April 27- May 1, 2020

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

Mustang Schedule This Week:

MONDAY -April 27

  • English Block: 9:00 - 10:30 am

  • Social Science Block: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Elective Block: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

TUESDAY - April 28

  • 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

WEDNESDAY - April 29

THURSDAY -April 30

  • 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 1

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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.


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)

Student Expectations & Advice

Below are two infographics we shared with our parents and students last week. We want to enforce Digital Citizenship with our students. If any students are doing anything inappropriate, please reach out to their GLC so we can apply appropriate consequences. Obviously, we need to get creative with consequences, but we have the right to suspend their WVUSD Google Account for inappropriate internet usage, plus a call home, and possible consequences the following year.
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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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Day of the Teacher - Win $50

A Message from the CRTA:

As members of the California Retired teachers Association, we are committed to showing our support for public education in California by recognizing practicing teachers on the Day of the Teacher in May.

We would like to again use last year’s format to send each teacher a “Day of the Teacher” message from our organization and offer them an opportunity to enter a drawing for a $50 cash prize which they can use in any way they wish. The CRTA wants you to know how much the organization values you, and so they will have the opportunity to participate in our drawing.

Please use the "google forms link" below. We ask that the teachers respond by May 1st so that we can distribute the prizes the following week.


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Tech Q&A Recap from Friday

Thanks to everyone who showed up Friday afternoon. We had a really good Q&A session with some rapid fire questions at the end. Some of the highlights from the video above:;

  • Went over how to create another profile in Chrome. I went ahead and made a video for that HERE

  • Talked about approving YouTube videos for your students. If students have chromebooks (about 300) they can't watch YouTube videos until you approve them. You need to be logged into your school account to have the option. You will see this box . You must click Approve for students to view.

  • Went over creating Rubrics in Google Classroom as we talked about different types of assessments

  • Discussed the differences between creating a Meet link in Calendar vs Classroom. If you create in Calendar, students can enter without you and the link is always live and open. Students can't mute you or kick you out since you created the event. If you use the Classroom link, students can't enter without you first being there and once the last person leaves the link dies in 1-2 minutes, usually a little over a minute.

  • You can also create a code for all your classes by going to and creating a room with a Name/Code. That has the same effect as using the code in each Google Classroom.

  • Talked about how students say they can't get into Meets. Could be a) they are showing up before the teacher or b) they aren't using their WVUSD accounts.

  • Went through EdPuzzle and how to link a Google Classroom, how to assign to multiple classes directly, how to search for content, and how to change the settings. We also showed the EdPuzzle extension which allows you to click a button from most sites that takes that video directly into your EdPuzzle account and starts the editing process. Extension, HERE.

  • Used my son's account to show the student side for Meet, Classroom, and EdPuzzle.

  • Discussed Google Chat and how it is possible to create Rooms for your classes, but as of now you have to enter everyone's name into the room. Showed how to use Google Chat to communicate with students or staff. Highly recommend Google Chat.

  • In Google Classroom, you can only schedule assignments for one class at a time. Sara had a workaround of using the "re-use" post in other classes. Peralta noticed that sometimes the "Make a copy for each student" option isn't there and sometimes it is, Drew confirmed this.

  • Showed how to Import Google Classroom grades into Aeries. Remember you must Return the assignment before Aeries will take the scores.

  • Went over import image function on Google Jamboard

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.

Synchronous vs Asynchronous Online Learning

As Suzanne TenBroek said, there is a significant difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning. With synchronous learning, learners can receive immediate feedback from their fellow students or teacher through instant messaging. Asynchronous learning doesn't enable that type of interaction but still plays a major role. See the graphic below on how both can be a major benefit for your online classroom.
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Google File Stream

Google used to have a program that allowed you to add Google Drive to Windows to make it function like any other folder on your computer. They have revamped it and renamed it to Google File Stream. The functionality is basically the same, except now it will look like a Network Drive versus a Folder. The main benefit of installing this on your computer is that you can now save everything to your Drive, where you have unlimited storage, and be able to access it from anywhere you have internet access.
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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

Class of 2020 Yard Sign Shoutouts!

Thank you to the following people who helped make the yard sign delivery happen on Friday morning:
  • Jennifer Tucker - Oversaw the entire project
  • Shirley Markel - Logistics. Organized all deliveries by zone and area that was most efficient for our volunteers.
  • Monique Estrada - Put together signs!
  • Andy & Corolar Schultz - Drove to Rialto and Moreno Valley to drop off signs!
  • Jenny Alegre - Delivered to over 50 homes including the Wicks family in Costa Mesa.
  • Nathan Newman - Helped deliver to Upland, Montclair, and Ontario areas.
  • Rob Coad - Delivered over 30 signs from Pasadena, Arcadia, to his Peer Counselors. He was out there all day!
  • Nelson Chen - helped organize and deliver signs on Friday morning.
  • Karen Seargeant - Bought donuts and made coffee for all of our volunteers.
  • Wayne DiMascio - Put together ice chest of water for all our volunteers as temps hit 100 that day.
Senior SURPRISE: Signs support Class of 2020

Mike Yamashiro - Student Vlogs

Mr. Yamashiro posted the unlisted video (don't share on social media!) of student Vlogs talking about their pandemic experiences. It was one of the first week’s assignments and they performed! They gave honest and real feedback. Thank you Mike for giving your students a voice. Mike is working on sharing one with our community, just need to get permission from the kids if they are ok to share their vlog.

How Are You?


Our staff dance video is almost at 5,000 views in less than 2 weeks! You are all going to be famous. Our students responded with the following dance videos below. Thanks for spreading joy & positivity to our community.
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Abbey Poole goes the extra mile!

Abbey Poole drew this as the prize for winning Kristi Kirkpatrick's Zoom scavenger hunt on Friday. She offered to go to the student's house and draw it on her driveway. Unfortunately, the driveway is under construction, so she made it work with the sidewalk. Thank you Abbey! You made her day.
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THREE new banners are up along the streets of Walnut High School! ⁣We love our Seniors & we miss all of our students! ⁣⁣Thank you Walnut High Community Club for your help! ⁣

Take a pic of the banner and feel free to post to support our Seniors and Mustang students during this unprecedented time.

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4/2 Manette Idris

4/2 Kathy May

4/3 Elisabeth Everts

4/3 Heather Villagomez

4/3 Yanti Wong

4/4 Bryn Schultz

4/11 Shantel Urzua-Garcia

4/11 Maritza Bernal

4/11 Sarah Doramus

4/12 Jennifer Peiten

4/15 Cecille Hernandez-Ortiz

4/16 Conrad White

4/17 Tiffany Redcher

4/21 Shari I

4/21 Norlyn Nicolas

4/28 Jacob Villafana

4/29 Julie Blair

4/30 Lori Campos


How much will Distance Learning Impact our Students?

This article was sent to me from Dr. Luis Cruz, who has two daughters at our school, and makes a huge impact around the nation in regards to instruction. The article looks at data from school closures during emergencies such as Hurriance Katrina. It is a very interesting read and shows how important human connection is during this time:

"Schools, no matter via what medium, can be hubs of response and recovery, a place to support emotional recovery and promote social togetherness—and this is as important as any achievement gains."

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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