Washington Post

December 10-14, 2018

We Are A.R.M.Y. Strong!!

"As a member of the Continental Army, I promise to be Accountable, Respectful, Motivated to Learn, and do mY best."


Our vision is to ensure that all students are WMS ARMY Strong and are prepared for high school, college and careers.

WINTER NWEA

One of the most important moments during the first half of the year is the Winter NWEA. Last week many students finished and most started. We will be finishing this benchmark this week. We have seen many students show tremendous growth. While grades compare students within the building NWEA give a student the opportunity to see how they measure against students all over the world. It measures students where there are at and gives us a roadmap of where they have been and a projection for where they need to go the rest of the year. We use this test to sort students into various levels of support. It is critical that students give their best effort.


Students who meet their projected growth will receive free dress for meeting the ARMY expectation of Your best on the test.

End of the Semester

We are rapidly approaching the end of the semester. If students still need to bring their grades up they need to sign up for Penny Lane (Study/Retake) their tests or makeup assignments. Penny Lane fills up quickly this time of the semester so the sooner they sign up the better.

Movie Next Week

Students with Citizenship will be going to the movies next Wednesday. When they return we will have a fun day for all students during lunches and afternoon class times. This will be a reverse two-hour delay schedule where students not attending the movie will attend classes in the morning before lunch. We will be sending out a Connect Ed message with a link to a permission. The movie will be


Green Book


It is about a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. PG-13

Grief Groups Beginning in January

Mrs. Miller, our Youth First Social Worker, will begin grief groups for those students who have lost a close friend or relative. Students who have family members incarcerated can also benefit from this group. If you'd like to sign your child up for this group, please email Mrs. Miller at heather.miller@evsck12.com.

Girls Basketball Tournament JV

Monday, Dec. 10th, 4:30pm

Thompkins Middle School

Girls Basketball Game TBD based upon winning Monday

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 4:30pm

TBD

Girls Basketball Game TBD based upon Winning Tuesday

Thursday, Dec. 13th, 9pm

TBD

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

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. April Coughlin or Administration to set up meetings.

PTSA Membership Drive

The PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student-Association) is a private, non-profit organization of parents, teachers, students and community members who strive to better the lives of children. We are part of an association that is organized at the local, state and national levels. Our focus is to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting our children.


Your membership to the Washington PTSA does the above, plus allows our PTSA to have events for our students, plus provide items that the school needs that are not allows budgeted by the EVSC.


Student members receive one free dress day per grading period, along with free entrance to all 3 dances, and ice cream day per grading period, a coupon book designed just for them with great discounts for PTSA sponsored events.


Individual memberships are $7.00, a double membership for $12.50, 3 memberships for $18.00, and a family 4 pack for $25.00. The PTSA only keeps $1.75 of each membership sold. The remaining amount of $5.25 goes to the Indiana PTA dues, and the National PTA dues.

So while we advocate for students when needed, we also do some fundraisers. The goal this year is to help the school purchase a new projection system and screen for the auditorium. In order to do this, we are fundraising, we are having restaurant give back nights, we are doing Yankee Candle Sales, and a few others coming up. So please support your PTSA, and join today.



Join online at www.squareup.com/market/washington-middle-school-ptsa

WMS Expectations and Procedures Handbook

Dress Code Reminders

Cool Weather Items

Type: hoodless sweaters or hoodless sweatshirts, vest, zip up fleece, softshell or cardigan worn with a collared button down or polo shirt underneath

Colors: any solid color

Logo: small manufacturers logos are acceptable; school logos are permitted


The following is unacceptable at WMS and will not be allowed:

· Unnatural hair colors (bright red, burgundy, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink or purple) anywhere in the hair.

· Body piercings, excluding ears. Earrings that pose a safety hazard or that are disruptive in nature

· Visible tattoos

· Skinny style pants, stretch pants or tight fitting clothing

· Hats or head coverings inside the school

· Cell Phones, large purses, gym bags, backpacks, backpack style purses, and drawstring bags must be kept in students’ lockers from 7:30am to 2:30pm.

ISTEP is out and ILEARN is in

This year, the state of Indiana has changed the End of Year test for our students. It used to be called ISTEP, but the new test is ILEARN. It is created by a new company and has many more technology enhanced items and a focus on application of skills. If you missed our PTSA meeting last week about the new test, the information can be found at this link: https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-families


If you have questions about this test or how Washington Middle School is preparing students for higher expectations, please contact Mrs. Branson at 812-477-8983.

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