A Message from the Principal
 
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - August 11, 2020

 
 
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

We are counting down the days until virtual learning begins next Monday.  In this newsletter, I want to give you some important information regarding classes beginning so you and your children will have a good mental picture of what the three weeks of virtual learning looks like on a daily basis.

Your partner in education,

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 Information

Beginning of School Year FAQ's
What bell schedule will my student be following beginning August 17th?




How will I know if it is an "A/B" day?



When will my student know their schedule?
Student schedules for the new school year will be available to view in PowerSchool on Friday, August 14th.  Our counselors have worked diligently to ensure your student has received the best schedule possible.
 
Once received, please check for the following:
  • The schedule has all 4 core classes (Math, English, Science, History)
  • There is class listed every period
  • Lunches are not shown on your schedule. Lunch times will be given to students the first day of school based on their 3rd and 4th period classes.
At this time, we will not be making any changes based on teacher/friend preferences. Elective classes are limited in size and some alternate elective classes were used to create schedules. Unfortunately, schedule changes for electives will be granted only on a limited basis. If you requested Band, Choir, Orchestra, Athletics, Cheer, Color Guard, Dance, or another application based class and do not see it on your schedule, please contact your child's counselor.
 
Kathy Stone (A-Le): kathy_stone@lovejoyisd.net
Carey Miller (Li-Z): carey_miller@lovejoyisd.net

How will my student get the zoom links to join classes?
Zoom links will be posted in each student's Google Classroom by their teacher.  Google accounts for each student will be populated automatically when schedules are released. 

What do I do if my student has problems logging in on the first day of school?
If your child has an issue logging into their classes on the first day of school please contact the  Technology Help Desk at 214-507-4415. 

What does my student do during their athletic period, in the first 3 weeks of virtual learning?
If your student is enrolled in an athletic period, there will be a workout posted in Google classroom for them to complete asynchronously.  

Medication Drop-Off
If you need to bring an Epi-pen and Benadryl,  an Inhaler, or other medications that your child might need at school during the school year, please call the clinic number of 469-742-8420 or email Nurse Young directly at Gretchen_Young@lovejoyisd.net to arrange a time with her to bring the medication and proper forms. 
 
She will be available for drop off of forms and medications during the weeks of Aug. 17th- 21st and Aug. 24th-28th.
 
The Medication forms, Emergency Action forms, and the Asthma Action forms can all be found on the district website under the Student Health Services page. Some of these forms must be signed by the child's physician as well as their parent, so you will need to fill these out ahead of time.
 
All medications must be in their original packaging (NO ziplock baggies of medications) and not expired. 
 
Prescription medications must have the proper label on the bottle or packaging and will have to be counted with the parent dropping the medication off.

Art Students
If your child has Art on their schedule, please plan to pick up supplies on Friday, August 14th between 2pm - 4pm, in the courtyard on the backside of WSMS.

Student Passwords
All student passwords will be reset for PowerSchool and Google on Wednesday, August 12th.

Student passwords will then be set back to student ID numbers. If you don't recall your students ID number, it can be looked up in PowerSchool.  The login format will remain the same as previous school years, username: lastname_firstname and password: StudentID

For example, Suzie Jones with her ID #12345 will log in as:
jones_suzie 
12345




New Student and Parent Orientation - Thursday, August 13th @ 2:30 via Zoom
This Zoom session is for all families who are new to Lovejoy ISD. Students will have the opportunity to meet some of our current PALS students, as well as their fellow new students. During this Zoom session, students will take a virtual tour of our campus, learn about the basics of Powerschool and Google Classroom, and be introduced to our schedule format. A separate email will be coming from Mr. Parker with the Zoom link.


Technology Pickup - August 13th
Beginning September 8th, if your child will be returning to campus for face to face instruction, they will need to return their device on that day to the library. 
Technology pick up day will be next Thursday, August 13, from 9 AM-12 PMIf you have signed up for a device, you may pick up at any time during this window along the front curb of the school outside the front office.


DEADLINE for Immunizations of 7th Grade Students 
If you have not done so already, please send a copy of your child's updatedshot record to our school nurse, Gretchen Young,  BY AUGUST 17.
 
As specified on the COVID-19 School Updates at theTexas Department of State Health Services website, "School vaccination rules are in effect regardless of whether the education is received via virtual learning or on campus".

For those students entering 7th grade, there are 2 additional immunizations required before starting 7th grade. They are:

  • TDaP booster (Tetanus booster)
  • Menactra (Meningococcal)

You may drop it off in person, send it through the mail to Willow Springs Middle School, send it by fax, or email our nurse, Gretchen Young at 


Walk the Springs - Wednesday, September 2nd
We are VERY excited to once again have our traditional "Walk the Springs" day.  This year we will have "Walk the Springs" on Wednesday, September 2. It will be adjusted.  This year buses will not run and the day will only be offered to our students who will attend classes in person beginning on September 8.  Instead of having all students on campus at once, we will invite our 7th grade students in the morning with their first class beginning at 9:00 AM.  They will visit all of their "A" Day classes and then all of their "B" Day classes before being dismissed at 11:32 AM.  Our 8th graders will then follow the same bell schedule and visit all of the classes in the same order beginning at 1:30 PM and being dismissed at 4:00 PM.  This event helps to ensure that the first day of school goes smoothly by providing the students with an opportunity to walk through their schedules, find their classrooms, meet their teachers, and reunite with their friends.  This is a day designed for students only. You can access the "Walk The Springs" schedule here.



Campus Information and Reminders
Summer Reading
The WSMS Summer reading lists may be found by clicking here.


Get ahead in 7th grade ELA! 
All 7th graders begin the first several weeks of school with a grammar unit. In order to use our class time wisely, it would be very helpful if your student could learn the following list of words. The list can be learned with a catchy, little tune that can be downloaded and played throughout your home! Parents may even find themselves singing along. :) While this is not a requirement to have memorized before school begins, it will be an assignment the first week of school so having this list ready to belt out when school starts will give your student a sense of control and success as we begin the year in ELA! If you have ANY questions about this activity, please don't hesitate to email leigh_bellows@lovejoyisd.net (7th ELA team lead). Thank you for your help and support! :) 
 


2020-2021 School Supply Lists 
Please click here for the school supply list.

Students may begin bringing school supplies to school the first day they return to campus. We will have collection boxes in the halls for community supplies like tissues, hand sanitizer and paper towels. 


Not Returning to LISD Next Year?
If your student will not be returning to WSMS or Lovejoy High School in the fall, please email Carol Vik with your student's name and where they will be attending school.  Please click here for the withdrawal form that must be completed and returned to Carol Vik.


LISD Calendar
Please go here for LISD calendars.
 
 

Athletics

Physical Packets 
Rank One athletic forms are online and ready to be completed for the 2020-2021 school year. Please go to https://lovejoyisd.rankonesport.com/New/Home.aspx 
set up your account, and fill out the forms.  A physical form must also be completed.

The 2020-2021 physical forms are now available for players to pick up. The forms this year are purple. Players may get one at the front office of WSMS. If you have any questions about the required paperwork please let me know.

Any and all online paperwork questions should be directed to Susan Smiley.


 


WSMS PTO


School is almost here and we are so ready!
 
Your membership and donations are how we provide the programs (like AIM for Success, College Preparedness presentations and more) and hospitality events we host throughout each school year, and your membership gives you access to the online directory, parent programming, volunteer opportunities and more.
 
 
Also:
  1. Support the PTO by using Amazon, Kroger and Box Tops (visit Support PTO page for details)
  2. Bookmark our web site and visit frequently for current opportunities
  3. Get reminders on PTO activities by texting @wspto20 to 81010.
 
School may look different this year but our #OneHeartOneLovejoy culture can continue to thrive. We appreciate your support.
   
Christy Payne
WSMS PTO President
2020-2021





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