A Message from the Principal
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - February 2, 2021

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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

This week is School Counselor Appreciation Week.  I want to take a moment to recognize Kathy Stone and Carey Miller at Willow Springs Middle School.  They have a very big job and each goes well beyond what is asked of them.  If you have an opportunity to reach out to them, please let them know how much our community appreciates what they do for our students at WSMS.

Each year our 8th graders take a day to visit the high school to begin getting acclimated to what will become their new school home for the next four years.  We have traditionally referred to this day as "Bump Up Day".  Because of the current circumstances, we will instead do this day virtually and show them a video created by the high school.  Our plan is to show this video this Thursday during SEL time around 10:15 AM.  

February 11 will be our next early release day.  We will dismiss in much the same way we did just before Christmas Break by beginning our car line at 12:10 PM.  Any student who is staying to ride the bus or to eat lunch will go to the cafeteria at that time.  Buses will leave for their routes at 12:45 PM.  February 11 is a B Day.  Students will go to all of their B Day classes for a shortened amount of time, approximately 48 minutes for each class.  You can find the bell schedule below.

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/Updated Information
NEW! Note from the Nurse
Winter is a perfect time for Lice to rear its ugly head or presence. To help prevent the spread of Lice in the community, click here for some information about what Lice are.
NEW! 8th Grade Parents Only - PSAT Results  
If your student took the PSAT in October, their personalized score reports will be passed out during 3rd period on Thursday, Feb. 4. Please go over the report with your child. If you chose to create a College Board Account, it is imperative that you save the username/ password. Students will need the username/ password in HS. Virtual students: Your reports will be mailed home on Thursday. 
UPDATED! 2021-2022 Parent Meetings and Registration Info
It is that time of year to begin talking about registration for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year! 
Next week, all parents are invited to participate in Registration Webinars based on your child's grade level. All webinars will be recorded for any parents unable to attend the meeting. Please click here for more detailed information. 
Rising 7th Graders (Current 6th Graders) - February 10th @ 10 am
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 399200
Rising 8th Graders (Current 7th Graders) - February 10th @ 1 pm
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 513010
Rising 9th Graders (Current 8th Graders) - February 11th @ 6 pm
Please click this URL to join:  https://lovejoyisd.zoom.us/j/86346901451

NEW! AIM for Success Student Survey Results
In December, all 7th and 8th grade students viewed and participated in the AIM for Success Abstinence program sponsored by WSMS and the WSMS PTO. At the end of the program, students could voluntarily participate in an anonymous survey about the choices they make regarding their health and sex.  Please click here for survey results. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Kathy Stone or Carey Miller. 

NEW! Interested in Freshman Cheerleading?
Click on the link below to learn about the Lovejoy High School Cheer Tryouts.  Please make sure you complete the tryout form on page 9 of the information packet to register for tryouts.
High School Cheer Information Link:

Campus Information and Reminders

LISD Calendar
Please go here for LISD calendars.

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

Young Men's Service League - Lovejoy Chapter
Ready to take the next step?  What is YMSL (Young Men's Service League) all about?  Come join us on February 10th, 2021 and learn all about our Lovejoy YMSL Chapter!  Four years of high school goes by incredibly fast and finding time to spend together with your teenage son gets harder. When you join YMSL, you commit to spending quality time with your son serving your community. So join us on February 10th, 2021 at 7:00 pm, as we host a Covid friendly Prospective New Member Zoom Meeting.  Applications will be open to moms with sons in Class of 2025, incoming 9th graders (currently in 8th grade). Please visit our site www.ymsllovejoy.org  and click on the tab "Lovejoy YSML Prospective Member Sign In" to register for our zoom meeting now!  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Nikki Winniford at nikki.winniford@verizon.net or 214.926.9772 for more information. 

Don't forget...You MUST register on our site, in order to receive access to our Zoom Meeting. We look forward to seeing you all in February!

Meet The Leopards Baseball/Softball Middle School Event

Early Release - Thursday, February 11th
Students will be released at 12:15 pm. Lunch will be served in the WSMS Cafeteria for those riding the bus. Bus routes will begin at 1:00pm. Students who have their own transportation can leave at 12:15 p.m.  Please click here for a copy of the Early Release Bell Schedule.

Upcoming Student Holidays/Bad Weather Day
Friday, January 12th, is a student holiday and Monday, February 15th is as well, due to not having any bad weather days to make up.

WSMS Cheer Tryout Information
There will be an informational parent meeting for WSMS cheer on Tuesday, February 23rd at 5:00 pm via zoom. Any parent who is new to the program or has questions about the 2021-2022 school year is welcome to join the meeting. Please use the following link to attend the meeting: https://lovejoyisd.zoom.us/j/81790395986?pwd=Q0JySHZyNHYwZEVRVTdJRUl3Q0w1UT09 

Cheer Tryout Clinic - March 24-25th
The tryout clinic is not mandatory to tryout for WSMS Cheer. Students who are new to the WSMS Cheer program trying out for 7th or 8th-grade cheer will meet in the main gym at WSMS from 4:30-6:00 pm on March 24th and 25th to practice and prepare for tryouts. All cheerleaders need to learn the tryout material posted on the cheer website before attending the tryout clinic. This material will be posted one week before tryouts on March 17th. In order to reduce numbers and increase social distancing, returning cheerleaders will NOT attend the afterschool clinic. Instead, returning cheerleaders will receive the same clinic during cheer class. Cheer website: www.tinyurl.com/wsmscheer

Official Cheer Tryout- March 26th
In-person tryouts will occur on March 26th from 4:30-9:00 pm. We will assign time slots to each student for tryouts to reduce numbers and increase social distancing on campus. Masks must be worn during tryouts. Students will check in ten minutes before their assigned time and leave immediately after their tryout. Parents will wait outside the gym for their students. If a student chooses to submit a virtual video tryout, the video must be submitted no later than March 26th at 8:00 am so the videos can be shown to the judges. Any student who does not submit a virtual tryout video by the deadline, or attend the in-person tryout will automatically be placed on the C team for the 2021-2022 school year.

"Stop The Bleed" Student Training in the Spring
We had such an amazing response to this in the Fall, that we are bringing it back for the Spring.  If your student was unable to attend one of the previous sessions, make sure you sign up soon.

This program is a difference maker and will allow students to possess a critical skill set that can be carried with them throughout their entire lives.  Stop The Bleed training allows students to learn how to administer initial care in a life threatening situation to an injured individual.

Although this training is not mandatory for our students, we are required by state law (86RHB496) to offer it to all students in grade levels 7-12.  If you choose to sign your child up for this free training, keep in mind they will be exposed to photographs of injured individuals that will contain severe injuries.  Students will learn how to tend to laceration, broken bones, puncture wounds, etc.  Students will also learn skills such as applying a tourniquet, applying pressure to injuries and bandaging an injured individual.

Our safety and security foundation is built on the "Force Multiply" concept.  We believe in empowering our teachers, staff members, students, parents and community members with knowledge that can save lives!
If you would like to register your child for this training, please click on the link below.  Each class is limited to 40 spots.  The sessions will be led by LISD security personnel.

2020 STAAR Testing Dates - Mark Your Calendars
Please begin marking your calendars for the Spring 2020 STAAR Testing Dates. If possible, try to avoid STAAR Assessment Dates when making appointments for your children. This allows your child to have adequate time on assessments to do their very best! Click here to access the WSMS STAAR Timeline. Thank you! 

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

WSMS Basketball
7th Grade Basketball Results vs. Rockwall Williams
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
C Team - Lost
B Team - Lost
A Team - Lost
8th Grade Basketball Results vs. Rockwall Utley
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Won
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Won

Girls Middle School Soccer
There will be a Zoom meeting on February 25th, at 5:00 PM. Click here to join.

7th Grade:
Tuesday 3/2- 7:00-8:15 AM tryout.
Wednesday 3/3- 7:00-8:15 AM tryout.
Thursday 3/4- 7:00-8:15 AM tryout.
Monday 3/15- 7:00-8:15 AM tryout.
Tuesday 3/16- 4:20-5:00 PM individual meetings.

8th grade:
Friday 3/5- 7:00-8:15 AM tryout.
Monday 3/15- 8:45-9:45 AM tryout.
Tuesday 3/16- 7:00-8:15 AM tryout.
Wednesday 3/17- 7:00-8:15 AM tryout.
Thursday 3/18- 4:20-5:00 PM individual meetings.

There will be no makeup tryout dates (with the exception of quarantining due to Covid) and there is no penalty for missing any days (track, UIL, vacation, etc.) as we have set four days to impress. During the individual meetings we will let the girls know if they made the team or not.
The only equipment the girls need to bring with them are a pair of cleats, if they have them, shin guards, and water. We will provide balls, bibs, and cones.
If you have any questions please contact Coach Ian Keeble at ian_keeble@lovejoyisd.net.

Boys Middle School Soccer
Here is the link for the Zoom Parent meeting on Thursday 2/25/21.  The meeting will start at 6:00 for all those who are able to attend.

7th grade:
Tuesday Mar 2 (A) - 7:00-8:15
Wednesday Mar 3 (B) - 7:00-8:15
Thursday Mar 4 (A) - 7:00- 8:15
Friday Mar 5 (B) - 7:00-8:15
Spring Break Mar 8-12
Individual Meetings - Monday Mar 15 (A) - 7:00-8:15
8th grade:
Friday Mar 5 (B) - 4:15- 5:30
Spring Break Mar 8-12
Monday -Mar 15 (A) - 4:15 -5:30
Tuesday - Mar 16 (B) -  4:15-5:30
Wednesday - Mar 17(A) - 4:15-5:30
Thursday - Mar 18 (B) - Individual Meetings 4:15- 5:30
There will be no makeup tryout dates (with the exception of quarantining due to Covid) and there is no penalty for missing any days (track, UIL, vacation, etc.) as we have set four days to impress. During the individual meetings we will let the boys know if they made the team or not.
The only equipment needed to bring with them are a pair of cleats, if they have them, shin guards, and water. We will provide balls, bibs, and cones.


Did you know that January was School Board Appreciation Month?
Did you know that January was School Board Appreciation Month? Willow Springs was pleased to honor Lovejoy school board member Jeff Wood, and we want to add our thanks! If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to reach out to the school board members and thank them for their service (see this list with emails for easy contact).
Volunteers Needed
The PTO is hosting a Valentine's luncheon for teachers on February 11th, and we need a few people to help serve (in a COVID-conscious way). Please sign up!

PTO Meeting
Our next general membership meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 9th at 10am. Please sign up using this formby February 8th at 10am.

Outstanding Service Award
The WSMS PTO 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 PTO. 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 PTO member. The recognition committee will carefully consider each candidate.  A list of people who have previously received this honor (so as not to duplicate recipients) can be found at 
PTO Board 2021-2022
We are beginning the process of looking for new board members for the WSMS PTO during the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in a position please contact Christy Payne, christypayne01@gmail.com  or 214-395-2855.

Parent Presentations
If you haven't yet had a chance to watch the parent presentations, view them here:
Sexting and vaping: https://youtu.be/b3T8t6qFixs
Class Registration Helpful Hints: https://youtu.be/rkGIpL34iQM

Warm Regards, 

Christy Payne
WSMS PTO President

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. 

For the latest Athletic News, download the "Lovejoy Leopards Athletics" app.
For the latest Fine Arts News, follow @LovejoyArts on Twitter, or like them on Facebook at Lovejoy Arts.

LHS School Store Sale
Looking for some new Leopard gear to keep you warm this holiday season? Check out the Leopard Online Store for some BIG Holiday sales! With great new items and curbside pick up, you don't want to miss out on getting new Lovejoy gear! https://bit.ly/346RTKM


Chess Club Enthusiasts
This semester we will be offering our first ever Virtual Lovejoy Chess Club. Registration is going on now and we hope many of you can join us beginning in the Spring. For more information please visit our website. If you have any questions please email Miles Knight at miles_knight@lovejoyisd.net