data Confirmation - Through your AERIES Parent Portal account you will be able to finalize parent/guardian information, emergency card information, and registration documents (in lieu of filling out paper forms.) The Aeries Parent Portal will be open June 1st for re-registration and verification of continuing students in Walnut Valley Unified School District. It is mandatory that all parents/guardians update student, and parent information, emergency card information and registration forms before your student’s summer registration date.

Walnut Key Club | Summer of Service

This summer, Key Club will be holding a summer volunteer program that will be open to ALL students at Walnut High. It’s called "Summer of Service” and it will offer service opportunities to students throughout the summer.

By signing up for this program, students will be notified of events through email. Events would include service events, leadership training conferences, and Key Club Division socials. In the likely case that quarantine lasts over the summer, there will still be stay-at-home service events.

The deadline to sign up is May 27, just so we can have a general idea of who to send emails to. However, we will be reopening the sign up link on June 3rd to make it available to students that hear about it later. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE IN KEY CLUB TO SIGN UP! This program is open to all Walnut students as well as Key Club members.

If you would like to see more information, here is the link to the sign up form:

Sad News TO Share | Coach Encinas Loses Fight With Cancer

The Walnut High School Family lost an amazing man this past week. He invested countless hours into our student athletes. He's an irreplaceable coach and will be missed beyond measure. Rest In Peace, Coach!

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Coach Encinas’s wife Jeanna, 2 year old son Nico and 1 month old daughter Danica. Thank you for your support!

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Honor Graduates with Graduation Leis

Wish them ho'omaika'i 'ana (congratulations) as only graduation leis can! Puffect Bakery Cafe in Walnut has beautiful macaroon and floral leis available. Both photos are attached for reference.

To pre-order, please call 909-598-3838 or order on their website at

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2020-2021 Election Week!

Campaign week started this week and will run until May 25.

Voting will be May 26 and 27. Results will be released on May 28. Good Luck!

Please take a look at the candidates below.

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ASB Presents: Walnut Wednesday Broadcast

This week, ASB President Matt Mayo features some of our mustang teachers, freshmen, sophomores, & juniors!
#WalnutWednesdayBroadcasts: Episode 9

Walnut High School Welcomes New Assistant Principal

On Wednesday Night, the Board of Trustees took action to approve Dr. Andrea Poma as our new Assistant Principal at Walnut High School. Dr. Poma comes to us from Bonita Unified School District, where she most recently served as a Dean of Student Services. Prior to her time at Bonita Unified, Dr. Poma was a high school English teacher and ELD Coordinator at West Covina High School. Dr. Poma is a proud doctoral graduate of the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, where she researched opportunity gaps in high school English courses.

Dr. Andrea Poma’s official start date is July 1, but she will begin the transition into her new role during the month of June. Dr. Poma states, “I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been selected as the new Assistant Principal at Walnut High School. To say that I am excited to be taking on this new role would be an under-representation of my feelings. I am beyond excited. I have a wonderful feeling about my new role, the district, my new colleagues, students, and Walnut High School. I am ready to immerse myself in “the Walnut Way” and to contribute to a school and district with a strong reputation for putting kids first, every student, every day. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.”

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Poma to the Walnut High School family.

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As part of graduation requirements, ALL seniors are asked to complete this short questionnaire. Please take a minute to fill out the Senior Survey to let us know what you plan to do after high school. You can access the survey by CLICKING HERE.

Important Parent Survey

As we wrap of the school year, your feedback as a parent is very important to us. Please take a minute to fill out the survey that will help us identify strengths and opportunities for growth on our campus.

Steadfast: The Hoofprint’s new magazine

The Hoofprint’s new 20-page magazine geared toward a more friendly, conversational voice showcasing positivity during these challenging times!

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.

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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.

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

Click HERE to fill out the interest form for our NEW summer school Business Management Entrepreneurship class. This class fulfills 10 elective credits, AND FBLA CTE requirements.
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Need Transcripts?

If you need a transcript, you can see it on your Student Portal or go to our website at and click under the students tab. Make an account on Parchment and view it free or have one sent. If you need it in another format, please contact your GLC for help.

DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! 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
two will be offered districtwide.
  • The 3 exclusive webinars are:
  1. State of the Admissions Nation due to COVID
  2. Navigating the College Search
  3. 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:


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

Mustang Shout-Outs!

We Love our Classified Staff!

It's CLASSIFIED SCHOOL EMPLOYEE WEEK! This week, we celebrate the essential roles our Walnut High School classified employees play in the lives of students, in support of district staff and faculty and schools.

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! THANK YOU CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES!

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CLASS OF 2020: What We Came Here For

A group of our Seniors came together & shot this video as they finished their last day of classes today. Collectively, each of our Seniors in this class has made Walnut High School a better place, set a positive example, and raised the bar for future classes. Enjoy the video below!

"What We Came Here For" * Walnut High School Class of 2020

Saturday Shoutouts!

Every Saturday in MAY, our GLCs will recognize STUDENTS for representing the Walnut Way and pushing through the challenges of distance learning.

Here are the outstanding students from May 16th. Congratulations to Yatxarie Gomez, Alina Hurtado, Anthony Garcia, Carson Quesada, Natali Sesma, Madison Salguero, Jacob Lindy, Samantha Nguyen, Alina Chang! Keep up the hard work!

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)

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Ms. Takahashi and Mr. Wicks - Virtual Pomp & Circumstance

Our Band Directors had our band students put together virtual pomp and circumstance for our graduation parade on May 28. They are working on the finishing touches. Special shout out to Mrs. Takahashi who edited the piece and was able to have over 30 band members on one screen!
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Mrs. Lopez & our Choir Kids

Shoutout to Mrs. Lopez who is working on a virtual song for our Virtual Graduation on May 28! She had each student put together pre-recorded songs and she mixed the track herself.
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Boys & Girls Golf Helps Out Those in Need!

Our Boys and Girls Golf Team donated over 400 can goods, 50 plus pounds of spaghetti and pasta, more than 50 cans of tuna and spam, and other items to God’s Pantry (Food Bank) in Pomona.
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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.

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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:

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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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.

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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.

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Connecting to Your GLC through Google Chat

GLC Listing

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)

Elisabeth Everts

Intervention Counselor

Jennifer Peiten

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.


Incoming Freshmen (8th grade) Athletic Presentation and Survey

Click the link below to watch the slides presentation for incoming freshmen, watch the videos, and fill out the survey included in the slides presentation. For more information, please visit our athletics website at
**CIF has canceled the Spring Sports Season for High School.