Washington Post

September 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.

Enrichment

We believe that middle school is a time for students to explore their interests to prepare for high school scheduling and career paths. This week, we launched our first Enrichment offerings. These students in the picture started their Enrichment in Culinary making pancakes and omelettes.


Students who did not complete their homework or who had an F stayed in for Study Hall. Each week students will need to complete their work and keep grades up before they attend an Enrichment. We have to teach responsibility early, so students are prepared for the homework and testing load at high school. Please make sure students are completing those assignments each week, so they can experience the Enrichments opportunities.

PTSA Members Free Dress Day on Friday

Friday will be a Free Dress Day for those students who have paid their $7 PTSA membership fee. If students haven't already joined, they can stop by the main office to fill out the form and drop off their membership fee.

Baskin Robbins Scoop Night for Hangers

Please come out to Baskin Robbins on Thursday from 3:30-4:00pm to help Mrs. Branson and her husband take the lead in the Golden Scooper competition! All funds raised go to support Hangers, the EVSC Clothing Bank that support our WMS students. You can make donations that night by purchasing ice cream, adding to our donation bucket, or sending money to school prior to Thursday to be added. Thank you in advance for helping us compete against business owners, educators, policemen, and local politicians. Help us show Evansville how Washington's community steps up!

Homework Assignments Due Thursday

Weekly homework will be due on Thursday of this week. These assignments will be assigned every Thursday and due the following Thursday of each week. In order to attend Enrichment opportunities on Fridays, students will have to complete these assignments on time AND have zero F's.


Weekly homework is assigned based on tasks that are aligned with the work they are doing in class and with skills necessary to be successful. All assignments are posted on the teacher websites linked below. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teachers or call the main office.

After-School Activity Sign-Ups

Students will be able to sign up for a variety of after-school activities this week. All activities begin at 3:00-4:30. Students who stay after school will receive a snack and a drink from the cafeteria and then have bus transportation home at the end of the program. This is a great way for your students to make connections and build relationships in their school community.


All sign up sheets are posted on the bulletin board outside of the small gym.


Girl/Boy Scouts (Mondays) - representatives from the Scouts will teach students a variety of life skills. This program includes field trips throughout the year.


Hockey Club - (Mondays) This program includes transportation to Swonder Ice Arena once a week for lessons on skating and basic rules of the game. Students do not have to be skaters to participate. Gear is provided as well. There is a small fee for this club, but please contact Mrs. Branson if the fee is a barrier. Interested students should pick up the enrollment sheet in the Main Office.


Yearbook Club -(Tuesdays) Students will be in charge of selecting the theme, taking pictures, and designing pages for the yearbook. This program includes some additional attendance at school events for photography.


TeenPower (Tuesdays) - TeenPower is a program that teaches leadership skills, form collaborative relationships with youth from diverse backgrounds, builds self-esteem and promotes a drug, alcohol and tobacco free lifestyle.


Diamonds and YCAP (Tuesdays and Thursdays) - Diamonds is a program for girls and YCAP is a program for boys staffed and supported by the YMCA. Students do field trips and learn about important life skills.


Book vs. Movie - (Thursdays) In this program, students will read popular young adult books then watch the corresponding movie to compare and contrast.


Minecraft - (Thursdays) Students will have the opportunity to build their village and protect their winnings in the popular game, Minecraft.


Penny Lane Study Cafe - (Tuesdays and Thursdays) This is a program that meets every Tuesday and Thursday for students who need to retake a test or get some extra tutoring. Students can drop in any Tuesday or Thursday as needed. Interested students need to sign up with Mrs. Stoll in room 20 or by emailing her at jennifer.stoll@evsck12.com.


Shooting for Numbers - (Fridays) Students will combine statistics and probability in basketball scrimmages and shootouts.


Additional activities will be available as part of our After-school Programs. Announcements will be made to ensure all students are aware of the programs being offered. If you or your students have any questions, they can see Mr. Walls in room 26B or email him at dominic.walls@evsck12.com.

Volleyball Game vs. Lodge

Monday, Sep. 10th, 4-6pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

Volleyball game at Perry Heights

Wednesday, Sep. 12th, 4pm

5800 Hogue Road

Evansville, IN

Bosse Cub Soccer Game

Wednesday, Sep. 12th, 6pm

Bosse High School Enlow Field

6th grade Volleyball Game

Thursday, Sep. 13th, 4pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

Cross Country Meet

Tuesday, Sep. 11th, 4:30pm

8215 Pollack Ave

Evansville, IN

Bosse Cub Soccer Game

Monday, Sep. 10th, 6pm

5400 North First Avenue

Evansville, IN

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.


Upcoming PTSA Events

September 14th – First free dress day for PTSA student members. Join now so you can enjoy free dress.

September 17th – PTSA meeting – Will be approving 2018/2019 budget, and Youth First will have QPR training for September’s National Suicide Awareness month. This seminar is designed for adults only, please feel free to bring someone that could benefit from this information.

September 17th – 24th / IT’s It’s the Box Top Blitz! Bring in your box tops, make sure they are not expired, placed in a baggie with the students name attached. The student that brings in the most box tops will win a NICE prize.

September 17th – 24th is also our shampoo drive to benefit Hanger’s. For each bottle of shampoo, or for each $1.00 donation, your students name will go in a drawing to win a brand new BICYCLE! We will have a winner for boys, and one for girls. Hanger’s is the clothing resource center where students in need receive uniforms, coat, shoes, underwear and hygiene products. The Bosse district helps collect shampoo. Shampoo needs to be regular size bottles, not travel size please.


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

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.

Suicide Prevention Week

This week is Suicide Prevention Week. In order to share some information that can help us keep our students and loved ones safe, we're sharing an article from one of our Community Partners, Youth First. Please contact our Youth First Social Worker, Heather Miller, if you have any questions or concerns about your child's or any child's safety.


Suicide Prevention Takes Community Commitment


By Davi Stein-Kiley, Courier & Press, Sept. 20, 2016 –

Suicide is a painful event in the life of a family, school and community. It creates enormous heaviness in our hearts.


When emotions run high, we find safe harbor in the company of friends, caregivers and others who can provide support or who know what it’s like to walk in these shoes. Unfortunately, many have been touched by this loss.


According to one study, as many as 64 percent of the participants knew someone who had attempted suicide and 40 percent knew someone who died by suicide. Almost 20 percent described themselves as a survivor of suicide. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among persons aged 15-24.


There are many steps in the walk through the grieving process: shock, anger, grief, sadness and pain. Death by suicide is complicated by feelings of guilt, shame and trauma. Lingering questions about the reason can leave difficult-to-heal wounds.


In the time following a loss, it is important to reach out and care for those who are close to the survivors. It’s also important to prevent future suicides.


The American Federation for Suicide Prevention lists a number of signs and symptoms for us to observe and watch. If friends, relatives, neighbors or acquaintances have these risk factors it is important to access care right away.


Listen to what they are saying. If a person talks about any of these, they are at risk:


  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Experiencing unbearable pain
  • Having no reason to live
  • Killing themselves


Observe actions and behavior. If a person engages in specific behaviors like these they are at risk:


  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression


Notice the mood. People considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:


  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety


Sometimes people have other experiences in life that create greater risk for taking his/her own life. These include personal health and well-being as well as environmental experiences.


  • Mental health conditions:
    • Depression
    • Bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder
    • Schizophrenia
    • Borderline or antisocial personality disorder
    • Conduct disorder
    • Psychotic disorders or psychotic symptoms in the context of any disorder
    • Anxiety disorders
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Serious or chronic health condition or pain
  • Stressful life events – death, divorce or job loss
  • Prolonged stress factors — may include harassment, bullying, relationship problems or unemployment
  • Access to lethal means including firearms and drugs
  • Exposure to another person’s suicide or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of suicide
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Family history of suicide



A key piece of prevention is to help people talk it out. We once believed sharing information about suicide could cause someone to be suicidal. This is a myth. In reality, talking provides an outlet for people in distress and reinforces the idea that it is good to talk with others rather than act on destructive feelings.


Young people may also believe it’s a betrayal to tell an adult about a friend who is contemplating suicide. The truth is that not telling is an even greater disloyalty. It’s important to help young people see the bigger picture and trust the adults around them to respond.

Our greatest asset in the fight against suicide is each other. As a community, we have the ability to join together and learn how to stop suicide. It is the most preventable form of death in our nation.


Southwestern Indiana has many resources we can access.

1. For immediate assistance call:


  • Southwestern Healthcare Suicide Hotline – 812-422-1100
  • Deaconess Crosspointe – 812-476-7200 or 800-947-6789
  • Brentwood Meadows – 812-858-7200
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800-473-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line- Text “GO” to 741741- Response by trained volunteers, not professional

2. To access Youth First Social Workers in your school see youthfirstinc.org.

3. Other resources include:



  • SOS support groups: Care for Survivors of Suicide (SOS) offered at 6:30 p,m. the first and third Mondays of each month at Methodist Temple, 2109 Lincoln Ave.
  • Support groups through Mental Health America — go to mhavanderburgh.org/support-groups.html

4. Additional training is available in our community for those interested:


  • Youth Mental Health First Aid– A one day workshop designed for participants to learn how to recognize the differences between normal youth development and emerging mental health concerns. Participants learn an action plan to support youth in both crisis and non-crisis situations.


  • Question Persuade Refer (QPR) offered for Teens and Adults in our community – a one-hour training designed to help people recognize signs and symptoms of suicide and support a friend or family member who may be having suicidal thinking.
  • ASIST- Applied Suicide Skills Training – A two-day workshop provided to help participants learn how to talk with a person who might be suicidal.



The Southwestern Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition is a group of dedicated agencies and individuals whose goal is to look for ways to reduce suicide in our region. The HOPE Team (Helping Other People Every day) is a collective outreach of survivors of suicide and professionals who provide early crisis response to families and friends who have experienced the loss of suicide. For more information about the Southwestern Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition and the HOPE team, contact Janie Chappell at 812-471-4521.

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.

Washington Middle School Community Supporters

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!