A Message from the Principal
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - January 30, 2020


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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

As January winds down, our students and teachers continue to work hard both in and out of the classroom.  It is always a pleasure to see their commitment and dedication in all that they do. Tomorrow will be an exciting day at WSMS.  We will begin our day with a winter pep rally to recognize our programs currently participating in winter competition. As part of our pep rally, we will be welcoming 6th graders to WSMS as part of their campus tour.  Please take a few minutes to view the information below about our 8th graders visiting Lovejoy High School and our winter pep rally tomorrow.  

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. 

STEM Festival 2020
STEM Festival 2020

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.  Last week 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.  

LOVEJOY ISD School Board VP, Amy Smith
LOVEJOY ISD School Board VP, Amy Smith

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

WSMS Cheer Tryouts - March 25-27
Students who are trying out for 7th or 8th-grade cheer will meet in the main gym at WSMS from 4:30-6:00 pm on March 25th and 26th to practice and prepare for tryouts which will be held on Friday, March 27th from 4:30-9:00 pm in the WSMS Main Gym. Please email kali_strange@lovejoyisd.net if you have any questions about the WSMS cheer program. 

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
WSMS Color Guard
The WSMS Color Guard had a 1st place finish at their competition on Friday, January 24th.  Great Work and Congratulations to them!

WSMS Geo Bee Results
Last week, WSMS hosted our annual Geo Bee.  Congratulations to our winners: 3rd Place - Frankie Portera (7th Grade), 2nd Place - Beckham Thomson (7th Grade), 1st Place - Layne Doffing (8th Grade)

Eagle Scout Recognition
These 3 boys received their Eagle Scout rank at their Court of Honor on Sunday night.  Left to right Daniel Haas, William Fry, and Noah Marsden. These are their projects...
Daniel Haas built a bridge on one of the heavily used trails at the Heard Nature and Science Museum.  This project will help visitors to enjoy nature walks and safely explore parts of the grounds.  
William Fry disinfected the fleet of 50 Lovejoy ISD school buses.  The project was completed over a holiday when all the buses were at the barn and included over 60 hours of labor. 
Noah Marsden built two feeding and watering troughs for goats.  These troughs were donated to Camp for All's on-site petting zoo.  Camp for All is a summer camp for children with special needs that our Boy Scout troop has volunteered at for many summers.  
Congratulations boys!

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! 

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. Wylie Cooper
A-Team Lost 22-18
B-Team Won 31-4
C-Team Tied 14-14
A-Team Won 41-32
B-Team Won 43-24
C-Team Won 47-32
8th Grade Basketball vs. Allen Curtis
A-Team Lost 32-25
B-Team Won 28-21
C-Team Won 23-8
A-Team Lost 31-22
B-Team Lost 37-21
C-Team Lost 27-13

Middle School state championship results:
Our middle school men and women competed in the middle school state championships in Lewisville this past weekend.  We had 38 men, six women compete, and we were able to bring home 8 state placers.
Congrats to all of our wrestlers and thank you to all of our parents who came out to support! 
Our individual state placers were:
6 th -Marisa Green, Joey Modine
3 rd -Savannah Smith, Mercer Ashley, Andrew Kotecki
2 nd -Nick Perez
State champions-Eva Underwood and Kathryn Hannah

Boys Middle School Soccer
Tryouts will be held March 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th. The 7th graders will tryout from 3:20-4:20 and the 8th graders will tryout from 4:10-5:20. There will be no makeup tryout dates and t here is no penalty for missing any days (track, UIL, vacation, etc.) as we have set four days to impress. On Monday, March 16th, after Spring Break, we will be talking to each player individually, letting them know if they made the team. We will talk to the 7th graders during 7th period and the 8th graders after school.
The only equipment the boys need to bring with them are a pair of cleats, if they have them, and shin guards. We will provide balls, bibs, cones, and water.
If you have any questions please contact Coach Alex Duran at alex_duran@lovejoyisd.net.

Girls Middle School Soccer
Tryouts will be held on March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th. The 8th graders will tryout from 8:00-9:10 and the 7th graders will tryout from 7:00-8:15. There will be no makeup tryout dates and t here is no penalty for missing any days (track, UIL, vacation, etc.) as we have set four days to impress. On Friday, March 6th, we will be talking to each player individually, letting them know if they made the team. We will talk to the 8th graders during 1st period and the 7th graders before school from 7:30-8:45.
The only equipment the girls need to bring with them are a pair of cleats, if they have them, and shin guards. We will provide balls, bibs, cones, and water.
If you have any questions please contact Coach Ian Keeble at ian_keeble@lovejoyisd.net .


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

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