Run, Teach, Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Walnut High educator Jerry Knox breaks 3 world records in 2017  By WVUSD WALNUT, CA—To say that Walnut High teacher and alumnus Jerry Knox is passionate about running might be an understatement. He laces up his running shoes five days a week, clocking five-to-eight miles a day, and 15 miles every Saturday. Knox usually runs […]

Chaparral Students Make Global Connections

By WVUSD DIAMOND BAR, CA—Chaparral Middle School 8th grader Izzy Reedy and a dozen classmates learned about culture, education, weather, and even sports in Tanzania this year. But, it wasn’t by opening a textbook or conducting research on a computer. The Diamond Bar students gained knowledge through a global connection with the Gyekrum Arusha Secondary […]

Walnut Valley Students Honored At Lunch With The Principal Event

By WVUSD WALNUT, CA—Nine students were treated to a sizzling reward for achieving their personal best during the 19th annual Benihana Lunch with the Principal on Tuesday. Each of the nine elementary schools in the Walnut Valley Unified School District chose a hard-working student to celebrate during the special lunchtime adventure held at the City […]

Gold Ribbon Schools

Diamond Bar, Walnut High Win State’s Highest Academic Honor  By Kelli Gile WALNUT, CA–Diamond Bar and Walnut high schools have been recognized as 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools. State Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson announced last week that 275 middle and high schools across the state received this year’s honor, out of nearly 500 […]

WVUSD Trustees Recognize Students, Parents For Making A Difference

 By Kelli Gile WALNUT—Super star students and parent volunteers from Maple Hill and Westhoff elementary schools were honored by the Walnut Valley USD Board of Trustees on April 19. In addition, the Board recognized 14 talented young artists named winners in the 2017 Music K-8 Magazine Cover Contest and the 2017 Board Representatives. Maple Hill […]

Valuing Differences

C.J. Morris students write friendship book for special needs class By Kelli Gile WALNUT–Two C.J. Morris Elementary 3rd graders believe that everyone has a right to have friends, especially students with autism. Nyla Rivera and Kailyn Park feel so strongly that they’ve written a book to support special needs students on their campus. Last year […]

WVUSD Trustees Celebrate Outstanding Students, Parent Volunteers

By WVUSD Walnut —Each month, Walnut Valley USD Board of Trustees celebrate hard-working students and dedicated community members. During the March 15 meeting, South Pointe and Suzanne Middle School leaders took to the podium to introduce their hand-picked honorees. South Pointe parent Annalisa Gore was lauded with the Partner in Education Award. She has served […]

WVUSD Trustees Appoint Layla Abou-Taleb Provisional Board Member

By WVUSD  WALNUT-Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD) Board of Trustees conducted interviews and appointed a Provisional Board Member during the Special Meeting held January 10.  Longtime Walnut resident, Layla Abou-Taleb, was unanimously approved to fill the vacant seat and will be sworn in during the January 18 Board Meeting. “We are confident that Mrs. […]

Walnut Valley USD To Begin Enrolling for 2017-18 School Year

By WVUSD WALNUT-The Walnut Valley Unified School District will soon begin registration for the 2017-2018 school year for children transitional kindergarten and kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration dates are: January 17-20, 2017—for those children with siblings already attending school in our district; January 23, 2017 & on—for those elementary children new to the district, at any grade level. You […]

WVUSD accepting District of Choice Lottery Applications Thru Dec. 31

By WVUSD  WALNUT-Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD) is accepting applications for non-residents available for the “2017-2018 District of Choice (DOC) Lottery Program” through December 31, 2016. Applications are available on the WVUSD website at or at the front desk of the District Office located at 880 S. Lemon Avenue, Walnut, 91789, between 8:00 a.m. and […]

WVUSD Students Honored At Lunch With The Principal Event

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile Walnut Valley elementary students were honored during the 2016 Benihana Lunch with the Principal.

 By Kelli Gile Walnut—Nine students were treated to a sizzling reward for achieving their personal best during Benihana’s Lunch with the Principal. After enjoying a teppan-style lunch prepared by a personal chef, the students were honored by their principals. Each of the nine elementary schools in the Walnut Valley Unified School District chose a hard-working […]

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, […]

Walnut Valley Schools Named ‘America’s Most Challenging Schools’

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile Diamond Bar and Walnut High Schools are ranked among America’s Most Challenging High Schools by The Washington Post. Shown: 2016 DBHS Super Star Seniors Garrett Masuda, Meanna Gray, Miriam Sun, and Jeff Chow.

By Kelli Gile   Walnut- Walnut Valley Unified School District is pleased to announce that Diamond Bar and Walnut High Schools have made the listing of “2016 America’s Most Challenging High Schools” by The Washington Post. “Our exemplary high schools continue to be recognized on a national stage for preparing students to be academically competitive […]

South Pointe Named State Champs!

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile California History Day winners Joshua Chung, Raymond Cheng, Cyrus Phan, and Phillip Huynh, shown with advisor Kevin Duh, will compete in Washington D.C. in June.

 ‘History Day’ team going to nationals   Diamond Bar – Four South Pointe Middle School honors students are headed to Washington D.C. for the National History Day competition on June 12-16. Eighth graders Joshua Chung, Raymond Cheng, Cyrus Phan, and Phillip Huynh created the winning “NASA’s Early Manned Missions” exhibit. “They were declared California champions […]

Let’s Talk STEM!

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile Maple Hill PLTW students use engineering skills to build spaghetti and marshmallow towers.

Maple Hill PLTW classes enjoy engineering day with Cal Poly students By Kelli Gile Diamond Bar – Cal Poly Pomona Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and Women in Engineering (WE) students recently spent a day with 200 Maple Hill Elementary students to talk about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and how it relates to […]

Future Scientists!

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile Forty-Walnut High seniors were presented with white coats and honor medallions at the completion of the IBCC-PLTW program.

First WHS graduating class receives white coats during ceremony Walnut—Forty-eight Walnut High School (WHS) seniors are charting a course to careers in the medical field. The teens were presented with white lab coats and honor medallions during a ceremony marking the completion of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related/Project Lead the Way (IBCC-PLTW) Biomedical Sciences Program on […]

Walnut Student Wins ‘Missing Children’s Day’ Poster Contest

By Kelli Gile Walnut–Walnut Elementary fifth grader Michael Wu has been named the grand prize winner in the National Missing Children’s Day poster contest. The talented 11-year-old’s entry in the “Bring Our Missing Children Home” competition depicts the silhouette of a young boy hugging his teddy bear. “It shows that the child feels lonely and […]

7 DBHS Seniors Receive National Merit Scholarships

By Kelli Gile   Diamond Bar—Seven Diamond Bar High School (DBHS) seniors have won prestigious $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Congratulations to the following DBHS students: Eric T. Chen, Charlene L. Hsu, Jung Hyun Kim, Hsuan-Te Sun, Jonathan Sun, Crystal Tin-Tin Chang, and Margaret Wang. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees around the […]

WVUSD Trustees Honor School Site Council Leadership

  By Kelli Gile Walnut —Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD) Board of Trustees recognized School Site Council leaders during the April 20 meeting. “Our School Site Council chairpersons generously give their time, dedication, perseverance, and feedback to help make sound decisions for our schools,” said Jackie Brown, director of elementary education and assessment. Congratulations […]

Swingin’ the Night Away!

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile Walnut High students paired up with local seniors for a Lindy Hop dance lesson. Shown: Freshman Brian Duran teaches community member Leann Curren some new steps.

Walnut teens and local seniors come together at Big Band dance    By Kelli Gile Walnut—The Walnut High School Swing Club and Jazz Band joined the fun during the Swinging Good Times dinner and dance at the Walnut Senior Center on April 22. High school musicians took to the stage to perform a set of […]