WSMS Principal Newsletter

February 24, 2023

Dear Willow Families,

Bump Up Day was a huge success! This year, the 6th graders who visited were given a tour by some of our 7th grade student leaders. The pep rally included wonderful performances by band, orchestra, theater, choir, cheer, colorguard, and dance. Our 8th graders toured the high school and returned with great questions for me about life as a 9th grader in Lovejoy. I assured them that the high school staff members are kind, welcoming, and will help them find their classes when the day comes.

Lately, I re-learned how to solve two-step equations with variables on both sides using a small dry erase whiteboard and working in groups. This method boosted student confidence and encouraged collaboration. I wish my middle school math teacher had used this strategy!

Thank you for all that you do to support our Willow students and staff. We look forward to finishing strong next week before Spring Break!


Caitlin Eldredge

WSMS Interim Principal

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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:

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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!

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8th Grade Science

WSMS 8th grade students have been focusing on atomic structure and chemical interactions for the last 7 weeks. A central tool for scientists, and students alike, the periodic table organizes 118 known elements by atomic number & mass, type of substance (metal, metalloid or nonmetal) and similar chemical properties based on valence electrons. Dreamed up in 1869 by Russian Chemist, Dimitri Mendeleev, it is an organized reference to assist us in identifying elements and how they will react when combined with other elements found on the periodic table. Students did a great job researching an element and helping create this visual support that can be found in our 500 hallway.
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WSMS CyberPatriot Competition Results!

Students in Lovejoy participated in the CyberPatriot Competition, a National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air & Space Forces Association to inspire K-12 students towards careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. Students had to secure virtual networks and compete against teams across the nation. Our team from WSMS placed 4th in Texas and 21st in the Nation. The members of the team were Justen Mao, Joel Dykstra, Celine Chen and Valencia Huang. Congratulations to these hard working students. A big shout out goes to Ms. Ford at the highschool who spent Sundays with these students while they were competing and Jenny Perez at Willow Springs for her support.
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Front Office Hours

Our campus front office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

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

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 (

STAAR Testing Dates

Please click here for the Spring STAAR testing dates!

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!

Powerschool App

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:

  1. Log out
  2. Update app
  3. 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.

LISD Calendar

Please go here for LISD calendars.

Student Support Center Update

WSMS Registration Information

We are excited to start course request meetings for the 23-24 school year. Here is a calendar of upcoming important dates.
Our 2023-34 Registration Page is now 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

Classroom Conversations

We have enjoyed getting to speak to the kids through our Classroom Conversations.
For the THIRD quarter our focus will be on: Trustworthiness. This will include how to show honesty, reliability, punctuality, and loyalty.
Please reach out to your student's counselor if you have any questions.

Kelly Collins - 7th Grade
Carey Miller - 8th Grade

8th Grade Parents Only Aim for Success Parent 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.

Please join us on March 2nd from 6-7 at WSMS for the PARENT Presentation to preview what the students will see and receive tools and strategies for communication with your child.

After March 2nd, if you were unable to attend this meeting, please reach out to Carey Miller,, for information.

We will be sending home a paper copy of an OPT IN form on March 3rd. Students will have to turn in the signed OPT-IN form by March 14th in order to view the presentation. If the campus does not receive an opt-in form from a guardian, your child will not attend the presentation. The STUDENT presentation is scheduled for March 28th.

Library Update

Book Fair Extended!

Good News!!! Our book fair has been extended until Thursday March 2, 2023. Thank you to all of the families who have already supported our Library program by purchasing books at the book fair. As a reminder, this book fair is cashless, e-wallets can be set up online using the information below! Thank you for your support!!!
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SORA Digital Library Parent Notification

Dear Parents,

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:

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Middle School Sports Tickets

To purchase a ticket for this week's HOME games, please click here.

Future Leopard Night

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WSMS Cheer Squad Parent Meeting and Tryout Information

Are you interested in becoming a member of the WSMS Cheer Squad? We will be having our first parent meeting regarding tryouts on Monday, February 13th at 5:00 in Room C702 at Willow Springs. Tryouts will take place the week of March 20th. If you have any questions please email Look forward to meeting you all soon!

Boys Soccer Parent Meeting and Tryout Information

Soccer season is right around the corner and we are super excited to get started. Coach Yaeger will be the WSMS soccer coach for both grades this upcoming season. It is going to be a great year for us and we look forward to everything the boys will accomplish. Below is all necessary information you will need to know before we start tryouts!

Parent Meeting 2/22

We will be having a parent meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:30 pm in the Willow Springs Cafeteria to go over everything you need to know about tryouts and the season. We will discuss practices, game schedule, and other nuts and bolts like pregame meals.

Tryout Schedule 2/27-3/13

Tryouts will be split by grade level. 7th grade will try out on Monday, February 27th- Wednesday, March 1st from 4:15 PM- 5:30 PM. 8th grade will try out Thursday, March 2nd, Friday, March 3rd, and Monday, March 13th. 8th grade will also try out from 4:15 PM- 5:30 PM. We will not do tryouts over Spring Break. This will be a thorough process to look at all athletes who tryout. We will be looking at player skill, coachability, and great attitude.

Tryout Information Form

If you are interested in playing soccer this year I ask that you fill out this form attached below to get some information. This will allow me to create a roster for tryouts and check all necessary paperwork. If you do not fill out the form, your son will still be allowed to try out.

Click HERE for Tryout Form

UIL Paperwork

Your son needs to have all of their UIL paperwork and physical forms filled out in order to try out. This is required of all athletes. The physical must be completed by a doctor. If you have already completed this information, you are good to go! The link to get all of this information filled out is below. An instruction sheet is also attached to this email.

Rank One Paperwork: Click HERE

If you have any questions, please email Coach Yaeger Looking forward to a great season!

Leopard Golf Program Meeting

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Girls Soccer Tryout Sign up Form

The Girls Soccer tryout form is accessed through the below QR code. This code will be posted in both gyms, by the coaches office and in the locker room.

***If your 8th grader is NOT in athletics they will tryout with the 7th graders at 7AM. This will allow students the opportunity to change and get to their 1st period on time.***

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Lovejoy Softball Bat Girls

Lovejoy Softball Bat Girls!

Is your daughter interested in softball? Does she play softball? Have her come and join our JV or Varsity teams as a Lovejoy Bat Girl for a game! Please sign up for our softball season using the QR code or signup genius link below! Girls need to be dressed in softball attire and have a batting helmet to wear. Each girl will receive a t-shirt as a thank you for their participation! Please sign up by March 1st! Come and support your Lady Leopards! Play Ball!

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Athlete Physical Information

Online athletic forms are online and ready to be completed for the 2022-2023 school year. Please go to 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

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Join PTO

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.

Join and Donate Here

WSMS PTO Board for 2023-2024

We are already beginning the process of identifying officers and committee chairs for next school year's PTO board. If you are interested in serving in this way, please complete the attached form. You will be contacted by a board member in the coming months.

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!!

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Denim & Diamonds 2023 - Fire & Ice Information

Click Here for information on Denim & Diamonds Gala and Live Auction on April 1, 2023
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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day!

This past Wednesday we celebrated School Bus Driver Appreciation Day! Thank you to the drivers, bus aides, and transportation team who take our students to school, extracurricular activities and back home safely!
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February Nutrition Newsletter

Click HERE for the February Nutrition Newsletter!

STEM Festival T-Shirt Competition

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STEM Festival Volunteers Needed

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Cangineering 2023

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Lovejoy Student Athletic Training

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Carrie L. Lovejoy Child Development Center

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