Hatchet Happenings

August 2020

Welcome Back! We are so happy to see you!

We have had an awesome start to the new school year. Right now, our Washington Schools community is adapting to the challenges we are facing and proving we are stronger together.

Our school nurses are showing an outstanding commitment to our students and community during this pandemic, adapting to new responsibilities to keep our community healthy.

Sodexo custodial and maintenance teams are working tirelessly to keep our buildings as clean and disinfected as possible to help stop the spread of disease. Sodexo Food Service staff have stepped up to make the cafeterias safer.

Our educators are showing innovation and persistence to make sure learning doesn't stop.

School support staff, including instructional assistants, secretaries, librarians, bus drivers and many others make a difference in our schools every day.

Our students have displayed amazing character traits such as citizenship, responsibility, respect, and flexibility as they adapt to new circumstances and grow!

For all this and more, we say thank you. We're grateful to you, our Washington Community Schools family, for rising to the challenge in these unprecedented times. #IAMWashington.

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Meet our new teachers!

Welcome to Washington Community Schools. We are happy you are here!

New Classes at Washington Junior High School

Students at Washington Junior High have more options this school year.

Project Lead the Way Gateway-Medical Detectives. Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they collect and analyze medical data to diagnose disease. They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, measure and interpret vital signs, examine nervous system structure and function, and investigate disease outbreaks.

The High School Careers class has been moved to the Junior High. Students will get one semester each year with 8th graders receiving HS credit. Students will explore their interests through research and self-assessments. They will also learn the soft skills that employers are looking for.

Both Health and Computer Science have been expanded to full-semester classes for both the 7th and 8th-grade years.

Medical Detectives exploring vital signs

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Kids at Hope Water Bottles at Lena Dunn

As part of our Back to School plan, all water fountains have been turned off and replaced with water bottle refill stations. Thanks to a generous donation from the Daviess Community Hospital, all students at Lena Dunn have been provided with their own Kids At Hope water bottle!
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Woot Woot Wagon! at Veale Elementary

The "Woot Woot Wagon" has appeared at Veale. This is a celebration cart that will appear in classrooms as students complete an academic accomplishment. Their teacher will summon the cart!!!. Thanks PTO for assisting with this endeavor.
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New Indiana State Department of Health Guidelines

The Indiana State Department of Health has updated their COVID-19 guidance as to when it is safe to return to school after an illness. See the link below for details.

Parents: please help keep everyone healthy by carefully monitoring your child's health and keeping students home when they are sick.

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Grant funds provide Ipads and internet accessiblity

Washington Community Schools recently learned that a GEER grant, The Governor's Emergency Relief (GEER) Fund, has been awarded in the amount of $91,684. This grant will fund the addition of iPads for our kindergarten classrooms and provide funds for WCS to have a supply of MIFIs for those families in need of Internet access during periods of distance learning this school year. Both grant activities will support Washington Community Schools students ability to continue to learn during times of distance learning related to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Principal of the year

We are pleased to announce Mr. Steve Peterson, Principal of Washington High School, has been named District 11 Principal of the Year. At the August school board meeting Washington School Board President Randy Bouchie stated Peterson had worked closely with WHS students, staff, and the community to expand programming opportunities. Peterson has been responsible for the development of Washington’s new College and Career Academy that ensures students at Washington High School have opportunities to develop their talents and skills for the world after high school. Congratulations!

Hatchets Have Heart

In Washington Schools, our staff and students display character, passion, integrity, determination, empathy, or exceptional behavior in many different ways. Because of those who go above and beyond to make our schools a great place to work and learn, we are pleased to announce the new Hatchets Have Heart Recognition Program.

Help us acknowledge an extraordinary teacher, student, administrator, instructional assistant, secretary, school nurse, librarian, volunteer, coach, food service worker, custodian, or bus driver by filling out this Nomination Form.

We believe it’s important that each of these receives recognition for the outstanding effort they put into each and every moment they spend with us here at Washington Schools.

Great things are happening in Washington Schools every day! With your help, we can give recognition to those who put so much into our schools and community.

Where are they now?

We are looking to feature our Washington Hatchet Alum!

If you are interested in being featured on the WHS Alumni Association Facebook page as well as on our Washington Community Schools website and social media in a “Where are they now?” post, please email tpeterson@wcs.k12.in.us

Questions to respond include:

- What year did you graduate? 🎓
- What is your favorite school memory?
- What did you pursue after attending Washington Community Schools?
- Who was your favorite educator?
- What advice would you share with current Washington Community Schools students?

We would like you to share a picture or two of maybe your graduation day at Washington High School and a current image.

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Hatchet Highlights

Are you interested in seeing all the great things happening in our schools every day? Check out our Hatchet Highlights webpage for the latest photos, videos, podcast episodes, and the Hatchet Happenings newsletter to keep you up to date!

Hatchet Football

Washington High School is following guidance from the IHSAA and the ISDH concerning attendance at athletic events. Please see the following message concerning home attendance for Hatchet Football from Athletic Director Mr. Larry Cochren.

Podcast - Superchat with Superintendent Dr. Dan Roach

Click below to listen to the September edition of our Podcast with Superintendent Dr. Dan Roach and Athletic Director Mr. Larry Cochren as they discuss the new health and safety protocols and attendance procedures for Hatchet Athletics this school year.

September Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Upcoming Events

September 2nd - Lena Dunn Picture Day

September 7th - Labor Day- No School

September 14th - Junior High Picture Day

September 17th - School Board Meeting 7 pm

October 7th - North Picture Day

October 12-16th - Fall Break- No School

October 22nd - Veale Picture Re-take Day

October 23rd - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Washington Community Schools

Washington Community Schools is committed to preparing ALL students for the future. Offering a wide variety of opportunities and technology allows students K-12 to IMAGINE the possibilities, ACHIEVE success and explore their potential, and MASTER skills that will take them to the next level of life and learning. #IAMWashington

empowering success one student at a time