Students Take Top Awards in National Math Olympiad

By Kelli Gile WALNUT – More than fifty students from Suzanne Middle School joined nearly 150,000 students in the United States during the 2017-18 Math Olympiad.   The annual contest enables “mathletes” to challenge themselves and to compete against other students nationwide.   Math Olympiad is comprised of five monthly contests held from November through […]

Suzanne MS Students Join Special Olympics

By Kelli Gile  WALNUT – Four Suzanne Middle School student-athletes participated in the Special Olympics Southern California held May 18 at John Muir High in Pasadena.   Several months before the games, the children began training with adapted physical education (APE) teacher Greg Sasaki.   “Preparing is its own challenge,” said special education teacher Melanie […]

Walnut Valley Tapped For New National Award

By Kelli Gile WALNUT—Walnut Valley Unified School District will be honored with a new national recognition as a Schools to Watch District on June 30.   The award celebrates Walnut Valley’s dedication to providing an exemplary educational experience for students.   In the past two years, all three middle schools – Chaparral, South Pointe, and Suzanne – earned […]

Walnut High Students Discover Sports Medicine Careers

 Kelli Gile WALNUT—When stepping into the sports medicine classroom at Walnut High School the space is filled with padded therapy tables, rolling stools, skull and skeleton displays, muscle and tissue charts, a variety of cool gadgets, and state-of-the-art medical equipment. This is hands-on learning at its finest. Students are actively engaged learning therapeutic treatment and […]

Trustees Recognize Star Students and Parents

By Kelli Gile WALNUT — The Walnut Valley USD Board of Trustees recognized exemplary students and parent volunteers from Diamond Bar and Walnut High Schools during the May 16 meeting.   Diamond Bar High senior Marisa Umeh was honored with the Super Star Student Award. Marisa has a passion for filmmaking and publishing. She created a film about […]

Walnut Valley Schools Make State Honor Roll

By Kelli Gile WALNUT —After an extensive analysis of student data for every public school in California, the following Walnut Valley USD schools have been recognized as clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond: Collegewood Elementary, Cyrus J. Morris Elementary, Evergreen Elementary, Quail Summit Elementary, South Pointe Middle, Suzanne Middle, Walnut Elementary, […]

Evergreen 5th Graders Vie in Robot Rally

By Kelli Gile DIAMOND BAR—Top fifth grade teams took over the multipurpose room during Evergreen Elementary School’s 1st annual robotics competition on Wednesday. About 40 students were invited to show off their skills during four rounds of maneuvers, including sumo wrestling and a gate crashing bridge during the single elimination tournament. Students have been working all […]

Diamond Bar, Walnut High Schools America’s Best!

By Kelli Gile WALNUT – Hats off to teachers at Diamond Bar and Walnut High Schools for grabbing medals in U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School rankings for 2018. The annual list looks at nearly all public high schools in the country – more than 20,500 in all – to sift out the […]

WVUSD Parents, Community Members Shine at Gala

By Kelli Gile WALNUT– A stellar group of Walnut Valley Unified School District volunteers and community members were honored during the A Night of the Stars gala held April 26 at the Diamond Bar Center.   The 4th bi-annual event, sponsored by the Walnut Valley Educational Foundation, lauded exemplary parents, alumni, business, education, leadership, and service partners. […]

Walnut Students Complete PTLW Biomedical Sciences Program

By Kelli Gile WALNUT—For 20 Walnut High School seniors, years of tremendous dedication and hard work in a rigorous biomedical sciences program they began as sophomores have paid finally off. The teens were presented with white lab coats and honor medallions marking the completion of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme/Project Lead the Way (IBCP-PLTW) Biomedical […]

Collegewood 2nd graders celebrate Earth Day

 Kelli Gile WALNUT —Second graders at Collegewood Elementary paid tribute to Mother Earth with a day of “outdoor school” on April 22. About 100 students rotated through stations while learning about recycling, repurposing, and more. “Our kids need to practice Earth Day every day so that their future will be clean and bright!” said teacher Betsy […]

Mt. SAC to Honor Twenty Students of Distinction

By Anthony Saude WALNUT – Twenty students will be honored this year at Mt. San Antonio College’s annual “Students of Distinction” awards ceremony. The luncheon will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pacific Palms Resort, 1 Industry Hills Parkway, in the City of Industry. These prestigious awards recognize selected students […]

Former Surgeon General to Speak at Mt. SAC Health Conference

Staff Reports   WALNUT–– Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, will be the keynote speaker at Mt. San Antonio College’s 12th Annual Health Professions Conference on Friday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at various locations on campus. Sponsored by the Mt. SAC Caduceus Club, the Health Professions […]

The Last Great Race on Earth

By Kelli Gile Evergreen students follow Iditarod sled dog race DIAMOND BAR — For one exciting week in March, Evergreen Elementary second-grade students become immersed in tracking the Iditarod sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. For the past 15 years, teacher Alice Oldag has incorporated the famous 1,000-mile journey of 65 musher teams […]

Diamond Bar High presents ‘The Little Mermaid’

By Kelli Gile DIAMOND BAR, CA–The Diamond Bar High School Performing Arts Department opens up its spring season with the Disney musical “The Little Mermaid” showing April 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinee on April 14.   Fans of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and musical theatre won’t be […]

Chino Hills Boys Basketball CIF CHAMPIONS!

By Anthony Saude Chino Hills – For the past five years, the Ball family has ruled Chino Hills basketball. Patriarch LaVar Ball oversaw the rise of eldest son Lonzo from promising point guard to surefire NBA Draft pick. In Lonzo’s last season with the Huskies they won everything, taking the state title and the USA […]

Diamond Bar High Robotics Team Headed to World Championships

Regional Champs! By Kelli Gile DIAMOND BAR—After a long weekend of broken parts and design flaws to overcome, Diamond Bar High’s Team Sprocket took home the prestigious blue banner as winners of the 2018 Orange County Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) on Saturday. The team has now qualified for the World Championships that will be […]

Mt. SAC Students Named to State Academic Team

Staff Reports WALNUT–– Mt. San Antonio College students Edilberto “Iggy” Ylo and Amir Freeman are two of the 83 community college students throughout the state recently selected for the 2018 All-California Academic teams, chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society. Ylo and Freeman, both students in Mt. SAC’s Honors Program, […]

C.J. Morris 3rd Graders Go One-On-One With WVUSD Schools Chief

By Kelli Gile WALNUT—Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor fielded questions from elementary students during an official town hall meeting on Tuesday. About 100 inquisitive C.J. Morris assembled third graders were eager to learn about the role of the Walnut Valley USD leader. The IB-PYP students have been studying about government and how it affects lives at […]

Diamond Bar Students Rocking The Kindness

By Kelli Gile Diamond Bar—Quail Summit Elementary students are rocking their commitment to spreading kindness. On Wednesday, the 645 students at the Diamond Bar campus each took home a rock in their backpacks. But these were no ordinary rocks. The children painted colorful heart designs with personal messages of kindness, hope, joy, compassion, or strength […]