Washington Post

September 15-19, 2014

We Are A.R.M.Y. Strong!!

Each day, we say the Continental Creed: "As a member of the Continental Army, I promise to be Accountable, Respectful, Motivated to Learn, and do mY best." We also remind students of our school goal of achieving a letter grade of a B in three years or less....Students will hear us say "Are you helping us get to a B in 3?" If we all focus on ARMY every day, we will reach this goal!

Congratulations to Mr. Merriwether

Our Assistant Principal, Mr. Merriwether, was recognized by the Courier and Press last week as a "20 Under 40" recipient! Congratulations to Mr. Merriwether whose hard work has been recognized by our community. We're proud to have him as a member of our team!

Stay Informed About Your Child's Grades, Attendance and Behavior

Please visit our website and sign up for your RDS Parent Access account. If you do not have an access code, you can contact our secretaries at any time to get your code. Once you have created your account, you can check your child's grades, attendance, behavior logs, etc. You can also contact teachers and update your contact information at any time. If you have questions regarding RDS Parent Access, please call school and speak to the secretaries or our counselor, Mrs. Asay.

Netbook Basics

Netbooks were distributed last week in homerooms. Students who had a netbook case and had turned in their emergency forms were allowed to take them home. If you find that your child has an issue with the netbook, they can take it to our Media Center. Our Media Aide, Mrs. Curtis, will do her best to handle basic issues. If this doesn't work, students will receive a loaner and the netbook will be given to our technology coordinator, Mr. Ellerman. He is at Washington on Thursdays to handle the larger issues with the netbooks. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the office or email your child's homeroom teacher.

WIN Period Begins this Week

For 30 minutes between 2nd and 3rd period, our students will have a WIN (What I Need) Period. Students will be assigned to a teacher and a skill that they specifically need. The needs are determined by a Math and Reading assessment students took at the beginning of the year. These sessions will only be two week sessions. Their progress will be monitored to determine if students can move on to the next skill or if they need more time. If students do not have any skills that need to addressed, there will be enrichment opportunities for them to choose. We will also have sessions on social skills and support. We are very excited to be able to build this time to address specific student needs in to our day!

Dress Code Reminders

Please double check the dress code before coming to school each day. As the weather begins to cool, please be reminded that any sweatshirt, sweater or jacket is required to be a solid color and not have a hoody. Students wearing these items will be asked to return it to their locker. For the most part, our students have done a nice job with dress code, so let's keep that up!

"Growing Through Loss" to Support Students

Has your child experienced loss of a loved one or divorce? Mrs. Miller will begin a Growing Through Loss group on Thursdays after school, 3-4:30PM, with a 4:30PM bus available. This group is geared for students needing to work through loss and will last a total of 8 Thursdays. If you are interested in your student participating, please contact Heather Miller, Youth First School Social Worker, at 477-8983 or hmiller@youthfirstinc.org

PTSA Membership

Please like our Washington Middle School PTSA page on Facebook and be sure to get your membership. Student members will get to enjoy the first Donut Breakfast this Tuesday morning at 7:00am. Students will need to sign up in the office by Monday afternoon to participate and will report to the Media Center at 7:00 Tuesday morning or when their bus arrives.

Afternoon Snacks

We are pleased to announce that students who are staying for any after-school event will have the opportunity to purchase or charge a snack to their lunch account. With the programs running so late, we know that students need to have a quick bite to eat before participating. Any student staying for programs will meet in the cafeteria at 2:30pm to eat a snack and wait for their coach or teacher.

Events After School on Monday

Cross Country practice until 4:30pm

Speech practice until 4:30pm

Volleyball Game at Glenwood

Monday, Sep. 15th, 5-7pm

901 Sweetser Ave

Evansville, IN

Events After School on Tuesday

Green Team until 4:30pm

Volleyball practice until 5:15pm

Speech practice until 4:30pm

Cheer practice until 4:30pm

Events After School on Wednesday

St. Mark's Tutoring until 4:30pm

Speech practice until 4:30pm

Home Volleyball Game vs. Lincoln

Wednesday, Sep. 17th, 5-7pm

1801 Washington Ave

Evansville, IN

Events After School on Thursday

Volleyball practice until 4:30pm

Speech practice until 4:30pm

Events after school on Friday

Cross Country practice until 4:30pm

Speech practice until 4:30pm

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. Asay, our school counselor is your contact for scheduling or student concerns. Mrs. Miller, our school Social Worker, is your contact for community resources, Clothing Bank, and weekend backpacks of food. If you have continued concerns, please contact Mr. Merriwether or Ms. Branson. What we don't know can't be fixed!