Tiger Nation

December 2019

Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions are strong here in our little community. Our schools are always excited to participate in all of the events Wills Point has to offer. These are the times that bring smiles to the faces of everyone. Whether it be the chance to volunteer, share the story of Christmas, decorate, or give to those less fortunate, the students of WPISD always come out in full-force. We take pride in the character, service, and leadership qualities of all of our students.

A Community Christmas: Tigers Show Out at Christmas on the Bricks!

Each year, in December, Wills Point comes out in full force to celebrate the Christmas season with friends and family. This is a favorite of many Wills Point Tigers as they show off their musical, athletic, and artistic abilities for our entire town. As the band marched down 4th Street, campus floats and organizations strolled behind waving and smiling for the crowd.
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White Gift Service- Angel Tree

The annual White Gift Service was held on December 4th at the Wills Point High School. This event is presented to the community in an effort to raise funds for the Angel Tree program and presented by students of WPISD. This year the program brought in over $3,000 to help bring joy to many families in the community.

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MS Band Holiday Concert

Our 6th grade band students performed their first concert to an audience full of family members and guests. They played songs as a full band and then each section was featured as they played short clips from Christmas songs. Our student body got to enjoy their concert the following day, and our fifth graders are already excited about their opportunities next year. We are so proud of their abilities after just a few short months of band. Our band directors have worked diligently with our students to help them excel musically.

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Golden Angels- National Honor Society

The National Honor Society groups raised money to help out some Golden Angels in our community this holiday season. They spent the morning of Dec. 16th shopping for residents of Crestwood Nursing Home to supply them with gifts for the Holiday season.

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4th Grade Music Program- The Grumps of Ring-A-Ding Town

We want to congratulate Mrs. Potter and the 4th-grade students on their performance of The Grumps of Ring-A-Ding Town. This was a new Christmas music program for Mrs. Potter and the students, and they had a masterful performance. We have some very talented 4th graders that have bright futures in the performing arts if they choose.

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WPHS Band Celebrates with Primary and Woods!

Each year, the WPHS Tiger Band plays a special concert for our elementary students. Children sing their favorite carols along with the band and even had a surprise visitor!

Tiger Techs!

Our teachers continue to innovate and strive to bring the best instruction and learning experiences to our students. We have had classrooms video conference with National Park Rangers, create video commercials with green screen and have traveled far and wide with virtual reality and Google Earth. Below are teachers who have been recognized over the last month for trying different digital strategies and earning badges to level up.

Level 1 (NEW)

Laura Curry (2nd grade at Woods)

Lahri Gentry (Instructional Coach at Woods)

Level 2 (NEW)

Misty Hoedebeck (2nd grade at Woods)

Norma Balderas (2nd grade at Woods)


Amy Spurger (5th ELA at MS)

Tiera Homer (Math teacher at the High School)

Foundation Plans Gala 2020

2nd Annual Boots, Buckles, and Bling

Tickets go on sale January 13! If your family or business would like to sponsor this year's event, please contact melanie.mullin@wpisd.com.
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Van Zandt County Child Welfare Board

Woods raised over $1,100 to support the Van Zandt County Child Welfare Board. This project was lead by our 3rd graders. Students made announcements each day to encourage students to bring in loose change to help out foster children in Van Zandt County. Along with daily announcements, we had grade-level competitions. The classes that brought in the most change won a party. The winning classes were: 2nd grade Ms. Curry, 3rd grade Ms. Dobson, 4th grade Ms. Davis. We want to give a special thanks to Mrs. Mixon, Mrs. Hurley, and our 3rd grade GT students for organizing this project.

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Chunking Pumpkins Catapults!

Our 5th grade science classes finished a unit on force and motion where students had to collaboratively design and create catapults using only plastic spoons, tongue depressors, rubber bands, and tape. The goal was to see how far they could launch a candy pumpkin using their knowledge of force and motion in their creation. After they constructed their design, they conducted trial runs and collected their data. Once they analyzed their data and construction, they adjusted their design and justified why the changes were needed. Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Thoele combined their classes in the library for a competition each period, where students launched, measured, and collected more data. Once the project was complete, the students wrote reflections of what they learned, how the activity tied into force and motion learning standards, what they would do differently next time, and how they liked this hands-on learning experience.

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College Success

Tigers and Lumberjacks!

The Dual Credit program has increased in numbers since its inception last year. Currently there are 83 students enrolled in classes with Stephen F. Austin University. This has been a great opportunity for students to earn college credits while still enrolled in high school. The district along with the support of the WPISD School Board have been able to help students financially to be able to graduate high school “Core Complete”. Being core complete allows them to focus on their major once attending the college of their choice.
The dual credit students recently attended SFA for a campus visit and informational tour given by current students. They also had a chance to visit with other students from area high schools and share their experiences with dual credit

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Texas Association of School Boards

Each year, Texas Association of School Boards recognizes businesses in communities across the state who help support public schools. This year, we had several businesses here in Wills Point who were honored.


Visit the Arctic!

This month students participated in Christmas and Winter themed activities. First grade had Arctic Week with some incredible STEM activities. They made igloos out of marshmallows, played with fake snow, had a snowball fight, found what animal blubber felt like and took a virtual field trip to The Arctic and Antartica! Kindergarten classes had Gingerbread Day. Students built gingerbread houses and a bridge using gumdrops and toothpicks for the Gingerbread Man to cross over. PreK learned about the letter L and patterns. Students made an L for lights, practiced writing the word and put lights on the letter using a pattern. They also created a candy cane using a pattern. Oh what fun it is to learn at the Primary!

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Beauty in Art

Our art students recently finished a unit on Georges Seurat Pointillism and how he created designs through blended dots and color theory. They learned how your eyes work together to blend the colors and dots to form an image. Students selected a picture image and sketched their own design in pencil based on the selected picture as a reference. Students then created their own Pointillism designs, incorporating two or more colors per area. Students worked on clarity and color choice.

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Aeronautics Contest

Each year, students participate in the art contest sponsored by Van Zandt County Regional Airport. This year's theme was, “Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow “.

UIL Academic Contests

Junior High

Congratulations to our writers who placed at UIL competition. Ready Writing 1st place - Presley Mixon, Ready Writing 2nd place - Catherine Dixon, and Editorial Writing 1st place - Mavery Salisbury. Way to go!!

Congratulations to the UIL One Act Play— 5th place over all.

Two honorable mention awards -

Chloe Moya and Liberty Goldman

One All Star Cast Award - Elisa McVeigh

One tech award - Makale Strutton

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Parent Night Showcase!

On Thursday December 12th, Wills Point Junior High hosted our annual Parent Night. This year's theme was Winter Wonderland. All of our students prepared for this night by creating projects in their classes that related to the theme as well as the TEKS they were covering. Thursday evening came and our building was flooded with eager students ready to show off their hard work. Parents and families filled our hallways, looking at the amazing projects our students have been working on. Along with the classrooms set up, students and families were able to visit our Library and Book Fair as well as take a picture at the Santa's Sleigh photo booth. Overall, it was a great night and we look forward to seeing our students' families again really soon.

Staff of the Month!

Calendar of Events


Dec. 20th Class parties at 9:30 am

Dec. 20th Early Release at 11:00 am

Dec. 23rd Winter Break Begins (No School Dec. 23rd-Jan. 7th)

Jan. 8th Back to School - 3rd Nine Weeks Begins

Jan. 9th School Resource Officer Day

Jan. 13th WPISD School Board Meeting at 7:00pm

Jan. 13th MAP Testing Begins (Ends Jan. 17th)

Jan. 14th PTO at Woods Intermediate at 6:00pm

Jan. 16th Head Start Parent Meeting at 11:30am

Jan. 20th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

Jan. 24th PTO Hospitality

Jan. 30th 100th Day of School

Feb.1st PTO Mother Son Nerf Night

Woods Intermediate

Dec. 20th- Class parties at 9:15 am

Dec. 20th- Early Release at 11:00 am

Dec. 23rd- Winter Break Begins (No School Dec. 23rd-Jan. 7th)

Jan. 8th- Back to School - 3rd Nine Weeks Begins

Jan. 9th- School Resource Officer Day

Jan. 10th- Academic Pep-Rally

Jan. 13th- WPISD School Board Meeting at 7:00 pm

Jan. 13th- MAP Testing Begins (Ends Jan. 17th)

Jan. 14th- PTO at Woods 6:00 pm

Jan. 31th- Kona

Feb. 1st- Mother Son Nerf-Night

Middle School

Jan. 8th - Students return; report cards sent home

Jan. 10th - Academic Assembly at 2:45 in MS gym

Jan. 13th - 6th grade UIL competitions; MAP testing window begins

Jan. 14th - PTO meeting at Woods Intermediate @ 6:00

Jan. 17th - AR parties

Jan. 20th - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School

Jan. 25th - 5th grade UIL competitions

Jan. 29th - Progress reports sent home

Feb. 1st - PTO Mother/Son Nerf Night

Junior High

Jan. 8th- Boys and Girls Basketball pictures

Jan. 8th - Students return; report cards sent home

Jan. 14th - Cheer and Drill Parent Meeting @ 5:30 in the cafeteria

Jan. 16th- Girls Basketball @ Home

Boys Basketball vs Athens

Jan. 23rd - Boys Basketball @ Home

Girls vs. Brownsboro

Jan. 29th - Progress reports sent home

Jan. 30th- Boys Basketball vs. Mabank

Girls Basketball @ Home

High School

Dec. 20th Early Release at 11:00 am Busses run at 11:30

Dec. 23rd Winter Break Begins (No School Dec. 23rd-Jan. 7th)

Dec. 27th Girls Basketball Tournament @ Kaufman

Dec. 27th Boys Basketball @ Holiday Tournament

Dec. 28th Girls Basketball Tournament @ Kaufman

Dec. 28th Girls Basketball @ Holiday Tournament

Dec. 31st Boys Basketball vs. Eustace

Jan. 7th Girls Basketball vs. Grand Saline

Jan. 7th Boys Basketball @ Grand Saline

Jan. 8th Back to School - 3rd Nine Weeks Begins

Jan. 9th School Resource Officer Day

Jan. 10th Girls Basketball @ Canton

Jan 10th Boys Basketball vs. Quinlan

Jan. 11th Band Area Auditions @ Argyle

Jan. 11th UIL @ Mabank

Jan. 13th Balfour - Sr

Jan. 13th WPISD School Board Meeting at 7:00pm

Jan. 14th Girls Basketball @ Athens

Jan. 15th High School Sports Pictures

Jan. 17th UIL State Cheer Competition @ Ft. Worth

Jan. 17th Band All Region Clinic @ Canton

Jan. 17th Girls Basketball vs. Brownsboro

Jan. 17th Boys Basketball vs. Brownsboro

Jan. 20th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

Jan. 21st Girls Basketball @ Mabank

Jan. 21st Boys Basketball @ Mabank

Jan. 24th Girls Basketball vs. Van

Jan. 24th Girls Basketball vs. Van

Jan. 24th Winterguard Lovejoy Competition

Jan. 28th Girls Basketball vs. Canton

Jan. 28th Boys Basketball vs. Canton

Jan. 31st Girls Basketball vs. Athens

Jan. 31st Boys Basketball vs. Athens

Feb. 1st UIL Solo and Ensemble