Education

Tue
01
May

Round and round

The WPISD Transportation Department had four drivers compete March 24 at the ETAPT Bus Road-e-o at Pine Tree Stadium in Longview. A Bus Road-e-o is a competition were contestants compete in both a written test on pre-inspection and general knowledge and an obstacle course of 11 events. Diane Palmer placed second overall, Lisa Coburn third, Lesley Johnson ninth and Michelle Clardy 12th during the competition. With their performance, Palmer and Coburn advanced to the State Contest June 22-23 in Corpus Christi.

Mon
05
Mar

Spanish Clubs watches ballet performances

 

The Wills Point High School Spanish Club went to the Mesquite Arts Center to watch two dance programs performed by the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet Feb. 20. The ballet travels all over the country to bring educational performances to schools. WPHS students were joined by a number of other area school districts.

Overall the programs had an amazing mixture of music, sound and multimedia presentations all going at the same time. At the end of each program, selected students were called to the stage to dance with the members of the Hispanic Ballet.

Mon
26
Feb

Crowded field set for WPISD Board races

Election filing for two positions on the Wills Point City Council and three positions on the Wills Point ISD Board of Trustees drew to a close Feb. 16 culminating in what has become a familiar pattern for each entity: a canceled election for the city and at least one new face set to join the school board.

The Wills Point City Council entered the filing period with two positions, those held by Mike Jones and Wade Emerson, set to be put on the May 5 ballot. Jones and Emerson were the only people to return the required paperwork over the month-long filing period clearing the way for the city to cancel its election for the third consecutive year.

Both Jones and Emerson will be sworn into new two-year terms at the May city council meeting.

Tue
06
Feb

WPMS Honor Roll

Wills Point Middle School

Fifth Grade A Honor Roll

Marcus Baker, Logan Barber, Madison Calderon, Richard Carpenter, Coleman Cauley, Kevin Cervantes, Garrison Cox, Mason Cupples, Kaylie Davis, Catherine Dixon, Madison Egenbacher, Jett Fletcher, Aylin Fox, Samuel Garrett, Ian Goldberg, Ewan Hayden, Jonathan Jackman, Jacqueline Martinez, Presley Mixon, Jayce Parker, Evan Perez, Joe Porter, Cloe Ramzy, Emily Rogers, Mavery Salisbury, Jacob Samples, John-Taylor Shelton, Sheldon Taylor, Logan Wells and Emily Wilson.

 

 

Wills Point Middle School

Sixth Grade A Honor Roll

 

Tue
06
Feb

Winter Guard places second at NTCA contest

The Wills Point Winter Guard opened its latest event season Jan. 27, making the trip west to Lamar High School in Arlington to compete in their first North Texas Colorguard Association event of the school year.

Competing as the smallest school in their classification, Wills Point placed second in round two of the Scholastic A competition and second overall in the Scholastic A classification. The top two finish by the program is just the latest success in a growing list of accomplishments for the Winter Guard under the direction of Nathan Ascano.

“I was very pleased with their performance. They really brought the energy and sass our show requires,” said Ascano. “We are working on finishing the show for our next competition, in addition to detailing what we already have. The girls have been working really hard to up the level of difficulty of the show.”

Thu
14
Dec

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.

Mon
30
Oct

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.

Mon
23
Oct

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.

Mon
23
Oct

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.

Mon
09
Oct

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.

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