Jaguar Update

Issue #26, Monday, February 28th

Dear WMJH Parents,

We are well underway into our 5th marking period and only two weeks away from Katy ISD's Spring Break. We are exciting about our upcoming events including Family Bingo Night on March 4th, UIL Choir on March 8th and 10th, and our season opening track meets this week on Wednesday for our girls and Thursday for our boys.


Let's make it a great week!


Mr. Knobbe

What's Happening in Jaguar Country?

Monday, February 28th

Regular School Day


Tuesday, March 1st

4:05 PM Jag Academy, LGI

4:05 PM ESL Extended Day Tutorials, C10


Wednesday, March 2nd

5:00 PM Girls Track Meet at Tompkins HS


Thursday, March 3rd

4:05 PM Jag Academy, LGI

4:05 PM ESL Extended Day Tutorials, C10

5:00 PM Boys Track Meet at Katy HS


Friday, March 4th

3:20 PM Powder Puff Football

5:45 PM PTA General Meeting, Cafeteria

6:00 PM Family Bingo Night, Cafeteria


Coming Soon

March 8th and 10th UIL Choir

March 14-18th Spring Break

Congratulations to WMJH's Jolene Casteel!

Katy ISD Secondary Curriculum and Instruction has honored Mrs. Casteel as the Secondary Instructional Coach of the Year in all of Katy ISD! Her nomination included-


  • Keeping the end goal in mind for students, Jolene partners with teachers and teams to determine a process and plan for helping students succeed. In order to do this, she models, co-creates, co-teaches, co-plans, and partners with her teachers.
  • No matter the circumstances, Jolene continues to stay true to the calling of instructional coaching in Katy ISD: improve student learning by building teacher capacity.
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2020-2021 Federal Report Cards and School Report Cards

Katy ISD is sharing information about the state, district, and your child’s campus as

part of our obligations under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). Two report

cards (Federal and School) are available for your review in the front office of our school or

online at https://www.katyisd.org/dept/assessment/Pages/Accountability.aspx.

The 2020-2021 Federal Report Cards can also be accessed online at

https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/frc/frc_srch.html?year=2021 The 2020-2021 School Report

Cards can also be accessed online at https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src/src_srch.html




Katy ISD comparte información sobre el estado, distrito y escuela de su hijo(a) como parte de

nuestras obligaciones bajo la ley federal ''Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)''. Están

disponibles dos boletas de calificación (federal y escolar) para su revisión en la oficina

principal de nuestra escuela o en

línea: https://www.katyisd.org/dept/assessment/Pages/Accountability.aspx.

Las boletas de calificaciones federales 2020-2021 también pueden obtenerse en línea:

https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/frc/frc_srch.html?year=2021

Las boletas de calificaciones escolares 2020-2021 también pueden obtenerse en línea:

https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src/src_srch.html

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2022 WMJH YEARBOOKS! ORDER YOURS TODAY!

Make sure you order your 2021-22 school yearbook NOW! Order today so that you are guaranteed a yearbook. Don't wait! Order at: https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A08358600 or call 1-877-767-5217

Jag Academy

Our Jag Academy is open for all students in grades 6-8 who need extra help with instruction in math, reading, science or social students after school every Tuesday and Thursday. We have teachers available to offer one on one instruction, tutoring, and assistance in all core content areas.


If students plan on attending Jag Academy, they need to arrive in the library by 4:10 PM and they need to show work at the door that they plan on completing. Students who arrive on time and have work to complete will be given a pass to ride the the late bus. The late bus leaves at 5 PM each Tuesday and Thursday and students need a pass to ride the bus. If students are not attending Jag Academy, they are not eligible to ride the last bus.

WMJH PTA General Assembly

The 2022-23 WMJH PTA Executive Board will be elected from the floor at the general assembly meeting on Friday, March 4, 5:45pm. Please make sure to attend to cast your vote for the nominees. If you are interested in a position, you can be nominated from the floor before a vote takes place. If you are interested in being a part of WMJH PTA, contact Dianne at diannecorn@katyisd.org, or (281) 237-6406. The slate of nominees are as follows:


President – Cori Harbuck

1st VP Membership – Dana Biersdorfer

2nd VP Volunteers – Victoria Russell
3rd VP Fundraising – open
Secretary – Jody Lovell

Parliamentarian – open

Treasurer – Katie Leach
Hospitality – Susan Green

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WMJH Bingo Night-8th Grade Dance Fundraiser

Our next Family Fun Bingo Night is scheduled for Friday, March 4th at the WMJH cafeteria from 6-8 PM. We have prizes for our bingo winners and we will be raffling baskets that include: Taco Night, Ice Cream, Car Detail Package, Baking, Family Dog Treats, Coffee Lover, Crawfish, Chik-Fil-A, Great Harvest Bread Company, Photography and More! Thank you to the following 8th Parents for all their efforts in organizing and preparing for our Family Fun Bingo Night--Abby Norris, Julie Gonzales, Kym Gaspard, Denise Lopez, Carla Gomez, Vanessa Coussens, and Jaimie Pulido.


8th Grade Dance – The 8th grade class will continue to fundraise for their 8th grade dance at the end of the year. Please help support the students by participating in events coming up or ordering yard signs. If you are interested in helping plan the 8th grade dance or have questions, email Ashley at ashleyfarley7@icloud.com .

Jaguar Spirit

Did you know that you can order yard signs to surprise students? The PTA is offering "You've Been Spotted" signs. For only $20 you can order the signs to be placed in the yard of someone for 24 hours. For an additional $5 you can also have a Happy Birthday sign included as well. All proceeds go to benefit the 8th grade dance. Fill out the order form and send it with your money to the front office.
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Taylor High School MAC Camp Flyer

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Katy ISD Student and Staff Covid-19, Strep, and Flu Testing


Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Location: 5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX 77493


Eligibility: All Katy ISD students with a valid student identification. Katy ISD employee dependents (spouse and/or children) covered by the Katy ISD health insurance plan and members of the employee’s household, are also eligible for a free COVID-19 test. A Katy ISD health insurance card that lists the enrolled dependents is required.


COVID-19, Strep or Flu Student Appointments: Click on the yellow APPOINTMENT link on the https://url.avanan.click/v2/___www.katyisd.org___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzo0ODMwYjRkODBiMTFlZGYxYzE3MDI4OTYyMGUxNmJkYzo1OjQwMzY6MjAyMjI3MWI3ZmU2N2MzYjkxNGFjZWMzMWM5NDJmNjYxM2JiMjJlMjk5YzBlOWFkMmE4NWRiNjgzMmQ5ZjNjNjp0 homepage to schedule


Permissions Slips Available On-Site


COVID-19, Strep or Flu Staff Appointments: Staff and their dependents/household members do not require appointments.


Have other questions about COVID testing? Take a moment to check out the Katy ISD COVID Testing Center’s FAQs here.

Fine Arts Updates

Fine Arts Event Calendar

Musical Season is upon us! We encourage the Katy community to attend our amazing fine arts productions that are held across the district. For a current list of fine arts performances, please click on the following link for information: https://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx

Regional Scholastic Art Exhibit

Katy ISD has 160 Gold and Silver Key awarded artworks displayed in the Regional Scholastic Art Exhibits. Exhibits are open to the public for viewing February 15 – March 19, 2022, at Texas Art Supply (grades 7-8) and Spring Street Studios (grades 9-12).

Junior High Cheer Camp 2022

Junior High Cheer Camp will be held June 7- 9, 2021 at the Leonard Merrell Center. A detailed schedule of events will be provided to junior high cheerleaders following tryouts in March. The March try-outs are for junior high students interested in participating in cheerleading for the 2022-2023 school year. Attendance at the cheer camp on June 7 through June 9 is mandatory to be a member of the 22-23 cheer team if selected.

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AP Human Geography Summer Bridge Program

The AP Human Geography Summer Bridge Program (Summer Bridge Course) is available to rising ninth-grade students during the summer of 2022. The purpose of the program is to increase enrollment and support student success in the course by providing foundational knowledge and skills. Grant funds will cover the cost of student participation.


Students entering 9th grade in the fall of 2022 who select AP Human Geography during course selection are strongly encouraged to complete the Summer Bridge Program. The program consists of an online skills component and a writing workshop. The program does not impact GPAs. AP Human Geography teachers will maintain summer office hours to assist students enrolled in the program. Eighth-grade Social Studies teachers will distribute flyers to eighth-grade students and encourage participation in the Summer Bridge Program as appropriate.


Summer Bridge Program (google.com)

WMJH Link for Course Selection Information

Please click on the link below to go directly to the WMJH Counseling course selection website. Everything you need all in one place.


2022-23 Course Selection Information

Katy ISD Course Selection Timeline

Monday, March 21 – Sunday, March 27:

Secondary course verification


Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1:
Secondary counselors complete course verification changes

* Counselors are currently meeting with students to confirm selected courses and a verification form will be sent to parents verifying courses in March.

* Courses listed on the verification form do not guarantee that a student will be scheduled into the course, class sizes, STAAR testing results, and staffing affect courses scheduled.

* PGP's for all 8th grade students will also be completed in Schoolinks with Mrs. Ruderman, 8th grade counselor.

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SchooLinks

SchooLinks is a college and career readiness platform that helps students discover their interests and strengths, explore colleges and careers, and create an individualized career and academic plan that best reflects their post-secondary goals. SchooLinks is accessible to students in 6th - 12th grades, and their parents.


Using SchooLinks, students and families can:

  • Build their Personal Graduation Plan
  • Access career interest, strength and mindset surveys
  • Explore 2-year and 4-year colleges
  • Create course plans based on career pathways
  • Take virtual reality college campus tours
  • Search for scholarships
  • Learn about financial aid
  • Find internship and volunteer opportunities
  • Explore traditional, emerging and military career fields
  • Create digital portfolios / resumes
  • Communicate with counselors


Student Login:
Students login to SchooLinks via MyKaty Cloud, then select SchooLinks logo.


Parent/Guardian Login:
Parents/Guardians will have login access to SchooLinks at a later date.

If you want to learn more about SchooLinks please visit:
https://hello.schoolinks.com/

Katy Virtual School

Katy Virtual School (KVS) online classes are a way for secondary students to acquire graduation credits and/or expand their learning opportunities through paid, online supplemental high school credit courses during the summer and school year.


KVS courses:

  • Provide flexibility in scheduling.
  • Allow students to get ahead on credits.
  • Provide opportunity to access courses that are not offered on the home campus.
  • Help students moving into Katy ISD from outside Texas to meet graduation requirements.
  • Courses are developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers.


KVS offers over 45 approved College Board Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program (KAP) and academic level courses. The cost is $200 per semester with reduced or no fees for students identified as economically disadvantaged. Courses are also approved by the NCAA for student initial eligibility.


Registration opens February 1, 2022, for summer 2022, fall 2022 and spring 2023. Questions can be answered through your home campus counselor, Katy Virtual School FAQ, or email katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org.


SECONDARY SUMMER SCHOOL
Summer school registration for students currently in 6th - 12th grades will open in the spring semester. Students interested in taking high school original credit courses may register through the Katy Virtual School (KVS) beginning on February 1, 2022. You can visit the KVS website for more information and see the additional information included below under Katy Virtual School. Junior high and high school credit recovery course registration will open in mid-May 2022. More details will be available in January.

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SpeakUp App

SpeakUP is the anonymous reporting platform that students, parents, and patrons can use to report safety concerns, bullying, threats of violence, drug use, as well as any other concerns related to student physical or mental health. SpeakUP is available for download in the Apple Store or Google Play. It is also available on all district websites, computers, and district devices. SpeakUP provides an opportunity for the Katy ISD community to anonymously provide valuable information to district administration and law enforcement that will help keep our students safe.
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Library Book Information


Parents of secondary students may be notified via email if their child checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August. If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents may contact the registrar’s office at their home campus if they need to make a change and request the notification.

Parents of elementary and secondary students may also download Katy on the Go app to review the books that their student has checked out.

FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION

In preparation for the new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022. While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:


Free
Pre-K programs
Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra
Career and Technical Education certification exams
Summer Meals


Discounted
Summer school tuition
Advanced Placement exams
SAT and ACT test fees
College application fees
Career and Technical Education fees

Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at SchoolCafe.com. To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit Pay N’ Go.

In addition, to ensure Katy ISD qualifies for eligible funding from the state during the extended free meal period through June 2022, Katy ISD is asking all parents to complete the Socioeconomic Income Form two-part questionnaire in the Annual Student Update. Submitting the questionnaire information will support Katy ISD in qualifying for additional state dollars to support our students’ continued academic and personal success during the upcoming school year.

Katy ISD is Hiring!

Bus drivers, food service, custodial, repair teams, teachers, aides, and more!: bit.ly/ApplyKatyISD

Health Services

All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page.

Katy ISD Health Services Department has partnered with Texas Vaccine Institute to offer low-cost immunization opportunities for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the optional Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or the Flu vaccine.


WHEN: March 10, 2022


TIME: 2 – 5 p.m.


LOCATION: Professional Development Annex Building

Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:


WHO: Accepting insured and uninsured


PRICE: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS


BRING: Campus nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE" form, child’s personal immunization record, insurance card if insured. Accepting cash/credit/debit cards.

OPTIONAL VACCINES: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (5+ yrs.) at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.


RANDALL’S PHARMACY OPTIONAL COVID-19 VACCINATIONS & BOOSTERS
Randall’s Pharmacy will offer a series of optional vaccination opportunities to Katy ISD students ages 5-11, and booster vaccinations for ages 12-16+ at the Agricultural Sciences Center (5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Rd). The vaccination is available free of charge. A valid student ID, along with a completed parent consent form must be presented. Dates and times and they are as follows:

To schedule a vaccination appointment for your child and to access the parent consent form, please use the following link: https://mhealthsystem.com/KatyISD.

NOTE: Katy ISD students are not required to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in District activities and/or programs.

WMJH Administrative Team

Todd Knobbe, Principal

Astrya Richard, Student Support Assistant Principal

Richard Franco, 8th Grade Assistant Principal

Evelyn Lopez, 7th Grade Assistant Principal

Marci Radke, 6th Grade Assistant Principal


Pamela Ruderman, 8th Grade Counselor

Pearl Fiero, 7th Grade Counselor

Nathaniel Welch, 6th Grade Counselor