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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Suzanne Mathletes Win Gold

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile Suzanne Middle School MATHCOUNTS coach Amy Erickson congratulates gold medal winners Tyler Xu, William Lin, Darren Chen, and Clement Chan.

By Kelli Gile Walnut- The Suzanne Middle School MATHCOUNTS team won a dozen gold medals during this year’s L.A. County Math Field Day on April 30. Team members are eighth graders Darren Chen, William Lin, Tyler Xu, and Clement Chan. Over 30 school districts from across the county sent teams to the event, which was held […]

SMS Students Medal in National Math Exam

Photo Courtesy of WVUSD Top award winners Darren Chen, William Lin, and Amber Tsao

By Kelli Gile WALNUT– Fifty Suzanne Middle School students recently participated in the challenging AMC 8 math contest. During the national event, mathletes tackle 25 multiple-choice questions on the 40-minute timed competition. Questions cover many different topics, which exceed the normal middle school curriculum.  The top three school finishers earned medals. Darren Chen, grade 8, took home […]

Suzanne Teacher Awarded Class Makeover

This summer, Suzanne Middle School math teacher Amy Erickson will receive a 21st century classroom makeover courtesy of OnPoint Innovative Learning Environments. Shown with Kevin Mulligan and Tiffany Chan.

By Kelli Gile Walnut – Suzanne Middle School math teacher, Amy Erickson, has been selected for a 21st century classroom makeover, valued at $25,000.  She was among hundreds of attendees at the CUE educational technology conference in March. Like most teachers, Erickson visited the vendor showcase in-between sessions. At one particular display – OnPoint Innovative […]

Friendship Summit Held For 6th Graders

Group activities at the 6th Grade Summit at Suzanne Middle School helped students get to know each other while having fun. (Photo Courtesy: Kelli Gile)

By Kelli Gile Walnut – Suzanne Middle School reached out to its 6th Grade students during a Friendship Summit on Jan. 29. “The school’s pillar of the month is “Caring” and Summit activities focused on how to make friends, how to build relationships, and find commonalities with other classmates,” said counselor GeorgeAnn Cusson. 8th Grade […]

Walnut: Suzanne 8th Graders Stand Tall At Summit


BY KELLI GILE   Walnut – Suzanne Middle School 8th graders took a giant step forward in breaking down the walls of stereotypes and learning about the people around them during the 6th Annual Summit. The exciting day of activities included workshops, discussions, and a motivational speaker. About 475 students were divided into three groups to […]

Walnut: Suzanne Students Join Global Math Olympiad


BY KELLI GILE Walnut – Suzanne Middle School students were among the 110,000 students worldwide to participate in the 2013-2014 Math Olympiad program. The team participated in a series of five monthly contests, with five problems each, from November to March, and weekly practice sessions with Suzanne math teachers and coaches, Amy Erickson and Victor […]

Walnut: Suzanne Middle School Teacher Named to Dream Team


BY KELLY GILE Walnut – Helen Papadopoulos, a Math and Drama teacher at Suzanne Middle School, has been selected to the 2014 Learn Zillion Dream Team. She is one of 77 returning members to the elite team. Over 4,000 educators applied for the 200 spots available on the 2014 Dream Team. Members were selected for […]

WALNUT: Suzanne Teacher Named 2014 PBS Digital Innovator

By Kelli Gile Walnut – Alice Chen, a Suzanne Middle School Language Arts teacher and Technology Coach, has been selected as one of the top 16 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators for 2014. An impressive group of 100 educators from across the country was named to the program in an announcement made April 7. In […]

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, […]

Walnut: Suzanne Students Join Connected Conversation with Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Suzanne Middle School Students

BY KELLI GILE Walnut —Suzanne Middle School students got a special lesson from Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee, on January 15. Teacher Alice Chen’s 8th Grade Language Arts class participated in a live Connected Classrooms Conversation to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just days before the National holiday held in his honor. Three […]