The Willis Weekly

A Firebird Publication - Sept 10, 2021 Ed.007

A Note From Mr. Delp

I have had the pleasure of spending my entire educational career working with junior high school students. Counting the two years I was a junior high student it has been...a really long time. Two things I have noticed in that time is how critical it is to help students develop positive and healthy relationships, and the importance of building a child's confidence and self-esteem. Both can be a struggle for junior high kids.

As families, you can support your child in these two areas by:

  • Talking to them about their school day, asking about their friends, and focusing on the things they have enjoyed.
  • Helping them maintain a healthy perspective. Adolescents are naturally prone to mood swings and things can quickly become "the end of the world." When they are struggling with something, help your child keep a healthy perspective, assure them that there is a solution, and encourage them to seek assistance.
  • Being on the lookout for small wins. I don't want to diminish the importance of grades, but junior high is more about learning the skills that will help students be successful in the future. Growth is the name of the game. Look for areas where you see your child improving and compliment them on it.
  • Encouraging them to advocate for themselves. This can be a difficult skill for students and parents. If your child needs help with something, encourage them to ask -- raising their hand in class, taking time to visit with a teacher before (or after) class, seeking out the help of their counselor or an administrator. Asking for help is an important skill that all of us utilize.

I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with your child. It is truly a pleasure to interact with our students on a daily basis. Junior high can be a tough age, but we will get through it together!

Have a great weekend Firebirds!

Visit our Willis Resource Room

Through our Willis Resource Room we serve and support our students and their families by providing a wide variety of supplies and services.

Some of the resources we can provide are: backpacks and school supplies, gently used clothing and shoes, food boxes and hygiene items, assistance with the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, communication with our school/teachers, parent use of computers for basic needs, parent education information, locating community resources, holiday assistance and a variety of other resources.

If you have a need, we will do our best to provide assistance. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

A Walk Around Campus

Second Season Sports

We are wrapping up our first season sports and second season is right around the corner. Second season sports are:

  • Girl's Softball
  • Boy's Basketball
  • Co-Ed Cross Country

If you student is interested in participating in an upcoming sport, please review the letter below, from Mr. Brett Epstein, the Willis Athletic Director.

Papa John's Fundraiser - Friday, September 17

On Friday, September 17, order Papa John's online or over the phone, for delivery or carry-out and 20% of sales will be donated to Willis Junior High.

When ordering, mention or enter the promo code: FUNDAZ

See the following attachments for more details and participating locations.

Thank you for your support!

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Sept. 13
  • 4:00 PM Homework Hub (Media Center)
  • 4:30 PM 7th Grade Baseball @ Payne (AWAY)
  • 4:30 PM 7th Grade Football @ Sossaman (AWAY)
  • 5:30 PM 8th Grade Football @ Payne (AWAY)

Tuesday, Sept. 14
  • 8:15 AM Student Council Meeting (F5)
  • 4:00 PM Homework Hub (Media Center)
  • 4:05 PM Chess Club (M19)
  • 4:05 PM Close-Up Club (D4)

Wednesday, Sept. 15
  • 4:00 PM Homework Hub (Media Center)
  • 4:05 PM Students Accepting Students Club Meeting #1 (E4)

  • 4:30 PM Unified Flag Football @ Anderson JH (AWAY)

Thursday, Sept. 16
  • 4:00 PM Homework Hub (Media Center)

Friday, Sept. 17
  • Willis Papa John's Fundraiser
  • 4:05 PM Mr. Ringo's Soccer Club (Field)