Willow Springs Middle School

A Message from the Principal
WSMS Principal Newsletter, March 23, 2021
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

As you know, a large portion of funding for public schools in Texas revolves around having students in attendance each day. This year it is more important than ever to maintain our enrollment numbers. Lovejoy ISD has recently learned that the State will provide “Hold Harmless” funding to schools who maintain a certain percentage of daily attendance. While we anticipate being above the threshold the State is requiring, I wanted to remind you how important it is for students to be in school each day aside from the instances that are beyond their control (i.e. sickness).

My goal is to try to include as many “normal” end of year activities as possible for our students as we head into the last part of the school year. We will have a pep rally, another Club Day, and Award Ceremonies among other things. Due to parking and space, we may not be able to have parents on campus but we will make sure and live stream the events that we are capable of providing through this medium. More information will be coming out soon regarding the last couple of weeks of school.  

Don’t forget that we have a four day weekend coming up on April 2-5.    

Have a great week!


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

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.  

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

REMINDER! Parent Registration Webinar Video - 8TH GRADE ONLY
Below is the link for you to view last weeks registration 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! 

NEW! Leopard Fishing Team - 2021-22 Season Kick Off Meeting

April 7, 7pm City of Lucas Pavilion
Current 8th grade students (rising freshmen) interested in fishing with the Leopard Fishing Team please come to the 2021-2022 Season Kick Off meeting. At this meeting high school fishing will be explained, including tournament information, costs, requirements, and the benefits of being on the team. Participation is limited to the availability of boats. If you do not have access to a boat and are interested, come to the meeting, sometimes there are opportunities to partner with another student. If you have questions contact us at Leopardfishingteam@gmail.com

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
Click here for more information!
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
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) 

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.  

WSMS Soccer
Both our boys and girls soccer teams kick off their season tonight. Good Luck Leopards!
A big thank you to Public School 972, a restaurant and bar in Addison that assisted the PTO with the food for the March luncheon for teachers. We encourage you to visit and thank them for their support!
Service Learning Project
For a science/seed starter project leading up to the service learning student event on April 22 & 23, we need about 40 cardboard egg cartons. Do you have any to donate/repurpose? Please save a couple and bring them to the Willow Springs office or drop them off in Mrs. Perez’s science room!
Save the dates of April 22 and 23 and watch for a volunteer sign-up coming soon!
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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