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Focusing on finals and study tips suggested

Focusing on finals and study tips suggested

LeopardLife Bethany McTee and Ahmed Bouafif, Staff Writers

December 11, 2017


Filed under Campus Life

With heads dropping onto homework, pulling all-nighters to try and ace a test, studying can be stressful some students said.. But if one knows the right way to do it, then it could be a very simple school officials agree. Students overviewed a priorities checklist and took a self-test  during advisory...

The buzz around the bee

The buzz around the bee

LeopardLife Anthony Morgello and Nicole George, staff writers

November 14, 2017


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Classrooms buzz in preparation for the competition, but this one is not about strength, but rather of knowledge. Being held in the cafeteria on Nov. 16 is the WSMS spelling bee. Students are challenged with some words they might know and others they have never seen before. This spelling bee will be...

CRAFTY: Dine & Design craft time offered in library

CRAFTY: Dine & Design craft time offered in library

LeopardLife Sam Walton, business manager and Dinah Thadikonda, etcetera editor

October 25, 2017


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More than books were offered in the library this week. With painted boards, scrabble parts, pages from literature samples, clothespins and more, students  made crafts at  ‘Dine and Design’ during ‘A,’ ‘B,’ and ‘C’ lunches Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2-3. “At Dine and Design we make crafts. And to...

Hands4Hope brings “Boos” to benefit area homeless with Halloween drive

Hands4Hope brings “Boos” to benefit area homeless with Halloween drive

LeopardLife Ailsa Kokoricha, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2017


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Hands4Hope is a part of Club Day at Willow Springs, but it is also more.  Hands4Hope reaches out to the community more than just on club days at WSMS. "It is instilled to provide culture and character development beyond the classroom," club organizers and WSMS teachers Nicole Sanders and Amy Snodgrass said. The club, now in its third year, i...

TAG – students are “it” to inspire others

TAG – students are “it” to inspire others

LeopardLife Katya Wise, Real World editor, Elaina Johnson, Staff Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Campus Life, Showcase

Used as an act to spread kindness and art awareness, Project T.A.G. is a way for people to express creativity, inspire others and give kindness through art. The acronym T.A.G. stands for Taking It Seriously, Ask questions, and Get help - used for suicide prevention nationally with anti-suicide programs.  I...

WSMS, meet Dr. Rodgers

WSMS, meet Dr. Rodgers

LeopardLife Will Doig, Staff Writer

October 13, 2017


Filed under Campus Life

Dr. James Rodgers is new to Lovejoy and is the assistant principal at WSMS. His accomplishments as an assistant principal in New York, to an at-the-bottom developer of the game ICIVICS, Dr. Rodgers pounced on the opportunity to work for a nationally known school in Lovejoy and become the new assistant prin...

Eighth grade swipes pep rally Spirit Stick

Eighth grade swipes pep rally Spirit Stick

LeopardLife Audrey McCaffity and Bethany McTee, Staff Writers

October 13, 2017


Filed under Campus Life

A little bit of music, a whole lot of cheering, and Leopard sports come together to make a WSMS pep rally. On October 5 the WSMS family came together to celebrate the events that have taken place so far this school year.  For some, including the new art teacher Jenny Slaver, this was their first...

Students prepare to face off in Battle of the Books

Students prepare to face off in Battle of the Books

LeopardLife Parker Post, Managing Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Campus Life

Seven teams, four books, multiple questions, but only one winner. The Battle of the Books competition challenges participants’ knowledge of books, thinking and analyzing skills, memory, and ability to quickly state the answer before any of the other teams in order to win the prize. The Battle of...

Students collect $1,726 for Harvey victims

Students collect $1,726 for Harvey victims

LeopardLife Ailsa Kokoricha, Editor-in-Chief

September 7, 2017


Filed under Campus Life

PALS, a student organization on campus, has launched a fundraiser to assist those who have been affected in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The hurricane swept across the coast of Texas, dropping feet of water on the low-lying city of Houston. Many people lost their homes in the hurricane, and for some, it ...

Solar Eclipse shines LIGHT on new school year

Solar Eclipse shines LIGHT on new school year

LeopardLife Lindsey Hughes and Parker Post, Managing Editors LeopardLife, Grace Milliken, WSMS Video News

August 25, 2017


Filed under Campus Life

  Students said the new school year looks so bright, they had to wear shades - literally.  While most students pack new school supplies, on Monday students added one other new item - protective eyewear/shades to view the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, the first day of school.   ...

SCHOOL BELL RINGS August 21

SCHOOL BELL RINGS August 21

LeopardLife Staff Report

July 20, 2017


Filed under Campus Life

Before the first school bell rings on August 21 marking the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year at Willow Springs Middle School, students can walk their schedules and get to know their teachers during Walk the Springs on August 18. Also to begin preparation for classes, a school supplies list is...

Wardrobe challenged?

LeopardLife Emma Gapp and Parker Post, Staff Writers

May 12, 2017


Filed under Campus Life

  With increased temps and summer slipping in, students rack their closet with the newest and trending fashions. From sailor stripes to denim on denim, and from bomber jackets to camouflage, both girls and boys prepare for summer with new clothing. However, some students said they find fittin...

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