Washington Post

March 18-22, 2018

We Are A.R.M.Y. Strong!!

"As a member of the Continental Army, I promise to be Accountable, Respectful, Motivated to Learn, and do mY best."

Our vision is to ensure that all students are WMS ARMY Strong and are prepared for high school, college and careers.

Please be checking with Students on their grades and homework completion. Many of the homework assignments show a green checkmark when they are completed. We are seeing many students starting assignments but we need to continue to improve the number of students completing assignments.

Washington Ave. Road Construction

Please see the information below regarding construction beginning this week on Washington Ave. According to the message below, the construction company had originally planned to reroute all Washington Ave. traffic south on Marshall Ave, then back to Washington via Rotherwood. This means that all Washington traffic will be congesting our already congested side street during drop-off and pick-up times. As you can see below, the construction was due to begin on Monday. Because I was not notified until after noon on Friday, I worked with EVSC officials who have persuaded the contractors to postpone the detour until Tuesday. This will allow us extra time to assign staff members and get the support of EPD to ensure that our students are safe. It is strongly recommended that you avoid Washington Ave. if at all possible, encouraging students to ride the bus or to carpool with other families. I assure you, I am very concerned about the safety of our students and families, so I will continue to work with the contractors, the Water and Sewer Utility company, EVSC, EPD and our staff. If you have questions, please contact me directly.

The details from contractors:

As a follow up on a closure related to the Washington Avenue closure at Lodge Avenue for water main upgrades, the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility has requested I provide the information below related to the project.

Washington Avenue will close between Marshall Avenue and Brookside Drive on March 18, 2019 at 8:00 am. A detour route will be posted as noted below.

  • Washington Avenue
    • South on Marshall Avenue
    • East on Madison Avenue
    • North on Rotherwood Avenue to Washington

Lodge Avenue will be re-opened from Covert Avenue up to Madison, with the new closure area from Madison Avenue to Bayard Park. A detour route will be posted as noted below.

  • Lodge Avenue
    • East on Madison Avenue
    • North on Rotherwood Avenue
    • West on Bayard Park Drive to Lodge

It is encouraged for all thru traffic to avoid these areas, as congestion is likely. The road is scheduled to be re-opened by the end of the day, March 25, 2019 (weather dependent). Additional work will be required in the intersection in the next few weeks, with additional restrictions/closures to do so.

We will continue to keep you informed. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Track Starts Monday

The Washington Middle School Track team will start Monday with a callout meeting until 4:30pm. Both girls and boys interested in competing in Track and Field are encouraged to attend the meeting. Practices will be Monday through Friday until 4:30 starting on Tuesday. A bus will be provided each day at 4:30pm.

Free Dress Thursday for Citizenship

Students who earned 8 points for last quarter will get certificates for Free Dress. This is based on the following criteria:

1. Growth from Q2 to Q3 - 1 point for growth or maintaining A's

2. GPA - 4 points for A average, 3 for B average, 2 for C average and 1 for D average

3. Behavior - 5 points for 0 Office Referrals, 4 points for 1 Office Referrals, 3 points for 2 Office Referrals, 2 points for 3 Office Referral, and 0 points for more 4 or more

4. Extracurricular - 3 points for 3 or more days/week of after-school programs, sports or involvement in outside activities, 2 points for 2 days/week and 1 point for 1 day/week.

Students must have 8 total points out of the 13 total to achieve Citizenship. Students achieving Citizenship only will be able to have Free Dress Friday. They will receive a certificate by Thursday, so they are notified.

Free Dress and Fun Day Friday

All students will be able to wear Free Dress on Friday for $2 on Friday. We will also be celebrating the end of the third quarter with an opportunity to have some fun. We tell students all the time that we work hard so we can play hard. We have put in a lot of effort this past quarter, and our students have accomplished very high growth on grades. The improvement on report cards across the building was some of the highest we've seen in the last three years! We're proud of our students, so we want to reward them. This also give ours teachers opportunities for professional development during the day prior to our last quarter. The concession stand will be open during the day as well.

Yearbook Sales

Washington Middle School yearbooks are now on sale! Students can order yearbooks until April 15th. The price of a full-color yearbook is $13. If purchased after March 23rd, the price increases to $16.

To order visit, www.inter-state.com/yearbook and enter the code 32076D, or pay with cash or check, payable to Washington Middle School.

"I See It, I Take It" Policy

According to our School and District policies, students are not to have on hoodies, jackets or sweatshirts with large logos, cell phones, ear buds or food in our classrooms and hallways between 7:30-2:30 unless a teacher gives specific instructions to have them. Our policy is that any staff member who sees these items will take it, and students can pick that item up at the end of the day. We have some uniform sweatshirts for those students needing them, and we lock the taken items up in the main office until pickup after 2:30. If cell phones have been taken multiple times or have become a significant distraction in class, parents may be asked to come to school to pick the item up. We explain to students that this is not a referral or a disciplinary situation unless their response to the redirection is inappropriate or disrespectful. If students just cooperate when asked, there will not be a disciplinary action taken. If you have questions about this policy, please contact Mr. Meyer or Mrs. Branson.

8th Grade Recognition Ceremony Scheduled

Our 8th graders will be recognized at the Promotion Ceremony on Monday, May 20th at 8:30am in the Bosse High School Auditorium. This is a formal ceremony, so students are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.

The dress code: Ladies can wear dresses, skirts or dress pants. Dresses and skirts must be longer than finger tip length and shoulders must be covered. If girls are wearing dresses with tank tops or straps, they can cover shoulders with sweaters or jackets.

Gentlemen are encouraged to wear dress shirts and ties or bow ties. Jackets and suits are encouraged.

Parking: Parking will be limited to the football stadium parking lot along Highway 41. Please enter the doors that face Washington Avenue. The main parking lot will only be open for handicapped family members.

This is a formal event to honor the work of our students. We ask that you help us model appropriate and respectful behavior during this event by clapping respectfully and refraining from yelling as student names are being called. This is out of respect for all families, so they can also hear their child's name.


Students will continue to have homework nightly for this semester. Please help your child by creating a scheduled time and space for them to complete homework. We're seeing major improvements in students' study habits when they're completing some homework every night. If your child is working on homework longer than 15 minutes each night in one subject, please contact your child's teacher. These assignments shouldn't take longer than 1 hour total for all four subjects.

ISTEP is out and ILEARN is in

This year, the state of Indiana has changed the End of Year test for our students. It used to be called ISTEP, but the new test is ILEARN. It is created by a new company and has many more technology enhanced items and a focus on application of skills. If you missed our PTSA meeting last week about the new test, the information can be found at this link: https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-families

If you have questions about this test or how Washington Middle School is preparing students for higher expectations, please contact Mrs. Branson at 812-477-8983.

Teacher Websites

Each subject in each grade level has a class website. These websites are updated with the topics for learning, resources to use as support, and any important dates for the classroom. Click on your child's grade and then select the subject to get to the specific information about your child's class information. If you have any questions about the information on the website, don't hesitate to email your child's teacher with questions or concerns. If you do not receive a response, you can email or call Mr. Meyer or Mrs. Branson.

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How is your child doing in classes?

Access this link to see your child's grades, discipline, attendance, and schedules. You can also update your contact information or email teachers from this site. If you have questions or you cannot log in, you can contact the main office at Washington Middle School.


If you have questions or concerns about grades you can contact your child's teachers, Mrs. April Coughlin or Administration to set up meetings.

WMS Expectations and Procedures Handbook

Dress Code Reminders

Cool Weather Items

Type: hoodless sweaters or hoodless sweatshirts, vest, zip up fleece, softshell or cardigan worn with a collared button down or polo shirt underneath

Colors: any solid color

Logo: small manufacturers logos are acceptable; school logos are permitted

The following is unacceptable at WMS and will not be allowed:

· Unnatural hair colors (bright red, burgundy, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink or purple) anywhere in the hair.

· Body piercings, excluding ears. Earrings that pose a safety hazard or that are disruptive in nature

· Visible tattoos

· Skinny style pants, stretch pants or tight fitting clothing

· Hats or head coverings inside the school

· Cell Phones, large purses, gym bags, backpacks, backpack style purses, and drawstring bags must be kept in students’ lockers from 7:30am to 2:30pm.

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Contact Us!

Please contact us with questions or concerns! If you have specific concerns regarding a teacher or class, we encourage you to email, call or meet with the teacher to work on a solution. Mrs. Coughlin, our school counselor, is your contact for scheduling or student concerns. Mrs. Miller, our Youth First Social Workers, is your contact for community resources, family support, or student therapy group sessions. Mrs. Amuzie, our school Social Worker, is your contact for Food Bags, Hangers Clothing Bank applications, peer concerns, or general student support. If you have continued concerns, please contact Mr. Meyer or Ms. Branson. What we don't know can't be fixed!