Willow Springs Middle School

A Message from the Principal
WSMS Principal Newsletter, October 5, 2021
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

Don’t forget this weekend is a four-day weekend as we have Friday and Monday off.

Our pep rally on Friday was pretty awesome!  I was so proud of our cheerleaders, band, color guard, and dance team for the work and attention to detail they have put in up to this point.  It was great to recognize our Fall sports teams and how well they have represented Willow Springs.  If you haven’t had a chance to watch a game, try to find time on a Tuesday (football) or Thursday (volleyball) to come support our teams.

I also want to make sure you are aware of our online middle school student newspaper.  Our journalism students do an awesome job of collecting information and reporting on different stories throughout the year.  You can view Leopard Life at www.leopardlife.net .  

Finally, I’m sure you heard about the Tik Tok Challenge last month that “dared” students to vandalize school restrooms.  We have become aware that the challenge was for the month of September and there is a new challenge for each month of the school year.  I have included a screenshot of what the challenges are throughout the year.  PLEASE visit with your child and discuss with them the potential consequences these can have if they choose to engage.  Middle School students only see what is right in front of them and typically don’t consider what consequences they could face.  

Willow Springs Proud,


Kevin Parker
1101 West Lucas Rd, Lucas 75002
Office: 469-742-8417
Mobile: 469-667-2280
New and Updated Information
REMINDER! LISD Socioeconomic Information Form
This year, all Lovejoy ISD parents are asked to complete the LISD Socioeconomic Information Form, regardless of socioeconomic need. State and federal funds are allocated to school districts based on this information.
If you have already completed this form for 2021-2022 you do not need to complete another form. However, if you have not completed this form for the 2021-2022 school year, please click Socioeconomic Information Form to download the form, complete one form per student and return it either to the campus PEIMS personnel or to PEIMS Coordinator, 259 Country Club Rd, Allen, TX 75002 by October 8, 2021.

If you prefer to complete the form on-line, please click On-line Socio Economic Information Form. We still require this to be completed for each student.

Please note that this form is not sent to the Texas Education Agency and that the income levels indicated for your family are not reported to the Texas Education Agency. Only the Economic Disadvantaged status of each student as determined by the information provided is reported to the Texas Education Agency.

NEW! School Holiday – Friday, October 8 and Monday, October 11
Our fall break is Friday, October 8 through Monday, October 11. School resumes on Tuesday, October 12.

NEW! October Nutrition Newsletter
Click here to view this month’s newsletter.

REMINDER! Parent Portal Update Needed - PAST DUE
The PowerSchool ParentPortal is now open for you to complete the online Enrollment & Student Information Forms. As of today there are still 344 students whose forms need to be completed. Please click here to access the Parent Portal. Completion of these forms is required every year for every student. Please take a few minutes to update your contact information and other forms. These must be completed by September 30th.

REMINDER! WSMS Career Day ~ We Need your Help! 
SAVE THE DATE, October 22, 2021, 9:00 - 12:15pm
WSMS will host its 6th annual Career Day on Friday, October 22nd. Come share your professional expertise with Willow Springs students!  Each Career Day presenter will meet with groups of students in 20-30 minute presentations, sharing educational requirements, salary and travel expectations, future prospects, and what a "day in the life" is like in this career field.  We hope you can join us to share your experience and expertise with WSMS students.  The Career Day sign up form can be found by clicking here. 

NEW! Tik Tok Challenge Awareness
According to a list that’s circling TikTok and Twitter right now, these are the planned challenges for the rest of the school year.  PLEASE visit with your child and discuss with them the potential consequences these can have if they choose to engage.  Middle School students only see what is right in front of them and typically don’t consider what consequences they could face.  
September: Vandalise school bathrooms
October: Smack a staff member
November: Kiss your friend’s girlfriend at school
December: “Deck the halls and show your b***” (show your private parts)
January: Jab a breast
February: Mess up school signs
March: Make a mess in the courtyard or cafeteria
April: “Grab some eggz” (another stealing challenge)
May: Ditch day
June: Flip off in the front office
July: Spray a neighbour’s fence


How important is it for kids to be in school? 
School attendance is a baseline factor in determining school success. 
A missed school day is a missed opportunity for students to learn. 
Regular attendance fosters a classroom connection between teachers and students. 
Attending school also provides time for social interactions with peers. 

Did you know that?
  • Attendance is the most significant driver in the funding Lovejoy ISD receives from the state each year? 
  • A 3% reduction in the yearly average daily attendance (ADA) can cause the district to lose $800,000 in funding. 
  • An increase of 1% in the yearly ADA can fund 3 teachers’ salaries. 
  • Although it may seem insignificant that the district loses $50 a day when a student is absent, consider the impact when 250 students are absent across the district and the district loses $12,500. Multiply that by 15 days and it is a loss of $187,500. The impact is significant.
  • Attendance taken at 10 AM determines the ADA funding that Lovejoy ISD receives for that date. If the student is on campus at that time, LISD receives approximately $50.00 per student. If a student is absent, ADA is lost.

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
“Stop The Bleed” Student Training
Welcome to the “Willow Springs “Stop The Bleed” training program. 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. Participating students should report to the cafeteria after dismissal.

WSMS Student Spirit Shirts
We recently received notification that our student spirit shirts are on backorder.  If you ordered one of these shirts, please know that we will be handing them out as soon as they arrive.

Developing Student Ownership in Learning
One of our goals is to work with students to build ownership and responsibility in their own learning. Consider having your student make first contact with his/her teachers by emailing them about assignments and/or tests. For example, if your student has not completed a homework assignment or a test, please encourage your student to do the following:

  • Log into Power School to determine what test/assignment is missing.
  • Go to the Google Classroom to print off and complete the assignment and/or any test preparation materials
  • Email their teacher and ask questions about the assignment or missing work
  • Talk to their teacher about the missing assignment or test
  • Know how and where to turn in the assignment or complete the test

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.

Thank you to all of you who quickly filled the sign-up spots for our upcoming teacher luncheon! We appreciate you! We hope you will join us for the first parent program next week!
Upcoming Parent Programs
“Principal Coffee” with Mr. Parker – October 12 at 12:30pm in the Auxiliary Gym at WSMS – please bring lunch from home or take-out and come socialize with other parents while getting up to speed on the important happenings at WSMS. The PTO will supply drinks and dessert!
Substance Abuse: Emerging Drug Trends with Misty Harris (Substance Abuse Counselor for the Collin County Substance Program) – October 26 at 1:00pm via Zoom (link to be shared prior to program)

Career Day
Please consider signing up to be part of Career Day next month (see details above). It is so beneficial for our kids to be exposed to all kinds of careers, and we have a great variety in Lovejoy!

Hospitality Events for Teachers and Staff
We know that many of you want to support our teachers, and joining the PTO is a great way to do that! These are some of the things we have planned for the remainder of the year. If you would like to join the committee that plans these events or have ideas or connections, please reach out to Lety Salazar at glgsalazar@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!
Fall Luncheon – October 7
Holiday Luncheon – November 19
Cookies and Cocoa – December 14
Valentine Lunch – February 14
STAAR Breakfast – May 4
Next membership meeting: November 9

Warm Regards,
Christy Forte'
WSMS PTO President
Middle School Sports Tickets for Home Games
To purchase a ticket for this week's home volleyball or football games, please click here.

WSMS Volleyball vs Rockwall Utley 9/30/21
7th Grade
A Team - Won 
B Team - Lost
C Team - Won
8th Grade
A Team - Won
B Team - Won
C Team - Won
WSMS Football vs Allen Ereckson 9/28/21
7th Grade
Black Team - Won
Red Team - Won
8th Grade
Black Team - Won
Red Team - Won

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 Victoria Reyes at 469-742-8411.

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.  
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.

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
We’re excited to kick off our Annual Appeal campaign!  Our goal is to raise $300,000 and have 35% community involvement. The students of Lovejoy ISD are touched by Foundation dollars in every school and grade throughout the district. Now, more than ever, they need our support to ensure no interruption to the Lovejoy standard of exceptional learning.

Visit our website today to learn more and donate! 
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