Volume 3, Issue 10 - September 20, 2020
A Message from Dr. Lowry
Good Afternoon WoodCreek Family!
This Thursday is the end of the first six weeks grading period and students do not have school on Friday. As we enter this week of instruction, please make sure students are staying engaged and completing all work. If you have any questions about grades please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers this week. The 1st six weeks report cards will be available in HAC beginning Wednesday, September 30th after 10:00 AM.
Furthermore, KISD announced on Friday that in preparation for the next secondary six-week grading period, the Phase 1 Safety Protocols will continue to be in effect. Additional modifications to the Phase 1 Safety Protocols can be found here.
I continue to be amazed by the great work everyone is putting in this school year and I hope everyone has a great week.
WoodCreek Junior High
This Week in Timberwolf Nation
Monday, September 21
- Spirit Wear Day - Show your support for WCJH!
- Character Strong Lessons in Advisory for All Students (F2F and KVA)
Tuesday, September 22
- First Day of Fall
Wednesday, September 23
- Spirit Theme Day - Wear Tie Dye!
Thursday, September 24
- End of 1st Six Weeks
- 7th Grade Volleyball vs SLJH @ SLJH 5:15 PM
- 8th Grade Volleyball vs SLJH @ WCJH 5:15 PM
Friday, September 25
- Professional Development Day - No School for Students
Free Breakfast and Lunch Meals
Beginning Monday, September 21, breakfast and lunch meals will be free to all students whether on campus or enrolled in KVA and using the grab n go pick up. Breakfast and lunch meals served at the curbside sites are also available to all Katy area children 18 and under. This free meal benefit is a temporary program which is expected to last through December 2020.
Curbside Grab and Go breakfast and lunch, ready to heat and eat at home, can be picked up at: Morton Ranch High School, Mayde Creek High School and Cinco Ranch High School from 4 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday as per the school schedule.
As of Thursday, September 17, Seven Lakes High School will no longer offer curbside meals. Parents may pick up breakfast and lunch meals at the curbside Grab and Go sites for children 18 and under listed above.
Katy ISD students may have one breakfast and one lunch per day. Students who eat meals at school are not eligible for a meal at the Grab and Go location. If parents are picking up meals for their children and the children are not present, identification for each Katy ISD enrolled child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented prior to receiving the meals.
If your child has lost their ID, they can purchase a new one by scanning this QR code and completing the form.
WoodCreek Junior High Spirit Theme Days Are Here!
Each Wednesday during football season, we encourage students to dress according that week's theme. (All outfits must still be school-appropriate and within dress code guidelines.)
This week - TIE DYE THOSE SABRECATS - Wear Tie Dye!
WCJH is playing the Stockdick Junior High Sabercats
7th Grade - Monday, 9/28 - 5:15pm - at Katy High School
8th Grade - Tuesday, 9/29 - 5:15pm - at Katy High School
Katy ISD Legacy Parent Academy
The Katy ISD Legacy Parent Academy is a series of informational sessions specifically designed to assist parents by building awareness of a range of social-emotional and academic topics that impact our students and our campuses district-wide. Academy participants will gain factual knowledge pertinent to each topic while also learning strategies and proven techniques to assist in supporting students.
Legacy Parent Academy was developed to support the District’s Strategic Plan Goal 8: “We will actively support the emotional well-being of all learners.”
Legacy Parent Academy 2020-2021 Sessions (first two of series)
- September 23, 2020: Warning Signs & Symptoms of Suicide, Dealing with Suicide, and Managing Speaking with Children about Suicide
October 7, 2020: Anxiety and Reintegrating into School
For the 2020-2021 school year, all sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. Click on the URL listed to access the Zoom link: http://www.katyisd.org/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx
Devices for Face to Face Students
In person instruction includes face-to-face instruction, in addition to the utilization of the digital learning management system, Canvas, for other in-class supports and resources. For face-to-face instruction, students are not required to have a device at school. However, students will sometimes be encouraged by their teachers to bring a device (i.e. chromebook, laptop, tablet, etc.) with them to school to work on and submit assignments in class via Canvas. This is being encouraged to promote safe practices and to reduce the overall number of shared devices between students. Furthermore, until further notice, students who are returning face-to-face will continue to use the devices checked out to them by the library.
Advisory for KVA Students
Every Monday, all Katy Virtual School Students must attend their advisory class via zoom on Monday each week to participate in our Character Strong lesson.
The other days of the week students will not need to meet via zoom and KVA students can be use this time to take a break, eat lunch and/or study for classes.
Checking Students In and Out During the School Day
To Check-In a Student
- Late Check-In (Tardy) - Please come into the office with your student. Our receptionist, Maureen Barton, will show you where we have a QR code posted. Scan it with your phone, and provide the requested information to check your student in.
- Returning from an appointment - If your student has a note from their doctor or appointment, you do not have to come in with your student. They will be granted access and can check in directly with our attendance clerk, Meghann Slayden.
To Check-Out a Student
- Please come into the front office. Our receptionist, Maureen Barton, will show you where we have a QR code posted. Please scan it with your phone and provide the requested information
- Please show your ID to Ms. Barton. She will share that verification with our attendance clerk, Meghann Slayden, who will then call for your student.
- You may either wait for your student in the sitting area or outside or in your car. (If you choose to wait inside and it becomes too crowded, you may be asked to wait outside for safe distancing purposes.)
Thank you for your help and your patience as we work to develop these new procedures to better serve you and our students!
Email Mrs. Foley for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Transportation Bus Service & Route Information
Transportation WebQuery is now Available! Are you eligible for Bus Service? Katy ISD Transportation WebQuery can tell you. Find your Bus Number, Bus Stop and Pickup Time by using the WebQuery. Enter Your House Number and Street, select your child's grade or school and find out about your eligibility for service, or when and where your child can catch the bus.
Bus Tracking System
For parents and patrons having children who are eligible for transportation services in Katy ISD, click here for information on how to download the application.
The campus code for WCJH is 52218172.
Transportation/School Buses & Masks
As part of our enhanced safety practices on school buses, no more than two children will be assigned to a bus seat, drivers and students of all ages will be required to wear masks, hand sanitizer will be stationed at the entry of every vehicle, buses will be sanitized between routes, airflow will be increased throughout the bus by keeping windows rolled down and air conditioning on, and students’ time on the vehicle will be minimized whenever possible.
ILLNESS CHART: Can My Child Go To School Today?
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/
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.
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.
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