WPISD Grants Technology Devices to Classrooms
Woods students are elated with new chromebooks!
Middle School students travel to the International Space Station using their new interactive panel!
Mrs. Sparks' Transition students are thrilled to put real life problems to work using their new interactive panel.
Board Approves 2019-2020, 2020-2021 School Calendars
WPHS Partners with SFA
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
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!
Junior High Future City
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
Tiger Tech- Full Steam Ahead
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
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.
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.
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
Mobile Science and Math Grants.
WPHS received two $500.00 grants toward Science and Math from Mobile!
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
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
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
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