February 2019

WPISD Grants Technology Devices to Classrooms

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Board Approves 2019-2020, 2020-2021 School Calendars

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WPHS Partners with SFA

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WPISD dual credit program cotinues to grow. In the spring of 2018 WPISD began providing students financial assistance for dual credit; at that time students took a total of 75 dual credit classes. This spring the district expanded the dual credit partnership to include Stephen F. Austin State University. The move to SFA allows our students to take classes with an embedded instructor, online or zoom. Zoom classes allow students to have real time access to their SFA instructor via video conferencing. In addition, SFA has partnered with the district to reduce the cost. This spring students enrolled in 245 dual credit classes.

Hoops for Heart- Junior High

What is Hoops for Heart? It is a way to raise money for the American Heart Association. To me it is so much more. It gives our students a chance to help save a life. It teaches them to be selfless and put in just a little bit of effort to raise money for a good cause. Our Junior High students accepted the challenge of raising $1500.00 to help save someone's life. We hit our goal by raising a total of $1560.00. Our Junior High staff is proud of our students and cannot wait to see them crush another goal next year!

Wills Point Primary Celebrates Kindness Week!

National Random Acts of Kindness Day is observed on February 17th. The Primary celebrated by participating in a week long of random acts of kindness. Our purpose was to teach our students that there many ways to show kindness. General White (Kimberly White) and Lieutenant General Weed (Ashley Weed) delivered secret mission envelopes to every classroom. Operation Kindness was the mission! Classes were tasked with ways to show “secret” acts of kindness to members of our campus and community. Classes brainstormed ideas of what they could do during the week to show acts of kindness.

Students Complete Middle of Year MAP

In 2016, WPISD partnered with NWEA to administer the MAP test to our students K-8 in Mathematics, Reading, and Science. For years, teachers have been looking for a way to pinpoint an individual student's specific gaps in instruction. Now we found it! You have seen your child's MAP results come home three times per year: September, January, and May. This assessment allows the school and you, the parent, to see the growth of your child over the academic year as well as across multiple years.

Teachers use them to differentiate instruction and pinpoint individual student needs. Higher-level reports give administrators the context to drive improvement across entire schools and systems.

MAP Growth tests begin with a question appropriate for the student’s grade level, then dynamically adapt throughout the test in response to student performance. This progressive refinement allows MAP Growth to challenge top performers without overwhelming students whose skills are below grade level.

Need help reading your child's MAP report? See the graphic below!

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Junior High Future City

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This flexible, cross-curricular educational program gives students an opportunity to do the things that engineers do—identify problems; brainstorm ideas; design solutions; test, retest and build; and share their results. This process is called the engineering design process. With this at its center, Future City is an engaging way to build students’ 21st-century skills. Students participating in Future City:

  • Apply math and science concepts to real-world issues

  • Develop writing, public speaking, problem-solving, and time management skills

  • Research and propose solutions to engineering challenges

  • Discover different types of engineering and explore careers options

  • Learn how their communities work and become better citizens

  • Develop strong time management and project management skills

WPJH had 72 students participate in this year's Future City programs' engineering design process. One important criterion is that an engineering mentor works with students as they accomplish their 5 deliverables: a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word essay; a scale model built from recycled materials; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competition in January. The engineer is provided without charge and of his or her own volunteering hours. WPJH managed to create teams within the classroom that consisted of smaller groups to concentrate their expertise in specific areas of the future city. 9 small teams came together to create one future city. These deliverables document the team's progress through the engineering design process and showcase the team’s city of the future. Teams are judged and scored on all deliverables. All 72 students are actually participating. Only 3 students and one alternate can present the final presentation of an explanation and model per team.

Two teams were issued with Special Awards at Regionals. At Regional competition, Engineer judges from the North Texas Region ask students particular questions to see their knowledge and skills learned through the design process.

Below is the list of students who went to Regional competition at the University of Arlington on Saturday, Jan. 26th. An asterisk is beside the names of those teams who earned special awards, and the name of the award.

Excellence in Renewable Energy/ Innovative Power Generation System

Sponsored by IEEE ( Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Awarded $225.00

*Callie Wenzel, Javen Shearin, Levi Kimball

Innovative Design of Infrastructure Systems

Sponsored by Edesign and Future City North Texas Awarded $75.00

*Brandon Cox, Paisley Wheeler, Emma Bryant, Creighton Shidler, McKenzie Griffith,

Power Plaza (Future City Team Name)

Brandon Cox, Paisley Wheeler, Emma Bryant, Creighton Shidler, McKenzie Griffith

Wakanda (Future City Team Name)

Callie Wenzel, Javen Shearin, Levi Kimball

Tiger City (Future City Team Name)

Austen Dearing, Jake Stanbrough, Angel Granados, Dan Cepeda

Paradise Palms (Future City Team Name)

Avery Moore, Maritza Garcia-Guzman, Brandon Stinson

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Tiger Tech- Full Steam Ahead

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Mrs. Amavizca at Woods and Mrs. McEnturff at Junior High were both recognized at the February School Board Meeting for earning their Tiger Tech status! These teachers go above and beyond learning new and innovative techniques in teaching.

Ms. Amavizca has brought her 3rd grade bilingual class amazing experiences from virtual field trips to coding games. They have also experienced Genius Hour, researching a topic of their own choice and are learning to lead their own learning more and more each day. Ms. McEnturff was one of the first teachers to try digital breakouts and has brought her technology classes new and enriching experiences to stretch their digital learning. Ms. Gray has innovated her 2nd grade classroom to move to a more student led environment and has also implemented virtual field trips and coding robotic spheres.

WPHS Boasts 2nd Year of ASL

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High School students enrolled in ASL II used their skills learned in class to sign the pledges during our February School Board Meeting.

Students at the High School are required to take 2 years of a foreign language. In 2017, WPHS was able to offer American Sign Language as one of its courses.

Dinner With a Gentleman

Our 2nd Annual Dinner with a Gentleman was another huge success! We know how much having a male role model influences young people, as well as their lifelong impact. We had over 200 students and men - dads, stepdads, grandfathers, uncles, older brothers, coaches, etc. attend for an evening of quality time with food, games, and fellowship. Officer Bennie Jones was the keynote speaker, talking about the impact men have on our students’ lives and the importance of being outstanding role models.

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Foundation Founders Wall Unveiled

The Wills Point Education Foundation Donor Dinner was held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the Wills Point High School commons area. Founding donors were honored for their contribution to the Foundation and the Founders Wall was unveiled in front of almost 200 guests.

Upon creating the Foundation, alumni, community members, staff, and all stakeholders were offered the opportunity to support the foundation and becoming founding donors. Several donor levels were offered and this was the WPISDEF’s way of showing appreciation and unveiling the the wall created to honor this achievement.

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Education Foundation Gala Right Around the Corner

On March 22, 2019, the WPISDEF will host its First Annual Foundation Gala at The Establishment Barn in Able Springs, a small community outside of Wills Point. Headlining the Boots, Buckles, and Bling Gala will be country music star, Neal McCoy, with his full band for a private concert. Supporters will have the opportunity to participate in a live auction, silent auction, full service bar, and the catered meal provided by Smoke Monkey.

This unique experience is planned as the premier fundraising event of the Foundation.

Middle School Hosts College and Career Week

Wills Point Middle School engaged their students in learning about various college opportunities and career choices during the week of February 11. Mrs. Taylor, our school counselor, did guidance lessons all week and had a guessing game for students to try to guess the staff degrees and colleges. Students and teacher culminated the eventful week by dressing as their future selves. Nurses, seamstresses, judges, professional athletes, veterinarians, and future teachers walked the halls of WPMS.

Mobile Science and Math Grants.

WPHS received two $500.00 grants toward Science and Math from Mobile!

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March 1: Celebrating Dr. Seuss

March 1: PTO Hospitality

March 4-8: Texas Public School's Week

March 7: Open House 5-6:30 pm

March 8: ROAR Rally

March 8: February Kid's Birthday Celebration

March 11-15: Spring Break

March 18: Parent Conferences

March 20: Group Pictures

March 21: Down Syndrome Day "Rock your Socks"

March 22: Therapy Dogs

March 23: PTO Mother Son Night

March 27: Staff Birthday Celebration


March 4-8- Book Fair; Texas Public Schools Week

March 5- Open House

March 7-10- GT Trip

March 11-15- Spring Break

March 18- Student Holiday/Staff Dev.

March 20- Report Cards go home; Individual Spring Portraits

March 22- Pep Rally, KONA Day

March 23- Mother/Son Nerf Night

March 25- Reading Benchmark

March 26- Math Benchmark

Middle School

February 27- Science Benchmark

March 5- Math Benchmark

March 6- KONA Ice

March 7-10- GT Trip

March 11-15- Spring Break

March 20- Report Cards go home

March 22- PTO desserts; Book Fair Preview

March 23- Mother/Son Nerf Night

March 25-29- Book Fair

March 28- Open House

Junior High

March 8th- Career Day

March 25th- Band UIL @ Canton

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

March 29th- Symphonic Band @ Canton UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest

High School

February 28- HS Track @ Winona; V Softball Big Sandy Tourney

Feb 28-March 2- JV Baseball Princeton Tourney; V Baseball Community Tourney

March 2- Girls Powerlifting Regional Meet; V Softball Big Sandy Tourney; Tigerettes Tryouts Main gym

March 4- Girls and Boys Golf @ Athens

March 5- JV Tennis Forney Tourney; Softball vs. Scurry; NHS Induction Ceremony

March 9- Cheer Tryouts-main gym

March 11-15- Spring Break

March 12- V Baseball @ Caddo Mills

March 14- JV/V Baseball @ Rusk

March 15- Girls Powerlifting State Meet; JV/V Baseball @ Eustace; Softball @ Greenville; OAP Community Performance

March 16- OAP Community Performance; JV/V Baseball vs. Dallas Christian

March 17- OAP Community Performance;

March 18- Boys Golf @ Canton; School Board Meeting

March 19- OAP Community Performance; Girls Golf @Canton; Softball @ Athens

March 20- OAP District Contest @ Mabank

March 21- HS Track @ Emory; JV Softball Palestine Tourney; GAP Graduation

March 22- Softball/Baseball vs. Canton; OAP Community Performance

March 23- Boys Powerlifting State Meet; JV Softball Palestine Tourney

March 25- Balfour delivery/ Girls&Boys Golf @ Edgewood

March 26- OAP Bi-district @ Mabank; Baseball/Softball@ Mabank; Future Freshman Fair

March 27- Junior ASVAB Test

March 28- Bluebird Track Meet

March 29- V Tennis @ Abiliene; UIL Academic District Meet; Baseball/Softball @ Van

March 30- UIL Speaking Events; Baseball at Sunnyvale; OAP Community Performance