Many of our schools will be holding Kinder Kamp for entering kindergarten students. Please check the website of your child’s school for more specific information about this program. Registration for next school year is still underway. If you need to register a child who will be new to our district, all registration is available on line.
Joe Walker Middle School STEALTH Academy
First Day of School for the 2021/2022 School Year is August 4, 2021
Joe Walker Reopening Protocols
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Wow! We have actually completed the 2020-21 school year amongst unimaginable changes to how schools operate during the pandemic. We are looking forward to seeing what adjustments will be made on June 15th when California reopens. The patience and cooperation of you and your students have made the necessary changes possible, but we are sure looking toward a return to school as it was pre-COVID when summer break ends on August 4, 2021!
Registration is currently underway for our students and be completed online. Congratulations to our 8th grade students who are being promoted to high school. We have appreciated being part of your elementary school journey! Best of luck in high school.
These past few months have been busy as we’ve welcomed back students of in-person learning. Initially we anticipated that all the students who’d chosen hybrid learning would return when LACDPH allowed reopening, many families preferred to remain on distance learning for the remainder of this school year. Though this change resulted in some teacher changes, we were able to accommodate the choices of most families, and I thank our staff for their tireless efforts to make those changes possible. We are pleased to have students back on campus and have appreciated all of your support and cooperation in making this transition.
In this article:
- DELAC Meeting May 14th at 10:00
- Superintendent's Advisory May 25th at 12:15
- Middle School Promotion Ceremonies in June
- Year Long Distance Learning for 2021-22
- 2021-2022 School Year Enrollment and Transfers
- Board of Trustee meeting May 4th and 18th at 6:00 PM - watch via YouTube!
- Honoring Service of Teachers (May 4th), Classified employees (May 18th), Management (June 8)
- Valley View and Greg Anderson Academy become WASC Accredited!
At a special meeting of the Board of Trustees last night, Memoranda of Understanding with Westside Union Teachers Association were approved, paving the way for the special needs students to return effective Monday, April 19th. Also, the Board of Trustees approved the use of the NWEA as the annual assessment for our students this year. Our students will have completed 3 administrations of this assessment to measure their academic progress throughout the year, allowing the Board to waive administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for the 2020-21 school year.
We invite you to take a moment to read the 14th Edition of the Los Angeles County Superintendent's School News Roll Call featuring our very own Superintendent, Gina Rossall.
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.
Several agencies throughout the Antelope Valley are currently open for distribution during the pandemic. Attached is a schedule of available distribution. Please call the respective agency for more information or questions.
The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health is adopting a staged approach, supported by science and public health expertise, to enable schools serving students from kindergarten through Grade 12 to reopen safely.
Please note: This document may be updated as new information and resources become available. Go to http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/ for updates to this document.
For information, resources, and services available in LA COUNTY, please visit
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.