Volume 3, Issue 28 - February 14, 2021
This Week in Timberwolf Nation
ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING THIS TUESDAY
What does this mean for my student?
Students engaged in asynchronous virtual learning should:
✓ Log in to Canvas during the school day (8:55 AM - 4:05 PM) to review announcements, daily agendas and lessons teachers have posted under modules for their courses. Students don’t have to be logged in at a certain time for a certain course at a certain time period.
✓ Follow the teacher’s procedures for reporting attendance. Attendance will be taken for each class. Students will be considered absent without documented engagement in Canvas and/or contact with the teacher. On Tuesday, our teachers will be collecting attendance electronically using tools such as Google Forms, Canvas Quiz, etc.
✓ Complete all assignments assigned for Tuesday.
✓ Reach out to teachers when help is needed through Canvas and/or Email. Teachers will be reachable on Tuesday during school hours via email and Canvas on Tuesday.
✓ Quizzes and tests scheduled for Tuesday will be postponed and rescheduled. Quizzes and tests already scheduled for Wednesday may be given at the teacher’s discretion. If given, teachers will remind students to be prepared and expect these quizzes and tests on Wednesday.
What if my student has issues with technology?
For Tuesday, if there is an issue with your technology or access to technology, please let your teacher know. Your teachers' phone numbers and e-mails can be accessed through our website by clicking here. Our teachers will be flexible and will work with your student upon our return to normal instruction.
COVID-19 Testing Site Temporary Relocation
As you may be aware, the 2021 Katy ISD Livestock Show will be hosted at the Agricultural Sciences Center this February. Due to logistical issues and safety concerns during that timeframe, the Katy ISD COVID-19 testing site will be temporarily relocated, February 15-19, to the Leonard Merrell Center. Students and staff will continue to receive free testing services at the temporary location.
The dates and times for the temporary relocation are as follows:
Leonard Merrell Center
6301 South Stadium Lane
Katy, TX 77494
February 17-19, 2021
Closed February 15-16, 2021
Closed February 20, 2021
Hours: 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Free COVID-19 testing services for students and staff will resume again at the Agricultural Sciences Center on February 22, 2021, with normal operating hours.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
WCJH 2020-21 Rookie Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Krystal Carter, our 2020-21 Rookie Teacher of the Year!
Ms. Carter works as both a 7th Grade Science teacher and a Basketball Coach for WoodCreek - and if no one told you that she was new to teaching this year, you'd never know it! Her knowledge, preparedness, devotion to students, upbeat attitude, and dedication are a HUGE gift to our campus. We are so glad that she has started her teaching career with us, and we look forward to many more years of having her as a Timberwolf Teacher!
Volunteer of the Year Nominations
We are so excited to begin accepting nominations for the 2020-21 WoodCreek Junior High Volunteer of the Year! Our volunteer family is what makes our school so wonderful, providing additional support to staff, faculty, and students. Although this year has been filled with challenges and limitations, we are still so thankful for our volunteer family.
Please nominate a WCJH volunteer who you think has gone above and beyond to positively impact our campus community. Nominations will be accepted until March 5th. Please click here to submit your nomination.
Food & Music Raffle!
Readopoly Reading Challenge
- Readopoly begins January 11th and Ends April 27, 2021. ONLY BOOKS COMPLETED WITHIN THIS TIME WILL COUNT.
- Pick Up a board from the library or you can print one at home.
- Complete the challenge by reading books identified in the spaces of the game board.
- Every time you complete a section of 10, record the title on the space provided and show the library staff to receive your prize. (10-lunch with friend or poster, 20-pick your prize, 30-free ID/Lanyard, 39-Meal voucher to a fast food restaurant).
- Students may bring their boards to the library or email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org * KVA students can pick up their prizes from 9:30-3:00pm on Fridays (call the library with your name and we will bring out the prize to your vehicle.
- If you read 39 books your name will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing. Two winners will be drawn for $25.00 dollars, worth of Amazon books.
The books will be student choice but must meet the Katy ISD book selection policy.
Library Checkout Procedure
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.
Join the Yearbook Staff!
Click HERE for the application. All parts of the application are due FRIDAY, MARCH 26.
Bus Driver Appreciation Week
Please take a moment to thank your drivers next week! And don't forget about all of the mechanics, routers, office staff, and aides who support the transportation staff.
From the WCJH Counseling Team
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/
Support the Katy ISD Education Foundation
Signal Your Support for Katy ISD Teachers
In the last 9 years, WoodCreek Junior High has received $7,614 in Inspiring Imagination teacher grants. This year, we invite you to join our community-wide initiative rallying friends and neighbors in support of Katy ISD teachers. Support the Katy ISD Education Foundation with $20 + monthly and receive an “I Support Teachers” decal in the mail!
All proceeds benefit the Foundation’s Inspiring Imagination teacher grants.
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.
Contact Emails for Smart Restart 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
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.
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!
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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