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 […]

Best Seat in the Class

By Kelli Gile Classrooms transform with flexible seating options DIAMOND BAR—Several Walnut Valley educators are discovering that flexible seating classrooms are providing learning environments that kids need. Flexible classrooms give students a choice in what kind of learning space works best for them, and helps them work collaboratively, communicate, and engage in critical thinking. At […]

Evergreen Odyssey Of The Mind Team Qualifies For State Tourney

By Kelli Gile DIAMOND BAR—Evergreen Elementary STEAM Odyssey of the Mind team won first place in the Los Angeles County regional competition held on February 24. The champions will now go on to compete at the state level March 24 at University of California, Riverside. The Odyssey of the Mind program promotes creativity and problem […]

Chaparral Middle School Wins Cal State LA Middle School Regional Science Bowl

Staff Reports Diamond Bar – Chaparral Middle School, located in Diamond Bar, recently won first place in Cal State LA’s 11th Annual Middle School Regional Science Bowl. The Chaparral team also earned a spot to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. in April. The winning team includes […]

Recognizing Excellence

Walnut Valley Trustees honor star students, partners in education By Kelli Gile WALNUT—In keeping with tradition, the Walnut Valley USD Board of Trustees honored outstanding students and partners in education during the February 21 meeting. Castle Rock Elementary crossing guard Donna Aquila received the Partner in Education Award. Donna, known as “Miss D” to students, […]

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Walnut Elementary DLI Students Ring in Lunar New Year By Kelli Gile WALNUT—Over 300 students performed skits, poems, and songs, entirely in Mandarin, during the 6th annual Lunar New Year celebration at Walnut Elementary. Kindergartens through 5th grade children are part of the school’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program that offers unique and innovative instruction […]

WVUSD Welcomes New Faces

By Kelli Gile Board approves Emmalyn Coles as director of nutrition services and Ryan Gaviola as director of technology Walnut—The Walnut Valley Unified School District is proud to announce two new members to the administrative team. The Board of Trustees approved Emmalyn Coles as the new director of nutrition services. Coles brings over a decade […]

Spreading Kindness and Joy

By Kelli Gile Quail Summit students deliver valentines to Diamond Bar seniors DIAMOND BAR —Quail Summit Elementary leadership students made a special delivery to the Diamond Bar Senior Citizens Club on Monday. The 25 Character Crew members arrived by school bus carrying envelopes packed with hundreds of handwritten valentines. “Every student at our school made […]

Listen to the Future!

Diamond Bar Musician To Perform On National Broadcast by Kelli Gile DIAMOND BAR — Diamond Bar High School percussionist Jeremy Davis is the recipient of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. The $10,000 scholarship recipient will perform on the NPR “From the Top” live radio broadcast on Sunday, February 11 at 2 p.m. […]