Walnut Hills Optometry, Stop In and SEE the Difference

By Anthony Saude Walnut – For decades, Walnut Hills Optometry has taken excellent care of the vision needs of the communities of Walnut, West Covina, Diamond Bar, and Chino Hills and La Puente, Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights and Whittier. The quality of service and care provided by the doctor have patients gladly traveling from all […]

Collegewood Students Join Flashlight Fridays

By Kelli Gile  WALNUT–Collegewood Elementary 2nd graders are benefitting from an innovating approach to fostering an interest in reading. Every other Friday, students grab a book, a flashlight, and a fruit snack for a special “lights out” silent reading time. Teacher Diane Zell taped black construction paper over the windows as the children settled with […]

Walnut High Teacher Goes Above And Beyond To Support Special Needs Student

Teachers are long known for dipping into their own pockets to provide classroom supplies. This Walnut High educator went a step further for one of her students. By Kelli Gile Walnut–Walnut High School teacher, Kirsten Thibeault, usually spends time in the evenings correcting homework and creating lesson plans for her six English courses. On Tuesday […]

WVUSD Trustees Appoint Matthew Torres as Assistant Superintendent

By Kelli Gile Walnut- The Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Matthew Torres as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services during the September 19 meeting. The veteran educator brings over 20 years of experience and expertise to his new post. Torres has a strong background in the Business Services […]

33 WVUSD Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

By Kelli Gile  Walnut – Thirty-three Walnut Valley USD seniors from Diamond Bar and Walnut High Schools have been distinguished as 2019 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Congratulations to the following teens who have been recognized for demonstrating exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies: Diamond Bar High: Grace Ge, Samantha Hong, Wesley […]

Vejar Elementary 4th grade celebrates the Golden State

California Day! By Kelli Gile Walnut – Vejar Elementary fourth graders are becoming map masters while learning about California’s unique coastal beaches, mountains, central valley, and desert regions. To wrap up the recent geography studies, an entire day was devoted to paying tribute to the Golden State on Monday. “California history is the heart of fourth […]

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Deputy Program

Staff Reports Walnut/Diamond Bar -Back in the 1800’s, the Sheriff would look to the community to form a posse and deputize citizens to assist him in the apprehension of horse thieves, murderers, or other criminals.  Thankfully, we have thousands of full-time deputies to perform those duties today, but in 2018, just like the 1800’s, the […]

A Great Start!

By Kelli Gile  Walnut — Summer break is over and students will soon be getting into the rhythm and routine of the new school year. Teachers and staff members on 15 campuses welcomed nearly 14,400 students in the Walnut Valley Unified School District on Monday morning. By 7:30 a.m., Vejar Elementary Principal Whitney Prenger was out […]

Walnut Man Faces Federal Conspiracy Charges

Staff Reports WALNUT — A Walnut man plead guilty Tuesday to conspiring to export U.S.-origin tactical gear to Syria. Rasheed Al Jijakli, 57, a Syrian-born naturalized U.S. citizen of Walnut, plead guilty Monday before United States District Judge James V. Selna, a Department of Justice spokesperson said. According to the Justice Department that is in […]

Mt. SAC Sporting Complex

By Anthony Saude Walnut – Mt Sac may have lost the Olympic Trials but that will not deter them from moving forward with the planned upgrades they had in place when the trials were coming to town. The athletic tradition runs deep at Mt. Sac and the new upgrades will carry that tradition well into […]

Help Needed to Identify Hit and Run Suspect

Staff Reports WALNUT –Authorities are requesting help from the public in identifying and locating a hit-and-run suspect that was involved in a collision that killed a motorcyclist last month in the Walnut area. The incident took place at about 8 p.m. on July 10 on the eastbound side of the Pomona (60) Freeway near Grand […]

Aquatic Center Study Session Postponed

Staff Reports Walnut – It’s true that public pools bring good things to a community. From swimming lessons and healthy exercise to organized water sports, water safety and of course, fun, which is why a new Aquatic Center that may be in Walnut’s future has once again been delayed by the city. “The reasoning behind […]

Free, Reduced Price Lunch and Breakfast

Kelli Gile 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 meal benefits.  Children from households whose income is […]

Walnut Hills Optometry, Stop In and SEE the Difference

By Anthony Saude Walnut – For decades, Walnut Hills Optometry has taken excellent care of the vision needs for the communities of Walnut, West Covina, Diamond Bar, and Chino Hills and La Puente, Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights and Whittier. The quality of service and care provided by the doctor have patients gladly traveling from all […]

Mt. SAC Board Considers Bond Measure

By Anthony Saude Walnut – The Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees scheduled an additional regular meeting for Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m., in Founders Hall. The meeting is to consider a resolution that would place a general obligation bond measure on the November ballot. The college’s Educational and Facilities Master Plan has […]

Mt. SAC Students Win Seven Medals at Nationals

By Anthony Saude WALNUT– Mt. San Antonio College health careers students won seven medals at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) national competition. More than 9,000 secondary and post-secondary students competed in 57 different health-related events at the national leadership event held June 26-30 in Dallas, Texas. Derek Hawkins (Pomona),  Sho Kitada (Rowland Heights), and […]

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 […]

IB Students Present Exhibitions

By Kelli Gile  WALNUT – Castle Rock and Cyrus J. Morris Elementary 5th grade students present collaborative inquiry-based research projects during the culminating weeks of their K-5 learning experience.   Students use IB skills, attitudes, and attributes acquired through the elite Primary Years Programme.   Groups research topics of their choice based on modern-day issues including climate […]