STEALTH Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available. All applications and transfer requests must be submitted March 1 - April 15. All applications will be returned to the Westside Union School District Office.
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 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are part of the state testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP. The CAASPP System is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and are able to do and whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or career when they graduate from high school.
CA Dept of Education Parent Guide is Available for Download
How can I help my child get ready for the test?
You are an important part of your child's education. Some things you can do to help your child are:
- Discuss the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.
- Take a practice test with your child. Practice tests can be found at http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.
- Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.
- Review test results with your child and discuss with their teacher where they might need additional help.
- Visit http://www.testscoreguide.org/ca for additional information about your child's score and to see sample test items.
Your child's teacher or principal is the best place to start if you have other questions about testing or available accessibility resources.
Special program applications and teacher recommendations are now available for the 2018-2019 school year. If you are interested in ASB Leadership, AVID, Civil Air Patrol, FIRST Robotics, VEX Robotics, and Yearbook, then follow the link below to access the special program applications, teacher recommendations, and general information regarding interview dates and times.
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.