NEW! Thursday, May 6th - Friday, May 7th STAAR 8th Grade Science and Social Studies
Cell Phone STAAR Policy
On STAAR testing days, we are requesting students who will be testing do not bring electronics to campus. Cell phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, electronic watches, or other electronic devices will NOT be allowed in testing rooms. If students forget and bring their devices to school, they will be asked to sign a waiver and place their electronics in a plastic bin that will be removed from the testing room. Any electronics brought to school on testing days will be returned once testing is complete. Students will NOT be allowed to place electronics in lockers on testing days.
Additional Information For STAAR Tests April 6th
If students have been issued a Chromebook from the school, they will need to charge it and bring it to school for testing.
- Students will have 4 hours to complete the test.
- If a student arrives past 9:15, then they will NOT be allowed to take the test, and the student will have to make the test up on a different day.
- If students are absent from the test, they will have the opportunity to take the test on a different day as long as it is within the testing window.
- All test taking students will need to bring an appropriate snack, a sack lunch, a book, and a bottle of water.
- Appropriate snacks are quick, easy, and nutritious. Snacks should not require utensils, shouldn't be sticky or full of sugar. (Examples of appropriate snacks are: protein bars, string cheese, crackers, goldfish, cheerios, etc).
- All test taking students will eat lunch in their testing rooms.
- Due to security on testing days, parents will not be able to deliver lunch to their students on STAAR testing days.
- No morning athletics for 8th Graders.
- No before school tutorials on 4/6/21 or 4/7/21.
- Virtual students are required to take the STAAR.
Click here for CoVid precautions the school will be taking for STAAR.
NEW! Service Learning Rescheduled Date
The second day of service learning has been rescheduled for Monday, May 17th. We are once again in need of volunteers, rakes and wheelbarrows. Please consider signing up to help us finish our great outdoor projects. Click here for sign up.
NEW! End Of Year Awards
7th Grade Student Award Ceremonies - Thursday, May 20
This year our 7th grade student award ceremony will be on Thursday, May 20th from 8am - 9:30am in the WSMS main gym. During this award ceremony, we will be recognizing A and A/B honor roll, as well as a select number of students who will be receiving a teacher award from one of their teachers. Parents will be notified in advance if their child will be receiving an award.
8th Grade Student Award Ceremonies - Friday, May 21
The 8th grade student award ceremony will be on Friday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. in WSMS Main Gym. During this award ceremony, we will be recognizing the following: All 8th graders for completing 8th grade, A and A/B honor roll, a select number of students who will be receiving a teacher award from one of their teachers and Principals Award recipients. Parents will be notified in advance if their child will be receiving an award.
**Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to have parents attend these ceremonies. We will have photographers on hand to take pictures of students receiving awards, which will later be shared with you. Parents will be able to view the awards ceremony through a live stream. Virtual students WILL be able to come and attend should they decide to do so.
REMINDER! 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.
REMINDER! Scoliosis Testing
Our school Nurse, Gretchen Young, will be screening all ALL 7th grade GIRL students for possible Scoliosis on Thursday, May 6th and ALL 8th grade BOY students on Tuesday, May 11th. Scoliosis screening is required by House Bill 832 passed by the Texas Legislature in 1985.
Students will be required to remove their shirts for the screening. Girls WILL NEED TO WEAR one of the following under their blouse or shirt: swim suit top, bra or sports bra. The procedure for screening is simple and quick, it requires the back to be visually examined while standing straight and bending forward. For this examination, boys and girls will be seen separately and individually examined by the WSMS nurse.
If you do not wish for your student to be screened you must have your child examined by your healthcare provider and an affidavit submitted to the nurse's office on or before May 10th. Parents will be notified of the results of the screening only if professional follow up is necessary.
If you have any questions or concerns, or wish to submit medical documentation regarding your child, please contact Gretchen by email or phone at 469-742-8420.
REMINDER! 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.
REMINDER! Note From The Nurse
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.
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.