Timberwolf Times

Volume 3, Issue 23 - January 10, 2021

A Message from Dr. Lowry

Good Afternoon WoodCreek Family!


It was a great first week back, and I enjoyed visiting many classrooms to engage with our students and was happy to see their smiling faces. While this year has been filled with challenges, it is exciting to think we are halfway through this school year.


Please make sure you take some time to review’s this week’s Timberwolf Times as it includes a link to make a Teacher of the Year nomination, news about our amazing band students, and information about an exciting Grade Level Battle that starts next week to benefit the Katy ISD Education Foundation! There are also lots of important reminders and links to district programs and information.


GO TIMBERWOLVES!!!


Dr. Andrew Lowry

Principal

WoodCreek Junior High

This Week in Timberwolf Nation

Monday, January 11

  • WCJH Spirit Day - Wear your Timberwolf Gear!
  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball vs Cinco Ranch - at CRJH
  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs Cinco Ranch - at WCJH

Tuesday, January 12

  • WCJH Spelling Bee

Wednesday, January 13

  • Happy Hump Day!


Thursday, January 14

  • WCJH PTA General Membership Meeting
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball vs Cinco Ranch - at WCJH
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs Cinco Ranch - at CRJH

Friday, January 15

  • College Spirit Day - Wear your favorite school's gear!

Make-Up Exams

If your student has a final exam(s) to make-up from the fall semester and has not made alternate arrangements with their teachers, they must take the exams this week!


  • Time: 7:00 AM (later than 7:15 arrival will not be admitted).
  • Dates: Mon - Fri, January 11th - 15th.
  • Where: Room 1173 (NOTE change in location)
  • Use the back entrance where you enter for tutorials.


You must arrive by 7:15 AM, or you will not be able to test.

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Reminder - No Student Item Drop-Offs

Due to current Katy ISD Phase 1 protocols for CO-VID 19, we are unable to accept any drop off items for students at the front desk. This includes lunches.


If your student forgets their lunch, they will be able to get a lunch in the cafeteria. (Lunches are currently free for all students due to a grant given to the district.)


Please contact Maureen Barton (MaureenLBarton@katyisd.org) or Meredith Bollich (MeredithBollich@katyisd.org) with any questions. Thank you for your understanding!

WoodCreek Junior High Teacher of the Year

We are now accepting nominations for the WCJH 2020-21 Teacher of the Year! We welcome our parents and community members to submit a nomination for a teacher who has shown themselves to be an outstanding educator at WoodCreek Junior High.


Please click here for the nomination form. We look forward to announcing our 2020-21 Teacher of the Year!

WCJH Students Named to All-Region Band

From Bobby Guess, WCJH Band Director:


I hope everyone is enjoying the start of 2021!! This fall, we had over 70 students submit audition recordings for the TMEA Region 23 MS/JH All-Region Band. Region 23 consists of Katy ISD, Aleif ISD, and Houston ISD. We are so proud of ALL of our students’ hard work in preparing the audition materials. The students below were awarded chairs in this year’s All-Region Band. These students will be featured in a virtual Region 23 Band performance later this Spring. Congratulations!


Nick Garner, flute

Andrea Caballero, flute

Ashlyn Lee, flute

Nicholas Bailey, clarinet

Ethan Carroll, clarinet

Luis Patino, bass clarinet

Cayden Espinoza, alto sax

Julian Olson, trumpet

Frank Zhang, horn

Olisa Torola, horn

Caden Redding, trombone

Zachary Matthews, percussion

Allison Briggs, percussion

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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.

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.

Water Bottles

Please encourage your child to bring their own water bottles from home as they can still refill water bottles using the fountains. If your student needs water during the school day, they may purchase a bottle of water from the AP's office for $1.


Thanks Timberwolves!

Student ID's

Every student is required to wear their ID so that it can be seen at all times while they are on the WCJH campus. If a student forgets to bring their ID to school, they must obtain a temporary ID in either the cafeteria before school or in the AP office between classes.


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.

WCJH Athletics

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WCJH Library

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

Does your child need to speak to the school counselor? If so, please use this Google form to access your child's grade level counselor during virtual learning: https://forms.gle/3xCdhEZ6jEhZE3o28


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/

Yearbook Ads

Honor your student in the yearbook with a Recognition Ad!

To learn how you can celebrate their journey, see the flyer by clicking here or visit the Jostens website by clicking here.

Katy ISD Legacy Parent Academy

January 20, 2021 - Destigmatizing Mental Health


The Katy ISD Legacy Parent Academy is a series of informational sessions specifically designed to assist parents by building awareness of a range of social-emotional and academic topics that impact our students and our campuses district-wide. Academy participants will gain factual knowledge pertinent to each topic while also learning strategies and proven techniques to assist in supporting students.


The next session os on Wednesday, January 20th with the topic "Destigmatizing Mental Health". Please click here for more information and to register.

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.


Hours:

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

  1. Mask/Face covering should be worn on the bus and the bus stop, until further notice.
  2. Observe the same conduct as in the classroom including cell phone use.
  3. Enter the bus and immediately go to the assigned seat.
  4. Talk in a normal tone of voice.
  5. Remain seated and facing forward in the assigned seat until time to exit the bus.
  6. Keep head, hands, feet, and other objects to oneself; do not tamper with bus equipment.
  7. Use acceptable language; obscene, profane, unacceptable language and/or gestures are prohibited.
  8. Refrain from eating and/or drinking on the bus; keep the bus clean.
  9. Refrain from throwing objects within the bus or out of the windows.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.


General Questions

Katy Virtual Academy Questions

Special Education Questions

Special Programs (GT, ESL, Bilingual, Dyslexia, PreK, Interventions) Questions

WCJH PTA

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!

PTA Gift Card Collection

Our wonderful WoodCreek JH PTA is collecting $10 gift cards for our teachers right now. They are donating them to the school for teacher appreciation to use as prizes and treats for all of the hard work our teachers have put in this year. We have the best teachers and staff in the district, and we want to celebrate them as much as possible!


Click here for the link to sign up for donating a gift card. Please contact VIPS@WCJHPTA.com with any questions.

Sign up for Important Updates - Join Remind

Join our remind groups for important text updates.


  • 6th Grade - Text the message @wcjhwolf27 to the number 81010.
  • 7th Grade - Text the message @wcjhwolf26 to the number 81010.
  • 8th Grade - Text the message @wcjhwolf25 to the number 81010.

Contact Information

Follow us on Instagram as well! @WoodCreekJrHigh


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

School Information

Instructional Calendar 2020-2021 Click Here

Lunch Menus Click Here

Bus Transportation Click Here

Bus Schedules Click Here

Student Code of Conduct Click Here

Registration Information Click Here