WVUSD Science Olympiad Teams Bring Home Top Awards

All middle, high schools advance to state finals By Kelli Gile Walnut—After months of preparation, Walnut Valley USD Science Olympiad teams came away with an impressive cache of gilded medals during the Los Angeles regional competition. All three middle schools and both high schools will now advance to the Southern California State Finals at Caltech […]

Chaparral DBL Students Team Up For Hands-On Learning

By Kelli Gile   DIAMOND BAR, CA—Chaparral Middle School students were given a design challenge that took some imagination during the second week of school. Seventh graders in the Design-Based Learning (DBL) core were tasked with building a wall perch for a two-inch pompom named Harry. The innovative designs needed to have good visibility (so the […]

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 […]

7 WVUSD Schools Selected for California Honor Roll

Suzanne Middle School 6th graders score a great time during field day with teacher Lauri Ujita

Leaders in Student Achievement  By Kelli Gile  Walnut – Seven Walnut Valley USD schools have been named to the 2015 CBEE California Honor Roll for consistently demonstrating high levels of student academic achievement. Scholar schools are Evergreen Elementary, Quail Summit Elementary, Chaparral Middle School, South Pointe Middle School, Suzanne Middle School, Diamond Bar High School, […]

Diamond Bar: Striking A Chord

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile Hundreds of Chaparral Middle School students participate in music education courses each year. Shown: Orchestra in rehearsal with director Greg Rochford.

Chaparral, South Pointe music programs receive national recognition By Kelli Gile   DIAMOND BAR— Two Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD) middle schools – Chaparral and South Pointe – have been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from the nonprofit NAAM Foundation for outstanding commitment to music education. A total of 118 schools across the […]

Chaparral Grand Reopening Set

Photo By Carol Heyen

By Kelli Gile DIAMOND BAR– After eight years of construction projects on campus, which have included relocated athletic fields, the construction of a new gymnasium, the building of 14 classrooms dedicated to science and Design Based Learning, Chaparral Middle School is set to celebrate the completion of the last of its remodeling and modernization projects. […]

Chaparral Wind Ensemble Plays Kennedy Center

Photo Courtesy: WVUSD The Chaparral Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Leslie Schroerlucke, took the stage at the Kennedy Center during the John Philip Sousa Festival in Washington, D.C.

By Kelli Gile Diamond Bar – The Chaparral Middle School Wind Ensemble performed during the John Philip Sousa Band Festival at the renowned Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The 40-member group was one of only four bands from across the country – and the only middle school invited – to celebrate the music of the […]

Chaparral Students Making A Difference

Photo Courtesy: Kelli Gile Chaparral students made improvements at a community garden through a Disney Friends for Change grant.

By Kelli Gile Walnut – Chaparral Middle School’s HUMANitarian Club is dedicated to serving.  For the past nine years, members have reached out to area homeless through local shelter programs. On Global Youth Service Day, the 30 students continued their good deeds by making lunches for a shelter in San Gabriel.  The project was funded […]

Diamond Bar: Chaparral Students “Keep It Moving”


By Kelli Gile   Diamond Bar – Congratulations to Chaparral Middle School 6th Grade students, Karissa Wong and Joshua Chou, who won top awards in the recent “Keep It Moving” Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) Design Competition. The team brought home a 4th Place award at the regional contest on November 22 and advanced to the […]

Diamond Bar: Chaparral HUMANitarian Club Serves Area Homeless

Chaparral Middle School HUMANitarian club members prepared a meal for residents of the San Gabriel Valley Winter Shelter on Feb. 27.

BY KELLI GILE Diamond Bar — 17 members of the Chaparral Middle School HUMANitarian Club helped make and serve about 280 dinners to area homeless on Thursday, Feb. 27.  Volunteers from many of Chaparral’s advocacy classes also supported the cause. For the past eight years, the service club has reached out to the homeless through the […]

Walnut: WVUSD Middle School Mathletes Dominate at Regionals

BY KELLI GILE Walnut — Walnut Valley Unified School District’s three middle schools, Suzanne, Chaparral, and South Pointe, again took three of the top four places at the East San Gabriel Valley Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition, held Feb. 21 at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. The Suzanne MATHCOUNTS Team won 1st Place, Chaparral Mathletes took 2nd Place honors, […]