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November 1, 2021

Upcoming Dates

October 26- November 23: Student Engagement Survey window. Student will take the survey at school

October 26- November 21: Parent Engagement Survey window. Unique survey link will be emailed

November: National American Indian Heritage Month

November 1st- Quarter 2 starts today

November 7th- Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 11th- Veterans Day. Thank you to all the Veterans

November 11th- Report cards mailed home, you should expect them early next week

November 13th- World Kindness Day

November 18th- Family/ Teacher Conferences from 1:00-7:00pm. Students dismissed at 11:14

November 19th- No School for students, Inservice for teachers

8th Grade parents, it's that time of the year!

8th Grade Individualized Planning Conferences or IPC's will begin Monday, November 1. The conference will be approximately 45 minutes to an hour in length. In the meeting, we will cover course selections for high school, career goals and post high school discussion. A Google Meet link will be shared to students, parents and guardians, along with a mail letter.


Questions please reach out to our counselors Mr. Thao 663.9714 or Ms. Giessen 663.9826

School Nurse Update

We are pleased to announce that the MPSD is providing FREE, on-site COVID testing for our staff, students and family members living in the same household!

Here is how it will work:


What are the days and hours that I can receive a COVID test?

  • Testing will begin on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

  • Testing will be available daily Monday through Friday from 8am - 4:30pm, and on Saturdays from Noon-4pm. There will be no testing on Sunday.


Where will the testing be conducted?

  • The testing site will be the McKinley Building located at 1010 Huron Street in Manitowoc. Enter through the front/main door of the building which is on Huron Street. Look for the green canopy above the door.


Who is eligible to use the MPSD on-site COVID test site?

  • ONLY staff, students, and their family members (any age) who live in the same household are able to use the testing site.


Is there a cost for the COVID Test?

  • There is NO cost for the COVID test.


Will students need parental consent?

  • YES, students under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian accompany them to the test site. The parent / legal guardian will sign the consent form at the time of testing at the test site. The consent forms are also available on our website to review, print and sign prior to the appointment if you prefer.


How do I sign up for a COVID test at the MPSD on-site Huron Street test location?

  • You must register in advance and online by completing this online form that includes a screening questionnaire and other requested information: register.covidconnect.wi.gov. When registering online, you will be sent a QR code via the email address you provided when registering. Please present this QR code with you to the test site.

    • Please whenever possible, registration in advance is strongly recommended

  • If you do not have access to a computer or internet, you may show-up at the Huron Street testing site and complete an on-line registration form.


In what situations can the COVID test site be used?

  • Individuals may use the test site in the following situations:

    • When experiencing COVID-like symptoms. Remember: DO NOT REPORT TO SCHOOL OR WORK with symptoms

    • When you are deemed a close contact of someone who tests positive and it is day six since your exposure.

The site may not be used for covid test results related to impending travel or proof of a negative test related to large group gatherings.


Any questions please contact Jenny Hinz RN hinzj@mpsd.school 920-323-7445.

Swimming Reminders

Your student will be participating in swimming at Washington Middle School this year. Here are some reminders and dates:

Ruedinger and Wolowicz Students will begin their unit on:

Monday, November 1 gold day (7° and 8 °) and B Day (6)

Tuesday November 2ndfor DayBlue (7 and 8 °) and C Day (6th)

Wednesday November 3rd for a day (6th)

Wettstein students will start their unit on:

Monday, January 3rd for BlueDay

Tuesday, January 4th for gold of the day

Bring bathing suit, towel , personal hygiene items (shampoo / bath gel / brush / comb / deodorant).

Students will have a locker in the pool locker room. We recommend that students bring their wet swim gear home each day.

Acceptable outfits for women would include the following: one-piece, tankini with slight mid-rise drift shown, and bikini bottoms with t-shirt coverage (only bikini briefs accepted, not string bikinis). It is acceptable to wear your bathing suit with shorts.

Acceptable suits for men would include the following: lined bathing suit, shorts with some type of underwear, and jammers.

Anyone can wear a t-shirt.

Goggles, nose plugs, ear plugs, and swim caps are allowed, but are not provided by the school.

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from swimming, please contact your student's physician to provide this documentation to the office.

Your child is expected to participate with the other gym class during this time. Feel free to contact your child's teacher with any questions or concerns:

Diana Ruedinger ruedingerd@mpsd.school (920) 663-9570

Jay Wolowicz wolowiczj@mpsd.school (920) 663- 9324

Nick Wettstein wettsteinn@mpsd.school (920) 663-9381


SWIRL: Our School Goal

SWIRL is The Washington Middle School Goal this year. We wanted you all to know what we are focusing on this year and what you can expect to hear from your learners. SWIRL stands for Speaking, Writing, Interacting, Reading, and Listening.


We are excited to share our progress in developing the literacy skills of SWIRL. During conferences, in the afternoon and evening of November 18, please take time to speak with our teachers about how SWIRL is embedded in learning progressions in every class every day for every student. Thank you.

News To Share


  • Lost Students: The purpose of school is learning. Learning happens in our classrooms Most students are already in the habit of being in class. Our students know that they must have the student planner signed by a teacher as their hall pass permission. For a few who are causing distraction by leaving without permission, we will be giving one warning, contacting families if the problem persists and issuing citations for loitering. To prevent students leaving class, our school resource officer, Mike Laabs will be patrolling hallways on an increased frequency. Thank you for helping us focus on learning by inviting students to stay in class during learning time.
  • Lost and Found: We have a lost and found table in the office that is full. There are lots of water bottles, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and backpacks. If your child is missing something please ask them to check out the lost and found. An UPDATED picture of the table is below.
  • Cell Phones- If students bring their cell phones to school, our policy is that cell phones need to be kept in student's locker for the duration of the day. If students do not follow this policy they will asked to put their cell phone in their locker or the cell phone will be brought to the office. We are asking loved ones to remind students of this policy.
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