Willow Springs Middle School

A Message from the Principal
WSMS Principal Newsletter, August 24, 2021
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

I hope your child’s experience for the first week of school was nothing but positive.  Aside from the weather and challenges with transportation, the week went very well from my perspective.  

Many, if not most, of you have received an email notification regarding a positive COVID-19 case on campus.  The messaging is consistent no matter what campus it might come from.  Just to clarify, we are now sending email notifications to the parents of any student who has a class with a confirmed Covid positive student.  If you receive more than one notification, it is not a duplicate.  You will receive one notification for each positive Covid case in your child’s class.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot confirm which class your child had this contact.  Additionally, Lovejoy ISD has changed the requirements for quarantining due to close contact.  Students who have been in close contact with a positive Covid student are no longer required to quarantine.

With all of that being said, please monitor your child’s health and if you notice the onset of any symptoms please keep your child home. 

Have a great week!


Kevin Parker
1101 West Lucas Rd, Lucas 75002
Office: 469-742-8417
Mobile: 469-667-2280
New and Updated Information
NEW! Notes from the Nurse

To keep all of our students safe, please partner with us and monitor your child for the following symptoms BEFORE sending them to school. 

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion or runny nose
If your student is not feeling well, please keep them at home and email your child’s assistant principal. Please also keep them home, contact the nurse, and their assistant principal if your student receives a lab positive COVID test.

Nurse Young gretchen_young@lovejoyisd.net or by phone at (469) 742-8420. 
Rebecca May  Rebecca_May@lovejoyisd.net - Assistant Principal for students whose last name begins with the letters A-Le.
Rachael Merrick   Rachael_Merrick@lovejoyisd.net - Assistant Principal for students whose last name begins with the letters Li-Z.

If there is a positive case of COVID in your child's classroom, we will send an email to let you know. Lovejoy ISD will maintain our current COVID-19 dashboard by each campus on the website. Numbers will be updated at the end of each day. We are also required to notify the Health Department and the TEA of positive cases in our schools.
Please click here for the most up to date information regarding LISD’s 2021-2022 Health and Safety Measures.

NEW! Book Fair during Open House
Hello Families! 
We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Book Fair starting September 3rd! This is a great opportunity for students to build not only their home libraries but their love of reading as well. As always, Book Fairs help build our library collection and the programs that our school library can run.
Below is some important information about our upcoming fair. We are so excited to have this opportunity and we cannot wait to see you there! 
Important Information:
- This fair will offer a cash-free option called eWallet. It is a convenient digital account that your child can use when shopping at the fair. Grandparents, family far away, and others can contribute too! 
- If you cannot make it to the fair, you can shop online via our Virtual Book Fair (link to come next week). All orders ship directly to your home and shipping will be free on orders over $25.
- We will be open to students before and after school, as well as during lunches. We will also be open during the WSMS Fall Open House on September 8th. This is a great opportunity for your whole family to get to shop at the fair! 
- The fair dates are September 3rd through September 13th
- If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, Naomi Emory at naomi_emory@lovejoyisd.net.

IMPORTANT! Immunizations 7th Grade Students 
If you have not done so already, please send a copy of your child’s updated shot record to our school nurse, Gretchen Young. 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)
  • Menactra (Meningococcal)

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 fax at 469-742-8501 or email our nurse Gretchen Young.

NEW! 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. Completion of these forms is required every year for every student. Please take a few minutes to update your contact information and other forms.

LAST CALL!  WSMS Student Spirit Shirts
As part of the WSMS student experience, we would like to offer a spirit shirt for all 7th and 8th grade students.  These will be shirts that students can wear to school,  pep rallies, athletic events, and field trips.  During campus field trips and community service events, we will ask students to wear their spirit shirt to identify them as a WSMS student.  Spirit shirts may be purchased by clicking here.   The deadline to purchase shirts is August 31st.

PLEASE NOTE: These will be delivered in September and handed out to students once they arrive on campus.

NEW! School Holiday – September 6th & 7th
Monday, September 6th is a student and teacher holiday in observance of Labor Day. Tuesday, September 7th is a student holiday and teacher/staff work day.

NEW! 7th /8th Grade Open House – Wednesday, September 8th
Our 7th/8th grade Open House will be Wednesday, September 8th from 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to walk their student’s schedules and hear from all of their teachers. Student’s schedules and school maps will be available in the rotunda upon arrival.  This will be a come and go event.  Please see below for alpha specific timeframes:
6pm - 7pm: A - L
7pm - 8pm: M - Z

NEW! Want to Learn More About Your Son or Daughter's Teachers?
Please visit their staff webpage on the WSMS staff directory website and find the names of your son or daughter's teachers. 
NEW! PowerSchool App
The PowerSchool app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. You use the same PowerSchool online login. Enter the District code NJBC.

Campus Reminders
2021-2022 Bell Schedule
This school year, we will be returning to an eight period day. Please click here for a copy of our bell schedule.

Parent Drop and Pick Up
Please be patient with the parent drop off and pick up process during Walk the Springs and the first week of school, traffic will move very slowly. Traditionally by the second week, everyone has a better understanding of the process and it will flow much smoother. Please see below for the traffic flow procedures and maps.

Carpool Procedures

Before School:
Cars will enter the campus through the east entrance off Bethany/West Lucas Road (the entrance closest to the stop light at Country Club/1378). Once vehicles are on campus, all traffic moves one way through two lanes that wind around to the courtyard located in the back of the building. Please pull forward to unload 8-10 cars at a time at the courtyard. Students can unload from either of the two carpool lanes. Please drive slowly and pay close attention to our students who might be crossing.

Click here for the arrival map.

After School:
Cars will enter the campus through the east entrance off Bethany/West Lucas Road (the entrance closest to the stop light at Country Club/1378). Once vehicles are on campus, all traffic moves one way through two lanes that wind around to the courtyard located in the back of the building. At the courtyard they split into three lanes. All lanes converge at the student pick up location at the grass area on the west side of the building. Please pull forward to load 10-15 cars at a time along the grass field. Students can walk to their vehicles in all lanes using the cross walks. Once students are in their vehicles, parents can exit the carpool line through an exterior lane. Please drive slowly and pay close attention to our students who might be crossing.

Click here for the dismissal map.

School Picture Day – Friday, September 3 
Students will be taking pictures for the Willow Springs yearbook and their student ID’s on Friday, September 3. Order forms will be going home with your student the 2nd week of school, however, you may access it online by clicking here. Please assist your student in dressing appropriately to ensure they follow LISD dress code. Students out of LISD dress code will be provided a school shirt to wear during their ID photo and will have the option to retake their yearbook photo on Wednesday, September 29th. 

Leopard Fishing Club 
7th and 8th grade student anglers - if you are interested in joining the Leopard Fishing Club plan to join us for a membership meeting on Wednesday, September 1st at 6:30pm at the WSMS Cafeteria.   

The purpose of the Club is to educate and prepare future Leopard Fishing High School Team anglers for competitive bass fishing. As a Club member you will be introduced to competitive bass fishing, interact with the high school fishing team and participate in fish camp.

If you have any questions, we can be reached at Leopardfishingclub@gmail.com

LISD Calendar
Please go here for LISD calendars.

Thank you to those of you who volunteered to serve our teachers last week! They were very appreciative and enjoyed having lunch together in the same room. 

Join and Give
Below you will find the link to join the WSMS PTO. Your membership and donations are the only way we can provide the programs and hospitality events we host throughout each school year. Your membership gives you access to (and inclusion in) our online directory, volunteer opportunities and parent programming. Your generous donations allow us to fund programs like AIM for Success, Red Ribbon Week, College Preparedness presentations and more.
Additional action items
1.  Bookmark our web site for PTO contact information, event/speaker updates and ways you can participate in supporting our school.
2.  Sign up for Remind texts. Get reminders on PTO events, parent presentations and volunteer opportunities! Sign up by texting @wspto2021 to 81010.
3.  Fill out your volunteer application. Prior to volunteering on campus, parents must complete a background check application, and you can get approved now by applying here.

Warm Regards,
Christy Forte'
WSMS PTO President
Athletic Practice Wear
As previously mentioned, your athlete will need their grade level athletic shirt and shorts this school year. Below is a link that will take you to the online store and allow you to make those purchases.
The ONE Standard shirt and shorts will be used for all sports across Willow Springs!
Go Leopards!

Athlete Physical Information
Online athletic forms are online and ready to be completed for the 2021-2022 school year. Please go to https://lovejoyisd.rankonesport.com/New/Home.aspx set up your account, and fill out the forms.

Any and all online paperwork questions should be directed to Victoria Reyes at 469-742-8411.

The 2021-2022 physical forms are now available for players to pick up. Players may get one at the front office of WSMS, or print one by clicking here.  

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