Willow Creek Newsletter

October 2nd, 2020

Schedule for the week

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Block Scheduling for Distance Learning

The District will implement a later DL start time for secondary students of 8:25 AM - 3:10 PM, with a 45-minute lunch period. A later start time while in DL will offer benefits for our students. Given current transportation scenarios, we will not be able to continue a later start time if the District goes to in-person learning.

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Students will attend periods 1-4 on day 1 and 5-8 on day 2. (Please note that period 1 is Willow Creek's Advisory period. Students will not meet the entire hour). We will be incorporating a 4 day rotation for A and B day course offerings.

Also note that students will not be meeting with teachers during Target classes. This is a study hall type class. However, help is available via Google Meets using code: WCtarget.


It's hard to believe that we have already reached the halfway point of quarter 1. This is an important time to check in on grades and how students are doing in classes. Please check in with your student and check Skyward for updated grades.

Grade Level Weekly Student Planners

COVID-19 Communications

What if I or my child are experiencing COVID symptoms?

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has provided a Decision Tree for individuals with COVID-19 Symptoms in Youth, Student, and Child Care Programs. To keep students and staff safe and healthy, Rochester Public Schools will follow this guidance to determine the length of time students will need to remain away from school when exposed or exhibiting symptoms. This exclusion guidance is designed specifically for schools and child care programs by MDH, therefore, these guidelines may differ from businesses or employers.

Prior to coming into a school building, students and staff should use the At-Home COVID Screening tool to determine if they are well enough to come to school that day. Individuals experiencing symptoms should remain home and talk to their health care provider about being tested for COVID-19. A Daily Symptom Monitoring Tool is available to help families track their child's symptom screening each day.

We understand that these are challenging times. The safety, security, and health of students and staff is our top priority. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our school community safe and healthy.

Student Handbook

This years Student Handbook has been updated and published. Please click the picture below to review with your student. Below the Handbook, you will find the acknowledgement page. Please complete this on the Skyward family portal as soon as possible if you have not yet done so (it is included in the Verification of Student Information).
Willow Creek Community Education Fall Flier

Community Education is offering a number of afterschool clubs this fall. Some include homework help for specific subjects. Please click the button above to view the flier and register.

Curbside Library Pick-up

We are offering curbside library pick-up for students that would like to utilize the library. Please see the instructions below for the instructions on how to check out a book!
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Reporting a Student Absence

Please make sure to let us know if your child will be missing class. There are 2 easy ways to do this. Either give us a call at (507) 328-5910 or log-on to Skyward Family access. You can now report an absence there. Directions are below.

This week’s Second Step® Lessons at Middle School

6th Grade - Making Goals Specific

In this week’s lesson, your child will learn how to identify and set achievable goals by making them specific.


Ask your child to tell you about a specific goal they’re interested in working toward and what makes it specific.

7th Grade - Identifying Roadblocks

In this week’s lesson, your child will identify and distinguish between internal and external obstacles (or “roadblocks”) that can get in their way when working toward goals.


Tell your child about a roadblock you encountered when you were working toward a goal, and if you had control over the roadblock.

8th Grade - Harnessing My Strengths

In this week’s lesson, your child will choose something they’d like to get better at and think about how they could apply their unique strengths to do that.


Help your child make a list of strengths they have. Ask your child about how they could use these to get better at a new skill.

Parenteen Connect

ParenTeenConnect.org is a free resource for parents that provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.

School Technology

Please continue to let us know if there are questions about technology that are coming up. We are here to help. The easiest way to get help is to either ask a teacher or call the main office at (507) 328-5900.

Please know that utilizing home/personal technology for school is an option if needed. There is not a District requirement that families use the school iPad for classes. At this time, District web filtering is not available off of the school network. Some families have asked if using a home device with their own parental apps would be OK, and it certainly is.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

There is no need to fill out a paper application this year. Please click the picture below to access a digital form.

Important Dates


  • 15-16 No School
  • 16 District Decision regarding Return to Learn next phase
  • 20 PTSA Meeting

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