Syrian children in refugee camps were so excited to receive portraits that were created by students in Mr. Porras' exploration classes last fall. The purpose of this video is to share the collective joy and excitement of all the children together via the work of The Memory Project! Walnut Grove students rock!

ASB Color Run March 28th

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For more information: WG Color Run March 28th.pdf  


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The California Healthy Kids Survey


2016-17 School Year/ AÑO ESCOLAR 2016-2017

 Our 5th and 7th grade students will be asked to be a part of our school’s California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), sponsored by the California Department of Education on February 6, 2017. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health and well-being among our youth, improve the school learning environment, and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence. Your child does not have to take the survey. Participation is voluntary and requires your permission.

Survey Content. The survey gathers information on developmental supports provided to youth; school connectedness and barriers to learning, as well as behaviors such as physical activity and nutritional habits; alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; and school safety.

You may examine the questionnaires by clicking on the modules below:

chks-midle school survey.pdf
chks-middle school survey Spanish.pdf
mshs-schoolclimate-middle school.pdf
mshs-schoolclimate-span-1617_middle school spanish.pdf

The results from this survey are compiled into district and county-level CHKS Reports. To view a copy of your district’s report, go to (Outside Source) and type in the district name.

It is Voluntary. Students who, with your permission, agree to participate do not have to answer any questions they do not want to answer, and may stop taking the survey at any time.

It is Anonymous. No names are recorded or attached to the survey forms or data. The results will be made available for analysis only under strict confidentiality controls.

Administration. The survey will be administered on February 6, 2017 It will take about one class period to complete (about 50 minutes) and will be administered in your child’s regular fifth grade class.

Potential Risks. There are no known risks of physical harm to your child. Risks of psychological or social harm are very small. None have been reported in seven years of survey administration. In rare instances, some discomfort might be experienced from the questions. The school’s counseling services will be available to answer any personal questions that may materialize.

For Further Information. The survey was developed by WestEd, a public, non-profit educational institution. If you have any questions about this survey, or about your rights, call our office at 892-4770.

G.A.T.E. TESTING/ Exámenes de G.A.T.E.

(Gifted and Talented Education Program/Programa Educativo de Los Talentosos y Dotados)

Do you think that your child might qualify for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program at Patterson Joint Unified School District?  Walnut Grove School will be testing our 3rd-8th students for G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education). Teachers will be referring students who meet district qualification standards. The district uses a multiple measure approach that includes: teacher recommendation, report card grades, standardized test performance, and use the Otis Lennon and NNAT3 assessments.   However, if your child received an “exceeds standards” on their CAASPP test, or if they have 3.5 or higher G.P.A., you may contact your child’s teacher by September 23rd to request that they be tested.  Please keep in mind that each student can only be tested twice for the G.A.T.E. program so if they have previously been tested they may not be able to test again.   For more information, please visit you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Henley, our G.A.T.E. Coordinator at (209) 892-4770 or via email at:

 ¿Usted cree que su hijo/a califica para el programa de (G.A.T.E.) Programa Educativo de los Talentosos y Dotados en el Distrito Unificado Escolar de Patterson? Nuestra Escuela Walnut Grove School estará realizando pruebas de G.A.T.E. a estudiantes en grados 3-8.  Los maestros recomendarán a los estudiantes que cumplen con las normas de calificación del distrito. El distrito usa varias medidas que incluye: recomendación del maestro, grados, desempeño en pruebas estandarizadas, y utiliza los exámenes  Otis Lennon y NNAT3.  Sin embargo, si su hijo/a recibió un resultado de "supera las normas" en su examen CAASPP, o si tiene un promedio de calificaciones (G.P.A.) de 3.5 o superior, usted puede ponerse en contacto con el maestro de su hijo/a  hasta el 23 de septiembre para pedir que se le asesoré. Por favor tenga en cuenta que cada estudiante sólo puede tomar esta prueba dos veces para que el programa de G.A.T.E. Si previamente ha sido asesorado pueden que no se le de esta prueba otra vez. Para obtener más información, visite Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, póngase en contacto con la Sra. Henley, nuestra Coordinadora de G.A.T.E. al (209) 892-4770 o por correo electrónico a:





ry year,
th grade students have an opportunit
y to attend Outdoor Education at Foothill Horizons Outdoor School in Sonora, California. This year, Outdoor Education is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th through Friday, March 17th. We invi
te all parents to attend an informational parent meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30PM in the Walnut Grove Cafeteria. Come and learn about the benefits of your child attending Outdoor Education, learn about the program, cost and fundraising. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Barron v
ia email or phone at (209) 892-4770. Hope to see you there! child attending Outdoor Education, learn about the program, cost and fundraising. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Barron via email or phone at (209) 892-4770. Hope to see you there! Here's the link to the Outdoor Education Handout:

6th Grade Outdoor Education Packet.pdf

Cada año, los estudiantes de 6º grado tienen la oportunidad de asistir a una semana de educación al aire libre (o campamento) en Foothill Horizons, localizado en Sonora, California. Este año, la semana de Educación al aire libre está programada para el martes 14 de marzo al viernes, 17 de marzo. Invitamos a todos los padres a asistir a una junta informativa para padres que esta programada para el martes 13 de septiembre a las 5:30PM
 en la cafetería de Walnut Grove. Venga a conocer los beneficios en que su hijo e hija asistir a la educación al aire libre, aprenda sobre el programa, el costo y nuestros esfuerzos para la recaudación de fondos. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor, póngase en contacto con el Sr. Barron por correo electrónico o por teléfono al (209) 892-4770. ¡Espero verte allí!
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