Hello, Willard High School families! Each year, there are hundreds of activities that take place at the high school. There have been many opportunities so far this year where students, families, and communities have come to support our students’ efforts. Our Willard High School (WHS) band, The Cutting Edge, has concluded their marching band season of competition where they have been razor sharp! Our students have competed at a very high level and have shown tremendous growth! Congratulations to The Cutting Edge for their outstanding accomplishments at each competition this year with finishing first place in multiple competitions and concluding with their most recent performance at Bands of America (BOA) in St. Louis! Great job!
Students at WHS shine in many ways as they work hard and display their talents. Our second year tennis team won the Central Ozarks Conference (COC) title with an undefeated season! They have taken competition by storm and have represented Willard well! Congratulations!
Our volleyball team won their first COC title since 2005 and finished the season in the Elite Eight as they competed at a high level in the state playoffs! Our students worked tremendously hard and represented Willard well each and every game! Awesome job!
Our football team recently won the first round of playoffs and advance to district semi-finals! Their hard work and strong effort is a great example of the tenacity of our students!
Our choir performed their Fall concert in the gym and provided an unbelievable performance! They brought life to music and presented a concert that makes Willard proud! One of the big accomplishments for the choir is the selection of Levi Thedell to the All-State Choir for the second year in a row! Congratulations to our choir and to Levi for this tremendous accomplishment!
As we move forward through November, there will continue to be opportunities for our students to get involved. The first ever, Explore Your Future day is November 14th where students have the opportunity to speak with professionals working in careers that students may want to learn more about as they become life-ready. One of the many great things about this event is that this will be during the school day at Willard High School! Students will also have access to numerous colleges, universities, and educational institutions.
Tickets for Disney’s Tarzan the musical are now on sale! Tickets can be purchased at willard.booktix.com now for performances on November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd at 7:30 P.M. and Saturday, November 23rd at 2:30 P.M. Tickets are $6 each for adults and children. Seats are assigned and can be chosen through the Booktix website.
Please talk with your child about these many opportunities and be sure to view future events by visiting www.hs.willardschools.net and you can follow me @DrKevinMorrison on Twitter and look for #WeAreWillard and #1Tiger.
Thank you and as always, it’s good to be a TIGER!
Willard Middle School
WMS held their 17th Annual Veterans Day. We were honored to have 70+ guests at our assembly and luncheon. The WMS Student Lighthouse partnered with several ACTION Teams and the Willard Community to offer a wonderful celebration of our local veterans. The students and teachers did an excellent job at creating a welcoming place where veterans felt celebrated.
With one full quarter of the school year under our belts, WIS-North is looking forward to cooler weather and the many learning experiences ahead! Our students and staff really enjoyed celebrating Red Ribbon Week and reminders to make healthy choices in our lives. A special thanks to the High School Thespians for stopping by and sharing their positive messages with us.
The first ever edition of The Growl came to life thanks to our newly created Journalism Club. Make sure to check it out!
5th grade students were able to share their learning about the Civil War with a larger audience through their "museum" exhibits. The artifacts they included were amazing and we appreciate the many family members that stopped by to see their learning come to life.
We ended October together with our first ever completely student led 1st quarter celebration assembly. A big shout out to our many student leaders for making it happen as well as the High School groups for stopping by and encouraging our students!
Make sure to follow us on social media and keep and eye on our building calendar to keep up with all the happenings at WIS-N this year.
Willard Intermediate School- South
Things have really been busy at Intermediate South as we wrapped up the 1st quarter. We celebrated Digital Citizenship week and Red Ribbon week with great reminders to be safe online and make responsible decisions. It was a great turn-out for our first ever Title 1 Family night. Students enjoyed using their oral reading strategies to complete a reading scavenger hunt with their families. We also honored our bus drivers with a special breakfast. As the month came to an end, students had a lot to share about their learning progress with parents during our student led conferences. WIS-S will host a Veteran's Day celebration to honor our family members for their service and sacrifice on Nov. 11 at 1:00 pm. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WillardIStigers to stay up-to-date on what is happening with our Building Calendar.
We're so proud of 1st & 2nd grade on their fantastic music performance at the beginning of October. They performed "This is America" and did a wonderful job! We held McTeacher night on October 15 and raised over $800 for our teacher's classrooms. Thank you to all of those who joined us for dinner!
We celebrated classes meeting their classroom WIG's on October 25 with our end of the quarter Tiger Pride assembly and wrapped up the month with parent/teacher conferences and fall parties.
Let's kick off the month of November with a list of a few things we are thankful for here at Willard South Elementary!
We are thankful for our newest addition to the Willard South family!! Congratulations to Kendra and Austen Lockhart and their little bundle of joy Lotte. She was born on October 19th and is the cutest!!
We are thankful for the overwhelming support and attendance for our First Fridays for Families event on October 4th. We can't wait to see everyone again on Friday, November 8th at 7:15am for breakfast, a 7 Habits story and craft! We will meet in Willard South Elementary cafeteria.
We are thankful for all of the parents who helped make our Fall Parties a success on Friday, October 18th!
We are thankful for the new students who have enrolled at Willard South Elementary this year. Our Ambassador Student Leadership Team enjoyed breakfast with these new faces to our building!
We are thankful for all of the storybook pumpkins that were created by so many talented families. You helped make our library a very bright and cheery place for everyone to see last month!!!
We cannot wait to see what this month brings for our Willard South Elementary families! Don't miss out on these special events listed below!
November 14th--Veteran's Day Assembly at 1:30 & 2nd grade music program at 6:30 November 27th-29th--Thanksgiving Break
October marked the end of the first quarter and Willard Central tried to pack all of the fun and learning into the month! We celebrated our students' learning and hard work with our Terrific Tiger Celebration and Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences. We also enjoyed the Book Fair and Red Ribbon Week! One of the other highlights of the month was our 2nd Grade Fine Arts Night where our students took to the stage to sing while also getting to celebrate their artwork displayed around the building. It was a wonderful evening for our students to shine! The 2nd grade singers also had the privilege of christening our new risers purchased by our amazing PTO! Thank you to all of our families for investing in our students and our school! Another highlight from October was our PTO Glow Run! We enjoyed a perfect evening to spend time together sharpening the saw as a school family! Thank you to our phenomenal PTO for hosting a great event and making such a wonderful memory for our school community! We hope everyone will make plans to join us next October for an even bigger event!
The Willard East BIG 3 for November:
1st ever Storybook Pumpkin Patch was a success. Willard East families decorated pumpkins using the theme of their favorite books. We had so many pumpkins turned in we looked like a real life pumpkin patch. Thank you Mrs. Kramer for this super synergizing activity for families.
Digital Citizenship Week was also a success in the computer lab with Mrs. Mcguire! Check out these "digital footprints!"
Positive Principal Principal office visits - When you check out our Facebook page you can see selfies with the principals. Students who are modeling positive habits are sent to the office for a positive visit and selfie- they even get to pick out the filter!
Willard Orchard Hills
A special shout out and thank you to our wonderful PTO. We are blessed with their support and their continued involvement with our Fall Festival. They served dinner to our families and were able to make a little money for their organization. They also provided our top sellers from our fall fundraiser with a limo ride to Pizza Hut this month. The kids had a great time enjoying a pizza party with their friends!
We are looking forward to Monday, November 11th when we will celebrate and honor our Veterans during our Community Time that morning. We hope you can join us!
We also have our next All-Pro Dad’s Breakfast coming up on Thursday, November 14 and our 3rd grade musical will be on Thursday, Nov 21.
Fall is off to a great start at Orchard Hills! We are thankful for your support.
Willard Parks & Recreation
Special Events Thursday, November 14th is the Inaugural Mother & Son Dodgeball Tournament. We are so excited about this event! Moms and sons will duke it out dodgeball-style in various game formats for individual points throughout the night to score the most honorable bragging rights in the WHOLE Willard area, oh, and TROPHIES! Check out WillardParks.com or follow the event on Facebook for more information! Pre-registration is required so sign up online, call, or come into the Rec!
Thursday, November 28th is the Annual Willard Turkey Trot benefiting Care to Learn! Registration for this fun running/walking event is on Active.com or through WillardParks.com. If you will be traveling through Willard in the morning for your Thanksgiving festivities, please be aware of these great people running for a worthy cause.
Saturday, December 7th is Christmas on the Frisco! We will begin the day with Crafts and Cocoa with Santa, then fill our bellies at the Chamber of Commerce chili dog tent, followed by the Christmas Parade! Event schedule and parade registration is available at WillardParks.com.
School’s Out Camp November 29th we will be hosting another camp day! We love entertaining your kids K-6th with sports, crafts, dancing, and whatever else our great staff comes up with for the day while you’re at work. Be sure to register early at WillardParks.com. While there, you can learn about our other scheduled School’s Out Camp days, rates, and discounts! Questions, please contact us at The Rec at (417) 742-5380.
Sports Basketball games at The Rec begin Saturday, November 9. Teams have been practicing hard and everyone is sure to have a great time, from learning the fundamentals to enjoying fun rivalries. We love seeing the kids get excited about their sports. Play safe!
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