A Message from the Principal
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - February 27, 2020


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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

Next week will be an exciting week for WSMS students. On Tuesday and Wednesday, our 8th grade students will be participating in a campus wide service learning project. This directly aligns with the LISD Graduate Profile Pillar of Working for Justice Through Community Service. Please see below for details. 

Also, we hope to see you at the STEM festival this Saturday at LHS from 10am - 3pm. The STEM festival will include excellent demonstrations from various organizations and guest speakers in the field. Please see below for more details. 

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

3rd Annual STEM Festival
The district is excited to announce the 3rd Annual STEM Festival to be held on February 29th from 10:00-3:00 at Lovejoy High School. We hope you will mark this date on your calendar and make plans to attend this STEMtastic event with your family. The STEM Festival also offers extra opportunities, like the CANgineering Competition and T-Shirt Design Contest, in which students and families can participate. All information about the STEM Festival is linked below. 

STEM Festival 2020
STEM Festival 2020

WSMS Service Learning Project - March 3rd & 4th
On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3rd & 4th, all WSMS students will be participating in our Annual Spring Service Learning Project. In an effort to beautify WSMS and to encourage student ownership, this year*s project will take place on campus. This year's theme is Leopards By Nature. 
All 7th grade students (Tuesday, March 3rd) and all 8th grade students (Wednesday, March 4th) will participate in a campus wide project through their Science class.  Students will be developing beds for native plants and flowers in front of our school and near our back garden. Prior to this project, students will receive an introductory lesson on the importance of native plants, habitats, and ecosystems to their community and school.  

Below is a quick video from Mrs. Perez, about how science classes are preparing for the upcoming service learning project.  

Mrs. Perez -- Service Learning
Mrs. Perez -- Service Learning

What to wear? Come to school ready to roll up your sleeves and get dirty. Please wear Leopards by Nature t-shirt and comfortable pants. If your child did not purchase a t-shirt, a  WSMS or Lovejoy t-shirt is preferred, comfortable closed-toed shoes (they might get dirty...if you have boots or old athletic shoes, that's perfect) and a jacket/sweatshirt. We will provide gardening gloves for all students.

Leopards by Nature logo designed by
Marissa Waldrop - 7th Grader at WSMS

Did you sign up to donate items on our Wish List? If so, please bring all donations that weren't already shipped to WSMS office by tomorrow, Friday, February 28th. 
Still needed:
We still need Volunteers to help lead student work groups! Please consider helping us for a 1/2 or full day. 

  Volunteer Sign Up Genius

Rakes - Have a rake at home we can borrow next week? We need more...If you put your last name on duct tape on handle, we'll make sure you get it back after service learning. Please bring any labeled rakes to front office Friday, Feb. 28th or Monday, March 2nd! 
In case of inclement weather, we will reschedule our service learning project to the week after Spring Break. Let's hope for good weather next week!
We are all Leopards by Nature. Thank you to everyone who has already helped us grow at Willow Springs. 
Several local businesses have helped make this possible. We want to recognize these organizations and thank them for making our service learning and campus beautification efforts possible. (Kasey is sending logos if you want to include them this week).
We look forward to a fun and fruitful service learning project next week!

Seeking Parent Input for New WSMS Principal Profile - Meeting, March 5
As part of our search process for the next principal of WSMS we are seeking parental input about the characteristics/attributes of the candidate we should select.  This "principal profile" allows us to align our selection process and find the new leader that will be the best fit to lead WSMS.
Please plan to attend our meeting opportunity on Thursday, March 5th at 1:30 pm in room C102 at WSMS.  For those unable to attend this meeting we will also have an online form available for input or you are welcome to email Dennis Muizers, Assistant Superintendent, at  
dennis_muizers@lovejoyisd.net as another avenue to provide your valuable input.
Campus principals are vitally important leaders in our district and in our community.  Your input is critical to our rigorous selection process in Lovejoy and we greatly appreciate you making time for your voice to be heard.

WSMS 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney - March 20
On March 20, WSMS will hold our annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the WSMS gyms from 4:30--6:00. The cost is $40 per team and each team can consist of 3-4 players.  Teams may register by  clicking here or pick up a registration form in the front office.  Students are welcome to come and watch this tournament free of charge. We will have pizza, snacks, and water for purchase.  All items can be purchased for $1.00.  

WSMS Cheer Tryouts - March 25-27
Students who are trying out for 7th or 8th-grade cheer will meet in the main gym at WSMS from 4:30-6:00 pm on March 25th and 26th to practice and prepare for tryouts which will be held on Friday, March 27th from 4:30-9:00 pm in the WSMS Main Gym. Please email  kali_strange@lovejoyisd.net if you have any questions about the WSMS cheer program. 

Academic UIL - Tryout Information
It's time for tryouts, and all students in grades 7 and 8 are eligible to try-out for a team! Students may compete in as many events as they would like as long as the events they enter compete at different times during the competition day. (Please see the  conflict schedule to help determine which events work best for your student.) Times and locations of tryouts can be accessed by clicking  here . Team practices will begin after that event's tryouts . If you have any questions, please contact Heather Lamb at heather_lamb@lovejoyisd.net or the coach of the event your student is interested in.

2019-2020 WSMS STAAR Testing Calendar

Feb. 24 - April 3
TELPAS (ESL Students Only)

April 7 7th Grade STAAR Writing

8th Grade Pre-Algebra
8th Grade Geometry
STAAR Math 8

8th Grade Algebra 8th EOC Rotations
April 8 8th Grade STAAR Reading 8

May 5-6 7th Grade GT Algebra
8th Grade Algebra
May 12 7th Grade
8th Grade
STAAR Math 7
May 13 7th Grade
8th Grade
STAAR Reading 7
Science & Social Studies Rotations
May 14 7th Grade
8th Grade
8th Grade
STAAR Science 8
STAAR Social Studies 8

Campus Information and Reminders

Bringing Your Student Lunch
As a reminder, parents can bring a lunch of their choice to their own son or daughter but are prohibited under the Texas Administrative Code to bring lunch for other students. For example, we have had parents bring Chick-fil-a for their son and three of his friends. This is a violation of the Texas Administrative Code. In addition, if a parent brings food for other students, the parents of the other student may object to their child being provided a lunch from an outside restaurant due to diet or medical concerns of their child. In the future, if a parent brings lunch for more than one student, we will inform the parent that SCMS and LISD are only permitted to allow parents to deliver food for their own student. For more information about the Texas Administrative Code, please click here . Thank you for your cooperation in supporting the nutrition and safety of our students. 

WSMS One Act Play UIL Update
Congratulations to WSMS Theatre Productions Class for taking 1st place overall in One Act Play competition on Tuesday with their show The Yellow Boat by David Saar! The class competed against 7 other local middle schools and in front of a panel of three judges. In addition, Brock Bernal received an All Star Honorable mention award for his role as Eddy, Romi Kahana received best technician award and Ashley Mural took best performer overall for her leading role of Benjamin!

WSMS Color Guard Update
The Willow Springs Color Guard is having another great season.  They will be wrapping up their competitive season next week at their State Championships hosted at Mansfield High School on March 7.

Costa Rica Trip

Please contact 8th Grade Science teacher Jenny Perez at  jennifer_perez@lovejoyisd.net
if you have any questions.  If you are interested, call the customer service number above at World Strides and they will be able to assist you.

Winter Illness
Flu season is in full swing and we just wanted to remind you of the District Policies about students attending school with illnesses. Students MUST STAY HOME from school if they have experienced vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever of 100.0 or higher in the last 24 hours, without the use of medications to lower the fever, or stop the vomiting or diarrhea. This will help prevent the spread of illnesses to other students and staff as well as prevent your own child from contracting another illness since their immune system is already still low and trying to recover from their previous illness. Please read the attached letter about Flu from the CDC by clicking  HERE .

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.

LISD Calendar
Please go here for LISD calendars.

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


Boys Middle School Soccer
Tryouts will be held March 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th. The 7th graders will tryout from 3:20-4:20 and the 8th graders will tryout from 4:10-5:20.

There will be no makeup tryout dates and there is no penalty for missing any days (track, UIL, vacation, etc.) as we have set four days to impress. On Monday, March 16th, after Spring Break, we will be talking to each player individually, letting them know if they made the team. We will talk to the 7th graders during 7th period and the 8th graders after school.
The only equipment the boys need to bring with them are a pair of cleats, if they have them, and shin guards. We will provide balls, bibs, cones, and water.
There will be a meeting on February 26th, from 6-6:45 PM, in the library at WSMS for all parents whose sons are interested in trying out.
If you have any questions please contact Coach Alex Duran at alex_duran@lovejoyisd.net.

Girls Middle School Soccer
Tryouts will be held on March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th. The 8th graders will tryout from 8:00-9:10 AM and the 7th graders will tryout from 7:00-8:15 AM.

There will be no makeup tryout dates and there is no penalty for missing any days (track, UIL, vacation, etc.) as we have set four days to impress. On Friday, March 6th, we will be talking to each player individually, letting them know if they made the team. We will talk to the 8th graders during 1st period and the 7th graders before school from 7:30-8:45 AM.
The only equipment the girls need to bring with them are a pair of cleats, if they have them, and shin guards. We will provide balls, bibs, cones, and water.
There will be a meeting on February 26th, from 6-6:45 PM, in the cafeteria at WSMS for all parents whose daughters are interested in trying out.
If you have any questions please contact Coach Ian Keeble at ian_keeble@lovejoyisd.net .


Q1. So what will change / stay the same?
CHANGE- The name will change. We will no longer operate under the governance of the Texas PTA. SAME - The by laws, standing rules, budget process, board/chairs roles will remain the same. We keep 100% of our dues. Campus PTOs will continue to be supported by the Council of  PTOs.
Q2. Where does the current PTA's money go?
The remaining funds at the end of the fiscal year may be donated to the new PTO. (If Council receives its designation as a 501c3 organization in time, it can help transition funds from PTAs to PTOs. If not, a plan B will be in place.)
Q3. Does the LISD administration support this change?
Yes. We have full support of the principals and Dr. Goddard.
Q4. What is the timeline to make this change?
A PTA may be formed at any time. A school can have 2 organizations operating simultaneously. We hope to be transitioned by the end of June.
Q5. Will the new campus PTOs have a governing body?
Yes. A new Lovejoy Council of PTOs was formed on February 20th. The newly  formed Council will support the Lovejoy PTAs and PTOs.
If you have any other pressing questions please feel free to reach out so that I can answer those for you.  Please keep your eyes open for a special meeting to be called with Texas PTA to make the final vote on whether we proceed further in the future as a PTO.  You can feel free to call or text me at 214-534-6200 or email me at kasey.havens@yahoo.com

To have reminders sent to your phone about donations needed, volunteer time, PTA meetings and parent presentations please text @wsmspta2019 to 81010

Kasey Havens
WSMS PTA President 2018-2019

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.

February 26th and 27th -  Community Safety Training Events

February 28 -  Java and Jazz

February 7th - March 16th -  Gifted and Talented Spring Referral Window

March 4 -  SAT Testing for LHS Juniors

March 5th -  Percussion Concert

March 17th -  Stress Management - Coping with Anxiety in a Stressful World presented by Collin County Substance Abuse Program

March 23rd - 27th -  Kindergarten Roundup

April 18th -  Lovejoy Country Run

LHS National Honor Society to support Make-A-Wish Foundation
Lovejoy High School's annual philanthropic event is coming up this semester on May 8th!
LHS' National Honor Society has chosen to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to children with critical illnesses. Last year, Lovejoy students raised $16,000 for their cause. This year's goal is $20,000, or two wishes granted. 
Want to support Lovejoy Wish? 
Profits from the shirts will support Make-A-Wish.
Interested in sponsoring our Wish Night reveal? contact porsch_olivia@lovejoyisd.com

This Weeks News:

For more information on the following topics click the "Lovejoy ISD Community News Page" link above.

Make-A-Wish Foundation
One Glove at A Time
Swim Lessons - Metroplex Aquatics

Gifted and Talented Spring Referral Window

  Community Safety and Training Events
Give Sight Globally

National League Junior Cotillions

Lovejoy ISD Gold Card Program

International Justice Mission of Lovejoy Clothing Drive
Java and Jazz 
STEM Festival
 Senior Project Judges Needed
Percussion Concert

New Stress Management - Coping with Anxiety in a Stressful World presented by Collin County Substance Abuse Program

New  - Lovejoy Band Mattress Fundraiser - March 21st

Hop into Spring Chess Tournament - April 4th
 Save the Date! April 18
Lovejoy Country Run
News from Collin College
Turn Lucas Green

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