The Wildcat Chat

What's Happening at Willard Next Week? | November 15, 2019

New This Week

CLAWS Club Award Winners

Each and every day, we ask our scholars to show their C.L.A.W.S, as they work to be contributing members of our Wildcat community. On Wednesday, November 13, we were able to celebrate nominated students who exemplified strong character, leadership, attitude, work ethic, and service, during our first quarter. Congratulations to the following students:
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District Chorus

Congratulations to the Willard Chorus students who made District Chorus! In addition, a huge shout out to Alex Armstrong and Taylor Livingston for making the Southern Regional Chorus.

8th Grade: Angelina Chapa, Amy Calvaresi (2nd Alternate), Zobia Farhan, Danny Hillard, Sarah Kennedy, Yosh Krupa, Faith Lee, Grace McBride, Ashleigh Neimeyer, Grace Oat, Sunny Prasad, Zoe Rand, Jaila Scott-Sears, and Ian Skolarus.

9th Grade: Alex Armstrong, Taylor Livingston, Isabella Schumacher, Reagan Speier, and Allison Tran.

9th Grade Band & 8th and 9th Orchestra Performances

On Tuesday, November 12 our ninth grade performed amazingly at their fall performance at John Champe High School. Under the direction of Laurel Phillips and TJ Miles, our musical scholars were outstanding. To keep in the musical spirit, our eighth and ninth grade orchestra students filled the air with musical magic on Wednesday, November 13. With maestro, Robby Carroll, at the helm, these brilliant minds showcased their musical prowess.

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Interested in Participating in our Spring Show?

It’s time to start planning our spring show! Students interested in be a part of our production, should complete the interest survey. Look for more information coming soon as we finalize our show for the spring!

Celebrating our Veterans

Our Wake Up Willard team has crafted a thank you video for our Wildcat veteran families. Thank you for your service to our great nation. You may watch their masterpiece here.

Picture Retakes on November 21

Missed picture day in October? Ordered pictures but not happy with your photo? Picture retake day is coming! Mark your calendar for Picture Retake Day on Thursday, November 21. Please have your child stop by their house office before the 21st to receive a pass to retake their picture. For additional information, please visit the Victor O'Neill Studios website here.

Latin Certamen

Five students participated in the Latin Certamen on Saturday, November 9, at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, VA. Certamen (“contest” in Latin) is an academic competition covering topics from Latin grammar and vocabulary to classical mythology and history. Check out the picture of Brady Niehaus, Allison Tran, Olivia Hess, Nolan Jansorn, and Jonah Lombardo, as they pose with their competition props. Also, we love Allison's beautiful, toilet paper toga designed by her team during the final round. As a special bonus, Willard placed second in the event--AMAZING!
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Latin Club Food Drive

Our Latin Club is running its annual food drive. They are collecting food to benefit the Dulles South Food Pantry. This exciting opportunity runs until Friday, November 22. We would love to surpass our total from last year, so please check out the list of needed materials. Students may donate in the name of administrator or Latin teacher, Mr. Boscovitch. In doing so, the administrator/teacher with the highest donation totals will be wearing a turkey costume the day before Thanksgiving Break--EXCITING!

Winter MAP Testing Coming Soon!

Students will be participating in the winter MAP testing starting with the English assessment on Thursday, December 5. On Friday, December 6, students will take their math MAP test. The winter assessment allows us to gather additional data to support students as they grow as academic scholars.

Special Note: Students should bring a charged chromebook to school on both of these days.

Project Lit Was a Blast!

Teachers and students participated in our second Project Lit meeting on Thursday, November 14. Participants crafted visuals that best represented them. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 4, and we will continue to focus on reading rich texts about unique and fascinating characters. Students are still welcome to join! Please visit our library for more information!

Lightridge Walk & Jog "Turkey Trot"

Lightridge High School will be hosting a Walk/Jog with the Principal on Saturday, November 23, beginning at 8:00 am in the Willard Intermediate parking lot. The event is a 2 mile “Turkey Trot” on paths and sidewalks. All ages and abilities are welcome to attend, and the course is stroller friendly. Refreshments, following the Turkey Trot, will be provided by our friends at Ford’s Fish Shack. This will also be our last Walk/Jog with the Principal until the spring. Feel free to dress in costume, if you so wish , nd we hope to see you in the Willard parking lot on November 23.

Winter Clothing Drive Partnership with Riverside

Recently, Sources of Strength has partnered with Riverside High School to help gather *new* fuzzy socks for the local Barnett-Searing National Cancer Foundation. These socks will be part of "smile kits" given to those in need. For every three items donated, students will receive one hour of community service, which could be used on future leadership applications. Please drop off your amazing items in the house offices. This effort will run until Friday, December 13.

Cross Country Regional Champs!

Congratulations to our freshman girls and boys on the Champe Cross Country Team. Our girls team is the Region 6B Champion and our boys team is the Region 6B runner-up! Wow!

Champe Football Makes it to Playoffs!

Congratulations to our freshmen players on the Champe Varsity Football team. The team made it to playoffs for the six year in a row! Come on out to cheer them on at playoffs at Freedom HS in Prince William this Friday, November 15. Go Knights!

New Bus Dismissal Procedures Start November 18

In order to better facilitate a smoother end of the day, ensure that students are riding the correct buses home, and to maintain a safe and orderly environment, at both Willard and Champe, we will be implementing a revised dismissal process. This new process will begin on Monday, November 18. We look forward to the new process!

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Don't Forget: Last Week Recap

Impact Aid Form Collection

Teachers began collecting the Impact Aid Form from students at the end of this week. The Impact Aid Form, supported by the U.S. Department of Education, allows for potential additional educational funds for our school district. Please ensure that this form is returned to school as soon as possible. Thank you for your support!

ESL English Classes for Adults

Organizations in Loudoun County are offering ESL English classes for adults. To view all of the opportunities, please click here.

Dulles South Food Pantry Distributions

Are you or someone you know in need of food this holiday season? The Dulles South Food Pantry has set up two distribution days. For Thanksgiving, the distribution day is November 20 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and for the December holidays the distribution day is December 18 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Click here for details on setting up your appointment.
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Holiday Assistance for Families in Need

We have been fortunate to partner with several organizations to be able to provide a variety of resources for families in need this holiday season. Please note the following:

  • Loudoun Hunger Relief shall be supporting Thanksgiving Dinner Bags for families needing assistance with Thanksgiving dinner ingredients.

  • To partake in a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner (English or Spanish) on Wednesday, November 27, please read this flyer from The Salvation Army.

  • Please visit The Toy Shop (English or Spanish), if you are aware of a family needing assistance with holiday gifts for children ages newborn to 12 years old.

Holiday Craft Fair: Vendors Wanted

Calling all artisans, bakers, crafters, small business vendors, direct sales representatives, and creative thinkers everywhere! The Willard Intermediate PTA will be hosting a Winter Bazaar on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We are looking for local vendors to provide a fun and varied shopping experience before the holidays. We would love to have Willard families involved! Sellers must have goods on hand to sell. If you are interested, please contact Susan Ruiz at and complete the application available here.

For excited shoppers, get ready to finish your holiday shopping with these unique holiday gifts!

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Coming Soon: Champe's Tuck Everlasting Rendition

This month, Champe's Avalon Theatre Company is bringing their rendition of the classic tale, Tuck Everlasting, to stage! This masterpiece, based on the iconic story, will entrance those of all ages. Come on out to see a great show and support our Willard students in the play! Tickets are on sale now at Tickets can also be bought at the door.

Performances will be on November 21, 22, and 23, at 7:00 p.m. In addition, a matinee has been added for November 23 at 2:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

It's Yearbook Time!

Remember this magical school year by purchasing the sure-to-be-great 2019-2020 yearbook. From now until December 1, this legendary annual may be purchased for $37. Purchases may be completed by visiting Enter the school's order number, 17606, or search for Willard Intermediate.
Click Here to Order a Yearbook Now!

Enter our school's order number: 17606

Resources for a Great School Year

A Day or B Day?

What classes do I have today?

Bell Schedule

Where should I be throughout the day?

Lunch Menu

What's for lunch today?

Winter Bazaar - Get your holiday shopping done!

Saturday, Dec. 7th, 10am-2pm


We are looking for local vendors to provide a fun and varied shopping experience before the holidays. We would love to have Willard families involved! Sellers must have goods on hand to sell. If you are interested, please contact Susan Ruiz at