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News Archives


The bulleted items below are past news articles and links from the WOE homepage.



  • Check the calendar to the left for special days of dressing for the holidays! For example, Monday is Candy Cane Lane - Wear Red and White!
  • Attention Parents, Guardians, Grandparents, and Alumni! Would you like to be a part of something awesome that would help Willow Oaks? We are working on creating an "I Love Willow Oaks Elementary School" video to help promote Willow Oaks and our Optional Program to the community, and we would LOVE to have your input! Plus, there are incentives! There are two ways to be a part: 1) send a video to Ms. Weakley, or 2) come in for a taping. A letter went home to parents/guardians that you can find here for more details. Click here to sign-up for a timeslot for Ms. Weakley to record your video, or send your short videos (no more than five minutes) with positive comments to
  • We are so proud of our students who earned a ribbon for the first quarter! Click here to see the video.
  • This year's tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 28 and ends Sunday, July 30 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Attention Parents! Please complete the AdvanceEd Survey during our Open House meeting on August 24. Please click here to access the survey.
  • The Willow Oaks PTO/Title One Open House/Meet the Teacher meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 pm, August 24. We will run two meet the teacher sessions, 6:15-6:35 and 6:40-7:00.
  • Attention parents! The PTO would like to invite you for "Pastries with Parents" on Friday, September 29th at 7:45 to 8:15 am. We will meet in the Learning Garden.
  • Willow Oaks is hosting this year's Read for the Record event! This year’s campaign book, Quackers by Liz Wong, is a wonderful story that follows a kitten who grows up believing he is a duck. Please mark your calendar for October 19!
  • It is National Hispanic Heritage month from September 15 - October 15! Join us for an evening of food, fun, and culture as SCS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month! Come out to Ridgeway Middle School on October 17 from 5-7 pm for our district's Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. There will be cultural performances, food tastings, and vendors offering parent and community resources to support and celebrate our Hispanic community. At Willow Oaks, students took a virtual field trip using Google Earth to explore Hispanic countries!
  • Teachers, Assessment Blueprints for 2017-18 are now available here.
  • Teachers, click here to access the PowerSchool instructions for our gradebooks.
  • Help SCS help Hurricane Harvey victims. Click here to find out how you can help.
  • Join our Team for the St. Jude Walk/Run. Click here to sign up for the Willow Oaks team!
  • Attention Parents! The Before and Afterschool Programs online registration begins Wednesday, August 30th at 6:00 p.m. Click here to see the instructions in English or click here for the instructions in Spanish.
  • Click here for the student link to AdvancedEd Survey.
  • Attention staff and parents! Please complete the AdvanceEd Survey by September 1 to further our accreditation process. Please click here to access the survey.
  • The Willow Oaks family raised $1,000 during the Go Jim Go campaign for St. Jude! Thanks to everyone who contributed to this wonderful cause! Click here to see the video.
  • The teacher toolbox link has been added to the Teacher Resource page or click here.
  • October 30th was Career Day here at Willow Oaks! To see the video, click here.
  • Our Read for the Record event was a huge success! Click here to see the video. WREG Channel 3 News attended. To see their video, please click here. Thank you to all the students, teachers, parents, guests, and special thanks to Librarian Ms. Kerr; Orff Music Specialist, Ms. Hamilton; Visual Art Specialist, Ms. Hooper; Set artist and teacher, Ms. Lavelle; Ms. Eads, the PTO, and the rest of the Read for the Record Committee members, Dr. Nichols, Ms. Kwan, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Harris, Ms. Gentry, Ms. Parrish, Ms. Hayes, Ms. Oliver, and Ms. Weakley.
  • The 2017-2018 supply lists are now available in English and Spanish. Click here to see the lists.
  • Click here to access the uniform policy. The uniform policy includes gold and royal blue.
  • Monday, January 15, is a school holiday!




  • Click here for the 2016-2017 supply lists
  • Click here for the 2016-2016 WOE Uniform Policy
  • The "Calendar" section has been updated. To see the calendar, click here.
  • Registration Kickoff: Tuesday, June 19th from 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Meet the Princiipal and STEM Fair - Saturday, July 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Godwyn Park (behind Willow Oaks).
  • Registration Days: July 25 - July 28, Monday 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Thursday 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. To see the registration requirements click here.
  • We have scheduled our parent meetings. Please come by and visit with your child's teachers! The Hispanic Parent Meeting will be on Tuesday, August 23, 5:00-6:00 pm. The grade level parent meetings will be on Thursday, August 25, 5:30-7:00 pm. Please meet in the cafeteria on August 25 at 5:30 pm. Due to parents having students in multiple grades, we will repeat the grade level meetings three times. Please click here for a detailed schedule.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on September 15, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Schedule your appointment today to get your preferred time!
  • On Thursday, September 8, at 5:00 p.m., we will be holding an Open House / Title I Meeting. Please come and hear important information.
  • Parents, we are having another "meet and greet" with our new principal. Doughnuts with Dr. Nichols starts at 7:30 a.m., September 13.
  • Congratulations to students whose work was selected to show in the Delta Fair including Julissa, Minelly, Veleria, and Ronnie from 5th grade, Keira from 4th, and Riquelme from 1st grade!
  • Artwork winners in the Delta Fair are Keira, in 1st place, and Ronnie in 2nd place! Way to go!!! Click here to see their artwork. Keira's artwork also earned 2nd Place at the Mid-South Fair!
  • Friday, September 16 is a school holiday for students!
  • We had a wonderful turnout for Grandparents Day! Click here to go to the Grandparents Day page.
  • Willow Oaks participated in a program called, Drop Everything and Read. For pictures and more reading information, click here.
  • The Open House / Title I page has been updated. Click here to see the video.
  • For Breast Cancer Awareness, everyone wear pink (no jeans for students), on Friday, October 21.
  • Please come to our Family Reading Night, Tunes and Tales, featuring the Memphis Symphony Orchestra on October 4, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. Correction: Students will not wear pajamas.
  • Willow Oaks students, parents, teachers, and staff raised $1500 for LeBonheur Children's Hospital through the Go Jim Go campaign! To see the video, go to the Recognition page or click here.
  • The Willow Oaks family participated in the St. Jude Walk/Run in September, and raised over $2500! See the Recognition page, or click here for more information.
  • Optional students in grades 3-5 spent hours picking up bag after bag of trash from around the Willow Oaks grounds and Godwin Park! Click here to see the video and for more information regarding our optional program.
  • October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Wear orange tops (with uniform bottoms) on October 19, and help us make a vibrant statement against bullying.
  • Come to our Willow Walk and Harvest Day Festival on Saturday, October 22. The Willow Walk begins at 10:00 a.m. Prizes will be awarded: the 1st place winner will receive a trophy, and 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive gift certificates. The Harvest Festival is from 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • October 24-28 is Red Ribbon Week! The theme is "choose to be drug free." This is what to wear: Monday, silly socks, uniform top and bottom; Tuesday, baseball caps, uniform top and bottom; Wednesday, favorite team gear (shirt/jersey), uniform bottom; Thursday, red shirts, uniform bottoms; Friday, red, white or blue tops, mix-match shoes, uniform bottom.
  • The WOE event, Read for the Record is scheduled for October 27, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. This year's featured book is The Bear Ate your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach.
  • October 27 was "Read for the Record" Day. Click here to see pictures and for more information.
  • Monday, October 31st, dress up as your favorite book character (No scary characters, masks or clowns!)
  • October 31 was Dress up as Your Favorite Character Day here at Willow Oaks! Students and Staff went all out and looked awesome. Click here to see the video!
  • Congratulations to Ms. Wallace, and Ms. Leatherwood's classes for collecting the most, "Coins for Cancer!" Ms. Ragland's class earned honorable mention. Thank you for helping the fight for cancer! The Recognition page has been updated with this information.
  • Friday, November 4 is Awards Day. 1st-2nd is at 8:45 am, 3rd-5th is at 9:30 am.
  • Leon Gray gave a wonderful speech to students on dreaming big and working hard, during our Honors Program. Click here to see a video of his speech and students being awarded.
  • Students with A or Bs in reading and good conduct were able to receive three tickets to the University of Memphis game this past Saturday, November 12. Click here for ticket information. Also, click here for parking information.
  • Students who attended school every day with no tardies or early check-outs participated in the AttenDance! Click here to see the video!
  • Thanks so much to our wonderful PTO who again raised needed funds for our school!!! Thanks also to all participants in the fund-raiser! To see pictures of members of the Royal Court of Top Sellers, please click here.
  • 3rd-5th graders voted on Tuesday, November 1. See pictures and the results by clicking here!
  • Monday, November 7 is Picture Day (students may wear dress clothes, no denim).
  • Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day, a school holiday!
  • Vote here for our SCS Mannequin Challenge.
  • Spelling Bee today, November 22, at 9:00 a.m. for 4th-5th grades.
  • Attention students! Enter the SCS Student Essay Contest! The subject of your essay is how you would create the perfect school for SCS students! The deadline to submit your essay is November 25. Winners will earn prizes! Click here to access the form. Then, scroll down and look for "Student Essay Contest."  Click the block that states, "Essays here by November 25, 2016!" Complete the form (requires a parent email address) and, start typing! Good luck!
  • On Friday, December 2, SCS officially kicks off our holiday season with Operation: Warm Hearts Stuff the Bus Event! From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the BOE parking lot, we'll be collecting donations of new and gently used outerwear to support our students in need. Friday's fun includes several holiday-themed student performances, donuts in the morning for anyone who makes a donation, great music from DJ John Best and the 88.5 FM team, multiple food trucks on site during lunch, and hot chocolate all day long! Come join the fun and help someone at the same time!
  • Thank you for participating in the Operation Warm Hearts initiative! We were able to donate almost 100 hats and mittens to severely impoverished students.
  • Congratulations to our Golden Shoe Winners: 1st Grade - Ms. Lacey's class; 2nd Grade - Ms. Carmichael's class; 3rd Grade - Ms. Lee-Wright's class; 4th Grade - Ms. Hehn's class; and 5th Grade - Ms. Crumb's class.
  • Our Christmas Sing-a-Long was spectacular! Click here to see the movie.
  • You are invited to view and celebrate the completion of our printingmaking class via the Walter Anderson Printmaking Grant funded by the River Arts Special Resources fund. It is scheduled for January 13, 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Click here for the flyer.
  • We are having our Optional Open House on January 12, 3:30 - 5:30 pm (new students only) and January 18, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.
  • Auditions for the Black History Month program will be held in the cafeteria after school on January 19.
  • Awards Day was on January 20. Click here to see the video of grades 3-5.
  • Our Scholastic Happy Camper Book Fair will be held in our library from February 24 through noon on March 3. Please come to find that special book(s), and support our library and class libraries at the same time. If you would like to volunteer to assist with the fair, please contact Ms. Kerr.
  • Students did a beautiful job in Ms. Hooper's printmaking class! Click here to see the video with their work!
  • Ms. Campell was spotlighted by Shelby County Schools in December! Each week SCS spotlight teachers across the district doing unique things in their classroom to support our Destination 2025 goal. Ms. Campbell was spotlighted and shared the strategies that she uses in her classroom to help students accomplish early literacy expectations that support the Destination 2025 strategic plan. Way to go, Ms. Campbell! Click here to watch the video!
  • Links have been added to the Teacher Resources page including Accelerated Reader, Engage New York, Journeys, Literacy Center, and several others. Click here to be directed to the Teacher Resources page.
  • Fifth grade students were assigned a wonderful project of creating sod houses in Social Studies. To see their projects, click here.
  • Ms. Hooper, Visual Arts Specialist, was awarded $1,000 grant for the Art in the Making program which is affiliated with the River Arts Festival. Congratulations Ms. Hooper! For more information click here.
  • The Willow Oaks Black History Program was awesome. To see the video, click here.
  • Willow Oaks staff, students, and special guests joined Dr. Nichols in the ribbon-cutting ceremony during our Learning Garden kick-off! After the ceremony, students planted the garden. Channel 24 news ran a newscast on the event. To see the movie of the event and the newscast, click here.
  • Students did a wonderful job creating their science fair projects. Students that came in first place are Joseph Hartman (3rd grade), Tre Aldridge (4th grade), and Madison Williams (5th grade); in 2nd place are Marsean Colvin (3rd grade), Jane Dunigan and partner (4th grade), and Destiny Matthews and a partner (5th grade). Click here to see the science fair movie.
  • The Orff All-City Chorus Concert was held on March 30 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. They did an awesome job representing our school. To see pictures, click here.
  • TCAP here at Willow Oaks started with a super fun pep rally. To see the video, click here.
  • The Willow Oaks News Club has launched their first on-line interview. To see the video and for more information regarding the News Club, click here.
  • We had a huge turnout for the Father-Daughter Mother-Son Dance! It was wonderful to see families beautifully dressed and having a wonderful time together. To see the video, click here.
  • Willow Oaks was awarded Honorable Mention in three categories in the Beautify Your School contest through Memphis City Beautiful!


Announcement from SCS

    My SCS Mobile App - Push Notifications

    The District is now using the My SCS mobile app to send push notifications to people who have downloaded the app. Like text messages, push notifications are text-based messages that are sent directly to anyone who has downloaded the app on their mobile device. For example, we used the app to send out weather information. We will be rolling out the push notification capability to school users in the next couple of weeks as well, so parents will be able to follow WOE in the app and get alerts about news and events on their mobile devices. Parents, click the link here to download the app for free. In addition to getting push notifications notifications from the District, the My SCS app provides access to news, calendars, lunch menus, SCS social media and much more.


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