Westwood Wire

August 8, 2021

Dear Westwood Families,

Thank you for taking the time to review last week's inaugural 21-22 Westwood Wire, campus newsletter. We had over a thousand views and we hope that you found it accessible and relevant. Please continue to view our newsletters in your email inbox, Westwood Twitter & Facebook pages, school website and PTA platforms every Sunday through August 22nd and on a three week cycle beginning September 14th.


This week, the leadership team of administrators, counselors, instructional coaches and department chairs, welcomed our new teachers to campus. We had a wonderful week getting to know them better and support their transition to RISD and Westwood Junior High. The enthusiasm, student-focus and talent that these teachers bring match that of our returning teachers and our expectation of excellence. All staff and faculty return to campus on Monday for a week of teambuilding and preparation for your students.


We look forward to seeing all our Wolves on campus for a safe and successful 21-22 school year. District senior leadership is working closely with state and local officials to revise and update our protocols and responses as things continue to change very rapidly. At Westwood Junior High we will continue to vigilantly follow the RISD Blueprint. Please take the time to read the RISD Blueprint and speak with your student. We ask that you partner with us to ensure that all students feel safe, welcome, included, accepted and belong at Westwood Junior High.


Details of Schedule Pick-Up on Thursday August 12th can be found in this newsletter below. This event is not mandatory nor required as all aspects of this event are also electronic for your convenience.


Your student's schedule will be available for you to view in Focus on Friday August 13th, only if you have completed the Online Enrollment Process. If you have not set up a Focus Account, please see the instructions here. For Focus or Google password resets please fill out this form for 7th grade and this one for 8th grade.


You may also find the RISD page here useful as it has additional back to school resources. Please also expect the bus schedule to be included in the August 15th edition of the Westwood Wire as we will receive it later this week.


Wolf Camp will begin the school day on Tuesday August 17th when all 7th grade students and new 8th grade students to RISD will receive a Chromebook. During Wolf Camp, students will also participate in a tour of the building. Additionally, all campus personnel will be in the hallways directing and supporting students to their classrooms during the first few days of school.


Westwood students will be assigned lockers this year, where they will be expected to leave their cell phones during the school day. Campus expectations, locker location, use and combinations will also be reviewed with students in Wolf Camp during the first two days of school. The revised bell schedule for both August 17th and August 18th will be sent in the August 15th Westwood Wire.


Please mark your calendars for the PTA General Meeting on Wednesday September 15th 5:30-6pm, followed by a Parent Teacher Meet and Greet from 6-7:30pm. A Virtual Open House will be sent out electronically during the week of September 7th, so that you can learn more about your student's wonderful teachers and the excellent work begin done at Westwood.


The faculty and staff at Westwood are ready to connect with your students on Tuesday, August 17th. If you have any questions please let us know. We are excited to begin the 2021-2022 school year!


Sincerely,

Katie Mottram

Principal

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Online Enrollment for the 2021 - 2022 School Year

All students must be enrolled for the 2021 - 2022 school year! If you have not done so already or have questions on how to start this process please reach out to Ms. Rodriguez at 469-593-3510.

For more information visit - risd.org/enrollonline.

Chromebook Insurance

Deadline to purchase coverage: September 6, 2021

Insurance with Worth Ave. Group will protect the device against an assortment of

damages. This insurance policy will provide full replacement cost coverage. This policy is also transferable to a replacement unit. More Information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B4r-74-P4EhiJV9W4IwexzvnU5qb5Ypj/view?ts=6102c982



To purchase please visit: https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/richardson-isd/

Deadline to purchase coverage: September 6, 2021

Schedule Pick Up

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PTA will have a table at Schedule Pick-Up with the following information that you can complete NOW instead.


Join the PTA

https://westwoodpta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/7551

Support your school and stay informed! And please make sure your kid’s grade level is correct in the system. We will send you a weekly newsletter with information about upcoming events, deadlines, and more. Membership available for parents, students, and teachers. Remember – student membership also come with 4 homework passes!


Order your Spirit Wear

https://westwoodpta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/7549

Show your school spirit. Support the Wolves.


Get your Kleenex

https://westwoodpta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/7545

Place an order for Kleenex so you don’t have to bring it to school.


Select WWJH on Amazon Smiles

Be sure to select PTA Texas Congress 7800 Westwood Jr High PTA when you purchase on Amazon. Amazon will donate a percentage of your eligible purchases back to your school just for shopping on Amazon. Win. Win.

2021 - 2022 Bell Schedule

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UPDATED School Supply List

Download the 2021 - 2022 School Supply list below!

Dress Code

The Westwood Dress Code encourages a standard of dress that reflects a commitment to self-respect, pride in our school, and educational excellence.


(UPDATED) The district encourages the wearing of facial coverings in the form of face masks. Masks must not have any messaging or imagery that is deemed inappropriate or offensive.


Dress should be clean, neat, appropriate, and have a positive effect on the learning environment. For items not covered in the bullet points (below) the Administration Team reserves the right to make judgment calls when it is in the best interest of the learning community.


  • Shorts, skirts, skorts, and dresses are acceptable as long as they are no higher than the students finger tips when arms flat at their side.

  • Jeans and pants can have holes in them as long as the holes are no higher than the acceptable length of skirts and shorts.

  • Shirt or dress shoulder straps must be at least two inches wide.

  • All shirts/tops must cover the length of the students torso. Tops that expose midriffs or are low cut will not be worn.

  • No head wear (unless of religious nature) including (but not limited to) ballcaps, cowboy hats, bandanas, beanies and hoods.

  • No offensive or inappropriate slogans or logo’s on any item of clothing (i.e. advertisements for liquor, beer, cigarettes, etc.)

  • No undergarments will be shown at any time.

  • No pajamas or house slippers. No blankets will be allowed.

  • Shoes should reflect the students' day's activities. Heels greater than 3-inches will not be worn.

Vaccine Info

Upcoming free student COVID vaccination events and opportunities:

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DEADLINE TO ORDER UNIFORMS IS AUGUST 9TH!

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Forms below are REQUIRED for any athlete to practice, tryout, or compete in any athletic activity.

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Don't forget about your supplies for Band and Orchestra!

See the flyers below for more information.
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RISD Secondary Grade Reporting Calendar

RISD COVID-19 Pandemic Site