Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - September 26, 2019
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,
Next week, we will have our fall pep rally on October 4th at 3:15pm in the main gym. During the pep rally, we will honor several of our teams and organizations for all their hard work and dedication in representing WSMS during the fall season. In addition, our band, choir, cheerleaders, and color guard will all perform. All parents are welcome to attend and are encouraged to park in a parking space not designated as a fire lane in the front parking lot to enter and sign-in through the front office. Go Leopards!
ParentPortal Update - DUE NOW
The PowerSchool ParentPortal is now open for you to complete the online Enrollment & Student Information Forms. Please
. Completion of these forms is required every year for every student. Please take a few minutes to update your Contact Information, FERPA Acknowledgments, General Waivers, and other information.
As of today, there are 133 students whose forms have not been updated.
PLEASE NOTE: Regarding the Release of Directory Information for School Use:
In order for your child's picture to appear in the Yearbook, you should answer "YES".
- Students and parents have a separate login/password for PowerSchool. Students should never have access to ParentPortal or use their parent login. If students were to access the ParentPortal on a school or public computer and not log out, family demographics as well as sibling's grades would be open for others to access. If you have any questions, you may contact Carol Vik at 469-742-8415.
No Pass - No Play: Six Week Progress Report Grades
Tomorrow, September 27th, will be the last day for six week progress reports. Although we have moved to a nine week grading system this year, UIL requires all schools to check eligibility after the first six weeks and again at the end of the first grading period if it exceeds six weeks.
This means that if you have a student who is failing on Friday at 4:00, they are not eligible for any extracurricular activities (Athletics, Band, Choir, Orchestra, Theater, etc) that compete at the UIL level. They will be ineligible until the end of the nine week grading period--Thursday, October 10th. Please work with your students in getting any work completed or tests made up prior to Friday at 4:00.
Based on our district academic calendar, we will have two eight week grading periods in the fall. Our first grading period will end on Thursday, October 10th. For a copy of the UIL eligibility calendar, please
Picture Retakes - Friday, October 4th
Picture retakes with Legacy Studio are Friday, October 4th, for students that did not have their picture taken on August 30th or for students needing a retake. For parents who originally purchased a package and want their child to have a retake, please have your son or daughter bring those original photos with them on this retake day. Students who did not have their picture taken on August 30th may have their picture taken and a proof with order information will be sent home within two weeks.
Red Ribbon Week - October 14 - 18
Willow Springs will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 14-18. Please encourage your child to participate in daily themes to show our pride and commitment to living a drug-free life! For a list of daily themes, please
College Board PSAT 8/9 - Thursday, October 24
On Thursday, October 24th, WSMS 8th graders will take the College Board's digital PSAT 8/9 test. This assessment is an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to assess a student's math, writing, and reading skills needed to be college-ready. For more information on the College Board's PSAT 8/9 test, you can visit
The PSAT 8/9 assessment will begin promptly at 9am on Thursday, October 24th and will last approximately 3.5 hours. 8th graders may want to bring a bottle of water for testing. All 8th graders will eat C lunch that day. This will be an online test, and WSMS counselors will review scores with students in the spring.
2019-2020 Reflections Theme Is In!
The Willow Springs PTA is pleased to announce the theme for this year's Reflections contest: "Look Within". We encourage ALL 7th and 8th graders to participate in this annual competition which promotes student creativity and expression. The categories include dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter works in one or more categories with no limit to the number of entries in a single category.
The deadline for submission is Monday, October 28th by 3pm
. Every student who participates will receive a certification of recognition signed by the Texas PTA President and recognition on the Texas PTA website.
In order to participate, students must complete an
For any further questions or concerns regarding Reflections, please contact
WSMS Career Day, Wednesday, November 6th, 9:15 - 12:50pm
Come share your professional expertise with Willow Springs students! Each Career Day presenter will meet with groups of students in 20 minute presentations, sharing educational requirements, salary and travel expectations, future prospects, and what a "day in the life" is like in this career field.
The Career Day sign up form can be
NEW! Gardening Volunteer Opportunity
Do you have a green thumb? Do you enjoy gardening and helping get kids out in nature more for hands-on learning? We need you to join the Willow Springs "Guardians of the Green" parent group! This parent group will support what Dr. Messer and Mrs. Perez want to accomplish this year and beyond with outdoor learning projects, nature education and beautification around campus. To get involved, join the Facebook Group called "Willow Springs Guardians of the Green" or contact Lisa Wilkins at email@example.com or 214-206-7407. Thank you!
Campus Information and Reminders
Safety Corner -
Cell Phone Use-Carpool Lanes
We have observed parents on their cell phones during carpool pick up and drop off. Please remember that it is now a state law that drivers are not to be on their cell phones in school zones. For the safety of our students, and other drivers, please do not use your cell phone during carpool drop off or pick up. Thank you for your cooperation and support of our student's safety.
State Fair Tickets/Absences
All WSMS students received a complimentary state fair ticket this week. If your son or daughter has not receive a state fair ticket, please have them check with their 7th period teacher.
Just a reminder that if your son or daughter attends the state fair during a school day, he or she will be counted absent. WSMS and LISD do not accept fair receipts as documentation for the absence or as a waiver for the day. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
Did you know: Student Attendance impacts school funding. Our 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 during 2
period, which ends at 10:30 AM. As you begin to plan out of town trips around Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break, 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.
One of our 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.
PowerSchool Parent Portal for Student Absences
A new feature has been added to the PowerSchool Parent portal where parents can enter the excuse notes for a student absence. Parents can do multiple students at the same school with one entry. This does not supersede sending in appropriate documentation but it does allow parents to skip phone calls and/or parent notes in the case of illness, vacation, etc.
This does not automatically mark the student absent; however, it does alert the attendance clerk to this absences to be approved and changed to the appropriate code. The app does not have this feature; however, parents can log onto the Browser from a phone and have this feature. For Instructions, please click on the links below.
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
. 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.
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. 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 WSMS and LISD are only permitted to allow parents to deliver food for their own student. Thank you for your cooperation in supporting the nutrition and safety of our students.
Student Nutrition and Cafeteria Accounts
For information about student breakfast and lunch accounts, and our student nutrition program, and free and reduced lunch, please
Grief Support Group at WSMS
Students who experience the loss of a loved one can feel isolated and misunderstood. WSMS will begin a Grief Support Group the week of September 16th. If you feel your student could benefit from this group, please contact your WSMS counselor: Kathy Stone, A-Le,
, or Kay Bordelon, Li-Z,
Navigating the Transition to Middle School
Is your student new or relatively new to Lovejoy? Is your student experiencing difficulty with this transition? If so, we are here to help. WSMS will begin a
Navigating the Transition to Middle School
Support Group the week of September 16th. If you feel your student could benefit from this group, please contact your WSMS counselor: Kathy Stone, A-Le,
, or Kay Bordelon, Li-Z,
Developing Student Ownership in Learning
One of our goals is to work with students to build ownership and responsibility in their own learning. Consider having your student make first contact with his/her teachers by emailing them about assignments and/or tests. For example, if your student has not completed a homework assignment or a test, please encourage your student to do the following:
Go to the Google Classroom to print off and complete the assignment and/or any test preparation materials
Email their teacher and ask questions about the assignment or missing work
Talk to their teacher about the missing assignment or test
Know how and where to turn in the assignment or complete the test
Please go here for LISD calendars.
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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.
Volleyball Results vs Wylie McMillan - September 19th
A Team - Won
B Team - Won
C Team - Won
A Team - Won
B Team - Lost
C Team - Lost
Football Results vs Wylie McMillan - September 24th
Red - Won
Red - Won
Black - Won
The Willow Springs Cross Country team competed in the Lovejoy Fall Festival this past weekend. The boys team was 2nd overall and the girls team won the meet title taking first place. There were over 20 middle school teams competing.
Top finishers and meet medalists were:
Kailey Littlefield (8th grade)
Sara Morefield (8th grade)
Kate Carlson (8th grade)
Ava Easley was the top 7th grade finisher
William Carlson (7th grade)
Andrew Poulton (8th grade)
You can find full results from Saturday's meet HERE.
Girls Basketball Parent Information & Tryout Details
Middle school basketball informational meeting on
October 21st at 6pm at Lovejoy High School in the Lecture Hall.
Middle School Tryouts will be held October 29th (Tuesday) through November 1st (Friday).
We will meet with the girls individually on Friday and let them know if they made the team.
Practices will start the following Monday (We will only have one week before games start!
8th Graders will tryout from 7:30am - 8:50am
7th Graders will tryout from 3:25pm - 5pm
The first 7th grade game will be on November 11 (Monday)
The first 8th grade game will be on November 14 (Thursday)
Athletic Drop Off Before School
We know that mornings can be hectic, please help us with athletic drop-off in the morning by pulling forward as far as you can to keep the flow of traffic moving. Our goal is to unload 6-8 cars at a time in the courtyard, rather than just one. As you approach the courtyard, please continue to pull forward to the end of the metal awning to unload. This will allow cars behind you to move forward and unload 6-8 at time. Also, please remember that there are two drop off lanes in the morning to enable a steady flow of traffic. Thank you for your assistance with this to ensure everyone has a safe and smooth drop off.
Student and Parent Concerns/Grievances
The faculty and staff of Lovejoy ISD are committed to the service of our students and their parents by responding promptly and professionally to concerns or grievances which may arise.
Student and Parent Complaints/Grievances are governed by LISD Board Policies FNG (LEGAL) and FNG (LOCAL).
How Do You Resolve Parent Concerns?
If you, as the parent or guardian of a Lovejoy ISD student, have concerns regarding your child's education or performance, we want to talk with you. Sitting down and talking with the people who interact most often with your child on a daily basis - his/her teacher, counselor, coach or director- can remedy the majority of concerns.
Most concerns can be and usually are resolved at the classroom/activity/sports or campus level. However, if your concerns are not addressed by visiting with the teacher, campus counselor, coach or director, you may choose to follow the three-level process listed below:
Within 15 business days of the incident causing the concern/complaint, you may request a meeting with the next level supervisor which could be the Athletic Director, Fine Arts Director or Campus Principal. The Level One form may be found
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Level One process, within 10 business days of receipt of the Level One decision letter, you may request a meeting with the Assistant Superintendent of Operations (Athletics, Safety, Operations) or Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction (Teachers, Administrators, Student Discipline). The Level Two form may be found
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Level Two process, within 10 business days of receipt of the Level Two decision letter, you may appeal the decision to the School Board by contacting the Superintendent. The Level Three form may be found
LoJo Glow - Thursday, October 3
Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for the 1st Annual Black Light Community Pep Rally!
We are pleased to announce the
Lovejoy ISD Community News Page
. This new addition to the Lovejoy ISD Webpage will share 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.
For more information on the following topics click the "Lovejoy ISD Community News Page" link above.
Varsity Football Tickets Available Through School Store
Parking Information for Home Football Games
2019-2020 PTA Reflections Contest - Look Within
Leopard Baseball Buddy League
Girl Scout Troops Now Forming
Junior Leopards Mini Cheer Camp
Public Lands Trail Cleanup
Softball Fundraiser at BJ's
Homecoming Mums and Garters
On Sale at Lovejoy High School
Lovejoy Preschool PTA Open House
LLI 11th Annual Golf Tournament
This event brings all Athletic Booster Clubs together to raise funds to support Student Athletes across all Lovejoy Sports. We hope to see you there!
Pink Out Pep Rally and Football Game T-Shirts
Benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation
Lovejoy High School Band Fundraiser
Homecoming Blackout T-Shirts
City of Lucas Farmers Market
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools Men's Tailgate Party and Cornhole Tournament
Lovejoy Professional Network Charity Benefit Golf Tournament
Running Over Depression
Mountain Bike Team
Lovejoy High School Cheer Fundraiser
Holiday Poinsettias for Sale
News from Collin College