Hatchet Happenings

Washington Schools - December 2018

Community and Service at Lena Dunn Elementary

The staff and students at Lena Dunn, through Kids at Hope, encourage students to focus on their future by envisioning themselves being successful in life's Destinations.

The Destination for this nine weeks is Community & Service. Sixth-grade students served a breakfast for law enforcement officers to show their gratitude the day before Thanksgiving. Younger students made cards and wrote letters to show their appreciation for their service to our community.

In order to build relationships with community members, they held a Community Game Day where volunteers were invited into classrooms to play board games with students. To serve the elderly, students will go caroling at local nursing homes and deliver ornaments and greeting cards to residents to make their rooms more festive.
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Thank you to Dr. Stephen Gregory for giving free vision screenings for Washington students!

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Investing in Project-Based Learning at North Elementary

Lacey Higgins, who teaches math at North Elementary to 5th and 6th-grade students, is taking the skills she has learned as a part of the Regional Opportunities Initiative Project-Based Learning course and applying it to her classroom. Her class will be learning about the investing and careers in finance with a Stock Market project.

Edward Jones financial advisors Sara Browning and Tara Brower visited the class and shared information with students about their career, the stock market, and how they best serve their clients.

Working in small groups, students will act as financial advisors partnered with an adult in the community to act as their client. Each client will be investing $10,000. As financial advisors, they need to consider the client's status and financial goals and suggest investing opportunities. They will select stocks for their client and track their growth (or loss!) over time. Professional conduct is necessary, as they will be contacting their client via email or phone call at least three times throughout the project to answer questions and share their progress.

Connor Prairie visits Lena Dunn 3rd Grade to teach Students to make an Electrical Circuit and about Farming Cooperatives.

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Star Student Breakfast at Washington Jr. High


Health Students at Washington High School Learn Life Saving Skills

All students taking Health classes across the state of Indiana receive CPR and AED training and can become CPR certified. Training includes CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, for infants, children, and adults. They also learn how to safely use an AED, an automated external defibrillator. Procedures for choking victims were also covered. Students had the opportunity to practice their skills on CPR manikins.

Learning CPR is a simple way to save a life. It offers immediate emergency assistance during the critical first few minutes after breathing has ceased. Just by administering CPR, one can prevent brain damage due to lack of oxygen until help arrives, possibly ensuring not only the survival of the victim but their return to a normal life.

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Christmas Around the World

Children in grades K-3rd grade at North Elementary learn and explore how Christmas is celebrated in different cultures. Each teacher prepares a lesson on a different country's holiday traditions, and students rotate through other classrooms to learn how children from around the world look forward to the Christmas season.

Robotics Club at Veale and North Elementary Schools

Robotics has been proven to spur student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) college and career pathways. It engages students by encouraging them to use critical thinking skills to solve tasks. Students develop mechanical, electrical, and computer programming knowledge to design, prototype and troubleshoot while working as a team.
Tara Weisheit is in her third year at Veale as the Robotics Club Sponsor. Students were required to write an essay detailing their commitment in order to be selected. Veale has two driver-led robot teams, in which the robot is controlled by remote control. They also have one autonomous team, where the students have coded the robot's path on a computer. They are preparing for two upcoming competitions in January, one at Westgate Academy and one at Princeton Middle School.

This is the first year for robotics at North Elementary. Sponsors Michelle Baxter and Alicia Reister had a lot of students express interest, and staff filled out a student evaluation which was used to select students. They hope to continue to grow the Robotics Club at North and are excited to attend their first competition at Princeton Middle School.

Griffith Students visit the Indiana Theater to see The Grinch

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Veale Character Club

Humility is the character of the month of December and members of the Character Club are humbly serving other children in need in our community. Students helped pack bags for the Backpacks for Kids program at Bethany Christian Church. Stations were set up so students could decorate cookies, make crafts and cards. Character Club also collected toys, gloves, scarves, socks, and hats to donate to Feed my Sheep.
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Washington Schools featured on WTIUNews


Blood Drive hosted by Washington HS Student Council

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Upcoming Events

December 24th -January 3rd - Winter Break

January 4th - School Resumes

January 13th - Community Caring Day

January 17th - School Board Meeting

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