Washington Post

September 3-6, 2019

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.

No School on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day! Enjoy the weekend.

After-School Activity Sign-Ups

After-school programs will begin on Tuesday September 3rd. Students must have a completed enrollment form on file before they can participate. Those forms can be picked up in the Main Office.

All participants are provided a snack and bus transportation will be provided for those that need it.

Penny Lane Cafe

Penny Lane Cafe starts Tuesday, September 3rd. This is a program that meets every Tuesday and Thursday until 4:30 for students who need to retake a test or get some extra tutoring. Interested students need to sign up with Mrs. Stoll in room 20 or by emailing her at jennifer.stoll@evsck12.com. Limited to 10 per day.

Santa Clothes Club

The 6th grade students are eligible for Santa Clothes Club. This is a service that provides students with a voucher for a uniform outfit and coat from Walmart. If you feel that your student would benefit from Santa Clothes Club, please contact Heather Miller, Youth First School Social Worker, at 812-477-8983 x4 or email at heather.miller@evsck12.com. There is a firm deadline for requests of September 11 at 3:00 PM. Please do not delay.

Citizenship

We will begin meeting with students individually regarding Citizenship this week. Citizenship includes points for grades, growth (based on last quarter GPA), Extracurricular Activities, and Behavior. Students will need to have 13 total points in order to have Citizenship. You can check RDS Parent Access, linked below, in order to keep up with your child's Citizenship Points. If you click on the class, you can see how many points your child has for each category. If you have questions about how it's calculated, a detailed explanation is linked in the Student and Teacher Handbook also on the newsletter.


Students will need to have 13 points in order to wear Spirit Wear on Friday and receive their snack at lunch periods. Please contact your child's homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

Extracurricular Points

Students will receive up to 3 points for Extracurricular Activities toward Citizenship. This is based on the number of days students are involved in their community. If students signed up for After-School activities through our programs or if they're involved in our WMS athletics, they will automatically get credit for the days they participate. If your child babysits after school, participates in any other sport, club, church group or activity, please email or write a note to your child's homeroom teacher explaining the activities and how many days they meet. The teacher will then add those points to their Citizenship.

Bullying Reports

We take incidents of bullying very seriously, however, we cannot support your child if we do not know. If your child comes home complaining about a student who repeatedly says things, touches them or harasses them on social media, please make sure to report this to Mr. Meyer or complete the form below. In order for us to be able to prove "bullying," we must have documented incidents to show that it's "repeated." In order to ensure that your child doesn't also get consequences, encourage them to report these incidents, talk to our social worker or counselor, or visit Ms. Hawkins in Regulation Station rather than respond verbally or physically. Please help us make our school safe by reporting things to us and allowing us to properly track, report and hold students accountable. https://washington.evscschools.com/students/bullying_report_form

The tour of opportunity for 8th grade students


The Tour of Opportunity for 8th grade students is on Wednesday, September 18th. It is an opportunity during the school day to visit manufacturing and tech businesses in Evansville. 40 8th grade students can participate. The first 40 students that apply and meet the requirements will attend. Please see Mrs. Coughlin for an application or click on the link below to apply.


The Tour of Opportunity Application

Speech Meets start this week.

speech meet

Thursday, Sep. 5th, 4:15pm

5800 Hogue Road

Evansville, IN

Volleyball Practice

6th grade: Wednesday, September 4th from 3 - 4:30

7th and 8th grade: Thursday, September 5th from 3 - 4:30

Volleyball Games

7th and 8th Volleyball Game vs. McGary

Tuesday, Sep. 3rd, 4:30-6pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

7th and 8th grade Volleyball Game at Thompkins

Wednesday, Sep. 4th, 4:30pm

1300 West Mill Road

Evansville, IN

6th grade Volleyball Game vs McGary at Glenwood

Thursday, Sep. 5th, 5:30pm

901 Sweetser Avenue

Evansville, IN

Bosse Cub Football Game at Mater Dei

Thursday, Sep. 5th, 5:30pm

1300 Harmony Way

Evansville, IN

Guard Against Cyberbullying

According to DoSomething.org, 43% of students have been bullied online. Visit the link below for some strategies to keep your child safe and build your toolbox for addressing it.


https://youthfirstinc.org/guard-against-cyberbullying-by-getting-involved/

PTSA Membership and Important dates

Please don't forget to sign up for PTSA memberships. This $7 not only supports our school PTSA.


Important Upcoming Date:


Saturday, September 14 from 4-8:00PM: Dine-Out for Dollars at Chipotle on Green River Road. Please tell the cashier that you are participating in the give-back for WMS PTSA when purchasing your food.


Monday, September 16 from 7:30am-8:15 am: Coffee Chat & PTSA Meeting. Please plan to join us in the media center for coffee, updates from the principal, discussion and a PTSA meeting. You do not need to be a member of PTSA to attend the meeting. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend if possible. Details regarding parking and door entry will be sent out clo

ser to time.


Monday, September 16 from 6-7:00PM: Family Engagement Night - "Chromebook 101". Please join us in the media center to learn about your student's new Chromebook as well as Google classroom, RDS access, and other programs.

Save the date: Scoop Night

Big picture

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.

http://rdsteach.evsc.k12.in.us/rdsparentaccess/


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!