Willow Springs Middle School

A Message from the Principal
WSMS Principal Newsletter, September 21, 2021
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Dear WSMS Parents and Guardians,

Last Friday was a great day for our first Club Day of the year.  It was fun to hit the pause button on school and allow our students to choose an activity they enjoy with others who enjoy the same activity.  I have to admit, there was a little trash talking in the Corn Hole Club.  I am trying to find out which staff member sponsored that club so it can be addressed immediately (it was me).

This Friday evening will be our first school social for the year.  It will begin at 6:00 PM and go until 8:00 PM.  We will have a DJ in the cafeteria and games in both gyms.  There will also be food (pizza) and drinks for sale.  Once students arrive for the social, they will not be allowed to leave before 8:00 PM unless an adult signs them out.  In order to sign out your child early, you must come to the courtyard doors to do so.  At 8:00 PM, all students will be dismissed.  7th graders can be picked up at the front of the building and 8th graders will be dismissed to the back of the building.

Friday, Oct. 1st, will be our Fall Pep Rally.  For the first pep rally, it will be for students only.  We want to get the logistics down before adding another 100-150 parents to the mix.  We will have three more pep rallies throughout the year and parents will be invited to attend all three of those.  

Have a great week!!


Kevin Parker
1101 West Lucas Rd, Lucas 75002
Office: 469-742-8417
Mobile: 469-667-2280
New and Updated Information
REMINDER! No Pass - No Play: Six Week Progress Report Grades
Friday, September 24th, will be the last day for six week progress reports. Although we are on a nine week grading system, UIL requires all schools to check eligibility after the first six weeks and again at the end of the first grading period if it exceeds six weeks. Our first grading period will end on Thursday, October 7thth. For a copy of the UIL eligibility calendar, please click here.

TICKETS ON SALE! WSMS Fall Back to School Social & Dance - Friday, September 24th
Our Fall Back to School Social and Dance will be Friday, September 24th from 6:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at WSMS. We will have a DJ and music in the cafeteria as well as basketball and volleyball, in both gyms. Tickets can be purchased online beginning Wednesday, September 15th for $8 up until Thursday, September 23rd at 10pm, by clicking here. Tickets will be $10 on the day of the social.
-Students are welcome to purchase snacks and water during the dance.  
-Pizza, Chips, Candy and Bottled Water will be available for students to purchase for $1.00  
Additional Dance Information
*This is not a date dance so middle school students will not need a date to attend.  
*The dress code will be the same as during the school day.  
*This is for Willow Springs students only, students who attend a campus other than Willow Springs will not be allowed to enter.  
*Once students enter the dance, they will not be allowed to leave the building until 8:00 p.m. If your son or daughter needs to be picked up early, please come to the cafeteria doors in the courtyard to check your student out.
*7th Grade Parent pick up will be in the back of the school in the courtyard.
*8th Grade Parent pick up will be in the front of the school near the main entrance. 

NEW! Picture Retakes
Picture retakes will be on Wednesday, September 29th from 8:20am - 3:15pm in the Ensemble Room.  Students are encouraged to come through their lunches or an elective period. 

NEW! ParentPortal Update Needed by September 30th
The PowerSchool ParentPortal is now open for you to complete the online Enrollment & Student Information Forms. As of today there are still 412 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.

NEW! 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

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
Peanut Butter Drive - North Texas Food Bank
The PALS students are partnering up with the North Texas Food Bank and their Peanut Butter Drive. They will be collecting PLASTIC jars of peanut butter to help families in need across North Texas. Please help us meet our goal of 800 jars of peanut butter. Boxes will be placed in the rotunda area starting Wednesday (September 15th). We are taking jars of PB until September 30th. 

“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.

Advocating for Yourself and Others/Bullying Prevention Presentations, September 21 & 22
According to StopBullying.gov, the school years most at risk for bullying are 4th through 8th grades. At WSMS, we are committed to preventing bullying behavior on our campus and teaching students to be strong advocates for themselves and others. On September 21st and September 22nd, all students at WSMS will participate in an Advocacy / Bullying Prevention presentation through their Reading/Language Arts classes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student's counselor: Kathy Stone, A-Le at 469-742-8423 or Carey Miller, Li-Z at 469-742-8424.

ParentPortal Update Needed
The PowerSchool ParentPortal is now open for you to complete the online Enrollment & Student Information Forms. 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.

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 those of you who supported the PTO by participating in the car line auction! Your money will be put to good use to positively impact our school, students and staff. Please watch next week’s email for info on how you can help with the October teacher luncheon.

Fall Social and Dance
Thanks to all of you who volunteered to chaperone on Friday! Please make sure you have completed the district background check. The application can be found on the district web site

Support the PTO by Shopping!
Did you know that linking your current shopping accounts can earn money for our school? Please help us by connecting your Amazon Smile and Kroger accounts with Willow Springs PTO. Visit our website for all the details.

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 Allen Ereckson 9/16/21
7th Grade
A Team - Lost 
B Team - Lost
C Team - Won
8th Grade
A Team - Won
B Team - Lost
C Team - Won
WSMS Football vs Rockwall Cain 9/14/21
7th Grade
Black Team - Lost
Red Team - Won
8th Grade
Black Team - Lost
Red Team - Lost

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.  
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