Tuesday, July 23rd is the First Day of School
Firebird families, tomorrow is the first day of the 2019-20 school year. We look forward to meeting our new students and re-connecting with our returning students. If you were not able to attend Firebird Day last week, we will have student schedules available in the cafeteria beginning at about 8:30 am. Don't worry...it's going to be a fantastic year!
Student Pick-Up and Drop Off
As you are likely to experience, our parking lot at Willis is not large enough to accommodate the amount of traffic we experience during drop-off and pick-up times. In addition to managing our own lot, we must be mindful of limiting traffic back-up on McQueen Road -- this can be very challenging. In the interest of your convenience, and student safety, I would like to make you aware of a few alternatives to using our front parking lot (especially for after school student pick-up).
You are certainly not obligated to use these alternative methods, but your consideration would help us diminish the congestion in our front parking lot. Regardless of the pick-up area you use, please be patient, and extremely cautious (watch carefully for students) in order to keep all of our kids safe.
Willis Cell Phone and Electronic Device Policy
At Willis, we recognize that we are living in a highly connected world where many of our students place a great deal of importance on the use of cell phones and digital devices for communication. We also know that (when used appropriately) technology can serve to enhance/supplement educational experiences. However, research also indicates that cell phones can be a significant contributor to distraction and lack of focus. For this reason, we have outlined a phone and electronic device policy that seeks to find an appropriate balance between times when students are permitted to use phones, and when they must be put away.
We will review this information with students when they arrive at Willis, but feel free to read our cell phone and elecronic device policy (linked).
Summer Newsletter 2019-20
Parents, you may sign-up to receive periodic text reminders about upcoming events using the NEW Willis Remind account. Use the link to sign-up, or text @willisj to the number 81010. See remind.com for more information. You can also download the REMIND app to manage your alerts.
Willis Junior High is proud to have been serving our Chandler community for 40 years! We take a great deal of pride in identifying individual student needs and fostering academic, social, and emotional growth. Diverse academic offerings include:
At Willis, we have a pathway to success for every student. We cordially invite your family to be a part of our Firebird community. Please contact our front office at (480)883-5700 to get enrollment information, or schedule time to speak with an administrator, or counselor, about what Willis has to offer your student!
WJHS Social Media: Facebook and Twitter
In order to facilitate timely communication with students and parents and share our story, Willis has established social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. To receive updates, announcements, and school related news, please feel free to follow us on these social media channels. #wjhsstory