WSMS Principal Newsletter

November 3, 2022

Willow Parents,


I hope you all had a chance to see the amazing rendition of Willy Wonka Jr this past weekend. I was blown away by our kids and staff members who helped to put on the show!


As we approach this upcoming weekend, I wanted to remind you all that you will get to enjoy a 4 day weekend with your kids as we embark on a two-day professional development with our amazing school district. Also, please enjoy that extra hour of sleep as we fall back on the time change.


Have an incredible rest of the week and please enjoy that 4 day weekend.



Chris Koder

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Thursday Night Football


As exciting as the final home game is, the pageantry of a Thursday night football game is special because so many of our students get to be involved. Whether it is the band marching at halftime, the cheerleaders getting the crowd on their feet, or the student trainers ensuring the safety of our players, the event is more special when more students are involved.


Here are a few reminders as we get ready for our game against the Melissa Cardinals:


Ticketing

  • Tickets will be available for purchase during the week of the game at www.Lovejoyleopards.net
  • To expedite admission into the stadium, please download your ticket to your phone prior to arriving so our ticket takers can quickly scan your ticket


Parking

  • Parking will be at a premium as we expect very large crowds. Arrive early in order to park in the stadium parking lot
  • Be patient as our parking lot attendants help you find available parking spaces
  • Overflow parking will be available at Willow Springs Middle School, Hart Elementary School, and Grace Church (just east of LHS on Estates Pkwy)
  • Shuttle buses will be constantly moving between each sight and the stadium throughout the night


Concessions

  • We are happy to announce that Chick Fil A will be served at our concession area for all home games this season


Seating

  • Section A: Middle School Student/General Admission
  • Section B: General Admission
  • Sections C-G: Season Ticket Holders
  • Section H: LHS Student Section
  • Section I: Band Section


General Information

  • There will be designated high school and middle school student seating. All students 6th grade and younger will be expected to be seated with their parents
  • The stadium gates open at 6:00 PM

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NEW INFORMATION

All Region WSMS Orchestra News

On Saturday, October 29th, our region hosted the Middle School All Region Orchestra Auditions at Allen HS. All Region is an individual competition where students learn a packet of music that includes an etude and excerpts. This music is difficult and stretches them as musicians. They compete against other musicians from 6th-8th grade in our region (Lovejoy, Allen, Plano, Wylie and Sherman). There were over 500 students who auditioned to make this elite orchestra.


Please congratulate the following WSMS students for earning a spot or alternate spot in the TMEA Region 25 All Region Orchestra!!


Justen Mao

Mathew Sun

Naoise Wheeler

Yuri Park

Kevin Zhang

Autry Moayed

Madeleine Chi

Ruby Spinney

Lily Sanders

Campbell Finnigan

Jonathan Brunson

Gia Thakkar

Rylan Bratz

Christian Fiorello

Jonas Whittington

Sofia Jauregui

Celebration of Service

On Thursday November 10th, LHS would like to recognize and honor our community's Veterans and their families for their service. Please join us for dinner from 5:30 to 6:30, in the HS Commons.

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WSMS Yearbook Information

2022-2023 WSMS Yearbook - Deadline to order November 11th

The price of the 2023 yearbook will go up at midnight on Friday 11-11. This is your last chance to get the book at the current price, $50. By purchasing online you can pay in 3 installments.


Go to https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1700916/Willow-Springs-Middle-School/ and be sure to search for Willow Springs Middle School, Lucas, TX.


If purchasing for multiple campuses, double check your order to ensure you are buying at the correct campus for each child.



8th Grade Recognition in Yearbook

All 8th grade recognition ads must be paid for, created, and submitted online by Friday November 11th at midnight. With your student’s recognition ad in mind, now is the time to start collecting photos and preparing a plan for your 8th grade recognition ad. You can use the direct link below to purchase and create.

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

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7th Grade Hearing /Vision Screenings - November 14th and 15th

Monday, November 14th & Tuesday, November 15th, the WSMS nurse will be performing the required State Hearing/Vision screenings on all 7th grade students, through their Social Studies classes. If your child wears glasses or contacts, please make sure they wear them to school on those dates.

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WSMS Spelling Bee - Save The Date - November 17

The WSMS Spelling Bee will be on November 17th from 9:15-11, in the cafeteria. Parents are welcome to attend.


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Lovejoy Letter Campaign

It’s that time of year again to celebrate our amazing teachers and staff with our Lovejoy Letter Writing Campaign! Many of you are familiar with this beloved tradition, but for those of you who are not, it is the time of year when current and past students and parents write appreciation letters for each of our teachers and staff members across the district.


The letters do not have to be elaborate or lengthy. The goal is just for people to write a note of thanks to show gratitude to their teachers, the staff and administration in our district. It is an opportunity for us to take the time to let each person who makes a difference for us throughout the school day know how much we value them.


Please clearly label the envelope with the staff/teacher’s name and LLC (Lovejoy Letter Campaign) and return the letter to the box located in the designated area at your school no later than Friday November 11th.


The letter writing campaign has become such a meaningful tradition in our district. We really appreciate your time and effort to help us tell our teachers and staff thank you for all that they do!

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Classroom Conversations - Updated

We have enjoyed getting to speak to the kids on Monday through our Classroom Conversations.


For the second quarter our focus will be on: Caring. This will include how to show kindness, compassion, and patience.


Please reach out to your student's counselor if you have any questions.


Kelly Collins - 7th Grade

Carey Miller - 8th Grade

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WSMS Garden Refresh - THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out to refresh our gardens this past Saturday. If you were unable to help....you're in luck. We have another opportunity coming up on November 12th. This is a great opportunity for NJHS members to receive service hours. Click here to sign up!


November 12 - 9 a.m.-Noon (mulch)

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Campus Information and Reminders

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.

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Athletics Information


Scores


10/25 - Volleyball vs Wylie Burnett

7th Grade

A Team: Won

B Team: Lost

C Team: Won


8th Grade

A Team: Won

B Team: Lost

C Team: Won

Wrestling Tryout Information

Wrestling Tryout Information


1-on-1 Sport that teaches:


  • Self-discipline
  • Mental toughness
  • Body Awareness (useful in ALL Sports)
  • Personal responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Great Equalizer Sport (grouped by age and weight)



Starts @ 6:30AM in the Aux Gym. Come prepared with athletic clothes.


For questions, email Coach Espinoza, viviana_espinoza@lovejoyisd.net


Sign up for Wrestling with the QR Code

BASKETBALL TRYOUT INFORMATION


GIRLS Basketball Tryouts

7th Grade 4:15 p.m.—5:30 p.m.

8th Grade 7:15 a.m.—8:30 am

November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd


You will not be able to try out a PHYSICAL & all online RANKONE FORMS COMPLETE. You must attend all tryout days.


Contact Coach Davis taylor_davis@lovejoyisd.net for questions


Sign Up using the Link: https://bit.ly/3LttHGe

Sign Up using the QR Code

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.

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WSMS PTO

NEW Info

Please be on the lookout for information on how to help with the November staff luncheon and pie donations to give to each staff member for the Thanksgiving break.


Next PTO membership meeting is November 17th at 10am.


Landscape & Garden Help

A big thank you to everyone who came out last Saturday and helped work in our garden. We have one more opportunity on November 12th. Please click here for more info.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49a9af2ca1f49-wsms


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