A Message from the Principal
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - October 20, 2020

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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

Our schedule is starting to fill up on campus.  We have our PSAT this Thursday for 8th graders, Club Day on Friday, and Spelling Bee tryouts on Monday after school for both 7th and 8th graders.  It's fantastic to see students be able to participate in activities they are passionate about and experience success in the things they do.  

Speaking of experiencing success, with almost 100 more students coming back on campus last week our car line at the end of the day was not a successful experience.  We are making a slight change.  Once cars begin moving, we will be filtering all cars along the curb to pick students.  As with most things that involve a large amount of people, we need everyone to play a part in that success.  It is extremely important for you to pull all the way forward along the curb on the west side of campus.  Even if that means your child has to walk a few extra steps to allow you to pull up, this will let more cars load at once rather than waiting on one car to load and slowing down the process.  We will also be encouraging students to be as close to the sidewalk as possible so cars are not waiting around for students to make a long walk to load into their car.  With these adjustments, we will be much more efficient.

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 Information
NEW! Virtual Students Taking the PSAT
If your child is virtual and you have signed them up to take the PSAT on campus this Thursday, please be reminded of the following:
  • Arrive on campus (wearing a mask) by 8:45 AM
  • Find your testing room number which will be posted on the wall outside the main office
  • Report to your testing room 
  • Testing will begin at approximately 8:50 AM
  • Testing will end at 12:20 PM
  • Virtual students can be picked up outside of the front office
  • Lunch at home (5th period begins at 12:55 PM)
What to bring:
  • If you have a school issued CHROMEBOOK, bring this fully charged device along with the charger.  If you do not have a school issued  CHROMEBOOK, one will be provided.  This is the only device that students are allowed to use while taking the PSAT.
  • Water bottle
  • Graphing calculator if you would like to use your own.  One will be provided if you do not have one.

REMINDER! ParentPortal Update Needed
The PowerSchool ParentPortal is now open for you to complete the online Enrollment & Student Information Forms. As of today, there are 328 accounts that have not been updated. Please click here to access the Parent Portal. Parents will access the enrollment forms in their PowerSchool Parent Portal - left navigation panel - "Enrollment & Student Forms." Completion of these forms is required every year for every student. Please take a few minutes to update your contact information and other forms.

NEW! Lovejoy Letter Campaign: October 19 - October 30
Lovejoy Family!!  The 7th annual Lovejoy Letter Campaign for teachers and staff members has begun!  Many of you are familiar with this beloved tradition, but for those of you who are not, it is the time of year when we write appreciation letters for each of our teachers and staff members across the district. 
The letters do not have to be elaborate or lengthy. The goal is just for people to write a note of thanks to show appreciation to their teachers, the staff and administration in our district.  It is the opportunity for us to take the time to let each person who makes a difference for us throughout the school day know how much we value them.
Please clearly label the envelope with the staff/teacher's name and LLC (Lovejoy Letter Campaign) and return the letter to the box located at a specified location of each campus no later than Friday November 13th.  Please feel free to share this message as we spread the word about the campaign. We do not want to add any extra burden to our kids and parents, but we do want to share how much we appreciate our teachers and staff - especially this year in these very unusual times!
#shortandsweet #showappreciation

NEW! Club Day - Friday, October 23
Our first Club Day of the year is this Friday.  Students signed up for two clubs of their choosing this week and will find out on Thursday which club they will be attending.  There are some clubs, such as Extreme Club, where students are allowed to bring items to campus that day.  We will still expect students to wear their masks while participating in Club Day.  Click here for a copy of the bell schedule.

NEW! National Prescription Take Back Day - October 24th, 10am - 2pm
Did you know the non-medical use of Rx drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America? The majority of teens abusing Rx drugs get them from family and friends - and the home medicine cabinet. We encourage all WSMS families to take their old and/or unused prescriptions this Saturday, October 24th to a center near you. There are locations in Fairview, Allen, McKinney, Plano, Murphy, and Wylie! Click on the link  for the location nearest you: https://takebackday.dea.gov/
NEW! WSMS Spelling Bee Grade-Level Tryouts - October 26th
***After school Spelling Bee tryouts are on Monday 10/26 @ 4:10 pm in room C607 for 8th graders & in room C605 for 7th graders.  (on the dot, if you are late, you will NOT be admitted; the door is locked at 4:11)    
SAVE THE DATE: The School spelling bee will be on November 18th from 9:15-11.

NEW! Red Ribbon Week - October 26-30
Willow Springs will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 26-30. Please encourage your child to participate in daily themes to show our pride and commitment to living a drug-free life! For a list of daily themes, please click here.

NEW! 7th Grade Hearing /Vision Screenings - October 27th & 28th
Tuesday, October 27th & Wednesday, October 28th, WSMS nurses will be performing the required State Hearing/Vision screenings on all 7th grade students. If your child wears glasses or contacts, please make sure they bring them to school on those dates.

UPDATED! Picture Proofs and Picture Retakes
Picture proofs have been received and have been distributed to students through their math classes last week.  If your student is virtual for Q2, please stop by the front office to pick them up.  On the proof itself, you will see ordering information.  
Picture Retakes will be on November 6th.  This will be for students who missed the original picture day, new students and for those that wish to have their picture retaken. Students on campus will have the option to come have their picture retaken before school, during an elective class or during their lunch period.  For virtual students, a sign up will be going out with time slots, as we did originally.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leslee Cox at 

NEW! 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. Summer fun
2. 1st day of school-virtual and/or face to face
3. My virtual learning environment-this can be pictures of the WSMS student in his/her favorite room or spot to participate in virtual learning.
4. Students participating in non-school activities like a club sport, horseback riding/jumping, 4H, cooking/crafts, or other activity that showcases your commitment to the activity
5. Halloween/Thanksgiving/Winter break celebrations/fun
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:

REMINDER - Updated! College Board PSAT 8 - Thursday, October 22
On Thursday, October 22nd, WSMS 8th graders will take the College Board's digital PSAT 8 test. This assessment is an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to assess a student's math, writing, and reading skills needed to be college-ready. For more information on the College Board's PSAT 8/9 test, you can visit this website. The PSAT 8/9 assessment will begin promptly at 9am on Thursday, October 22nd and will last approximately 3.5 hours. 8th graders may want to bring a bottle of water for testing. This will be an online test, and WSMS counselors will review scores with students in the spring. 

Attention 8TH GRADE PARENTS - Deadline for recognition ads, November 13th
 8th grade yearbook recognition ads are also now on sale! The deadline is Friday 11-13. You can purchase and create your senior recognition ad online via the link below as well. Note all 8th grade recognition ads must be paid for and created online by Friday 11-13.

AIM for Success
This program will be offered again this year to WSMS students both in person and virtually on November 30 and December 1. The parent portion will be available for viewing online on November 18. 

The PTO is able to schedule and fund these programs because of membership dues and donations from our awesome parent community. This year, 100% of those funds stay in Lovejoy instead of a significant portion being sent to the state and national PTA. Haven't joined yet?  Use this link and once you've created an account you can sign up for any Lovejoy PTO.

WSMS Career Day ~ SAVE THE DATE, February 11, 2021, 9:15 - 12:50pm
Come share your professional expertise with Willow Springs students!  Each Career Day presenter will meet with groups of students in 20-30 minute presentations, sharing educational requirements, salary and travel expectations, future prospects, and what a "day in the life" is like in this career field.

Campus Information and Reminders
WSMS Mentoring Program
Willow Springs Middle School is looking for positive adult role models to mentor students in our Mentoring Program. The ideal candidate is willing to share knowledge, skills, and possesses humanitarian qualities. Other merits for a mentor are commitment to community, openness to diversity, the desire to positively impact our youth, and an opportunity to guide and teach.  The WSMS Mentoring Program promotes the well-being of the mentee by providing a role model that can support the student academically, socially, emotionally, and in general.

Interested volunteers please contact Kathy Stone at Kathy_stone@lovejoyisd.net

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

LISD Calendar
Please go here for LISD calendars.

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 all WSMS home games can be found here.  All middle school football games will be played at the high school this year in order to increase capacity. 

Volleyball Results vs Wylie Cooper
8th Grade
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Won
7th Grade
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Won
Football Results vs Allen Ereckson
8th Grade
Red Team - Won
Black Team - Won
7th Grade
Red Team - Won
Black Team - Won


Did you know that October is National Principal Appreciation Month? At WSMS we are very fortunate to have Kevin Parker, along with Rebecca May and Rachael Merrick, as our Principals. If you see them, please make sure to give them a big "thank you" for all they do to educate, enrich and protect our kids!
Make sure to check out information on the Lovejoy Letter Campaign in this email. This is an important way for us to show gratitude to our teachers and staff as we approach Thanksgiving. Letters are due November 9.
Finally, watch for an important announcement in next week's email about an exciting opportunity for parents who drive their kids to school!

Have a great week!

Christy Payne
WSMS PTO President

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