Jaguar Update

Issue #35, Monday, May 9th

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.

Jaguar Families

Thank you to all of our 8th grade volunteers, moms, and dads who organized an outstanding 8th Grade Celebration and Dance. Approximately 200 8th grade students celebrated the completion of 8th grade at WMJH with a dance on Saturday, May 7th. Thank you to all volunteers and to Ms. Farley for leading the committee and developing the 8th Grade Slideshow!


We have a busy week with 6th and 7th Grade STAAR Testing this week.

6th Math-Tuesday

6th Reading-Wednesday

7th Math-Thursday

7th Reading-Friday


All school activities will be complete by 6 PM the night before a grade level has a STAAR test. We want our kids to get a great night's rest and a full breakfast the morning of the exam. All testing students will be eating lunch right after their exam at 1:05 PM.


Our Jaguar Soccer teams will be in action this week against Katy Junior High at Katy High School. Come out to cheer on our boys on Monday at 5:45 PM and our girls on Tuesday at 5:45 PM.


And finally, our Choir Spring Concert is this Friday, May 13th at 6:30 PM in our Cafe.


Let's make it a great week, Jaguars!

Mr. Knobbe

First Year Orchestra at Katy Festival

Mr. Peterson and our first year orchestra students learning and growing at the Katy Festival!
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What's Happening in Jaguar Country?

Monday, May 9th

5:15 PM Boys Soccer v. Katy at Katy HS


Tuesday, May 10th

9:00 AM 6th Grade Math STAAR Testing - CAMPUS CLOSED

5:15 PM Girls Soccer v. Katy at Katy HS


Wednesday, May 11th

Happy Nurse's Day!

9:00 AM 6th Grade Reading STAAR Testing - CAMPUS CLOSED


Thursday, May 12th

9:00 AM 7th Grade Math STAAR TESTING - CAMPUS CLOSED


Friday, May 13th

9:00 AM 7th Grade Reading STAAR TESTING - CAMPUS CLOSED

6:30 PM Choir Spring Concert


Coming Soon

5/16 STAAR testing - closed campus

5/17 STAAR testing - closed campus

5/19 7th grade awards ceremony

STAAR Testing this Week

Remember that your students can bring a bottle of water to STAAR testing and a book or novel to read silently after finishing the exam.


We are providing snacks for our testing students AND all students have the opportunity to have free breakfast each morning, so we encourage our students to eat a full breakfast at home or get to school at 8:30 for the free breakfast.


During STAAR testing, students taking a STAAR exam will begin at approximately 9:10 AM and eat lunch at 1:05 PM on those testing days.



Tuesday-6th Grade Math

Wednesday - 6th Grade Reading

Thursday- 7th Grade Math

Friday- 7th Grade Reading

May Testing Schedule for STAAR and Final Exams

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HB 4545 Information Accelerated Instruction

Per House Bill 4545, students who do not participate in or successfully complete state testing are provided opportunities to participate in 30 hours of accelerated instruction for each content area assessment not taken or not passed. Katy ISD will offer a variety of opportunities, for specific grade levels, through the KSAT program this summer to complete this requirement. Information regarding the HB4545 Accelerated Learning opportunities is available on the KSAT webpages and is offered by invitation only.

Jaguar Nurse's Clinic News and Updates

“Daily” medicines will be kept thru the last day. Anything left in the clinic after the last day of school will be disposed of per KISD policy. All controlled substances and Epi pens will need to be picked up by the parent or legal guardian. All permission forms for medicines, permits to carry inhalers/Epi pens, Allergy Action Plans, Seizure Action Plans, Diabetic Care Plans, etc., are renewed each school year. Please take care of it this summer. All forms can be found on the www.katyisd.org website under Health Services. The forms must have a date after May 26, 2022 to be used for the 2022-2023 school year. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached by email or by phone from 8:20am to 3:20pm Monday thru Friday until Thursday, May 26.


Becky Barrera, RN 281-237-6425

Fax number is 281-644-6477 and email is rebeccalbarrera@katyisd.org

WMJH Spring Final Exam Bell Schedule

Families,


Please take a look a the bell schedule and final exam schedule for the week of May 23rd to May 26th. All students will be taking exams through Thursday, May 26th, the last day of school. Students must complete all exams in order to transition to the next grade level.

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Free and Reduced Meal Eligibility for 22-23 School Year

This April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that all schools would be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through the last day of school in May 2022. In preparation for summer school, it is important for families to complete the meals benefit application to determine eligibility for free and reduced meals for the summer semester. More information about free and reduced meals benefits can be found here. U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Programs Income Eligibility Guidelines.

Act Fast: Extra yearbook copies now available!

Here’s one last chance to capture lifelong memories. Less than 100 extra yearbooks currently available. But when they’re gone, they’re gone! So order your WEST MEMORIAL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 2022 yearbook before they sell out. Order today at http://jostensyearbooks.com?ref=A08358600.

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6th Grade Immunizations

ATTENTION 6th GRADE PARENTS!!! Letters have been sent to 6th grade students with immunizations due. If you did not receive a letter it MIGHT be because the student is up to date. There were only a few 6th graders that fall into this category. So please check with the WMJH clinic if you did not receive a letter and are unsure of your child’s shot status.


Menactra (meningitis vaccine) is a requirement. The new Tdap (tetanus booster) is required for those whose last tetanus is more than 5 years old. . You should check your child’s records for these vaccines and provide documentation to the school nurse. The documentation needs to have the date given along with the Doctors stamp and signature for it to be valid. Computer printouts from the doctor’s office are valid only if the office also stamps or signs the document. Please make sure that the Tdap is stated as such and not entered as a DTap (this is a different vaccination).

Please refer to the Texas Department of Health website for complete information regarding immunization requirements or exemptions www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school .


Schedules will be held for those seventh grade students who do not provide updated records with immunizations on them before schedule pick up in August.

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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.

Updated Katy ISD Fine Arts

Spring Art Show Virtual Gallery is LIVE!
The Katy ISD Spring Art Exhibit is available to the public April 28th through July 30th by way of the KISD Spring Art Virtual Gallery. This virtual gallery highlights all PK-12 artwork that was displayed at this year's in-person Spring Art Show at the Merrell Center Arena. If you missed the in-person event, or just want to see all of the fabulous art again, check out the virtual gallery!


Katy Young Artist Competition (KYAC)
The top performing students from the High School UIL Solo & Ensemble will be competing this Saturday for an opportunity to perform in the KYAC Outstanding Performer Recital being held at Jordan HS Performing Arts Center on Sunday, May 15 @ 2:00 p.m. These students will perform this Saturday for university level faculty who will select the outstanding performers. This recital will be open to the public and will be a great opportunity for district faculty, students, and community to hear these amazing students.


Fine Arts Singing Day / Recognition Day
Katy ISD Fine Arts Department will be recognizing all the graduating seniors that will be continuing their studies in the fine arts at the college/university level. This will include students majoring or minoring in fine arts and students continuing studies and participation in their respective fine arts discipline. We invite all to be a part of this special occasion. The event will be held on Sunday, May 15 at the Jordan HS Performing Arts Center at 5:00 p.m.


Attention ALL Graduating Fine Arts Students
All graduating fine arts students, please fill out the information on the fine arts survey. This information will provide information to be included in the fine arts signing day as well as general information regarding the overall impact and role fine arts have contributed to the success of these students. Program directors have sent this survey link out to be completed by the student. Again, this survey is for all graduating fine arts students and not just those continuing at the college or university level.


JH Band Camp, JH Choir Camp, & JH Orchestra Summer Camps
Katy ISD will be holding music camps this summer for current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in each of these fine art disciplines. Information will be available through your campus director and the camp tiles will be available next week the district Pay ‘N’ Go to register your student.


Fine Arts Event Calendar
For a current list of fine arts performances, please click here for information.

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/Band/Cheer Physical Dates and Locations

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Katy ISD Summer Rec League Information

Sign up is now open till May 9th at: https://katyisd.revtrak.net/summer-recreation-prog-/. 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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Pre-Registration and PowerSchool Registration

PowerSchool Pre-Registration and Central Registration schedule: 2022-23

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Secondary Summer School Grades 6-12


Summer school registration for students currently in 6th - 12th grades who need course or credit recovery will open May 2, 2022. Summer School will offer one summer session from June 14 through July 14.


Summer school for students in grades 6th through 11th grade will be held at Cinco Ranch High School. Summer school for students in grade 12 and scheduled to graduate in August 2022 will be held at Raines Academy.


Course/Credit recovery will host assigned, mandatory and in-person orientation days for students during the week of June 14-17. After the orientation is complete, students may work on their courses remotely if their progress in the course is on target for completion. If students need additional support, they will have access to report to their assigned campus lab and teacher for in-person support, Monday through Thursday between 8:00am and 3:30pm.


Secondary summer school questions may be directed to juniorhighsummerschool@katyisd.org or highschoolsummerschool@katyisd.org.

KSAT Credit Recovery

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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.

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

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