Washington Post

February 15-19, 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!

PTSA Box Top Blitz

The WMS PTSA is sponsoring a Winter Box Top Blitz. So start clipping all of those Box Tops off the products you have already purchased. Then gather them up, check the expiration dates, place them in a ziploc baggy, write your student's name and first period teacher's name on the front. Then, send them in to school with your student to turn into their first period teacher. The student that sends in the most Box Tops during the blitz wins a $25 gift card to Target. The classroom that collects the most box tops will win an extra recess with a special treat. Happy Clipping!

Free Dress Friday - No Office Referrals

On Friday, February 19th, students that did not receive an office referral for the first two weeks of February will have a free dress day. Students will be notified Thursday if they are allowed to participate in the free dress day. Just as a reminder, leggings or tights are not allowed. Pants must not have any rips, tears or holes. Also, shirts must not have any derogatory language or symbols that are not school appropriate. Final approval of clothing is at the discretion of school administration.

End of Third Grading Period Approaching

It is hard to believe, but the end of the third grading period is Friday March 4th. Please make sure to speak with you students about scheduling retakes for any targets they have not reached proficiency. They can retake their assessments at Penny Lane Study Cafe which is Monday - Thursday from 3:00pm - 4:30pm.

8th grade recognition scheduled for May 18th

All 8th grade students will want to get May 18th on the calendar! We will recognize the accomplishments of our 8th grade class during our 8th grade Recognition Ceremony at Boose High School's Auditorium at 8:30am. PTSA will host the 8th grade Block Party on the front lawn of WMS after the ceremony. Please be sure to let friends and family know the date and time for this event.

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Letter grade added to RDS Parent Access

We heard from many parents that the new grading system is hard to follow throughout the semester, so we've made some changes. We will continue to grade assessments on the 1, 2, 3 scale in order to adjust our instruction and support student learning. However, we have added the current letter grade on your child's RDS Access, so that it updates after each assessment. We hope this helps to communicate your child's progress throughout the quarter. Thank you for the feedback and for helping us improve our systems! Please contact Ms. Branson if you have additional suggestions for improvement.

Doors open at 7:10

With the weather getting colder, please make sure you drop students off after 7:10am. We do not have teachers on duty until then, so please make sure students aren't standing out in the cold waiting for the doors to open.

Cold Weather Items

As the weather gets colder, please remind students to bring a solid color jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt. That means no logos, stripes, etc. It must be a solid color and not have a hood. Students may also wear a solid color long-sleeved t-shirt under their polo or colored shirt. Our classrooms do get chilly, so they will need to have something to throw on. If you need a cold weather item, please see Mrs. Miller. If you have extras or items you're cleaning out, please consider sending those to us for others.

Donate Uniform clothing

If you have uniform clothing your child has grown out of or know of others in the community with uniform clothing, please consider donating to Washington Middle School. We are in need of khakis and polos for emergency situations. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Base Exchange

Students are rewarded with points for displaying behaviors that are Accountable, Respectful, Motivated and showing they are Ready to learn. Students have the opportunity to spend those points for different items at the Base Exchange. Students will be able to order items from the base exchange by going to the Washington website (http://www.edlinesites.net/pages/EVSC_WashingtonMS) and using the Google form to submit their request. Please encourage you children to view the site.

New WMS Grading Policy

http://www.edlinesites.net/pages/EVSC_WashingtonMS/Departments___Programs/WMS_Grading_Policy


If you couldn't attend one of the eight parent meetings on our new grading policy last week, you can find the details of the new system at this link. At any time, you can calculate your child's grade in a class by dividing the number of 3's or 3+'s by the total number of assessments entered into the gradebook. Please know that students can apply to retake any assessments by working to learn the material and applying to the teacher. If you have additional questions, please contact Mr. Merriwether, Ms. Branson or Mrs. Shields.

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.

http://www.edlinesites.net/pages/EVSC/EVSC_Offices/Center_for_Family__School__and/RDS_Parent_Access

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.


www.square.com/market/washington-middle-school-ptsa

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. Merriwether or Ms. Branson. What we don't know can't be fixed!