Joe Walker Middle School STEALTH Academy

Joe Walker Reopening Protocols

Please click on the buttons below to view Joe Walker's reopening protocols for when students return from the COVID closures.

School Plan for Safe Reopening

Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools

Alternative Schedule for the Week of January 18-22, 2021

There's no school on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please click on the button below to view the alternative schedule for the week of 1/18/2021 - 1/22/2021.  

Alternative Schedule for the week of 1/18/2021 - 1/22/2021

Lunch Tutoring is Available

We are excited to announce free tutoring is available for all students during lunch every day of the week. Students have the opportunity to login to a Zoom meeting during lunch and receive one-on-one tutoring from Joe Walker AVID tutors. To access the our Virtual Learning Lab please click on the Zoom link below:

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/91082364108?pwd=ZFpNNUZ5NTczWHJUOUhRczI5UEFqUT09

Meeting ID: 910 8236 4108

Passcode: 90gnWk

Joe Walker Yearbook Needs Your Help

We are currently looking for cell phone and camera photos from both you and your students to help document Joe Walker's school year in our annual yearbook!  Please click on the button below to get started!!!

Yearbook Photos

Joe Walker Distance Learning Schedule

Click on the button below to access Joe Walker's weekly Distance Learning Schedule.

At-Home Learning-Distance Learning Schedule

 

 

Announcements

We have been planning for some of our students to return to face-to-face instruction beginning today, but due to the continual increase in COVID-19 cases, directions from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health advised that students remain on distance learning.  
Parents of students who were to return to in-person instruction received notice of this change last week.  Our current return date for those students is January 25th, but the Board will consider this again at its next meeting, January 19th.  Attached you will find the advice letter from LACDPH for your information.

During this week, you should receive your children’s first semester report of progress.  In addition, the most recent assessment of their academic progress from the NWEA will be sent to you. Our schools are closed for winter break, but classes will resume on January 11, 2021.  At this point, we anticipate that some students will return to transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classes on campus.  Some TK-6th grade students in mild/moderate special day classes will also return to classes on campus.

I am hopeful that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving break, and that your children have had a successful return to their online classes to round out the first semester of our school year.  Certainly the cold morning and evening weather is a major indicator that winter is just around the corner.  Many of us enjoy that crisp morning and evening air; invigorating for sure!

In this article:

Report Cards, Assessment Reports

Return to Face-to-Face Instruction for TK/K and Certain Special Day Students

TK/K Students

Mild/Moderate Special Day Classes TK-6 

Upcoming Events

As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, it is an opportunity to express my gratitude for allowing our staff to work with you and your family.  Though the past 8+ months have been unprecedented and unexpected, I am thankful for our Board, our staff and all our parents for the collective work that has been done to ensure that our students still receive the best possible educational experience.  I am hopeful that you and your family will have an opportunity to spend some quality time together, while taking a break from school. 

In this post:

* COVID-19 Update on School Reopening Plans
* Westside Wire Update
* School Lunches
* Student Technology
* Additional Resources

WUSD Distance Learning - Virtual Assist Schedule

Click on the button below to access WUSD's weekly Yearlong Distance Learning - Virtual Assist Schedule.

WUSD Yearlong Distance Learning-Virtual Assist Schedule

 

 

News

This is an informational meeting for those interested in the Honors/IB Pathway (pre-requisite for the IB Diploma Program) at QHHS.

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.

Child Nutrition Update

Students who participate in the school lunch program will be able to pick up a “grab and go” meal for breakfast and lunch at the following schools between 11:00 a.m. and noon, Monday –Friday, March 16-20, 2020:

Anaverde Hills School—distribution from the valet pickup in front of the office

Del Sur School—distribution from the turnaround area on Avenue H

Hillview School—from the front turnaround area

Joe Walker School—from the front parking lot

Students must be present to receive the meal.  Drive-up and go is available and preferred.  

We hope that this increase in service locations will help us to deliver meals more efficiently and will serve the needs of our community better.  We thank you for your continued understanding during this unprecedented time for our schools and community.  Working together as always is critical. 

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.