Character, Service, Leadership- September 2019
Message from Dr. Caloss
A big focus for the district over the next few months will be the development of a facilities plan. A group of district employees, parents, and community members have started to meet to have discussions about the district’s facilities. The ultimate goal of this group is to create a 10-year plan to address the needs of the facilities. Several factors will be considered when developing this plan including: student capacity at each campus, age of existing facilities, conditions of existing facilities, projected student growth in the district, safety and security, and instructional needs.
Although facilities alone do not determine the success of our students, it does play an important role. Studies do show a relation between the condition of a school building and student success. The better the condition, the more likely a student will be successful. Building conditions also factor into attraction and retention of teachers. Again, several factors determine whether or not a teacher will come to work and stay in a school, but facilities is definitely is an important factor. Research will show the better condition the building, the more likely a district can get and keep a teacher.
Just like most other school districts, Wills Point ISD will always look for ways to improve student success. Facilities do play an important role in this endeavor. This makes it imperative that a facilities plan is developed and implemented to help students succeed.
Safety & Security with Chief Wilhelm
Facilities with Mr. Russell
There were many upgrades this past summer in Wills Point ISD in regards to our facilities, specifically related to safety. Every campus is seeing successful operations with the new entry control and safety measures. Therefore, we are thrilled that we have been able to implement these measures for a safe learning environment.
This past month WPISD Transportation has been able to complete the grouping of bus riders and bus routes in our mass communication system. This process is vital for efficiently notifying parents and guardians for any, and all, changes related to route dropoff and pickup times. By grouping riders and routes, the WPISD Transportation department can send out mass communication for quick information distribution.
Wills Point ISD was a booming place the week of September 23-27! We enjoyed the week with theme days at each campus. Students and staff dressed to the theme each day.
Carnival & Bonfire
BLUE OUT DAY
Friday Night Lights
A Queen is Crowned
After recognition of class court, our five duchesses took the field escorted by their fathers. Emilie Cabaniss, Kyann Collins, Kirsten Hatten, Maddie Hiler, and Marisa LaJone.
Court is in Session
Along with our incentive programs, we will also be recognizing students who display positive character traits. We will have a focus character trait each month. At the beginning of the month, Mrs. Smith, our counselor, will meet with our students for a character lesson. Then throughout the month, teachers will identify students who exhibit the trait. Those students will be recognized during morning announcements, and they will sign a banner displayed in the hallway and have their picture taken. We have awesome students at Woods, and these incentives allow us to reward them and promote good character and attendance.
See You at the Pole!
Our amazing Partners PE program is up and running this year. Students have begun working with their partner to learn new skills to be successful at special olympics. This month students learned how to play badminton. Everyone had a blast and worked up a sweat, too. There was a lot of friendly competition going on with full participation!
Partners PE is a success-oriented physical education program featuring supervised peer tutors and individualized learning and instruction. The purpose of Partners PE is to encourage physical activity, increase knowledge of health and fitness strategies, and assist in the acquisition of individual lifetime recreation activities and/or skills associated with team sports. Partners PE is designed to meet the unique physical education needs of students with disabilities who cannot meet the TEKS requirements or regular physical education because of physical, social, emotional, or behavioral limitations.
PJammin for Kids with Cancer and Coins for Cancer
This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The Primary school will be collecting coins for cancer awareness from September 16th-September 27th. Students can bring coins in to help their HOUSE win! Last year we raised over $3,000 and we hope to do that again this year. To start off our week of collecting coins we are PJammin for Kids with Cancer and we encourage all our students to wear pajamas to school Monday, September 16th. We will have a celebration walk on Friday, September 27th!
#Service Wills Point students give back!
WPJH held its Student Council election on Thursday, September 19th. Students running for office had to create posters and give a campaign speech during lunch to their classmates. WPJH has 15 members that make up the Student Council. This group of students represent the student body in various activities throughout the year such as planning school dances, organizing our canned food drive, and various activities that give back to our community. Pictured are the newly elected Student Council members for both 7th & 8th grade for the 2019-2020 school year.
President- Madison Egenbacher
Vice President - Emma Patterson
Secretary - Mavery Salisbury
Treasurer - Cameron Redding
Class Representatives - Blake Moore, Kenna Davis & Kevin Cervantes
President - JJ Goode
Vice President - Landon Plant
Secretary - Yuri Frykholm
Treasurer - Ethan Kornegay
Class Representatives - Nathan Thomas, Colton Zincke, Brandon Cox & Jeremiah McLaughlin
Middle School House Ambassadors
This year in our House System, 6th graders will have the opportunity to run for House Leader. All interested students will go through a nomination process, give speeches to House members, and be elected by peers. We are also having a T-shirt design contest for our student House shirts, which can be worn every Wednesday.
Students Recognized for Work Ethic and Respect
The Chrome Crew and Chrome Connections Store and Lounge had their grand opening on Wednesday, September 18th, at Wills Point High School. The turnout was great, students were excited and impressed with such a welcoming and innovative space. These student interns will learn and support chromebook repair for all campuses and support technical knowledge on campus. Look for great things from this crew soon!
Tiger Tech with Mrs. Whitaker
The Tiger Tech Badging Program has started with a ROAR this year! The Badging program inspires and encourages teachers to try new digital tools and integrate more innovative methods to increase student engagement and deepen the learning. Not even one week into the launch and we already have 6 teachers who have achieved Level 1 - Congrats to the following teachers for leading the way to innovation on our campuses and in our district!!
Holly Hurley (3rd) - Woods Intermediate
Katrina Glenn (4th) - Woods Intermediate
Sarah Barker (5th Math) - Middle School
Shellby Doigg (ASL) - High School
Jennifer Herod (Science) - High School
Tes Moore (Spanish) - High School
Reflection from Mr. Clements
Fall activities are in full swing and we are gearing up for a great 2019 season at Wills Point High School. Our students, teachers and coaches have been busy planning for fantastic lessons in the classrooms and performances on the fields and courts. We are thrilled that our community joins us to cheer on our Wills Point Tigers as they represent our school. We also want to thank you that this support and enthusiasm extends to the classrooms where students are provided with amazing learning experiences.
This is such an exciting time for our Tigers! We had a busy month preparing for and enjoying all of the homecoming festivities in so many big ways! From the Homecoming Carnival and Bonfire to the hamburger supper prior to the football game, everyone had a great time! Our excitement and enthusiasm cannot be contained. In every picture we take, we show the pride that shines behind the blue and white. Our students represent Wills Point High School well, both in competition and in the classroom.
Thank you to the parents, staff and community for your commitment to excellence and for being an important part of the Wills Point High School Tiger Family. #TigerNation
Junior High Has Pep!
Thursday September 12th was an awesome day at Wills Point Junior High. To kick off our first home football game, our campus participated in Twin Day! Our students and staff twinned up with a partner to celebrate the Wills Point Junior High Tigers "doubling up" on the Mabank Panthers and collecting wins across the board! On top of everyone dressing up in their best twin gear, we celebrated our first home pep rally. The WPJH band played, cheerleaders, drill team and color guard performed, and we even had a special appearance by Tootsie the Tiger! The entire WPJH campus piled into the gymnasium along with loads of parents to show our Tiger Pride. Overall, it was an awesome day and we are excited for our next pep rally on October 10th!
Engineering design in Mrs. Rowdon’s Robotics class. Students built a paper structure that was cost effective and would support weight. Winners supported 85 pounds of books on 3 pieces of paper.
Rocket Launch Coming!
Ms. Parker's 7th grade Science classes doing "Cell Menu" (choice menus) in class today! Cell Menu is a fun way for the students to learn about cells by getting to choose the activity that they want. This way all different kinds of learners can benefit from this activity. They can choose from videos, flip charts, QR codes and even making a song, rap, skit, gif, or meme about cells!
New ELAR Textbook Adoption Helps Students Deepen Understanding
At Woods, we have started a couple of reward programs. These programs are to promote and reward students who have good attendance, good behavior, and exhibit positive character traits. The first of our incentive programs is to reward students who have 2 or fewer absences, 3 or fewer tardies, and no office referrals over a 9-week grading period. Students who meet these criteria will participate in a special reward day at the end of the nine weeks. We also have a class incentive program where every day a class has perfect attendance, the teacher included, the class earns a letter. When the class receives enough letters to spell out “perfect attendance!”, the class gets to spin a prize wheel to earn a reward.
"Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories, and love.”
Woods would like to thank all of our grandparents who attended our Grandparents Lunch. Due to the overwhelming success of this annual event, we had to break it up over three days. Over the three days, we had more than 300 grandparents visit our school. Each day was for a different grade level, so we were lucky enough to have some of our honored guests for two and three days. We would also like to thank the teachers and staff at Woods who organized, set up, and provided refreshments for this event.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Wills Point Primary School
Wills Point Primary will be hosting their 1st Annual Market Day entitled “El Mercado” to be held on October 8, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Hispanic Heritage Month began September 17th and ends October 16th. The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to the community and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Wills Point Primary strives to promote relationship-building activities that will create positive outcomes for children and families across the district. The campus knows that strong families and communities help build healthy successful children. We are looking forward to working with families and community organizations to provide Wills Point Primary families with an opportunity to experience the richness of the culture of our Hispanic Population.
Pine Cove Camp!
Calendar of Events
Oct 1st- Volleyball vs. Brownsboro
Oct 2nd - Sports Pictures
Oct 3rd - Cross Country @ Lindale
Oct 3rd - JV Tennis @ Rockwall
Oct 3rd- JV Football vs Hillsboro
Oct 4th - Volleyball @ Van
Oct 4th - Football @ Hillsboro
Oct 8th - Volleyball @ Canton
Oct 8th - Ag Awareness Day @ State Fair of Texas - FFA, FCCLA
Oct 10th-JV Football @ Bullard
Oct 10th- JV Tennis vs. Forney
Oct 10th- End of the 9 Weeks Grading Period
Oct 11th - Student Holiday
Oct 11th- Volleyball vs. Mabank
Oct 11th - Football vs. Bullard
Oct 12th - Tennis vs. Kaufman
Oct 12th - Theater Performance
Oct 14th - School Holiday
Oct 15th - Student Holiday
Oct 15th - Cross Country @ Canton
Oct 15th - Volleyball @ Athens
Oct 17th - East Texas Baptist University Campus Tour
Oct 17th - JV Football vs. Brownsboro
Oct 18th-Volleyball @ Brownsboro
Oct 18th-Football @ Brownsboro
Oct 19th - UIL Meet @ Mabank
Oct 22th - Volleyball vs. Van
Oct 23rd- Sr. Presentation - Balfour
Oct 24th - Sr. Order - Balfour
Oct 24th- JV Football @ Canton
Oct 25th- Volleyball vs. Canton
Oct 25th - Football vs. Canton
Oct 28th - Sr. Order - Balfour
Oct 28th - Cross Country Regional Meet
Oct 29th - Volleyball @ Mabank
Oct 30th - Team Tennis State @ College Station
Oct 31th - Team Tennis State @ College Station
Oct 3rd- Football vs Canton- away
Oct 10th-Football vs Bullard-home
Oct 10th- Volleyball vs Brownsboro-away
Oct 10th- Pep Rally- “Pink Out the Panthers”
Oct 17th-Football vs Brownsboro-away
Oct 17th-Volleyball vs Van - home
Oct 23rd- Fall dance
Oct 24th- Football vs Canton-home
Oct 24th- Pep Rally- “Black Out the Eagles”- Neon Day
Oct 28th- Volleyball vs. Mabank-away
Oct. 1st Pine Cove Parent Meeting
Oct. 3rd Fall pictures
Oct. 10th House Meeting elections
Oct. 11th No school for students
Oct. 14th Columbus Day holiday - no school
Oct. 15th No school for students
Oct. 21st-25th Red Ribbon Week
Oct 30th PTO Fundraiser Kickoff
Oct. 2nd PTO Fundraiser Kickoff
Oct. 8th Fall Pictures
Oct. 10th PTO Hospitality
Oct. 11th Student Fall Break (No School/Students)
Oct. 14th Student Fall Break (No School/Students &Teachers)
Oct. 15th Student Fall Break (No School/Students)
Oct. 16th Report Cards
Oct. 18th Academic Pep Rally
Oct. 29th PTO Fundraiser Pick up
Oct. 1st Fall Picture Day
Oct. 2nd Custodian Appreciation Day
Oct. 3rd Fundraiser Delivery
Oct. 4th PTO Hospitality
Oct. 7-11 Fire Prevention Week
Oct. 8th Hispanic Heritage Market and Festival
Interventionists Parent Night
Oct. 10th End of 1st 9 Weeks
Oct. 11th Teacher Workday
Oct. 14th No School
Oct. 15th Parent/Teacher Conferences
Oct. 17th Head Start Parent Meeting
Oct. 21st-25th Red Ribbon Week