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.
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
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.
Medication and Clinic Forms
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
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/
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.
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.
Katy ISD Love and Logic Parent Sessions
Please click here for more information at the district website and to register.
Back to School Videos
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