A Message from the Principal
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - December 12, 2019


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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians, 

We are officially half-way through the 2019-2020 school year.  It was great seeing everyone at the LISD Fine Arts Festival last weekend.  This event is always a fun way to kick the holiday season.

As we wrap up the first semester, our students have done an excellent job gearing up for their final exams on Monday, December 16.  For a copy of the final exam schedule, please click here .

Parent Volunteers Needed

Click here for a sample of what volunteering looks like in the CAT.

2019 Fall Final Exam Scheduled Time Slots for the CAT
December 16th  1:30 - 3:15
December 17th   9:30 - 11:15 & 1:15 - 3:15
December 18th   8:40 - 10:30 & 12:40 - 2:30
December 19th    8:40 - 10:50 & 10:45 - 12:50
We would appreciate your help in volunteering in the CAT to support our students.  To sign for one of these times and/or dates, please click here
Frequently Asked Questions about the Center for Academic Training (CAT)?

  • What is the purpose of the CAT? The CAT is designed to assist all students by providing before and after school support in all subject areas. It is also where all students with testing accommodations such as small group testing, oral reading of exams, etc. take their test during class time.
  • On average, how many students use the CAT during semester exams? On the testing side alone, we will see approximately 330 students during the week of final exams who have some type of testing accommodation. This number does not include the students without testing accommodations who utilize the CAT during finals weeks.
  • Who else helps students?  Teachers and Instructional Aides are available to help; however, their priority is helping students in class during instructional time.
  • Does a volunteer need previous knowledge of an exam before they arrive? Volunteers do not need any special training or knowledge to help in the CAT. Volunteers will be reading the questions and answer choices on an exam to a small group of 1-5 students.  The students are not permitted to have help understanding any of the content on the exam, so the volunteer would strictly be reading verbatim from their own copy of the exam.

Kent Messer
Willow Springs Middle School
1101 West Lucas Rd, Lucas 75002
Office: 469-742-8417
Mobile: 214-293-9938

Attention 8th Grade Parents!  8th grade Recognition ADS are DUE on Friday, December 13th
All 8th grade recognition ads must be paid for and submitted online by Friday, December 13th via the  jostensyearbooks.com link.

Flapjacks for Finals - Monday, December 16th
As a middle school tradition, we will be kicking off final exam week with "Flapjacks for Finals" on Monday, December 16th from 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. in the cafeteria. Please encourage your son or daughter to stop by the cafeteria for hot cakes.

Final Exams, December 16th-19th 
For a copy of the fall semester final exam schedule, please  click here .  
Final exams will officially begin, Monday, December 16th. Teachers are expected to provide students with final exam reviews by Friday, December 6.  In addition, all final exam reviews will be loaded on the WSMS website on December 6 (under both student and parent) and teachers will upload exam reviews into their Google Classrooms.   Please encourage your son or daughter to begin working on their final exam reviews early. As they begin to study, encourage them to study every night in short 15-20 minute increments rather than "cramming" the night before the test. Research shows that students who study in small chunks of time over a period of days are more successful on assessments.

Lost and Found - Donating December 19th
Please encourage your son or daughter to look through the lost and found and claim any sweatshirts, shoes, hats, etc. they may have left behind. All lost and found items are located on the stage in the cafeteria.  Students can visit the lost and found before or after school or during their lunch. All items not claimed by December 19th will be donated to area shelters.

Early Release/Student Holiday
Just a reminder that we will have full days each day until December 18th. Due to exams, the high school has half days on December 16th-19th. However, our only half day is December 19th  Students will be taking their 4th period final exam from 8:50 a.m.-10:48 a.m. and 8th period exam and lunch from 10:52 a.m.-12:50 p.m.  School will dismiss at 12:50 p.m.  

Friday, December 20 - Friday, January 3 is Winter Break. School will resume on Monday, January 6.

Signs of Suicide Presentations at WSMS
This year, WSMS counselors will present, Signs of Suicide, a Suicide Prevention presentation to our 7th graders on January 29th and to our 8th graders on January 30th.  Dr. Messer's January Principal's coffee will offer parents a preview of this presentation. Please join us on January 16th from 9am to 10am at WSMS to preview this important program.  If you have concerns or do not wish your student to participate in this program, please contact your child's counselor.

Campus Information and Reminders
All Region Band results for 2019-2020
Our outstanding results at the middle school level are really something to celebrate!!!  Please look at this list and help me in congratulating these students on their success.  
Willow Springs Band:
Kevin Zhang, Flute, Wind Symphony, 2nd chair
Tamanna Verma, Flute, Symphonic Band, 8th chair
Caleb Born, Clarinet, Concert Band, 12th chair
Noah Marsden, Clarinet, Alternate
Joshua Varughese, Bass Clarinet, Concert Band, 3rd chair
Kat Smith, Alto Saxophone, Symphonic Band, 6th chair
Adrian Phan, Tenor Saxophone, 1st alternate
Davis Miller, Baritone Saxophone, Symphonic Band, 1st chair
Reagan Wagner, Trumpet, Wind Symphony, 5th chair
Jonah Vuong, Trumpet, Wind Symphony, 6th chair
Joe O'Brien, Trumpet, Concert Band, 3rd chair
Aaron Wimbish, Trumpet, Concert Band, 4th chair
Payton Archer, French horn, Concert Band, 6th chair
Joe Bluestein, Trombone, Wind Symphony, 4th chair
Liam Dunleavy, Trombone, Symphonic Band, 4th chair
Brady Kofahl, Euphonium, Wind Symphonic, 6th chair
Nicole Young, Euphonium, Concert Band, 4th chair
Justin Poteet, Tuba, Symphonic Band, 2nd chair
Ashby Lyn Williams, Tuba, 2nd alternate
Joshua James, Percussion, 1st alternate

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.

ParentPortal Update - Please Complete
The PowerSchool ParentPortal is now open for you to complete the online Enrollment & Student Information Forms. Please    click here   access the  Parent Portal . Completion of these forms is required every year for every student. Please take a few minutes to update your Contact Information, FERPA Acknowledgments, General Waivers, and other information.  
As of today, there are 76 students whose forms have not been updated.

PLEASE NOTE: Regarding the Release of Directory Information for School Use:
In order for your child's picture to appear in the Yearbook, you should answer "YES".
 - Students and parents have a separate login/password for PowerSchool. Students should never have access to ParentPortal or use their parent login. If students were to access the ParentPortal on a school or public computer and not log out, family demographics as well as sibling's grades would be open for others to access. If you have any questions, you may contact Carol Vik at 469-742-8415.

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.

December Student Nutrition Newsletter
To view  the newsletter, please click here .

LISD Calendar
Please go here for LISD calendars.

WSMS Twitter Feeds  #wsmslovejoy
@WSMSLovejoyISD (Campus Event Updates)
@sscwsms (Counseling updates) 

7th Grade Basketball vs. Wylie McMillan
A-Team Won 37-17
B-Team Won 37-6
C-Team Won 24-4 
A Team
B Team
C Team
8th Grade Basketball vs. Rockwall Utley
A-Team won    44-13
B-Team lost     16-20
C-Team won    27-6 
A-Team won 33-28
B-Team won 36-20
C-Team won 25-17  

Spring Tennis Tryouts, January 13th-17th
If your son or daughter is interested in trying out for the WSMS Tennis Team this next spring, please see below for important information about the tryout process.  
  • Students interested in trying out will participate in a scheduled 2 day tryout at 7:30am-8:30am at LHS during the week of 1/13-1/17. 
  • The tryout will consist of 2 matches against 2 players of the same age level and skill level that are currently on the team. 
  • Skill level evaluation will be based on players form
  • Coach Cherry and Coach Davis will evaluate all players and base their decision on the players skill level and the scores that they have against players who are currently on the team.
  • There is not a certain number of athletes that we will keep. The final team number will be determined based on the level and skill set of current players and players that are trying out.
  • To schedule a day and time for a two match tryout with current players, please contact Coach Davis at will_davis@lovejoyisd.net to schedule.  Once he receives your email, he will schedule two matches with two separate players of equal skill set that are currently participating in the WSMS tennis program.  
  • Please contact Coach Davis for any further questions.


Reminders To have reminders sent to your phone about donations needed, volunteer time, PTA meetings and parent presentations please text @wsmspta2019 to 81010
Volunteer Your help is needed during finals week to help read final exams to small groups of students.  We have several days and time frames available. Sign up today! Sign Me Up

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 
Recognition Willow Springs PTA will be recognizing two special individuals who have given outstanding service to our children this year. This recognition is one of the highest honors which can be bestowed upon an individual by our PTA. The only requirement for receiving this honor is that the recipient has promoted students' well being and demonstrated care for children.
A nominee for recognition may be a parent, volunteer, teacher, administrator, or a community leader. The recipient is not required to be a PTA member.
If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please fill out the form  here . The recognition committee will carefully consider each candidate. The two award recipients for this year will receive their awards at the Lovejoy Council of PTAs Recognition Banquet in February. Please email the completed nomination form to lisa@theodowds.com .
Nominations are due by Wednesday, January 8.

Kasey Havens
WSMS PTA President 2018-2019

District and Other News

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Inclement Weather
School closures will be determined based on safety. In the event of a school closure, notifications will be announced on the district's website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We will also announce any closure through the media and through a special edition of Message from Mike. Links to our social media accounts are listed at the end of this communication.
Senior Judges Needed!
Now Enrolling! SAT Prep Classes
Senior Project! School Supply Drive

December 23 - Lovejoy Alumni Association Social

Save the Date! Lovejoy Country Run: April 18
Turn Lucas Green
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