Timberwolf Times

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!


GO TIMBERWOLVES!


Dr. Lowry

Principal

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.

  1. Grab-n-Go will take place at WoodCreek Junior High School (1801 WoodCreek Bend Ln. Katy, TX 77494).
  2. Enter at the front entrance. See map below.
  3. Follow the flow of traffic and stay in your car. Please maintain a safe speed.
  4. Write your child's name(s) and grade level on a piece of paper to show staff when arriving to Grab-n-Go.
  5. Wait in your vehicle while materials are retrieved and delivered to your vehicle.
  6. Follow all directions given to you by WCJH staff.
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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

If your student is new to WCJH this year, whether they are an incoming 6th grader or a newly-enrolled 7th or 8th grader, we invite them to attend our Virtual Timberwolf Trek this FRIDAY! Learn about WoodCreek Junior High and what it means to be a Timberwolf!


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

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!!!

Our teachers and staff came upon this awesome Welcome Mat Chalk Art as they walked in Monday Morning. Said Mrs. Tadlock, "What a sight to see someone's effort to welcome us back! They miss us, just as much as we miss them." Thank you everyone who participated and made this possible. It has been the talk-of-the-hallways this week.
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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!

19.20 WCJH Coach of the Year

Save the Date!

Our first Coffee With the Principal will be held at 10:00am on Friday, August 28th. The event will be done via Zoom. A registration link will be available starting next week.


Dr. Lowry is looking forward to talking with you and updating you on the start of the school year!

Vaccine Clinics

The Texas Vaccine Institute will be hosting vaccine clinics for the district this year. Please see the information below:



Dates
August 5, 6 and 7
August 11, 12, 13 and 14
August 17, 18 and 19 (the first day of school)

Location
Legacy Stadium

Time 9:00am – 12:00pm

Cost
$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

Katy ISD is hosting information sessions for parents over the next week to let you know how parents and students can access and utilize many of the digital resources available in the district. Click here to register for one of these Zoom sessions.

Back to School Videos

The district released several videos to show staff and parents what the new Covid safety protocols will look like.


http://www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/School-Safety-Demonstration-Videos.aspx

KATY ISD Secondary School Bus Safety Protocols
KATY ISD Secondary Classroom Safety Protocols

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.


General Questions

Katy Virtual Academy Questions

Special Education Questions

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

WCJH Athletics and Physicals

Please click here for important information about 2020-21 Physicals and Sports Information.
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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.



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Please see below for information about football equipment pick up and SAC and Skill sessions.



  • 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.

Join PTA

Click here to join the WoodCreek Junior High PTA!

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

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