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Honoring Castle Rock, Quail Summit Star Students and Community Partners

March 14, 2019

By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources


WALNUT, CA--The Walnut Valley USD Board of Trustees paid tribute to stellar students and community members during the March 13 meeting.


Deputy Sheriff Aaron Scheller received the Partner in Education Award for the unwavering support he provides Castle Rock Elementary School.


This year, Deputy Scheller visited kindergarten classes to share his role as a community helper, trained staff and parents in best practices related to active shooter protocols, helped collect holiday toys for underserved children, and participated in IB Parent Night and Fall Festival events.


Deputy Scheller has a passion for school safety that he regularly shares with staff members.


He also provides ongoing assistance with school’s updated safety plan in coordination with the District’s focus area on safety.


Deputy Scheller is only a phone call away when traffic incidents arise or his advice is needed, said Principal Jennifer Alcazar.

“He is invaluable member of our school community!”


Castle Rock Elementary spotlighted fourth grader Emma Lee with the Super Star Student Award.


“Emma has demonstrated wonderful growth in the 12 IB Learner Profile attribute areas. She continues to flourish and make us proud,” Alcazar said.


Despite have something very difficult happen to her family, Emma has turned to spreading kindness and positive actions, according to teacher Tracy Young.


She demonstrates the attribute of caring by greeting staff and students with “Have a nice day” and “Have a nice lunch!” each day.


Emma’s positive attitude is having a ripple effect on campus and now other students are greeting others with these positive phrases.


She has also created kindness chart to track actions of her caring classmates and encourages others to work hard during new class projects.


“Emma is a bright and shining star at Castle Rock!” Young said.


Quail Summit Elementary crossing guard Carolyn Williams was lauded with the Partner in Education Award.


At 8 a.m. each morning, she welcomes hundreds of students with a huge smile and words of encouragement.


“In all types of weather, rain or shine, Carolyn is all about safety,” said Principal Frances Weissenberger.


“She is an inspiration to watch!”


Carolyn doesn’t hesitate to remind drivers to stay away from the crosswalk when children are present.


She also encourages students to study hard during the school day and to read a good book in the evening.


At the end of the day, children are often seen telling the crossing guard about their day during the short walk across the street.


“Carolyn goes above and beyond to ensure our students begin and end their day with a kind smile and gentle reminder to stay safe,” Weissenberger said.


“She is part of our Quail Summit family!”


Quail Summit Elementary honored fifth grader Valerie Wu with the Super Star Student Award.


The Student Council president is a leader on campus who also strives to build leadership qualities in fellow students.


Classmates describe the standout student as being passionate, creative, positive, and a role model.


Valerie also excels in academics and is a member of the Science Olympiad team that recently earned a gold-medal.


“Valerie has a love for being involved at Quail Summit and for making it the best it can be!” Weissenberger added.



Board President Helen Hall presents Deputy Sheriff Aaron Scheller the Partner in Education Award for Castle Rock Elementary on March 13. 


Castle Rock Elementary fourth graderEmma Lee receives the Super Star Student Award. Shown with Board President Helen Hall and Principal Jennifer Alcazar.  Also shown with family and staff members.


Quail Summit Elementary crossing guard Caroline Williams is lauded with the Partner in Education Award. Shown with Board President Helen Hall.


Quail Summit Elementary is honored fifth grader Valerie Wuwith the Super Star Student Award. Shown with Board President Helen Hall. Also shown with Principal Frances Weissenberger, family, and staff members.