A Message from the Principal
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - January 26, 2021

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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

Although our numbers continue to remain low as far as COVID-19 positive cases on campus, we are seeing more students needing to quarantine due to exposure off of campus.  In my Monday video to students, I reiterated the importance of us continuing to be diligent in wearing our masks and also following the protocols we have on campus.  Our students have done a great job, but just like with almost anything else we are forced to do what we don't want to and we get lazy.  Please reinforce our message at home.  There is not one individual at this school who dislikes wearing a mask more than me.  But, I like wearing a mask so much more than being quarantined or doing school virtually.  

This Friday, January 29th, is the last day to order your 2020-2021 WSMS Yearbook.  You may click here to order yours today. 

Have a great week!


Kevin Parker
Willow Springs Middle School
1101 West Lucas Rd, Lucas 75002
Office: 469-742-8417
Mobile: 469-667-2280

New/Updated Information
REMINDER! Group Photos  - Thursday, January 28
Group photos day is Thursday, January 28 with retakes for students that are new or missed portrait day for the yearbook. Please have your child dress in the appropriate attire recommended by their teacher for group photos or for portraits individually. 
REMINDER! Last Chance To Order A Yearbook - Friday, January 29
The last chance to purchase a 2021 WSMS yearbook is Friday 1-29.
You can purchase online at jostensyearbooks.com or click on the below link: (note by purchasing online you can pay in 3 installments)

NEW! Early Release - Thursday, February 11th
Students will be released at 12:15 pm. Lunch will be served in the WSMS Cafeteria for those riding the bus. Bus routes will begin at 12:45pm. Please click here for a copy of the Early Release Bell Schedule.

NEW! Upcoming Student Holidays/Bad Weather Day
Friday, January 12th, is a student holiday and Monday, February 15th is as well, due to not having any bad weather days to make up.

NEW! WSMS Cheer Tryout Information
There will be an informational parent meeting for WSMS cheer on Tuesday, February 23rd at 5:00 pm via zoom. Any parent who is new to the program or has questions about the 2021-2022 school year is welcome to join the meeting. Please use the following link to attend the meeting:  https://lovejoyisd.zoom.us/j/81790395986?pwd=Q0JySHZyNHYwZEVRVTdJRUl3Q0w1UT09

NEW! Tryout Clinic- March 24-25th
The tryout clinic is not mandatory to tryout for WSMS Cheer. Students who are new to the WSMS Cheer program trying out for 7th or 8th-grade cheer will meet in the main gym at WSMS from 4:30-6:00 pm on March 24th and 25th to practice and prepare for tryouts. All cheerleaders need to learn the tryout material posted on the cheer website before attending the tryout clinic. This material will be posted one week before tryouts on March 17th. In order to reduce numbers and increase social distancing, returning cheerleaders will NOT attend the afterschool clinic. Instead, returning cheerleaders will receive the same clinic during cheer class.  Cheer website: www.tinyurl.com/wsmscheer

NEW! Official Cheer Tryout- March 26th
In-person tryouts will occur on March 26th from 4:30-9:00 pm. We will assign time slots to each student for tryouts to reduce numbers and increase social distancing on campus. Masks must be worn during tryouts. Students will check in ten minutes before their assigned time and leave immediately after their tryout. Parents will wait outside the gym for their students. If a student chooses to submit a virtual video tryout, the video must be submitted no later than March 26th at 8:00 am so the videos can be shown to the judges. Any student who does not submit a virtual tryout video by the deadline, or attend the in-person tryout will automatically be placed on the C team for the 2021-2022 school year.

NEW! 2020 STAAR Testing Dates - Mark Your Calendars
Please begin marking your calendars for the Spring 2020 STAAR Testing Dates. If possible, try to avoid STAAR Assessment Dates when making appointments for your children. This allows your child to have adequate time on assessments to do their very best! Click here to access the WSMS STAAR Timeline. Thank you! 

Campus Information and Reminders

LISD Calendar
Please go here for LISD calendars.

January Nutrition Newsletter
Click here to view this month's newsletter.

LHS & WSMS Registration Coming Soon ~ Mark Your Calendars!
In just a few weeks, WSMS and LHS counselors will begin the registration process for current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! 
Please click here for the Registration Timeline for current 6th, 7th graders, and 8th graders. 

Meet The Leopards Baseball/Softball Middle School Event

"Stop The Bleed" Student Training in the Spring
We had such an amazing response to this in the Fall, that we are bringing it back for the Spring.  If your student was unable to attend one of the previous sessions, make sure you sign up soon.
This program is a difference maker and will allow students to possess a critical skill set that can be carried with them throughout their entire lives.  Stop The Bleed training allows students to learn how to administer initial care in a life threatening situation to an injured individual.
Although this training is not mandatory for our students, we are required by state law (86RHB496) to offer it to all students in grade levels 7-12.  If you choose to sign your child up for this free training, keep in mind they will be exposed to photographs of injured individuals that will contain severe injuries.  Students will learn how to tend to laceration, broken bones, puncture wounds, etc.  Students will also learn skills such as applying a tourniquet, applying pressure to injuries and bandaging an injured individual.
Our safety and security foundation is built on the "Force Multiply" concept.  We believe in empowering our teachers, staff members, students, parents and community members with knowledge that can save lives!
If you would like to register your child for this training, please click on the link below.  Each class is limited to 40 spots.  The sessions will be led by LISD security personnel.

UPDATED! Pictures needed for the WSMS Yearbook
WSMS Rosette Yearbook would love to include in the yearbook any photos of WSMS students participating in the following ways:

1. Any holiday family time photos with the WSMS student in the picture
2. Any photo of the WSMS student such as playing a sport or performing in a club that is outside of WSMS school sponsored activities.
Please use the link to upload pictures for consideration in the 2021 yearbook! Please be specific in your explanation of the activity/event. Use the link below to upload your pictures and complete the fields of information:
You can also email or share photos in a Google folder to 

Young Men's Service League - Lovejoy Chapter
Ready to take the next step?  What is YMSL (Young Men's Service League) all about?  Come join us on February 10th, 2021 and learn all about our Lovejoy YMSL Chapter!  Four years of high school goes by incredibly fast and finding time to spend together with your teenage son gets harder. When you join YMSL, you commit to spending quality time with your son serving your community. So join us on February 10th, 2021 at 7:00 pm, as we host a Covid friendly Prospective New Member Zoom Meeting.  Applications will be open to moms with sons in Class of 2025, incoming 9th graders (currently in 8th grade). Please visit our site www.ymsllovejoy.org  and click on the tab "Lovejoy YSML Prospective Member Sign In" to register for our zoom meeting now!  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Nikki Winniford at nikki.winniford@verizon.net or 214.926.9772 for more information. 
Don't forget...You MUST register on our site, in order to receive access to our Zoom Meeting. We look forward to seeing you all in February! 

Tickets for WSMS Sporting Events
In order to control our environment as best we can, we are requiring attendees to pre-purchase tickets.  The link to do this for the WSMS home games this week can be found here.  All middle school football games will be played at the high school this year in order to increase capacity.

WSMS Basketball
7th Grade Basketball Results vs. Rockwall Utley
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Won
C Team - Won
B Team - Lost
A Team - Lost
8th Grade Basketball Results vs. Wylie Burnett
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Won
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Lost


Parent Presentations
If you haven't yet had a chance to watch the parent presentations, view them here:
Sexting and vaping: https://youtu.be/b3T8t6qFixs
Class Registration Helpful Hints: https://youtu.be/rkGIpL34iQM
PTO Meeting
Our next general membership meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 9th at 10am.
PTO Board 2021-2022
We are beginning the process of looking for new board members for the WSMS PTO during the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in a position please contact Christy Payne, christypayne01@gmail.com or 214-395-2855.
To have reminders sent to your phone about PTO meetings, parent presentations and volunteer needs, please text @wspto2020 to 81010.
Watch for information coming soon about the car line auction for the 4th quarter.

Warm Regards, 

Christy Payne
WSMS PTO President

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. 

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.

LHS School Store Sale
Looking for some new Leopard gear to keep you warm this holiday season? Check out the Leopard Online Store for some BIG Holiday sales! With great new items and curbside pick up, you don't want to miss out on getting new Lovejoy gear! https://bit.ly/346RTKM


Collin County Substance Abuse Program presents The Latest Trends in Adolescent Substance Abuse.


Chess Club Enthusiasts
This semester we will be offering our first ever Virtual Lovejoy Chess Club. Registration is going on now and we hope many of you can join us beginning in the Spring. For more information please visit our website. If you have any questions please email Miles Knight at miles_knight@lovejoyisd.net