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WUSD Maintenance Operations & Transportation | Release Date 3/25/2022

WUSD Food Services | Release Date 6/7/2022

WUHS Every 15 Minutes | Release Date 5/4/2023

Grapevine News Bite-Sized Videos

Quick 1-2 minute videos of what’s happening at Washington Unified School District!

WFES Thriller

WFES teachers/staff and District staff performing a flash mob at West Fresno for the students!

Folklorico Final Performance

WUHS Folkorico Team performing at the final school rally at WUHS!

Food Distribution WFMS

Jamie Villalobos Director of Food Services explains the food distributions happening at West Fresno Middle School, partnering with Valley Children’s Hospital!

Season 3 | Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

Season 3 | Episode 1

Welcome back Washington Unified! Let’s meet new teachers and staff from around the district and watch a special tribute to the graduating class of 2023!

Special Guests: WUHS | Senior Students, Ivan Nunez, Christina Lane, Jamie Villalobos WUHS 2023 Graduation Speakers | Daniella Soledad Garcia, Cassandra Yvette Leon Guzman, Madalyn Grace Calzacorta, Dayana Polanco WFMS | Amanda Hernandez, Melanie Morrison, Pa Fang, Mary Roberto WFES | Randy Rhem, Maria Gonzalez, Susana Figueroa, Alfredo Cota AU | James Dack WUSD | Michelle Carreiro, Daisy Sanchez, Russell Freitas

Reporters: Elizabeth & Elleanna (WUHS)

Release Date: 9/1/2023

Season 3 | Episode 2

Have you checked out the new Health Institute facility at Washington Union? Let’s take a tour with Tony Pena and Jose Salvador from the Health Science and Medical Technology pathway program!

Special Guests: WUHS | Tony Pena & Jose Salvador WFES | Former student Giselle Ochoa

Reporters: Natalie & Wandy (AU), Elleanna (WUHS)

Release Date: 11/7/2023

Season 3 | Episode 3

Are you ready for Turkeys, bikes, art and spooktacular footage?  This episode is packed with events from around the district! 

Special Guests: BMX | Cory Walters

Reporters: Elleanna & Elizabeth (WUHS), Natalie (AU), Jennthrea (WFMS)

Release Date: 11/17/2023

Season 3 | Episode 4

Happy Holidays Washington Unified! This is our final episode for 2023 with clips from around the district. Have a safe winter break and see you in 2024!

Special Guests: Deputy Davis (WUHS), Zxena (Singer/Songwriter)

Reporters: Jennthrea (WFMS), Elizabeth & Ameera (WUHS)

Release Date: 12/19/2023

Season 3 | Episode 5

Let’s celebrate 144 students that recently reclassified at the annual Reclassification Ceremony!

Special Guests: Maria Sanchez-Rodriguez (WUHS), Rosa Lopez (WUHS), Juventina Gamino (WUHS), Kyle Cardoza (WUHS), James Dack (AU), Julieta (AU), Melinda Gutierrez (WFMS)

Reporters: Elizabeth (WUHS)

Release Date: 3/21/24

Season 2 | Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

American Union Student Reporters Natalie & Ameera
WFES Reporters Isabella, Luzmar & Cameron
WFMS Reporters Michelle, Arianna, Elizabeth & Anahi

Season 2 | Episode 1

Meet some of our new teachers and staff at Washington Unified!

Special guests: Jenna Futrell (WFE), MayKer Thao (WFE), Michael Mori (WFE), Melodia De La O (WFE), Gaspar Onofre (WUH), Pahola Martinez (WUH), Jose Solis (WUH), Richard Winters (WUH), Elena Maravilla (WUH), Corey Brown (Alt Ed), Cameron Scott (WFM), Rachel Xiong (WFM)

Reporters: Elizabeth, Anahi, Michelle, Arianna (WFMS)

Release date: September 14th, 2022

Season 2 | Episode 2

Check out recent rallies at West Fresno Elementary and Middle School and how West Fresno Elementary celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month. And learn about the new Parent Series hosted by Ingrid Deombeleg (former West Fresno staff) from Success Together!

Special featured guest: Ingrid Deombeleg (Success Together)

Reporter: Isabella (WFES)

Release date: October 5th, 2022

Season 2 | Episode 3

Check out highlights of the Washington Union High School Homecoming rally and football game. Performances by the WUHS band, cheer team, and activities lead by ASB. Activities Director Denise Rich talks more about the events and the planning involved.

Special featured guest: Denise Rich (WUHS Activities Director)

Reporter: Elleanna (WUHS)

Release date: October 12th, 2022

Season 2 | Episode 4

West Fresno and American Union celebrated Unity Day last week by wearing orange to support National Bullying Prevention Month!

Special featured guest: Annalisa Saldana (WFES Intervention) 

Reporter: Ameera (AUES)

Release date: October 24th, 2022

Season 2 | Episode 5

Episode 5 is packed with events and activities from Red Ribbon week at Washington Unified!

Reporter: Michelle, Anahi, Elizabeth, & Arianna (WFMS)

Release date: November 8, 2022

Season 2 | Episode 6

Episode 6 celebrates Veterans Day coming up and interviews 12th grade student Dayana Polanco, who is planning to join the military, and Staff Sergeant Vasquez from the California Army National Guard.  Thank you to all our veterans!  In addition, we have highlights from American Union’s Jogathon lead by Lauren Vang and a preview of WUSD Bright Spots that celebrate the amazing staff at Washington Unified!

Reporter: Ameera & Natalie (AU)

Release date: November 10, 2022

Season 2 | Episode 7

Watch our first WUSD Family Feud game Thanksgiving edition!  We also went around the district and asked students and staff what they’re thankful for.

Reporters: Elizabeth, Michelle & Arianna.

Release date: November 18, 2022

Season 2 | Episode 8

Let’s celebrate our Academic All-Stars and learn more about the new ceramics class at Washington Union High! And lets get a glimpse of the Family Engagement Nights happening at our WUSD Preschools!

Reporter: Ameera (AU)

Release date: December 16, 2022

Season 2 | Episode 9

Get ready to watch the highlights reel from West Fresno and American Union! And let’s get fancied up for the WFMS Winter Formal Dance! Also in this episode we attend a WFES Soaring Eagles Celebration and learn more about the Pivot Program led by Officer Martinez.

Reporters: Isabella & Camren (WFES), Elizabeth (WFMS)

Release date: December 16, 2022

Season 2 | Episode 10

Watch a special WUSD video of 5th grader Giselle Ochoa from West Fresno Elementary who won 1st place at the Fresno County Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Contest!  Also learn more about the Work Experience Student program open to juniors and seniors at WUHS! 

Reporter: Elleanna (WUHS)

Release date: January 13th, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 11

The Great Kindness Challenge was held last month at West Fresno! See how they spread their kindness. Also in this episode Century Elementary from Clovis Unified teamed up with West Fresno for a special coat drive. And if you missed the WUSD Spelling Bee here’s your chance to see if you can spell along with our school champions!

Reporters: Elizabeth & Anahi (WFMS)

Release date: March 1st, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 12

West Fresno Elementary staff and students show how reading can be fun in a music video sung by West Fresno Elementary teachers. And let’s celebrate the class of 2023 at the 4th annual Reclassification Ceremony!

Reporter: Elizabeth (WFMS)

Release date: March 14th, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 13

West Fresno Elementary collected over $1000 in a coin drive for Valley Children’s Hospital! Let’s see what motivated them to reach their goal. We also interviewed head coach Antoine Woods of the Washington Union boys basketball team. Go Panthers!

Reporter: Elleanna (WUHS)

Release Date: April 26th, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 14

Let’s congratulate our recent WUSD Bright Spots for quarter 4 and see exclusive interviews with our previous Bright Spots! Do you love to dance? The Folklorico team at Washington Union shows you the culture behind this beautiful dance! 

Reporters: Elizabeth & Anahi (WFMS)

Release Date: May 22nd, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 15

In this episode we get a glimpse into the first Military Signing Ceremony at WUHS and get to hear the voices of students at WUHS talking about the diversity and culture on campus.

Reporters: Ameera & Natalie (AU)

Release Date: June 8th, 2023

Season 1 | Fall 2022 - Spring 2022

Season 1 | Episode 1

Special video in honor of Veterans day and Halloween highlights from West Fresno and American Union.

Special guests: Mr. Sherron, Mr. Lee, Mr. Vass, Ivette Moreno & SrA Armando Moreno (National Guard).

Release date: November 15th, 2021

Season 1 | Episode 2

Halloween highlights from West Fresno and American Union.

Special guests: AU/WF preschool and Ms. Garcia’s Kinder class (West Fresno).

Release date: November 15th, 2021

Season 1 | Episode 3

What are you thankful for?  Special Thanksgiving video from staff and students at WUSD.

Release date: November 23rd, 2021

Season 1 | Episode 4

Do you know the story about the bells at American Union School?  In this video American Union Learning Director Mr. Dack talks about the origins of the bells and a little bit of history about Washington Union High school.

Special guest: James Dack (AU Learning Director)

Release date: November 29th, 2021

Season 1 | Episode 5

The new Esports program is kicking off at WUHS!  Ben Lane and Ryan Dull are leading the new Esports program at Washington Union High School.

Special guests: Ben Lane & Ryan Dull (WUHS)

Release date: December 1st, 2021

Season 1 | Episode 6

Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Migrant Education program surprised the Morales Yepez family with a visit from Santa!  Brian, Kayla, Alexander and Jose Morales Yepez from American Union and Washington Union were selected for the annual Migrant giveaway this year.   

Special guest: Ruben Castillo (Director Mirgrant Education)

Release date: December 13th, 2021

Season 1 | Episode 7

WUSD Alternative Education hosted a Bocce Ball event with three other continuation schools at the Dante Club in North Fresno.  

Special guests: Mr. Grant Thor (WUSD Alt Ed Principal) & Mr. Forestiere (Alt Ed).

Release date: December 17th, 2021

Season 1 | Episode 9

Highlights from the West Fresno and American Union music winter program and a special message from Superintendent Randy Morris

Special guest: Mr. Randy Morris

Release date: December 23rd, 2021

Season 1 | Episode 10

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. 

Release date: January 14th, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 11

K-9 Handler Julia with Karma the dog at Washington Union High School

Special guests: Julia and Karma the dog.

Release date: February 11th, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 12

Meet WUHS new activities director Miranda Rudolph and see what’s in store for spring 2022.

Special guest: Mirand Rudolph

Release date: February 11th, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 13

Black History month at American Union and West Fresno.

Special guests: Mr. Butts, Mrs. Aguilera, Mr. Offenheiser, Mr. Sidney, Ms. Rabbi, Ms. Cavins.

Release date: February 11th, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 14

WUHS senior Zulema Rico and junior Dayana Polanco were selected to attend the Law and Public Safety Education Network National Academy in Washington D.C.  Law and Justice Institute Instructor Mr. Maynez was also selected as a National Honor Teacher for the Law and Public Safety Education Network.  

Special guests: Mr. Maynez, Zulema Rico & Dayana Polanco (WUHS).

Release date: February 16th, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 15

Winners from American Union and West Fresno will compete in the WUSD district spelling bee Thursday February 17th, 2022.

Release date: February 16th, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 16

In the first segment we have Aaron Ochoa from American Union School talking about the WUSD Reclassification Ceremony coming up and what it means to reclassify. And in the following segment, Elleanna Owens talks about the annual Washington Union High FFA fundraiser held last month which raised over $11,000 in scholarship money.

Special guests: Ag Instructor Amy Vivenzi and FFA Treasurer Carina Ibarra (WUHS)

Release date: April 6th, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 17

In this special edition Erin Webster, Illustration Coordinator, at Washington Union High School recently had a pop-up art event to showcase her students’ pieces

Special guests: Erin Webster (WUHS)

Release date: April 8th, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 18

Check out our latest Grapevine News video with student reporter Elizabeth Escobar at the 3rd Annual Reclassification Ceremony held at the Washington Unified School District office.  Over 60 students reclassified this year from American Union, West Fresno, Washington Union and Alternative Education.

Release date: May 12th, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 19

In this edition WUHS celebrated honor roll students at the Academic All-Star event and then we get a glimpse into the world of chess at West Fresno Elementary.

Special guests: WUHS staff & Anthony Sidney (WFES/WFMS). 

Release date: June 5th, 2022