Joe Walker Middle School STEALTH Academy

School Plan for Safe Reopening


 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

UPDATES FOR PARENTS OF SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in TK-12 Schools

This document reviews current policies and important action steps to keep children safe in Los Angeles County’s 3,040 TK-12 schools. At the end you will find resources you can turn to, including where to call, if you want further information or need assistance with COVID-19 prevention or care.

Parent Updates TK-12

First Day of School for the 2021/2022 School Year is August 4, 2021


 

Announcements

Updated

The Antelope Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (AVSELPA) hereby gives notice that a public hearing will be held as follows:

TOPIC OF HEARING:
The California Department of Education (CDE) requires that each SELPA annually obtain approval from its Governing Council for the annual budget and service plans following a public hearing. The annual budget/service plans must then be submitted to the CDE, prior to June 30, 2022, for final approval.

To view the plans, please click here:
Annual Budget and Service Plan

DATE:                                               May 26, 2022
TIME:                                                         9:30 am
LOCATION:                     Palmdale School District
                                                          Superintendent’s Conference Room
                               39139 10th St East
                                  Palmdale, CA 93550

Public Comment/Hearing:
Pursuant to Government Code Section 54954.3 and Education Code Section 35145.5, any person wishing to speak, will be heard at this time. Three (3) minutes is allocated to each speaker, no more than fifteen (15) minutes on the same subject.


If you are having trouble accessing the plans, please contact
Andrea Ortiz – aortiz@palmdalesd.org

Updated

Dear Westside Parents and Community Members,


As we approach the end of the third quarter and the beginning of spring break, we have some information to share with you about upcoming changes related to COVID-19 as well as some updates. Effective for our students and our staff, wearing masks in Los Angeles County remains strongly recommended in schools, however, this will no longer be a requirement. So, when students and staff return to school on Monday, March 14th, mask wearing will be optional

More topics in this letter include:

•  Job Fair

•  Kindergarten Round Up

•  Upcoming Middle School Events

•  Enrollment

•  Intra-district Transfers

•  Progress Reports

•  Spring Break

•  Upcoming Board Meetings

Updated

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has lifted the requirement that students wear masks outdoors at school.  Effective with the opening of school tomorrow morning, our students no longer need to wear their masks outdoors on the campus.  If you or your child continue to feel safer wearing a mask outdoors, please feel free to do that also. Indoor masking remains a requirement, but it appears that the Public Health Agencies are indicating that the data on COVD-19 continues to show marked improvement.  However, students still need to wear their masks while inside the classroom.

Just a reminder that the transfer process begins on March 1, 2022 and will close for the 1st round of transfers on April 15, 2022.  Applications can be completed online.

News

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

February 11, 2022

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with California Government Code Section 4217.10 et seq., Westside Union School District will conduct a public hearing to consider entering into an Energy Service Contract with PacificWest Energy Solutions to implement energy related improvements.

The time and place set for the public hearing is 6:00pm, which will take place at 40525 Peonza Ln, Palmdale, CA 93551 and/or teleconference (https://www.youtube.com/c/westsideunionschooldistrict/live) on March 1, 2022 or as soon thereafter as practical.

The Palmdale General Plan Update continues! The City of Palmdale is seeking community input on their preferred land use alternative and General Plan Land Use map, which is the blueprint for land uses across Palmdale. A survey is available online at https://Palmdale2045.org and a live presentation with questions and answers will be held virtually on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

About

Joe Walker Middle School is located in the southwest portion of the Antelope Valley at the intersection of 57th Street West and Avenue L-8. Our enrollment is 880 students in grades seven through eight. Students from Valley View Elementary, Quartz Hill Elementary and Sundown Elementary feed into Joe Walker Middle School.

The school includes 3 main buildings composed of 11 classrooms each, a shop/homemaking building, gymnasium, multipurpose cafeteria with band room and stage, and boy’s and girl’s locker rooms. There are also 10 permanent re-relocatable classrooms. Included on campus are specialized rooms to accommodate library, computer lab, and Hi Tech Lab. The school also includes a concrete play area with equipment, grass athletic fields, quarter mile all-weather track and outdoor picnic tables.

Joe Walker's Vision

At the 1972 dedication of Joe Walker Middle School, then-member of the Westside Union School District School Board, James Skalicky stated, “We all want the best education possible for our children; an education that creates enthusiasm and pride in one’s accomplishments; one that stimulates the inner self for a desire of understanding people, cultures, society, and education itself.” To fulfill this vision, Joe Walker Middle School creates a culture of success by partnering with community organizations to promote instructional relevance in our educational program. In order to best prepare our students for success with twenty-first century skills, we provide a balanced curriculum that educates the whole child combining science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the arts and humanities. Every child will receive a STEALTH education at Joe Walker Middle School.