A Message from the Principal
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - March 6, 2020


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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing Spring Break with friends and family.  Once we return from Spring Break, our 7th and 8th graders will be taking part in our campus wide Service Learning project on March 17th and 18th.  We are looking forward to a couple great days of service learning to beautify our campus.  

If you need anything next week, please do not hesitate to send me an email or call my cell phone at 214-293-9938

Have a great Spring Break!

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

Upcoming Student Holidays
Spring Break for students and staff is March 9th  through March 13th.

April 10th is a student and teacher holiday.  April 19th is a designated bad weather day. It will be a student and teacher holiday if we do not have a school closing due to bad weather between now and then.

RESCHEDULED - WSMS Service Learning Project - March 17 & 18
WSMS Service Learning Project - has been rescheduled.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17th & 18th, 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 17th) and all 8th grade students (Wednesday, March 18th) 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.  
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. All Leopards by Nature t-shirts that were ordered online have been given out.
Did you sign up to donate items on our Wish List? If so, please bring all donations that weren't already shipped to WSMS.
Still needed:
We still need Volunteers to help lead student work groups! Please consider helping us for a 1/2 or full day. 

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, March 6th or Monday, March 16th! 
Bamboo sticks - for bug hotels on supply sign up genius.
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.

We look forward to a fun experience!

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.  

American Heart Association Presentations at WSMS
On Monday and Tuesday March 16th and 17, all WSMS students will have the opportunity to participate in the American Heart Challenge presentation through advisory class.  The American Heart Challenge is geared specifically for middle and high school students. Through this program, students are educated through a "Ted Talk" format about how to make smart choices to live a longer, healthier life. The featured topic this year is learning about living smoke/vape free.  Each presentation will be approximately 30 minutes long.  Students will need to have their phones during the presentation because they will be asked to take a challenge (live smoke / vape free, exercise for 60 minutes a day or limit sugary drinks) and reach out to friends / family to help fight heart disease.  

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

WSMS One Act Play UIL Update
Congratulations to WSMS Theatre Productions Class for taking 1st place overall in One Act Play competition last 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 this weekend at their State Championships hosted at Mansfield High School on March 7.

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 .


Key Points Leading to our Decision to dissolve as a PTA and reform as a PTO
1. Of our $8 PTA dues, we currently send $4.50 to pay for state and national dues. This totals between $1500-2000 per campus. As a PTO, this money stays on each campus
to benefit LJ students.
2. We have a very strong infrastructure (bylaws, standing rules, budgeting process, officers & chairs)- these will remain basically the same and are compliant with the IRS.
3. We have a strong framework for training and support- this would remain in effect. Council will support our locals.
4. Our current programming is not tied to Texas PTA.
5. Texas PTA is an effective advocate for children in Texas. Lovejoy is also a very effective advocate for LISD students.
6.. We believe that maintaining a positive environment for volunteers is crucial and that we can more effectively manage that environment as a PTO.
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 7th - March 16th -  Gifted and Talented Spring Referral Window

March 5th -  Percussion Concert

March 9th - 13th  SPRING BREAK!
Spring Break

One Glove At A Time - Senior Project

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

March 20th - Rock Your Crazy Socks

Lovejoy Bands Mattress Fundraiser - March 21st

March 23rd - 27th -  Kindergarten Roundup

April 4th - Hop Into Spring Chess Tournament

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
Give Sight Globally

National League Junior Cotillions

Lovejoy ISD Gold Card Program

International Justice Mission of Lovejoy Clothing Drive
 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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