Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - October 27, 2020
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,
Next Monday and Tuesday, November 2nd and 3rd, our students have both of those days off. Our staff, however, will be working together in the mornings of those two days to continue to find ways they can deliver the best instruction possible. In the afternoons, they will be working with their grade level teams to plan lessons that are engaging and targeting so our students can finish the semester strong.
The new and popular pieces of clothing at the middle school are t-shirts with bands from the 1980's. Although this puts a smile on my face that I get to revisit memories from the '80s, when I ask students about these bands that are on the front of their shirts (Van Halen, Poison, Journey, etc.) they have no idea who these bands are. I challenge you to educate your children on the best era of music to have existed (obviously my opinion since its the era I grew up in). I will do my part when I see these shirts as well, although your children have zero interest in having this discussion with me. (Thank you for letting me be a little light hearted this week!)
Stay warm and rock on!
Have a great week!
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 317 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: Now through 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!
REMINDER! 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.
REMINDER! 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.
NEW! WSMS PTO "front of car line" Auction
Check out the PTO's "front of the car line" auction and save time after school! Bidding is open now through Thursday at 9pm. For additional details see the PTO section below or to bid now go here:
NEW! Upcoming Student Holiday - November 2nd & 3rd
Monday, November 2nd and Tuesday, November 3rd, are student holidays. Enjoy your long weekend.
REMINDER! 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! WSMS All Region Orchestra
This past Saturday our region hosted our Annual All Region Orchestra Contest virtually. All Region is an individual competition where our students learn a packet of music that includes an etude and excerpts that they have to learn on their own. This music is difficult and stretches them as musicians. They compete against all other musicians from 6th-8th grade in our region. This includes Allen, Plano, Wylie and Sherman. They sent in recordings of themselves performing certain small sections of the required music for a panel of judges. This is a very intense process and our students did very well!
Please congratulate the following students for going above and beyond and learning the all region music and auditioning:
Please congratulate the following students for making the All Region Orchestra:
Teniola Segun- 10th chair Bass Brahms Orchestra
Chris Wang- 12th chair Cello Brahms Orchestra
David Wang- 14th chair Violin Brahms Orchestra
Niina Wheeler- 24th chair Violin Brahms Orchestra
Helena Heinrich-Barna- 24th chair Violin Beethoven Orchestra
NEW! Wipe Out Kids' Cancer (WOKC) is sponsoring a friendly competition between LISD campuses!
The campus with the most participation in Lovejoy ISD in the WOKC Virtual Run for the Children 5K1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will receive a free meal from Jersey Mikes for each of the participants.
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.
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.
Aim for Success is a nonprofit, youth health education organization whose mission is "helping young people make healthy choices that will give them freedom to reach their dreams and goals".
The program your students will be participating in this year is Aim for Success and focuses on "why wait for sexual activity". Topics included are teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and emotional hurts. Students in 7th-8th grade also receive information on contraception and "how far is too far".
The parent presentation will include the entire student presentation, and additional information for parents on how they can help reinforce the information at home.
If you would like your child to opt-out of this program in December, please contact Kathy Stone and/or Carey Miller.
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
October Nutrition Newsletter
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:
Volleyball Results vs Rockwall Utley
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Lost
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Won
Football Results vs Rockwall Utley
Red Team - Won
Black Team - Won
Red Team - Tied
Black Team - Won
Girls Basketball Parent Information and Tryout Details
Middle school basketball informational meeting on Thursday, November 5th via Zoom. Coach Morris will be sending out an email to all Girls Athletics with the information and Zoom link.
Middle School Tryouts will be held November 30th(Monday) through December4th (Friday). We will meet with the girls individually on Friday and let them know if they made the team. Practices will start the following Monday.
8th Graders will tryout from 7:30am to 9:15am on A-Days and 7am to 8:10am on B-Days.
7th Graders will tryout from 4:15pm to 5:30pm on A-Days and 2:50pm to 5pm on B-Days.
The first 7th grade game will be on January 6th (Wednesday).
The first 8th grade game will be on January 7th (Thursday).
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