November 21-25, 2016
We Are A.R.M.Y. Strong!!
Teacher Websites for News and Announcements
Girls Basketball @ Thompkins
Monday, Nov. 21st, 4:30pm
1300 West Mill Road
Girls Basketball @ Cedar Hall
Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 4:30pm
2100 North Fulton Avenue
No School on Wednesday - Friday - Thanksgiving Break
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
Pasta and Pasta Sauces
Canned vegetables and soup
WMS Holiday Festival and Concert
Monday, Dec. 19th, 6pm
1801 Washington Avenue
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
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
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
Washington's Grading Policy
1=Far Below Proficiency
2= Approaching Proficiency
3=Proficient (students do not need to be perfect on an assessment to be 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?
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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Cyberbullying and Online Solicitation Workshop