I just wanted to send a thank you for coming together and pulling off a successful Virtual Back to School Night! We have to give our new CTE teacher, Jennifer Carreno, a major shoutout for sending the idea to Nelson last month!

Here were some messages sent from parents and people in the community:

  • “Just wanted to tell you we really enjoyed Back to School Night! The Bitmojis were so cute! We are very impressed with the WHS staff!”
  • “Thank you for hosting a Virtual Back to School Night. We loved not feeling rushed and running around campus, trying to find six classrooms. I was also able to research future classes that my son will be taking. Kudos to your staff!”
  • “Walnut High School raises the bar again with a Bitmoji Back to School Night. So clever! All the teachers and staff did an amazing job. Well done!”
  • “Please let your staff know that their presentations were very informative and helped ease some of my fears I had with Distance Learning. My daughter is blessed to have so many caring teachers.”

For the people on campus, we hope you enjoyed some Kona Ice! Thank you Conchita for a great idea!

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  • *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

  • 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

  • Walnut Wednesday


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

  • Collaboration/PREP 1:10 pm - 1:30 pm

  • FAC Meeting - 1:30 - 2:30 pm

**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 in the WHS Google Classroom or CLICK HERE. He will put an away message up if he is out of the office helping someone out.


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FAC Meeting - Friday @ 1:30 pm

Let your Dean know if you would like to participate in our Faculty Advisory Committee this year. Our first meeting will be this Friday from 1:30 - 2:30 over Google Meet.

The FAC is a venue by which faculty members and administrators work together to address school-wide problems and concerns in a professional and collaborative manner.

It is very important that the results of the FAC meeting are reported to your department. It is also important that you are bringing up concerns from people in your department. Look through the lens of the department not just your own.

Schedule for September 7-11, 2020

We wanted to start communicating our schedule for the week of September 7-11 as it will be a different week with Labor Day. We will communicate with our families on Friday as well as Monday, but please make sure you help us communicate the following schedule:

Monday - September 7: NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)

Tuesday - September 8: Block Schedule (Period 1,2,3) - Tutorial (Period 4,5,6)

Wednesday - September 9: Block Schedule (Period 4,5,6) - Tutorial (Period 1,2,3)

Thursday - September 10: Block Schedule (Period 1,2,3) - Tutorial (Period 4,5,6)

Friday - September 11: Block Schedule (Period 4,5,6) - Tutorial (Period 1,2,3)

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September Tech Newsletter!

Kevin Wendland created a September Tech Newsletter. Check it out!
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Last Chance to Nominate for Walnut Wednesday Awards!

Our first Walnut Wednesday Awards will be this Wednesday on September 2nd! If you are on campus, we will surprise you, take a pic, give you a certificate, and let you pick from the swag bag. If you are not on campus, we will surprise you virtually, take a pic (somehow?), put the certificate in your box, as well as a ticket you can turn into Monique to pick from the swag bag when you get back.

Fill out the link below to nominate someone who embodies "The Walnut Way"

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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!

Site Licenses - Kami Update

The district has approved funding for a District-Wide License of Kami. We are officially Kami approved! All of you should have full access to Kami now. It's a game-changer!

Kami for Remote Learning

Site Licenses - Screencastify

Thanks to the Walnut High Community Club, we were fortunate enough to receive Screencastify and EdPuzzle as a site license.

For Screencastify, check the tutorial below on how to use it. We have some extra site licenses for screencastify if any of your family or close friends would like to hop on board with us and use it. Please shoot me an email if you would like me to add them.

Screencastify Tutorial 2020 | Teaching Digital Lessons

Site Licenses - EdPuzzle

EdPuzzle is also ready to go. The entire school has been activated. If you have an account and have Walnut High listed as your school you are good to go. Your account should read Pro School. If you don't have an EdPuzzle account, go ahead and click this link,

Finally, if you are new to EdPuzzle, take a look at their resources,

Getting Started with "EdPuzzle" Tutorial

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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Take Attendance in Zoom

1. go to REPORTS

2. Click Usage

3. scroll to the right and click on the highlighted/linked BLUE number

4. view or download as csv file. Report shows WHO was in the meeting and for how long

Four Steps to Activating Your New Zoom Account

Please click the PDF below to see how to correctly activate your Zoom account if you are using that platform for your instruction.

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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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

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.

Resetting Student Passwords

If you have students who need their password reset please watch the video below on how you can do it from home.
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Shoutout to our Mustangs going above and beyond!

Our Entire Staff for Putting on Virtual Back to School Night & Completing 3 Weeks of Distance Learning!

THANK YOU to our entire staff for putting on a Virtual Back to School Night. We had over 100 different rooms to visit and over 200 presentations. From our Front Office to every Department, everybody participated and made it a fun event! THANK YOU!!

Also, everybody has gone above and beyond this month. From tech training, reinventing lessons, long hours of grading, and everything in between ... our entire staff deserves a shoutout this week!



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


10 Ways Professional Learning Can Model the Practices that Engage and Empower Learners in Distance Learning

Human connection and effective teaching and learning are crucial in distance learning. Although there are great tech tools and many programs that at first glance can seem to minimize complexity when everything continues to shift, we have to remember as we plan for the fall and beyond that there is no substitute for a teacher. Now more than ever we need teachers who can connect with students, guide them on their path and codesign authentic, participatory, and relevant learning experiences based on their needs, strengths, and questions. Read more by clicking the link below.

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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