Volume 3, Issue 5 SPECIAL EDITION - August 18, 2020
A Message from Dr. Lowry
Good Afternoon WoodCreek Family!
The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time as we anxiously await the opportunity to meet students. This year has proven to be a unique one for parents, staff and students alike. For the first time in history we will open our school virtually.
Although different, I am very happy to be starting this school year tomorrow. This unique start will provide both challenges and opportunities for students and staff. Your teachers have been preparing for opening of school this past week and are working extremely hard to get ready for tomorrow. Although virtual instruction is not our preferred method of instruction, we will make the most of our current situation. With that being said, I ask the same from you. Make the most of this unique situation. This situation is only temporary and soon the students of WoodCreek will be walking the halls of our great school again.
Good luck this school year and GO TIMBERWOLVES!!!
WoodCreek Junior High
2020-2021 WCJH Bell Schedule
Day 1 Virtual Learning Readiness
Students: Getting Started on Day 1 of virtual learning:
- Know your Katy ISD username and password. If you do not know this information, click here for help.
- Go to the Home Access Center (HAC) and view your schedule.
- 5th –12th grade students can login to the HAC using their student credentials
- Launch the Google Chrome browser on your device.
If using a personal device, make sure it is up to date, click here for help.
- Go to MyKaty Cloud: https://mykaty.katyisd.org
- Ensure you have Webpass enabled, click here for help.
- Find Canvas (under the Secondary tab on MyKaty Cloud):
- Click on the course that contains the name of your first class (refer to schedule in HAC).
- Be on time to each course throughout the day, as attendance will be taken. Your teacher will have instructions for you about content and an online meeting link.
Virtual Learning Roles & Responsibilities
In order for all students to be successful when engaged in online instruction—whether through KVA or as part of intermittent online instruction due to COVID-19—students, families, and staff must work together to support student achievement.
The first thing we must keep in mind, is that online instruction will look much different than it did in the spring. Our teachers are preparing more rigorous instruction that is more regular in nature. Students must engage regularly and attend online learning in real-time. We do understand that all students might not have regular access to a device to attend in real time; however, our teachers will be flexible with each family situation. Understand, there will be obstacles along the way but remember, we will move forward, and we are in this together.
Self-Service Password Tool
The self‐service password process for staff, secondary students (grades 6th-12th) and parents/guardians has launched. There are no changes to your existing Katy ISD password, nor is any action required on your part at this time. However, should you need to update your password in the future, you will be able to do so by accessing the Self-Service icon, located on the District’s website homepage, where your password can be recovered by text, email or security questions.
Any user who may forget their password, or is creating a password for the very first time, will need do so via the new Password Self-Service.
Students in grades K-5 will continue to receive and retrieve their passwords through their classroom teachers.
The Password Self‐Service icon can be accessed on any device by going to www.KatyISD.org and clicking on the red Password Self-Service icon located at the top right of the page.
Parents and students in need of assistance can contact the Help Desk for support through the online form available on the Parent Tech Help web page.
Temporary Student IDs and How to Access Them
Elementary and secondary students can access a temporary ID badge via the Student ID App available on the MyKaty Cloud. Families received an email on Friday, August 14 with instructions on how to access and use the Student ID App. You can find a copy of those instructions here.
Curbside “Grab and Go” Meals from August 19- September 4
Free summer curbside meal service ended July 30. Beginning August 19, and through September 4, “Grab and Go” Meal Service will begin for the 2020-2021 school year. This meal service is available to all students during the first three weeks of school at 23 food distribution sites established across the District. Families who wish to apply for
Free/Reduced cost meals may complete an application by signing into their SchoolCafe account here.
Touchless meal payment will be used at the “Grab and Go” meals distribution sites to promote healthy and safe food distribution practices. Families are encouraged to use the Pay N’ Go mobile app to provide student meal money, in place of cash. Parents can pick up meals without their student(s) present. However, parents and/or students must show a student ID, which is scanned for meal payment. ID badges will be distributed to elementary students at their home campus on August 17 and 18 in a “Grab and Go” Families will receive an email on Friday, August 14 with instructions on how to access and use the Student ID App. Secondary campuses will soon communicate additional information about specific dates and times when secondary students will receive their permanent student ID. format. 2019-20 Student ID’s can be used for meal payments if available. Otherwise, elementary and secondary students will be able to access a temporary ID badge via the Student ID App available on the MyKaty Cloud.
Schedule Information from our Counseling Team
Dear WCJH Students and Parents,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. We have missed you and are excited to have you back!
Student schedules will be available to view on the Home Access Center on August 17th. The scheduling process has changed due to the addition of Katy Virtual Academy. As a result, counselors are working on a compressed timeline. Our first priority is to ensure that students have a complete schedule for the first day of school. Counselors may not be able to balance all classes prior to the first day of school. Please understand that schedules may change beginning now through the first two weeks of the school year.
Schedule Change Process:
If a student is requiring a schedule change, please complete the SCHEDULE CHANGE REQUEST FORM.
· Schedule change requests via email or phone call will not be accepted.
· Requests must be submitted by Tuesday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m.
· Please read the directions carefully.
KVA Specific Schedule Information:
· Some courses are scheduled outside the normal school day to accommodate for the addition of KVA classes. As a result, some students may have holes or an added study hall in their schedule in periods 1-7.
Please refer to the attached bell schedule so that you will understand your child’s schedule as you view it in HAC.
We understand you may have questions for your counselor. Please understand that there may be a delay in our response to your emails and phone calls. We will address them as soon as possible, as your concerns are important to us.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility.
WCJH Counseling Team
Annual Enrollment Update - ACTION REQUIRED FOR ALL PARENTS
Last week, parents and guardians who have an email address on file with the District should have received a unique SnapCode for each of their enrolled students. Please be sure to check your spam folder, as the district sends the codes out in large batches and many e-mail programs tag the message a spam. Parents and guardians who have not provided an email address will receive their Snapcode by US postal mail.
If you do not receive a SnapCode yet, or you are having issues with PowerSchool Enrollment, please contact your child’s campus or submit a Help Desk ticket and a Technology staff member will contact you within 24 business hours.
When completing the Annual Student Update via Power School, parents will have the option to request a technology device and/or internet support for their children due to in-person instruction being delayed until Tuesday, September 8. Parents who selected the Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) instructional option may request a technology device and/or internet support if the request was not made when the KVA commitment form was submitted.
The deadline to complete the Annual Student Update is August 18.
If you have any questions about your student's enrollment at WoodCreek Junior High, please contact our registrar at LeahCCaffey@katyisd.org.
Save the Date!
The Texas Vaccine Institute will be hosting vaccine clinics for the district this year. Please see the information below:
August 5, 6 and 7
August 11, 12, 13 and 14
August 17, 18 and 19 (the first day of school)
Time 9:00am – 12:00pm
$15.00 (1 vaccine)
$25.00 (2 vaccines)
$30.00 (3 or more vaccines)
Immunizations must be current if you are attending virtual or in person classes. If you have any questions please email Nurse Nelson, TraceyANelson@KATYISD.ORG.
Katy ISD Digital Resource Information Meetings
Back to School Videos
Covid-19 Impact on Students
Please complete the following surveys to help us know about your needs and better understand how we can offer support to your student. We understand that these are unusual times and we care very much about our students and families during this pandemic. Please know that completion is voluntary and any information shared will remain confidential among those who need to know in order to support your child. Our campus support staff may contact you, to discuss additional needs and available supports.
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
Please see below for information about volleyball tryouts, SAC camps and Skill sessions available at WCJH starting August 19. If your daughter is interested in trying out for volleyball please fill out the google form below. Please have the google form filled out by Friday August 7th. I will be sending out google forms for sac and skill camps based off the athletes that sign up for tryouts.
- Click HERE for information about Football Equipment Pickup
- Click HERE for information about Football SAC and Skills sessions
If your student is interested in trying out for 7th Grade Football, please sign up for the 7th Grade Football Remind group ASAP. Click here for the group information. Coach Lighter will send out all information through Remind.
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