Joe Walker Middle School STEALTH Academy

School Starts on Monday

Here's the most recent update from Joe Walker Middle School.

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Welcome Back 2020!!!

Please follow the link below to read the Welcome Back Parent Letter explaining Joe Walker Middle School's school program, class schedule, and textbook distribution schedule.

Welcome Letter (English)

Welcome Letter (Spanish)

At-Home Learning-Distance Learning Schedule

Distribution of School Materials Schedule

6th grade STEALTH Applications

Applications and eligibility requirements for Joe Walker's 6th grade Honors Academy can be found by clicking on the button below. 

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Course Selection Sheets for the 2020-2021 school year are now available

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All current 6th and 7th grade students and prospective 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students should complete the course selection sheet by June 5, 2020. 

Announcements

The opening of our 20-21 school year will certainly be different than any opening we’ve experienced in the past.  With orders from our Governor and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, all class instruction must be through distance learning for now. All students will start with distance learning on Monday, August 10th.

Welcome to our new school year.  We are excited to have you as part of Westside Union School District.

On Friday, July 17th, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all school campuses to remain physically closed in counties on the state’s monitoring list due to spiking COVID-19 cases. This includes Los Angeles County. Schools cannot re-open until their county has come off the state’s monitoring list for 14 consecutive days.

Our Board held a special meeting on Monday, July 20th to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and determine how the 20-21 school year will open for our students given the Governor’s Order. Read more in this post.

The celebration of our nation’s independence provides us an important opportunity to reflect on the events of this past spring. In forging our nation, our Founding Fathers laid out lofty principles by which the nation should be established.

 

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.

News

COVID-19 continues to be a major concern across our country. Los Angeles County has seen the increase in cases over the past week, and while there are no cases identified by Public Health in the Antelope Valley, we are taking additional steps to keep our school safe for the students, staff and community.

The health and wellness of students, staff, volunteers and families is our highest priority. When any alarming incident like the 2019 novel COVID-19 occurs, we all want honest information. I am writing today to update you on the state of the COVID-19 from our perspective. I also want to share information regarding steps that we are taking to minimize the chance of transmission at our school sites.

The novel COVID-19 has garnered extensive attention worldwide. There are only a very limited number of cases in the United States, but we can expect the number of domestic cases to increase over coming weeks.

At this time, the risk of exposure to Westside students, staff and volunteers is extremely limited but caution should, nonetheless, be observed.