Volume 3, Issue 30 - February 28, 2021
A Message from Dr. Lowry
It was an exciting week back! The highlight of my week was getting to celebrate three amazing individuals that serve our campus. It is my honor to announce the following recipients of our “of the year awards.” Congratulations to all and GO TIMBERWOLVES!
- Mr. Rob Schindler – Teacher of the Year
- Ms. Angelia Barry – Instructional Paraprofessional of the Year
- Mrs. Meredith Bollich – Non-Instructional Paraprofessional of the Year
Dr. Andrew Lowry
WoodCreek Junior High
This Week in Timberwolf Nation
Monday, March 1
- WCJH Spirit Day - Wear your Timberwolf Gear!
Tuesday, March 2
- Orchestra Performance
Wednesday, March 3
- Boys Track meet at Katy HS
- Orchestra Performance
Thursday, March 4
- Girls Track meet at Tompkins HS
- Choir Spring Concert
Friday, March 5
- College Spirit Day - Sport your favorite school's colors!
- Spring Picture Day
- Theatre One-Act Performance
WCJH Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Rob Schindler, our Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Rob Schindler who has been named our 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year! Mr. Schindler is an outstanding leader and gives his all to the students, staff and community of WoodCreek Junior High. One of our parents wrote, “We were fortunate to have Mr. Schindler last year, and again this year. I was able to hear and see firsthand (via zoom) how he interacts with his students and keeps them engaged, while still making it fun.” Furthermore, another parent stated, “Mr. Schindler has made a difference in our world, just by being in it.” Please be sure to congratulate Mr. Schindler on this well-deserved and outstanding achievement.
WCJH Instructional Paraprofessional of the Year
Congratulations to Angelia Barry, our Instructional Paraprofessional of the Year!
Congratulations to Angelia Barry who has been named our 2020-2021 Instructional Paraprofessional of the Year! Ms. Barry goes above and beyond to do whatever is asked with perfection. One staff member wrote, “She has taken on her new role with such dedication and responsibility. She has reorganized the ISS office and made it more efficient. She consulted ISS paras at other schools and has even gone to visit one or two to see how they do things to learn and bring back ideas to make our program better. When she doesn't have kids, she is the first to volunteer to help in any other way that is needed around campus!” Ms. Barry is a positive force who is willing to listen and offer as much assistance as she can to make our students and staff members’ lives as easy as possible. Congratulations Ms. Barry!
WCJH Non-instructional Paraprofessional of the Year
Congratulations to Meredith Bollich, our Non-Instructional Paraprofessional of the Year!
Congratulations to Meredith Bollich who has been named our 2020-2021 Non-Instructional Paraprofessional of the Year! As we all know, it takes more than a brief summary to explain how amazing Meredith is at WoodCreek Junior High School, and what she does to support our staff, students, and community. Without reservation, it is easy to say that Meredith is the one person who holds our entire organization together. Our staff consistently rave about Meredith and say she is the friendliest and most helpful person we have at WoodCreek. Meredith is beloved by all! One staff member who nominated her for this honor wrote, “She is the school mom. She is my go to for everything. She always is positive and has a smile even though she has every reason to be so annoyed. She has helped keep this campus running with all the new faces. She is SO deserving!” Congratulations Meredith!
Spring Picture Day - Friday, March 5th
Spring Picture Day is this Friday, March 5, and we can’t wait to see your student’s personality shine! It’s been a challenging year, so we decided to have some fun with the Spring Shoot. We will photograph both On Campus and Virtual Students.
Does your student have a signature look or pose? We want to see it … as long as it’s school appropriate, of course! So, dress them in their best or most creative outfit, add a prop (if the school allows) and practice striking their favorite standing pose. If your student needs help striking a pose, we’ve got them covered!
Also, since we could not take Class Pictures this year, we are offering Grade Level Mosaics! Each student who took a Fall photo will appear on the Mosaic, along with your school name, grade level and year.
All orders are Prepay. We do not email proofs. Online orders will be mailed directly to the address provided.The Prepay Link will only be available for ONE WEEK after Picture Day. After that, you will need to call or email Customer Service for help with late orders.
All pictures will be taken during your student's PE period. If your student has off-campus PE, we will call them down during their advisory period. If your student is in KVA, our photo window for them will be after school on Friday, May 5th. Please email email@example.com, and she will send you a link to sign up.
We know that every student in front of our camera is the most important child in the world to someone. We look forward to photographing yours! Thank you for the opportunity!
Photo Texas Photography
Houston Customer Service: 800.883.6463
firstname.lastname@example.org - Learn about our COVID19 protocols. (Not all locations are conducting outdoor shoots as shown in the video. Please speak with your PTP Houston representative for more information.)
Missed Fall Picture Day AND Want To Be In the Yearbook?
Click Here for the submission information.
Volunteer of the Year Nominations
We are so excited to begin accepting nominations for the 2020-21 WoodCreek Junior High Volunteer of the Year! Our volunteer family is what makes our school so wonderful, providing additional support to staff, faculty, and students. Although this year has been filled with challenges and limitations, we are still so thankful for our volunteer family.
Please nominate a WCJH volunteer who you think has gone above and beyond to positively impact our campus community. Nominations will be accepted until March 5th. Please click here to submit your nomination.
Readopoly Reading Challenge
- Readopoly begins January 11th and Ends April 27, 2021. ONLY BOOKS COMPLETED WITHIN THIS TIME WILL COUNT.
- Pick Up a board from the library or you can print one at home.
- Complete the challenge by reading books identified in the spaces of the game board.
- Every time you complete a section of 10, record the title on the space provided and show the library staff to receive your prize. (10-lunch with friend or poster, 20-pick your prize, 30-free ID/Lanyard, 39-Meal voucher to a fast food restaurant).
- Students may bring their boards to the library or email a photo to email@example.com * KVA students can pick up their prizes from 9:30-3:00pm on Fridays (call the library with your name and we will bring out the prize to your vehicle.
- If you read 39 books your name will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing. Two winners will be drawn for $25.00 dollars, worth of Amazon books.
The books will be student choice but must meet the Katy ISD book selection policy.
Library Checkout Procedure
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.
KHS 9th GRADE CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS
Note that this meeting is in-person and parent attendance is required in order for a student to try out.
Katy ISD Blood Drive Challenge
KATY ISD SAVES LIVES: BLOOD DRIVE CHALLENGE
Current Regional Blood Supply at a CRITICAL NEED:
Less Than 1 Day!
3,000 UNITS OF BLOOD LOST
DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS!
Schedule your donation today!
Katy ISD Legacy Stadium - Meeting Rooms
1:00 pm - 07:00 pm
5175 Franz Rd
Katy, TX 77493
Gate 1 - Enter on Katy Hockley Rd near Walgreens
* FREE T-SHIRT & FREE COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTING *
Trophies Awarded to the Winning Schools!
APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED PLEASE
Help ensure safe social distancing by prescheduling your appt.
Questions? Contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Blood Center is requiring that donors wear a mask or face covering when at a blood drive. In the case that you do not have one, staff will offer you one. The safety of donors and staff are important to us. Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Join the Yearbook Staff!
Click HERE for the application. All parts of the application are due FRIDAY, MARCH 26.
Destigmatizing Mental Health
The next session focuses on the topic of "Destigmatizing Mental Health" which is a very important and meaningful matter for everyone to consider. One in five US adults lives with a diagnosed mental health condition, and diagnoses of depression and anxiety have increased by 250,000 since the onset of COVID-19. Please click here for information about how to join this Zoom webinar. You can also find out more about the Legacy Parent Academy and find links to previous topics.
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/
Support the Katy ISD Education Foundation
Signal Your Support for Katy ISD Teachers
In the last 9 years, WoodCreek Junior High has received $7,614 in Inspiring Imagination teacher grants. This year, we invite you to join our community-wide initiative rallying friends and neighbors in support of Katy ISD teachers. Support the Katy ISD Education Foundation with $20 + monthly and receive an “I Support Teachers” decal in the mail!
All proceeds benefit the Foundation’s Inspiring Imagination teacher grants.
2019-20 Federal & School Report Cards
Katy ISD is sharing information about the state, district, and your child’s campus as part of our obligations under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). Two report cards (Federal and School) are available for your review in the front office of our school or online at www.katyisd.org/accountability. The 2019-20 Federal Report Cards can also be accessed online at https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/frc/2020/srch.html. The 2019-20 School Report Cards can also be accessed online at https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src/src_srch.html
Katy ISD comparte información sobre el estado, distrito y escuela de su hijo(a) como parte de nuestras obligaciones bajo la ley federal ''Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)''. Están disponibles dos boletas de calificación (federal y escolar) para su revisión en la oficina principal de nuestra escuela o en línea: www.katyisd.org/accountability. Las boletas de calificaciones federales 2019-20 también pueden obtenerse en línea: https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/frc/2020/srch.html. Las boletas de calificaciones escolares 2019-20 también pueden obtenerse en línea: https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src/src_srch.html .
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.
Contact Emails for Smart Restart 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
Free and Reduced Lunch Application
Due to the impact of COVID-19, Katy ISD is providing a free breakfast and lunch to all students through the end of June. However, since the free meal waiver for all students expires on June 30, we want to make sure that students who were eligible for free and reduced meals last school year continue to receive free meals as we continue into the start of the new school year. Student meal eligibility also contributes to additional funding for your child’s campus and the district.
The Free & Reduced Lunch application can be completed in your student’s SchoolCafe account here.
The PTA plays a vital role in our school - by sponsoring many of our important and fun activities and by supporting our teachers, staff, and students! Even in the midst of the changes we have this year on campus, we rely on our PTA for many things.
Don't miss out on any of it - click here to join the WoodCreek Junior High PTA!
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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