All I can say is “Thank You!” to everyone that made this year so great at WIS. It almost seems impossible that we have spent a whole school year together. Even though our current 6th graders are anxious for school to be out for the summer they will be missed! We wish them continued growth and success as they make the move on to the Middle School next year. As we bring our “ipod” theme to a close we are excited to announce our them for next year: Around the world in 180 days. It should be quite a ride!
We wish everyone a fun-filled and safe summer and we look forward to seeing our new 5th and 6th grade students in August.
We all know how busy the end of year can be but I think this week would win the prize for “how many things can you cram into 5 days”! On Monday our 6th grade White team traveled to the Bois D’arc conservation area to complete a water ecosystems unit they have been working on in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Conservation. They were glad to have great weather and I know that lots of fish were caught. On Tuesday evening we celebrated the 5th grade Red and Black teams DARE graduation. Wednesday was the district transition day. All 4th grade students got the opportunity to tour our building in preparation for the transition to our building. WIS looks forward to having them next year. Our 6th grade student also toured the Middle School and they are ready to make the move! Thursday we had our final iChoose assembly of the year. 10 student were the lucky winners of our $50 cash prizes. Thursday evening saw the majority of our 6th graders back at school for their end-of-the-year party. Thanks to our student council and teacher/parent volunteers that made this event a success. Friday the weather cooperated and we were able to have our 5th grade field day. The students had a great time and we appreciate all the parent help that made it possible.
I have always been told that the true colors of an individual are most visible when they are placed in a stressful situation. Friday gave everyone in the building an opportunity to demonstrate this fact. At approximately 8:00 am, while students were just arriving at school, the Willard area was slammed by some of the strongest wind I have ever witnessed. Our students and teachers calmly went to designated shelter areas in the building as the power first flickerd and then went out. We found ourselves sitting in the dark with the wind and rain pounding the building while the storm sirens sounded outside.
Although the building suffered some minor damage and the power never came back on, everyone was kept safe from harm and we did our best to have a “normal” rest of the day. I am so proud of the way our students handled themselves! I would also like to thank our teachers who spent the day keeping everyone calm and working around the many changes that came their way throughout the day. Quite an end to teacher appreciation week! (Thank you PTO for all the good stuff). Thanks also to our kitchen staff, custodians, and office staff that demonstrated the “whatever it takes” mind-set which helped the building to run smoothly on a very not normal day.
We look forward to calmer spring weather!
Join in the fun!
Help your friends and neighbors by helping us raise money during the first-ever Helping Hooves fundraising week happening all across the Willard School District from May 11-15! The action-packed weeks’ activities are being organized by Helping Hooves – a local group of dedicated parents and high school students giving our special needs kids the support they deserve to master new skills, and increase their strength, confidence and self-esteem through horseback riding therapy.
Be the first to win the Helping Hooves trophy! If you or your parents have some spare change, bring your money to fill up your elementary school’s saddlebag between May 11th and 15th. The elementary school collecting the most pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters that week will be able to proudly display this large trophy in their school lobby all year long.
Help fill your school’s saddlebags with crisp, dollar bills. Teachers all across the district can contribute $1 each day that they wear jeans during the fundraising week.
Have a sweet tooth? For just $1, you can buy candy bars from Willard High School kids, selling these goodies on behalf of our cause.
We believe in our special kids and this organization. Since Helping Hooves is totally volunteer, 100% of your fundraising donations collected this week go directly to therapy costs at “Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks”-the area’s only nationally accredited center.
Help us help our special needs kids.
Any questions? Contact Carrie Hudson at 742-6865.
The Helping Hooves fund is a component fund of the Willard Children’s Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
If April showers bring May flowers what does May rain bring? The wet weather kept us indoors this week but it has not limited the activities at WIS. Monday night we hosted our Fine Arts night and talent shows. What a crowd! Thanks to all our parents that came out to support the hard work of our students. It was great to see the art projects and writing fair pieces on display. Everyone was entertained by the awesome performances by our students (and teachers) at the talent shows. Tuesday night we were treated to an evening performance by both the Willard North and WIS Honor Choirs. Thursday Morning we had a group from Character Connex visit to share a positive message about respect and other positive character traits. Today our teachers have been busy finishing up their final day of MRI training. This yearlong program has helped us to be much more effective at incorporating reading strategies into daily instruction.
Upcoming WIS events:
May 2 – Steven Wingfield benefit dinner and auction
May 4-8 – Teacher appreciation week
May 5 – 5th grade field trip
May 8 – School wide career day
Spaghetti Dinner Benefit
Saturday – May 2nd
4 – 7 PM
Willard North Elementary Cafeteria
This is a benefit dinner for Stephen Wingfield, a student in the district that has recently undergone chemotherapy for Post Transplantation Lymphoma Disease
A silent auction will take place offering a variety of gift baskets
Donations also accepted
Thanks to the beautiful weather WIS enjoyed a couple of great outdoor activities the last few days. Friday we celebrated the outstanding efforts of our students on the MAP with our reward BBQ. Everyone got a chance to enjoy some great food and a little extra time outside. Thanks to the many parents that came out to celebrate with us and especially to those that volunteered to help out.
The WIS and North Honor Choirs performed at the Springfield Cardinal’s game on Saturday. They sounded great! It was fun to spend the day at the ballpark with all the students and parents that were in attendance. A 9th inning homer to win the game was the perfect end to a beautiful day. Go Cards!
With 4 weeks of school left we have many things happening. Here are a few important WIS events happening soon:
4/27 – Fine Arts Night/Talent Show 5:30
4/28 – Spring Choir Concert 7:00
5/2 – Steven Wingfield Benefit 4:00 – WN Cafeteria
5/4-5/8 – Teacher appreciation week
The MAP is over! The MAP is over! These words echoed through the halls of WIS on Thursday as students (and teachers) are glad to have our state assessments behind us. I am confident our students will make us proud. We want to thank our wonderful counselors Mrs. Skaggs and Mrs. Johnson for coordinating our testing, our PTO for providing snacks on test days, and our MAP assembly committee for putting together an awesome assembly for everyone on Monday. Today was a great day to get outside and enjoy the weather after the week of testing.
A reminder that our MAP reward cookout will be this Friday April 24th during lunch. Parents are welcome to attend this celebration with their child. Please contact our office if you would like to join us.
Next Saturday April 25th, our honor choir will be singing at the Springfield Cardinals game. This will coincide with our WIS day at the ballpark. Game time is 2 pm. We look forward to a good time and hope for some great baseball weather.
Keep paying it forward!