Take a Screen Break!

If you had a chance to look at our student feedback, a lot of students are struggling looking at a screen the entire day. We will send out this promo to our community this week emphasizing the importance to disconnect from screens for at least 30 minutes a day for mental and physical health.

Here is what we are posting: Twice a week our staff that works on campus is encouraged to step outside their office or classroom, eat lunch with each other, play games, stay off their device, and interact with others. We encourage our students to take time to find 30-40 minutes a day to do the same! No screens!

Distance Learning Screen Break



  • *Periods 1-3 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm

  • Period 4 Tutorial - 1:10 pm-1:35 pm

  • Period 5 Tutorial - 1:37 pm-2:02 pm

  • Period 6 Tutorial - 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm


  • *Periods 4-6 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm

  • LUNCH AT THE HORSESHOE - 12:30 - 1:10 pm

  • Period 1 Tutorial - 1:10 pm-1:35 pm

  • Period 2 Tutorial - 1:37 pm-2:02 pm

  • Period 3 Tutorial - 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm


  • *Periods 1-3 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm
  • LUNCH AT THE HORSESHOE - 12:30 - 1:10 pm
  • Period 4 Tutorial - 1:10 pm-1:35 pm

  • Period 5 Tutorial - 1:37 pm-2:02 pm

  • Period 6 Tutorial - 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm


  • *Periods 4-6 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pM

  • Period 1 Tutorial - 1:10 pm-1:35 pm

  • Period 2 Tutorial - 1:37 pm-2:02 pm

  • Period 3 Tutorial - 2:05 pm - 2:30 pm


  • *Periods 1-6 Block Schedule - 8:00 am-12:30 pm

  • Staff/PD/Collaboration/Prep 1:10 pm - 2:30 pm

  • End of 6 Week Grading Period

**Kevin Wendland will be available on Google Meet or Google Chat Monday-Friday from 8:00 - 2:30 pm to for tech support. Google Meet link --> CLICK HERE. He will put an away message up if he is out of the office helping someone out.


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Jennifer Carreno & her SEL Learning Hub

Every morning before she starts a lesson, as a way to take attendance, she asks students to answer a question. Usually an icebreaker, or something fun. Usually has something to do with our topic for the day, sometimes just a temperature check. She also uses an amazing SEL hub and uses it biweekly, as a "break" from more focused learning.
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Is there an SEL Lesson You Do with Your Students?

We would like to highlight weekly SEL lessons from our staff on the Monday Morning Mustang. If you have any SEL lesson ideas, please fill out the form below so we can feature you!

Want to be Featured on a Monthly Lesson Highlight?

E-Mail Ryan Maine or one of the deans. In our FAC meeting, teachers mentioned they would like to see some lessons in action. If you have a fun lesson planned, shoot us an e-mail, so we can record some highlights and share with the staff.


Front Office Staggered Shifts starting this week

Taking precaution IF someone comes down with COVID (don't worry, no one has) we want to make sure we don't have to shut down our entire office for 14 days, so we decided to stagger shifts. What this means is our front office team will be working from home some days and in the office other days. They are all connected to CISCO Jabber and their email, so feel free to dial their extension or send an email if they are not physically in the office. Click below for our September schedule.


Starting this week, we will hold a SECRET SPIRIT DAY every Friday. (Great idea Andrea Takahashi!) You will dress in a certain theme, but not make any mention of it. At the end of the day, our students have to guess the theme on Walnut ASB's Instagram. We will then pick a winner and they will get a prize. As students start to catch on we will make it a little more difficult and do some things to throw them off the scent.
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STUDENT FEEDBACK: Distance Learning

At the beginning of the school year, our district sent a survey to all students asking for their feedback regarding Distance Learning. We wanted to share the results from Walnut High School students. Obviously, with an anonymous survey, there are some interesting comments in there, but we hope this gives you some insight into how our students are feeling right now regarding Distance Learning.

The survey is broken into six tabs at the top for you to view:

  • Biggest Challenges of Distance Learning
  • What is going well with Distance Learning?
  • Anything you want us to know?
  • How do you feel about returning?
  • What are some concerns you have with returning to school when it reopens?
  • What safety precautions would make you feel more comfortable about returning to school?

End of 6 Week Grading Period - September 18

The end of the 6 week grading period is this Friday, September 18. Grades are due by 3 pm on September 25.
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Google Meet Update

Google pushed out their September update last week. Here's the highlights:

  • stop students from sharing their screen
  • stop students from using chat
  • when students are removed, they can't return to that Meet

This is the first of 2 major updates. This is all control based. Next update will have breakout rooms and attendance features.

Meet - September Updates

PSAT Proctors

We are working to develop our plan for the January PSAT, in anticipation of our students returning to in person instruction by that time. The exam would take place on Tuesday, January 26th during the instructional day, and we will need certificated staff to proctor during your conference period. At present time, we do not have any information regarding school opening, but want to be prepared. If you are interested in proctoring the PSAT during your prep period on that day, please fill out the form below:

Dance Team Selling Comfortable WHS Masks

Dance team is selling masks as a fundraiser! They are cotton masks with filter pockets, adjustable ear straps, and nose wire. Dance team is selling them for $20. All proceeds go the Dance Team.

They are selling plain WHS logo ones and "Dance Team" ones. See below. She can even customize them for you if you need it. Just let her know!

Contact Audrey DeGuzman @ 626-475-4490 or reach out to a Dance Team member if you are interested!

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WHS Alumni, Joyce Chiao, creates Inclusion Labs

Former Mustang, Joyce Chiao, Class of 2009, created a long-time passion project that she wanted to share with the WHS staff. Inclusion Labs was created to develop the inclusive leadership of professionals through facilitated dialogues in community with others on a similar journey. InclusionLabs is a nine-week fellowship that meets two hours per week in small cohorts of 15-20 people who are just starting in their exploration of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and eager to live out their DEI values in their personal and professional lives. The program supports Fellows through this exploration by prompting them to reflect on their own identities and, consequently, to define what inclusive leadership looks like for themselves.

If you are interested in this or know anybody interested, send an e-mail to or click the link below.

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September Tech Newsletter!

Kevin Wendland created a September Tech Newsletter. Check it out!
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Teachers - Choose your new Laptop!

Teachers! Please make sure you fill out the district device form sent by Dr. Witmer on Thursday, August 13. Once our entire site has made their choice, they will place our order for us. See the link below!

LUNCH AT THE HORSESHOE! - Wednesdays & Thursdays

Remember, every Wednesday & Thursday, we will have tables, games, and music set up in the Horseshoe in the center of campus ALL DAY! From 12:30 - 1:30 get away from your screen, bring your lunch out, get out of your classroom, and enjoy each other's company with physical distancing.

Tables and chairs will be set up in the shade, games will be set up in the horseshoe area with shade, and Ave will be playing nothing but the hits.

Games include cornhole, giant Jenga, giant Connect-4, Table Tennis, and others. Make sure we follow social distancing. We will have sanitizer as well paper towels and citra-cide spray to wipe anything down for you.

Keep adding to our Padlet Board!

Feel free to share to our Padlet board to see what others are doing, share a success story, funny story, or vent!
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PE Lockers | Textbook Room Open

Please let your students know that the Textbook Room and PE Locker Room will be open M-F, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm.

Students Coming on Campus to Pick Something Up

Please make sure you let Conchita know or meet them in the front office if you have students coming on campus to pick up any material. We need to make sure we log any student that comes on campus to be as safe as possible.

Substitute Teachers?!

If you need a sub during Distance Learning, here is the protocol:

  • The teacher puts in for a sub on AESOP/Frontline
  • The teacher creates a new Google Meet/Zoom link for the substitute.
  • Post link into Frontline for the sub, and Google Classroom for the students.
  • Post announcement telling students there will be a substitute as well as the lesson for the day.
  • Copy and upload the lesson plan into Frontline for the substitute.
  • The substitute will come on campus, have rosters printed for them, and take roll through Google Meet / Zoom as well as get the students started on their assignments.

COVID Exposure Protocol

Thank you for your support as we navigate through such unprecedented times. I wanted to provide some basic information and clarification regarding COVID protocol.

If you have symptoms and are in the process of testing or test positive for COVID:

  • DO - Call Kina Mattoon, Risk Management/Employee Benefits Specialist ( or 909-595-1261, ext. 31332) or Admin staff as soon as possible. Be prepared to provide any dates that you were on campus as well as names of anyone you came in contact with.
  • DO NOT – come to campus. Kina will provide you with a return date.

If a staff member or student has a confirmed case, possible confirmed case or potential exposure of COVID-19:

  • WE CAN – directly inform any persons that may have come in contact with that staff member or student.
  • Encourage anyone exposed to check their symptoms frequently and inquire about a COVID-19 test with your physician

  • WE WILL- immediately close off any areas that the staff member or student visited
  • Wait for 24 hours, or as long as practical, before cleaning and disinfecting these areas

  • WE CANNOT – give out any personal information (name, job classification, room number, etc.) or designators (gender, grade level etc.) which would identify the staff member or student. Providing this information would be a violation of the Education Code, HIPAA, FERPA, CMIA and ADA privacy policies.

We understand your concerns and your need for information. District, state and federal guidelines are being strictly followed. Please be assured that we are committed to your safety: this includes your physical health as well as your right to privacy.


Per District Policy, if you come on campus, you need to fill out a Google Form and answer two questions. Also, please make sure you move your green magnet to the right side of your name if you are here. This will help us know who is on campus for sanitation purposes and in case of an emergency.

The board is located in front of the W by the administration office. Please make sure you are wearing a mask when you leave your classroom or workspace.

Below is a link to the check in form you need to fill out when you arrive on campus. QR codes were placed in your box and will be around campus.

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Current Solutions | Check Your Illness & Vacation Hours

Current Solutions allows us to check our sick and vacation hours.

  1. Link:
  2. The log in information for WVUSD employees will be as follows:

  • User name: first name
  • Password: last 4 of your social

Staff Meeting Recap Sessions

Three ago, we had a staff meeting as well as breakout sessions to cover the nuts and bolts of Distance Learning. Click on the links below if you need to review any of the meetings in case you missed any.


We created a Distance Learning Resource Guide that will help answer questions for our students and parents. Feel free to post this link in your Google Classroom or Syllabus.

A tutorial video on how to use the guide is below as well as a link to the guide. You can also access the guide by heading to

2020-2021 Distance Learning Guide




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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

Colorful Flags Workshop

Thank you to the following teachers who took the time to join our Colorful Flags workshop with Dr. Renford Reese and his team!

  • Kellee Lyons
  • Kirsten Thibeault
  • Diana De La Cruz
  • Renee Juarez Medina
  • Kathy May
  • Erik Jameson
  • Ragen Goetz
  • Jennifer Chalew
  • Marissa Beemer

Keith Dillabough aka the IT Guru

Shout out to one of our security guards, Keith Dillabough, who stepped outside his comfort zone and is now working in the IT department at the district to help them out. He will be back, but thank you Keith, for stepping up and helping out our IT department.

Bio Books to our Students!

Big shoutout to the following staff members who helped get our new Biology books, tagged, organized, and ready to distribute to our students this week. Thank you:

  • Taniaz Coday-Voss
  • Ave Tauvao
  • Ashley Schute-Renteria
  • Dawn Martinez
  • Katie Takahashi

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9/1 Hanan Gibani

9/4 Tito Rodriguez

9/8 Rebecca Chai

9/11 Keith Dillabough

9/14 Kevin Wendland

9/14 Conchita Cawley

9/20 Kate Borihane

9/21 Angela McElroy

9/22 Jennifer Chalew

9/22 Andy Schultz

9/26 Jennifer Sorbara

9/26 Donna Waggener

9/30 Wil Lares

9/30 Jena Muhr


Genius Hour - The 20% Project

Independent projects require a shift from choice to freedom. Instead of relying on teachers to provide a menu of options, students select the grouping, decide on the topics, ask their own questions, engage in their own research, find their own resources (rather than selecting from a curation), and ultimately create their own products.

One option is a Genius Hour project. Based on Google's concept of 20% Time, the goal is to provide students with 20% of their class time to learn what they want or specific to your subject. They choose the content while also mastering skills and hitting the academic standards.

With Genius Hour, students own the entire journey. They choose the topics based upon their own geeky interests. It doesn’t have to be a traditional academic area. They can then match these topics with topic-neutral standards. Students ask questions and engage in their own research to find the answers. Along the way, they design their own plan of instruction. They decide on the resources and activities. Each student sets goals and engages in self-assessment. In the end, students figure out what they will make and how they will share their learning with the world.

What is Genius Hour? An Overview of Genius Hour and 20% Time in the Classroom

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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