Jaguar Update

Issue #29, Monday, March 28th

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.

Dear WMJH Parents,

We had an exciting week last week filled with track meets, Region Choir auditions, and cheerleading tryouts! Congratulations to all our Jaguars out in the Katy ISD Community doing great things and representing WMJH with pride! We are also beginning our Masters Academy starting this week on Tuesday, March 29th! Our Jaguars have shown tremendous growth in the classrooms this year and we are excited to help our kids master their content in math, reading, science and social studies before STAAR Testing begins in the first week of May. Forms should have already been returned to the classroom teachers. We will ensure that our Masters Academy students will have access to our Late Bus that will depart from WMJH at 5 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students are welcome to walk home, ride their bikes, or parents are also welcome to pick up their students at 5 PM from the main parking lot in front of WMJH.


Let's make it a great week!


Mr. Knobbe

What's Happening in Jaguar Country?

Monday, March 28th

5:15 PM District Track Meet, Paetow HS


Tuesday, March 29th

4:05 PM Jag Academy, LGI

4:05 PM Choir rehearsal

4:05 PM STAAR Masters Academy

5:15 PM District Track Meet, Paetow HS


Wednesday, March 30th

4:05 PM STAAR Masters Academy

4:05 PM Theater rehearsals


Thursday, March 31st

8:00 AM Orchestra UIL, Cinco Ranch HS

8:00 AM Choir Katy Choral Festival, Holy Covenant UMC

4:05 PM Jag Academy, LGI

4:05 PM National Junior Honor Society Practice

4:05 PM STAAR Masters Academy

5:15 PM Tennis v. Mayde Creek JH at Mayde Creek HS


Friday, April 1st

Regular School Day

Fun Food Friday


Coming Soon

4/4 NJHS Induction Ceremony

4/5 Volunteer reception

4/8 Powder Puff game

Congratulations to Your 2022-2023 Jaguar Cheerleaders!

8th Grade:

Bribelen Figueroa

Maria F. Lyra Paludo

Amirah Jones

Heather Trevino

Violeta Bernal

Adalynn Lopez

Victoria Duncan

Ayva Keys

Riley Bittle


7th Grade:

Paola Mujica

Izabella Freifeld

Penelope Higgins

Addyson Stalinsky

Aubrey Lehmann

Hailey Norris

Congratulations Region 23 Honor Choir Auditions!

Congratulations to the following students who auditioned and have been accepted into the Region 23 Honor Choir:


Tomeya DeBouse

Victoria Duncan

Alejandro Hernandez

Ava Huynh

Alternate: Alana Bajd

Last Fun Food Friday of the school year!

Our last Fun Food Friday is scheduled for Friday, April 1. We could use your help to make this last one as successful as all the others. Sign up here to let us know where you can help https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084BA4AE22A4F94-funfood1

Course Verifications through SchoolLinks

COURSE EXTENSION!! The deadline to confirm your student's course selections via SchooLinks has been extended to 11:59 p.m. tonight, Monday, March 28, 2022. Confirmation must be made even if you do not request any changes to your student's course plan.


· 7th Grade students should have ONE elective.

· 8th Grade students should have TWO electives

· 9th Grade student should have 4 core classes plus 3 other courses

· Each student should have a total of 7 full year courses listed.


Remember this is not your schedule - it is just a list of the classes you signed up for next school year.


Mr. Nathaniel Welch

Rising 7th Grade Counselor


Mrs. Pearl Fierro

Rising 8th Grade Counselor


Mrs. Pam Ruderman

Rising 9th Grade Counselor



Parent Instructional Video https://www.loom.com/share/19b7b154031843b598b280f97cb8116b

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2022 WMJH YEARBOOKS! ORDER YOURS TODAY!

Make sure you order your 2021-22 school yearbook NOW! Order today so that you are guaranteed a yearbook. Don't wait! Order at: https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A08358600 or call 1-877-767-5217

WMJH Theatre Presents Snow White on April 22nd and 23rd!

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Jag Academy

Our Jag Academy is open for all students in grades 6-8 who need extra help with instruction in math, reading, science or social students after school every Tuesday and Thursday. We have teachers available to offer one on one instruction, tutoring, and assistance in all core content areas.


If students plan on attending Jag Academy, they need to arrive in the library by 4:10 PM and they need to show work at the door that they plan on completing. Students who arrive on time and have work to complete will be given a pass to ride the the late bus. The late bus leaves at 5 PM each Tuesday and Thursday and students need a pass to ride the bus. If students are not attending Jag Academy, they are not eligible to ride the last bus.

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Support our 8th Grade Dance

8th Grade Dance – The 8th grade class will continue to fundraise for their 8th grade dance at the end of the year. Please help support the students by participating in events coming up or ordering yard signs. If you are interested in helping plan the 8th grade dance or have questions, email Ashley at ashleyfarley7@icloud.com .

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Jaguar Spirit

Did you know that you can order yard signs to surprise students? The PTA is offering "You've Been Spotted" signs. For only $20 you can order the signs to be placed in the yard of someone for 24 hours. For an additional $5 you can also have a Happy Birthday sign included as well. All proceeds go to benefit the 8th grade dance. Fill out the order form and send it with your money to the front office.
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6th Grade Immunizations

Letters were sent home to 6th grade students who will need immunizations before 7th grade. Documentation for the following 7th grade required shots can be submitted to the clinic through the last day of school. Remember to keep a copy for your records. If not received by the last day of school you can send copies over summer. It not received by schedule pick up in August, your student will not be able to get their class schedule. Class schedules will be held until immunizations have been updated. Please call the School Nurse, Becky Barrera at 281-237-6425 for any questions.


v. Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap): Tdap is required for all students entering 7th grade if at least 5 years has lapsed since the last dose of a tetanus containing vaccine (DTap, DPT, DT). If 5 years have not elapsed since the last dose of a tetanus containing vaccine at entry into 7th grade, then this dose will become due as soon as the 5 year interval has passed. Td is acceptable if Tdap is medically contraindicated.


v. Meningococcal Vaccine: One dose is required for all students entering 7th v. Varicella vaccine (chickenpox): Two doses are required with the first on or after the first birthday, and the second dose prior to entry in the 7th grade, unless a parent or physician statement of disease is on file.


vi. Additional information regarding these immunizations including exemptions from immunizations can be obtained through the Texas Department of Health website: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/


Shot documentation needs to be stamped or signed by the validating facility or be on the facility letterhead. The document must include the month, day and year the vaccine was given. **** Computer print outs are valid only if the administering facility has stamped/signed the print out. *** Please keep a copy for your records when submitting them to the WMJH Clinic.

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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.

Fine Arts Updates

Fine Arts Event Calendar

Musical Season is upon us! We encourage the Katy community to attend our amazing fine arts productions that are held across the district. For a current list of fine arts performances, please click on the following link for information: https://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx


Note: For ticketed campus held events, please contact the local campus or program.

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.

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WMJH Link for Course Selection Information

Please click on the link below to go directly to the WMJH Counseling course selection website. Everything you need all in one place.


2022-23 Course Selection Information

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.
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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

Health Services

All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page.

Katy ISD Health Services Department has partnered with Texas Vaccine Institute to offer low-cost immunization opportunities for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the optional Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or the Flu vaccine.

WHEN: April 7, 2022
TIME: 2 – 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Professional Development Annex Building

Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:
WHO: Accepting insured and uninsured
PRICE: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS
BRING: Campus nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE" form, child’s personal immunization record, insurance card if insured. Accepting cash/credit/debit cards.

OPTIONAL VACCINES: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (5+ yrs.) at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.

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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