Hatchet Happenings

December 2020

A message from Dr. Dan Roach

Washington Community Schools Families,

We are incredibly grateful to our amazing staff and students who have adapted to the challenges of this school year with flexibility and grace. As we complete the first semester, here are a few notes regarding returning to school after Winter Break.

Upon return to school on January 4, 2021, masks are recommended for students in grades Pk-2nd and will continue to be required for students in grades 3rd-12th. Most of our students are currently following this practice and will not experience a change in their daily routine. Please refer to the district’s Covid-19 Back to School Plan that can be found on our website. Our collective efforts will benefit others as we anticipate an eventual end to this pandemic.

No decision has been made at the present time regarding a status change when the semester begins in January. However, students will be issued their corporation-owned devices as they leave on Friday, December 18 simply to ensure that they have the equipment if the Daviess County Board of Health were to determine that school cannot immediately resume under “Green”. We remind students/families to care for these devices during the time that they are in your care to avoid charges for lost or damaged equipment.

If anyone happens to move out of the community over the break it will be necessary to return the device(s). Arrangements can be made by contacting the Central Office at 812-254-5536.

Washington Community Schools wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday break.

Dr. Daniel L. Roach


Washington Community Schools

Mr. Don Spillman celebrating 50 years as the Voice of Hatchet Basketball

Mr. Don Spillman

Virtual Spell Bowl

Congratulations to the Spell Bowl Teams from Veale, North, Lena Dunn and Griffith. Thank you for your hard work and for representing Washington Community Schools well!
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Check out our new Hatchet Bus!

Check out our new Hatchet Bus!

Learning from the world around us

Mrs. Emmick's classes at North Elementary are studying invasive and non-invasive species. They are taking photos of plant life today and will attempt to identify what they have found back in the classroom.
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Veterans Day at Veale Elementary

Veterans Day Celebration at Veale Elementary

Helping Others

Chloe from Lena Dunn Elementary wants to be a scientist when she grows up! Watch her interview with Washington JH science teacher Mr. Williams.
Helping Others with Chloe and Mr Williams

Griffith Elementary Students of the Month!

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Washington Jr. High Students of the Month

WJHS started a student of the week program in September. Teachers could nominate a student for a variety of reasons, good grades, helping another student, improved or good effort in the classroom, helping a teacher, random act of kindness, etc. Once all of the nominations were in, 2 students were drawn at random to be named the students of the week. Over the course of the first 6 weeks of the program we had over 90 different students nominated for student of the week. The teachers then voted on who they felt were the overall students of the month for September and October from the list of 90 nominees. We had 5 winners. For the 8th grade they were Tanner Spaulding (not pictured), Brant Neidigh, and Lacy Hancock. The 7th Grade winners were Alton Ennis and Ayla Owens. Congratulations to the Students of the Month and all of the student of the week nominees. Keep up the great work, and continue to make WJHS a great place to learn.
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Having fun and learning virtually!

Mrs. Scarlett's class at WJHS enjoying a fun activity. They had to place a paper plate on top of their head and draw what they were told. Check out their creations!

NJROTC Veterans Day Program

The NJROTC tradition of holding a special program for Veterans Day continues, although it looks a little different this year. Instead of an assembly in the Hatchet House, the WHS Radio & TV class filmed the ceremony and students watched the live stream in their classrooms.
2020 WHS NJROTC Veterans Day

Education Pathway at WHS

Students in Mrs. Hancock's Education Pathway classes at Washington High School spoke at the WCS School Board meeting about the new skills they are learning as they prepare for the their career in education.
Education Pathway 10-2020
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State Wide Assessments and Distance Learning

The IDOE has issued the following guidance for families to answer questions concerning state-wide assessments during times of distance learning. Click the button below.

School Closings & Delays

As we enter the winter season it is important to prepare for the possibility of a school closing or delay due to weather. School officials make decisions about school closing based on weather information, directly checking road conditions, communication with street departments, police agencies, and neighboring school districts.

A School Closing or Delay will be announced as early as possible, but it is not always feasible to predict if a closing or delay is needed the night before.

Announcements will be made through the School Messenger system by phone call, email, text message. Please make sure your contact information is up to date in Skyward.

It will also be on our website, social media channels, local media such as WAMW, The Washington Times Herald, and WTHI TV, and as a push notification for those who have downloaded our mobile app.

If school is closed due to weather, we may have a Distance Learning day. Students should follow the Red Phase of the Back to School Plan and compete their assignments at home online. Assignments will be posted by 9:00 am.

Please click the button below for additional information.

Attendance Policy for Winter Athletics and Extra-Curricular Events

Click the button below for information regarding our COVID-19 Attendance Policy for winter school events. This policy will change depending on the Daviess County positivity rate color code per the Indiana State Department of Health.

Here is your December edition of Scholarship News

The Daviess County Community Foundation Scholarships are now open! Deadline to apply is January 27th, 2021. Watch the video below to learn how to apply.

Please check our scholarship page on our website often for new scholarship opportunities.

Daviess Community Scholarships: How to Apply


Click the button below to listen to the December edition of our podcast with Dr. Roach and WCS Social Workers Christe Newkirk and Kelly Miller as they discuss social emotional strategies to help ease the stress and anxiety staff and students face due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

upcoming events

December 21st - January 1st Winter Break, No School

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