WPHS invites community ‘Into the Woods’

The Wills Point High School Theatre Department is currently in rehearsal and staging phase of its latest show, a musical production of “Into the Woods” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

“Into The Woods” combines the tales of the Grimm Brother’s “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel” and “Cinderella” as well as a few other characters.

“Can all the characters get their wish and live a happy ending after in the end?” the WP Theater department asks.

Performances are 7 p.m. Nov. 14 and 19 and 2 p.m. Nov. 21.

Student tickets are $5 and adult tickets are $8. 



Board takes next step in District of Innovation pursuit

The Wills Point ISD Board of Trustees continued to pave the groundwork for the district’s future at Monday night’s regularly scheduled board meeting, taking yet another step forward in their pursuit of a District of Innovation designation from the state.

Discussion of potentially seeking the DOI designation began back in October with Superintendent Scott Caloss outlining the possible benefits of such a pursuit. Caloss explained at the time that districts designated as a DOI by the state are afforded more flexibility in how they can conduct school business, including more control on a school district’s start date and local certification of educators among others.


Primary instructional coach publishes article

Wills Point Primary instructional coach Brandy Pearson received word from the Texas Association for Literacy Education that her article entitled "Bringing Vocabulary to Life" will be published in this years 2017 TALE Yearbook. Pearson was chosen for the July 2016 TALE conference as a presenter. 

Her breakout session included information to Texas educators about vocabulary journals. She stated, “I was beyond excited when I was chosen as a presenter. This proposal came from my own classroom experiences, and vocabulary journals were invented when my students were struggling with various words in general. The article publication was a huge accomplishment for me and a life long goal.”

Pearson has been chosen to present again in February at the TALE Conference at West Texas A&M. Her topic this year will be repeated readings for K-8 grade. She is looking forward to hopefully having another article published next year.


WPISD Education Foundation receives lead donation

The Wills Point ISD Education Foundation is excited to announce Oncor, as their first lead gift donor for the Founders Campaign. Cindy Tayem, Oncor Area Manager was on hand with some of the Wills Point ISD Education Foundation Executive Committee members to celebrate the donation. The Founders Campaign is a unique opportunity to be recognized in the community as a supporter of the Wills Point Independent School District and the Wills Point ISD Education Foundation. Our Founding Year Lead Gift donors will be recognized with a permanent memorial that will be unveiled in our second year of operation.


First graders learn fire safety

Wills Point Alumni and Tyler Fire Department Captain Reese Hunt visited the Wills Point Primary School campus and talked to students in Cassie McDaniel’s first grade class about fire safety.

Captain Hunt discussed how important escape plans, smoke detectors, and safe spots were to the students so that they would know what they would hear and where to go if there was a fire. He went over procedures of what to do if you were ever caught in a fire, such as, staying low away from the smoke, and stop, drop, and roll if your clothes ever caught on fire.

Captain Hunt brought his fire gear and went over the importance of every piece. Hunt put on his gear so that the kids could see and touch what a firefighter looks like when they are in their fire suit. He wanted the kids to know that firefighters are not scary and that they are there to help them.


Helping hand

Earnest O. Woods Intermediate School held a contest to help raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The fundraising event included an extra carrot for participants with the classroom that collected the most money during the fundraiser being presented with a popsicle party for their efforts. Students in Chasity Mixon’s third-grade class finished the event as the top fundraisers at the Woods campus, collecting $140 which will now be donated to the Vidor ISD in Vidor, Texas.



Students in Wills Point joined millions of others around the world on Sept. 27 by participating in See You at the Pole, a global day of student prayer that annually takes place on the fourth Wednesday in September. According to, “See You at the Pole began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September. See You at the Pole is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. See You at the Pole is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event.”


More than 500 helped at Back 2 School Fair

Organizations and individuals from around the Wills Point community opened their hearts last week, volunteering their time, goods and services to help ease the stresses that come with the start of a new school year at the 6th annual Back 2 School Fair.

The fair, put on through a joint effort by the Wills Point ISD, Wills Point PTO and Wills Point Chamber of Commerce, collects and distributes school supplies to students who qualify for free and/or reduced lunches each year.

Additional services provided through the efforts of volunteers includes haircuts, the distribution of dental and hygiene supplies, eye screenings and vaccinations.

The Back 2 School Fair has grown every year since its inception, growing from 413 students assisted in 2016 to 512 in 2017.


Registration information for WPHS students released

All students who will be attending Wills Point High School for the 2017-‘18 school year are required to preregister. Students should pick up registration packets from the Wills Point High School office starting Aug. 7.

Students will be allowed to pick up schedules, receive a student ID and purchase parking permits with a completed and signed registration packet on the following dates: 6 to 8 p.m. all freshmen, Aug. 17; 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 18 for volleyball and band and 1 to 4 p.m. football and band; for remaining students registration is from 9-noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21.

All students must be in compliance with school dress code when picking up schedules and having school IDs made.

For further information call the high school at 903-873-5100.


University news

Stephen F. Austin

Phebe Foster of Edgewood has been named to the President’s List at Stephen F. Austin State University for the spring semester of 2017.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 4.0.

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