Volume 3, Issue 14 - October 18, 2020
A Message from Dr. Lowry
I would like to inform you of happy news that my wife and I are expecting our third child very soon. Starting Monday, October 19th, I will be on leave for three weeks and I plan to return on Monday, November 9th. While I am out, Mr. Tim Chesser, our Student Support Assistant Principal, will be assuming my responsibilities as Interim Principal. Mr. Chesser has served the WoodCreek Junior High community for many years and I know he will continue doing an outstanding job. Additionally, Mr. David Youngblood, will be stepping in as a substitute administrator. Mr. Youngblood is a former coach, teacher and long time administrator of Katy ISD. Although retired now, he continues to give back to our Katy ISD communities as a substitute administrator.
Let me finish by saying, I will miss the Timberwolf Family while away. Mr. Chesser will keep me informed throughout my absence and I look forward to seeing everyone when I return. Thank you for all the support and understanding.
Take care and GO TIMBERWOLVES!
WoodCreek Junior High
This Week in Timberwolf Nation
Monday, October 19
- Wear your WCJH Spirit Wear!
- 7th Grade Football vs. Beckendorff JH at Seven Lakes HS
- Hero Squad Week! Raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!
Tuesday, October 20
- 8th Grade Football vs. Beckendorff JH at Seven Lakes HS
- 2nd SW Progress Reports Display in HAC
Wednesday, October 21
- Katy ISD Unity Day - Wear Orange!
Thursday, October 22
- Spirit Theme Day - Hawaiian Day!
- 7th Grade Volleyball vs. Beck JH at BJH
- 8th Grade Volleyball vs. Beck JH at WCJH
Friday, October 23
- College Spirit Day - Wear your favorite college gear!
- Window CLOSES to switch between KVA and In-Person Learning in the 3rd Six Weeks
In-Person and KVA Instruction Opt-In/Opt-Out
2nd Six Weeks submission window to change your child’s current instructional delivery option is CLOSED. The window to change your child's instructional delivery setting for the 3rd Six Weeks will begin on Monday, October 12th – Friday, October 23rd. The link is available on the WoodCreek Junior High School home page.
As a reminder, please encourage your child to bring their own water bottles from home - that they can still refill water bottles using the fountains. We do give students water bottles on an as needed basis but we are starting to run low and want to ensure we maintain a good supply. Thanks Timberwolves!
It’s time to get involved! Apply for Student Council today! Whether you have been in Student Council in the past, or you are interested in being a part of it for the first time, click on the link to see what we are all about, and fill out an application. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Mrs. Bergman at firstname.lastname@example.org
NJHS - HERO SQUAD FUNDRAISER
Families - our school has teamed up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Hero Squad starting on Monday, October 19th-23rd to teach our students about kindness, bravery, and how working together for one common goal will help both children and adults in their fight against cancer.
The money we raise will help blood cancer patients right in our community by funding research, providing free information, financial and support services, and advocates for blood cancer patients by seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care. Specifically, LLS is leading a collaboration to launch a global precision medicine clinical trial to fundamentally change how pediatric cancers are treated.
Our school will qualify for school rewards based on the amount we raise. Our rewards will help with materials and items that will help throughout the school year and students will receive Hero Gear thank-you gifts based on the donations they collect. The winning advisory will be given a pizza party. Visit HeroSquad.org, find our school, and join your classroom team to get started raising money online! In order to help develop goal-setting, self-motivation, and organizational skills, your student will earn fun Hero Gear at various fundraising levels. Join our Squad today and your student will be recognized as an early Hero Squad member and receive limited-edition Hero Gear!
Thank you families for your support of our Hero Squad and be on the lookout for more information soon! Every hero needs a squad!
Counselor Guidance Lessons on Bullying
October is Bully Prevention Month and the counselors will be leading guidance lessons with all students during PE classes on Tuesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 21. On Wednesday, October 21, Katy ISD is recognizing UNITY Day by asking all students and staff to wear orange. The WCJH Counseling team will also be hosting a special event during student lunches to encourage inclusion, tolerance and positivity. During lunches students will create a positive post-it wall that will be displayed outside of the cafeteria. Students will be encouraged to write an uplifting message for others to read. Then, students will remove a post-it from the wall to give to another student in an effort to spread kindness.
Katy ISD Unity Day is Wednesday, October 21st -
WEAR ORANGE in support of Bullying Prevention!
Wear and share orange to show that we are together against bullying, and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to showing that you believe that all youth should be safe from bullying? Come together in one giant ORANGE message of hope and support, WEAR AND SHARE ORANGE to color our nation, and even the world, visibly showing that our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying.
“ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. “Whether it’s hundreds of individuals at a school wearing ORANGE, store owners offering ORANGE products, or a community changing a landmark to ORANGE, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the supportive, universal message that bullying is never acceptable behavior.”
Girls' Basketball Tryout Information
Boys' Basketball Tryout Information
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 - Lei Out the Vikings - Hawaiian Day!
WCJH is playing the Adams Vikings next week!
7th Grade - Monday, 10/26 - 5:15pm - at Jordan HS
8th Grade - Tuesday, 10/27 - 5:15pm - at Jordan HS
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
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.
Duke TIP Program Cancelled
School Picture Re-Takes and Make-Up Day
If your child has lost their ID, they can purchase a new one by scanning this QR code and completing the form.
General Attendance:An absence occurs anytime a student does not attend their regularly scheduled class, whether in KVA or in-person instruction. All students must provide either written documentation (note/email) or a phone call from a parent/guardian for all absences. Please refer to the Katy ISD Secondary Student Handbook for detailed information for reporting an absence and guidelines for making up assignments.
Checking Out a Student During the School Day:
Please note that the last time to check out your student from school each day is 3:40pm. After that time, we will have begun our end-of-day and dismissal procedures and will be unable to check out a student. Thank you for your understanding.
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!
PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST
Reflections has been a staple arts program in many schools for over 50 years. Through the efforts of our Local PTAs, millions of students have found a creative outlet in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.
With positive recognition as the focus of this program, rather than competition, students of all ages and abilities can experience the benefits of creative expression and help in finding their own voice in telling their unique story.
Entries are due on October 20, 2020. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
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