WSMS Principal Newsletter
March 17, 2023
Dear Willow Families,
It's been a great week back from Spring Break! Students were excited to be back at school to see their friends and teachers, even if they didn't all admit that. We all powered through the time change together and impactful learning took place. I particularly love to see how our hallways teach and inspire.
The science hallways are lined with student projects and such as evidence to prove The Law of Conservation of Mass and Cell Analogy Project. One poster has me featured as the nucleus of the school. Spanish students made posters of their favorite TV or movie characters to work on describing clothing and household items. Media and Yearbook students continue to spark school spirit by advertising our upcoming Spring Social. Please be sure to read the important information below about the social and upcoming 8th grade awards and graduation. Enjoy your weekend!
Attendance continues to be a top priority for Lovejoy ISD. It should come as no surprise that attendance has a direct relationship with student learning. Additionally, public school funding is provided by the State of Texas based on each district's average daily attendance (ADA).
Lovejoy has developed an Attendance Task Force consisting of staff, parents, and students to formulate ideas about how to positively impact ADA in our district. One suggestion is to update the community via weekly principal communication on the number of absences each campus has accrued YTD along with the budgetary impact of those absences. This information can be found below:
Huge congratulations to our Willow Springs Choir UIL Concert & Sightreading Competitors!
23-24 LHS Student Council Applications Due March 24th
The LHS Student Council is now accepting membership applications for the 23-24 school year! It's open to any incoming Freshman or current high school student. We hope you'll consider joining us!
Front Office Hours
8th Grade Awards and Graduation
3:45 - 4:45
Awards and Graduation are held in the LHS Main Gym.
4:45 - 5:00
Take time to pause and capture the memories with picture time for families in the courtyard.
5:00 - 6:30
Students are invited to attend a student reception in the LHS Commons. We will have desserts, music, and special guests to congratulate the 8th graders and welcome them to high school. Information about how to purchase a ticket for the student reception will be shared at a later date. Tickets will be available online and at the door. The attire is semi-formal wear that is in dress code.
Food Delivery to WSMS
Please note that our campus does not accept meal deliveries ordered by students or from delivery services. We can accept food dropped off by a parent or guardian for their child only. Please clearly label these items. Our campus does our best to monitor the numerous deliveries throughout the day. Ultimately, the campus is not responsible for lost or misplaced meals. As a backup plan, please ensure that your student has funds in their lunch account.
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).
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. We are almost out of sanitizing wipes. 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. THANK YOU!
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
As we move into the spring, please review our campus tardy policies. Teachers will provide an overview of the policies with students during homeroom time. Please reach out to our assistant principals if you have questions. We know that sometimes students need breaks and time is short during the passing period. Students should report to their teacher to be counted present and utilize a hall pass to take care of their needs if they are concerned about arriving on time to class.
A student is considered late when the tardy bell rings and the student is not in the appropriate classroom. Repeated instances of tardiness will result in more severe disciplinary action. As a measure to ensure a safe, orderly, and secure school environment, WSMS enforces a tardy policy.
Students who are late will be allowed to enter class, but will be marked as tardy in PowerSchool by a designated staff member. Students who are more than 20 minutes late will be counted absent.
● Students will be assigned a teacher detention or Leopard Time when they receive 4-6 tardies
● Students will be assigned a two hour detention when they receive 7-9 tardies
● Students who persist in being tardy (10+) may receive additional consequences
Tardies reset each 9 weeks.
Thank you for your support.
Student Support Center Update
We have enjoyed getting to speak to the kids through our Classroom Conversations.
The fourth quarter focus will be on: Citizenship. This includes discussing the roles and responsibilities of citizens; explaining how one's personal actions can impact the perception of
others; describing how justice, fairness, and freedom are related; and
identifying and practicing a variety of conflict-resolution skills and strategies.
Please reach out to your student's counselor if you have any questions.
Kelly Collins - 7th Grade
Carey Miller - 8th Grade
Spring Registration Continues
We are excited to continue course requests for the 23-24 school year. Here is the calendar of important dates.
Our 2023-24 Registration Page is updated with parent videos and helpful information to make the registration process easier. Please don't ever hesitate to reach out with any questions. Please know there will be an opportunity to view and make changes to your students' requests in May. This will be done via a Google form.
Kelly Collins - 7th Grade
Carey Miller - 8th Grade
8th Grade Only- Aim for Success Program
Our school has partnered with Youth Equipped to Succeed (YES) to provide information on relationships and sexual health. Youth Equipped to Succeed believes strongly in connecting students to positive messages and healthy relationships that will help them navigate cultural pressures. Through their programming, students of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances are equipped with the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to achieve more healthy and successful futures.
Thank you to those that were able to join us on our parent webinar. We hope you were able to receive tools and strategies for communication with your child.
If you were unable to view this webinar, please reach out to Carey Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, for an outline of topics that were discussed.
8th grade students were given a paper copy of an OPT IN form on March 14th from their 2nd period teacher. Students will have to turn in the signed OPT-IN form to their 2nd period teacher by March 21st in order to view the presentation. If the campus does not receive an opt-in form from a guardian by March 21st your child will not be able to attend the presentation.
The STUDENT presentation is scheduled for March 28th.
SORA Digital Library Parent Notification
Lovejoy ISD currently offers students access to digital library books through SORA. The District has the ability to curate the collection of books accessible to students through the SORA platform. However, publishers at times have included external links with the digital books, similar to what is found in some hardcopy books. These external links are not maintained by the District and are not a material within the control of the District. The District neither selects the external links nor endorses the specific links. The District believes the online SORA platform is a beneficial program and will continue to allow students whose parents agree to utilize the resources.
In the spirit of transparency, the District is notifying parents of their right to opt out of the use of the SORA platform for their children. If you elect to not have your child access digital books through SORA, please contact your campus librarian.
As a reminder, parents may access a list of digital books their children have checked out by following the steps noted below.
Sora How-To for Parents: https://tinyurl.com/lisdsorahowto
Volleyball Spring Clinic
Join Lovejoy Volleyball on April 30th for a spring clinic to raise funds for the prestigious Ann Kang Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii. This clinic will be run by National Gatorade Player of the Year, Averi Carlson and our 2023 Varsity Team. K-6th grade will go from 1:00-3:00 and 7th and 8th grade will for from 3:30-5:30, both at LHS. Spots will be $125 each with a t-shirt included. Be sure to sign up quickly as there are limited spots for each session.
Email email@example.com for any further questions.
WSMS Track Meet Results
WSMS Cheer Squad Parent Meeting and Tryout 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.
WSMS PTO Outstanding Service Award
The Lovejoy Council of PTOs will be recognizing two special individuals at Willow Springs Middle School who have given outstanding service to our children this year. This recognition is one of the highest honors which can be bestowed upon an individual by our PTO. The only requirement for receiving this honor is that the recipient has promoted students’ well-being and demonstrated care for children.
A nominee for recognition may be a parent, volunteer, teacher, administrator, or a community leader. The recipient is not required to be a PTO member.
If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please fill out the form below. The recognition committee will carefully consider each candidate.
Nominations are due by Friday, March 31, 2023.
It’s not too late to join and give
Your PTO membership and donations to the Leopard Drive allow us to fund student programs, Red Ribbon Week, College Preparedness presentations and more. It also provides access to the WSMS PTO directory, parent resources and helps us provide opportunities to show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them. All dues and donations stay at Willow Springs.
Dues are $8 per member. Mom, Dad, Grandparents, students and community members are all welcome to join.
PTO Parent Program with Ms. Thrash
Come join us for a PTO parent program on March 29th from 9-10am in the WS cafeteria with Ms. Sarah Thrash, Lovejoy's College, Career and Military Readiness Counselor.
Ms. Thrash is passionate about assisting students to prepare, plan and discover their future. She helps the students at Lovejoy gain clarity and confidence in the application process by looking at their unique talents while equipping them with the knowledge to construct a plan that works for them. Come get a head start on planning out the next four years with some good tips and advice from an expert.
Stock the Teacher's Lounge
The WSMS PTO would love to show our Teachers and Staff how much we appreciate them! What better way to express our appreciation than to stock their lounge with snacks, treats, and drinks. There are several ways you can help to stock the lounge: Sign up to drop off items at the front office, order from our Amazon wishlist and have it shipped directly to the school or donate money specifically for this stock the lounge event.
Sign-up to drop off items here:
Please deliver all items to WS front office by 10am on March 21st.
Purchase through Amazon wishlist delivered directly to WSMS:
General Hospitality Donation
If you prefer to make a monetary donation instead of donating items to each event, we hear you!
The donation amount is up to you. You can donate to one event or to ALL upcoming events with the form below. All your donations go directly to hospitality events this school year.
Thank you for supporting the staff and teachers!!