WSMS Principal Newsletter
January 6, 2023
Good Afternoon Willow Families,
Thank you for the warm welcome you and your students extended to me this week. Many of them introduced themselves on the first day and we enjoyed making connections between Willow and their siblings at the high school. They were excited to share with me their ideas for the spring semester and test my knowledge of SEC football.
Many students had questions about Leopard Time. The decision to pause Leopard Time for the first 3 weeks of the spring semester was made prior to my arrival to Willow. This decision was made by the leadership team in order to reflect upon how to improve this time for students. We are prioritizing safety and security, student academic success, access to engaging campus clubs, and structures that allow our campus to quickly locate students during this time if they are needed for a parent sign-out, or content-specific tutorial or extension lesson. We look forward to relaunching Leopard Time and will communicate the adjustments to parents and students.
Have a wonderful weekend Leopards!
WSMS Interim Principal
Final Exam Grades
Final exam grades will be posted in PowerSchool on Friday, January 6th. Final Exams are a summative assessment over material that has been covered during the first semester. Teachers will be closing out their grades for the first semester once final exams have been completed. The summative data from final exams will provide teachers with a road map for instructional planning and intervention during the spring semester.
Final Exam Make Up
If your child was unable to take a final exam before Winter Break, please have them contact the teachers to schedule a time to complete it in the next week. Your child may receive an "Incomplete" as a grade until the final exam is completed.
Community Supplies Needed
At the beginning of each school year we ask for donations of the following: kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper towels and sanitizing wipes, to supply our classrooms and other areas. We’ve noticed that our supply is getting low. Please consider picking up some of these items next time you're at the store. All donations may be dropped off in the front office.
School Holiday - Monday, January 16th
LISD will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
A Note From Mrs. Emory
Academic UIL competition is on the horizon, and we are looking forward to attending this year's competition on March 31 & April 1 The competition will be held at Heritage Middle School, which is located at 5300 Heritage Avenue, Colleyville, TX 76034.
All students in grades 7 and 8 are eligible to try out for a team. Students may compete in as many events as they would like as long as the events they enter compete at different times during the competition day. Tryouts for the competitions will occur shortly after we return from Winter Break. Students who make the team will begin practices as determined by the team coach. Practice days and times will vary with each competition. Please click here for a list of events and their descriptions. If you have any questions, please contact Joseph Washburn (email@example.com).
We have enjoyed getting to speak to the kids on Monday through our Classroom Conversations over the first semester.
For the THIRD quarter our focus will be on: Trustworthiness. This will include how to show honesty, reliability, punctuality, and loyalty.
Please reach out to your student's counselor if you have any questions.
Kelly Collins - 7th Grade
Carey Miller - 8th Grade
January is School Board Appreciation Month
Marvin Bobo was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2020.
Mr. Bobo and family moved to Lovejoy in 2005 after owning property here since 1995. Starting that first year Mr. Bobo volunteered across many areas of Lovejoy ISD with district-wide initiatives. He is an unapologetic advocate for Lovejoy ISD. Much of the history of Lovejoy was lived by Marvin and now he is ready for the next 15 years of service starting with his service on the board.
Mr. Bobo also volunteers for his church, scouting, sports and other community activities.
He received a bachelor’s of business administration degree from Abilene Christian University, earned an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, and attended multiple training programs in management and technology. Mr. Bobo has spent the majority of his career in technology in functional and management roles across many different companies including supply chain, finance, retail, healthcare and software. He currently manages a real estate investment company and other investments.
“I joined the Lovejoy ISD School Board because I want to be a bridge from the past to the future as I have been active in this great community for many years. I want to preserve and sharpen the best of Lovejoy that is focused on creating well rounded graduates equipped for a future wherever it takes them. Lovejoy is a priceless gem and it deserves the same care as any quality gem.”
Mr. Bobo was raised in San Antonio, Texas, and started his career in Dallas eventually settling in Lucas in 2005. He has been married to Alysia for 29 years and has 3 sons. His wife, Alysia has also been a volunteer in the district as well through PTA, Foundation, and various other Lovejoy boards. His oldest is a Lovejoy grad and is pursuing his master’s degree at Baylor. His middle is currently a sophomore at Lovejoy High School and his youngest is in 3rd grade at Hart.
Campus Information and Reminders
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. **Helpful Tip: If your app is not syncing, follow these steps:
- Log out
- Update app
- Log back in
Please go here for LISD calendars.
WSMS Athletics Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
District and Other News
Foundation for Lovejoy Schools
SAVE THE DATE: The Addams Family
The show will premiere on January 19 and continue through until January 21, 2023 at 7 PM.
Tickets go on sale beginning January 9, 2023. For tickets and info visit us at www.lovejoyfinearts.org