Timberwolf Times

Volume 3, Issue 19 - November 29, 2020

A Message from Dr. Lowry

Timberwolves,

I hope everyone found some time to rest, relax, and recharge over this Thanksgiving break. As we all know, the 2020 school year has been a very challenging year. However, with every challenge comes opportunity. With one month left in the calendar year, I encourage us all to focus on the positive and continue encouraging our students to achieve greatness.


This week at WoodCreek starts something new - a toy drive run sponsored by our Student Council! Your student can bring a new toy to school any day in the next two weeks and our student council will donate it to Texas Children's Hospital.


Be sure to check out everything in the Timberwolf Times below for the latest in what's going on at WCJH and Katy ISD!


Have a great week!


Dr. Andrew Lowry

Principal

WoodCreek Junior High

This Week in Timberwolf Nation

Monday, November 30

  • WELCOME BACK!
  • Timberwolf Spirit Day - Wear your WCJH Gear!
  • WCJH StuCo Toy Drive
  • 6th Grade JA Global Marketplace

Tuesday, December 1

  • WCJH StuCo Toy Drive

Wednesday, December 2

  • WCJH StuCo Toy Drive
  • Band Concert at KHS
  • Choir Concert at OTHS


Thursday, December 3

  • WCJH StuCo Toy Drive
  • First Year Orchestra Concert at WCJH


Friday, December 4

  • College Spirit Day - Wear your favorite college's gear!
  • WCJH StuCo Toy Drive
  • Opt In/Out Window for KVA/Face-to-Face Learning Closes

WCJH Student Council Toy Drive

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If we reach our goal of 600 items, the whole school will earn a pajama day on Friday, December 18th!

WCJH Yearbook Wants YOUR Photos!

Please help the yearbook staff document the school year by sharing YOUR photos!


Have you attended a district event? Have a Back-to-School photo? Dress up for Halloween? Have fun summer pics? Photos of you and friends? Participate in a school Theme Day?


Send them to us! See the flyer below, or click HERE to submit.

Thank You in Advance,

Yearbook Staff

WoodCreek Athletics

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Choir Spirit Night

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PTA Gift Card Collection

Our wonderful WoodCreek JH PTA is collecting $10 gift cards for our teachers right now. They are donating them to the school for teacher appreciation to use as prizes and treats for all of the hard work our teachers have put in this year. We have the best teachers and staff in the district, and we want to celebrate them as much as possible!


Click here for the link to sign up for donating a gift card. Please contact VIPS@WCJHPTA.com with any questions.

WCJH Library

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.

Katy ISD Virtual Art Gallery

A highlight for staff working at the ESC is the student artwork displayed on the bulletin boards throughout all of the hallways. In past years parents have been invited to bring family members and tour the art on display, taking photos of their child’s artwork.


This year, rather than family groups entering the ESC, the Fine Arts Department has created a virtual art gallery. The virtual art gallery is a stellar example of how challenges such as COVID can lead to new and improved ways to celebrate student achievement and recognize the success of our teachers.


Click here to view the Virtual Art gallery

Click here to go straight to the WCJH collection!

From the WCJH Counseling Team

Does your child need to speak to the school counselor? If so, please use this Google form to access your child's grade level counselor during virtual learning: https://forms.gle/3xCdhEZ6jEhZE3o28


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/

Talking Book Program

Throughout Texas, children with disabilities that prevent them from reading standard print are enjoying the world of reading through the Talking Book Program (TBP). The TBP is a FREE service that allows students with a reading disability, like dyslexia, the opportunity to read. The TBP offers more than 125,000 titles and 80 plus magazines, all read with human narration. Materials can be downloaded via the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Mobile app, on a smartphone or tablet. The program is completely free, with no charges and no overdue fees. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/reading_disabilities, email tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov or call 1-800-252-9605. The TBP staff will be happy to answer questions and help parents apply for service.


If your child has not been identified as having a reading disability, please be aware that Katy ISD offers audio books for secondary students through Sora eBook/Audiobooks. Contact your child’s campus for more information about this audiobook program.

Water Bottles

Please encourage your child to bring their own water bottles from home. They can still refill water bottles using the fountains. We do give students water bottles on an as-needed basis but we need to ensure we maintain a good supply. Thanks Timberwolves!

Student ID's

Every student is required to wear their ID so that it can be seen at all times while they are on the WCJH campus. In these first weeks back at school, we have been understanding that returning to wearing an ID at all times has been an adjustment. However, beginning next week, students who repeatedly forget to bring their ID or fail to wear it will face detention.


If your child has lost their ID, they can purchase a new one by scanning this QR code and completing the form.

Yearbook Ads

Honor your student in the yearbook with a Recognition Ad!

To learn how you can celebrate their journey, see the flyer by clicking here or visit the Jostens website by clicking here.

FREE COVID TESTING FOR KATY ISD ENROLLED STUDENTS


Katy ISD is offering enrolled students free COVID-19 testing services beginning on Monday, November 9th at the Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences Center at 5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Rd.


Hours:

Monday- Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Saturdays 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.


To help expedite free student COVID-19 testing, while practicing social distancing at the testing site, Katy ISD has established a Student COVID-19 Testing Sign-Up Form that allows families to secure an appointment time for their student(s). A direct link can be found on the Katy ISD homepage.

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.

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

  1. Mask/Face covering should be worn on the bus and the bus stop, until further notice.
  2. Observe the same conduct as in the classroom including cell phone use.
  3. Enter the bus and immediately go to the assigned seat.
  4. Talk in a normal tone of voice.
  5. Remain seated and facing forward in the assigned seat until time to exit the bus.
  6. Keep head, hands, feet, and other objects to oneself; do not tamper with bus equipment.
  7. Use acceptable language; obscene, profane, unacceptable language and/or gestures are prohibited.
  8. Refrain from eating and/or drinking on the bus; keep the bus clean.
  9. Refrain from throwing objects within the bus or out of the windows.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. When it is time to get off of the bus, wait until it comes to complete stop before getting up from your seat.

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.


General Questions

Katy Virtual Academy Questions

Special Education Questions

Special Programs (GT, ESL, Bilingual, Dyslexia, PreK, Interventions) Questions

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Join our remind groups for important text updates.


  • 6th Grade - Text the message @wcjhwolf27 to the number 81010.
  • 7th Grade - Text the message @wcjhwolf26 to the number 81010.
  • 8th Grade - Text the message @wcjhwolf25 to the number 81010.

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Click here to join the WoodCreek Junior High PTA!

Contact Information

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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

School Information

Instructional Calendar 2020-2021 Click Here

Lunch Menus Click Here

Bus Transportation Click Here

Bus Schedules Click Here

Student Code of Conduct Click Here

Registration Information Click Here