Tiger Nation

January 2020

January- School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Appreciation month. School districts across the state recognize the outstanding work of their school boards. WIlls Point is fortunate to have such a dedicated school board. A board member’s job is not just attending a two hour meeting once a month.

Special meetings, serving on committees, attending continuing education courses, and supporting school and community events are just some of the responsibilities of a school board member. Most impressive about our school board members is their ability to continuously make decisions based on what is best for our students and staff. They understand the importance of working as a team and by doing so, the district has experienced many successes under their leadership. Please join me in thanking them for their hard work and commitment to the students and staff of Wills Point ISD.

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Tiger Techs with Mrs. Whitaker

It has been an exciting month on the Instructional Technology front as we begin a new semester! The awesome teachers at Primary are learning how to utilize the new Interactive Flat Panels they have received and the students are loving their chances to come to the board as well as see great things in the Virtual Reality world.

District wide, we are implementing some in-ear translators for our ESL students with little to no English and it is an absolute game-changer for these students who previously have had very few resources to hear important instruction and learning and to be able to communicate themselves with their instructors. This device will allow for clarity in context and in the environment as well as immerse them in both languages to learn English even faster.

We have had a couple of teachers earn Level 1 for Tiger Tech - Ms. Gray, Interventionist at Primary and Ms. Cox, Pre-K teacher at Primary. Our most recent Tiger Techs were recognized at the last School board meeting on January 13th. They are Amy Spurger (ELA teacher at the Middle School), Tiera Homer (Algebra teacher at the High School), and Christina Covin (High School Instructional Coach). We may be half way through the year, but our teachers are still dedicated to professional development and working hard to make the learning relevant for our students.

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Mother/Son Night! Wills Point PTO

Our PTO does a fabulous job of involving our parents with fun and interactive events with our kids. This weekend is the Annual Mother/Son Night. If you haven't purchased your tickets, they will also be available at the door. If you've never participated in this event, be sure to make this your year!

Helping Parents Keep Kids Safe Online

All families are invited!

We invite all parents in the district to join us on February 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria for our informational meeting, “Keeping your Children Safe in the Real and Digital World,” presented by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County.

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Revolutionary Learning!

Our 5th graders have been learning about the American Revolution and creating projects to showcase their learning. Students have been choosing from various formats, such as creating a political cartoon to depict a conflict between Great Britain and the American colonies, designing an 8-frame comic strip retelling a major event that led to the American Revolution, creating a “Fakebook” page on an American Revolution leader or group, generating a song, poem, or poster that highlights a cause of the revolution from the perspective of a Loyalist or a Patriot, writing an article for the Boston Gazette about the Battle of Lexington and Concord, constructing a crossword puzzle with 15 key terms describing the revolution , designing a Google slide presentation about the events leading up to the war, writing a letter to a relative back in England explaining what is happening in the American colonies, or creating a timeline showing at least 8 events with illustrations and descriptions of events. The students are excited to share their learning with others, and they are having a difficult time selecting just one activity to complete!

Future Meteorologists!

In science, our 2nd graders are learning about the weather. They have been looking at a variety of concepts related to weather like air temperature, types of clouds, what is precipitation, and it’s different forms ( rain, hail, sleet, and snow). Our students have also been tracking our local weather. Using data sheets, students record the temperature, wind speed and direction, amount of rainfall. In addition to these activities, Mrs. Balderas’s class recently Skyped with a classroom in Illinois. Mrs. Balderas’s class asked the Illinois class about what the weather was like where they lived as well as answered questions about the weather in Wills Point.

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Plickers with Primary

Plickers is an assessment tool that allows teachers to collect “on-the-spot” formative assessment data without students using devices or paper and pencil tests. Plickers was created by a teacher who wanted a quick and easy way to check student’s understanding. Primary teachers, Ms. Brock and Mrs. Martinez, used Plickers to assess students. Mrs. Martinez, a 1st grade Bilingual teacher, used Plickers to assess her students in reading comprehension and the kids loved it! Mrs. Brock used Plickers with her Pre-K class. She did a pre-assessment over animals. She will use Plickers again to complete a post assessment once she teaches and end the unit over animals.

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Athletic Superlatives

2019 Padilla Poll All-State:

2nd Team Punter - Jaquez Thompson

2nd Team Linebacker - Savion Kellum

2019 All-Smoaky East Texas Team:

3rd Team Utility - Jaquez Thompson

Hon Mention QB & Safety - Tyler Baker

Hon Mention H Back & DE - Josh Etheridge

Hon Mention DT - Markethian Lyons

Hon Mention LB - Aaron Hardman

Hon Mention LB - Savion Kellum

Hon Mention Punter - Jaquez Thompson

2020 Letterman to Leadership Scholarship Winner

Addison Prather


Jaylee Phillips

Emilie Cabaniss

Addison Prather

Shayla Gandy

Justin Perez

Gerardo Gonzalez

Josh Etheridge

Markethian Lyons

Ryan Kvapil


Special Teams Justin Garza

Outstanding Lineman Markethian Lyons - Def Juan Martinez - Off

Mac Payne Hustle Josh Etheridge

Outstanding Back Justin Perez - Off Tyler Baker - Def Joey Tyler - Def

OTSS Cameron Penney

Tennis All-District

1st Team

Kash Adams

Joshua Schreffler

Holden Fletcher

Weston Baker

Cade Phillips

Maddie Hiler

Sawyer Sewell

McKenzie Moore

Kristin Dunn

2nd Team

Jacob Sanford

Jacob Daniell

Jacob Daniels

Marisa LaJone

Grayce Malone

Abby Kreil

Katelyn Bryant

Claira Huff

Cathryn Davis

Top Linebacker Conner Brownrigg

MVP Savion Kellum

Off MVP Ja'Quez Thompson

Def MVP Aaron Hardman

Top WR Seth Resnick

Captains Aaron Hardman Juan Martinez Josh Etheridge Savion Kellum


First Team All-District:

Addison Prather

Second Team All-District:

Kalyn Dryman

Honorable Mention:

Emilie Cabaniss

Taylor McCullough

Kristen Dunn

First Team Academic All-District:

Emilie Cabaniss

Kalyn Dryman

Kristyn Dunn

Shayla Gandy

Kirsten Hatten

Hannah McMath

Addison Prather

Second Team Academic All-District:

Taylor Dyess

Savannah Heimbuecher

Maddie Hiler

Kamryn Kilgore

McKenzie Moore

Emma Todoroff

Megan Wadsworth

Cross Country

First Team

Kaylee King

Hallie Lovvorn

Jaylee Phillips

Estanislao Reyes

Second Team

Leslie Gonzalez

Stephanie Mirales

Bailey Dykes

Arik Phillips

Cole Williams

Renato Medina

Regional Qualifiers

Leslie Gonzalez- (Individual and Team)

Arik Phillips - (Individual and Team)

Nathan Allen- (Individual and Team)

Team Regional Qualifiers

Kaylee King

Stephanie Mireles

Hallie Lovvorn

Bailey Dykes

Lexi Taylor

Alice Bryant

Estanislao Reyes

Cole Williams

Christopher DeLaCruz

Xavier Torres

Renato Medina

Facilities with Mr. Russell

This past month Wills Point ISD announced that the turf at Ken Autry Davis field will be replaced with new turf starting in late April. WPISD is contracting Hellas Construction to remove the old and install the new and improved turf. Hellas is a well known company with excellent references from projects they have completed for other schools and organizations. If you are wanting to see some of the fields that Hellas has installed, check out their website or visit AT&T Stadium. We are excited about the upgrade to our playing surface at the stadium and look forward to the excellence that will take place on that field this coming school year.

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On January 13th six WPHS student athletes sign Letters of Intent to continue their education and academic career at the next level. Marsia LaJone will be attending Huntington College in Alabama to play tennis for the Hawks. Attending Dallas Baptist and partpaticting in cheer and stunt will be Makaylee Dyess. Addison Prather will be attending East Texas Baptist University to participate in Cheer and Acro. Maddie Hiler will be attending Austin College next year to play tennis. Cash Adams will be attending Dallas Baptist to play tennis for the Patriots. Josh Schreffler will be taking his tennis skills to East Texas Baptist next year to attend school.

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Hooray It’s the 100th Day!

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Health Science

Students were studying the digestive system in Mrs. Reynolds Health Science class recently. They were able to take food items and mix with acid that would resemble the process that takes place in the body. Students were able to see the final results of the processes food after completing all the steps.

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UIL Academics

Junior High

On January 13th we had 73 students attend UIL academic competition in Brownsboro. Both 7th and 8th grades were 4th place overall by a narrow margin. We are very proud of our WPJH students for all their hard work.

Out of 73 schools across the state Wills Point Junior High Future City Teams earned 3 Special Honor Awards, and an overall award of Second Place for their Engineering Future City Competition at UTA on Saturday January 25th.

8th grade results

Calculator - Ethan Kornegay 4th

Chess - Jayce Parker 1st, Carson Maddox 3rd; 1st place team - J. Parker, C. Maddox, G. Cox, K. Collins

Dictionary Skills - Makenna Goebel 3rd

Listening - Jeremiah McLaughlin 1st ,Leslie Leija 2ndT; 1st place team - J. McLaughlin, L. Leija, H. Comer, M. Oldham

Maps, Graphs, and Charts - Charleston Sanders 4th

Mathematics - Ethan Kornegay 3rd; 3rd place team - E. Kornegay, Y. Frykholm, H. Stokes, R. Odom

Music Memory - 3rd place team - H. Mihlan, E. Mata, A. Galope, H. Lowery, C. Cooper

Number Sense - Colton Zinke 1st, Robert Odom 3rd; 1st place team - C. Zinke, R. Odom, E. Kornegay, E. Mata

Science - Hannah Morgan 2nd, Charleston Sanders 4th; 2nd place team - H. Morgan, C. Sanders, B. Cox, Y. Frykholm

7th grade results

Chess - Ewan Hayden 1st, Richard Carpenter 3rd, Arik Sanko 5th; 1st place team - E. Hayden, R. Carpenter, A. Sanko, A. Webb

Dictionary Skills - Jayce Parker 1st place, Richard Carpenter 6th; 2nd place team - J. Parker, R. Carpenter, M. Guarjardo, A. Sanko

Editorial Writing - Mavery Salisbury 1st

Impromptu Speaking - Alex Moore 2nd

Listening - Daytona Schwed 4thT

Maps, Graphs, and Charts - 3rd place team - J. Dennis, E. Hayden, S. Taylor, V. Emerson

Ready Writing - Presley Mixon 1st, Cathryn Dixon 2nd

Music Memory- Danika Jones 1st, Gracie Mize 3rd; 1st place team - G. Mize, L. Ramirez, D. Jones, S. Arvizu, A. Mills, T. Hastings, J. Hammons

Science - Joe Porter 2nd, Kevin Cervantes 5th; 2nd place team - J. Porter, K. Cervantes, L. Young, V. Emerson

Spelling - 3rd place team - J. Parker, V. Emerson, P. Mixon, R. Carpenter

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Middle School

Our students competed in UIL in Brownsboro this month, and we are so proud of their accomplishments and awards. Our 6th graders competed on January 13th in 16 events with over 50 students participating, and our 5th graders competed on January 25th in 9 events with over 30 students as participants. We are thankful for our coaches that worked with our students before and after school to prepare them for their successes, and a special thank you to Mrs. Lindsey and Mrs. Spurger for serving as our grade level UIL Coordinators. Congratulations to the following students and teams:

6th grade Individual awards -

  • Macie Sline - 2nd place, Ready Writing

  • Samantha Ortiz - 6th place, Art Memory

  • Rheiyana Carraway - 4th place, Oral Reading

  • Adasyn Mullin - 5th place, Impromptu Speaking

  • Kaden Engledow - 2nd place, Number Sense

  • Joe Gilleland - 2nd place, Listening

  • Jacob Venable - 6th place, Mathematics

  • Braedyn Littrell - 1st place, Chess

  • Luke Cole - 2nd place, Chess

  • Micah Barnes - 3rd place, Dictionary

  • Joseph Totty - 6th place, Maps, Graphs, and Charts

  • Ellie King - 2nd place, Spelling

  • Lucas Waller - 5th place, Spelling

6th grade Team events -

  • Chess - 1st place team overall - Braedyn Littrell, Michael Sullivan, Luke Cole, Witt Smith

  • Number Sense - 2nd place team overall - Jacob Venable, Gavin Dusek, Cheyenne Horn, Kaden Engledow

  • Mathematics - 3rd place team overall - Ian Sanko, Rheann Shaw, Jacob Venable, Bryce Nichols

  • Spelling - 2nd place team overall - Lucas Waller, Brooklyn Dixon, Ellie King, Eli Brewer

  • Dictionary - 3rd place team overall - Ty’vanni McClelland, Rheiyana Carraway, EC Vasques, Micah Barnes

5th grade Individual awards -

  • Cierra Palmer - 6th place, Number Sense

  • Lynna Johnson - 2nd place, Oral Reading

  • Bailey Dennis - 3rd place, Oral Reading

  • Darien Gutierez - 1st place, Ready Writing

  • Trey Gail - 1st place, Spelling

  • Memphis Jones - 3rd place, Spelling

  • Lindsey Gallegos - 6th place, Spelling

  • Trey Gail - 1st place, Maps, Graphs, and Charts

  • Gavin Cox - 2nd place, Maps, Graphs, and Charts

  • Emma Cox - 1st place, Music Memory

  • Valerie Seeders - 1st place, Listening

  • Kelcie Davis - 2nd place, Listening

  • Mia Hernandez - 3rd place, Listening

5th grade Team events -

  • Music Memory - 3rd place team overall - Payton Edwards, Cailyn Whitaker, Ariana Valdez, Emma Cox


On Saturday, January 25th, Woods Intermediate competed at the UIL academic meet in Brownsboro. We want to congratulate all of our students and coaches for their hard work in making this UIL season very successful, and a special thank you to Mrs. Potter for her work as our UIL Coordinator. Woods had 67 students compete at the event, and almost half of our students placed individually. The following second-grade students received individual medals: Creative Writing- Lexi Gail 4th place Paisley Boyd 5th place, Storytelling- Cayleigh Taylor 5th place, Music Memory- Cooper Malouf 3rd place, Kelyn Bain 4th place, Preslee Brewer 6th place, Chess- Connor Rodden 3rd place, Trey Hall 5th place. Our second-grade students also received two team awards. The Music Memory team of Cooper Malouf, Kelyn Bain, Preslee Brewer, and Sophie Saucedo place 2nd and the Chess Team of Connor Rodden, Trey Hall, Bryant Thompson, and Cohen Cecil placed 3rd. Third-grade students receiving medals: Ready Writing- Kemuel Mungin 1st place, Brooklyn Horn 3rd place, Taylor Cole 6th place, Storytelling- Nayeli Munoz 2nd place, Taylor Cole 5th place, Music Memory- Melanie Egenbachera 3rd place, John Rogers 5th place, Elliott Kornegay 6th place, Chess- Cutter Crowell 3rd place. Spelling- Sydney Gail 2nd place, John Rogers 4th place, Oral Reading- Avery Vise 1st place, Mason Cooper 2nd place, Ella Cole 5th place. Our third-grade students also received two team awards. The Music Memory team of Melanie Egenbacher, John Rogers, Elliott Kornegay, Caileigh Glenn placed 1st, and the Chess Team of Cutter Crowell, Abbie Samples, and Rafael Garcia placed 3rd. Fourth-grade students receiving medals: Ready Writing- Brylee Daniels 1st place, Zoey Lawson 5th place, Art Memory- Abigail Jones 1st place, Music Memory-Landry Simmons 3rd place, Journee Hack 4th place, Chess- Jacob Love 5th place, Spelling- Madison Edwards 4th place, Austin Corbett 5th place, Number Sense- Cassidi Williams 6th place. Our fourth-grade students also received three team awards. The Music Memory team of Landry Simmons, Journee Hack, Ava Holloway, Adalyn Strutton, and Gracie Stephens placed 1st. The Art Memory team of Abigail Jones, Rosabel Redding, Kara Thompson, and Cara Haskett placed 2nd with the Chess Team of Jacob Love, Craig Rogers, Corbin Walters, and Kelso Brown placed 3rd.

Staff of the Month!

Calendar of Events

High School

Feb. 1st- Band Solo and Ensemble @ North Garland

Feb. 1st- Talent Show

Feb. 3rd- Girls Softball vs. Grand Saline

Feb. 4th- Girls Basketball @ Brownsboro

Feb. 4th-Boys Basketball @ Brownsboro

Feb. 6th- JV Tennis @ Rockwall

Feb. 6th- Splash Kingdom Recruitment @ Lunch

Feb. 6th- Band Pre-UIL 6pm

Feb. 7th- Varsity Tennis Kilgore

Feb. 7th- Girls Basketball vs. Mabank

Feb. 7th- Boys Basketball vs. Mabank

Feb. 7th- Softball @ West Rusk

Feb. 8th- Softball @ Eustace

Feb. 10th- Cheer Meeting 6:30pm

Feb. 11th- Varsity Baseball vs. Kennedale 4:30pm

Feb. 11th- Girls Basketball @ Van

Feb. 11th- Boys Basketball @ Van

Feb. 11th- Softball @ Kaufman

Feb. 13th- Jv Tennis @ Ennis

Feb. 13th- International Club Field Trip

Feb. 14th- Varsity Tennis @ Tyler Lee

Feb. 14th- Boys Basketball @ Canton

Feb. 14th - Softball @ Quitman

Feb. 14th- Baseball @ Caddo-Mills

Feb. 15th- Softball Scrimmage vs. Edgewood/ Scurry-Rosser

Feb. 15th - NHS Bingo Night

Feb. 17th- Student Holiday

Feb. 17th- JV/Varsity Baseball vs. Mineola

Feb. 18th- JV Tennis @Kaufman Tournament

Feb. 18th- Softball @ Quinlan

Feb. 18th- Boys Basketball @ Athens

Feb. 20th- Track @ Eustace

Feb. 20th- Softball @ Sulphur Springs Tournament

Feb. 21st- Softball @ Sulphur Springs Tournament

Feb. 21st- Tennis @ Kaufman Tournament

Feb. 21st - Winterguard @ Haltom City

Feb. 21st - Varsity Baseball vs. Edgewood

Feb. 22nd- Softball @ Sulphur Springs Tournament

Feb. 24th- Dual Credit Parent Meeting 6 pm

Feb. 25th- JV Tennis Wills Point Tournament

Feb. 25th- Softball @ Grand Saline

Feb. 26th- ASVAB Test

Feb. 27th- Track @ Eustace

Feb. 27th- JV Baseball @ Crandall Tournament

Feb. 27th- Softball @ Big Sandy Tournament

Feb. 27th- Varsity Baseball @ Bells Tournament

Feb. 28th- JV Baseball @ Crandall Tournament

Feb. 28th- Softball @ Big Sandy Tournament

Feb. 28th- Varsity Baseball @ Bells Tournament

Feb. 28th- Wills Point Tennis Tournament

Feb. 29th- JV Baseball @ Crandall Tournament

Feb. 29th- Softball @ Big Sandy Tournament

Feb. 29th- Varsity Baseball @ Bells Tournament

Junior High

Feb. 3rd- Girls Basketball vs. Van

Feb. 6th- Boys Basketball @ Home

Feb. 10th- Boys Basketball @ Home

Feb. 13th- Valentine Dance - 3:45-5:30

Feb. 26th- Spring pictures

Feb. 28th- Cheer Tryouts

Middle School

Feb. 1st - PTO Mother/Son Nerf Night

Feb. 3rd - 5th grade Science benchmark

Feb. 4th - Keeping you Children Safe in the Real and Digital World @ 6:00 p.m. - MS Cafeteria

Feb. 6th - Kona Ice

Feb. 11th - PTO Fundraiser Glow Party; PTO Meeting at Woods 6:00 p.m.

Feb. 17th - No school

Feb. 19th - Progress reports go home

Feb. 28th - JH Cheer, Mascot, and Drill Tryouts


Feb. 1st- Mother/Son Nerf Night

Feb. 3rd- Special Olimpics (Basketball) @ Sunnyvale High School

Feb. 4th- Keeping you Children Safe in the Real and Digital World @ 6:00 p.m. - MS Cafeteria

Feb. 11th- PTO Meeting @ Woods 6 p.m.

Feb. 17th- School Holiday


Feb. 1st Mother and Son Nerf Night

Feb. 3rd National School Counseling Week Begins - Ends Feb. 7th

Feb. 4th CAC:Keeping Your Children Safe in the Real and Digital World (6:00 pm MS Cafeteria)

Feb. 5th World Read Aloud Day

Feb. 10th Kindness Week at Primary Begins - Ends Feb. 14th.

Feb. 10th Dream of Kindness! (Wear Pajamas)

Feb. 11th Peace, Love, and Kindness! (Wear 70’s attire or Tie Dye)

Feb. 12th Kindness Rocks! (Dress like a Rockstar or Celebrity)

Feb. 13th We are Crazy for Kindness! (Wear Crazy hair or socks)

Feb. 14th We Love Kindness! (Wear Red or Valentine’s Day attire)

Feb. 14th Valentine’s Day Parties at 2:00pm

Feb. 17th Presidents Day - School Holiday

Mar. 2nd Dr. Seuss Day