A Message from the Principal
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - January 16, 2020


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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

The district is excited to announce the 3rd Annual STEM Festival to be held on February 29th from 10:00-3:00 at Lovejoy High School. We hope you will mark this date on your calendar and make plans to attend this STEMtastic event with your family. The STEM Festival also offers extra opportunities, like the CANgineering Competition and T-Shirt Design Contest, in which students and families can participate. All information about the STEM Festival is linked below. 

Also, I wanted to make you aware that the 2018-19 School Report Card (SRC) from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is available on the district website under "Quick Links" and then under "Required Postings" or by clicking here .
The same reports can be accessed on our campus website under the "About" tab and then selecting TEA School Campus Report Cards.
The SRC provides information on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), as well as information student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures.
Please contact me at kent_messer@lovejoyisd.net or 214-293-9938 if you have any questions concerning our School Report Card from the Texas Education Agency.  If you would like to view a hard copy of this, there are multiple copies available in the Willow Springs front office.  

Thank you for your continued support of WSMS.

Kent Messer
Willow Springs Middle School
1101 West Lucas Rd, Lucas 75002
Office: 469-742-8417
Mobile: 214-293-9938

School Board Appreciation Month

January is National School Board Appreciation Month.  This year in Lovejoy ISD, each campus will be recognizing one of our school board members for the entire month of January.  WSMS is so excited to honor LISD school board-vice president Amy Smith.  

Amy and her husband, Abe, have four children in the Lovejoy Independent School District.  Amy is a graduate of the inaugural Leadership Lovejoy Class and Leadership Allen/Fairview Class XXIV. Amy's experience in the Leadership Lovejoy Class inspired her to create and implement the Lovejoy Letter Campaign. This campaign is a way for students and parents to personally express their appreciation and gratitude for all of the employees of Lovejoy ISD.  Amy received the PTA Lifetime Member Award in 2016 and previously served as the PTA President at Puster Elementary.  
She is a graduate of Baylor University where she received her BBA in Marketing and obtained a second degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Early Childhood Education.  After teaching for four years in the classroom and after the birth of their first child, she opened a Kumon Math and Reading Center in McKinney. After ten years of growing a successful Kumon Center (and three more children later), Amy sold the business in May 2014.  From 2014 to 2018 she was an event planner and fundraiser for the Baylor Scott and White Health Care Foundation raising funds for many medical initiatives within the system. Currently, Amy is the Business Development Officer at Commercial Bank of Texas, N.A. who has a long history of generously supporting Lovejoy ISD.
When Amy is not running children around to their various activities, working or volunteering, you can find her on the tennis court.  She has been married for 21 years to Reverend Doctor Abe Smith. Abe is a United Methodist minister as well as a life coach through his company SmithCoaching.com.
Amy is an excellent example of the LISD Graduate Profile pillar of Working for Justice Through Community Servicethrough her leadership on the LISD school board.  Throughout the month of January, Amy will be partnering with our campus to share more about her civic service on the LISD school board with our students.  Please take some time over the next few weeks to personally thank Amy for her service to Lovejoy ISD.

School Holiday - Monday, January 20
Monday, January 20 is a school holiday.

Front Parking Lot After School
We have noticed an increased number of parents picking their kids up in front of campus after school. This disrupts our bus traffic and is a safety concern for students. Beginning Wednesday, January 22nd, the front parking lot will be coned off between 4:00 pm and 4:15 pm. Traffic in the front parking lot will be released to exit the campus as soon as buses depart and the flow of traffic in our carpool lane slows.  The fastest way to exit the campus after school is to follow the carpool lane; once your student is in your vehicle, exit through the exterior carpool lane.  

Geography Bee - Thursday, January 23
All 7th and 8th grade history classes took a preliminary quiz to determine which students qualify for the National Geography Bee the week before finals. The school Geography Bee will be held January 23 at 4:15 p.m. in the WSMS cafeteria. Typically, about 30 students qualify for the school bee. Students that qualify for the school bee will receive a letter the week of January 6 letting them know specific details about the school bee. Additional information about the National Geographic Bee can be found  here  .

Hour of Code: January 24-30
Willow Spring's students will participate in Hour of Code during the week of January 24 .   Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org where millions of students around the globe celebrate computer science and computer programing.  Student will complete coding activities from Google, Code.org and other websites participating in Hour of Code during their advisory class.

Signs of Suicide Presentations at WSMS
This year, WSMS counselors will present, Signs of Suicide, a Suicide Prevention presentation to our students.  The parent presentation of this may be viewed on our Facebook page.    Please follow this link for more information on this program.
  You can also visit the Signs of Suicide website for more information,  sossignsofsuicide.org/parent  If you have concerns or do not wish your student to participate in this program, please contact your child's counselor.  Student presentations will be January 29th for 7th grade and January 30 for 8th grade. 

Winter Pep Rally - Friday, January 31
Our Winter Sports Pep Rally will be Friday, January 31 in our main gym at 9:30 AM.  We are needing to do a morning pep rally so our 6th grade students from SCIS can participate before they tour our school.  We will have performances from our band, choir, orchestra, colorguard, dance, and cheer programs. We will also recognize all of our winter sports programs and other students who participated in competitions in the months of December and January.   All parents are welcome to attend and are encouraged to park in a parking space not designated as a fire lane in the front parking lot to enter and sign-in through the front office. Overflow parking is available in the back of the school and parents may enter and sign-in through the west courtyard door.  More info to come...

District Bump Up Day
On January 31st, All WSMS 8th grade students and core teachers will be visiting Lovejoy High School to learn more about the registration process and course offerings.  Our 8th grade students will tour the building and see the facilities of different elective programs. In addition, 6th grade students will be visiting WSMS to learn more about our programs and courses as they prepare for registration.  Here is the tentative schedule for the day:

Schedule for the Day
WSMS Winter Pep Rally 9:30--10:15.  SCIS 6th grade students will participate in this pep rally once they arrive.  

10:30--8th grade students depart for LHS, 6th grade students begin tour of WSMS.  6th grade students will visit all elective courses and a few core classes.  

12:15--6th grade students depart for SCIS
1:00--8th grade students return to WSMS.  All 8th grade students will attend periods 5-7 once they return.  

Academic UIL - Save the Date
Academic UIL competition is on the horizon, and we are looking forward to attending this year's competition on April 3 and 4, 2020 at Heritage Middle School in Colleyville!  All students in grades 7 and 8 are eligible to try-out for a team. Students may compete in as many events as they would like as long as the events they enter compete at different times during the competition day. Students who make the team (3 members plus one alternate for most teams) will begin practices as determined by the team coach.  Practice days and times will vary with each competition and coach. Tryout dates, times, and locations will be publicized in early February . If you have any questions, please contact Heather Lamb at heather_lamb@lovejoyisd.net

2020-2021 Registration Meetings
It is time to begin the process of registering current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for the upcoming school year at WSMS and LHS!  Middle school and high school counselors will begin speaking to students in late January about elective classes, core class selections, how to register online, and what to expect in the 2020-2021 school year. Parent Registration Presentations will be held on:
  • Parents of current 6th graders:  At WSMS, February 4, 9am-10 am - Parent Registration Presentation
  • Parents of current 7th graders:  At WSMS, February 4, 11am-12 noon - Parent Registration Presentation
  • Parents of current 6th graders: At WSMS, February 4, 5:30pm-6pm - GT Information Meeting
  • Parents of current 6th graders: At WSMS, February 4, 6:00pm-7:00pm - Parent Registration Presentation
  • Parents of current 7th graders: At WSMS, February 4, 6:30pm-7pm - GT Information Meeting
  • Parents of current 7th graders: At WSMS, February 4, 7:00pm-8:00pm - Parent Registration Presentation
  • Parents of current 8th graders:  At LHS, February 10, 6:00pm-7:00pm Parent Registration Presentation
  • Parents and current 8th graders:  At LHS, February 10, 6:00pm-8:30pm LHS Elective Showcase, Immediately following parent meeting

2020-2021 WSMS Cheer Information Meeting (for parents only) - February 11th
When: February 11th at 5:30 pm
Where: WSMS Room c200
Agenda: Will go over the cheer tryout process, the difference between A, B, and C squad, and the financial obligations for cheer.
Parents: Due to a lack of space, please do not bring your students to the information meeting on February 11th.
More information can be found at  www.tinyurl.com/wsmscheer

2019-2020 WSMS STAAR Testing Calendar

Feb. 24 - April 3
TELPAS (ESL Students Only)

April 7 7th Grade STAAR Writing

8th Grade Pre-Algebra
8th Grade Geometry
STAAR Math 8

8th Grade Algebra 8th EOC Rotations
April 8 8th Grade STAAR Reading 8

May 5-6 7th Grade GT Algebra
8th Grade Algebra
May 12 7th Grade
8th Grade
STAAR Math 7
May 13 7th Grade
8th Grade
STAAR Reading 7
Science & Social Studies Rotations
May 14 7th Grade
8th Grade
8th Grade
STAAR Science 8
STAAR Social Studies 8

Campus Information and Reminders
Costa Rica Trip

Please contact 8th Grade Science teacher Jenny Perez at  jennifer_perez@lovejoyisd.net
if you have any questions.  If you are interested, call the customer service number above at World Strides and they will be able to assist you.

PSAT Score Results
WSMS 8th graders will receive paper copies of their PSAT 8/9 score reports on Wednesday, January 22nd through English classes.  WSMS counselors will meet with students, distribute score reports, explain the scores, and assist students in creating a College Board Student Account to access further information about their scores.  If your student already has a College Board account, they may want to bring the login information with them on Wednesday. Please contact your student's counselor with any questions you may have.

AIM Presentation Survey Results for WSMS
In December, all students participated in the AIM for Success program. AIM for Success is a sexual education program that teaches abstinence as the best way to avoid negative consequences of early sexual relationships, and more importantly, the best way for students to reach their personal goals. At the end of the presentation, students completed a survey to help our school and community better understand our current students thoughts on the program and involvement in sexual relationships. Please use this survey as a tool to continue discussions at home with your child about the benefits of abstinence! 

WSMS Yearbook Needs Your Help
The yearbook staff needs photos from the fine arts festival and winter break . If you have any please send them to  beverly_zetsche@lovejoyisd.net . They can be of your child, family, friends, or anything else. 

Young Men's Service League
You are invited to The Lovejoy Chapter of the Young Men's Service League (YMSL) annual informational meeting on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 6:30pm at Creekwood United Methodist Church, 261 Country Club Road, Allen. The meeting will be held in the church sanctuary. YMSL is a service organization in which incoming 9th grade boys (current 8th grade boys) join with their mothers. Come learn about the opportunities that this fantastic organization has to offer. You will learn about membership and its requirements.
Please feel free to contact Stacy Hutchins, VP Membership, if you have any questions at  stacy.hutchins@att.net  or at 214.458.3073 or Nikki Winniford, VP Membership Elect, at nikki.winniford@verizon.net or at 214.926.9772.  

Students feeling under the weather?
As you know, it is prime cold and flu season. To help best manage our students and to keep in line with the policy in the Student Handbook, if students are not feeling well at school, they need to be checked out through the school clinic. The student must be fever free (Temperature of 99.9 or less for 24 hours without the use of over the counter medications to keep the temperature down) and must NOT have vomited or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

PowerSchool App
The PowerSchool app is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. You use the same PowerSchool online login. Enter the District code NJBC.

Reporting an Incident at WSMS
One of our top priorities at Willow Springs Middle School is to ensure the safety of all of our students.  Our most important asset in this is the eyes and ears our students can provide us on campus. We will begin using the Safe Schools Alert System this year for students and parents to report incidents they are aware of happening.  You can access the system by going to  www.lovejoyisd.net .  Under Quick Links click on "REPORT IT!"  You will have four ways to submit an incident.  Furthermore, you will receive an access code to follow the progression of how an incident is being handled.

LISD Calendar
Please go here for LISD calendars.

WSMS Twitter Feeds  #wsmslovejoy
@WSMSLovejoyISD (Campus Event Updates)
@sscwsms (Counseling updates) 

7th Grade Basketball vs. Allen Ereckson
A-Team Lost 23-28
B-Team Won 25-6
C-Team Won 18-16
A-Team Won 32-28
B-Team Won 37-20
C-Team Won 45-25
8th Grade Basketball vs. Allen Ford
A-Team Won 34-21
B-Team Won 29-14
C-Team Won 25-17
A-Team Lost 39-30
B-Team Tied 31-31
C-Team Lost 37-21

Spring Tennis Tryouts, January 13th-17th
If your son or daughter is interested in trying out for the WSMS Tennis Team this next spring, please see below for important information about the tryout process.  
  • Students interested in trying out will participate in a scheduled 2 day tryout at 7:30am-8:30am at LHS during the week of 1/13-1/17. 
  • The tryout will consist of 2 matches against 2 players of the same age level and skill level that are currently on the team. 
  • Skill level evaluation will be based on players form
  • Coach Cherry and Coach Davis will evaluate all players and base their decision on the players skill level and the scores that they have against players who are currently on the team.
  • There is not a certain number of athletes that we will keep. The final team number will be determined based on the level and skill set of current players and players that are trying out.
  • To schedule a day and time for a two match tryout with current players, please contact Coach Davis at will_davis@lovejoyisd.net to schedule.  Once he receives your email, he will schedule two matches with two separate players of equal skill set that are currently participating in the WSMS tennis program.  
  • Please contact Coach Davis for any further questions.


SAGE Coffee Meet and Greet The Lovejoy Council of PTA will be hosting a coffee meet and greet for all Special And Gifted Education parents for a meet and greet with other parents, Dr. Goddard and coffee. January 23rd 9am -10am in the Training Room.
Reminders To have reminders sent to your phone about donations needed, volunteer time, PTA meetings and parent presentations please text @wsmspta2019 to 81010
PTA Board 2020-2021 We are currently looking for new board members for the WSMS PTA during the 2020-2021 school year. If you are interested in a position please contact, Kasey Havens, kasey.havens@yahoo.com or 214-534-6200
Donations We know you can give to so many organizations and many within our district.  Your financial donations to WSMS PTA go to funding both parent and students programs on safety, AIM for success, kindness, college preparedness and more.  You may donate to us here.

Kasey Havens
WSMS PTA President 2018-2019

District and Other News

Community News
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This Weeks News:

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Inclement Weather
School closures will be determined based on safety. In the event of a school closure, notifications will be announced on the district's website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We will also announce any closure through the media and through a special edition of Message from Mike. Links to our social media accounts are listed at the end of this communication.
LHS Performing Arts Presents - Pirates of Penzance - January 23 - 25

Save the Date!Lovejoy ISD STEM Festival
February 29, 2020
Toy Drive to benefit the Children of Little Scholars
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Application Process Open for Administrative and Financial Assistant

Senior Judges Needed!
Now Enrolling! SAT Prep Classes

Save the Date! Lovejoy Country Run: April 18
Turn Lucas Green
News from Collin College

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