Jaguar Update

Issue #31, Monday, April 11th

West Memorial Junior High Mission Statement

In partnership with our parents and community, West Memorial Junior High seeks to develop life-long learners that pursue a productive and fulfilling life by fostering the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of each child.

Dear WMJH Parents,

We have a busy week planned with Band UIL Sight Reading, tennis, soccer, Jag Academy sessions and STAAR Masters Academy. We are excited for all of the things our Jaguars will accomplish in this four-day week. Remember that Friday, April 15th and Monday, April 18th are Student and Staff Holidays.


We would also like to congratulate our WMJH Volunteer of the Year, Ms. Tara White! We have so many moms, dads, and family members who give their time and energy back to our school and our kids during fine arts events, Fun Food Fridays, 8th Grade Dance Fundraisers, athletics events. We appreciate you!


Our STAAR Testing season is approaching and you can take a look at the scheduled STAAR exams below. Please note that per House Bill 4545 any student who does not participate in the grade level STAAR testing will be required to complete 30 hours of accelerated instruction in that content.


Mr. Knobbe

Congratulations WMJH Volunteer of the Year, Ms. Tara White!

Thank you, Ms. White, for the countless hours volunteering at WMJH for choir concerts, theatre events, Fun Food Fridays and so much more. The WMJH students, staff, and community appreciate you!
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Thank You Life Skills Students and Fine Arts

A huge thank you to Ms. Anderson and Ms. Hernandez's Life Skills students for hosting, decorating, and reading poems of gratitude to our WMJH Volunteers at our Volunteer Celebration on April 5th. Another thank you goes to our Choir, Band, and Orchestra for performing!
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Congratulations WMJH National Honor Society Inductees!

70 WMJH 7th and 8th graders were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Monday, April 4th. Congratulations to these young ladies and gentlemen for demonstrating scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship both in our hallways and in the community!
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STAAR Testing Schedule

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What's Happening in Jaguar Country?

Monday, April 11th

5:45 PM Boys Soccer v. Cinco Ranch JH at Cinco Ranch HS


Tuesday, April 12th

9:30 AM Band - Varsity UIL Concert and Sight Reading @ Seven Lakes HS

4:05 PM Jag Academy/STAAR Master's Academy

5:45 PM Girls soccer v. Cinco Ranch JH at Cinco Ranch HS


Wednesday, April 13th

11:30 AM NJHS to Fuddruckers

4:05 PM Jag Academy/STAAR Master's Academy

5:30 PM KISD Spring Art Show Open House @ The Merrell Center


Thursday, April 14th

4:05 PM Jag Academy/STAAR Master's Academy

5:15 PM Tennis v. McDonald JH at Katy HS


Friday, April 15th

HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL


Monday, April 18th

HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL


Coming Soon

4/19 & 20, 7th grade to STEAM center

4/21 Spirit Night for Fajita Pete's

4/22 & 23, WMJH Theatre Presents Snow White

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
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WMJH Theatre Presents Snow White on April 22nd and 23rd!

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Get Your Snow White Tickets Here!

Please use the following link to purchase tickets http://vancoevents.com/BDVE or scan the QR code below. See you on the April 22nd weekend!

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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.

Support our 8th Grade Dance

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 .

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6th Grade Immunizations

Letters were sent home to 6th grade students who will need immunizations before 7th grade. Documentation for the following 7th grade required shots can be submitted to the clinic through the last day of school. Remember to keep a copy for your records. If not received by the last day of school you can send copies over summer. It not received by schedule pick up in August, your student will not be able to get their class schedule. Class schedules will be held until immunizations have been updated. Please call the School Nurse, Becky Barrera at 281-237-6425 for any questions.


v. Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap): Tdap is required for all students entering 7th grade if at least 5 years has lapsed since the last dose of a tetanus containing vaccine (DTap, DPT, DT). If 5 years have not elapsed since the last dose of a tetanus containing vaccine at entry into 7th grade, then this dose will become due as soon as the 5 year interval has passed. Td is acceptable if Tdap is medically contraindicated.


v. Meningococcal Vaccine: One dose is required for all students entering 7th v. Varicella vaccine (chickenpox): Two doses are required with the first on or after the first birthday, and the second dose prior to entry in the 7th grade, unless a parent or physician statement of disease is on file.


vi. Additional information regarding these immunizations including exemptions from immunizations can be obtained through the Texas Department of Health website: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/


Shot documentation needs to be stamped or signed by the validating facility or be on the facility letterhead. The document must include the month, day and year the vaccine was given. **** Computer print outs are valid only if the administering facility has stamped/signed the print out. *** Please keep a copy for your records when submitting them to the WMJH Clinic.

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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.

Katy ISD Immunization Opportunities

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: May 5, 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.

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


Note: For ticketed campus held events, please contact the local campus or program.

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.

Katy ISD Athletics Physicals

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Katy ISD Summer Rec League Information

Summer Recreation League
Sign up is now open till May 9th at: https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https://katyisd.revtrak.net/summer-recreation-prog-/___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzoxNzhkZGRlYmI1NmRmODUwY2QwMDMxOWZiZjI1ZjVjYTo2OjNiZTA6ZWJmYmViOTA4YzcxNjlmMGE0OTlmYzE1Y2Q4MTA3OTI3YWFkMDI0NmI3Yzg0ODNiMTFkMjM0NWIzYmRjZjEyMzp0Ok4 The Summer Recreational League is designed for the participants to have fun as well as a renewed enthusiasm for the game. Whether you are a first-time player just starting out or a “veteran” who’d like to maintain your overall game skills, the KISD Summer Recreational League offers an extraordinary opportunity to gain confidence, play with JH/HS teammates.

Boys Basketball – grades 7-9th
Girls Basketball – Grades 7th-8th

Volleyball –Grades 7th -8th

Tennis – All Ages

Swimming – All Ages

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WMJH Link for Course Selection Information

Notice – Junior High Algebra I Placement for 2022-2023

Students who are enrolled in 7th Grade Math KAP or KAP/GT, who make a 70 or better course average for the year, will be enrolled in Algebra I in the eighth grade.

Students who are enrolled in 7th Grade Math KAP or KAP/GT, with a course average of below 70 for the year, wishing to take Algebra I in eighth grade, must register to take the Credit by Exam for Eighth Grade Mathematics. A score of 80% or better is required on the Credit by Exam for eligibility for Algebra I in eighth grade. The deadline for requesting CBE is May 6, 2022 for the July 11-14 testing window.

Letters to parents about this process will be distributed to students on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

Students who are enrolled in 7th grade Academic Mathematics who wish to accelerate their math instruction may take advantage of the district’s Credit by Exam (CBE) process for the 8th grade curriculum. Students must score 80% or better on the CBE to access Algebra I in eighth grade. The deadline for requesting CBE is May 6, 2022 for the July 11-14 testing window.

Contact Ms. Fierro, 7-th Grade Counselor if you would like more 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

Attention 8th Grade Parents

Did you know that your student can take the following courses in summer school?

Physical Education

Health

Professional Communication

World Geography/World Geography KAP


All courses are asynchronous, which means there are no set times for students to be online. The courses are completed at the student's pace.


Summer Session 1 dates are June 1-June 30. The last day to register is May 30.

Summer Session 2 dates are July 5-August 3. The last day to register is July 1.


The cost varies depending on economic status. Classes are free for students with free lunch status. Classes are $50 for students with reduced lunch status. Classes are $200 for students with full-pay status.


See the link below for more detailed information:

https://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Registration.aspx


Registration - Katy Independent School District

Registration & Courses Cost. Most KVS courses are $200 per semester. Registration Process. To register for a course through KVS: 1. Registration for Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 opens February 1, 2022 at 7AM.

www.katyisd.org



Begin registration here:

https://registration.powerschool.com/family/Login?ReturnUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fregistration.powerschool.com%2Ffamily%2Fdirectaction&AutoLogOut=False

Contact katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org with questions. Thank you.

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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)
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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.

Katy ISD Virtual Parent Education Opportunity

Katy ISD is hosting a virtual screening of the documentary LIKE during the month of April. LIKE goes in-depth about the influence of social media in our lives. The film brings perspectives from kids, adults and experts to explain how social media use can affect our mental state and the brain science involved in that impact. Access the virtual screening of LIKE here.

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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.

Partner with Parents App

Katy ISD values the continued partnership with our parents to ensure our students have access to the finest instructional resources available. The PWP Online Book Review app has been expanded to include review options for all Instructional Resources. Parents/Guardians with concerns regarding an Instructional Resource (i.e. Instructional Materials, Library Books, Internet/Online Materials) that may be in violation of Board Policy EF Local that pertains to the “pervasively vulgar" standard, are encouraged to fill out an online review form via the Partner with Parents (PWP) Instructional Resource Review app available on MyKaty cloud. To access the PWP app, log in to MyKaty using your Katy ISD ID number and password. Parents/guardians will use the same ID and password used to log into the Home Access Center (HAC).

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 Operational Staff Challenges

Katy ISD’s Operations Division, which consists of bus drivers, food service employees, custodians, skilled trades, and other essential staff, has been particularly hard hit by staffing shortages, with over a hundred existing vacancies. In result, parents may see minor adjustments to bus service, cafeteria menu options, and campus maintenance schedules when needed. Please know that our dedicated operations teams are making every effort to minimize the impact on these services.

Katy ISD is Hiring!

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

ELEMENTARY SUMMER SCHOOL

Eligible elementary students may attend one of the following summer elementary programs. Elementary campus counselors will be in contact during the spring semester to confirm student eligibility. Elementary summer school is offered by invitation only.


ESL/Bilingual Program
English Language Development Program
HB 4545 Accelerated Learning for students in 5th grade.


Elementary summer school questions may be directed to elementarysummerschool@katyisd.org.

NEW ELEMENTARY BELL SCHEDULE: 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

Katy ISD’s elementary bell schedule will see a slight adjustment beginning fall 2022 in an effort to maximize bus routes, minimize service delays, and accommodate for ongoing driver shortages. Please note that the bell schedule adjustment only affects elementary campuses. There will be no change to the 2022-2023 Katy ISD junior high nor high school bell schedules.
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Katy ISD Graduation Schedules

SPRING GRADUATION


Legacy Stadium Graduation Schedule

  • 6:00 p.m: Legacy Stadium Parking Lot Gates Open
  • 6:30 p.m: Campus Staff Arrival at Designated Stadium Gate
  • 7:00 p.m: Legacy Stadium Gates Open for Graduates & Guests
  • 8:00 p.m: Graduation Ceremony Begins


In the event inclement weather is severe and impacts the scheduled evening ceremony, the graduation ceremony will be rescheduled to 9:00 a.m. the following day at Legacy Stadium. However, every effort will be made to ensure the 8:00 p.m. evening ceremonies remain on schedule.


Inclement Weather Rescheduled Legacy Stadium Graduation Ceremony

  • 7:00 a.m. Legacy Stadium Parking Lot Gates Open
  • 7:30 a.m. Campus Staff Arrival at Designated Stadium Gate
  • 8:00 a.m. Legacy Stadium Gates Open for Graduates & Guests
  • 9:00 a.m. Graduation Ceremony Begins

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 Fierro, 7th Grade Counselor

Nathaniel Welch, 6th Grade Counselor