Timberwolf Times

Volume 3, Issue 8 - September 6, 2020

A Message from Dr. Lowry

Good Afternoon WoodCreek Family!


I hope everyone is finding some time to rest and relax this Labor Day weekend. On Tuesday, students who elected in person learning will return to WoodCreek Junior High School and our Katy Virtual Academy students will be continue learning online. Everyone has been working incredibly hard to get here and I am very grateful to have such amazing support. This is going to be an exciting and memorable week.


Please take some time to review this week's Timberwolf Times as it includes an abundance of important information. Furthermore, I recommend all families who elected in-person instruction to review our Return to School Information Newsletter that outlines important procedures and safety protocols for all face-to-face to learners to follow.


GO TIMBERWOLVES!


Dr. Lowry

Principal

WoodCreek Junior High

REMEMBER...Students that are enrolled in Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) should NOT report to campus on Tuesday, September 8th. Those that do will be sent home.

This Week in Timberwolf Nation

This week's Character Strong Dare for students is called No More Chores. Do all the chores for a family member for a week as a way to show your appreciation for them. Lighten someone's load this week. Doing acts of service like this can help free up someone's time which, during a busy week, can be a great gift!


Monday, September 7

  • Labor Day Holiday - No School for Students and Staff


Tuesday, September 8

  • Students who elected in-person instruction return to WCJH!
  • KVA Students continue learning online.


Wednesday, September 9


Thursday, September 10


Friday, September 11

  • College Spirit Day - Wear your favorite college gear!

Advisory for KVA Students

Starting September 14th, all Katy Virtual School Students must attend their advisory class via zoom on Monday each week to particpate in our Character Strong lesson. This week, teachers who have been assigned KVA advisories will be reaching out to their advisory students on Tuesday to provide them with information on how and when to log in each Monday. They will also be sharing updated information about our Respect the Pack initiative.


The other days of the week students will not need to meet via zoom and students can be used as a time for KVA students to take a break, eat lunch and/or study for classes.

Katy Virtual Academy - Second Grading Period Opt-In and Opt-Out Dates

The next opportunity to opt-in to in-person instruction or Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) instruction for the second grading period will be from August 31-September 18 (secondary) and September 21-October 2 (elementary). The opt-in commitment link will be available on your student’s campus home page. All opt-in changes are in effect at the beginning of the second six week (secondary) and nine week (elementary) grading period.


We appreciate your support, as campuses are working extremely hard to schedule and balance in–person and virtual learning classes for each grading period.


If you decide to change you child's learning environment from KVA to face-to-face, or from face-to-face to KVA, your child's schedule may be impacted in the following ways:


  • A change in the order of your child's classes
  • A change in your child's teachers


If you have any questions regarding the next opportunity to change your child’s learning option for the second grading period, please email KVA@katyisd.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

The Katy ISD Transportation Department is excited to communicate that all 2020-21 route buses are equipped with GPS systems. With the GPS systems, parents, campuses, and transportation personnel are able to track buses in real-time through a downloadable application from Edulog.


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.


Click here for Safety Protocols Demonstration Videos.

Medication and Clinic Forms

Due to current visitor restrictions, the process for medication and clinic form drop off has changed. Students will be allowed to bring non-controlled substances to the clinic once face to face classes begin. Required forms (physician orders, action plans, etc.) may also be emailed or faxed to 281-644-1861. However, parents will be required to make an appointment to drop off any controlled substances or medications that they prefer not to send with the student.


Please call the clinic at 281-234-0825 or email the nurse at TraceyANelson@katyisd.org with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

From the WCJH Counseling Team

Does your child need to speak to the school counselor? If so, please use this Google form to access your child's grade level counselor during virtual learning: https://forms.gle/3xCdhEZ6jEhZE3o28


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/

WCJH Athletics

Click here or on the picture above for information about WCJH 2020 Volleyball Tryouts

KVA Curbside “Grab and Go” Meals - beginning Monday, September 7

Students enrolled in Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch meals, curbside from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, September 7. Pick up is available at these four sites: Morton Ranch HS, Mayde Creek HS, Cinco Ranch HS, or Seven Lakes HS. Meals are packaged to be heated and eaten at home. Meals are to be picked up a day prior to the intended use. A breakfast and lunch picked up on Tuesday evening, for example, would be consumed Wednesday morning/ afternoon. Meals are charged based on the student’s eligibility (free, reduced, or full pay).

  • Breakfast: $1.25 ($.30 reduced) Elementary Lunch: $2.25 ($.40) Secondary Lunch: $2.75 ($.40 reduced)
  • Parents/students may pick up meals at any of the four sites. Student ID or current proof of enrollment is needed for meal service.
  • Meals may also be pre-ordered through SchoolCafe.com. Parents/students who pre-order will need to pick up their meals at the site assigned to them on SchoolCafe.com during the online pre-ordering process.
  • Menus and nutritional information are available on SchoolCafe.com.
  • Cashless payment is encouraged using Pay N’ Go.
Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Remember this must completed every year.

Technology Help Desk Contacts for Parents/Students Support Inquiries

Online: Katy ISD Tech Help

Or, click “Help” in Canvas

Or, call: 281.396.7400 Monday through Friday (6:30AM.-5:00PM)

Or, e-mail: parenttechsupport@katyisd.org

Withdrawals

If you have moved and are no longer zoned to WoodCreek Junior High School please let our registrar know.


WCJH Registrar - Leah Caffey (LeahCCaffey@KATYISD.ORG)

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.

Covid-19 Impact on Students

Please complete the following surveys to help us know about your needs and better understand how we can offer support to your student. We understand that these are unusual times and we care very much about our students and families during this pandemic. Please know that completion is voluntary and any information shared will remain confidential among those who need to know in order to support your child. Our campus support staff may contact you, to discuss additional needs and available supports.


English

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc09Jy67aJKsiJv2QMlSUKQ0PghhgN1n_2wbrheI5XA_gdAUA/viewform


Espanol

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUeJP2tMl7hiwCsXNQITWvMYq9x102I-AiUvICAG9urxn1Nw/viewform

Katy ISD Love and Logic Parent Sessions

Love and Logic Parenting classes will be offered over Zoom in the fall semester of 2020. This semester, participation in Love and Logic parenting classes will be free of charge while supplies last.


Please click here for more information at the district website and to register.

Back to School Videos

The district released several videos to show staff and parents what the new Covid safety protocols will look like.


http://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/School-Safety-Demonstration-Videos.aspx

KATY ISD Secondary School Bus Safety Protocols
KATY ISD Secondary Classroom Safety Protocols
KATY ISD Secondary Cafeteria Safety Protocols
KATY ISD Classroom Cleaning Safety Protocols

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.


General Questions

Katy Virtual Academy Questions

Special Education Questions

Special Programs (GT, ESL, Bilingual, Dyslexia, PreK, Interventions) Questions

Sign up for Important Updates - Join Remind

Join our remind groups for important text updates.


  • 6th Grade - Text the message @wcjhwolf27 to the number 81010.
  • 7th Grade - Text the message @wcjhwolf26 to the number 81010.
  • 8th Grade - Text the message @wcjhwolf25 to the number 81010.

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Contact Information

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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

School Information

Instructional Calendar 2020-2021 Click Here

Lunch Menus Click Here

Bus Transportation Click Here

Bus Schedules Click Here

Student Code of Conduct Click Here

Registration Information Click Here