Washington Post

November 21-25, 2016

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 being ARMY Strong every day, we will reach this goal!

Girls Basketball @ Thompkins

Monday, Nov. 21st, 4:30pm

1300 West Mill Road

Evansville, IN

Girls Basketball @ Cedar Hall

Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 4:30pm

2100 North Fulton Avenue

Evansville, IN

No School on Wednesday - Friday - Thanksgiving Break

To celebrate and give thanks for the blessings of the preceding year.

Canned Food Drive to help families during the holidays

Evansville Family Dentistry has selected Washington to be the host site for their holiday food drive with all donations going to the Dream Center. To maximize donations Evansville Family Dentistry is offering a pizza party to the homeroom with highest total of items donated. Homerooms will have the entire month of November to collect items for donation. Please place all donations marked with the homeroom teachers name in my office. From there I will count the items and add them to each homerooms overall total. Below is a list of preferred goods that the dream center would like to have but any donation would help greatly. The deadline for this food drive is Wednesday November 30th.

Canned tuna, ham, chicken, turkey or beef

Peanut butter and jelly


Beans – dried or canned

Macaroni and Cheese

Boxed Meals

Pasta and Pasta Sauces


Fruit Juice

Canned Fruit

Canned vegetables and soup

WMS Holiday Festival and Concert

Monday, Dec. 19th, 6pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

Our annual Christmas concert will take place Monday December 19th at 6pm and will feature the band and the choir. This year’s event will be a little different from years past because this will be a festival. Vendors are going to be invited to sell items that can be purchased for Christmas gifts. There will be concessions in the cafeteria that will feature everyone's favorite holiday treats and the hallways will be decorated to show off Washington's holiday spirit. How is all this going to happen? With everyones help, of course. First, homerooms will be given a section of the first floor hallways to decorate. Those sections will be judged on the night of the festival, and the top three homerooms will receive points that will go towards the Continental Classic Homeroom Challenge. Second, volunteers will be need to provide a dish that can be sold in the concessions area. For example, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, soups, stews, and HOMEMADE deserts. If you are interested in bringing in a dish for the festival, please email Mr. Williams. Lastly, there will be a need for general volunteers for the night of the festival. Mr.Williams will be sending out an email with a list of duties. This is going to be a great event for our school, families and the community.

Thank your teachers

We often don't hear the impact we have from our parents and students until many years later. Our teachers have faced many changes in education in the past three years that have impacted them. If your teachers do something that has made a difference for your child or meant something to you as parents, please use the link below to send them a note. Our teachers are working on building each other up by sharing the positive things we see in each other. Join us in leaving a positive mark amid a lot of negativity in our world. Thank you in advance for keeping our teachers going.

After-School Programs

We are excited to offer several different programs this Fall as part of our extended day. All programs run from 3:00-4:15. Students will be served a snack from 2:30-3:00, then begin programs. Busses are available to take students home at 4:30pm. Students are encouraged to be part of something at school. Please encourage your child to choose an activity to explore. Additional programs will be available for the Winter session. The following programs are offered during the Fall programs:

Chess (Mr. Buck) - Wednesday

Diamonds for girls (YMCA) - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Hockey (bus to Swonder) - beginning in October on Tuesdays. Gear provided.

Newspaper (Mrs. Beckham) - Monday and Wednesday

Minecraft (Mrs. Pitt) - Thursdays

Anime (Mrs. Rowe) - Thursdays

Yearbook (Mrs. Kavanaugh) - Thursdays

Soccer (Coach Ferris) - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Speech Team (Mrs. Cravens) - Monday and Wednesdays

Green Team (Mrs. Cravens) - Tuesdays

Magic Gathering (Mr. Merle) - Wednesdays

Penny Lane Study Cafe and Retakes

We will be offering Penny Lane Study Cafe after school again this year. We have divided the session into two parts: Retakes and Tutoring. If your child does not reach proficient on any part of an assessment, they can schedule a retake with their teacher. Their teacher will leave the assessment in a folder for the Penny Lane supervisors, and your child may stay after school to retake.

If your child needs additional support with any subject, they can stay after for tutoring. In order to schedule after school tutoring, students can go to Google Classroom and join the class with the following code: tld1ot From that Classroom, they can sign up to stay for tutoring.

We are trying to keep the classes small, so students can get the help they need. If students do not sign up for the sessions or schedule an assessment with their teacher, they will not be able to stay. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns regarding help for your child.

Continental Classic Homeroom Battle

Students were introduced to the Homeroom Battle this week. Several teachers came together to create an exciting competition for students throughout the year. Each quarter, students will earn points for their homerooms for participation (attendance + participation in after-school programs), behavior (no office referrals), and grades (points for each grade + points for improvement). The winning homeroom from each grade level will earn a trip to Holiday World at the end of the school year. We're looking forward to letting the competition begin!

Cell Phones

Students are allowed to carry their cell phones to school for communication purposes. However, we ask that cell phones are kept in their lockers from 7:30-2:30. Students can turn their phones in to the office in the morning if they'd like them to stay in the safe. Phones can be picked back up at the end of the day outside room 11 with Mrs. Miller. If students are caught with their phones during the day, we will ask to keep it until the end of the day. Students can pick it up at the end of the day once. The second time, we will ask the parents to come pick it up. Thank you for keeping our classrooms a no-phone zone!

Washington's Grading Policy

At Washington, we believe in communicating clearly what students know and don't know. In the past, every teacher had the ability to create their own percentages of homework/participation/assessments/quizzes to determine letter grades. This meant that student grades depended on the teacher they had, and students were left to remember what the grading system was in each class. The staff at WMS has worked very hard to create a consistent grading system across all classes. This system is based on proficiency of the skills required by each grade level in each subject. During the quarter, we will show in RDS Parent Access how students are doing on each skill. It's not all or nothing for proficiency. On assessments, there may be many different ways teachers assess the same skill. Students have to show that they can complete the majority of each skill's items to be proficient. Skills are graded on the Proficiency Scale:

1=Far Below Proficiency

2= Approaching Proficiency

3=Proficient (students do not need to be perfect on an assessment to be proficient)

3+=Above Proficient

**Homework and classwork are intended to be practice for the assessments. Those will be marked in the gradebook as complete (Y) or not complete (N).

At the end of the grading period, we look at the percentage of skills they show to be proficient to determine the report card grade. The scale is as follows:


80%-89% = B



59% or below = F

Students will not have as many items in the gradebook, but we want them to show proficiency on each skill before the end of the quarter. This means we will reteach and allow for retakes each quarter. Again, there are fewer skills, but that allows for us to teach in different ways and ensure that students are learning the material required to move on. In addition, we teach students that, even if they don't know it the first time, they need to keep working. The goal is growth and constant improvement.

For more information about our grading policy, you can visit the website below or join us for parent information sessions starting early in September. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Branson.


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, you can contact the main office at Washington Middle School.


Homework Hotline

Rose Hulman is again offering their homework assistance through their Homework Hotline. Students may get assistance by calling 877-275-7673, by email, or by chat. Students can find this support by visiting http://askrose.org/. Please encourage your students to visit.

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Enlist in our PTSA

We are in the midst of the membership drive for our PTSA. Please consider joining for a minimum of $7. Your support goes a long way to provide school dances, the 8th grade block party, honors night, and much more. Additional donations allow your student to be recognized with a star on the bulletin board or with a star on their locker. Forms are available in the front office. Please support our Continental ARMY and enlist in the PTSA!

PTSA Square Account

Washington PTSA has just launched a square account which will allow the Continental family to purchase spirit wear or pay for the PTSA membership. This is one stop place to show your support for Washington PTSA. Click on the link below to see what all is available.


Cyberbullying and Online Solicitation Workshop

Last week, our students heard from the detective about the risk of sending/receiving pictures via social media and cyberbullying. He has forwarded links to resources for parents and students in the event they are solicited online or experience cyberbullying. If you would like additional information on places to go for support, please contact Mrs. Branson. Below are the online links to resources:




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. Bender, 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. Meyer, Mr. Gaffney or Ms. Branson. What we don't know can't be fixed!