Volume 3, Issue 11 - September 27, 2020
A Message from Dr. Lowry
Good Afternoon WoodCreek Family!
Tomorrow we are starting our 2nd six weeks of instruction and there will be 178 more face-to-face learners at WoodCreek Junior High. This year, I am happy that parents have a choice for their child's instructional setting and I am grateful to have more students returning to face-to-face instruction. This change did impact our master schedule and there could be some impacts to your child's teacher(s) and daily schedule. Please understand our counselors are doing their best to reduce the number of schedule changes while also maintaining balanced class sizes. On Monday, all face to face students will report to first period and will get an updated class schedule to follow.
Please take some time to review this week's Timberwolf Times and I recommend all families who are returning back to in-person instruction review our Return to School Information Newsletter that outlines important procedures and safety protocols for all face-to-face to learners to follow. Thank you again for your support, flexibility, and I am looking forward to another great week at WoodCreek!
WoodCreek Junior High
This Week in Timberwolf Nation
Monday, September 28
- Start of 2nd Six Weeks
- Spirit Wear Day - Show your support for WCJH!
- Character Strong Lessons in Advisory for All Students (F2F and KVA)
- 7th Grade Football vs. Stockdick JH at Katy HS
Tuesday, September 29
- 8th Grade Football vs. Stockdick JH at Katy HS
Wednesday, September 30
- Spirit Theme Day - Western Day!
- Report Cards Viewable in HAC after 10 AM
- Choir Spirit Night - Which Wich (Flyer with QR code below)
Thursday, October 1
- Family Night - No Homework!
- 7th Grade Volleyball vs. Cinco Ranch JH at WCJH
- 8th Grade Volleyball at Cinco Ranch JH at CRJH
Friday, October 2
- College Spirit Day - Wear your favorite college gear!
Campus Phase 1 Safety Protocols Extended
KISD announced that in preparation for the next secondary six-week grading period, the Phase 1 Safety Protocols will continue to be in effect. Additional modifications to the Phase 1 Safety Protocols can be found here.
In-Person and KVA Instruction Opt-In/Opt-Out
Secondary Students who opted for a change to their instructional delivery model (either KVA or Face to Face) for the second six weeks will begin in that setting on Monday, September 28. If no change was selected, students will continue in the same setting as they were enrolled for the first six weeks. Campuses have worked extremely hard to balance in-person and virtual classes as well as implement all campus phase 1 safety protocols.
Secondary – 2nd Six Weeks submission window to change your child’s current instructional delivery option is CLOSED. The window to change your child's instructional delivery setting for the 3rd Six Weeks will begin on Monday, October 12th – Friday, October 23rd. The link will be available on the WoodCreek Junior High School home page.
If your child has lost their ID, they can purchase a new one by scanning this QR code and completing the form.
General Attendance:An absence occurs anytime a student does not attend their regularly scheduled class, whether in KVA or in-person instruction. All students must provide either written documentation (note/email) or a phone call from a parent/guardian for all absences. Please refer to the Katy ISD Secondary Student Handbook for detailed information for reporting an absence and guidelines for making up assignments.
Checking Out a Student During the School Day:
Please note that the last time to check out your student from school each day is 3:40pm. After that time, we will have begun our end-of-day and dismissal procedures and will be unable to check out a student. Thank you for your understanding.
Report Cards Available in HAC 9/30/20
WoodCreek Junior High Spirit Theme Days Are Here!
Each Wednesday during football season, we encourage students to dress according that week's theme in preparation for next week's games. (All outfits must still be school-appropriate and within dress code guidelines.)
This week - BATTLE WITH THE TITANS - Wear Western Wear!
WCJH is playing the Tays Junior High Titans next week!
7th Grade - Monday, 10/5 - 5:15pm - at Tompkins High School
8th Grade - Tuesday, 10/6 - 5:15pm - at Tompkins High School
ILLNESS CHART: Can My Child Go To School Today?
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.
WCJH Pep Squad
Email Mrs. Foley for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
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.
Many school personnel and other staff are teaching and working on Katy ISD campuses and facilities. Should there be a potential COVID-19 exposure on any campus or facility, a general notification is sent to staff at the work site impacted, by 5:00 p.m. on the day in which the self-report was submitted. Staff who may have been directly exposed because of failed COVID-19 safety protocol will be notified directly by a member of the Risk Management Department.
Parents will only begin to receive applicable campus-based general notifications when students return to schools for the in-person instructional option. Parents of students who may be involved in fine arts or athletic activities on campuses right now, may receive a general notification through Rank One (athletics) or Charms (fine arts), ahead of the September 8 reopening, if the District is informed of a potential exposure at their campus.
Students and staff may report positive COVID-19 results using the COVID-19 Self Reporting app on MyKaty Cloud.
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
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