Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year where we are showing our PACK pride in everything we do. We are looking forward to another exciting and successful school year! Our staff is enthusiastic and committed to student success. The environment at Walnut is supportive, safe, and goal-centered in maximizing student achievement.
Through Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS), we will continue with our school-wide expectations to help foster positive behaviors in our students. Our goal with PBIS is to improve the school climate and maximize academic achievement. We will work to accomplish this goal by continuing to set behavioral expectations in classroom and non-classroom settings. Students will continue to be encouraged through rewards and incentives when they demonstrate these expected behaviors on a consistent basis. This past school year, we reduced the number of major office referrals and we were recognized with the Silver Award by the California State PBIS Coalition for our fidelity and quality in implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.
At Walnut, we have adopted P.A.C.K. expectations which stands for, show PRIDE, be ACCOUNTABLE, have CHARACTER, KEEP safe. This is our way to outline the expectations that will support and create a positive and respectful learning environment. Students will learn more about these expectations through classroom lessons, modeling, and practice. In addition, P.A.C.K. posters will be placed around the buildings.
Students will receive P.A.C.K. tickets as rewards for demonstrating P.A.C.K. expectations. Our goal is to acknowledge students who are doing the right thing. Students will be awarded a ticket for positive behavior which will allow them to receive other forms of acknowledgement in the classroom and school-wide.
Examples of school-wide acknowledgements are: picture taken and displayed, shopping at the PACK store, being recognized at Monday assemblies, or receiving PACK certificate at trimester assemblies.
Walnut also provides enrichment activities for the students to become involved in, such as: Student Council, Science Fair, Choir, Band, Chess Club, Noon Sports, plus some lunchtime clubs. I urge families to become active members of our P.F.A. (Parent Faculty Association). We have activities planned for this year such as: Fall Festival, Family Nights, Fairy Tale Ball, VIP Sports Dance, and many other activities.
I also want to announce the opening of our new Special Education Preschool class. I would personally like to welcome the students and parents to Walnut. Also,if you have friends or neighbors new to the Chino Valley Unified School District, please let them know that we are currently enrolling students for the new school year.
We embrace open communication and an exchange of ideas within our school community, so please don’t hesitate to come see me.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr.