Dear Walnut Families,

This has been an exciting year so far. Our 50th celebration was a huge success! We had many community members turn out for the event and we took a school-wide picture in a shape of a 50, that included all of the students, staff, and distinguished invited guest.

Our school has also been busy being bucket fillers. As a staff, we decided to incorporate “bucket filling” in with our MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support). We have been teaching students that through kindness we can fill each other’s internal bucket. When we say mean or negative comments to peers, then we are being “bucket dippers” and we are taking away our peers self-esteem. Each week teachers pick a student from their class to be the “bucket filler” for the week. We acknowledge the students at our Monday morning assemblies, we take their picture, and we hang them in the MPR for everyone can see who our bucket fillers are. Since we started the program in August we have seen a dramatic increase in kindness across our campus, which then results in fewer conflicts on the playground and in the classroom.

Walnut is also attempting to become a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Support) school. We have recently completed our internal Tiered Fidelity Inventory and we have scored high enough that we will be applying to the State for PBIS recognition. We are all very excited about bringing positive changes to Walnut. When you walk on campus you will see our P.A.C.K. expectation posters in our main areas of campus. Students and staff have been trained on these expectations and when a student is “caught” be a good PACK member they will receive a PACK ticket. These tickets can be used in our PACK store during lunch on Tuesdays. Students may turn their tickets in for school supplies, small toys, snacks, time with an administrator, etc. The response to our new programs have been overwhelming accepted and embraced. If you would ever like to volunteer to help in the PACK store on Tuesdays, please let us know and we would love to have the help.

Please remember that the administration team believes in having an open door policy. We welcome your ideas and will address your concerns. Together we will build a partnership that will benefit all of our students and staff. Through the 6 Pillars of Character we will help instill a positive learning environment for students, and a culture of kindness making school a safe environment for students to learn.

What a fabulous year we are having!

Mrs. Morales    

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.