STEALTH Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available. All applications and transfer requests must be submitted March 1 - April 15. All 6th grade applications will be returned to the Westside Union School District Office and all 7th/8th grade applications are returned directly to Joe Walker.
Joe Walker Middle School STEALTH Academy
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.
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.
The safety of our students, staff and volunteers is always our highest priority
With great sadness, we join with others mourning the tragic loss of life, this time in a Florida high school. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as all of those impacted by this senseless act.
The safety of our students, staff and volunteers is always our highest priority, which requires all of us to be aware of the area around us. At this time, I encourage you to talk with your children regarding their personal safety. Being vigilant about their surroundings is critical, and please remind them that if they see something, to say something to an adult on campus who can investigate. Also remember that we have the StopIt app for reporting as well.
During the coming week, we will be conducting additional drills at our schools to ensure our students remember what they are to do in a lockdown situation. Please let your children know this will be taking place, and discuss with them the seriousness that they should exercise while participating. Remind them that following the direction of the adults on campus is critical.
As another reminder, please make sure that your child does not bring facsimile (toys) or other kinds of weapons with them to school. Apparently, some of our students play video games with their friends that involve the use of airsoft guns or other toy weapons, and they forget to take them out of their backpacks before heading to school the following day. These are serious infractions of our school rules and will be handled as such.
In addition to talking with your child at home, I encourage you to talk with your child's teacher if you see changes in behavior brought about by these traumatic events. The teacher can refer your child for assistance from our counselor, psychologist or administrative staff to help them get through the difficulty. We want our students to feel safe.
Again, thank you for taking the time to talk with your child about safety at school and in the community. Together we can make a difference.
Regina L. Rossall
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The information is submitted in compliance with the California Education Code, and has been paraphrased for your convenience. Requests for further explanations may be obtained from your school principal.
At the Board Meeting of June 6, 2017, the Board of Trustees approved the 2017-2018 calendar and the 2018-2019 calendar. Please review the dates to familiarize yourself with the calendar. If you have any questions, please contact your child's school office.
We hope that this calendar will be useful in planning family events. This calendar is subject to change based on future negotiations with employee associations.
The most current School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for Joe Walker Middle School is now available on Westside Union School District's website. SARCs provide background information about the school and its students, including the school's mission, goals and accomplishments. Also included is information on the school's demographics, student performance, curriculum and staff. SARCs for your child's school as well as all schools in Westside Union School District are available via our website at: http://www.westside.k12.ca.us then Parent Resources. You may also contact your child's school office to request a hard copy.