Willow Springs Middle School


A Message from the Principal
WSMS Principal Newsletter, May 18, 2021
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

If you were not able to join us on Friday for the parent presentation, I encourage you to access the information by clicking here.  There is some great information regarding how to manage social media with teens and pre-teens.  
 
Tomorrow is our 8th grade panoramic picture.  This will more than likely be taken in the main gym due to the chance of rain.  
 
If your child has an outstanding library book, you should have received an email from the library.  We will hold your child’s yearbook until the book has been returned or paid for.  
 
We will be making a call by the end of the day tomorrow in regards to the pep rally scheduled for Friday afternoon.  
 
If your child has medication in the clinic, please find an opportunity to stop by and pick it up prior to May 28.
 
Take a look at the information below to see what activities we have coming up over the next few days.





Have a great week!


Kevin

Kevin Parker
Principal
1101 West Lucas Rd, Lucas 75002
Office: 469-742-8417
Mobile: 469-667-2280
@WSMSLovejoyISD
#wsmslovejoy
Upcoming Dates in May
Below is a list of important dates coming up in May. Please continue to read on for more details regarding these dates.


 19   8th Grade Algebra End of Course STAAR Exam
          8th Grade Panoramic Picture
 20   7th Grade Awards Ceremony @ 8:00 AM 
          8th Grade Yearbook Distribution and Signing Party @1:00 PM
          7th Grade Yearbook Distribution and Signing Party @ 2:30 PM
 21   8th Grade Awards Ceremony @ 9:00 AM 
          EOY Pep Rally on Football Field @ 2:45 PM
25-28 Finals
28   Early Release at 12:45 PM


New / Updated Information
REMINDER! Final Exam Reviews
On Monday, May 17th, teachers provided students with a copy of the final exam review. In addition, an electronic copy was posted in Google Classroom for students to access on Monday, May 17th. 

Teachers will be going over their review in class prior to the final exam. Each review will provide vocabulary, concepts, and/or skills needed to be successful on the final. Students will be expected to take the information from the review and apply it to questions on the exam that include graphs, charts, maps, diagrams, and excerpts. These application based questions provide a foundation for the level of thinking that aligns with the higher level thinking of our state standards in middle school and high school. Rather than studying the review for 2-3 hours the night before the final exam, we encourage students to prepare for each exam by studying for approximately 15-20 minutes a day. In addition, students should refer to notes, handouts, assignments, and their textbook to support their learning and preparation.


REMINDER! End Of Year Awards
7th Grade Awards Ceremony Information
Our 7th grade awards ceremony will be held on May 20 beginning at 8:00 AM. For this ceremony, we are only asking students receiving an award to be in attendance and to arrive and be in their seats by 7:45 AM. We will recognize students who will be receiving “A” honor roll, “A/B” honor roll, and teacher awards. If your child is receiving one of these awards, you should have already received an email notification. Also, due to limited parking and seating capacity we are only able to invite parents of students receiving a teacher award to be in attendance. We will also live stream and record the event. The link to live stream the event will be sent out later this week. I understand parents will want to capture this memory in a photograph. We will have photography students on site to take a picture of award recipients with their certificate(s) which will be shared with you so you can download.  
 
If your child is a virtual student and receiving any of the above recognitions, we would like for them to be on campus to be recognized.  
 
Students will be required to wear a mask, however, when they walk across the floor to receive their certificate(s), they will have the option to remove their mask.
 
8th Grade Awards Ceremony Information
Our 8th grade awards ceremony will be held on May 21 beginning at 9:00 AM. For this ceremony, we are asking all 8th graders to be in attendance. All 8th grade students will receive their completion certificate and we will recognize students for “A” honor roll, “A/B” honor roll, and teacher awards. If your child is receiving a teacher award, you should have already received an email notification. Also, due to limited parking and seating capacity we are only able to invite parents of students receiving a teacher award to be in attendance. We will also live stream and record the event. The link to live stream the event will be sent out later this week. I understand parents will want to capture this memory in a photograph. We will have photography students on site to take a picture of each 8th grader with their certificate(s) which will be shared with you so you can download.  
 
If your child is a virtual student, we would like for them to be on campus to be recognized.  
 
Students will be required to wear a mask, however, when they walk across the floor to receive their certificate(s), they will have the option to remove their mask.


NEW! 8th Grade Panoramic Picture
The WSMS 8th grade class of 2019 will be taken on Wednesday, May 19. Panoramic pictures will be on sale during all lunches on Thursday, May 21. Please go here for more information.


NEW! Yearbook Distribution
All pre-ordered yearbooks will be distributed on Thursday, May 20th. All library fines need to be cleared in order to receive a yearbook.  8th graders will be called to the gym for yearbooks at 1:00PM and 7th graders will be called to the gym for their yearbooks at 2:30PM. Virtual students are welcome to attend.

At both of these times, a limited number of books will be available for sale, on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Yearbooks will be $55 cash or check payable to WSMS.  A table will be set up in the gym to handle these limited last-minute sales.


NEW! Final Exams - Tuesday, May 25th - Friday, May 28th
Final exams will be taking all next week.  Please click here for a copy of the exam schedule.


REMINDER! 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 Monday, May 10th 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. 


REMINDER! 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.


NEW! Summer Hours/Schedule
Administrators will be at WSMS Monday—Thursday from 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m. through June 17 and will return on Tuesday, July 6.   

If you have any questions or need additional information over the summer, please do not hesitate to email or call the school, or call me on my cell phone at 469-667-2280 at any time.



Campus Information and Reminders
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.


May Nutrition Newsletter
Please click here to view the nutrition newsletter for May. 


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.
 
Immunizations
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.


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.


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) 
WSMS PTO
Yearbook signing party
We need a handful of volunteers to help provide students with a sweet treat from the PTO from 12:45-2:30 and 2:30-4pm on Thursday. If you’re interested, please email christypayne01@gmail.com.


PTO 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 
Digital Citizenship: https://youtu.be/eUImDcQL7_Y
 
 
Warm regards,
  
 
Christy Payne
WSMS PTO President
2020-2021
Athletics
Athletic Locker Clean-Out
All athletic students will need to remove contents from their lockers over the next week.  Any items left, will be donated with Lost and Found items.


2021 Summer Athletic Camps and Performance Course Sessions
The 2021 Lovejoy ISD Athletic Summer Camps registration is now open at the Lovejoy ISD Athletic Department web site at www.lovejoyleopards.net   For further information or questions, contact the Athletic Department at 469-742-8068.
 
The annual registration is now open for all our Lovejoy Leopard Athletes for the 2021 Summer Conditioning Sessions provided by our partner Performance Course.  All-important information can be found on the PC web site at www.performancecourse.com  These sessions are strictly voluntary and are not required by the Lovejoy Athletic Department.

District and Other News
Community News
The Lovejoy ISD Community News Page includes news from our schools, programs, booster clubs, student organizations, Foundation for Lovejoy Schools, community, and more. Check back often for up-to-date news on events and activities.
Lovejoy Summer Enrichment
Click here to see the complete list of camps and activities LISD has to offer this summer.


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