Timberwolf Times

Vol. 2 Issue 16, November 13, 2019

A Message from Dr. Stone

Dear Parents,


We are glad to say that our “random ID sweeps” have been a great success and that our students are more mindful of having their ID on every day at school. The unintended consequence of this, though, is the expense of printing nearly 100 temporary IDs each day, which costs our staff and students in both money and time away from the classroom. We are asking for your help by ensuring that your student has on their school-issued ID badge when they leave home each morning. If they need a new one, it can be purchased at school for $3.


As an additional campus safety note, we are stressing to our students the importance of not opening our hallways’ exterior doors for anyone. Every person coming to our campus who has not been issued an access key must enter through the front reception area. Please help us by sharing this message with your student and by always using the front entrance yourself when you come to campus to volunteer or drop something off.


Together, the students, teachers, staff, and parents of WCJH are committed to a safe and secure campus.


Regards,


Dr. Melinda Stone

Principal

WoodCreek Junior High

WCJH Library News!

It's Book Fair Time!

Our fall book fair will start on November 18th. Students will be able to come in with their classes to preview and purchase books and trinkets. The link below also lets you preview the book fair. A new item is the Book Fair e-wallet for parents to pre-load an account with a selected amount of funds. These book fairs allow the school to bring in authors and provide reading enhancement activities for all to enjoy.


Author Visits

This year, students have various author visits to attend.

  • Kelly Milner Halls will be coming to speak to all 7th grade students on December 2nd.
  • Neal Shusterman will be coming to Katy High School on December 10th. There were 60 students selected from responses that will get the opportunity to see his lecture.
  • K.A. Holt will be visiting our campus on April 27th for a presentation of “Writing and Editing: Super Fun Times. (No, Really!).


Read It Forward

Our Read it Forward program started last week. There were 100 books spread out throughout classes around campus and in the library to kick off this fun program.

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Volunteer for Junior Achievement

We are looking for parent and community volunteers for our JA program this year! We would love to have you come help in our classrooms!


On Wednesday, November 20th, we will have the 6th grade JA Global Marketplace program. This program requires community volunteers to lead pre-planned sessions that help to educate and inspire young people to understand their role in the global economy and be ready for the workforce. The event will take place from 8:40 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.

A JA representative will host three online trainings prior to the event and those dates will be shared soon. Also, JA provides all materials for the program.

If you have volunteered in the past, we hope that you will join us again this year to help inspire a new group of 6th graders.

To volunteer, or if you have questions, please contact Kelly Watkins at kellymwatkins@katyisd.org

We hope to see you in the classroom!

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Katy ISD SpeakUP for Safe Schools

This school year, Katy ISD launched its SpeakUP app, an anonymous reporting tool, along with the SpeakUP for Safe Schools informational campaign. This campaign consists of brief, two-minute informational videos on topics impacting youth such as vaping, social media hoax threats, and bullying. These videos will be shown to our students over the coming weeks, and we are sharing them with you here. We will share a different one each week over a three-week period.


The SpeakUP for Safe Schools informational campaign also includes the Legacy Parent Academy, which is made up of sessions that address subject matters important to our district's parents, including ones similar to those in these videos. Please click the link here for more information on the Parent Academy.

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Speak Up to our Teachers and Staff!

Teachers and staff at WoodCreek Junior High want students to know that they can come to them if they are being bullied, teased or harassed. The video below are the stories that some of our teachers and staff have from when they were in school and they want students to know that they care and are listening when students come to them. Our students are worth it!
We Are Listening - Come See Us!

Gifted & Talented Program - Spring Screening

Junior High Students who have not already been screened this school year and want to be screened for G/T classes for the 2020-2021 school year can pick up a Parent Checklist form from the Counseling office or by clicking here beginning on November 11th. This completed form needs to be returned to the Counseling Office no later than 12/4/2019.


Students currently in G/T classes that wish to add more for next year may pick up a Request for Additional Screening form from the Counseling Office. This form must be returned no later than 12/4/2019.


The firm deadline for return of these forms is 4:00pm on December 4, 2019.

No forms will be accepted after the deadline.


Questions? Please contact our G/T Facilitator, Liz Steinger, at elizabethjsteinger@katyisd.org.

Spanish for Spanish Speakers Assessment

In an effort to provide information in advance of course selection and planning for next year, the Spanish for Spanish Speakers placement testing process will occur in the fall semester.


The Spanish for Spanish Speakers placement test will be given to 7th grade students who have indicated Spanish as the home language on the Home Language Survey. The purpose of this test is to identify students eligible to participate in the Spanish for Spanish Speakers Program. This course of study is designed for proficient Spanish speakers and allows four credits of Spanish to be earned in two academic years while in high school or two credits in junior high. This assessment is for placement purposes only and does not award credit for any course.


This assessment will take place at WCJH on December 4, 2019 during the school day. Letters will be sent home for students that have already been identified, and no further action is required unless you do not want your child tested.


If you do not received a letter and would like your child to participate in the assessment please contact Kodi Holmes at KodiLHolmes@katyisd.org before December 2, 2019.

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WCJH Fundraiser Reward Update

The CiCi's Pizza lunch outing (which is awarded to those students who sold 3 or more boxes of chocolate in the fall fundraiser) will be held on December 12th. Permission slips will be passed out on or before December 5th and should be signed and returned before the event.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

November 18-22

WCJH Book Fair

November 20

6th Grade Junior Achievement Day

November 25-29

Thanksgiving Break