May 18 - May 22, 2020

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Join us for a Staff Meeting this Friday

Join us for a staff meeting on Friday, May 22nd at 8:00 am as we will hold our final virtual meeting of the year.

Here is a rough agenda for our staff meeting on Friday:

  • Classified Employee of the Year
  • Division Teachers of the Year
  • Mustangs of the Year
  • Golden Mustangs
  • Honor our Retirees
  • May 28 Gameplan
  • Closing out the School Year

Mustang Schedule This Week:

MONDAY - May 18

  • 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 19

  • 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

  • Last Day of Instruction for Seniors

FRIDAY - May 22

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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!

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


The results are in!

  • 63.5% (73) Stay with the same Distance Learning Schedule
  • 36.5% (42) Modified Finals Schedule

We will stay on track with our current distance learning schedule for the week of May 25th! Please plan accordingly and remember, students will not work on Memorial Day, so plan accordingly.

Textbook Returns for Seniors

The following message is being sent out to our Seniors today for returning textbooks, picking up medicine, and dropping off Chromebooks. Just to keep you in the loop!

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.

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 may only arrive during their designated block times as shown in the schedule.

Please review the chart below for your assigned day and time. Specific stations for textbooks, medication, Chromebooks, and cap and gowns 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.

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EQ in your PJs

Jeanette Koh shared an SEL webinar hosted by SEL4CA- Maslows Before Zoom- and the guest speaker, Keeth Matheny, presented about his free resource EQ in your PJs. She said it was a great session and wanted to share it with our staff!

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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


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.




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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

So Hee Tan & Steadfast Magazine

ntroducing Steadfast, the Hoofprint’s new 20-page news magazine. Reading through Steadfast, you will be greeted with a friendly, more conversational voice showcasing positivity in these uncertain times. Thank you to our publications advisor, So Hee Tan, for continually giving our students an outlet to share their voice.
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Lisa Lopez & our Choir Kids

Shoutout to Lisa 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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Katie Takahashi and Corey Wicks - Virtual Pomp & Circumstance

Katie and Corey 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 Katie Takahashi who edited the piece and was able to have over 30 band members on one screen!
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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!


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


A lot of Accountability Has Been Taken Away but Teachers Continue to Go Above and Beyond

"What I have noticed about this time is that we are being reminded by what matters. There will always be barriers and constraints of some sort in front of us, and we need to continue to push the boundaries to do what is right for kids. But as we continuously strive to make schools better, we still can keep a focus on what we are genuinely accountable to; our kids and our colleagues. Focus on that, and the other stuff will be just fine."

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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