Willow Springs Middle School

A Message from the Principal
WSMS Principal Newsletter, April 21, 2021
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

We continue to experience a great amount of success in all areas at WSMS.  The most recent being our robotics team at the state competition this past weekend.  Please see below for the results.  Incredible showing by our teams!

Tomorrow and Friday are the days for our Spring service learning event.  If you ordered a t-shirt, those will be delivered to your child today during 6th or 8th period.  Friday is calling for rain but it looks like it is going to hold off until later in the day.  We will go as long as Mother Nature allows us to work.  If you have time to volunteer, we are still in need of any help you can provide.  This is a great event for students to have a lasting impact on their campus.  Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this possible.  

Have a great week!


Kevin Parker
1101 West Lucas Rd, Lucas 75002
Office: 469-742-8417
Mobile: 469-667-2280
New / Updated Information
NEW! WSMS Robotic State Update
Last Saturday, April 17th, Willow Springs Robotics teams competed at the State level in a battle for a place at Vex World in May.   Each match consists of one minute of autonomous program (robot on auto pilot) and one minute of driver control. Early in the day, team 1082M, Black Lightning, rose to first place. They kept the first place spot all day until at 3:00 pm when 1082M was bumped to second place. While it was a disappointment initially, growing to win a spot at State within the first year of competition for this group of roboticists is amazing. To have a team within touching distance of a spot at Worlds in their first year of competition is incredible. We are sending up to the high school the most experienced and prepared robotics students in the history of the program. We are building something great. 

UPDATED! Service Learning Reminders - this Thursday and Friday
It's here! This Thursday and Friday, our students will participate through their science classes in the 2021 Leopards by Nature Service Learning Event. We have a lot to do together to beautify our campus, enhance outdoor spaces and demonstrate how our science lessons come to life in the garden (We're even making periodic table element paver stones using the 17 essential elements for plant life!). Thanks to all the parents and grandparents who have volunteered to help or donate items. 

You're still welcome to volunteer & we need to borrow more wheelbarrows!  Please click here for the sign up link.

T-shirts will be sent home with your student today. If you didn't order a t-shirt, please wear a Lovejoy or WSMS t-shirt. Please have your student wear closed-toed shoes.

There's rain in the forecast for Friday, but we'll make a determination about Friday on Thursday and communicate if there are any changes. 

Please email Lisa Wilkins at lisarosewilkins@yahoo.com if you have questions.

Service Learning Volunteers – PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY
Thank you for signing up to help with the Spring 2021 Leopards by Nature event at Willow Springs. Please see the video link below for an overview of what we're going to accomplish at various worksites around campus on Thursday and Friday.
  • Plan to arrive about 10 minutes before your shift, so you can check in inside the front office with Brandi then get your worksite assignment. 
  • You will receive a badge that includes your name and mobile numbers in case you need immediate help during your shift.
  • If you have work gloves, please bring them. If not, we'll probably have a few extra pairs that students aren't using. 
  • Wear comfortable closed-toed shoes AND school appropriate clothing. 
  • We will have water stations outside to refill water bottles, etc. Please bring your own water bottle. 
  • We will assign volunteers to worksites and groups of students with science teachers close by. You'll receive a worksite punch list/checklist to follow for steps and jobs at each place. We will be close by to help answer questions and guide everyone. 
  • We will also have students build about 10 new benches and restrain some existing outdoor benches. 
  • They will also be making periodic table element paver stones representing the essential elements necessary for plant life. We have a special volunteer Laura Ward, who is helping students with this task.

REMINDER! Scoliosis Testing
Our school Nurse, Gretchen Young, will be screening all ALL 7th grade GIRL students for possible Scoliosis on Thursday, May 6th and ALL 8th grade BOY students on Tuesday, May 11th. Scoliosis screening is required by House Bill 832 passed by the Texas Legislature in 1985.

Students will be required to remove their shirts for the screening. Girls WILL NEED TO WEAR one of the following under their blouse or shirt: swim suit top, bra or sports bra. The procedure for screening is simple and quick, it requires the back to be visually examined while standing straight and bending forward. For this examination, boys and girls will be seen separately and individually examined by the WSMS nurse.

If you do not wish for your student to be screened you must have your child examined by your healthcare provider and an affidavit submitted to the nurse's office on or before May 10th. Parents will be notified of the results of the screening only if professional follow up is necessary.

If you have any questions or concerns, or wish to submit medical documentation regarding your child, please contact Gretchen by email or phone at 469-742-8420.

REMINDER! Not Returning to LISD Next Year?
If your student will not be returning to WSMS or Lovejoy High School for the 2021-2022 school year, please email Carol Vik with your student’s name, as well as complete and return this form.

REMINDER! Note From The Nurse
Regarding Medications
If your child has medicine at school, please make sure your child has exactly enough medicine to finish the school year. You are responsible for picking up any extra medicine as the school district has a policy against sending medicines home with students. At the end of this school year, any remaining medicines, including inhalers, will be thrown out. The school cannot store these for you during the summer.
Please remember, if your child is going to continue being medicated at school during the 2021-2022 school year, you will need to complete a new medication sheet at that time and bring a SMALL or travel size bottle of medicine that is not expired.
Early reminder to parents of students that will be 7th graders during the 2021-2022 school year:
It is a State requirement that all 7th grade students must have had 2 required updated immunizations in order to attend school. These required immunizations are, TDaP booster (Tetanus booster) and Menactra (Meningococcal).Please obtain a copy of your child’s updated shots and provide it to our school nurse, Gretchen Young, BEFORE August 9th, 2021. You may drop it off in person, send it through the mail to Willow Springs Middle School, 1101 West Lucas Road, Lucas, TX 75002, by email to Gretchen Young or fax at 469-742-8501.

Upcoming Dates
2021 STAAR Testing Dates - Mark Your Calendars
There have been a few updates to STAAR testing dates. Please take a look at the timeline below. If you haven’t already, begin marking your calendars for the Spring 2021 STAAR Testing Dates. If possible, try to avoid STAAR Assessment Dates when making appointments for your children. This allows your child to have adequate time on assessments to do their very best! Click here to access the WSMS STAAR Timeline. Thank you! 

National Junior Honor Society Applications for Current WSMS 7th graders
7th grade students eligible to apply for National Junior Honor Society will be notified by email during the second week of April. Student eligibility will be based on the cumulative GPA of 94.0 for the first three grading periods of the 2020-2021 school year. Upon receiving this email, students will be allowed to fill out an application for NJHS that will be included in the eligibility email. All applications will be due by 5:00pm on May 14th. This is a firm deadline. Students will receive acceptance letters via email in August during the first week of school. The induction ceremony will be held during the first six weeks of the 2021-2022 school year. More information regarding specific eligibility requirements for NJHS will be coming at a later date.

8th Grade Parents - We Need Your Help 
Parents...we are in need of your help to make our 8th Grade video a success. Please get with your 8gth grader to find three school appropriate photos to load up to the Class of 2025 google classroom. You can also use quick 10 second clips from their cell phones instead of just all three photos. 
Just log into the class of 2025, using your students login -- click on 8th grade video -- click on your student’s name and upload from their phone -- there are several ways to do this -- you can actually share the videos from their phone to google drive then upload from drive to classroom. All students should be able to do this. Or you can just take the picture or video from your phones and upload straight to google classroom to the assignment.
 The deadline to get these uploaded is April 30, as we will need the time to edit. If you have any questions, please reach out to Barb Smith at barb_smith@lovejoyisd.net.

Campus Information and Reminders
April Student Nutrition Newsletter
Click here for a copy of this months newsletter.
LHS School Store Sale
Ready to stock up on Lovejoy gear? You are in luck! A BIG sale is happening at Lovejoy High School! Click here for great deals!

WSMS Twitter Feeds #wsmslovejoy
@WSMSLovejoyISD (Campus Event Updates)
@sscwsms (Counseling updates) 
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 WSMS home games this week can be found here.  

4/13/21 Soccer Results vs. Wylie McMillan
7th Grade - Won
8th Grade - Lost
7th Grade - Won
8th Grade - Won

4/20/21 Soccer Results vs. Rockwall Utley
7th Grade - Won
8th Grade - Lost
7th Grade - Won
8th Grade - Won
Scholarship Application Available – Deadline is April 23, 2021
The Parent Teacher Organizations in Lovejoy each will award one $500 scholarship to a college-bound senior graduating from Lovejoy High School in 2021. A centralized application allows each student to complete the application just once, while being eligible for scholarships at each Lovejoy school they attended.
All student applicants must (a) have attended LHS during their sophomore, junior and senior years; (b) belong to the LHS PTSO; (c) complete the online scholarship application, including the essays; (d) upload a resume; and (e) have one letter of recommendation submitted.
To begin the application process students must complete this brief survey indicating their intent to apply. Once the survey is received, we will send the student a link to the online application via email. This link will allow students to exit and return to the application in case they cannot complete it in one sitting. The deadline for submitting the completed application is midnight on April 23, 2021.
Please email Shannon Verschage at LJCouncilScholarship@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

Service Learning Project
A few volunteers (and wheelbarrows) are needed! Please see the sign up genius for more information.

Parent Presentations
This year parent presentations have been done virtually, giving you the benefit of viewing them at your convenience. If you haven’t yet had a chance to watch yet, you may do so here:
Sexting and vaping: https://youtu.be/b3T8t6qFixs
Class Registration Helpful Hints: https://youtu.be/rkGIpL34iQM 
Warm regards,
Christy Payne
WSMS PTO President
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Sewing Camp 2021
Join the fun at the 14th annual Summer Sewing Camps to be held at Lovejoy High School. Sewing Basics 101 teaches machine and tool basics while making a pillowcase and PJs. Sewing Skills Builder 201 continues to develop your skills with your choice of an individualized project. Choose 1, 2 or all 3 sessions, which will take place in June. To reserve your spot; Click the QR code on the form attached and fill it out. Your registration will be confirmed by return email. Space is limited, sessions fill quickly, I do maintain waitlists. Please call me at 972-890-3724 or email me louisekingtx@gmail.com with any questions. Click here for the 2021 form and dates! Can’t wait to sew with you!
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