December 18 - December 21, 2016
We Are A.R.M.Y. Strong!!
As an add on to the Continental Creed this week I would like to acknowledge all of the hard work that students and staff did last year to move us from an F letter grade for the first time in 8 years. Staff and students achieved this result even as the state made the test much more challenging. As a new staff member I can say that I have continued to see teachers focus on student growth and relationships that will see this positive trend continue. If you have a moment take the time to thank one of our hard working teachers.
Thank your teachers
WMS Holiday Festival and Concert Gate Fee $3 for Adults $1 for Students
Monday, Dec. 19th, 6pm
1801 Washington Avenue
Our annual Christmas concert will take place Monday December 19th at 6pm and will feature the band, orchestra and the choir. This year’s event will be a little different from years past because this will be a festival. We will have hot chocolate and cookies, a few vendors with opportunities to purchase items for the holidays, and a possible surprise visit by Santa. Please plan to join us for this holiday festival.
Boys Basketball Try-Outs
How is your child doing in classes?
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.
Polar Vortex uniform items
Teacher Websites for News and Announcements
This is the code for the Base Exchange order form. Students can use their points to order items from the PBIS Reward Store, The Base Exchange. The order form can be found by going to Google Classroom, Joining a Class, then entering the code below. All orders will be filled and ready for the students during their grade level assigned days during lunch periods.
Access Code - 14d7jjv
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
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.
Enlist in our PTSA
PTSA Square Account
Cyberbullying and Online Solicitation Workshop