Volume 3, Issue 32 - March 21, 2021
A Message from Dr. Lowry
I hope everyone had a great spring break! Be sure to check out everything in the Timberwolf Times below for the latest in what's going on at WCJH and Katy ISD!
Please enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I cannot wait to see everyone tomorrow.
Dr. Andrew Lowry
WoodCreek Junior High
This Week in Timberwolf Nation
Monday, March 22
- WCJH Spirit Day - Wear your Timberwolf Gear!
Tuesday, March 23
- 5th Six Weeks Progress Reports Display in HAC
Wednesday, March 24
- PTA General Membership Meeting
- Boys Track Meet at Taylor HS
- Choir Spirit Night at Local Table (see below for more details)
Thursday, March 25
- Girls Track Meet at Cinco Ranch HS
- Tennis Match vs. Beckendorff at SLHS
- PTA Chicken Salad Chick Spirit Night (see below for more details)
Friday, March 26
- Fun Food Friday!
KVA/In-Person Instruction Switch Window
2021 STAAR Testing Schedule
This schedule has been built so that about two-thirds of our students are on campus on each testing day, which will allow for maximum spacing throughout our classrooms. Each day has one grade/subject in testing (yellow), one grade attending class as normal (red), and one grade attending class asynchronously via intermittant school-to-home learning (blue).
From the Clinic - Important Screening Information
7th Grade Parents:
Due to challenges presented by the COVID pandemic, the clinic is just now beginning to screen student's vision and hearing. Vision and hearing problems can affect a child’s wellbeing and their ability to learn.
The Department of State Health Services encourages parents to take their children to a medical provider for well-child exams. During these appointments, you can ask for screenings. If your child is screened, we encourage you to send us the results of those screenings for our records.
We will continue to screen students as long as we can do so safely. You will only be notified if there is a concern with your student's screening. If you have a concern or request, please email the clinic at TraceyANelson@Katyisd.org and the clinic will do its best to address them.
7th Grade Parents of GIRLS/8th Grade Parents of BOYS:
Due to the challenges presented by the COVID pandemic, your child had not received a spinal screening. Spinal screening can detect abnormal spinal curvatures at an early stage. Early detection is important for controlling spinal deformities.
The Department of State Health Services encourages parents to take their children to a medical provider for well-child exams. During these appointments, you can ask for screenings. If your child is screened, we encourage you to send us the results of those screens for our records.
If you have a concern or request, please email the clinic at TraceyANelson@Katyisd.org and the clinic will do its best to address them.
LEGACY PARENT ACADEMY
The next session is on Wednesday, March 24th, with the topic of "Managing Test Anxiety." Many students suffer from test anxiety - so with STAAR, EOC, finals, and AP testing right around the corner, district counselors will share tips to help students as they prepare for their exams.
No registration is needed. Please click here for more information and for the Zoom meeting link.
Destination Imagination Going to State!
The Destination Imagination team, Fire Breathing Torpedoing Chickens, is made of Caitlyn Payne, Zoe Guess, Olivia Jerry, and Anthony Rodas. Their team manager is Marcie Payne. While this is the first year this team has competed in the Gulf Coast Destination Imagination tournament for some of these WCJH 7th graders it is not their first year in DI. The team won 2nd place with their improvisation challenge in the JH division. We are all so very proud of their accomplishment. They have been working, planning, and practicing since September for this tournament. This weekend is the state tournament to see who will go on to compete in Global Finals.
If you are interested in joining Destination Imagination next year, please see Mrs. Trimm, our WCJH DI campus coordinator. They did a fantastic job of representing WCJH.
Chicken Salad Chick Spirit Night
Support WCJH PTA with Chicken Salad Chick. It's time for a Spirit Night on Wheels!
Parents, faculty and staff - order your choice of 1 pound tubs of chicken salad, egg salad, pimento cheese, large sides like broccoli salad, pasta salad, grape salad, mac 'n cheese, fresh fruit as well as croissants and cookies. Chicken Salad Chick will call to collect payment. 20% of sales will be donated to WCJH PTA!
🚗 Pick up your order Thursday, 3/25/2021 from 5:30-5:45 pm in the WCJH front parking lot. No need to leave your vehicle. Your order will be placed in your front seat or trunk. Safe, efficient, and delicious!
⏰ Orders must be placed by 3/24/2021 at 4 pm using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctHiZSey2KlwMaygVWakasWkwqw5G-JQIn0XxXXbB2x3FaKg/viewform
Questions? Email email@example.com
🐾 ORDER TODAY!
WCJH FINE ARTS
Last Thursday our choirs performed their Spring Concert via FM radio. This week we submitted virtual entries for the UIL Concert & Sight Reading Evaluation. Our students represented WCJH incredibly well, and brought home 3 Sweepstakes trophies.
Ms. Guess and Ms. Taylor are incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication of all our young musicians. Please give them an air hug and socially-distanced high five, they deserve it. Well done, Timberwolves! We hope you have a fantastic Spring Break!
If you’d like to hear their awesome audio performances, click the link below:
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.
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/
Federal Programs Public Meeting
A virtual public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 1:00 PM via Zoom regarding the ESEA Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, IDEA B Special Education, High School Accelerated Instruction and Carl D. Perkins CTE programs as implemented in the 2020-2021 school year and as proposed for the 2021-2022 school year.
Parents and guardians are invited to provide input on the ESEA Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, IDEA B Special Education, High School Accelerated Instruction and Carl D. Perkins CTE programs as implemented during the 2020-2021 school year using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/20-21-Parent-Survey-EN The survey will close on April 2, 2021.
Se les invita a los padres y tutores a compartir su opinión sobre los programas ESEA Título I, Título II, Título III, Título IV, Educación especial IDEA B, Instrucción acelerada en la escuela secundaria y Carl D. Perkins CTE implementados durante el año escolar 2020-2021 utilizando el siguiente enlace: https://tinyurl.com/20-21-Parent-Survey-SP La encuesta se cerrará el 2 de abril de 2021.
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