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September 4-7, 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.

No School on Monday, September 3 for Labor Day! Enjoy the weekend.

Enrichment Starts Friday!

We believe that middle school is a time for students to explore their interests to prepare for high school scheduling and career paths. We also know that students feel more connected with their school when they meet other students who share similar interests. This week students had an opportunity to select an Enrichment activity that interested them. Students chose between weight lifting, crochet/knitting, chess, jazz band, business branding, video game stats, intramural sports, book vs movie, culinary and many more classes. This will be their enrichment every Friday until December. We will shorten our classes on Friday to allow for the last hour to be enrichment.


In order to attend enrichment, students will have to be accountable for their grades and homework. Homeroom teachers will be doing grade and homework checks starting on Tuesday. They will talk about where they are and how they're doing, then mark if students need to attend additional Study Hall to complete homework or study for retakes. Any student who has an F in any class and/or did not complete the four homework assignments from last week will be given the opportunity to study and make up those assignments.


The homework is based on the following assignments students receive each Thursday.

No Red Ink - English

Math XL - Math

Newsela - Science

Newsela - Social Studies


Students have one week to complete those four assignments each week. They also have time in homeroom and have access to the library during recess to complete work.


We're looking forward to our first day in enrichment with our students! Please contact your child's homeroom teacher if you have questions.

Homework Assignments Due Thursday

Weekly homework will be due on Thursday of this week. These assignments will be assigned every Thursday and due the following Thursday of each week. In order to attend Enrichment opportunities on Fridays starting September 7th, students will have to complete these assignments on time. Weekly homework is assigned based on tasks that are aligned with the work they are doing in class and with skills necessary to be successful.


All assignments are posted on the teacher websites linked below. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teachers or call the main office.

After-School Activity Sign-Ups

Students will be able to sign up for a variety of after-school activities this week. All activities begin at 3:00-4:30. Students who stay after school will receive a snack and a drink from the cafeteria and then have bus transportation home at the end of the program. This is a great way for your students to make connections and build relationships in their school community.


All sign up sheets are posted on the bulletin board outside of the small gym.


Girl/Boy Scouts (Mondays) - representatives from the Scouts will teach students a variety of life skills. This program includes field trips throughout the year.


Hockey Club - (Mondays) This program includes transportation to Swonder Ice Arena once a week for lessons on skating and basic rules of the game. Students do not have to be skaters to participate. Gear is provided as well. There is a small fee for this club, but please contact Mrs. Branson if the fee is a barrier. Interested students should pick up the enrollment sheet in the Main Office.


Yearbook Club -(Tuesdays) Students will be in charge of selecting the theme, taking pictures, and designing pages for the yearbook. This program includes some additional attendance at school events for photography.


TeenPower (Tuesdays) - TeenPower is a program that teaches leadership skills, form collaborative relationships with youth from diverse backgrounds, builds self-esteem and promotes a drug, alcohol and tobacco free lifestyle.


Diamonds and YCAP (Tuesdays and Thursdays) - Diamonds is a program for girls and YCAP is a program for boys staffed and supported by the YMCA. Students do field trips and learn about important life skills.


Book vs. Movie - (Thursdays) In this program, students will read popular young adult books then watch the corresponding movie to compare and contrast.


Minecraft - (Thursdays) Students will have the opportunity to build their village and protect their winnings in the popular game, Minecraft.


Penny Lane Study Cafe - (Tuesdays and Thursdays) This is a program that meets every Tuesday and Thursday for students who need to retake a test or get some extra tutoring. Students can drop in any Tuesday or Thursday as needed. Interested students need to sign up with Mrs. Stoll in room 20 or by emailing her at jennifer.stoll@evsck12.com.


Shooting for Numbers - (Fridays) Students will combine statistics and probability in basketball scrimmages and shootouts.


Additional activities will be available as part of our After-school Programs. Announcements will be made to ensure all students are aware of the programs being offered. If you or your students have any questions, they can see Mr. Walls in room 26B or email him at dominic.walls@evsck12.com.

Volleyball Game vs. Helfrich park

Tuesday, Sep. 4th, 4-6pm

McGary Middle School, Evansville, IN, USA

Evansville, IN

Volleyball game at Plaza Park

Wednesday, Sep. 5th, 4pm

1300 West Mill Road

Evansville, IN

6th grade Volleyball Game

Thursday, Sep. 6th, 4pm

McGary Middle School, Evansville, IN, USA

Evansville, IN

Cross Country Meet

Thursday, Sep. 6th, 4:30pm

North Jr. High School, Evansville, IN, USA

Evansville, IN

Bosse Cub Football Game

Thursday, Sep. 6th, 5:30pm

5400 North First Avenue

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 Drive

Please don't forget to sign up for PTSA memberships. This $7 not only supports our school PTSA, but also allows your child to participate in donut breakfasts, jeans days and other events. PTSA members also get into dances for free... a $13 savings! Students can bring their PTSA fees to the main office to join.


Single $7

Double $12 parent-student

Triple $18 3 memberships

Homerun - $25 4 membershps


Join online at www.squareup.com/market/washington-middle-school-ptsa


Next PTSA give back night is at Jason's Deli, Agust 23rd. WMS will receive 20% of sales if you show flyer or tell them your are with WMS PTSA

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.


6th Grade:

6thgradewms.weebly.com


7th Grade:

7thgrwms.weebly.com


8th Grade:

8thgradewms.weebly.com


Related Arts:

relatedartswms.weebly.com


Resource

resourcewms.weebly.com

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!