A Message from the Principal
Willow Springs Middle School Principal Newsletter - September 29, 2020

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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

If you are a parent of an eighth grader, you remember from the Spring that students and teachers were preparing for our campus service learning project before the school year essentially came to a screeching halt after Spring Break.  Part of that project was going to be to spruce up the front of the school with native plants and shrubs.  We are going to finally complete that project and our tentative dates are October 7 & 8 (next week!).  This mini project will be for eight graders only and will be done through their science classes on those dates.  We will again have our full blown service-learning project in the Spring for both the 7th graders and 8th graders.

Please be aware that today and Friday will be heavy traffic days on campus at dismissal time.  Today, WSMS will be hosting a cross-country meet so parents from Highland Park will be arriving on campus around our dismissal time along with the parents of our own XC runners.  On Friday, we have our first early release of the year and we will dismiss at 12:45 PM.  Due to the early release, we will not have after school athletics which will increase the amount of traffic we have on campus.

Speaking of early release on Friday, it is still an A day but because we have to have lunches go through 3rd period, we will need to attend classes in a different order.  The bell schedule for Friday is included here and we will communicate this with students throughout the week.



Kevin Parker
Willow Springs Middle School
1101 West Lucas Rd, Lucas 75002
Office: 469-742-8417
Mobile: 469-667-2280

New Information
REMINDER! Early Release and School Holiday
Please make note of the following dates on your calendar.  

October 2nd is an Early Release Day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:45pm.  
Click here for a copy of the Early Release Bell Schedule.

October 9th - 12th is our Fall Break

NEW - Updated! College Board PSAT 8 - Thursday, October 22
On Thursday, October 22nd, WSMS 8th graders will take the College Board's digital PSAT 8 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  this website. The PSAT 8/9 assessment will begin promptly at 9am on Thursday, October 22nd and will last approximately 3.5 hours. 8th graders may want to bring a bottle of water for testing. This will be an online test, and WSMS counselors will review scores with students in the spring. 
Virtual students are invited to participate in the PSAT on October 22nd, however, to follow College Board testing requirements, we must have an accurate count of students that will be on campus on the day of testing. If your child is or will be a virtual learner on October 22nd and wishes to take the exam,  please click here to complete the form. This form will need to be completed by October 8th.

NEW - AIM for Success
This program will be offered again this year to WSMS students both in person and virtually on November 30 and December 1. The parent portion will be available for viewing online on November 18. 
The PTO is able to schedule and fund these programs because of membership dues and donations from our awesome parent community. This year, 100% of those funds stay in Lovejoy instead of a significant portion being sent to the state and national PTA. Haven't joined yet?  Use this link and once you've created an account you can sign up for any Lovejoy PTO.

No Pass - No Play: Six Week Progress Report Grades
Friday, September 25th, will be the last day for six week progress reports.  Although we are on a nine week grading system, 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.  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 8th.  For a copy of the UIL eligibility calendar, please  click here.

Upcoming - Bullying Prevention Presentations to all WSMS students
All WSMS students will have the opportunity to hear Bullying Prevention Presentations the week of October 13-16. Presentations will be given by the WSMS Counselors during History classes. At the middle school level, bullying can be perceived as being different for every individual.  Our goal is to help students to understand that it is not always the intent of the action/comment, but how it was received.  In addition, all students need to look out for each other and report any incidents where students or staff are not treated fair and respectful.  As Leopards, we are all in this together.  Please spend some time discussing bullying with your son or daughter.  

Attention 8TH GRADE PARENTS - Deadline for recognition ads, November 13th
 8th grade yearbook recognition ads are also now on sale! The deadline is Friday 11-13. You can purchase and create your senior recognition ad online via the link below as well. Note all 8th grade recognition ads must be paid for and created online by Friday 11-13.

WSMS Career Day ~ SAVE THE DATE, February 11, 2021, 9:15 - 12:50pm
Come share your professional expertise with Willow Springs students!  Each Career Day presenter will meet with groups of students in 20-30 minute presentations, sharing educational requirements, salary and travel expectations, future prospects, and what a "day in the life" is like in this career field.

Campus Information and Reminders
WSMS Mentoring Program
Willow Springs Middle School is looking for positive adult role models to mentor students in our Mentoring Program. The ideal candidate is willing to share knowledge, skills, and possesses humanitarian qualities. Other merits for a mentor are commitment to community, openness to diversity, the desire to positively impact our youth, and an opportunity to guide and teach.  The WSMS Mentoring Program promotes the well-being of the mentee by providing a role model that can support the student academically, socially, emotionally, and in general.

Interested volunteers please contact Kathy Stone at Kathy_stone@lovejoyisd.net

Pictures needed for the WSMS Yearbook
Thank you for emailing photos to Beverly Zetsche, the yearbook adviser. We now have an easier system for you. Please use the link to upload pictures for consideration in the 2021 yearbook! Use the link below:

ParentPortal Update Needed
The PowerSchool ParentPortal is now open for you to complete the online Enrollment & Student Information Forms. Please click here to access the Parent Portal. Parents will access the enrollment forms in their PowerSchool Parent Portal - left navigation panel - "Enrollment & Student Forms." Completion of these forms is required every year for every student. Please take a few minutes to update your contact information and other forms.

Bus Information
For up to date information on Bus Eligibility Guidelines, Campus Eligibility Maps and Transportation Policies & Procedures, please visit the LISD Transportation website by clicking here.

Tickets for WSMS Sporting Events
In order to control our environment as best we can, we are requiring attendees to pre-purchase tickets.  The link to do this for the home football game tonight can be found here.  All middle school football games will be played at the high school this year in order to increase capacity. 

Volleyball Results vs Wylie McMillian
8th Grade
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Loss
7th Grade
C Team - Won
B Team - Won
A Team - Won
Football Results vs Wylie McMillian
8th Grade
Red Team - Won
Black Team - Won
7th Grade
Red Team - Won
Black Team - Tied


In case you didn't see it in last week's email, WSMS needs positive adult role models to serve in the Mentoring program. I hope you will consider serving in this way. Contact Kathy Stone for more information. 
Watch next week's email for ways you can help with the October teacher luncheon!
If you have questions about why you should join PTO or where your money goes, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or our VP of Membership, Alyssa Boyd (alyssaboyd@live.com).

Christy Payne
WSMS PTO President

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