Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - October 6, 2020
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,
Our Fall Break is this weekend as we will not have classes on Friday, October 9 or Monday, October 12. This is a great time of year as we transition from Summer into Fall and get to experience all of the activities Fall brings.
I get to present a video to our students each Monday to give them information I feel is important, reminders, and instructions on activities that may be upcoming. The most common message I deliver is to not forget about all of the hard work that we have put into allowing us to be back in schools. We wear masks. We try to limit close contact in our school. We do our best to limit the number of students in a small space. As we get into the holiday season, I'm asking that you carry out the same message with your children. All it takes is one positive case that attends a gathering and that group must be quarantined which potentially jeopardizes our school experience.
Have a great week!
NEW! 8th GradeService Learning Through Science Class Wednesday and Thursday
On October 7th and 8th, students will be going outside during their science classes to work on the beds in the front of the school. Students are learning about the importance of planting native plants in order to attract pollinators. STUDENTS NEED TO WEAR LONG PANTS AND CLOSED TOED SHOES. If students purchased a Leopards by Nature green T-shirt last year, please have your students wear the shirt. They can wear a hat, and make sure that they bring their water bottles.
B day (2, 4, 6, 8) will participate on Wednesday, October 7
A day (1, 3, 5, 7) will participate on Thursday, October 8.
If your student is a virtual learner, they can come to school during their science class time. Any student who is unable to come to school will have an asynchronous assignment for that class period. Please see Google Classroom for those details.
Thank you, if you have any questions, please reach out to your student's teacher.
Remember, this event is to finish up from the canceled Spring event. We will also be hosting a schoolwide learning project this coming Spring.
NEW! Volunteer Opportunity
Sign up to help supervise our students as they work to beautify the grounds of the school during service learning days on Wednesday and Thursday (no experience required); we could also use some rakes!
Please make note of the following dates on your calendar.
October 9th - 12th is our Fall Break
NEW! October Nutrition Newsletter
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NEW! Change to Attendance - Effective Oct 13, 2020, start of Q2:
Students who are in grades 5 - 12 and are Face-to-Face/On-Campus students will no longer be able to gain attendance credit by attending classes virtually, or otherwise engaging asynchronously. Attendance for On-Campus students will now be entered as it always has been: students are either Present (PF) or Absent (A). The Attendance Office can change the A as needed based on medical notes, parent notes, parent calls and so forth, but these students will not receive PA - Present Asynchronous.
The only exception to this is if an On-Campus student is officially quarantined due to exposure, or isolated due to actual COVID illness.
This state provision of allowing PA for On-Campus students is not part of Lovejoy ISD's 20-21 learning plan that was previously filed with the State.
Only Virtual students may receive PA.
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.
Virtual students are invited to participate in the PSAT on October 22nd, however, to follow College Board testing requirements, we must have an accurate count of students that will be on campus on the day of testing. If your child is or will be a virtual learner on October 22nd and wishes to take the exam, please click here
to complete the form. This form will need to be completed by October 8th.
No Pass - No Play: Six Week Progress Report Grades
Friday, September 25th, will be the last day for six week progress reports. Although we are on a nine week grading system, UIL requires all schools to check eligibility after the first six weeks and again at the end of the first grading period if it exceeds six weeks. Based on our district academic calendar, we will have two eight week grading periods in the fall. Our first grading period will end on Thursday, October 8th. For a copy of the UIL eligibility calendar, please click here.
Upcoming - Bullying Prevention Presentations to all WSMS students
All WSMS students will have the opportunity to hear Bullying Prevention Presentations the week of October 13-16. Presentations will be given by the WSMS Counselors during History classes. At the middle school level, bullying can be perceived as being different for every individual. Our goal is to help students to understand that it is not always the intent of the action/comment, but how it was received. In addition, all students need to look out for each other and report any incidents where students or staff are not treated fair and respectful. As Leopards, we are all in this together. Please spend some time discussing bullying with your son or daughter.
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.
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
Pictures needed for the WSMS Yearbook
Thank you for emailing photos to Beverly Zetsche, the yearbook adviser. We now have an easier system for you. Please use the link to upload pictures for consideration in the 2021 yearbook! Use the link below:
ParentPortal Update Needed
The PowerSchool ParentPortal is now open for you to complete the online Enrollment & Student Information Forms. 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.
For up to date information on Bus Eligibility Guidelines, Campus Eligibility Maps and Transportation Policies & Procedures, please visit the LISD Transportation website by clicking here.
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 Rockwall Cain
C Team - Lost
B Team - Won
A Team - Won
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Won
Football Results vs Rockwall Cain
Red Team - Won
Black Team - Won
Red Team - Lost
Black Team - Lost
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