10-years-olds talk about 9/11 in Walnut

They were just babies when the attack on the World Trade Center in New York occurred. But these 10-years-old know a lot about 9/11, an event that changed their lives dramatically.

The fourth-graders at Collegewood Elementary in Walnut marked the 10th anniversary with a patriotic assembly on Friday.

“It was a significant event in all our lives, so we wanted the bring the whole school together to remember every one killed in the attacks,” said Principal Carolyn Wills.

Read more about 9/11 events in Walnut Valley schools later today.

Kindergartners learn Mandarin in Walnut Valley

The federal government wants kindergartners
to learn Mandarin. To accomplish this, it has given Walnut Valley
Unified a $1.2 million Foreign Language Assistance Program grant.

“The government saw a need for more language instruction,
especially in critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian,
Japanese and Korean,” Walnut program specialist Jenny Kwan-Hata said.
“So it decided to give school districts money to develop new language

Walnut Valley calls its new program “Global Connections –
Creating 21st Century Biliterate/Bicultural Children.” The program’s
goal is to make students fluent in both English and Mandarin by the end
of the fifth-grade.

Learn more about the innovative class in Rich Irwin’s story Mandarin.

Students still missing immunizations in Hacienda La Puente Unified

Getting adolescents to do anything is a challenge. Just ask their parents.

At Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, Al Clegg is trying
to herd 10,000 middle and high schoolers into the local CVS pharmacy or
county clinic so they can be immunized for whooping cough.

The challenge hasn’t proven easy.

If students don’t comply by Sept. 23, they will be excluded from school.

Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story Cough

Walnut Valley breaks 900 mark in 2011 API scores

Walnut Valley Unified was the only school district in the area to break the 900 mark in the 2011 API scores released on Wednesday. It rose five points from 898 to 503.

State Superintendent of Public Education Tom
Torlakson announced that 49 percent of California’s public
schools now meet or exceed their Academic Performance Index (API)
targets, a number representing a 3-point increase over last year. The
2011 API scores for schools and districts across the state were released

But at the same time, 913 additional schools in the state are
threatened with being labeled as failures for not meeting federal NCLB
standards, known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Read more in J.D. Velasco’s story API.