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. […]

WVUSD Board Celebrates Star Students, Community Members

By Kelli Gile WALNUT—The Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees paid tribute to star students and community partners during the January 17 meeting. C.J. Morris Elementary 5th grader Madeline Toh received a certificate of special recognition as the winner of the 2017 “Holidays Around the World” greeting card contest. Madeline’s submission depicted ornaments […]

Rowland Unified Registration For 2018-19 Now Open

Staff Reports  Sign up now for new mandarin dual language immersion program and spanish dual programs that begin for kindergarten students this august ROWLAND HEIGHTS– FEBRUARY 6, 2018 – Registration for the 2018-19 school year is now open in the Rowland Unified School District. All new Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, interested Dual Immersion Kindergarten students and […]

School Lunch And School Breakfast Programs

Kelli Gile FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS IN THE NATIONAL WALNUT – Walnut Valley Unified School District announces its policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free, reduced-price, or full-price […]

South Pointe’s Puppy with a Purpose

By Kelli Gile DIAMOND BAR-Passionate educators are willing to do just about anything to foster student success. Meet Kevin Duh, a social studies teacher at South Pointe Middle School in Diamond Bar. The out-of-the-box thinking educator has found a way to combine his desire to address the emotional needs of his 8th grade students and […]

Scout Gives Back to Elementary School

By Kelli Gile DIAMOND BAR—On Tuesday, Evergreen Elementary students had a surprise on campus when they returned from the three-day holiday weekend. An enormous 16’x27’ colorful map of the United States had been painted on the amphitheater stage. Diamond Bar High senior Jarrett Dang, 17, a member of Boy Scout Troop #730, decided to give […]

Mt. SAC to Hold “Cash for College”

Staff Reports WALNUT– Mt. San Antonio College will offer free financial aid assistance to area high school seniors and their parents during its annual “Cash for College” fair on Saturday, Feb. 3. The event will include three sessions starting at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. “This event is all about helping students fill […]

2 WHS Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

By Kelli Gile   WALNUT, CA–Walnut High English teachers Kellee Lyons and Jennifer Maletz have earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement, as official National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT). The dynamic duo completed all four certification components between January and May of last year, a process that can take up to three years to complete. […]

Walnut Valley USD to begin enrolling for 2018-19 school year

By Kelli Gile WALNUT—The Walnut Valley Unified School District will soon begin registration for the 2018-2019 school year for children in transitional kindergarten and kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration dates are: January 16-19, 2018—for those children with siblings already attending school in our district; January 22, 2018 & on—for those elementary children new to the […]

Busy Hands, Hearts a Night of Giving

By Kelli Gile WALNUT — The sounds of holiday music, delightful conversation, warm hearts, and busy hands filled Walnut Elementary School’s multipurpose room during a Family Night of Giving held December 15. Students penned letters to show support for first responders that would later be distributed through the Operation Gratitude project. At another table, families […]

Walnut Valley USD Trustees Elect New Officers

Pass the Gavel! By Kelli Gile WALNUT–The Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD) Board of Trustees elected Cindy Ruiz as president, Larry Redinger as vice president, and Helen Hall as clerk during the annual reorganization meeting on December 13. These roles are one-year terms and effective immediately. Trustee Dr. Tony Torng was honored with an […]

Automation And Robotics Course Launches At Suzanne

By Kelli Gile WALNUT—A new class at Suzanne Middle School is teaching students how the world around them works while learning important skills such as team work, problem-solving, and a don’t-give-up attitude. Seventh graders have the opportunity to take Robotics and Automation, as part of the District’s STEAM initiative. The new course is one of […]

Food Drive Brings in 8,000 Donations

By Kelli Gile Walnut —Walnut High Key Club members counted, sorted, and boxed more than 8,000 cans of food stored under the stadium bleachers, and now those cans are filling pantries in local homes and food banks. Donations of canned vegetables, beans, soup, meats, and other staple foods poured in during the two-week Yes We […]