November 18, 2022

One Team One Willard Wednesday

Willard Parks & Recreation and Better Together Playground

On this #OneTeamOneWillardWednesday, we visited our friends from Willard Parks & Recreation and the Better Together Playground, who says #OneTeamOneWillard means a community where no one is left on the sidelines. The Better Together Playground aims to foster unity in Willard by providing a large, inclusive playground where people of all ages and abilities can interact together. Thank you for all you do to make Willard a better place for us all!

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Better Together Playground

Thanksgiving Break Next Wednesday - Friday

Thanksgiving Break November 23 - 25

School will not be in session next Wednesday November 23 through Friday November 25 for Thanksgiving Break. The District Office will be closed on these dates as well.

WHS Speech & Debate Wins Nixa Speech Tournament

Speech and Debate Wins Nixa Speech Tournament

Our Willard High School Speech and Debate team brought back the traveling Sweepstakes Trophy for the third year in a row after placing first overall at the Nixa Speech Tournament! Results from the tournament are as follows:

Novice Placing in Finals (top 6):

  • Timothy Howard - 5th place International Extemp
  • Timothy Howard & William Gray - 4th in Duo Interp
  • Kale Bornhoft - 4th place International Extemp
  • Madeline Frandsen - 1st place in Original Oratory, 1st place in United States Extemp
  • Khalilah Gilliam - 2nd place in Humorous Interp, 3rd place in Storytelling
  • Sydney Hinton - 4th place in Humorous Interp
  • Sydney Hinton & Ethan Loveland - 2nd place Duo Interp
  • Makenna Coffer - 4th in Dramatic Interp, 2nd place in Radio Speaking
  • Emily Garcia - 5th in Storytelling
  • Emily Conway - 1st in Storytelling, 3rd in Radio Speaking

Varsity Placing in Finals (top 6):

  • Mikayla Hammer - 1st in International Extemp, 4th in Original Oratory
  • Bly Sublett - 6th place International Extemp
  • Alex Montgomery - 4th place International Extemp
  • Isaac Thomas - 5th place International Extemp
  • Ryan Rodell - 1st place United States Extemp, 1st place Radio Speaking
  • Art Maxwell - 6th place United States Extemp
  • Kendra Coulter - 5th place in Original Oratory, 
  • Christian Tatro - 4th place in Humorous Interp
  • Amari Snead - 3rd place in Humorous Interp
  • Amari Snead & Bella Windmiller - 5th place in Duo Interp
  • Kai Eaton - 4th place Dramatic Interp, 6th place Storytelling
  • Tessa Stuart - 5th place in Dramatic Interp
  • Jackson Wittmaier - 2nd place in Dramatic Interp, 2nd place in Program of Oral Interp
  • Adalea Vaughn - 1st place Dramatic Interp
  • Kaeden Abraham - 5th place Storytelling
  • Adalea & Kaeden - 1st place Duo Interp
  • Kenzie Hobbs - 3rd place in Program of Oral Interp
  • Corbin Fowler - 5th place in Program of Oral Interp

Congratulations to our Speech and Debate team for another successful tournament. Keep up the good work!

Ozarks Life Story: Young Author Helping Kids with Diabetes

Ozarks Life Story: Young Author Helping Kids with Diabetes

Check out this great story KY3's Chad Plein put together of some incredible people in the area, including our very own Gibson Davis (3rd Grader) and Librarian Trishna Rosebrogh. Both were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at an early age, but have not let that stop them from accomplishing their goals.

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New Strategic Plan for Willard Public Schools 2023-2028

New Strategic Plan for Willard Public Schools 2023 - 2028

We are excited to embark on a new strategic plan for our district. Strategic planning is a crucial step to ensure our district's vision is inspiring and actionable.

We have hired a consulting company, EGL Association, to help us develop the district's next strategic plan. Below is our tentative timeline moving forward:

  • Tuesday, November 22: EGL will be coming to our Cabinet Meeting to go over the timeline and process. 
  • Tuesday, December 6: EGL will present the timeline and process to the board at our Study Session meeting. 
  • Wednesday, December 7: EGL will be at our Lead Team Meeting to go over the timeline and process with our leadership team.
  • January: Staff, students, and community surveys and interviews.

We look forward the process and will keep you updated as we progress!

WHS Theatre Presents The SpongeBob Musical

WHS Theatre presents The SpongeBob Musical 

If you're still looking for weekend plans, Willard High School Theatre Department’s production of The SpongeBob Musical is a great option!

The show is playing tonight, November 18 through Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 P.M. and Saturday, November 19 at 2:30 P.M. 

All tickets for this production will be $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time here. Instructions for setting up an account with Booktix and how to purchase tickets online please refer to this guide.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office an hour before each show. The doors to the theater will open 30 minutes before the show is scheduled to begin. Seats are reserved and can be chosen through the Booktix website. 

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Booktix Account Setup

Willard Turkey Trot Benefiting Care to Learn Program

Willard Turkey Trot Benefiting Care to Learn Program

You're invited to join us for the Willard Turkey Trot 2022 on

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2022,

benefitting Willard's Care to Learn Chapter.

Registration Information

Pre-registration for 13 years and up is $25.00. The day of race fee for 13 and up is $25.00. Pre-registration for 5-12 year olds is $20.00. The day of race fee is $20.00. Four years and under are free.

On-site Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the race will start at 9:00 a.m. Check-in is from 7:30 a.m. -8:45 a.m. and is located at the Willard Middle School. Please bring two food pantry items with you to check-in.

Please make checks payable to Care to Learn - Willard. Medals will be given to individuals between the ages of 5-12.

***Registrations received after November 16 will not receive a shirt***

Register for Turkey Trot

Tigerettes Alumni Night December 2, 2022

Tigerettes Alumni Night 

The WHS Tigerettes Dance Team would like to celebrate ALL Willard High School Tigerettes Alumni this basketball season!

Our Alumni performance was so fun last year, we decided to do it again! Friday, December 2, 2022 will be Tigerettes alumni night at a home basketball game. What better way to honor the history of WHS basketball halftimes than with a Tigerettes Alumni appearance!

We would love to have as many WHS Tigerettes Alumni as possible. We are also inviting all former Tigerettes Coaches to join us!

Please fill out the form here to receive more information and to provide us with some information. Please share this with your fellow Tigerettes Alumni!

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Willard Parents as Teachers Providing Free Child Development Screenings December 5th - 9th

Parents as Teachers Program

Willard Parents as Teachers is a program that helps support the development of our future students and ensures they are prepared for Kindergarten. This program is for any family raising young children. All services are provided free by certified parent educators. Services provided include personal visits pre-natal to Kindergarten, free yearly screenings, group connections, and a referral network.

The Parents as Teachers program will be hosting FREE Child Development Screenings December 5th - 9th, 2022 for ages six months to four years (children who will not be entering Kindergarten in Fall 2023). Screening includes checking skills in motor, language, cognitive, and social-emotional domains, a health questionnaire, and a vision and hearing check. 

Call your local elementary school office to schedule an appointment:

  • North Elementary: 417-742-2597
  • East Elementary: 417-742-4639
  • South Elementary: 417-862-6308
  • Central Elementary: 417-831-4440
  • Orchard Hills Elementary: 417-869-0600

Thank you to our Parents as Teachers program for supporting our youngest Tigers!

Willard Parents as Teachers

Upcoming District Events

Saturday, November 19

High School Speech & Debate - SPS Tournament

7th/8th Boys & Girls Wrestling - Branson Tournament

HS Theatre - WHS Fall Musical 2:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. - 9:30. P.M.

Monday, November 21

7th/8th Boys & Girls Wrestling - El Dorado/Diamond/Butler

9th/JV/V Girls Basketball @ Glendale 4:30 P.M.

7th/8th Girls Basketball @ Carthage 5:30 P.M.

Tuesday, November 22

Willard Food Pantry 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

9th/JV/V Boys Basketball @ Central 4:30 P.M.

Wednesday, November 23

No School - Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 24

No School - Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 25

No School - Thanksgiving Break

For additional details, please visit our District Website Calendar or our Willard Athletics Website.These calendars will have the most up-to-date information of what's going on, so be sure to check them regularly. We can't wait to see you at our various events!

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