Each and every year, it is a joy to see so many of our Willard High School students excel in their interests! This last month, there have been many accomplishments and a few are highlighted below. Join us as we celebrate our students and their achievements!
Daniel Abreu broke the scoring record for Willard High School basketball that had previously been held for 28 years by Scott Welsh. Congratulations, Daniel!
The Willard High School wrestling team finished in 5th Place at the Missouri State Wrestling Tournament claiming their highest ranking in program history and Top 7 State finishes in the last four out of five years. The following took state medals in their respected weight classes: Christian Finley - State Champion, Jed Brandon - State Runner-Up, Ryder Heimbach – 4th Place, Tim Stevens – 5th Place
For Courtwarming this year, there were a number of activities that involved our students including a wrestling match during the assembly. Our wrestling Tigers won and Austin Joplin was crowned Courtwarming King at the basketball game that evening! Congratulations to Austin and all of our Willard Tigers!
Our WHS NJROTC Shooting Team finished in 7th in the nation at the Navy Nationals Shooting Competition in Phoenix, AZ, and earned a spot at the Department of Defense Nationals! Brianna Jeffries placed 4th in the nation as an individual shooter and is the first WHS student to earn the prestigious award!
Faculty Highlight: Coach Hancock was recently voted into the Missouri Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame!
As we look forward into March, the end of 3rd Quarter is March 13th and Spring Break takes place March 16th – 20th with students returning to school on Monday, March 23rd.
The spring semester has many exciting events in store for Willard High School! 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
We are excited about our health classes Social Wellness Project! Students are coming up with their own ideas to spread kindness to others and promote positive social health in the areas of community, family, school or personal life. Some examples include: raising money to donate to organizations or charities, book donations to give to students who can't afford them at local elementary schools, doing kind things for teachers, faculty, and staff in the Willard district, sitting with students at lunch who don't have someone to sit with, hat drive to donate to patients with cancer who have lost hair, writing positive/encouraging notes to various groups of students, doing a kind act at a local nursing home, volunteering at a local homeless shelter, preparing family dinners/game nights, etc. Students then present the project to their health class after they have completed it. We have seen a lot of excitement among our middle school students with this project and look forward to seeing the results spread throughout the school and our community!
7th grade Social Studies students recently completed a “Shark Tank” project. Each group was tasked with creating a business/product and applying economic vocabulary words to create a business plan. Groups then presented to potential investors. The groups that received the highest investment were given the opportunity to mass-produce their product and sell to the student body in the “Shark Market” which this year is taking place on March 4 and March 11. Students analyze the data after the market concludes. All proceeds will be used for projects benefiting Willard Middle School. Net proceeds for the first sale date were $494.
Track & Field started last week with 94 students participating. Softball try-outs were held this week and Cheer will be holding tryouts for next year! Rehearsals are ongoing for our Spring production, Archery is gearing up for Nationals, Speech & Debate are practicing and participating in tournaments and we are ALL looking forward to Spring Break the week of March 16! We hope you take some time to relax and enjoy the break as well.
Willard Intermediate School- North
Although snow days and winter illness made the month of February a little shorter than usual for some, learning and leadership were in full swing at WIS-North!
Several of our Student Leadership teams synergized to provide an appreciation breakfast for our School Board. Thank you to these groups and district leadership for attending!
A big "Thank You" to all our parents that brought in snacks and helped out with our Valentine's Day parties. This annual event is a big deal to our kids and it was fun to see them so excited about the activities going on in their classrooms.
Remember to help us fight the flu by washing your hands and staying home if you are sick!
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
It's been another busy month at WIS-South. Some highlights include:
-Student leadership teams have been writing their mission statements and establishing how they will use the habits to serve our community. -Sixth grade completed their scheduling for 7th grade and are looking forward to middle school next year. -Fifth grade green team students worked with their ELA/SS teachers and Mr. Stockton to use Cue Robots to discuss character traits. -We've got a large group of students enjoying our new club, Youth Hunting and Fishing, that kicked off this month with archery. -Congratulations to Mr. Stockton who received a WCCF $500 grant to add equipment to our production room. -Our first Family Movie Night was a success as we had over 100 people come to enjoy time together watching the Little Rascals.
Did you know that our students create a weekly news show to share what is happening at WIS-South? Check out all of our episodes here.
As 3rd quarter is coming to an end, we wish everyone a wonderful spring break!
Family Reading Night was a huge success! Students enjoyed different stations around the building to celebrate reading. Thank you to all of our families that joined us. Speaking of success...great job to 4th grade on their hot dog diner raising funds for their trip to Jefferson City later this Spring.
We celebrated Missouri Author, Laura Ingalls Wilder Day with visitors from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Mansfield, Missouri. Our students loved getting a glimpse in history!
Well done 3rd graders on their program, A Little Bit of Country and A Little Bit of Rock & Roll! We are proud of you! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! #wnetigers #itsgoodtobeatiger
Thank you to our awesome families who joined us at our March First Fridays for Families event! We hope you'll join us again in April on Friday, April 3rd at 7:15AM.
...One week until Spring Break, but who is counting?!
We hope you have enjoyed our classes reading Dr. Seuss books on our Facebook page. We will continue celebrating Dr. Seuss with some dress up days next week, March 9-13.
Monday: Many Colors Monday- Wear as many colors as you can Tuesday: Top Hat Tuesday- Wear your favorite hat Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday- Wear your clothes inside out or backwards Thursday: Theatrical Thursday – Dress like your favorite storybook characters Friday: Fox in Socks Friday- Wear your crazy socks
Upcoming Events: Thursday 3/12 : Literacy Night 6-7 Enjoy fun events throughout the school Friday 3/13 : Early dismissal at 12:30 p.m. Summer School registration is now open! Enroll online at www.willardschools.net/summer
February was filled with learning and laughter! Thanks to our wonderful PTO, our families enjoyed a Valentines Dance together. It was a great evening of fun memories.
Our 4th grade students were also busy researching historical figures and writing biographies about their lives. Students put this learning into action making a living wax museum. Students, staff and family members enjoyed touring their museum to learn about these amazing people from history.
As we look ahead to March, we are excited to welcome visitors from southwest Missouri schools to our Leadership Day on the 13th. Have a great spring break!
Best. Fundraiser. Ever! Thank you to everyone who supported our Read-a-thon. This year it was hosted online and we had the best results we have ever seen for this type of fundraiser. Our goal is to put a new basketball court on the playground. We met our monetary goal and Principal Miller will be duct taped to the wall during lunch time before Spring Break. We can't wait!
We also had a very Successful Family Reading Night. We celebrated the end of our school wide book The Lemonade Wars with games and a chilli supper. We had a great turn out and look forward to this each year. Thank you all of our Willard East families who helped serve chili.
Orchard Hills had another great turnout at our First Friday for Families and All-Pro Dad’s breakfast events. We also had lots of fun with the Valentine’s parties. A big shout out to all our WOHE parent volunteers that make our party days so amazing!
Today the students enjoyed a presentation about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The students were amazed that she didn't start writing her books until she was 60! And that she wrote her books on Big Chief tablets that were made in Springfield. It took 5-6 tablets writing on the front and back for each book. The Laura Ingalls Wilder museum has these manuscripts in their vault.
Willard Parks & Recreation
We're gearing up for this awesome, sunny weather!
Our upcoming events and registrations include: Open Registration for the 2020 Freedom Fest – Open Now! Date Night Dodgeball – March 6th 2020 Pickleball Tournament (Mixed Doubles) – March 7th Spring Break Camp- March 16-20 We have many open gym times available for practice! Call the Rec Center at (417) 742-5380 for more information and to check times!
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