Volume 3, Issue 22 - January 3, 2021
A Message from Dr. Lowry
Welcome to 2021 and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a good break and found some time to relax and recharge.
I am excited to welcome back our students on Tuesday, January 5th. Face-to-face students will report to their 1st period classroom and KVA students are expected to login to Canvas and attend their 1st period class via zoom. Additional information can be found below.
Please enjoy the last few days of your break and we will see everyone on Tuesday, January 5th.
Dr. Andrew Lowry
WoodCreek Junior High
This Week in Timberwolf Nation
Monday, January 4
- Staff Professional Development Day - No School for Students!
Tuesday, January 5
- WELCOME BACK!
- Start of 4th Six Weeks
Wednesday, January 6
- Family Night - No Homework
- 7th Grade Girls Basketball vs Tays at WCJH
- 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs Tays at TJH
Thursday, January 7
- 7th Grade Boys Basketball vs Tays at TJH
- 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs Tays at WCJH
Friday, January 8
- College Spirit Day - Wear your favorite school's gear!
Schedules & Tuesday, January 5th Information
With the start of a new semester, we often have to evaluate our scheduling. Typically, the changes are minor and few. This school year, is much different. With the constant changing enrollment from Katy Virtual Academy to Face-to-face Instruction, we have been making schedule adjustments each six weeks. As we enter the fourth grading period, we have made some changes that we hope will be final, and prevent any future need to make changes.
As a result, most KVA students will receive a new schedule; however, some on-campus students may experience a schedule change so that we can balance and reduce class sizes. We are able to do this as we replaced KVA classes that were no longer needed with additional sections of on-campus classes. While we understand that change can be difficult for some students, we also recognize how it can foster growth.
On Tuesday, on-campus students will report to their first period class. Students can identify if they have a new first period by visiting the Home Access Center. They will receive a copy of their Spring Semester Schedule during first period.
KVA students will be able to view their new schedule in Home Access Center, and their Canvas pages will update to reflect that schedule when school resumes this week.
Students returning to on-campus instruction from KVA will report to their new first period class, and then be invited to the cafeteria for a brief “first day” orientation.
Thanks for your understanding of our scheduling needs. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor or grade-level Assistant Principal.
Face to Face Student Health Protocols
All students should complete a daily self-screening for symptoms prior to arriving to school or boarding a school bus.
- All students are provided daily guidance on proper hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and social distancing.
- All students are required to wear a facial covering upon arrival to school and dismissal, when riding a bus, in hallways, common areas and in classrooms.
- All facial coverings should cover the nose and mouth.
- All students must be up to date with state require immunization compliance.
- All students are provided sanitizing wipes to clean work space before classroom instruction begins.
- All students are encouraged to use hand sanitizer before classroom instruction begins and ends.
- All students are seated with as much separation as feasible during the instructional day.
If a student lost their ID, a replacement must be purchased promptly. Students can purchase a new one for $3 by scanning this QR code and completing the form. They can also purchase a replacement lanyard for an additional $2.
Failure to follow these procedures can result in disciplinary consequences.
Toy Drive Update
WCJH Student Council wants to thank all of the families who brought such generous donations to our toy drive for Texas Children’s Hospital. We loaded up and dropped off 200 toys. Thank you for helping us give back to our community!
GT Screening Begins Thursday
Letters regarding the next steps in GT screening were sent out via email and/or advisory classes during exam week in December. GT screening begins this Thursday, January 7th. Please make sure you know when you are coming to screen.
All GT screening will be in the GT office located in the back of the library right next to the door to the LGI. For more information, read the email sent regarding specific details for GT screening as it pertains to you.
Please contact Danielle Peterson at DanielleCPeterson@katyisd.org or (281) 237-7482 with any questions or concerns regarding GT or GT screening.
PTA Gift Card Collection
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.
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/
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