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What's Happening at Willard? | April 9, 2021

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Spirit Week, April 13, 14, & 15

Next week, students will have an opportunity to participate in Willard Spirit Week. On Tuesday, April 13, students will be able to wear their comfy clothes for Pajama Day. On Wednesday, April 14, we will bust out our wackiest clothes for Wacky Wednesday. And, on Thursday, April 15, we will be able to spotlight our favorite sports teams with Jersey Day! So, make sure to show your spirit on these three exciting days!

Instructional Model Change Request Due

Recently, Interim Superintendent Scott Ziegler announced that Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will begin offering in-person instruction four days a week beginning on Tuesday, April 20, to students currently enrolled in the hybrid model. This expanded instructional model will necessitate modifications to some of LCPS’s current mitigation strategies, such as a reduction of physical distancing in most of our classrooms and other spaces.

Given this change, families have until today, Friday, April 9 to make any request to adjust their child's instructional learning model. Please submit your request to make a change here. This includes families wishing to switch from distance to hybrid learning, or from hybrid to distance learning. There is no need to submit a form if you are not requesting any change to your child's current instructional model. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to make the requested changes; however, we will notify all families no later than Wednesday, April 14. For further details, please reference the email that you received from Principal Rounsley on Monday, April 5.

Thank Your Teachers Today

This past week, many of our families recognized our amazing Willard teachers. Eighth grade scholar Avery Speier shared that Mr. Mirabella is continually finding ways for his students to learn the complex math material. His cheerful disposition and ready-to-tackle the day attitude makes for an inviting learning environment! Seventh grader Chase Burnett highlighted Ms. Gworek for her continual positive attitude and desire to help others. She has made such an impact on Chase's overall performance—Wow! Wildcat Nicole Almeida recognized Mr. Bishop for his ability to shed light on historical events that remain relevant today. She shares that, "He has been an amazing teacher and has made me love history even more!" To keep this thankful spirit going, please consider completing our Willard Teacher Shout Out Form. It means so much to us!

Seeing Double, Yearbook Excitement

Happily, we have lots of twin Wildcats at Willard. We would love to feature you in our yearbook! Please submit to this Google Form to be featured! Speaking of our yearbook, you definitely want to purchase this literary gem. We have sold more than 450 copies! To ensure your Wildcat gets a copy of our yearbook, we recommend purchasing soon. The ordering deadline is Friday, April 16! To get your annual, head to and enter school code 17606. The cost of the yearbook is $30, and you may add the personalization option for $35! We look forward to showcasing the great work of our Yearbook Staff, as they have been working on crafting a fantastic book for their friends and family!

Purple Up for Military Children

Each year we join our country in celebrating the resiliency of military-connected children for their tremendous service and sacrifice at home in the U.S. and overseas.To honor our students who have parents in the military, we would love for our Willard community to wear purple on Wednesday, April 21. Purple references the joint environment of the military— encompassing all service branches, active duty, reserve, veterans, and the National Guard.To learn more about additional activities to support military families, click here.

Summer Internship Opportunities

Work in Loudoun helps young people find available summer internship positions. The Loudoun Jobs Portal searches more than 10,000 publicly-facing websites to identify the jobs available by employers across Loudoun County. To get started, search "intern" or "part-time" to narrow your results. This is a great opportunity to acquire new skills and prepare for an exciting future!

Sources of Strength (SOS) Parent Seminar

On Thursday, April 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., LCPS Department of Pupil Services will be providing a Sources of Strength Parent Seminar. In this interactive workshop, parents will learn how the Sources of Strength Program has been increasing connection and providing hope, help, and strength to students this school year. LCPS certified trainers will provide an overview of the upstream, evidence-based wellness recovery model for improving mental health outcomes in schools and communities across the globe. Parents will participate in breakout sessions to gain first-hand experience, and learn how to implement strength-based strategies at home. To participate, you must register here, space is limited. And to gain additional insight, we recommend watching this video.

SOS Break the Stigma T-Shirt Orders

A stigma is a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. When it comes to mental health, often people hide what’s really going on, hesitate to ask for help, or downplay what they’re experiencing. We, at Willard, want to BREAK THE STIGMA surrounding mental health. For this reason, our Sources of Strength (SOS) leadership group, comprised of students and staff, are selling t-shirts all throughout the month of April. These shirts are your opportunity to raise awareness around all things mental health! We want to encourage our community to purchase a shirt today! Click on this link and submit your order. We’ll be wearing our #BreakTheStigma shirts on Friday, May 21. Also, to get inspired, you must check out this video!

Upcoming Spring MAP Tests

On Monday, April 19 and Monday, April 26, your child will take a MAP Growth™ test in Reading and Mathematics on his/her LCPS issued device. LCPS administers NWEA’s MAP Growth tests each fall, winter, and spring to students in grades 2-8 to determine their instructional readiness level and measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year. Please be on the lookout for additional information from your child's English and math teacher.
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Author Visits Willard for Workshop

This Thursday, March 25, thirty scholars had an opportunity to hear directly from the award-winning author Shelley Pearsall. She thoughtfully walked them through how to craft rich characters in their own writing, develop strong plots, and write about topics that they enjoy. In addition, students were able to ask their most probing questions, with Sabry Tate thoughtfully asking about the complexities of writing about characters who may have diverse social, economically, and culturally backgrounds. This was a dream come true event, and we cannot thank Mrs. Pearsall enough for sharing her love of writing with us!

Imagine All the Possibilities

At the beginning of the year, we did not know what to expect as we approached the distance learning environment. But, our scholars in resilient fashion have taught us that they (and we) can do anything. A few of our talent choral students have put together an Imagine vocal tribute in which they call on us to imagine a brighter world. Thank you for sharing this work of art with us!

Free Audiobooks Coming Soon

Starting on Thursday, April 29, Wildcats may access two free audiobooks weekly from AudioFile. A variety of titles will be offered weekly until August 2021. The first selections include Come On In by Adi Alsaid and Illegal from Francisco X. Stork. For the comprehensive list of texts and to see how to get started, please click here. Happy listening!

Course Recommendations

We want to ensure that all of our students are prepared for success in the level of courses they choose. For students who request to Level UP or Level DOWN from that which was originally recommended by the current teacher, we want to keep the door open for your decision. Parents, please complete this form if you wish to make a change to your scholar's course request for the 2021-2022 school year.

The deadline for all changes is Thursday, June 24. No changes will be accepted after this date.

Please feel free to contact your scholar's school counselor with any questions or concerns!

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