The Friday Forecast
The Week Of April 17 - April 21, 2023
Band Buddies is Back Celebrating ITS 10th Anniversary | Join Us Tonight!
Over 115 Walnut Valley USD fifth-grade musicians will take the stage with their Band Buddies mentors during the Walnut High School spring concert on Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
During four rehearsals, led by instrumental music directors Corey Wicks and Katie Takahashi, about 50 members of the Blue Thunder Marching Band sit side-by-side with the young artists in the 10,000 square-foot instrumental music facility.
The popular outreach program returned in March after a three-year pandemic hiatus.
“Band Buddies has been one of the most rewarding things we have done at Walnut High School,” Wicks said.
“During the Band Buddies era, we have had the privilege of watching our students grow and mature not only during their high school years, but also starting from the fifth grade and beyond.”
Wicks shared that group music activities give students an unrivaled sense of community, which is more important today than ever before.
“For us to be able to include them in this community even earlier is an extraordinary gift! We cannot thank the district and school site administrators, music teachers, and parents for giving us their undying support in this endeavor.”
“Band Buddies started as a small idea and over the last 12 years, has turned into a passion project,” said Takahashi who created the outreach program as a Walnut High sophomore.
The experience inspired her to become a music teacher and she is now in her sixth year as a full-time director.
“Band Buddies is my favorite part about teaching music in WVUSD! I’m so thrilled to welcome Band Buddies back to the stage tomorrow evening!” she added.
Participants received a commemorative 10th-anniversary t-shirt and snacks during each rehearsal.
“I hope that Band Buddies leaves a lasting impact on these fifth-grade students, just as it did for me when I was a fifth-grade Band Buddy,” said senior and Band Buddies President Anthony Chae.
“Not only in their potential future with music, but I hope it will also provide them with memories and experiences that will shape the kids into amazing people.”
"Band Buddies sparked my love for performing music, and now, as a mentor, I strive to be that spark for the next generation of Mustangs!” shared freshman clarinetist Keegan Beecher.
IMPORTANT EVENTS April 17 - April 21, 2023
MONDAY - April 17
- *Periods 1-6 Regular Schedule - 8:30 am- 3:25 pm
TUESDAY - April 18
*Periods 3-4 & 5-6 Tutorial Schedule - 8:30 am - 3:25 pm
WEDNESDAY - April 19
- *Periods 1-4 Collaboration Schedule - 8:30 am-2:40 pm
WASC Meeting - Front Office Closed from 2:45 pm-4:00 pm
THURSDAY - April 20
*Periods 1-2 & 5-6 Tutorial Schedule - 8:30 am - 3:25 pm
FRIDAY - April 21
- *Periods 1-6 Regular Schedule - 8:30 am- 3:25 pm
Best Buddies Prom @ South Hills Country Club
SATURDAY - April 22
2023 WHS Prom @ The Globe in Los Angeles from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
News and Announcements
Science Olympiad Places 13th in State!
A big congratulations on the outstanding achievement of our Walnut High School Science Olympiad Team. They have made us proud by securing 13th overall in the state at the 38th annual Southern California Science Olympiad State Tournament. The tournament was held on April 8, hosted by Caltech and Polytechnic School. Over 2,000 participants, including students, teachers, parents, and volunteers from Southern California, joined the event to showcase their skills in 23 science-related competitions. This year marks the eighth year of Caltech hosting the Science Olympiad, fostering local students' passion for science and promoting community engagement.
We would like to extend our congratulations to the Science Olympiad team members who represented our school with great zeal and enthusiasm. The team consisted of Sunny Liu, Ryan Fue, Audrey Lin, Lucas He, Surya Donath, Anisha Choksey, Elise Chen, Eric Wang, Jingming Wang, Ethan Tsai, Barron Lee, Zimo Chen, Gilbert Shen, Steve Lu, and Anson Lin.
Our team exhibited exceptional performance and earned Top 10 finishes in Flight, Bridge, Scrambler, Dynamic Planet, Chemistry Lab, Environmental Chemistry, and Astronomy. This accomplishment highlights the team's dedication, hard work, and commitment to excellence in science. We are proud of their achievements and look forward to their future success.
Walnut High Makes Top 5 in JPL Regional Science Bowl
We're thrilled to announce that our very own Walnut High School Science Bowl team has made it to the Top 5 at the February 4 regional competition hosted by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. This marks the 31st year that the tournament has brought together some of the brightest science and math minds from high schools across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Santa Barbara counties.
With months of preparation, over 100 high schoolers from Southern California competed in the tense and fast-paced academic challenge. Our team members, Patrick Wang, Lucas He, Christina Wang, Jingming Wang, and Surya Donath, were tested on their knowledge in biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, energy, math, and physics at a first-year college level in a fast-paced verbal format.
We are incredibly proud of our Science Bowl team for their outstanding performance and for representing our school with excellence. Congrats to the team on their achievement!
Girls in Future Technology Career & Edcuation Fair | April 20
If you cannot make it during tutorial, feel free to swing by during lunch. The event will be held in the MPR!
ADDITIONAL GRADUATION TICKETS AVAILABLE!
Spring Dance Production | April 20 & 21
College & Career Center » Upcoming Events
Walnut High Community Club "Mustang" Scholarship!
Hey Seniors, a quick reminder to get your Mustang Scholarship applications in by Monday, April 17, 2023.
For questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHCC is offering 10 scholarships at $500 each.
These scholarships are available to all seniors graduating in 2023, regardless of your GPA or extracurricular activities.
Please click on the link or scan the QR code to apply to the WHCC Mustang Scholarship.
Cal State Fullerton Admitted Senior Presentation on April 18
Cal State Fullerton Junior Push | April 25
CONGRATS MARQUEE GRAD SHOUTOUT!
Only 10 names per week starting in May on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss out on your preferred week! There is a $25 donation requested and all funds go back to supporting our students and school.
Walnut C/O 2024 presents : Nightfall
Where: Globe Theater Los Angeles
When: April 22, 2023
Find a date and buy your tickets at ASB!!! *tickets are reserved for upperclassmen only*
**Walnut Volleyball Team Tryouts**
- Monday, May 1, 2023 (3:45-5:30 PM)
- Wednesday, May 3, 2023 (3:45-5:30 PM)
- Thursday, May 4, 2023 (3:45-5:30 PM)
Mt. Sac Spring Parent Info Day | April 22
We would love to invite you to your high school senior parents/guardians to our Mt SAC Spring Parent Info Day! It will take place on Saturday morning, April 22nd at 8:30am-11:30am, presented by the Community and Family Engagement Team in High School Outreach.
Our event will have a wonderful parent/guardian information session with guest campus speakers, and campus tours. We will provide free breakfast, lunch and goodies. Sessions will be in English and Spanish.
Registration link is here: https://bit.ly/MTSACParentsDay2023 or through the QR code on the flyer below and attached. Space will be limited so encourage you to register early and fast!
11th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Questions: Email www.whsmustanggolf.com or call (951) 205-4349.
2nd Annual Walnut Volleyball Golf Tournament
The Walnut High School Girls Volleyball Program will be hosting their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 9, 2023 at Los Serranos Golf Club.
This event raises vital funds to support our girls volleyball program. These funds will be used to purchase much needed equipment, tournament fees, transportation, meals, and a supportive coaching staff to help them succeed on the court.
Our goal is to always provide a safe instructive environment for all of our athletes to learn and develop skills to be a better volleyball player, but more importantly, a productive member of society, as well as fielding a competitive program.
In order to continue to make this experience a reality for our program, we are reaching out directly to area businesses, family, and friends, and offering the opportunity to help by becoming a sponsor.
Included in this letter is a brochure with a variety of sponsorship packages for you to review as well as details about the tournament. All donations to our volleyball program are tax-deductible. Our Tax ID # is 95-6003446. Your support for this event will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Academic Design Program Interest Form AVAILABLE NOW!
WASC Parent Survey
It is imperative that we hear from all stakeholders, teachers, students, parents, community members, support, and district staff, as we set improvement goals through this reflective process. To reach that goal, we have created an electronic parent survey. Please take the time to complete the survey below and assist us in setting plans to make WHS the best school possible.
Reporting Full Day Absences and Tardies Over 30 Mins
Students will be subject to disciplinary action when a student has been absent from class without a valid excuse. All absences must be cleared within one (1) school day after the last date of absence. The preferred method for clearing absences is via parent/guardian phone calls to the attendance office.
Parents must call the attendance office the day their student is absent as early as possible or within two school days of an absence, at the latest. Messages may also be left. Please clearly state the student's first and last name, guardian name, dates or class periods absent, and reason for the absence.
A reminder email and robocall are sent to the parent on the day of the absence. If uncleared, the office will make a courtesy call the following day.
When parents do not call within the two school days, the absences are counted as truant and referred to the GLC. We will not accept late phone calls.
Attendance Reporting Hotline:
11 & 12 Grades: 909- 444-3642
9 & 10 Grades : 909 - 444-3625
LAST DAY TO PRE-ORDER A YEARBOOK is 4/15!
Don't be left without a yearbook. Last day to buy before distribution day is Saturday, April 15. Price is $100. Order online at yearbookordercenter.com ($5 processing will be added).
*Price goes up again on distribution day so save a little money and buy your book today!
Free After School Tutoring for ALL Algebra 2 Students!
CELEBRATE YOUR CHILD'S BIRTHDAY ON OUR MARQUEE!
BIRTHDAY MARQUEE is now available! If you have a student that has a birthday coming up, be sure to make a birthday dedication on the WHS marquee! All proceeds goes to support WHS students and staff so RESERVE YOURS TODAY!
Great idea for WHS staff, teachers and Alums too!
HELP US WITH AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP!
9th GRADE (Class of 2026)
Corolar Schultz (A - LIM) email@example.com
Morgan Galeener (LIN-Z) firstname.lastname@example.org
10th GRADE (Class of 2025)
Wil Lares (A – LO) email@example.com
Sonia Nunez (LU – Z) firstname.lastname@example.org
11th GRADE (Class of 2024)
Nathan Newman (A – LI) email@example.com
Jenny Alegre (LO – Z) firstname.lastname@example.org
12th GRADE (Class of 2023)
Jennifer Tucker (A – LI) email@example.com
Jeff Jacks (LO – Z) firstname.lastname@example.org
ADP (Academic Design Program)
Viviana Hoyos email@example.com
Jennifer Peiten jLPeiten@wvusd.org
GLC Summer Registration Appointments are Live!
Class of 2024, 2025, 2026, and 2027 students should have received an email from their GLC via Sign Up Genius with a link to select their summer registration appointment.
Parents, please coordinate with your student your preferred date and time! Preferably, sibling appointments should be selected on the same day. Sibling appointments will not be made for you.
Registration appointments will be held from July 5 - July 28.
IMPORTANT: Student schedules will be created in June based on their course request selections. There is no benefit or drawback to selecting the first summer or last appointments; please set the appointment time that best fits your schedule. Summer appointments are to review schedules, check for scheduling mistakes, and to ensure that your student is taking the most appropriate courses for their grade level and post-secondary plans. Teacher change requests will not be honored.
Any questions? Call 909-594-1333 and leave a message. Before calling, make sure your student checks their school-issued email.
SCHOOL LUNCH POLICY
Due to many problems and safety issues we DO NOT allow student lunches to be delivered anywhere on campus.
Food, drinks or other items are NOT to be passed to students through the fence. This is strictly prohibited.
Outside Food Delivery Services such as UBER Eats/Door Dash is strictly prohibited. Food will be confiscated if deliveries are dropped off.
We understand the importance of student nutrition but we encourage students to either use the free lunch at school or bring their lunch from home.
2022-2023 RULES & EXPECTATIONS AT WALNUT HIGH SCHOOL
Parents: One thing you will notice this year are tardy or cell phone detention automated emails. If your child was issued a detention for excessive tardies or a cell phone violation, you will get an email with information on the detention they need to serve.