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by Patrick Allen
May 9, 2014

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Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,


Our cafeteria has been transformed into a jungle paradise for our theater programs performance of Lord of the Flies.  The show begins tonight at 7:00 p.m., tickets are $7.00 at the door.  If you are unable to make it tonight, there will be two more performances on Friday and Saturday, both begin at 7:00 p.m. in the CHS cafeteria.  In addition, our Willow Springs choir program will perform their spring pop show at 7:00 p.m. in the Lovejoy High School Auditorium on Monday, May 12.  This will be a great opportunity to see some of our talented students in their respected fine arts programs.  Please see below for more information.  Have a great weekend. 



Safety and Security
As with everything we do at WSMS, student safety is our number one priority.  You never know what the weather is going to bring in North Texas.  We look forward to partnering with you in maximizing student safety should severe weather come again.  Here are a few items to keep in mind:


·         Although we will never deny a parent the right to pick up his/her student during a tornado drill, we will have a better procedure and check out location in the Fine Arts wing.  This means we will not have anyone located in the front office, so please enter through the doors on the north side of the building if you feel the need to pick up your student.  Once you are in the building, you will be asked to wait in the Orchestra Ensemble Room while we locate and check out your child in a timely manner. 


·         If a parent is checking out a student while tornado sirens are going off, for your own safety and the safety of your student, both will be asked to remain in the building in one of our safe locations.  You are welcome and encouraged to sit with your student. 


·         We will allow students, and even encourage them, to text their parents once they are in a safe location.  After the text is sent, we will ask them to turn off their cell phones to protect communication lines that may need to be used by law enforcement and school personnel.  We will be in constant contact with district personnel about updates in weather and district level procedures. 


·         All campuses, including WSMS, have a storm tracking device that is on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide accurate information about storms in our area.  This, along with constant communication with central office, will determine when we will move into a tornado drill due to severe weather.



WSMS Theater Presents Lord of the Flies – Begins Tonight,  May 8 through May 10 in the WSMS Cafeteria

Willow Springs Middle School’s theatre department will be presenting its final show of the year, Lord of the Flies, which is based on the Nobel Prize winning novel by William Golding. Golding wrote the novel in 1954 in wake of the devastation World War II brought and the invention and use of the atomic bomb. The novel focuses on a group of young children, ranging in age from 5 to fourteen years old, and their life after being stranded on an island by a plane that was meant to take them away from the ongoing World War III. Thematically, the story is about human nature, government, civilization, order, power, and the savagery that could potentially reside in all humans. Many experts on the novel believe each character represents a role or facet of human civilization or perhaps the lack thereof. Golding is known for winning the 1983 Nobel Prize in Literature for this novel, and has won scores of other awards due to the truths it hold and the timelessness of the story. The novel was adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams, and has thus far been presented by the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, from which WSMS has borrowed their prop pig. For $5 or $7 respectively, children and adults can enjoy this thrilling production of Lord of the Flies.


“…fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream,” --William Golding


Disclaimer: This performance contains mild language, simulated violence, and heavy content. It is suggested that children 4th grade and up attend.


WSMS Library – Due Tomorrow, May 9

All library books will be due tomorrow, May 9, 2014.  At the latest, 7th graders will need to have all books in and fines for any lost books cleared before the Service Learning Day on May 16, and all 8th graders will need to have all books turned in and fines for lost books cleared before the Six Flags Trip on May 23.


SAVE THE DATE: WSMS Scholastic Book Fair - Our end of the year book fair will be May 12 - 15 in the WSMS Library.  This fair will feature BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE on all books.  We hope that students can find some great books for summer reading.



7th Grade Service Learning Project for Next Friday, May 16

Next Friday, May 16, is the 7th grade Service Project. 


   **All volunteer permission forms and parent volunteer forms are due tomorrow, May 9. Please click here for the form.


We are still in need of parent volunteers for Operation Kindness, Chestnut Square, Myers Park and the North Texas Food Bank. All volunteer permission forms and parent volunteer forms are due tomorrow, May 9.


If you have any questions concerning this project contact Kelly Bellar Service Learning Coordinator at


Lovejoy May 10 Bond Election

As you know, the May 10 Lovejoy ISD Bond Election will be coming up soon.

To learn more about the proposed bond election see the video link provided.


                     Educational Video 


Election Day - May 10, 2014 from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Lovejoy Elementary Gymnasium

Willow Springs Middle School

Fairview Town Hall


Bad Weather Makeup Date

School will be in session on Monday, May 26.


Willow  Springs  Choir  Pop Show – Monday, May 12

Come out and hear the Willow Springs Middle School Choirs in their Pop Show 2014 – “I’ve Got the Music in Me”, May 12, 7:00 p.m., Lovejoy HS Auditorium. The MS Choirs will perform hits from yesterday and today. From A Cappella tunes to get your foot tapping to some Journey with Live Band, these students will amaze you.


Titles include:  Dance to the Music/I’ve Got the Music in Me, Yesterday by the Beatles, Counting Stars, The Story of My Life, Hit Me with Your Best Shot, Old Time Rock n’ Roll, Happy, Wake Me Up by Avicii, Pompeii, a Journey Medley and many, many more!!


Pre-Show – 6:40 p.m.

Count on Me – Ashlyn May, Marcie Sawyers and Marlee Jenkins

Good Time – Alex Doran and Maggie James

Breakaway – Allie Straeck


WSMS Choir Performance at Watter’s Creek - Saturday, May 10

Come hear the amazing vocal talent of the Willow Springs MS Pop Groups - Limelight and Centerstage, and the Lovejoy HS Pop Groups - A Cappella and Spotlight - perform at Watter's Creek in Allen this Saturday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m.


Fishing State Record Holder

Sam Harrison, a 7th grader at Willow Springs, recently became the new Texas State Jr. Record holder for a White Bass (Sand Bass) that he caught in March of this year.  Sam's catch also eclipsed the old, Cypress Springs, lake record by 1/2 a pound as well as the Jr lake record.  Congratulations to Sam!  For more information about the state record, please see the link below.


Current 7th Grade Students

All 7th grade students received a packet of information regarding:


Course Request Verification -  student course requests for next year

This is NOT a schedule. If there needs to be a change to the requests, it needs to be made on the back of the form, signed by a parent and then turned back in to their 7th period teacher or the Student Support Center.


School Supplies - school supply lists as well as ordering information, click here


Athletics - UIL Physical information, Cardiac Screenings and dates, click here


Please ask your student for this information as there are FIRM deadlines for ordering and changes to student requests. If you have any questions, contact Stacey Hancock in the Student Support Center at or 469-742-8422


Spring Final Exam Schedule

For a copy of the spring final exam schedule, please click here.


Final Exams Make Up

If a student was unable to take a final exam during Final Exam Week (May 26—May 30), they can make it up on Friday, May 30 during our 1st period class time. Please feel free to contact your son or daughter’s teacher to schedule a time to make up a final exam.


Final Exam Reviews
On Thursday, May 15, teachers will provide students with a copy of the final exam review.  In addition, an electronic copy will be posted on School Town and on the WSMS website under “Parent Resources” on Friday, May 16. 

Teachers will be going over their review in class prior to the final exam. Each review will provide vocabulary, concepts, and/or skills needed to be successful on the final. Students will be expected to take the information from the review and apply it to questions on the exam that include graphs, charts, maps, diagrams, and excerpts. These application based questions provide a foundation for the level of thinking that aligns with the higher level thinking of our state standards in middle school and high school. Rather than studying the review for 2-3 hours the night before the final exam, we encourage students to prepare for each exam by studying for approximately 15-20 minutes a day. In addition, students should refer to notes, handouts, assignments, and their textbook to support their learning and preparation. For an example of a final exam review topic and how it might be tested on the final exam in each of the core subjects, please click here (these questions are from the 7th grade curriculum in ELAR, math, science, and social studies).


Final Exam Grades
Final Exams are a summative assessment over material that has been covered during the second semester. Teachers will be closing out their grades for the second semester once final exams have been completed. As a result, students will not have the opportunity to re-take their final exam.  As the semester comes to a close, please continue to work with your son or daughter to stay on top of their school responsibilities. This time of year is traditionally very busy for our students and families, both often get pulled in several different directions as we approach the summer. If you or your student needs any assistance or support with academic or behavioral support, please partner with our teachers, counselors, and administrators. Let’s work together to ensure that our students finish strong in their second semester of learning.


WSMS Volunteers

We would like to thank our Willow Springs volunteers! Please stop by our front office for a small token of our appreciation for the countless hours you have put in this year.


Tennis Fundraiser

It is time showcase your skills and have a fun night of tennis!  The doubles tournament will be May 9 from 4:30-9:00 at LHS. We will have a DJ, snacks, and silent auction! Entry forms and money needs to be delivered to Stacey Hancock in the student support center at Willow Springs. The tournament will fill up quickly, we had over 100 participants last year.


Journalism UIL

Please congratulate these journalism students who were announced as winners by the Journalism Interscholastic Press League (UIL) at the spring convention this past weekend at UT Austin.  Many Willow Springs and current freshman at LHS were named as award recipients in the individual awards category by ILPC.



For the 2012-2013  "One Way" THEME SELECTION  AND DEVELOPMENT (including theme creation, cover, end sheets, section dividers and introduction) 2nd place to Emily Weichel & Jillian Sanders  (now 9th grade at LHS)


Student Life Spreads

HM-Emily Weichel, Jillian Sanders, (9th grade at LHS)

HM-Jessica Teague, Samantha Snow,  WSMS



News Writing


Hannah Ortega

Willow Springs MS


News Writing


Hannah Ortega

Willow Springs MS


Editorial Writing


Mary Catherine Wells

Willow Springs MS


Editorial Writing


Caroline Smith, Noah Corbitt

(now freshmen at LHS)


Sports Action Story


Drew Doig

Willow Springs MS


Sports Action Story


Hannah Ortega

Willow Springs MS


Feature Writing


Hannah Ortega

Willow Springs MS


Entertainment Review


Hannah Ortega

Willow Springs MS


Personal Column


Abigail Omatayo

Willow Springs MS









Computer Art


Garrett Sendelb


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