Willow Springs Middle School


A Message from the Principal
March 17, 2021
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!  Spring is always an exciting time around here as we have Fine Arts UIL, end of year sports (wrestling, tennis, swim, track, soccer), and STAAR Testing among many other things.  Because of all this excitement, these last 10 ½ weeks will go by super quickly.  At this time last year we had so much uncertainty regarding school because of COVID-19.  We thought, at first, Spring Break would be extended for a week or two and that turned into virtual learning for everyone for the remainder of the year.  I still remember the excitement our staff and students had in August knowing that we were going to be able to come back on campus even though we would have to walk through the halls in a one way pattern, we would wear masks, and we would be spread out at lunch.  After we got used to these things, we have done school really well in my opinion.  We have ten weeks of school left and we are going to continue striving for excellence.  We are going to continue to look for opportunities to give students a “normal” experience as we close out the school year.  It is my goal to make the end of this year as special for our students as we can because they deserve our best and so do you.  






Have a great week!



Kevin
New / Updated Information
REMINDER! UPDATED Registration Dates
There have been a couple of changes made to the registration dates for next year. Please click here for updated dates.  


NEW! Upcoming School Holiday
April 2nd - April 5th will be a LISD holiday for all campuses.


NEW! Parent Registration Webinar Video - 8TH GRADE ONLY
Below is the link for you to view yesterday's registration webinar. I hoped to include the FAQs with this email. In the interest of time and getting this link out as quickly as possible for you to view, I will send a follow up email with the FAQs that were not answered in the webinar. Please let me know if you have any questions.



REMINDER! “Stop The Bleed” Student Training - Last Session
Our final training for this school year will be March 24th. Make sure you sign your student up today if interested, only a few spots remain.

This program is a difference maker and will allow students to possess a critical skill set that can be carried with them throughout their entire lives. Stop The Bleed training allows students to learn how to administer initial care in a life threatening situation to an injured individual.

Although this training is not mandatory for our students, we are required by state law (86RHB496) to offer it to all students in grade levels 7-12. If you choose to sign your child up for this free training, keep in mind they will be exposed to photographs of injured individuals that will contain severe injuries. Students will learn how to tend to laceration, broken bones, puncture wounds, etc. Students will also learn skills such as applying a tourniquet, applying pressure to injuries and bandaging an injured individual.

Our safety and security foundation is built on the “Force Multiply” concept. We believe in empowering our teachers, staff members, students, parents and community members with knowledge that can save lives!

If you would like to register your child for this training, please click on the link below. Each class is limited to 40 spots. The sessions will be led by LISD security personnel.



UPDATED! 2020 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! 
 
 
REMINDER! Service Learning Save The Date
Please mark your calendars for the WSMS spring service learning project on April 22-23. Volunteer opportunities and additional details will be forthcoming soon.


REMINDER! Save The Date - Virtual Stem Fest
NEW! STEM Festival T-Shirt Contest
We are accepting design entries for the STEM Fest 2021 t-shirt through March 19th.  Please be sure to read complete rules and submission guidelines by clicking here.  If you have questions, please send an email to lovejoystemfest@gmail.com.
Upcoming Dates
WSMS Cheer Tryout Clinic- March 24-25th
The tryout clinic is not mandatory to try out for WSMS Cheer. Students who are new to the WSMS Cheer program trying out for 7th or 8th-grade cheer will meet in the main gym at WSMS from 4:30-6:00 pm on March 24th and 25th to practice and prepare for tryouts. All cheerleaders need to learn the tryout material posted on the cheer website before attending the tryout clinic. This material will be posted one week before tryouts on March 17th. In order to reduce numbers and increase social distancing, returning cheerleaders will NOT attend the afterschool clinic. Instead, returning cheerleaders will receive the same clinic during cheer class.
 
 
WSMS Official Cheer Tryout- March 26th
In-person tryouts will occur on March 26th from 4:30-9:00 pm. We will assign time slots to each student for tryouts to reduce numbers and increase social distancing on campus. Masks must be worn during tryouts. Students will check in ten minutes before their assigned time and leave immediately after their tryout. Parents will wait outside the gym for their students. If a student chooses to submit a virtual video tryout, the video must be submitted no later than March 26th at 8:00 am so the videos can be shown to the judges. Any student who does not submit a virtual tryout video by the deadline, or attend the in-person tryout will automatically be placed on the C team for the 2021-2022 school year.


Campus Information and Reminders
WSMS Orchestra UIL Success
The WSMS Chamber Orchestra received straight superior ratings at the UIL Concert and Sight-reading Evaluation at Allen High School winning them a SWEEPSTAKES AWARD on March 3rd!!! 
 
From Mrs. Dickens, Orchestra teacher: “Students performed a concert of three different pieces and were judged on tone, technique, and musicianship. In the sight-reading portion of the contest, students were given a piece of music that they had never seen or heard before. I had seven minutes to teach it to them without them reproducing any of the music. After the seven minutes was up, they played it for the judges and were evaluated. 
 
The students played beautifully and have worked so very hard in this unprecedented year! They have kept a positive attitude and I am so proud of how flexible they have been!”
WSMS Color Guard Competition Success
The Willow Springs Guard had another strong competition March 6th.  They competed at Mansfield High School and came home with 1st place!  
 
Their next competition will be March 20th at Waxahachie High School! 
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!
 
 
March Nutrition Newsletter
Click here to view this month's newsletter. 


WSMS Twitter Feeds  #wsmslovejoy
@WSMSLovejoyISD (Campus Event Updates)
@sscwsms (Counseling updates) 


Athletics
Girls Middle School Soccer
8th grade:
Friday 3/5- 7:00-8:15 AM tryout.
Monday 3/15- 8:15-9:15 AM tryout.
Tuesday 3/16- 7:00-8:15 AM tryout.
Wednesday 3/17- 7:00-8:15 AM tryout.
I will email out the final decisions Wednesday evening, 3/17.

There will be no makeup tryout dates (with the exception of quarantining due to Covid) and there is no penalty for missing any days (track, UIL, vacation, etc.) as we have set four days to impress. During the individual meetings we will let the girls know if they made the team or not.
 
The only equipment the girls need to bring with them are a pair of cleats, if they have them, shin guards, and water. We will provide balls, bibs, and cones.
 
If you have any questions please contact Coach Ian Keeble at ian_keeble@lovejoyisd.net.


Boys Middle School Soccer
8th grade:
Friday Mar 5 (B) - 4:15- 5:30
Spring Break Mar 8-12
Monday -Mar 15 (A) - 4:15 -5:30
Tuesday - Mar 16 (B) -  4:15-5:30
Wednesday - Mar 17(A) - 4:15-5:30
Thursday - Mar 18 (B) - Individual Meetings 4:15- 5:30
 
There will be no makeup tryout dates (with the exception of quarantining due to Covid) and there is no penalty for missing any days (track, UIL, vacation, etc.) as we have set four days to impress. During the individual meetings we will let the boys know if they made the team or not.
 
The only equipment needed to bring with them are a pair of cleats, if they have them, shin guards, and water. We will provide balls, bibs, and cones.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Alex Duran at alex_duran@lovejoyisd.net.


WSMS PTO
Welcome back from spring break! I hope your family enjoyed the break from the normal routine. The PTO provided lunch for the teachers on the Friday before school let out, and is now preparing to support teachers during the STAAR testing and Teacher Appreciation weeks. 
 
 
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 
 
 
Upcoming Opportunity
Please mark your calendars for the WSMS spring service learning project on April 22-23. Volunteer opportunities and additional details will be forthcoming soon.
 
Warm regards,
  
 
Christy Payne
WSMS PTO President
2020-2021
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