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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Longtime WPISD educator retires

Winifread Williams was awarded a certificate of appreciation for her 32 years of loyal and dedicated service in Wills Point ISD.

The plaque was presented to Williams by Superintendent Scott Caloss on May 30, 2017.

While working for WPISD, she was selected teacher of the month several times by her co-workers.

Williams is a graduate of Marshall High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from Wiley College and a master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

She is a loyal member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Marshall. While in Wills Point, she attends Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Her proud parents are Curtis (deceased) and Addie.

A retirement party was given for her and four other co-workers May 18 at the Woods Intermediate Library.


Kay named salutatorian at Sinton High School

Rylee Kay graduated as salutatorian from Sinton High School May 26, 2017. She was involved in various activities through high school which included Future Problem Solvers international qualifiers, All-American Cheerleader and National Honor Society.

She played on the Sinton softball team and was named First-team All-District Second Base and Academic All-State First Team.

Kay also was a Varsity Cross-country runner. She was named Homecoming Princess in her senior year.

She is enrolled at Texas A&M in College Station and will begin in the fall.

Kay is the daughter of Zac and Dana Kay of Sinton, both former Aggies, and the granddaughter of Janette and Donnie Kay of Wills Point and Butch and Shirley Koether of Sinton. She is also the great-granddaughter of Rosie Ferguson of Wills Point.


University News

Stephen F. Austin

The following students from Wills Point have been named to the dean’s list at Stephen F. Austin State University for the spring semester: Catherine Delgado, Nursing; and Stephen Wallace, Kinesiology.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5.

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Wills Point Primary Students of the Month of May


Carlo Arce, Dalton Moss, Maddison Cunigan, Jocelyn Atilano, Rafael Silva, Heriberto Godina


Daisey Montano, Kaegen Gentry, Skyler Spencer, Landon Montoya, Chloe Dingledine, Brooklyn Horn, Issy Palos, Leyton McEnturff, Dylen Ramirez


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