Volume 3, Issue 3 - August 12, 2020
A Message from Dr. Lowry
The start of school is only a week away! It has been an exciting week welcoming our teachers and staff back to WCJH this week. Regardless of the challenges, I can assure you that our WCJH staff is incredibly excited about the 20-21 school year. Also, we are still enrolling students daily in Katy ISD and we are still working deligently to put together a schedule that balances face-to-face classes and Katy Virtual Academy students. Rest assured, the process is going well and we are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our WCJH staff and students. I can affirm that I have the best counselors in the district and they have been working countless hours to make it all work.
In this week's Timberwolf Times, you will find some great information and shout outs that highlight all the incredible people and events happening around WCJH. Trust me, it is going to be an exciting and unforgettable school year and I am looking forward to it!
WoodCreek Junior High
Back-to-School Grab N' Go on August 17th and 18th
All WCJH parents and students are welcome to our grab-n-go event next Monday and Tuesday.This event is for all students and their parents to come drive through a Back-to-School Grab N' Go on August 17th and 18th to pick up items needed to start the school year off right such as, ID's, classroom materials, technology, etc. Student schedules will not be distributed during Grab N' Go. Your student's schedule will be accessible in Home Access Center starting on Sunday, August 16th in the evening.
Additionally, behind the school we will be selling school planners and PTA will be selling spirit wear and memberships. PTA will also be able to answer any questions you might have about PTA and getting involved at WCJH. Please know masks must be worn and safety/social distancing protocols will be enforced during the event.
Assigned Dates and Times by Grade Level
Monday, August 17th - 9am to 11am - 8th Grade
Monday, August 17th, 1pm to 3pm - 7th Grade
Tuesday, August 18th, 9am to 12pm - 6th Grade
If you have more than one student at WoodCreek, we encourage you to come to the drive through for your youngest child.
Please read all information below prior to attending the Grab-n-Go.
- Grab-n-Go will take place at WoodCreek Junior High School (1801 WoodCreek Bend Ln. Katy, TX 77494).
- Enter at the front entrance. See map below.
- Follow the flow of traffic and stay in your car. Please maintain a safe speed.
- Write your child's name(s) and grade level on a piece of paper to show staff when arriving to Grab-n-Go.
- Wait in your vehicle while materials are retrieved and delivered to your vehicle.
- Follow all directions given to you by WCJH staff.
Annual Enrollment Update - ACTION REQUIRED FOR ALL PARENTS
Last week, parents and guardians who have an email address on file with the District should have received a unique SnapCode for each of their enrolled students. Please be sure to check your spam folder, as the district sends the codes out in large batches and many e-mail programs tag the message a spam. Parents and guardians who have not provided an email address will receive their Snapcode by US postal mail.
If you do not receive a SnapCode yet, or you are having issues with PowerSchool Enrollment, please contact your child’s campus or submit a Help Desk ticket and a Technology staff member will contact you within 24 business hours.
When completing the Annual Student Update via Power School, parents will have the option to request a technology device and/or internet support for their children due to in-person instruction being delayed until Tuesday, September 8. Parents who selected the Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) instructional option may request a technology device and/or internet support if the request was not made when the KVA commitment form was submitted.
The deadline to complete the Annual Student Update is August 18.
If you have any questions about your student's enrollment at WoodCreek Junior High, please contact our registrar at LeahCCaffey@katyisd.org.
Timberwolf Trek - Virtual Orientation for New Students
Please Welcome AP Steph McDonald!
Hello Timberwolves! My name is Steph McDonald, and I’ll be the 7th grade/8th grade A-K Assistant Principal this year. I am looking forward to getting to work with all of you and our wonderful students and community! I was born and raised in Upstate NY, outside of Rochester. We moved to Ohio my freshman year of high school, and I then attended the University of Findlay to obtain a degree in both Secondary Education and Equestrian studies. After graduating I moved here to Houston and worked in Spring ISD for three years as a Biology teacher. I then taught KAP Biology at Cinco Ranch High School (#CPOE) until 2019. During this time I completed my Masters in Educational Administration at Texas A&M. Last year, I worked as a Testing Coordinator at Katy High School. I am so excited to be in a position where I get to work with students again- I have missed them and their quirky personalities!
Thank you PTA!!!
Congratulations to Mrs. Lutes, WCJH Coach of the Year for 2019-2020!
Mrs. Lutes teaches 6th grade math and coaches basketball, track and soccer at WCJH. She is excited to get back in the classroom! She has been teaching for 30 years, was Teacher of the Year at WCE in 2009 and WCJH Teacher of the Year in 2014. She is married and has a son that graduated from Katy HS. She loves the outdoors, coaching, and playing soccer and softball. The Timberwolf family appreciates you, Mrs. Lutes!
Save the Date!
The Texas Vaccine Institute will be hosting vaccine clinics for the district this year. Please see the information below:
August 5, 6 and 7
August 11, 12, 13 and 14
August 17, 18 and 19 (the first day of school)
Time 9:00am – 12:00pm
$15.00 (1 vaccine)
$25.00 (2 vaccines)
$30.00 (3 or more vaccines)
Immunizations must be current if you are attending virtual or in person classes. If you have any questions please email Nurse Nelson, TraceyANelson@KATYISD.ORG.
Katy ISD Digital Resource Information Meetings
Back to School Videos
Katy Virtual Academy
Parents may enroll their child into KVA for the fall 2020 semester by logging into PowerSchool. The KVA enrollment option is available beginning on Monday, July 20 through Friday, August 7th, 2020. (Note that the deadline to enroll has been extended from the original deadline of August 5th.)
Students who elect to begin the school year enrolled in KVA may elect to return to in-person instruction at the end of a six-weeks (secondary) and nine-week (elementary) grading period. KVA enrolled students are not allowed to return to in-person instruction prior to the close of a grading period.
It is recommended that KVA enrolled students have a dedicated technology device with audio and camera capabilities. Broadband internet access is required as well. Please indicate on the KVA commitment form via PowerSchool if your child is in need of a device and/or internet access.
Note: Parents who plan for their children to return to campus for in-person instruction do not have to submit a commitment form.
Virtual Learning for Students Attending In-Person School
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.
Katy Virtual Academy Questions
Special Education Questions
Please see below for information about volleyball tryouts, SAC camps and Skill sessions available at WCJH starting August 19. If your daughter is interested in trying out for volleyball please fill out the google form below. Please have the google form filled out by Friday August 7th. I will be sending out google forms for sac and skill camps based off the athletes that sign up for tryouts.
- Click HERE for information about Football Equipment Pickup
- Click HERE for information about Football SAC and Skills sessions
If your student is interested in trying out for 7th Grade Football, please sign up for the 7th Grade Football Remind group ASAP. Click here for the group information. Coach Lighter will send out all information through Remind.
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