A Message from the Principal
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - January 23, 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
We have been so lucky to have Amy Smith on campus that past three weeks to visit with our student leaders about the LISD Graduate Profile her leadership role on the LISD school board.  Next week we will showcase her on the WSMS announcements and honor her at our winter pep rally.  Thank you Amy for all that you do.  

Activity Schedule - Tomorrow, January 24th
On Friday, January 24th, we will have Club Day. For a copy of the activity/advisory bell schedule for the day, please click here .

Club Day -Tomorrow, January 24th
Tomorrow is Club Day and we will be on an activity bell schedule. For copy of the activity bell schedule, please   go here Students participating in the Extreme Club must wear a helmet. Students who are in the K9 and Kritters Club must have permission from the counseling office before bringing an animal to school. Students may leave their equipment for Guitar Club, Extreme and Remote Control Club in the front office.

Hour of Code: January 27-30
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.

LHS Cheer Tryout Meeting - January 28th at LHS
High school cheer tryouts are right around the corner.  Coach Wiggins and Coach PIkl will have an informational parent meeting covering the 2020-2021 LHS cheer tryouts on Tuesday, January 28, 2019, at 6:00 PM in room B209 at the high school .  If you are unable to attend this meeting, please email Coach Wiggins at shelly_wiggins@lovejoyisd.net and she will email you all the paperwork after the meeting. 
Thank you for your continued support. The high school coaches look forward to meeting with you all and answering all your questions about LHS cheer.  

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
1:30--8th grade students return to WSMS.  All 8th grade students will attend periods 5-7 once they return.  

Last Chance to Purchase a WSMS Yearbook - Friday, January 31st
The last chance to purchase a 2020 WSMS yearbook is Friday 1-31
You can purchase online at jostensyearbooks.com  or click on the below link:

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.

Student Attendance
One of our continuing focus areas for this year is to increase our student and teacher daily attendance on campus.  Research shows that the more students are in class with their teacher, the more they will learn over the course of the school year.  The more students learn, the more success and confidence they will have in middle school. To promote this, we will be recognizing students and staff who have perfect attendance during each six weeks.  Please assist us by working with your son or daughter to ensure they are getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet, and are taking care of themselves overall. In addition, our new state accountability system uses student attendance as criteria for evaluating the performance of schools.  We also receive state funding based on our "Average Daily Attendance" of students that are present after 10:00 AM. As you begin to plan out of town trips this spring, please consider keeping your children in school through the Friday before each break. Let's work together to encourage our students to be in class every day.

2rd Nine-Weeks Student Perfect Attendance
Congratulations to our students who had perfect attendance during the 2nd nine-weeks.  

First Semester Student Perfect Attendance
Congratulations to our students who had perfect attendance for the entire first semester.

PTA Reflections
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the PTA Reflections contest this year! We had a total of 30 Literature entries and 4 Visual Art entries. Our students did a fantastic job of interpreting the theme and creating beautiful works of art. Entries were recently judged at the Council lever with three of them moving on to State, listed below.  Click here for the Council level results. 

Film Production
Lauren Rogers - 8th Grade
Haley Richards - 7th Grade
Visual Arts
Jocelyn Kim - 8th Grade


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 Curtis
A-Team Won 22-21
B-Team Lost 9-11
C-Team Lost 6-14

A-Team Won 30-24
B-Team Lost 35-27
C-Team Lost 23-17

8th Grade Basketball vs. Allen Ereckson
A-Team Won 35-13
B-Team Won 36-24
C-Team Won 27-13

A-Team Lost 41-57
B-Team Lost 17-45
C-Team Lost 23-30

WSMS Track and Field Parent Meeting - 1/28/20
We will have a parent meeting in the main Gym of Willow Springs on Tuesday, 1/28/20, at 6:00 PM. At the meeting we will go over season details, schedules, and 
team requirements/expectations. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 


Hospitality  We are hosting a staff and teacher luncheon on February 12th.  To donate items for this luncheon please visit:  WSMS Staff Valentine Lunch, Feb 12
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
The   Lovejoy ISD Community News Page  includes news from our schools, programs, booster clubs, student organizations, Foundation for Lovejoy Schools, community, and more. Check back often for up-to-date news on events and activities.

This Weeks News:

For more information on the following topics click the "Lovejoy ISD Community News Page" link above.

Pirates of Penzance
SAGE (Special and Gifted Education)
New! Color Guard Competition
New! Senior Project Benefiting Youth Baseball
New! LHS School Store Sale
New! Allen Americans Hockey Game
Benefiting the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
STEM Festival T-Shirt Contest
New! Young Men's Service League
New! Meet the Leopards Night with Lovejoy Softball
New! Give Sight Globally
Lovejoy ISD Gold Card Program
Lovejoy ISD is excited to announce the Gold Card program to honor and thank the senior citizens and retirees of Lovejoy ISD for being dedicated supporters of the district.
The Lovejoy ISD Gold Card offers the following benefits ( one pass per cardholder ):
Access and general admission seating to all regular season at home athletic events
Free admission to Fine Arts events
Free admission and VIP seating for select high school theater performances with reservation
An invitation to attend the annual Senior luncheon each Fall
Click Here to Learn More
New! International Justice Mission of Lovejoy Clothing Drive
Inclement Weather
School Board Election
Filing Deadline - February 14
Toy Drive to Benefit the Children
Of Little Lovejoy Scholars - Hart
STEM Festival
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Position Open for Assistant
Senior Project Judges Needed
SAT Prep Classes
Save the Date! April 18
Lovejoy Country Run
News from Collin College
Turn Lucas Green

For the latest Athletic News, download the "Lovejoy Leopards Athletics" app.
For the latest Fine Arts News, follow @LovejoyArts on Twitter, or like them on Facebook at Lovejoy Arts.