Volume 3, Issue 18 - November 15, 2020
A Message from Dr. Lowry
What an incredible week it has been at WoodCreek Junior High! As your principal, it was great seeing all the students again. This week we got to celebrate our successful volleyball and football programs. Congratulations to our 8C Volleyball Team and our 7A, 7B, and 7C football teams who were named district champs. Despite the obstacles this unusual school year has brought, our coaches and athletes excelled and demonstrated greatness. Congrats to all!
This week we also had the chance to celebrate Veterans Day on Wednesday. Veterans Day is a U.S. holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. We are proud to have two veterans on staff at our campus. A BIG WoodCreek JH THANK YOU goes out to all Veterans in our community.
We're looking forward to another great week before taking next week off for Thanksgiving Break. This is the last week of our Virtual Book Fair - don't miss the chance to get started on your holiday shopping! We also have several great Spirit Night opportunities to take advantage of.
Lastly, as we approach Thanksgiving and Winter Holidays. I ask that we all stay diligent with our safety practices and keep our community safe and healthy.
Dr. Andrew Lowry
WoodCreek Junior High
This Week in Timberwolf Nation
Monday, November 16
- Timberwolf Spirit Day - Wear your WCJH Gear!
- Virtual Book Fair
Tuesday, November 17
- Virtual Book Fair
- Reason 2 Race Spirit Night
- Band Spirit Night
Wednesday, November 18
- Virtual Book Fair
- Choir Spirit Night
- KVA/In-Person Switch Window opens for 4th Six Weeks
Thursday, November 19
- Virtual Book Fair
- Fall Picture Re-Takes
Friday, November 20
- College Spirit Day - Wear your favorite college's gear!
- Virtual Book Fair
- Have a great Thanskgiving Break!
Gifted and Talented Screening
If you wish to screen for Katy ISD’s Gifted and Talented program for the 2021-2022 school year, Parent Checklist forms are now available in the counseling office.
Request for Additional GT Service forms are also available if you have already been identified as Gifted and Talented in at least one core subject, and you would like to screen for additional core subjects.
In order for your checklist to be considered, it must be filled out completely and signed by your parent/guardian.
The deadline to pick-up, complete, sign, and return each of these forms is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020. The deadline is firm, and no exceptions will be made.
Note: Students may be screened for G/T classes, as long as they were not already screened this school year.
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.
WCJH Scholastic Virtual Book Fair!
Shop online from November 9th to November 22th
Shop an expanded selection of books, posters and more online!
To get started follow the steps below.
- Go to https://www.scholastic.com/fair
- Enter WoodCreek Junior High or zip code, and select WoodCreek Junior High to reach the Book Fair Homepage
- Scroll down and click the “Shop Now” button – this will take you to shop online and earn rewards for your school at The Scholastic Store!
We encourage you to sign in or register once you reach The Scholastic Store. This will associate your Scholastic account to your school and make it easy to continue earning rewards for your school all year long! Just sign in and look for the yellow banner next time you shop at The Scholastic Store.
Fall Picture Day Retakes - This Week!
For in-person students: The photographer will be on the stage in the cafeteria during all lunches. We will call all students who have not had their photo taken yet to have theirs done at that time.
For KVA students: We will have time set aside before school that morning for KVA students to have their photo taken if they have not done so already. For more information and to sign-up for a time slot, please contact MeredithBollich@katyisd.org.
All orders are prepay. Photo Texas does not email proofs. Online orders will be mailed directly to the address provided.
- Type your school name in the search bar at the top of the page and hit enter. (You can also click on the month your school’s photos are being taken and find your school within the list.)
- Click on the logo or View Gallery.
- Enter your email address, and begin your order!
The Prepay Link will only be available for THREE DAYS after Retake Day. After that, you will need to call or email Customer Service for help with late orders. So, place your order today!
We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to take a snapshot of your student’s life! Thank you!
Photo Texas Photography Houston
Learn about our COVID19 protocols. (Not all locations are conducting outdoor shoots as shown in the video. Please speak with your PTP Houston representative for more information.)
Reason 2 Race Spirit Night!
Band Spirit Night at Mod Pizza
WCJH Choir Spirit Night at Mia's Table
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,
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.
Katy ISD Military Academies Night
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/
If your child has lost their ID, they can purchase a new one by scanning this QR code and completing the form.
*NEW* 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.
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
- 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.
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