Middle School FAQs

  • How many students are enrolled at WMS?

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    Currently we have a student body of 793 students! We have 766 students returning to the Willard district and 27 new students to the district.

     

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  • How do I find out about inclement weather late start or school cancellations?

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    1. Check the district website at www.willardschools.net. This is the most reliable source of information. Every effort is made to post closings by 5:30AM
    2. Check our district Facebook (www.facebook.com/willardschools) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/willardschools) accounts.
    3. Our district notification service sends an automated email, text message, and/or phone call to parents with their information set up in our Student Information System. If you do not already receive these messages contact the district office at 417-742-2584 to update your information.
    4. We notify media outlets to add Willard schools to their list of closings. Keep in mind however that this can be the LEAST RELIABLE source of information. It’s always best to confirm what you see or hear in the media.

     

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  • What is the Late Start Schedule?

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    This Late Start Schedule allows traffic & plows to clear roads a little longer, allows students that drive to do so in full daylight and after rush hour, and allows buses extra time to get on the roads and start their routes. 

    Grades 7-12 begin at approximately 9:25AM (2 hours later than normal)

    Grades PreK-6 begin at approximately 10:40AM (2 hours later than normal)

    Note: This is NEW for the 2020-21 school year, and will replace the previously used Late Start Schedule. Above times may vary  by a few minutes building-to-building to accommodate bus schedules. There will be no morning Tiger TALES on late start days. Staff will not be available to supervise students prior to 9:00AM (7-12) or 10:15AM (PreK-6), so please plan your drop off accordingly.

     

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  • What is school is in session but I don’t think it’s safe for my child to get to school?

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    As always, parents should use their best judgment in determining whether it is safe to allow their student(s) to travel. If parents don’t believe that conditions are safe they may choose for their student to be counted as absent that day.

     

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  • How does the district decide whether to close school or not?

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    Student safety is always the district’s primary concern. The district goes through several steps to determine if it is safe for kids to get to school. Those steps include:

    1. When the threat of winter weather approaches administrators begin monitoring and communicating directly with the National Weather Service about the timing and extent of the incoming weather. Administrators also communicate with other area districts to learn what conditions are in their area and what may be heading toward the Willard District.
    2. A team of district administrators drive throughout the entire district the night before and/or by 4 o’clock that morning to assess weather and road conditions. Sometimes conditions are different in one part of the district vs another. Administrators have to take into account conditions in all parts of the district.
    3. All the information is analyzed, a decision is made and communicated by 5:30 AM if at all possible.

     

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  • Are there ways for my student to get involved at WMS?

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    Absolutely! We offer a variety of sports, after school clubs, and after school activities to meet a variety of student interests. Stay connected by looking at our student calendar frequently!

     

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  • Does WMS offer free student tutoring?

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    Yes! WMS student tutoring may be done any day of the week, before or after school. Tutoring is set up directly with your student's teacher(s). Parents will make time and day arrangements with the teacher.

     

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  • What is NJHS?

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    NJHS stands for National Junior Honor Society. This academic achievement is for 8th graders only at WMS who qualified as a 7th grader. Qualifications include earning all A's and A-'s, and showing good character/behavior during their 7th grade year. Contact Mrs. Jennings at camijennings@willardschools.net for more information.

     

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Bell Schedules

  • WMS Bell Schedule 2020-21

    Late Start Bell Schedules  

    Due to inclement weather the Willard R-2 school district may call for a late start.

    Grades 7-12 begin at approximately 9:25AM (2 hours later than normal)