Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome back to Walnutwood High School. We are looking forward to serving your child during the 2019-20 school year.
All registration is completed online and should be done at this time prior to the beginning of August. This year, the homework for the first session with teachers will be posted on the Walnutwood High School website on August 1, 2019. If needed, please come by and pick up a copy in the office between 7:30-4:00. You should make sure that your child accesses his or her assignment, and that it is complete and ready to be turned in at his/her first meeting with the teacher the week of August 12. Please allow at least two hours for your child’s first two appointments with his or her teacher for testing and assignments. We encourage all parents/guardians to attend the first appointment with their child in order to plan for the upcoming school year.
All middle school students at Walnutwood will be scheduled for 2 one and a half hour sessions per week with their teacher. Students will be working in collaborative groups with 3-4 other middle school students during their semi-weekly appointments. This is being done to implement Common Core strategies and to give middle school students more instructional time with their teacher. We also believe that the interaction with other students will also meet the need for social interaction that independent study students often do not have.
We will continue with the 9th grade Pathfinders Program. The purpose of Pathfinders is to prepare freshmen in the necessary study, reading, and writing skills to be successful in Walnutwood’s independent study program. All students will be enrolled 2 days a week and will take English 1A, Biology A, Fitness 1 (with online content), elective, and an appropriate 9th grade math course based on i-Ready scores. Students who successfully complete these 4-5 courses will earn 25 credits and be able to move on to the regular independent study program in the Spring. During the semester, students will participate in mini-lessons in English and math, as well as planning, calendaring, and developing effective study skills.
With the FCUSD Integrated Math Program and adoptions of new Curriculum, all students who will be taking Integrated Math 1-3 should attend a math lab each week while enrolled in math. During this session, students will work collaboratively with a teacher and other students, that will not only enrich our student’s study of math concepts but will also prepare them for the Smarter Balanced testing which will take place in Spring 2020.
For those students hoping to complete the science courses required for the California State and University of California campuses, we will continue offering both college-prep Chemistry and college-prep Biology classes at Walnutwood. Students will work with their regular teacher to study the scientific concepts presented in their textbook while concurrently attending weekly lab sessions where they will apply what they have studied.
We will continue to offer other enrichment opportunities such as: Drawing and Painting 1, College Success, and Creative Writing. Information about these opportunities will be available in August.
If you have completed all the required steps for registration (completed InfoSnap data, returned Master Agreement, address verification, and the teacher request form) you will find included with this letter your child’s teacher assignment with date and time. If you have not completed all required registration information, please check below for what is still needed by our office.
We hope that you and your family had a relaxing and safe summer, and we look forward to seeing you at your child’s first appointment the week of August 12th.
Principal, Walnutwood High School