A Message from the Principal
 
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - February 24, 2021

 
 
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

Last week really threw a kink in our calendar leading up to Spring Break.  I want to make sure you have the updated timeline of registration events to ensure nothing sneaks up on you.  Please take a moment to review the registration calendar below.  Our 7th graders and 8th graders will both watch registration videos tomorrow during SEL time.  The purpose of these videos is to inform them about the classes that are available to them next year.  The links to view those videos as well as the parent registration videos are below as well.

We planned to have our February PTO parent presentation meeting last week but, for obvious reasons, had to cancel.  With the end of February fast approaching, we will not have a parent presentation for the month of February.  Our March parent presentation meeting will be on March 5 and is titled "Signs of Suicide".  This will be recorded for those who can't attend the zoom meeting.

Also, the window is open for parents to change their child's Learning Environment for the last quarter of the school year. Information on how to do this can be found in the email below. If you would like for them to continue with their current selection then you do not need to do anything. The deadline to make a change from your child's current selection is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 1st. As a reminder, students who have selected "On-Campus" as their environment are expected to attend all classes each day unless they are quarantined or isolated for COVID. 


Have a great week!



Kevin





Kevin Parker
Principal
Willow Springs Middle School
1101 West Lucas Rd, Lucas 75002
Office: 469-742-8417
Mobile: 469-667-2280
@WSMSLovejoyISD
#wsmslovejoy



New/Updated Information
 
NEW! Updated Registration Dates
Due to our bad weather days last week, several of the dates for Registration have been updated. Please click here for updated dates for current 6th -8th grades. 
 
 
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:
 
https://www.32auctions.com/WSMSCarLineSpots4thQ  
 

NEW! Future Soccer Night - JV Game
Do you have a future soccer player on your hands?  We'd love to have you come out for the JV Soccer game on Monday, March 1st at 5:30pm, at the LHS Stadium.  During halftime, students will have the opportunity to come onto the field and kick soccer balls towards our goalies.  Any students coming onto the field will receive a small treat bag.  Should you have any questions, please contact Kari Aguilar at michaelaguilar@sbcglobal.net
 
 
NEW! Signs of Suicide Presentations at WSMS
WSMS counselors will present, SOS - Signs of Suicide, a Suicide Prevention presentation to our 7th and 8th graders after Spring Break during their History classes. So parents are better informed and have strong talking points at home, please join Mr. Parker and the WSMS counselors for a parent presentation on March 4th from 1:00-2:00.   Please follow this link for more information on this program.  You can also visit the Signs of Suicide website for more information,  sossignsofsuicide.org/parent  If you have concerns or do not wish your student to participate in this program, please contact your child's counselor.
 
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 480750


NEW! Save The Date For The Virtual Stem Fest



NEW! STEM Festival T-Shirt Contest
We are accepting design entries for the STEM Fest 2021 t-shirt through March 19th.  Please be sure to read complete rules and submission guidelines by clicking here.   If you have questions, please send an email to 





Upcoming Dates

WSMS 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
 

WSMS 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! 


Campus Information and Reminders
Registration Videos
Parent Presentations:

Student Presentations: 


LHS School Store Sale
Ready to stock up on Lovejoy gear? You are in luck! A BIG sale is happening at Lovejoy High School! Click here for great deals!




LISD Calendar
Please go here for LISD calendars.


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


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


Athletics
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.  


WSMS Basketball
7th Grade Basketball Results vs. Allen Curtis
Girls
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Won
 
Boys
C Team - Won
B Team - Lost
A Team - Lost
 
 
8th Grade Basketball Results vs. Rockwall Williams
Girls
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Won
 
Boys
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Won


MS Girls Track & Field
If your daughter is interested in participating in Track this season, please sign up to receive information at the following link:
 



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.





WSMS PTO

Upcoming Opportunity
Please mark your calendars for the WSMS spring service learning project on April 22-23. Volunteer opportunities and additional details will be forthcoming soon.
 
PTO Board 2021-2022
We are in 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
As Mr. Parker mentioned above the next parent presentation, which will address Signs of Suicide, will take place on Thursday, March 4th at 1:00pm. If you haven't yet had a chance to watch the previous parent presentations, view them here:
Sexting and vaping: https://youtu.be/b3T8t6qFixs
Class Registration Helpful Hints: https://youtu.be/rkGIpL34iQM 
 
 
PTO Front of the Car Line Auction
Would you like to save time and minimize your child's wait by zipping to the front of the car line?  If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you!
 
As in the past, front of the car line parking spots are up for auction. Bidding began this morning and continues through Thursday at 9pm.  The spots will be valid for use during the fourth grading period.
 
The money raised will help the PTO pay for programs for our students.
 
In past years this has been a hot ticket item, so get in on the action early! You can set a maximum bid and the system will automatically bid up to that amount on your behalf. The auction closes on Thursday, February 25th at 9pm.
 
View the auction here:



Warm Regards, 


Christy Payne
WSMS PTO President
2020-2021





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