Willow Springs Middle School

A Message from the Principal

WSMS Principal Newsletter, May 10, 2022

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Good Afternoon Parents!

We have had a great day of testing here at Willow Springs.  Our 7th graders did a tremendous job on the math STAAR test today.  I am so proud of them and the hard work they put in.  Our teachers have done an amazing job as well and I am so thankful for all that they have done.

I truly believe that our students and teachers are finishing strong.  We are excited to keep working hard to finish out this year and we are already hard at work looking ahead to next school year.

Thank you Lovejoy community for your continued support of our school and our teachers.  We love that you are trusting us with your kids and we are so happy to be a part of their lives.



Chris Koder
WSMS Principal
1101 West Lucas Rd, Lucas 75002
Office: 469-742-8417

WSMS Attendance Rates

STAAR Testing Calendar

STAAR Testing Dates -

WSMS Spring 2022

STAAR season is upon us, so I thought I'd send out some reminders for our testing days. Students will report to their testing locations each testing morning by 8:42, and it's very important they are on time each day. We need to start by our scheduled start time, or our entire schedule is affected. Students should bring a choice read book, a water bottle, a snack if they want one, and lunch from home. If your child cannot bring lunch from home, they do have the option to buy a sack lunch from the cafeteria. Please encourage your children to dress in regular school clothes. It can be tempting to wear pajamas/slippers on testing days. It's important to come ready to put in our best effort, and our attire can impact our mood/effort.  

8th grade Math/Science Testers

A calculator is available within the online testing platform. However, some students may prefer a handheld TI-84 calculator. While we have a few calculators available for each room, we do not have enough for all students. If your child would like to use a handheld calculator versus the online one, please have them bring their personal TI-84 calculators, charged and ready to go. 

As a reminder, the remainder STAAR testing schedule is listed below:

May 11th (Wednesday) STAAR Grade 7 Reading (All 7th Grade)

May 12th (Thursday) STAAR Grade 8 Reading (All 8th Grade)

May 13th (Friday) STAAR Grade 8 Math (8th Math and 8th GT)

WSMS Library Material Due Date

Hello Parents!

All student library materials are due back on Monday, May 16th. So that you and your student know what materials are currently checked out, I will be sending out weekly overdue notices starting the first week of May. Students with outstanding materials and/or fines will not be allowed to receive their yearbooks until their library account is cleared. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out!

Upcoming Dates

Scoliosis Testing

Our school Nurse, Gretchen Young, will be screening ALL 8th grade BOY students on Wednesday May 11th during their Social Studies classes. Scoliosis screening is required by House Bill 832 passed by the Texas Legislature in 1985.

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 2021-2022 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 13th. 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 Panoramic Picture

The WSMS 8th grade class of 2022 will be taken on Wednesday, May 18th. Panoramic pictures will be on sale during all lunches on Thursday, May 19. Please go here for more information.

Regarding Medications in Clinic

If your child has medicine at school, please make sure your child has exactly enough medicine to finish the school year.

All Medications must be picked up by Friday May 27th by 12:00 pm.

You are responsible for picking up any extra medicine as the school district has a policy against sending medicines home with students. After 12:00 pm on Friday 5/27/22, 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 2022-2023 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.

Lost and Found – Donated June 3rd

Please encourage your son or daughter to look through the lost and found by the library and the athletic lost and found and claim any sweatshirts, shoes, hats, etc. they may have left behind.  All items not claimed by June 3rd  will be donated to Allen Community Outreach.


Early reminder to parents of students that will be 7th graders during the 2022-2023 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 1st, 2022. 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.

End of Year Award Ceremonies


WSMS End of Year Award Ceremonies

7th Grade Awards Ceremony—Thursday, May 19, from 8:00—9:00 in the WSMS Gym

  • Only students receiving Honor Roll or Teacher Awards will be in attendance
  • Notification emails have been sent

8th Grade Awards Ceremony—Friday, May 20, from 8:00 - 9:30 in the LHS Main Gym

  • All 8th grade teachers will be in attendance. Please arrive by 7:45 and park in the front of the building.
  • Every student will be recognized for completion of middle school
  • Students will also be recognized for Honor Roll, Teacher Awards, and the Principal's Award
  • Students will have the option to ride the bus back to WSMS.

Not Returning to LISD Next Year?

If your student will not be returning to WSMS or Lovejoy High School for the 2022-2023 school year, please email Carol Vik with your student’s name, as well as complete and return this form.

Operation Unite

Lovejoy ISD staff will be holding a drill to test logistics and communication planning in case of a real emergency in the district, and need parent and student volunteers (completed grades 2-8). The event will take place on June 7 from 8am to 11am. This is a great opportunity to support our administration and help them prepare for scenarios we hope will never happen. You can use this link to view details or sign up to volunteer. Questions? Email Volunteer Coordinator Christy Forte' (christyforte44@gmail.com).

Reminders 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. 


Carol Vik Carol_Vik@lovejoyisd.net - Attendance/PEIMS Clerk

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.

Campus Reminders

May Nutrition Newsletter

Please click here for the May nutrition newsletter.

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.

LISD Calendar
Please go here for LISD calendars.

WSMS Report Card
We recently received our updated TEA federal report card for Willow Springs. This has been uploaded to our website and can be viewed by clicking here.


Special Membership Meeting

A quick membership meeting will be held via Zoom next Wednesday at 2:00pm to approve the budget for next year. Email Christy Forte’ (christyforte44@gmail.com) for the Zoom link.


Yearbook Signing Party Volunteers – Calling All Dads (and Moms)!

On the morning of May 27th the school is requesting several volunteers to supervise the yearbook signing and associated party, which will relieve teachers to finish their year-end wrap-up prior to their other afternoon responsibilities. They specifically would like to encourage DADS to come out that morning and engage with kids on the field and in the gym. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0445acaf2ea75-wsms6 


Operation Unite – Volunteers Needed

Lovejoy ISD staff will be holding a drill to test logistics and communication planning in case of a real emergency in the district and are recruiting parent and student volunteers (completed grades 2-8). The event will take place on June 7 from 8am to 11am. This is a great opportunity to support our administration and help them prepare for scenarios we hope will never happen. You can use this link to view details or sign up to volunteer. Questions? Email Volunteer Coordinator Christy Forte' (christyforte44@gmail.com).


Parent Program Recordings

Parent programs can be found on our web site at:


Warm Regards,


Christy Forte'

WSMS PTO President




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 Steve Smith at 469-742-8411 or wsmsathletictrainer@gmail.com.

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.  

Important News from Student Nutrition 

Regarding Student Meal Accounts

This is a courtesy message from Lovejoy Student Nutrition Services to inform households of an upcoming change in student meal accounts. In an effort to minimize negative balances at the end of the school year, beginning Wednesday, May 11th and for the remainder of the school year, students will no longer be able to charge meals which will result in the student incurring a negative balance to their meal account. Students may continue to use their lunch accounts as long as they have money in the account. Households with students who currently have negative balances will receive reminder emails and phone calls. Federal regulations prohibit us from rolling over negative balances to the next school year. Please make arrangements to remit payment for any negative lunch accounts your child may have incurred.

All positive balances will be rolled over to next school year. If you have a graduating senior, funds may be transferred to any sibling in the school district. To request a meal account refund, please complete a refund request form located on the Student Nutrition website. For assistance, please contact Student Nutrition at 469.742.8041. 

Student Nutrition Services thanks you for your understanding and for allowing us to serve your student(s) this school year. 

District and Other News

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New Instruction Materials

New instructional materials for Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Physical and Health Education are available for review at the Central Office Building beginning May 9 through May 20 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please check in at the receptionist desk for assistance.

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