Volume 6, Issue 1 - August 1, 2023
A Message from Dr. Lowry
Good afternoon Timberwolves!
If you are new to WoodCreek Junior High School, WELCOME! You have come to a great place and I am very excited about our upcoming school year. Timberwolf Times is our weekly community newsletter where we share many important pieces of information throughout the year in addition to celebrating the many wonderful things our students and staff do each and every day. Please make sure you don't miss it every Sunday afternoon!
The best part about WoodCreek Junior High School is our students, staff, and community. Junior High School is a special time in our children’s lives in which they form relationships and memories. Please encourage your child to get involved in extra-curricular activities or one of the many clubs or organizations this year. When students give back to their school and community through service or volunteering, they not only have a valuable learning experience, but they will also enjoy the satisfaction of helping others succeed.
The WoodCreek Junior High School staff is dedicated to providing the best educational experience for all our students. The teachers are committed to assisting each student achieve success as they progress through the year. This week and next week our staff will be returning from summer break, please feel free to communicate with them if you have questions or need assistance.
Lastly, as for our parents and community, I encourage you to volunteer your time and talents to help our school throughout the year. The success of our school depends on the partnerships we have with our parents and our community. We are so appreciative of such a wonderful support from our parents and community throughout our school year!
Our doors are always open; we invite you to join us as we prepare your students for a successful future. I wish everyone a great year and I cannot wait for the weeks ahead!
Dr. Andrew Lowry
WoodCreek Junior High
2023-2024 Back to School Events!
Mark your calendars for these important back to school events.
Friday, August 11th
Timberwolf Trekl - New Timberwolf Orientation
(Incoming 6th Grade Students & New 7th/8th Grade Students)
Orientation for Last Names A-K 9:00-10:00 AM
Schedule Pick Up for all New Students 10:00-10:30 AM
Orientation for Last Names L-Z 10:30-11:30 AM
Wolf Pack Walk - Returning 7th & 8th Grade Schedule Walk
8th Grade - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
7th Grade - 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Howl-a-Palooza 6:00-8:00 PM- All School Dance
*TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE FOR $5 DURING TIMBERWOLF TREK & WOLFPACK WALK*
Wednesday, August 16th
First Day of School
Wednesday, August 23rd
6th Grade Open House 6:00PM - Parents Follow Student Schedule and Meet Teachers
Wednesday, August 30th
7th & 8th Grade Open House 6:00PM - Parents Follow Student Schedule and Meet Teachers
New Student Orientation & Schedule Pick-Up
More information will be forthcoming in Sunday's Timberwolf Times. Please make sure you mark August 11th on your calendars! Important times and details for our welcoming events can be found below.
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Annual Student Update Happening Now
Dear Katy ISD Parents and Guardians,
The first day of school is fast approaching and Katy ISD parents can Power Up for Back to School by taking note of two important dates:
- Friday, July 28 – New student online registration reopens.
- Tuesday, August 1 – Annual Student Update opens
A new student is defined as a learner who is new to Katy ISD and has never attended a school in the District, or a previous Katy ISD student that withdrew and is re-enrolling. A current student is any student actively enrolled during the 2022-2023 school year.
For New Students:
Before beginning the online registration process for new students, it is recommended that parents have the following documents ready to upload:
- Proof of Residence: A utility bill (light, water or gas), purchasing paperwork or lease agreement. If a lease agreement or purchasing paperwork is provided at the time of registration, a utility bill must be provided within 30 days of occupancy.
- Official Birth Certificate or Passport of Student
- Government-issued Identification Card of Person Registering Student
- Proof of Immunization
- Report Card or Transcript at Recently Attended School
Registration is very simple and can be completed by clicking the Online Registration icon found on Katy ISD’s home page.
If you have questions, please contact Betty Covert, WCJH Registrar- firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need technology assistance, please contact the Parent Tech Center https://www.katyisd.org/Page/7645
Parents of Students Entering 7th Grade
Notices were mailed to parents of all 6th grade students in need of updated immunizations at the end of the last school year. Documentation for the following required shots can be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 281-644-1861 or dropped off in the front office. Remember to keep a copy for your records.
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap): Tdap is required for all students entering 7th grade if at least 5 years has lapsed since the last dose of a tetanus containing vaccine (DTap, DPT, DT). If 5 years have not elapsed since the last dose of a tetanus containing vaccine at entry into 7th grade, then this dose will become due as soon as the 5 year interval has passed. Td is acceptable if Tdap is medically contraindicated.
- Meningococcal Vaccine: One dose is required for all students entering 7th grade.
- Varicella Vaccine (chickenpox): Two doses are required, with the first on or after the first birthday and the second dose prior to entry in the 7th grade (unless a parent or physician statement of disease is on file).
THANK YOU to those who have already forwarded this information. Keep them coming to ensure that your student will able to pick up his/her schedule!!!
Immunization Clinic Information
All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page. Texas Vaccine Institute will be offering the following dates and times for any student enrolled in Katy ISD, insured or uninsured, to receive the necessary required immunizations for school entry:
August 9, 10, 11, 15 and 16
Katy ISD Professional Development Annex
6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, 7749.
NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
- 1 vaccine: $15
- 2 vaccines: $25
- 3 vaccines or mor: $30
Accepting credit/debit cards or cash
Personal immunization record and insurance card if you have insurance. Parent Notification of Immunization Due form completed by your campus nurse.
For additional information you may contact the Health Services Department at 281-396-2629.
2023-2024 WCJH Bell Schedule
***NEW CELL PHONE POLICY TO WCJH***
Over the past year we have gained feedback from community members, staff and administration about concerns of student cell phone use impacting their learning during the instructional day. From this feedback we as a campus have developed a student cell phone/earbud policy for the 2023-2024 school year. This has been designed to remove barriers to learning, improve engagement in the classroom and to minimize student safety concerns. Below we have outlined the policy in its entirety which includes when and where students can and cannot use their devices during the instructional day. This document also outlines the possible discipline consequences for misuse of their devices during the instructional day. We are looking forward to the school year and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for your cooperation.
SECONDARY STUDENT SCHEDULES
Parents can view each child’s schedule in the HAC starting August 14th by 8 AM. Click on the Home icon, then Week View Tab. Toggle to the Week of August 14th. Students can view their schedule by logging into MyKaty Cloud and searching for the Schedule tile.
“How-To Guide” for Parents on the Home Access Center (HAC)
Need to know how to view a report card, student grades, or other information? Check out our how to guides on the Home Access Center or click below.
SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST FOR 2023-2024
COMING SOON - LOCKER REQUESTS
It’s almost that time of year! Students will have the opportunity to request a locker. Please watch for more details to follow in Timberwolf Times.
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JOIN WCJH PTA!
Don't forget you can join WCJH PTA online! Not only can parents join but students, neighbors, businesses, family, and friends can join as well. Just like last year, there will be monthly drawings for yard signs, gift cards, and spirit wear. The membership helps support the programs and events that help enhance students' experiences at school. Join now! PTA Membership — WoodCreek Junior High PTA (wcjhpta.com) Thank you for your support!
Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*If you purchased school supplies through the PTA that includes one membership.
WOODCREEK JR HIGH ATHLETIC CORNER
WCJH BAND INFORMATION
Welcome to the 23/24 school year and the WCJH Timberwolf Band! While we periodically use email to communicate, our primary mode of communication is Remind; please join our parent Remind group using the appropriate method below. Please note: these groups are for parents/guardians ONLY.
First-Year Band (6th grade)
Follow this link: http://rmd.at/wcjhfybpar
Text "@wcjhfybpar" to 81010
Performing Bands (7th/8th grade)
Follow this link: http://rmd.at/wcjhpbpar
Text "@wcjhpbpar" to 81010
All Returning Students
The Summer Band Blowout is coming up soon (Aug. 8-10, details in signup)! We expect ALL available 7th/8th graders to attend. Please sign up using the link below if you have not already done so.
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
Karla Beek Assistant Principal - Student Support
Lauren Merriman Assistant Principal - 6th Grade
Ryan Saam Assistant Principal - 7th Grade
Derek Ankney Assistant Principal - 8th Grade
Jessie Clay Counselor - 6th Grade
Meghan McCarthy Counselor - 7th Grade
Aiesha Mercadel Counselor - 8th Grade