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December 4-8, 2017

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 P21 Exemplary School Status by 2021. P21 is a Framework for instruction that combines solid curriculum in key subjects, 21st Century skills, Information/Media/Technology Skills, and the Life/Career Skills our students will need to be successful in the modern work environment. This year we will be focusing on Collaboration skills and Critical Thinking strategies. Over the next four years, we will continue to work on all areas of the Framework. If you are interested in learning more about P21 education, please visit www.p21.org. Students will hear us say "Are you helping us get to P21 in 2021?" If we all focus on being ARMY Strong every day, we will reach this goal!
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Middle of Year Testing this week

Students will be taking a math, two reading and one language test this week in classes. This is to measure their growth from the beginning of the year and to identify areas of strength and weakness. We've been seeing major growth in classes and on other assessments, so we're looking forward to seeing how they do on the NWEA and Achieve 300 Level Set.

Focus on Homework and Classwork

We've been working on making sure that students have been completing homework and classwork each week. Students have been given opportunities to finish work in class and during lunch periods. We will now also be providing additional opportunities for students to stay after school to complete their assignments. Please make sure students are getting their assignments completed in order to avoid having to stay in during recess or stay after school. As always, please contact your child's homeroom teacher or class teachers to discuss any concerns. If you do not hear back from them, you are welcome to contact any of our administrators. Thank you for your help with this.

Pictures and Story Time with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 9th, 10am

4601 Theater Drive

Evansville, IN

Our community partner, Harrison College, is hosting Pictures and Story Time with Santa this Saturday. Stop by to enjoy the holiday season.

WMS Choir to Perform at Barnes and Noble

Saturday, Dec. 9th, 11:30am

624 South Green River Road

Evansville, IN

Girls Basketball Tournament

The Lady Continentals begin their City Championship Tournament this week. We wish our students and the coaches good luck as they compete on Tuesday afternoon.

RDS

We are only a month away from the end of the 1st semester. Grades are updated frequently on RDS as well. It is important to help us continue to reach for your student's goals together. If you have questions please contact us and thank you.

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. Bender Carrie.Bender@evsc.k12.in.us or Administration to set up meetings.

Study Cafe and Retakes

We will be offering 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 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 sign up with Mr. Walls in Room 26A or parents can email Mr. Walls at dominic.walls@evsck12.com.


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.

Donations for Base Exchange

Our students collect points for doing the right things and being ARMY Strong. Students can use those points in our Base Exchange store in the Media Center over lunch periods. We have school supplies, small toys, gift cards, and larger items like bikes and ear phones. We are running very low on items. If you have gently used items around the house or you are willing to donate items that you think middle school students would like, please bring those in to the Main Office. We will also be adding items to the store that would make holiday gift items for family members. Students love using their points to purchase things for their families. Items like candles, jewelry, picture frames, coffee mugs, toys for smaller children, etc. are things that students love to "buy" for their family members. We very much appreciate any help stocking our "store."

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

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Uniform Reminders

As the weather gets cooler, our classroom temperatures will be up and down. We recommend that students bring a jacket, sweater or sweatshirt to leave in their lockers. Just remember that they have to be solid color, not have a hood, and have only small logos. If you have questions, please feel free to call us.

ThinkPad Responsibility

Students are responsible for bringing their ThinkPads charged and ready to go each day. Please make sure students have a place designated as their charging station at home where they won't forget it in the morning. Without textbooks, this is our lifeline during the day. If you're finding that you child is abusing the privilege of having a ThinkPad at home, please contact Mr. Meyer or Mr. Gaffney to make alternative arrangements. Thank you in advance for your help!

After-School Programs

The After-school programs have already started, but it's not too late to join! This is a great way for students to explore their interests and meet new people with similar interests. Contact Mr. Walls to sign up. Right now, we have the following programs available:

Chess- Tuesdays

Minecraft - 6th grade on Tuesdays and 7th/8th grade on Thursdays

Green Team -Fridays

Chronicles of Yarnia: Knitting - Mondays or Tuesdays

Diamonds (YMCA) - Mondays and Wednesdays

Y-CAP (YMCA) - Mondays and Wednesdays

Bowling - Mondays or Tuesdays

Pokemon - Fridays

Mythology - Thursdays

Drama - Tuesdays

Book vs. Movie - Mondays

Responsible Usage Technology Agreement

Please make sure students have a location at home to charge their ThinkPad every night. These are our textbooks and we give the national and state tests on these machines, so it's important that they have their ThinkPads every day and that they are charged. If students have a concern about their ThinkPads they can see Mr. Felty in room 32. If you'd rather them not bring it home or if you have concerns about your child's usage, please contact Mr. Meyer or Mr. Gaffney. The EVSC policy on responsible usage can be found at the following link: https://district.evscschools.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_74688/File/Acad%20&%20Prog/Early%20Childhood%20Education/One-to-One%20Technology%20Initiative/responsible.pdf

Cell Phone Policy

We recommend that students keep their cell phones in their lockers from bell to bell (7:30am-2:30pm) in order to ensure they are safe. However, if students feel uncomfortable leaving their phone in their lockers, they are welcome to bring their phone to the Main Office before homeroom, and we will secure it in a locked closet to be picked up at the end of the day. Occasionally, our teachers will ask students to bring their phones to class for a project, to share their work, or to use educational apps. If students have their cell phones out or are using it during a time not approved by their teachers, they will be asked to give their phone to their teacher to be returned at the end of the class or school day. After one warning, the teacher will take the cell phone to the Main Office to be picked up by a parent. If you have questions about the policy, please feel free to contact Mr. Meyer, Mr. Gaffney or Mrs. Branson.

PBIS Points and Base Exchange

Again this year, students will be receiving points for doing the right things. Students can use the points to purchase items like school supplies, spirit wear, ear buds, tablets, bikes, personal hygiene items and other gifts in the PBIS Base Exchange store located in the Media Center. The Base Exchange will be open starting Monday, August 21st in the Media Center during recess periods. If you are interested in donating new or gently used items for our Base Exchange, please bring those items to the main office. We will be happy to write up a receipt for tax deductions for any items donated. Thank you in advance for helping keep this open for our students!

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