March 2019

Board Approves New Leadership

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Jeff Russell

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Jeff Russell. He was approved by the WPISD Board of Trustees as the new Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Student Services. Currently, Mr. Russell is the WPHS Principal. He will assume his new role when a new high school principal is hired. Mr. Russell will be replacing Wills Point native, Damon Davis, as he ventures into retirement. Mr. Russell is married to Angela Russell, the choir teacher at Canton High School, and they have two daughters, Avery and Addyson.
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David Brown

WPISD is proud to announce the new Woods Intermediate School Principal, David Brown. Mr. Brown's promotion was approved by the Wills Point Board of Trustees last night at their regular meeting. David has been the Assistant Principal for the previous three years and has served as the Interim Principal since February of this year. Prior to moving into administration, Mr. Brown was a Spanish teacher and coach at WPHS. Mr. Brown looks forward to continuing this journey and serving the students, staff, and community of Wills Point. He is married to Flora Brown, a paraprofessional at Wills Point Primary School. Their two boys, Avery and Logan, both attend WPISD.

GT Travels to Austin/San Antonio

Woods Intermediate and Wills Point Middle School Gifted and Talented students traveled to Austin and San Antonio for their Annual GT Trip. Students, staff, and parents loaded a charter bus at 5:30am to begin the journey. During the day in Austin, students were able to tour the Capitol and meet our State Representative, Dan Flynn. They visited the Texas State Cemetery (visiting the gravesites of Chris Kyle, Tom Landry, Ann Richards, and other notable Texans), then enjoyed dinner in Historic Gruene, Texas at The Gristmill before finally arriving in San Antonio. On the second day of their adventure, the group toured the Alamo, watched the IMAX movie about the Alamo, took a riverboat tour of the Riverwalk, and finished the evening at The Marketplace, eating dinner at Mi Tierra and enjoying the culture of San Antonio. Finally, the entire group enjoyed a full day at Sea World.

HS Ag Mechanics @ San Antonio

The Wills Point Agriculture Mechanics team competed at the San Antonio Livestock Show this past week that had a record entry of 671 projects and over 1400 exhibitors. The Chapter did an awesome job. In Division 5 Class 502 Yard and Garden equipment the team of Leo Gonzalez, Luis Ortiz and Aubrey Mikeals won a Blue Ribbon and Placed 2nd in their class with their 8'x20' Backyard Cabin. In Division 7 Class 703 Other Livestock equipment the team of Baleigh Wadsworth and Jacob Moir won a Blue Ribbon and Placed 4th in their class with a Lamb and Goat Walker. In Division 8 Class 802 Trailers 10-16 foot the team of Dalton Burleson, Ryan Johnson, Cody Cocerham and Trent Valentine won a Blue Ribbon in their class with their 14' Utility Trailer. In Division 7 Class 702 Wildlife and outdoors the team of Jeremy Brown and Juan Martinez won a Blue Ribbon with their Wildlife observation blind.

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Kindergarten Roundup!

Get a kickstart for 2019-2020

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Round Up for the 2019-2020 school year will be April 10th, 11th and 12th from 8:30-11:00am and 12:30-2:00 pm. This is for all NEW, prospective students to Wills Point ISD. Please see the attached flyer for more specific information. If you have any other questions, please reach out to the Primary front office. We can't wait for a new group of Tiny Tig
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Pennies for Patients @ Wills Point Middle School

Students give back

The Wills Point Middle School participated in the Pennies for Patients program run by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the month of February. We started off with a kick-off so that students could be aware of the illnesses that they would be raising money to help fight. They were introduced to kids their own age who were battling these illnesses. WP Middle schools students rose to the occasion and raised $3,706.89 total to donate directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Many classes were competing for the number one spot. Two classes were able to reach gold level status by raising over $300 each. Mrs. Marical's class raised $1,285.77 and Mrs. Childress' class raised $348.91.

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Foundation Gala

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Boots, Buckles, and Bling

The First Annual Education Foundation was held on Friday, March 22 at The Establishment Barn in Able Springs. The Foundation Board worked with multiple donors to secure door prizes, auction items, entertainment, and catering. Several board members donated their time and talents to make the night come together. We hope that all who attended had a fabulous time and enjoyed the evening, which had one goal: GIVE BACK TO OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS! Over $40,000 raised in ONE NIGHT! A final total will come later this week. If you are interested in applying to join the Education Foundation Board, please contact Debbie Deen at debbiekdeen@gmail.com or melanie.mullin@wpisd.com.

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Doug and Christine Beaty purchased the Name a Grant Auction in memory of Clint Hubbard.
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Phillip and Nancy McDonald surprised the crowd and purchased a Name a Grant in Memory of Dalton Huff.

Tiger Techs

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Six Tiger Techs recognized at March’s Board Meeting! These teachers have worked consistently throughout the year, trying new and innovative ways to engage our students utilizing the technology resources we have implemented this year. Teachers recognized - Keely Turner (Primary), Roma Amavizca (Woods), Valerie Gray (Woods), Cindi Gibson (Jr. High), Tammy McEnturff (Jr. High), and Susan Bigham (Jr. High). Congratulations to all of these Tiger Techs and to the many teachers in our district willing to step out of their comfort zone and try new tools and strategies for the sake of our students!

Legislative Update from Dr. Caloss

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from Austin

With the legislative session a little over halfway complete, things are starting to pick up. One of the hottest topics has been funding for public education. It has been the general consensus that the state needs to provide more funding for public school in our state. The challenge is what that will look like. The senate has passed SB 3, which would establish a new Classroom Teacher Salary Allotment to provide a $5,000 annual salary increase for every classroom teacher and they have now added librarians. SB 3 now goes to the house and will have to be passed by the house. In the meantime, the house is working on their own public education finance bill. HB 3 would add over $6 billion in additional funding for public education. If this bill passes through the House, it too would have to be passed by the senate before coming law. The current public school finance system is broken. Funding formulas are still being used that were developed 30-40 years ago. These formulas are outdated and HB 3 addresses this concern by updating some of the funding formulas. Keep a close eye on the legislative session over the next few weeks and contact our local legislators in support of more funding for the students of Wills Point.

Wills Point State Legislators

House Representative - Dan Flynn,

Capitol Address:

Room 1N.10

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0880

(512) 463-2188 Fax

District Address:

P.O. Box 999

Canton, TX 75103

(903) 567-0921

(903) 567-0923 Fax

Senator - Bob Hall

Capitol Address

Bob Hall

P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711

(512) 463-0102

17585 State Highway 19, Suite 200
Canton, Texas 75103

(903) 567-0531
(903) 567-0533 (fax)

Junior High Hosts Career Day

Bigger and Better!

Wills Point Junior High hosted their 6th annual Career Day on Friday, March 8th. This was an exciting day where guests from our community and all around came to share their awesome and unique job descriptions with students. We had all types of employment represented from mechanics, local chiropractor, business owners, video game designer, cosmetology, medical law enforcement, KLTV Meteorologist, and TVEC presented electrical safety to students. Several emergency vehicles and emergency helicopters arrived for students to explore and talk with emergency personnel during the afternoon. We look forward to our 7th annual Career Day in the future. We would love to have district employees present next year.

Primary Science Lab

The science lab is up and running! Students at the Primary School are schedule weekly to experience the science lab. The lab is open on Fridays for special experiments that may take longer than the 45 minutes allotted each week for classes. The lab is set up into workstations. The lab was made possible this year by a grant written/proposed by campus instructional coach, Brandy Pearson and awarded by the Wills Point ISD Education Foundation.

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Girls Powerlifting

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Two Qualify for State Meet

WPHS was represented well at the Girls Regional Powerlifting meet. Kaylee King broke a personal record in the Deadlift and got 7th in her weight class. Kimberlie Lumsden broke a personal record in the Deadlift and got 4th in her weight class. Olivia McMath broke personal records in both Squat and Deadlift got second in her weight class and qualified for the state powerlifting meet. Alexa Morones broke personal records in both Squat and Deadlift got second in her weight class and also qualified for the state powerlifting meet.

Junior High Cheerleaders

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2019-2020 Junior High Squad

Jersi Adams

Madison Baker

Lilly Bell

Madison Calderon

Addison Douglas

Payton Fugate

Jaycee Hill

Jane Johnson

Gaybrie Malone

Savannah Phillips

Alyssa Ramsey

Emily Rogers

Reagan Rounsavall

Emily Sewell

Molly Sewell

Hunter Stokes

Mascot- Tara Powell

High School Squads

Varsity Cheerleaders

Jaci Adams

Kaelyn Boren

Emilie Cabaniss

Taylor Dyess

Makaylee Dyess

Bailey Dykes

Leslea Elwood

Kilynn Fuller

Kirsten Hatten

Kamryn Kilgore

Madison Lux

McKensie Moore

Brianna Peery

Addison Prather

Kenzie Samples

Savannah Suits

Courtney Thompson

Megan Wadsworth

Randa Waters

Varsity Mascots

Hannah McMath

Levi Worley

Junior Varsity Cheerleaders

Skyler Carrico

Zoie Coffman

Mauree Comer

Kenna Conner

Madison Dixon

Alyssia Gregory

Paris Hottinger

Riley Kiney

Jamya Lyons

Lae’La Rolland

Alexis Smith

Brennay Spencer

Campus Calendar of Events


Date Event

March 21 Rock Your Socks! (World Down Syndrome Day)

March 23 PTO Mother & Son Event

April 1 Spring Book Fair Begins

April 2 Autism Awareness Day

April 4 Spring Carnival 5-7pm (Book Fair is Open)

April 5 Book Fair Ends

April 10-12 Pre K and Kindergarten Round Up!!! 9am - 2pm

April 18 Egg Hunt from 11am - 1pm

April 25 Pre K PE Showcase 5:30 - 6:30pm (at WPHS)

May 2 Kindergarten PE Showcase (at WPHS)

May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 14 First Grade PE Showcase

May 17 Field Day

May 23 Field Day Make-Up Day


Date Event

March 21st- Rock Your Socks! (World Down Syndrome Day)

March 23rd- Mother/Son Nerf Night

March 27th- Special Olympics @ Canton

March 30th- BFG Movie Night @ Lester Park

April 1st-5th- Child Abuse Awareness (Blue Ribbon Week)

April 8th- Progress Reports sent home

April 9th- 4th Grade Writing STAAR

April 16th- 2nd Grade Music Program

Middle School

Date Event

March 22nd- Book Fair Preview

March 23rd- Mother/Son Nerf Night

March 25th-29th Book Fair

March 28th- Open House 5:30-7:00(Book Fair opens at 5:00)

March 29th- 3rd 9 Weeks Academic Assembly 2:40

March 30th- BFG Movie Night @ Lester Park

April 9th- 5th grade Math STAAR Test

April 10th- 5th grade Reading STAAR Test

April 11th- Progress Reports sent home

Junior High

Date Event

March 27th- Concert Band UIL @ Canton -Concert & Sightreading Contest

March 28th- Symphonic Band UIL @ Canton- Concert & Sightreading Contest

April 1st- District Track Meet @ Van

April 12th- 8th Grade Tour of UT Tyler

High School

Date Event

3/26 One Act Play - Bi-District

3/26 Future Freshman Fair

3/27 ASVAB Testing - All Juniors

3/28 Drill Team to Nationals

3/28 Blue Bird Track Meet

3/29 UIL District Competition

4/2 County Fair

4/9 English I - End of Course Exam

4/11 English II - End of Course Exam

4/15 Percussion Concert