A Message from the Principal
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - February 7, 2020


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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

As you are aware, I have recently accepted the position of Human Resources Director for Lovejoy ISD.  I am excited about this new opportunity and what lies ahead for our district. It has been a privilege to serve as the WSMS principal for the past ten years.  Seeing your children enter as wide-eyed 7th graders and leave ready for high school has always given me immense joy. I am so proud to be a part of a community that supports its schools like no other, and I have no doubt that we will continue the tradition of excellence. Over the next four months, I will continue to support families, students, teachers, and staff at Willow Springs until the new Principal has been named.  

Last Friday we hosted 6th graders on campus for a campus tour as part of our annual bump up day.  We had a great pep rally to welcome our future 7th graders from SCIS. This week, we visited with students and parents about course registration for the 2020-2021 school year.  

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

Thank you for your continued support of WSMS.

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

2020-2021 Registration Meetings
WSMS counselors enjoyed meeting with parents and students this past week as we begin the process of selecting electives for the 2020-2021 school year.  LHS counselors met with students on Friday, and the parent meeting and LHS Showcase is this coming Monday, February 10th for rising 9th grade students:

  • Parents of current 8th graders:  At LHS, February 10, 6:00pm-7:00pm Parent Registration Presentation
  • Parents and current 8th graders:  At LHS, February 10, 6:00pm-8:30pm LHS Elective Showcase, Immediately following parent meeting
  For Registration information,   please click here. Please click here for our Registration Timeline .  

2020-2021 WSMS Cheer Information Meeting (for parents only) - February 11th
When: February 11th at 5:30 pm
Where: WSMS Room c200
Agenda: Will go over the cheer tryout process, the difference between A, B, and C squad, and the financial obligations for cheer.
Parents: Due to a lack of space, please do not bring your students to the information meeting on February 11th.
More information can be found at  www.tinyurl.com/wsmscheer

Early Release - Thursday, February 13th
School will dismiss at 12:50pm on Thursday, February 13th.  Please click here for a copy of the bell schedule.

Upcoming Student Holidays - Friday, February 14th and Monday, February 17th
Monday, February 17 is a designated bad weather day. If we do not have a school closing due to bad weather, it is a student and teacher holiday. If needed, Friday, March 30th is the second bad weather make up day; otherwise, it will also be a student and teacher holiday.

WSMS One Act Play - Feb. 20
The Yellow Boat by David Saar
SHOW TIME: 7:00 pm
DATE: Feb. 20 
The story of The Yellow Boat is a glorious affirmation of a child's life and the strength and courage of all children. This dramatization is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar's son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS-related complications caused from his blood transfusions.
This 40 minute DRAMA, is our UIL competition piece for One Act Play, on February 25th at Prosper High School. Students will run the show just as they would in competition including their 7 minutes set up and strike.  Admission is free.

Principal's Coffee - Friday, February 21 - Self Growth and Accountability
I would like to invite you to our upcoming Principal's Coffee, on Friday, February 21 at 9:00 a.m. The Principal's Coffee is a forum discussion for all 7th and 8th grade parents over a cup of coffee.  Topic for this session will be student self growth and accountability. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Club Day -Friday, February 21
Friday, February 21st is Club Day and we will be on an activity bell schedule. For a copy of the activity bell schedule, please   go here.    Students participating in the Extreme Club must wear a helmet. Students who are in the K9 and Kritters Club must have permission from the counseling office before bringing an animal to school. Students may leave their equipment for Guitar Club, Extreme and Remote Control Club in the front office.

WSMS 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney - February 28
On February 28th, 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 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 years project will take place on campus. 
Tuesday: March 3rd: All 7th grade students 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.  
Wednesday, March 4th: All 8th grade students 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.  
This years theme is Leopards By Nature.  As part of this campus wide service learning day, we are encouraging students to purchase a Leopards By Nature T-Shirt for $12:00.  All profits from T-Shirt sales will assist with the funding of purchasing compost, topsoil, and native plants and flowers. If you would like to purchase a T-Shirt for this event, please see the link below.  In addition, please see below to volunteer for these service learning days, as well as an opportunity to donate items through our Amazon Smile Wish List.  
Here is how you can help us:

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 - Save the Date
Academic UIL competition is on the horizon, and we are looking forward to attending this year's competition on April 3 and 4, 2020 at Heritage Middle School in Colleyville!  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. Students who make the team (3 members plus one alternate for most teams) will begin practices as determined by the team coach.  Practice days and times will vary with each competition and coach.
Click here for a list of tryout dates for each event as well as more information about the competition. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Lamb at heather_lamb@lovejoyisd.net.

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

WSMS Geo Bee Results
Recently, WSMS hosted our annual Geo Bee.  Congratulations to our winners: 3rd Place - Frankie Portera (7th Grade), 2nd Place - Beckham Thomson (7th Grade), 1st Place - Layne Doffing (8th Grade)

Eagle Scout Recognition
These 3 boys received their Eagle Scout rank at their Court of Honor on Sunday night.  Left to right Daniel Haas, William Fry, and Noah Marsden. These are their projects...
Daniel Haas built a bridge on one of the heavily used trails at the Heard Nature and Science Museum.  This project will help visitors to enjoy nature walks and safely explore parts of the grounds.  
William Fry disinfected the fleet of 50 Lovejoy ISD school buses.  The project was completed over a holiday when all the buses were at the barn and included over 60 hours of labor. 
Noah Marsden built two feeding and watering troughs for goats.  These troughs were donated to Camp for All's on-site petting zoo.  Camp for All is a summer camp for children with special needs that our Boy Scout troop has volunteered at for many summers.  
Congratulations boys!

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.

Student Attendance
One of our continuing focus areas for this year is to increase our student and teacher daily attendance on campus.  Research shows that the more students are in class with their teacher, the more they will learn over the course of the school year.  The more students learn, the more success and confidence they will have in middle school. To promote this, we will be recognizing students and staff who have perfect attendance during each six weeks.  Please assist us by working with your son or daughter to ensure they are getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet, and are taking care of themselves overall. In addition, our new state accountability system uses student attendance as criteria for evaluating the performance of schools.  We also receive state funding based on our "Average Daily Attendance" of students that are present after 10:00 AM. As you begin to plan out of town trips this spring, please consider keeping your children in school through the Friday before each break. Let's work together to encourage our students to be in class every day.

2rd Nine-Weeks Student Perfect Attendance
Congratulations to our students who had perfect attendance during the 2nd nine-weeks.  

First Semester Student Perfect Attendance
Congratulations to our students who had perfect attendance for the entire first semester.

Winter Illness
Since we are entering the FLU season, 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) 

7th Grade Basketball vs. Rockwall Williams
A-Team Won 43-13
B-Team Won 33-22
C-Team Won 26-8
A-Team Won 48-29
B-Team Won 60-13
C-Team Won 62-14
8th Grade Basketball vs. Wylie Cooper
A-Team Won 20-15
B-Team Won 28-13
C-Team Lost 22-19
A-Team Won 41-27
B-Team Lost 41-32
C-Team Won 28-26

Middle School state championship results:
Our middle school men and women competed in the middle school state championships in Lewisville this past weekend.  We had 38 men, six women compete, and we were able to bring home 8 state placers.
Congrats to all of our wrestlers and thank you to all of our parents who came out to support! 
Our individual state placers were:
6 th -Marisa Green, Joey Modine
3 rd -Savannah Smith, Mercer Ashley, Andrew Kotecki
2 nd -Nick Perez
State champions-Eva Underwood and Kathryn Hannah

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 t here 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.
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 and the 7th graders will tryout from 7:00-8:15. There will be no makeup tryout dates and t here 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.
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.
If you have any questions please contact Coach Ian Keeble at ian_keeble@lovejoyisd.net .


Hospitality  We are hosting a staff and teacher luncheon on February 12th.  To donate items for this luncheon please visit:  WSMS Staff Valentine Lunch, Feb 12
Reminders To have reminders sent to your phone about donations needed, volunteer time, PTA meetings and parent presentations please text @wsmspta2019 to 81010
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.

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.

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

2020 Meet The Leopards Events

This Weeks News:

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

Pirates of Penzance
SAGE (Special and Gifted Education)
New! Color Guard Competition
New! Senior Project Benefiting Youth Baseball
New! LHS School Store Sale
New! Allen Americans Hockey Game
Benefiting the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
STEM Festival T-Shirt Contest
New! Young Men's Service League
New! Meet the Leopards Night with Lovejoy Softball
New! Give Sight Globally
Lovejoy ISD Gold Card Program
Lovejoy ISD is excited to announce the Gold Card program to honor and thank the senior citizens and retirees of Lovejoy ISD for being dedicated supporters of the district.
The Lovejoy ISD Gold Card offers the following benefits ( one pass per cardholder ):
Access and general admission seating to all regular season at home athletic events
Free admission to Fine Arts events
Free admission and VIP seating for select high school theater performances with reservation
An invitation to attend the annual Senior luncheon each Fall
Click Here to Learn More
New! International Justice Mission of Lovejoy Clothing Drive
Inclement Weather
School Board Election
Filing Deadline - February 14
Toy Drive to Benefit the Children
Of Little Lovejoy Scholars - Hart
STEM Festival
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
Position Open for Assistant
Senior Project Judges Needed
SAT Prep Classes
Save the Date! April 18
Lovejoy Country Run
News from Collin College
Turn Lucas Green

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