Skip to main content

Walnut valley Unified School District

ALLmeansALL! Walnut Valley USD is proud to be a National Schools to Watch District with numerous National Blue Ribbon, California Gold Ribbon, and California Distinguished School awards. Our motto is KIDS FIRST... Every Student, Every Day!  

Staff Kicks Off New School Year

NEWS                                                                                    Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   880 S. Lemon Avenue
August 14, 2014                                                                    Walnut, CA 91789


Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909)595-1261 ext. 31204

Walnut Valley Staff Kicks-Off New School Year


WALNUT, CA--Walnut Valley Unified School District staff members ushered in the 2014-2015 school year during an annual Welcome Back event held August 13.

About 1,000 certificated and classified employees had a chance to gather together after the summer break during the breakfast and opening program held at Calvary Chapel in Diamond Bar.

The band Symptom, from Diamond Bar High’s School of Rock, entertained the crowd during the outdoor continental breakfast. The Walnut High pep band kicked off the program with flag ceremony led by Diamond Bar Boy Scout Troop 777 and the national anthem performed the DBHS Marquis Show Choir.  

The program included recognitions of Long-Service Employees, Teachers of the Year, and Cornerstone Award recipients.

Gale Taylor, the 2013 Classified Employee of the Year and Sherry Robertson, the 2013-2014 District Teacher of the Year took the stage to deliver messages to their peers.

“I am totally thrilled to be standing here among all of you who are people that make excellence a habit. We are all dedicated to creating an environment that promotes student success,” said Taylor, a Library Media Technician at South Pointe Middle School.

“We see hundreds of students, thousands over the years. And they need us – to educate them and to guide them. What a huge responsibility, but what a huge honor. This is why we do our job,” said Sherry Robertson, a Humanities teacher at Chaparral Middle School.

A trio of 2013 Diamond Bar High graduates, Monique Magpayo, Carmen McCarrel and Tayler Lanning performed “Brave.”

“What a wonderful way to kick-off the school year,” Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor said during his keynote address.
“Something I’ve learned the last year is that the ‘Kids First’ philosophy that we have here in Walnut Valley. It has become so evident to me for the foundation of why our District has been and will continue to be successful. I see it in your classrooms, I see it in the offices, I see it on the playing fields. Whatever role you have in the District, I truly appreciate your commitment to the ‘Kids First’ philosophy.”


Diamond Bar High’s Symptom rock band entertained during the WVUSD Welcome Back event held on August 13 at Calvary Chapel in Diamond Bar. 

The Walnut High School pep band under the direction of Buddy Clements and Corey Wicks kicked-off the Welcome Back event for Walnut Valley staff members. 

Boy Scout Troop 777 led the opening flag ceremony. 

The Diamond Bar High Marquis Show Choir, under the direction of Patty Breitag, performed the national anthem. 

Employees of the Year Sherry Robertson and Gale Taylor spoke to their peers at the Welcome Back event held on August 13. 

Walnut Valley staff members gathered during a Welcome Back continental breakfast and program on August 13. 

Diamond Bar High 2013 grads Tayler Lanning, Carmen McCarrel and Monique Magpayo performed “Brave.” 

Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor delivered at keynote address during the Welcome Back event held on August 13 at Calvary Chapel.