WSMS Principal Newsletter
May 12, 2023
Hello Willow Springs,
This week at Willow, we did not slow down! Algebra classes were launching rockets from the field, students were dissecting sharks in science, and preparations for final exams are underway. We are proud of all that your children have accomplished and look forward to a season of celebration.
- 8th Grade Awards begin at 3:45 tomorrow at LHS, Main Gym. Student reception will follow this event and is from 5:00 - 6:30. If you didn't pre-purchase a ticket, no problem. We can accept $15 cash at the door. There will be music, snacks, photo ops, and social time for our 8th graders.
- 8th grade panoramic photo will be taken on May 17 around 2:00pm.
- 7th Grade Awards are on May 18 at 8:00 a.m. in the same format as previous years.
8th Grade Parents: We are so excited to celebrate your children's accomplishments on 5/13 at the high school starting at 3:45. Following the awards, we are hosting a student reception in the commons area. It will include music, food, photo ops, and special guests to welcome the students to high school. Click here to pre-purchase a ticket for your student.
Please also reference the email sent regarding turning in 2 pictures of your 8th grade student for our memory slideshow (one baby or kid photo, one current photo). The form should be fixed after experiencing a few issues early on. Please have these submitted no later than May 5. Participation is optional.
8th Grade Panoramic Picture Day Wednesday, May 17th
Save the Date! End-of-Year 7th Grade Award Ceremony Thursday, May 18 at 8am
7th Grade Awards Ceremony—Thursday, May 18, from 8:00—8:45 in the WSMS Gym
*Only students receiving Honor Roll or Teacher Awards will be in attendance*Notification emails will be sent out to families of students who are receiving an Honor Roll award, or a Teacher Award
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:
Intent to Return to Lovejoy ISD 2023-2024
If you haven't already, please complete our Intent to Return to Lovejoy ISD form, this information will help plan for a successful school year and prepare for adequate staffing. The form can be found here.
We are looking for responses from all Lovejoy ISD families.
Thank you for your help and support. It’s great to be a Leopard!
Procedures for Entering WSMS Building
Our campus accepts food deliveries from parents and guardians (not delivery services) that are dropped off for their child only. WSMS is not responsible for lost or misplaced deliveries.
Thank you so much for your understanding and support as we work together to maintain a safe and secure campus.
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.
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 tissues. 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.
Message from Nurse Glover
Start picking up your medications now!If your child has any medication in the clinic at school, please make arrangements to pick it up before the last day of school.
All medications must be picked up by Friday May 26th at 12:45 pm.
Parents are responsible for picking up medication as the school district has a policy against sending medication home with students. After 12:45 pm on Friday 5/26/23, any remaining
medication, including inhalers & EpiPens, will be thrown out. The school cannot store these for you during the summer. If your child is going to need medication at school during the 2023-
2024 school year, you will need to complete a new medication form at the beginning of the school year and bring a SMALL or travel size bottle of medicine that is not expired.
Student Support Center Update
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.
Spring Registration Information
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.
Kelly Collins - 7th Grade
Carey Miller - 8th Grade
Course Request Change Form (Incoming 7th and 8th graders ONLY)
If you would like to make changes to your course requests for the upcoming 23/24 school year, please know there will be an opportunity to view and make changes at the end of May/ beginning of June. This will be done via a Google form.
4 Year Plans (current 8th graders ONLY)
On Monday, we will be visiting with the 8th graders during RLA to hand out a paper copy of the Lovejoy 4 year plan document. We will be explaining to students how to fill it out. It will be DUE on May 22 to their RLA teacher. This is a WORKING document that can and will change as your student chooses courses throughout high school.
Click here for more information.
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
WSMS Girls Soccer Results
Last Thursday night the 7th grade girls soccer team beat Cain 5-1. Goals were scored by Kinley Short (hat trick), Megan Kinser, and AJ Self. Assists were by Kinley Short (2), Megan Kinser, AJ Self, and Cate Steed. The win secured 2nd place in district and we were just a couple shots off the post from winning district! Big shoutout to defenders Cameron Newhouse, Kate Hobbs, Lexi Lavender, Drew Chevalier, Madison Simpson, Alexa Davis, Megan Kinser and goalkeepers Emma Jarboe and Addy Taylor. We only gave up 3 goals all season!!
The 8th grade team beat Cain 7-0. Goals were scored by Shayli Breithaupt (hat trick), Kylee Dziubinski (2), Faith Bell, and Chloe Reyna. Assists were by Shayli Breithaupt (3), Kenzie Lavender, and Josselyn Schuler (2). The win secured a share of the district championship! Another big shoutout to those who exclusively played in the back who don't get enough recognition: Brenna Wallace, Kitan Balogun, Brookelyn Beal, Paige Spencer, Abby Pedersen, and goalkeeper Ava Perrin. Well done girls!!
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.
Outstanding Service Award
The Willow Springs Middle School PTO is proud to announce Steve Smith and Humera Anwar as this year’s Outstanding Service Award recipients. Thanks to everyone who submitted nominations for this award. Please congratulate these amazing recipients.
Volunteers needed this Saturday
We still need a few volunteers to help with our 8th grade awards and reception on May 13. We could really use your help from 6:00pm-6:30pm to help clean up the commons area. Please click on the sign up genius for more information. Thank you!