Willow Springs Middle School

A Message from the Principal
WSMS Principal Newsletter, April 27, 2021
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

If you have not done so, please take a moment to drive around our campus to see the work our students were able to complete for our service learning day last Thursday.  We now have an outdoor classroom next to the tennis courts with student-built benches for seating.  We have pollinator beds in the back of the campus, the marquee is spruced up, and the entry is alive with color.  Our “B” day science classes will have an opportunity to add to the already gorgeous work when we find a day to reschedule their service learning day.  

Speaking of rescheduling, we have a Club Day scheduled for Thursday.  With the forecast calling for an 80% chance of rain, we will postpone Club Day until we can find a drier day.  Our calendar is pretty full for the last 4 ½ weeks of school so the opportunities to reschedule Club Day may be limited.

At the beginning of the year, we ask students to provide some essentials to the school such as hand sanitizer, paper towels and tissue.  We did not collect tissue this year because of the limited availability at stores at the beginning of the year.  We also had a supply we could utilize from the last school year since we didn’t finish the year after Spring Break.  We are running low and if you feel compelled, we would appreciate having your child drop off a box or two of tissues in the front office to get us through the last few weeks.

Have a great week!


Kevin Parker
1101 West Lucas Rd, Lucas 75002
Office: 469-742-8417
Mobile: 469-667-2280
New / Updated Information
LAST CALL!  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.

REMINDER! Dress Code Policy
Please help us by making sure what your son or daughter wears to school every day is in compliance with the LISD dress code. As part of the emotional, psychological, and physical changes of adolescence, middle school students can sometimes be nervous and apprehensive about what they or other students are wearing to school. Let’s work together to lower their anxiety by following the LISD Dress Code. For more information about the LISD Dress Code, please go here.

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.

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.  

4/20/21 Soccer Results vs. Rockwall Utley
7th Grade - Won
8th Grade - Lost
7th Grade - Won
8th Grade - Won
Teacher Appreciation Week
Next week, May 3-7, is officially Teacher Appreciation Week!! We are blessed with an amazing group of teachers at WSMS, and we encourage you to send them notes and other expressions of gratitude. As a PTO, we will be providing a popcorn machine and lunch next week as part our year-long effort to encourage our WSMS teachers.

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
District and Other News
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Lovejoy Summer Enrichment
LISD Summer Athletic Camp Schedule
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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