Willow Springs Middle School


A Message from the Principal

WSMS Principal Newsletter, September 21, 2022

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Dear Willow Springs Parents and Guardians,


I can’t believe that we are almost six weeks into the school year.  With that timeline comes our UIL rules for sports, better known as No Pass, No Play.  This Friday is our grade snapshot for  UIL.  Students must be passing their classes in order to continue to play the sports that they are involved in here at Willow Springs.  If your student has missing work or low test grades, they need to make sure they are coming in before or after school or during Leopard Time to get those grades up.  Below is more information on when eligibility would be lost and/or regained.

 

Speaking of grades, this year’s grading guidelines have shifted some.  I know that the vast majority of you already know this, but this year, students can redo their major grades (tests) for up to an 85.  Also, students may turn in late work until the unit assessment has been completed.  For instance, if a teacher is in Unit 3, the only work that can still be turned in is work from Unit 3.  Unit 2 and Unit 1 missing work remains a zero.

 

We appreciate your support and commitment to Willow Springs.  Thank you for having those crucial conversations with your students about their grades and responsibilities.






Respectfully,


Chris

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

NEW! Lovejoy ISD Campus Library Updates

In an effort to support transparency and parental involvement, Lovejoy ISD school libraries are initiating a communication practice. Parents will receive a weekly notification from the campus librarian that includes library materials their student currently checked out. Librarians began sending notifications out the week of September 12th. Parents should ensure email contact information is current in PowerSchool so to receive the weekly information.


Parents will also have the option to request limited access for their child to library materials. Campus librarians will post information on the campus website that provides guidance for parents to request specific book titles they do not want their child to check out.


Our campus librarians serve as an excellent resource for parents should you have questions. The District is committed to providing extension and enrichment opportunities for students with library materials through school and home partnerships.


NEW! Classroom Conversations

We are so excited to have our Classroom Conversations this year. This will be every Monday during 4th period.  We will be focusing on character traits that empower our students to be good citizens who are trustworthy, responsible, and caring. 


We will be starting off discussing responsibility and how that applies to making decisions, solving problems, and behaving responsibly.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to your student's counselor.

Kelly Collins - 7th Grade

Carey Miller - 8th Grade 


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


NEW! Boys Basketball Preseason Parent Meeting

Willow Springs Middle School would like to invite all athletes and parents to the boys basketball preseason parent meeting on Monday, October 3rd.


The meeting will talk about the number of teams we will field, how many players will be kept, and what the tryout process looks like for the program. We will also have an opportunity to introduce our staff for this year.


The meeting will take place at the Lovejoy High School cafeteria from 6:00-6:30 pm.  


Thanks and if you have any questions, please contact Will Yaeger at will_yaeger@lovejoyisd.net


Campus Reminders

No Pass-No Play: Six Weeks Progress Reports

Friday, September 23rd, 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 6th. For a copy of the UIL eligibility calendar, please click here.



Online School Picture Ordering and Retakes

Your student should have brought home a QR code to utilize to view proofs from picture day. If your student didn’t make it home with the code or has misplaced it, please click here to be directed on how to view your students picture proof or order prints. All orders received so far, have been delivered to your students math teacher.


Picture retakes will be on Friday, September 30th from 8:30am - 3:15pm on the stage. Students are encouraged to come through their lunches or an elective period



WSMS Yearbook - On Sale Now!

The 2023 yearbook is now on sale!  You can purchase the 2023 book online at jostensyearbooks.com or by clicking on the below link:


https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01101585

WSMS PTO

THANK YOU

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 stuff.


We’d also like to give a huge thanks to all our families who donated items and funds to help spoil our teachers and staff by stocking the teacher’s lounge this week. 


Support the PTO by shopping!

Did you know that scanning your receipt or linking your current shopping account can earn your school money? Please help us by connecting your current accounts with Willow Springs PTO. Visit our website for all the details.

https://willowspringsmspto.wixsite.com/willowspringspto/support-pto


Athletics

Middle School Sports Tickets

This week our football and volleyball games get started. To purchase a ticket for this week's HOME games, please click here.


Concessions

Concessions are back at all sporting events. Make sure you stop by while attending a game!



Scores


Football vs Rockwall Utley

7th Grade

Red Team: Won

Black Team: Won


8th Grade

Red Team: Won

Black Team: Won



Volleyball vs Wylie Cooper

7th Grade

A Team: Won

B Team: Lost

C Team: Lost


8th Grade

A Team: Won

B Team: Lost

C Team: Lost



Athlete Physical Information

Online athletic forms are online and ready to be completed for the 2022-2023 school year. Please go to https://lovejoyisd.rankonesport.com/New/Home.aspx set up your account, and fill out the forms.  The physical forms are now available for athletes to pick up. Players may get one at the front office of WSMS, or print one by clicking here.  


Any and all online paperwork questions should be directed to Steve Smith at 469-742-8411 or wsmsathletictrainer@gmail.com.

Campus Information

September Student Nutrition Newsletter

Please click here to access this months newsletter.   The topic this month is 6 After-School Snack Ideas Kids Will Love.  


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.


Willow Springs Recycling Program

District and Other News

Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

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 Theatre Presents: All In The Timing


Lovejoy High School Theatre is thrilled to present their production of All in The Timing, by David Ives. The show will be performed on September 30 and October 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm. 

 

Wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun! This production features nine diverse and interesting one-act comedies. They range from the sentimental to the absurd, but are all equally hysterical. Every scene focuses on the way that people utilize language, and deconstruct the perspectives people have on life and meaning. 


All in the Timing uses inspired language and word play to examine various attempts at relationships and communication with comical results.  It will push your smart buttons, tease your brain, and tickle your heart!


Tickets are $7 for students, seniors and staff, and $10 for adults. Tickets will be on sale beginning September 19 at the online box office at https://tinyurl.com/LHSBoxOffice22-23


Join us for an evening of laughter and an experience that breaks all the rules of Theatre. Come join us for All In The Timing at the Lovejoy High School Auditorium at: 2350 Estates Parkway, Lucas, Texas.

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