Volume 3, Issue 16 - November 1, 2020
A Message from Mr. Chesser
Welcome to November! What a great time of year as we see the weather provide some beauty. I hope your extra hour today also serves you well. If you happened to forget to "fall back", then I hope this serves as a reminder.
This week, we are entering the final 4 days of the grading period. Friday is a student holiday, and I am sure a much needed break. Especially in a year like we have endured. Along with the final week, comes the preparation for welcoming approximately 80 more students back to campus from Katy Virtual Academy. While we were diligent to prepare six weeks ago for this next wave, there are always unforeseen situations that may trigger a need for additional changes. As we continue to navigate through the twists and turns of this ever-changing school year, we will communicate as quickly as we can anything that impacts our students.
This week also marks my final week as Interim Principal. I appreciate the support of our entire WoodCreek community for encouraging me while filling in for Dr. Lowry. This opportunity shed some light on a desired position that aligns with my career goals, and it has been a great learning opportunity. It was a pleasure to have served you in this role.
Finally, we continue to work through a school year impacted by a pandemic. I want to take this opportunity to thank our student community for doing such a great job of meeting the expectations set to promote as safe a learning environment as we can provide. As the nation experiences an increase in cases, I hope that the diligence of our students, staff and community continue to support a healthy school environment. Our parents are the foundation for the actions these students have taken in following these guidelines, so I thank you all as well.
Take care and GO TIMBERWOLVES!
WoodCreek Junior High
This Week in Timberwolf Nation
Monday, November 2
- 7th Grade Football vs. Seven Lakes JH at Jordan HS
Tuesday, November 3
- 8th Grade Football vs. Seven Lakes JH at Jordan HS
Wednesday, November 4
- Hakuna Matata - Spirit Day! Dress like your favorite Disney Character!
Thursday, November 5
- Last day of 2nd Six Weeks
- 7th Grade Volleyball vs. Adams JH at WCJH
- 8th Grade Volleyball vs. Adams JH at AJH
Friday, November 6
- STUDENT HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL
Gifted and Talented Screening
If you wish to screen for Katy ISD’s Gifted and Talented program for the 2021-2022 school year, Parent Checklist forms are now available in the counseling office.
Request for Additional GT Service forms are also available if you have already been identified as Gifted and Talented in at least one core subject, and you would like to screen for additional core subjects.
In order for your checklist to be considered, it must be filled out completely and signed by your parent/guardian.
The deadline to pick-up, complete, sign, and return each of these forms is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020. The deadline is firm, and no exceptions will be made.
Note: Students may be screened for G/T classes, as long as they were not already screened this school year.
Please click here for our library procedures to check out library books.
Please keep in mind, these procedures may change depending on the needs of the school or due to a change in guidance from Katy ISD.
Library 10K Page Reading Challenge!
WoodCreek Junior High Spirit Theme Days Are Here!
Each week during football season, we encourage students to dress according to a theme in preparation for next week's games. (All outfits must still be school-appropriate and within dress code guidelines.)
This week -
Hakuna Matata! Dress like your favorite Disney Character!
WCJH is playing the Katy JH Tigers next week!
7th Grade - Monday, 11/9 - 5:15pm - at Katy HS
8th Grade - Tuesday, 11/10 - 5:15pm - at Katy HS
Girls' Basketball Tryout Information
Boys' Basketball Tryout Information
Important Information About Attending District Athletic Events
Katy ISD Community,
As we continue into our fall seasons, it is critical that we remain diligent in following our Covid-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines. Fans at all competitions are still required to social distance and follow Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29 related to face coverings. We have developed a plan to allow up to 50% capacity at all of our athletic venues. It is critical to maintain social distancing at all times. Each family group may sit together, but must maintain appropriate social distancing from all other groups.
At Rhodes and Legacy Stadiums, it is important to sit in the section where your ticket is assigned. Once in those assigned sections, the responsibility falls on the spectators to spread out and maintain proper distance from one another. If a section appears too full, we will close the section and verify the tickets of those patrons currently seated in the section.
At campus events where sections are not marked, the responsibility falls on the spectators to spread out and maintain proper distance from one another. Observing games the past few weeks, we have noticed more and more spectators gathering in the middle of the seating areas.
While we do not want to reduce capacity at any of our venues, we will take this precaution with any campuses and/or stadiums struggling to adhere to the safety protocols we have in place. Maintaining social distance and wearing a face covering are two of the most critical components to stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Per the University Interscholastic League (UIL), schools not following these guidelines are subject to sanctions, including suspension of contests or discontinuation of public access to games by the local UIL District Executive Committee and/or the UIL State Executive Committee.
Your cooperation is appreciated,
Katy ISD Department of Athletics
Duke TIP Program Cancelled
If your child has lost their ID, they can purchase a new one by scanning this QR code and completing the form.
KVA Behavior Expectations
As the first semester progresses, please do review and encourage your students to abide by the behavior expectations set forth for KVA students.
Note About School/Athletic Bus Transportation & Rules
Students may only ride the bus they are assigned to at this time. Due to COVID 19 protocols, students will not be allowed to bring a note to school to ride the bus home with a friend. Parents may call transportation services for further inquiries on this matter.
Also due to COVID-19 protocols, students who normally would ride a bus to/from an athletic or other UIL/Extracurricular event have the opportunity to opt out and have a parent transport them instead. If you choose this option for your student, please click here to fill out the form.
Bus Rules for 2020-2021
- Mask/Face covering should be worn on the bus and the bus stop, until further notice.
- Observe the same conduct as in the classroom including cell phone use.
- Enter the bus and immediately go to the assigned seat.
- Talk in a normal tone of voice.
- Remain seated and facing forward in the assigned seat until time to exit the bus.
- Keep head, hands, feet, and other objects to oneself; do not tamper with bus equipment.
- Use acceptable language; obscene, profane, unacceptable language and/or gestures are prohibited.
- Refrain from eating and/or drinking on the bus; keep the bus clean.
- Refrain from throwing objects within the bus or out of the windows.
- Follow all rules outlined in the District’s Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct, as well as safety rules established by the driver.
- Arrive at your bus stop 5 minutes before the scheduled stop-time and wait a safe distance from where the bus stops. 5 giant steps away from the stop is a good rule.
- When the bus arrives, do not approach it until the bus has come to a complete stop. Form a single line and board the bus. Go directly to a seat and sit in a safe position. If seats are equipped with seatbelts, they must be worn at all times as required by law.
- When it is time to get off of the bus, wait until it comes to complete stop before getting up from your seat.
From the WCJH Counseling Team
Would you like to learn more about the WoodCreek Junior High counseling team? Are you interested in hearing more about the services our counseling department has to offer? Would you like to discover some helpful parenting resources? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should visit the WCJH Counselor Website by clicking this link or on the picture below: https://woodcreekcounselor.weebly.com/
COVID-19 Self-Reporting APP - Notifications & Information
The District has a COVID-19 Reporting System in place to allow staff, students and parents to self-report if they have received a COVID-19 positive test result. The self-reporting system enables the District’s Emergency Management team to conduct contact tracing, as well as call and notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the infected person. A general email notification is also sent to campus staff and families whenever the district is informed of a potential “indirect” COVID-19 exposure in their building. Receipt of the general notification alone indicates that the recipient was not in close contact to the COVID-19 positive case reported for their building.
Many school personnel and other staff are teaching and working on Katy ISD campuses and facilities. Should there be a potential COVID-19 exposure on any campus or facility, a general notification is sent to staff at the work site impacted, by 5:00 p.m. on the day in which the self-report was submitted. Staff who may have been directly exposed because of failed COVID-19 safety protocol will be notified directly by a member of the Risk Management Department.
Parents will only begin to receive applicable campus-based general notifications when students return to schools for the in-person instructional option. Parents of students who may be involved in fine arts or athletic activities on campuses right now, may receive a general notification through Rank One (athletics) or Charms (fine arts), ahead of the September 8 reopening, if the District is informed of a potential exposure at their campus.
Students and staff may report positive COVID-19 results using the COVID-19 Self Reporting app on MyKaty Cloud.
*NEW* Katy ISD Student COVID-19 Testing Site
In an ongoing effort to support health and safety practices within Katy Independent School District facilities during the COVID pandemic, beginning Monday, October 19, the District will expand its employee COVID-19 testing services to Katy ISD enrolled students. This unique partnership with RediMD is designed to provide parents/guardians and students a timely alternative to confirm if their child is positive or negative of COVID-19.
Appointments: Parents/Guardians should call 281-396-7808 in advance to schedule a testing time.
Cost: Service cost for a rapid test is $125 per student. All payments can be made through RediMD, via credit card or cash at the point of service. Insurance company billing is not available.
- Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Days: Monday – Friday
- Location: 5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX 77493
- Phone: 281-396-7808
Eligibility: Katy ISD students must present a valid student identification.
Follow up questions can be directed to RediMD at 866-989-2873.
Contact Email and Questions
Be sure to visit the Katy ISD Smart Restart page often, as the district updates it frequently with the latest information about KVA, In-Person school, Athletics, Fine Arts, Safety Protocols, links to newsletters and more.
Katy Virtual Academy Questions
Special Education Questions
Mission Statement: WoodCreek Junior High, in partnership with the community, parents, and students, will provide a safe, positive, engaging learning environment that is devoted to empowering each student to become a productive, responsible, respectful citizen while achieving academic excellence.
WCJH Administrative Team
Dr. Andrew Lowry Principal
Tim Chesser Assistant Principal - Student Support
Lauren Merriman Assistant Principal - 6th grade and 8th grade M-Z
Stephanie McDonald Assistant Principal - 7th grade and 8th grade A-L
Jodi Slaughter Counselor - 8th Grade
Brittany Waddell Counselor - 7th Grade
Jessie Clay Counselor - 6th Grade