Hatchet Happenings

Washington Schools - January 2019

2018 WHS Alumna Lauren Andis inspires young women at WJHS

Lauren Andis graduated with her associate's degree and is now a junior attending the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. A biology major with an entrepreneurship minor focusing on Pre-Dentistry at USI, she is currently involved in Student Government, Student Alumni, an Emerging Leader, and just became apart of the AMIGO team. Alongside her school involvement, Lauren also plays an active role in the community as Miss Daviess County. Lauren won in 2017 and was then asked to step in for another year as MDC 2018. She knew that for her second year she wanted to do something different with her reign, which started with her beYOUtiful presentation, talking to young women about body image, self-confidence, empowering one another, and much more.


An Evening with Young Entrepreneurs

The Daviess County CEO program seeks to prepare young people to be responsible, enterprising individuals who become entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial thinkers who contribute to their communities. The CEO class held a murder mystery dinner and silent auction at WestGate Academy to help support the program, which is sponsored by local businesses. The group raised over $20,000 to fund the Spring Trade Show and next year's CEO program.
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Community Caring Day

Sodexo employees held a Community Caring Day for Washington children and families. Sodexo received over $3,000 dollars in donations from the community as well as donations of coats, hats, and gloves. Over 300 people attended and enjoyed face painting, crafts, hot cocoa, and cookies, free books, and prizes. Families were able to take home blankets, socks, gloves, coats, and hats to keep them warm this winter. Volunteers included Sodexo and Washington Schools employees, WHS NJROTC, Beta Club, Art Club, and Hatchets Helping Hatchets.

Griffith Reading Challenge

Griffth Elementary Principal Mr. Tom Lee challenged his students to see if they could read 8 million words. The contest started Monday, December 3rd and ended on Thursday, December 20th. The school also set grade level challenges in which each grade level class competed against one another for the most Accelerated Reader points. The overall winning classroom that earned the most AR points were allowed to do something special to Mr. Lee.

During these 14 days of the contest, the students exceeded the challenge and read 12,310,316 total words! This earned the whole school STEM minute-to-win-it games during PE time. 2nd grade Mrs. Conolty, 3rd grade Mr. Myers, 4th grade Mrs. Cornelius, 5th grade Mrs. Roach, and 6th grade Mrs. Fry won the grade level classroom challenge. Each class received a pizza party as a reward. Mrs. Cornelius's 4th-grade class won the overall challenge by accumulating 562 total points. These fourth graders were allowed to spray Mr. Lee with silly string in front of the entire school!

Mr. Lee is really proud of all the students for their efforts to meet these challenges and improve their reading skills!

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Sky Dome Inflatable Planetarium at Lena Dunn Elementary

Students enter the dome and are introduced to a "star-filled" sky. The navigator, with the use of a digital planetarium projector and a laser pointer guides students through the stars of the Northern Hemisphere exactly as they appear on the day of the presentation.

Through this experience, students were taught how to identify every planet in our solar system with dramatic "flights" towards each world. Students witness the night sky in different seasons and from different global perspectives.

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WHS Seniors Dylan Davis and Caleb Taber place 3rd in Region and 6th in State in Indiana Stock Market Simulation

Washington High School's senior economics students, taught by Mrs. Susan Zipperle, competed in the Fall 2018 Indiana Stock Market Simulation sponsored by the Indiana Council for Economic Education. Using actual data from the stock markets, teams of students were given a hypothetical $100,000 to create and manage a portfolio of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. WHS students Dylan Davis and Caleb Taber were able to grow their $100,000 investment into $119,701.61 in 10 short weeks. Dylan and Caleb finished in 6th place overall in Indiana and in 3rd place in the Southwestern Indiana High School Division. For their accomplishment, Dylan and Caleb received a Stock Trak certificate and $50.00 cash. Congratulations to Dylan and Caleb for a job well done!

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Stem Stations at Veale Elementary


Thank you to North Volunteer Barbara Martin.

We want to give a big thank you to North Elementary volunteer Barbara Martin, known to everyone as Mimi, for her enormous help. Mimi comes in daily and makes copies of student materials for teachers and students. This helps teachers immensely and allows them to devote more time to helping students learn. Thank you Mimi!
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BPA Competition

The BPA (Business Professionals of America) club at WHS finished in First Place at their Regional Competition in December. Cannon Shake, Peyton Summers, Alida Ajradinoska, and Jade Browning worked together as a Broadcast News Production Team. Partnering with Mr. Shake and the Radio & TV class, students worked together to create a news broadcast video. The judges were impressed with the professional custom graphics that are possible with our Radio & TV equpiment. The students move on to compete in the State Competition in March and are hoping to compete at Nationals in May. Peyton Summers and Cannon Shake presented their video to the School Board in December.
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Project Lead the Way Computer Science

Students from Mr. Riney's Computer Science class are learning real-world computer science skills such as coding, programming languages, and app development. At the school board meeting in December, they demonstrated a robot they have coded to travel across a maze, as well as an app students created as a group project. Washington Schools will be adding a PLTW Cybersecurity class for the 2019 -2020 school year.
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Washington Jr. High School Star Student Breakfast


So Happy - The Lunch Menu App

Find out what's for lunch on the go! So Happy the app that tells you what's on the menu today in your school's cafeteria. The So Happy App is available on the App Store and Google Play and is Alexa Enabled.

For Jr. High Menus, please select Washington HS, the menu is the same for both schools.

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Pay your Jr. High and HS Students Breakfast and Lunch Account Online

Did you know that with e-Funds for Schools you can avoid lost/forgotten lunch money and pay your student's lunch account online? You can make a one-time payment or set up automatic withdrawals once the account drops below the amount you set. Never worry about lunch money again with e-Funds for Schools!

Instructions for setting up your e-Funds account

Upcoming Events

February 2nd - WHS Choir District Solo & Ensemble Contest

February 15th - Blood Drive -Washington Jr. High School 2-7 pm

February 21st - Elementary Math Bowl Competition -WHS 5:00 pm & School Board Meeting 7:00 pm

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