Washington Post

November 13-16, 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.

Progress Reports

Students will be bringing home Progress Reports on Thursday this week. There will be one sheet with their current grades in all classes as well as their attendance and discipline reports. The Progress Report needs to be signed and returned to their homeroom teacher. Please sign in to your RDS Parent Access account to see more detailed information about each assignment and grade. You are also encouraged to email your child's teachers or contact April Coughlin, our school counselor, to set up a conference with multiple teachers. As always, please contact Mrs. Branson or Mr. Meyer if your questions are not resolved. Thank you for your support in making academics important.

Medicines at WMS

The EVSC Policy states that all medications (including ibuprofen, Midol, Advil or any other over-the-counter drug) must be turned in to the school nurse with a parent permission form. You are welcome to send a bottle of ibuprofen, etc to school for use as needed as long as it it housed at the nurse's office with a signed permission slip. Any medication found on a student will be taken for parent pickup. Permission forms are available in the main office or you can contact our school nurse, Mrs. Peaugh, at 812-477-8983. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Grief Groups Beginning in January

Mrs. Miller, our Youth First Social Worker, will begin grief groups for those students who have lost a close friend or relative. Students who have family members incarcerated can also benefit from this group. If you'd like to sign your child up for this group, please email Mrs. Miller at heather.miller@evsck12.com.

Child Abuse Presentations

Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Amuzie, and Mrs. Coughlin will be continuing the Indiana State-required presentations for child and sexual abuse during Social Studies classes this week. If you have questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact our school office or you can contact our Center for Family, School and Community Partnerships at 812-435-8888.

Girls Basketball Game vs. Lodge

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 4:30pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

Girls Basketball Game @ Perry Heights

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 4:30pm

5800 Hogue Road

Evansville, IN

Homework will be 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, students will have to complete these assignments on time AND have zero F's.


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.

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.

PTSA Membership Drive

The PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student-Association) is a private, non-profit organization of parents, teachers, students and community members who strive to better the lives of children. We are part of an association that is organized at the local, state and national levels. Our focus is to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting our children.


Your membership to the Washington PTSA does the above, plus allows our PTSA to have events for our students, plus provide items that the school needs that are not allows budgeted by the EVSC.


Student members receive one free dress day per grading period, along with free entrance to all 3 dances, and ice cream day per grading period, a coupon book designed just for them with great discounts for PTSA sponsored events.


Individual memberships are $7.00, a double membership for $12.50, 3 memberships for $18.00, and a family 4 pack for $25.00. The PTSA only keeps $1.75 of each membership sold. The remaining amount of $5.25 goes to the Indiana PTA dues, and the National PTA dues.

So while we advocate for students when needed, we also do some fundraisers. The goal this year is to help the school purchase a new projection system and screen for the auditorium. In order to do this, we are fundraising, we are having restaurant give back nights, we are doing Yankee Candle Sales, and a few others coming up. So please support your PTSA, and join today.



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

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.

ISTEP is out and ILEARN is in

This year, the state of Indiana has changed the End of Year test for our students. It used to be called ISTEP, but the new test is ILEARN. It is created by a new company and has many more technology enhanced items and a focus on application of skills. If you missed our PTSA meeting last week about the new test, the information can be found at this link: https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-families


If you have questions about this test or how Washington Middle School is preparing students for higher expectations, please contact Mrs. Branson at 812-477-8983.

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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!