Willow Creek Newsletter

September 11th, 2020

Hello Wildcat Family,

Please see the updates below. Also, please join us for our PTSA meeting on Tuesday.

Have a great weekend,,

Andrew Kappel


Willow Creek Middle School.

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.

Grade Level Weekly Student Planners

Teachers are posting their weekly plans for students. Please use the links below to check on weekly plans for your students teachers.

Grade 6 Planner

Grade 7 Planner

Grade 8 Planner

Willow Creek PTSA - First Meeting Tuesday Sept. 15th @ 6pm

Please join the Willow Creek PTSA for their first meeting of the year. If you are interested, please join, all are welcome. An agenda will be sent out on Monday and will include the link to join a Google Meets virtual meeting. The link is also below and will be active at 6:00pm on Tuesday.


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!

Music Classes

Students who are playing a musical instrument in either Band or Orchestra will still need an instrument. Music Teaching Staff will be reaching out with pick-up times.

iPad pickup / Tech issues

If you were unable to pick up your students' iPad this past week and are in need of a device, please call the main office at (507) 328-5900 to arrange for a pickup time. This way we can ensure the device is ready for pickup as well.

Additionally, if you are experiencing tech issues we are here to help. If you are experiencing an issue with a student password or missing Google Classroom course we can also handle these via email, and often faster. Thank you so much for your patience with this as we get up and running.

One issue we have seen is that some devices are not showing the camera feature on Google Classroom. If this is the case, please have your student uninstall Google Classroom and reinstall it. We are finding that many devices did not update the app over the summer.

Below you will also see the directions for iPad setup if you need to reset a device.


Attendance will be taken for each class daily. Students are expected to log-in for each class using the Google Meets link provided through the Google Classroom.

Parents will receive a phone call notifying them if their student was absent at 5pm if an absence occurs that day.

To report a student absence due to illness, appointment, or other reason, families can either utilize the Skyward reporting system or call our attendance line at (507) 328-5910. To report an absence on Skyward, follow the directions below. If your student is ill, please give a description of the symptoms.

District Return to Learn Plan and other important documents

Please visit the Districts Website for more information on the Return to Learning this Fall. Follow this link for answers to some of the questions you may have.

Student Handbook

This years Student Handbook has been updated and published. Please click the picture below to review with your student.

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


  • 15th PTSA Meeting


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

Follow us on Social Media

Click the links below to follow Willow Creek on both Facebook and Twitter.

Contact us


Andrew Kappel - Principal

Denise Long - Assistant Principal

Craig Schneider - Assistant Principal


Jessica Olson - Grade 6 Counselor

Tracy Lund - Grade 7 Counselor

Dawn Johnson - Grade 8 Counselor

School Social Workers

Tonya Rein

Nate Gendron