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Walnut Valley USD Trustees Elect New Officers

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile
Congratulations, Madam President! WVUSD Board President Dr. Tony Torng passes the gavel to Cindy Ruiz who was elected 2018 Board President during the December 13 meeting.

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 engraved plaque for his outstanding leadership as the 2017 Board president.

“I’d like to thank Dr. Torng for his wonderful service this past year as president and welcome back Mrs. Cindy Ruiz as president. We’re looking forward to a great next year!” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.

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Outgoing Board President Dr. Tony Torng is honored during the annual reorganization meeting on December 13. Shown with trustees Larry Redinger, Cindy Ruiz, and Helen Hall.

The WVUSD Board of Trustees usually meet the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the District Education Center Board Room located at 880 S. Lemon Avenue in Walnut.  Please visit the website at www.wvusd.k12.ca.us or call the District Office at (909) 595-1261 to confirm exact dates, times, and location for meetings.

 

Walnut High Stages ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

By Kelli Gile

 WALNUT, CA—Walnut High School of the Arts will present Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare’s funniest and best loved comedies, showing November 1-4.

Gossip, intrigue, and love are in the air in Much Ado About Nothing!

Claudio and Hero are meant for one another, but the scoundrel Don John schemes to keep them apart. Meanwhile, everyone seems to know Benedick and Beatrice are in love, but the duo tries to conceal their affection from one another behind clever banter and barbs.

Much Ado About Nothing has everything – a battle of the sexes, betrayal, jealousy, treachery, witty banter, and a happy ending!

“If you miss it you are denying yourself the Shakespearean treat of the year – you will smile every time you think about it!” said drama teacher Mathew Migliorini.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students/children, and may be purchased at www.walnuthigharts.com.

All shows at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center located at 400 N. Pierre Road in Walnut.

WVUSD Trustees Name New Assistant Principal at Walnut High –Kelli Gile

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WALNUT, CA—The Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Daisy Carrasco-Ramos as the new assistant principal at Walnut High School.

Bringing a decade of educational experience to her new post, Dr. Carrasco-Ramos has an extensive teaching background in the area of mathematics and a commitment to meeting the needs of all students.

She spent the last three years as assistant principal at Northview High School in Covina Valley USD where she oversaw curriculum, instruction, and guidance with a focus on increasing student achievement.

Prior to that, she was a secondary math teacher, AVID elective teacher, and activities director at Century High School in the Santa Ana USD.

Dr. Carrasco-Ramos completed a doctoral degree in educational leadership at Azusa Pacific University. She earned a master’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills and bachelor’s degree from University of San Francisco.

“I am so blessed to be a part of the Walnut Valley family and look forward to working with the amazing team and staff at Walnut High School,” she said.

Dr. Carrasco-Ramos resides in Anaheim with her husband, Omar and two children.

 

Chaparral Students Make Global Connections

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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 School, located over 8,500 miles away in East Africa.

Education specialist Kimberly Ramos formed the partnership with teacher Zaituni Njovu and her students through the World Education Connection program.

The students and teachers got to know each other by communicating back and forth using email and Google Hangout.

“They would ask lots of questions and post photos,” Ramos said about the 21st century-learning technology.

“Anything I received from the teacher, I would post on Google Classroom to share with my kids.”

Ramos said her students embraced the program and were amazed with how many similarities they had with their new friends.

“The kids loved seeing each other. And the things we learned this year have had more meaning because we were able to connect with the other half of the ‘Kilimanjaro Squad’ on a personal level.”

The relationship deepened when students recently held a campus clean-up project to provide supplies to the school in Karatu Urusha.

On May 10, global teams shared their thoughts of the power of connection during an inaugural World Education Day event.

Classmates Julia Brandt, Alex Ginez, and Reedy arrived before the 7:45 a.m. opening bell, eager to participate in the live global broadcast.
“Asante Sana!” the students exclaimed in Swahili while waving to one another.

“We got to experience the way they live and learn,” Brant said. “I wouldn’t have changed a thing about this experience!”

“I hope we can stay connected with the kids in Tanzania.”

“The best thing has been the sharing,” Ginez offered.

“We talked about our siblings, our pets, and hobbies. We have a lot in common.”

Students said they also gained appreciation for their own lives after seeing the East African partner school squeeze 80 students inside a class with dirt floors and dilapidated furniture.

“It showed me to be grateful for what I have, and to respect elders and family,” Reedy said.

 

Gold Ribbon Schools

Diamond Bar, Walnut High Win State’s Highest Academic Honor

 By Kelli Gile

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The Diamond Bar High Wellness Center regularly invites therapy dogs on campus to help students de-stress. On April 27, King, a gentle 100-lb English Labrador visits students in classrooms.

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 hopefuls that applied. These schools represent examples of excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, as well as highly successful school climate efforts.

 

Schools are commended for improvement in Common Core-based math and English language-arts test scores. They also were evaluated on their implementation of programs and curriculum that prepare students for college and beyond. Schools applied for the award based on a signature program that can be replicated by other schools.

 

Diamond Bar High submitted for consideration the school’s Wellness Center and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs. The Wellness Center opened its doors in January 2016 to offer an additional layer of support services and personal management strategies. Last fall, it was awarded the national Inspired

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The Diamond Bar High Wellness Center regularly invites therapy dogs on campus to help students de-stress. On April 27, King, a gentle 100-lb English Labrador visits students in classrooms.

Changemaker Award by Yale University and Facebook for pioneering efforts to provide social emotional support, educational resources and events for students. “Diamond Bar High is the only high school in the state staffed by student wellness consultants who are trained in peer counseling and assisting student’s social and emotional needs for the entire school day. We are very proud of the support we are offering our students,” said DBHS Principal Reuben Jones.

 

Walnut High highlighted its IB Career-Related Program (IBCP)/Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science. Since launching in 2013, Walnut High has remained the only school in the state to offer both IBCP with the PLTW Biomedical Sciences program as its career-related component. On April 4, 37 seniors received white coats and medallions marking the completion of the rigorous three-year program.  “We as a school community work hard each and every day to ensure that all of our programs are meeting the needs of all students. This prestigious award helps us remember that our collective efforts are appreciated by people within and outside of our community,” said WHS Principal Brandon Dade.

 

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The Diamond Bar High Wellness Center regularly invites therapy dogs on campus to help students de-stress. On April 27, King, a gentle 100-lb English Labrador visits students in classrooms.

The Gold Ribbon award replaces the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while that state eases into new testing and accountability systems.  Schools will be recognized on May 15. Congratulations to the dedicated, creative, and talented staff, and the supportive school communities at Diamond Bar and Walnut high schools!

 

WVUSD Trustees Honor School Site Council Leadership

 

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile The WVUSD Board of Trustees honored School Site Council chairpersons during the April 20 meeting. Shown: Principal Susan Arzola, teacher Jeanette Schaller-South Pointe Middle School, Principal Denise Rendon, parent Jenny Chen – Westhoff Elementary, teacher Kimberly McNeil, Principal Nancy Stingley-Maple Hill Elementary, Principal Joan Perez, parent Kathy Youmans – Collegewood Elementary, Board President Helen Hall, Principal Carolyn Wills, parent Kevin Hoshi – Evergreen Elementary, parent Marcus Lotto, Principal Jeanette Koh –Quail Summit Elementary.

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The WVUSD Board of Trustees honored School Site Council chairpersons during the April 20 meeting. Shown: Principal Susan Arzola, teacher Jeanette Schaller-South Pointe Middle School, Principal Denise Rendon, parent Jenny Chen – Westhoff Elementary, teacher Kimberly McNeil, Principal Nancy Stingley-Maple Hill Elementary, Principal Joan Perez, parent Kathy Youmans – Collegewood Elementary, Board President Helen Hall, Principal Carolyn Wills, parent Kevin Hoshi – Evergreen Elementary, parent Marcus Lotto, Principal Jeanette Koh –Quail Summit Elementary.

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 to the following honorees: Patricia Ponce-Hernandez-Castle Rock Elementary, Fred Davies – Cyrus J. Morris Elementary, Kathy Youmans – Collegewood Elementary, Kevin Hoshi – Evergreen Elementary, Kimberly McNeil – Maple Hill Elementary, Marcus Lotto – Quail Summit Elementary, Angelica Razo – Vejar Elementary, Araceli Simeon – Walnut Elementary, Jenny Chen – Westhoff Elementary, Enoch Choi – Chaparral Middle School, Jeanette Schaller – South Pointe Middle School, and Marlene Soto – Suzanne Middle School.

School Site Council members are elected by parents and staff members. During meetings, the chairperson, a parent or teacher at the school, leads discussions with the principal to review instructional programs and budgets, school data, and help develop goals and action plans that align with budgets to help students achieve.

The valued community liaisons also lend their expertise and input as part of the team that develops School Site Plans which are approved annually by the Board of Trustees.

“From the bottom of our hearts, we so very much appreciate the work of our School Site Council chairpersons,” Brown added.

 

Golf Fore The Kids

Photo by: Sarah Sanchez Steve Almquist, Pastor Mark Hopper, Jack Penzes, and Al Smith at last year’s “Golf Fore The Kids” event.

Photo by: Sarah Sanchez
Steve Almquist, Pastor Mark Hopper, Jack Penzes, and Al Smith at last year’s “Golf Fore The Kids” event.

By Mark Hopper

Walnut Valley– The Walnut Valley Rotary Club and the Diamond Bar Community Foundation are co-sponsoring their annual “Golf Fore The Kids” golf tournament on Monday, May 9 at Western Hills Country Club.

This annual event raises funds for programs that impact children and teens in our community, including leadership training, sports programs, and the fine arts.

All golfers are welcome to come. There will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m. at Western Hills with a Scramble format. In addition, there will be a putting contest before the tournament begins.

The cost is $150 per person, but each player will receive breakfast burritos before the tournament and a sack lunch on the course. In addition, an early dinner will be served at the end of play at the golf course.

Every participant will have an opportunity to win a new car at the Hole In One contest! A variety of raffle prizes will be given away at the dinner and silent auctions items will be available too.

More Tournament sponsors are needed to help raise funds “Fore the Kids”.  Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship are available. Businesses can also promote their products and services through the purchase of Tee-signs for $150 each.

For more information about the “Golf Fore the Kids” Tournament on May 9 and to register for the event, contact Lew Herndon at lewherndon@hotmail.com.  Proper golf attire is required including collared shirts and no denim pants or shorts.

Collegewood Completes 612 Acts of Kindness

Photo courtesy: WVUSD

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Teachers took turns playing a pie in the face game as a treat for students.

By Kelli Gile

WALNUT, CA—Collegewood Elementary showed support for second grader Coben Swanson with 612 acts of kindness during a read-a-thon at the school on February 12.

The school quickly rallied when the eight-year-old was diagnosed with leukemia in November, sending get-well video messages and fundraising to help the family with expenses.

All 612 students and staff members came together once again during a special reading time held on the upper playground.  With towels and blankets spread out on the grass, the children and their teachers opened favorite books and quietly read for about 20 minutes.

The event was the culmination of a two-week reading challenge where students were encouraged to read daily, log minutes, and collect pledges. All donations will benefit the Swanson family.

“He’s our friend and needs our help”, said Kaitlyn Tran. “We’re donating money to help his family. We miss him!”

“Coben’s going through a hard time and we should support him no matter what,” added fifth grader Cassidy Ng.

Afterward, teachers surprised the group with a pie in the face game.  The children crowded around to watch their teachers get doused with whipped cream after taking turns spinning the wheel on the tabletop game.

“Acts of kindness instill empathy and teach children the value of living a life of giving,” said teacher Jane Dyer-Smith.

Walnut Valley Symphony Orchestra Delivers Holiday Magic

Photo by Michael Armijo City of Walnut Mayor Bob Pacheco welcomed guests to an evening of “Holiday Magic” at Walnut High School Performing Arts Center.

Photo by Michael Armijo
City of Walnut Mayor Bob Pacheco welcomed guests to an evening of “Holiday Magic” at Walnut High School Performing Arts Center.

By Monique Valadez

WALNUT – More than 200 members of the Walnut Valley Symphony & Master Chorale (WVSO) and the Diamond Bar High School Symphony Orchestra entertained its audience with a winter concert “Holiday Magic” Dec. 29 at Walnut High School Performing Arts Center.

Walnut city officials in attendance said that the WVSO and Diamond Bar High School truly provided a magical night and remain true to their mission to create a community tradition of maintaining and fostering music at the highest level of creativity.

The annual holiday concert, led by Conductor Sey Ahn, sought to ring in the holiday season with festive holiday music from Christmas carols to holiday stories.

The concert hall was filled with sounds from “The First Noel,” “Away in the Manger,” “O Holy Night,” and “A Merry Christmas.”

The audience was also enchanted with dramatic versions of “Ave Maria,” performed by Bess De Guzman-Valenzuela and “All Is Well” performed by Cristina Elise Pacheco, founding board member and director of the Walnut Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale.

“The pleasure of hearing the beautiful music [the WVSO] create makes our holiday period so special,” said Walnut Mayor Bob Pacheco, who is a WVSO board member and proud father of Soloist/Soprano Cristina Pacheco.

Guests were also treated to a special performance by the nationally-acclaimed Diamond Bar High School Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Steve Acciani. The Diamond Bar High School Orchestra recently won the National School Orchestra Finals at New York’s Lincoln Center and is composed of 9th through 12th grade student string players.

Diamond Bar city officials say that events such as this, which shine a spotlight on local arts and music programs and showcase our community’s young musicians’ talent, are of great value and importance as they contribute in a positive way to our quality of life.

Photo by Michael Armijo Soprano Cristina Elise Pacheco, founding WVSO board member, performs “All Is Well” during the annual winter concert Dec. 29.

Photo by Michael Armijo
Soprano Cristina Elise Pacheco, founding WVSO board member, performs “All Is Well” during the annual winter concert Dec. 29.

 

Diamond Bar: Cultivating Critical Thinkers

Photo courtesy: WVUSD Evergreen kindergarten groups build beanstalk structures using flexible pipe cleaners.

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Evergreen kindergarten groups build beanstalk structures using flexible pipe cleaners.

Project Lead the Way Engages Evergreen Students

By Kelli Gile

 

DIAMOND BAR – Evergreen Elementary third graders are designing unpowered gliders using an engineering app in a Science of Flight lesson.  After completing the plans, they build model aircraft, continuously testing and modifying to achieve maximum flight distance.

The gliders could be used to bring basic supplies to an area hit by a natural disaster in the “real world” simulation, through Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch, a program that began last year at the Diamond Bar campus.

“PLTW is wonderful because it provides a complete STEM program that meets the Next Generation Science Standards and integrates Math and Language Arts standards,” third grade teacher Lynne Stark explains. “The best thing is that PLTW is highly engaging and fun for our students!”

In another class, kindergartners work together designing “tall and strong” Jack and the Beanstalk structures from pipe cleaners. They request help from peers during “Think Tank” discussions to solve design dilemmas, relating to function and structure.

“A good base needs to be spread out so it can be strong,” comments youngster Emily Chang. “PLTW is good for my brain!”

PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for schools.  PLTW Launch provides the first step in PLTW that continues in Walnut Valley middle and high schools.

“Since implementing PLTW, students have become greater collaborators, more creative problem solvers, and have developed more critical thinking through innovative, hands-on, real world problem solving,” said Principal Carolyn Wills.

Students love the program, become totally engaged in the learning activities and develop more rigorous skills and knowledge while having fun!

“PLTW is a great initiative to influence and encourage children in developing and nurturing early STEM skills,” shares parent Neeta Bhat.

“These PLTW activities are instilling the necessary life skills in these children which they will benefit from, at every step in their life,” adds parent Rajesh Gupta.

Evergreen is the first WVUSD elementary school to offer the PLTW Launch program.

“It is a fabulous example of what teamwork can accomplish. Our extensive community support, district support, and dedicated teachers working together help our Evergreen Eagles soar!” Wills said.

Kindergartners Enjoy Thanksgiving Feast

Photo courtesy: WVUSD Evergreen’s youngest students dug into a delicious Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 20 in Diamond Bar.

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Evergreen’s youngest students dug into a delicious Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 20 in Diamond Bar.

By Kelli Gile

DIAMOND BAREvergreen Elementary Transitional Kindergarteners and kindergarteners enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 20. The youngsters wore pilgrim and Native American paper hats as they sampled corn bread, potatoes, cranberry, and pumpkin pie.

“As we feast together, I want you to think of how grateful and how fortunate you are to have this feast!” said teacher Mona Warren.

About 20 parent volunteers were on hand to setting up and serving at the special event.

 

Walnut Middle School Students to Perform with Young Americans

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Photo courtesy: Walnut Valley Unified School District Suzanne Middle School drama students rehearse alongside the internationally acclaimed Young Americans.  Over 2,000 students from eight schools will come together to perform Turn it Up So Cal on Dec. 1 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

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Suzanne Middle School drama students rehearse alongside the internationally acclaimed Young Americans. Over 2,000 students from eight schools will come together to perform Turn it Up So Cal on Dec. 1 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

Turn It Up So Cal 2015 coming December 1

By Kelli Gile

WALNUT – Thirty-five drama students from Suzanne Middle School have joined the phenomenal Turn it Up So Cal, a first-time ever event with the Young Americans.

“The Young Americans are an amazing and inspirational group. This experience has had a really positive impact on me,” said classmate Nada Dalati.

Over 2,000 students from eight Southern California schools and 250 internationally acclaimed Young Americans will come together and perform a one-hour show on Dec. 1 at the Citizens Business Bank in Ontario.

During two workshops held in the school multipurpose room in Walnut, the Suzanne students are learning three songs and choreographed dance routines for the performance from the Young American mentors.

“Seeing how excited my kids are and watching them interact with the Young Americans is amazing!” said drama teacher Helen Papadopoulos.  “This is an experience they will never forget, and neither will I!  I’m so proud of them!”

The Young Americans, a non-profit organization founded over 50 years ago, currently focuses on music education with talented members between the ages of 16 and 25.

The Suzanne students are eager to hit the stage for the Turn it Up event.

“It’s so much fun and I can wait to perform with all of my friends,” said eighth-grader Aidan Borgen. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!”

Tickets on sale for the 7p.m show at www.youngamericans.org.

Honoring Walnut Valley’s Best

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile Walnut Valley Unified School District honored the 2014-15 Teachers of the Year during Salute to Teachers held on October 21. Shown: Eunice Lee, Pam Acosta, Hyeyon Park, Marla Rickard, Jennifer Veneracion, Anna Chung, Sherry Truong, Jennifer Hooton. Back Row: Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor, Board Member Dr. Tony Torng, Deanne Rodriguez, Board Member Helen Hall, Mabel Woken, Judy Ameluxen, Judy Olmos, Dr. Buddy Clements, Board Member Cindy Ruiz and Board Member Larry Redinger.

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Walnut Valley Unified School District honored the 2014-15 Teachers of the Year during Salute to Teachers held on October 21. Shown: Eunice Lee, Pam Acosta, Hyeyon Park, Marla Rickard, Jennifer Veneracion, Anna Chung, Sherry Truong, Jennifer Hooton. Back Row: Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor, Board Member Dr. Tony Torng, Deanne Rodriguez, Board Member Helen Hall, Mabel Woken, Judy Ameluxen, Judy Olmos, Dr. Buddy Clements, Board Member Cindy Ruiz and Board Member Larry Redinger.

By Kelli Gile

WALNUT-Fourteen of Walnut Valley USD’s finest educators were honored during the 18th annual Salute to Teachers on Oct. 21.

The 2014-2015 Teachers of the Year from each site were chosen for putting “Kids First” each and every day.

Over 300 teachers, staff, family, and friends gathered for the celebration of excellence held at the Diamond Bar High School Theater.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor recognized the dedicated group of educators and commended them for the work they do every day to support students.

“This is an opportunity not only to recognize our 14 Teachers of the Year, but to recognize our entire teaching staff throughout our District.  I want to thank our teachers for what they do every day!”

Congratulations to the following Teachers of the Year:  Judy Ameluxen – Castle Rock Elementary, Jeanette Hooton – Chaparral Middle School, Jennifer Veneracion – CJ Morris Elementary, Sherry Truong – Collegewood Elementary, Mabel Woken – Evergreen Elementary, Howard Alcosser – Diamond Bar High, Eunice Lee – Maple Hill Elementary, Anna Chung – Quail Summit Elementary, Judy Olmos – South Pointe Middle School, Marla Rickard – Suzanne Middle School, Pam Acosta – Vejar Elementary, Deanne Rodriguez – Walnut Elementary, Dr. Buddy Clements – Walnut High School, and Hyeyon Park – Westhoff Elementary.

Fifth grade teacher Jennifer Veneracion was named the 2015 District Teacher of the Year at the culmination of the program.

Veneracion was presented with an engraved award and additional gifts including a weekend getaway and ergonomic workstation.

She told the audience that she was “honored and thankful” to be among the 2015 Teachers of the Year.

“I know that these teachers we are honoring today are part of many success stories of students in our District.”

The recognition event included personalized tributes and awards and student entertainment by the DBHS Solitaire advanced women’s choir under the direction of Patti Breitag.

Each Teacher of the Year received a personalized golden apple bell award courtesy of the Walnut Valley Educational Foundation. Honorees received rolling carts filled with gift cards, school supplies and certificates of achievement from Congressman Ed Royce, Senator Bob Huff, Assembly Member Ling Ling Chang, Supervisor Hilda Solis, City of Diamond Bar, and City of City of Walnut.  “Teachers do their best to make sure that no one is left behind,” she said, noting time spent before and after school, prep periods, and lunch recesses working with children who are struggling.

A special thanks to our event sponsors Chick-fil-A, Benihana Restaurant, Schools First Federal Credit Union, Chaffey Federal Credit Union, BB & T Insurance Services, Staples, ESR Construction, Maintex, P-Line Consulting, Roule Construction, and WVUSD Educational Services Department.

Walnut Valley Honors Star Students & Community Members

Photos Courtesy of WVUSD

Photos Courtesy of WVUSD
Castle Rock kindergartener Eva Jorgenson received a Super Star Award during the October 22 Board Meeting. Shown with Board President Larry Redinger.

By Kelli Gile 

WALNUT— The Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD) Board of Trustees recognized outstanding students and community members during the Oct. 21 meeting.

Castle Rock Elementary kindergartener Eva Jorgenson was honored as a Super Star Student. She recently came up with plan to raise money to help children, families, and communities in third world countries.

As an International Baccalaureate School, Castle Rock strives to develop global students. Teachers facilitate learning through units of study and students are encouraged to develop action plans to solve problems.

After learning that some children are unable to go to school due to limited resources, Ava wanted to do something to help. The kindergarten classes held a fundraiser to support World Vision and raised a total of $2,500.

“Eva has a heart and mind to touch the life of another,” said Principal Resma Byrne.

“We are honoring her because we want her to know it only takes one child, one thought, one question to make a difference in the world.”

Castle Rock parent Christina Munoz was recognized with the Partner in Education Award.

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Photos Courtesy of WVUSD
Castle Rock parent Christina Munoz, shown with Board President Larry Redinger, was honored with the Partner in Education Award during the October 22 meeting.

“Christina is dedicated, committed, and reliable. What I love about Christina is the fun that she brings to whatever project she’s spearheading,” Dr. Byrne commented.

“She is my balance and she is always ready with a solution. Christina is a great mother and a great Community Club president!”

CJ Morris Elementary student Nathan Tome received the Super Star Student Award.

“Every one of Nathan’s teachers agreed that he embodies the qualities of a star student!” said Principal Shehzad Bhojani.

The well-rounded fifth grader plays two sports, has a passion for science and social studies, and displays strong character and values, especially the IB Attitude of Integrity.

“Nathan is humble and kind, well liked by peers and the first to help a struggling student. He is an

Photos Courtesy of WVUSD CJ Morris Elementary fifth grader Nathan Tome was presented with the Super Star Student Award on October 22. Shown with Principal Shehzad Bhojani, Board President Larry Redinger, and family members.

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CJ Morris Elementary fifth grader Nathan Tome was presented with the Super Star Student Award on October 22. Shown with Principal Shehzad Bhojani, Board President Larry Redinger, and family members.

overall good kid!” Bhojani added.

CJ Morris Elementary selected Dr. James Lin as the recipient of the Partner in Education Award.

This year, Dr. Lin is donating his time to coach the school’s Science Olympiad team.

Lin is medical doctor by profession who now pursues his passion of writing and education. He created the non-profit Bio Agents organization, published several novels, and has helped many students win awards in writing and in science competitions.  He also volunteers as head coach of several middle and high school level Science Olympiad teams.

Dr. Lin is also a graduate of Chaparral Middle School and Diamond Bar High School.

“We’re thankful for his time and commitment in providing CJ Morris students the opportunity to experience the Science Olympiad,” Bhojani added.

Rotary Club of Walnut Valley received the WVUSD Partner in Education Award.

“Rotary has been a wonderful partner to the Walnut Valley Unified School District for many years,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.

Most recently, the non-profit organization presented a $2,500 donation to support literacy needs across the District. They generously gave the same amount last year.

“We can’t thank them enough for the work they do with our students and all that they do throughout the community,” Dr. Taylor added.

The World Youth Education Foundation was also honored with a WVUSD Partner in Education Award for its matching $2,500 donation.