Washington Post

March 16-20

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!

Parent-Teacher Communication Improved

We are linking the class websites to the newsletter each week. These websites are also linked to the school website. Teacher teams will update the websites each Friday for the following week. Please see our school website or click the links below to see what's happening each week. You can also use the RDS Parent Access to find out how your child is doing in their classes.

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

WMS celebrated a week of ISTEP+ with Fun Friday

Despite having three snow days disrupt the ISTEP+ testing window, our students finished off the first round of ISTEP+ testing strongly. Many teachers commented on the fact that students worked very hard and used the entire time allotted to work and check their answers. As a reward for being present, working hard and not disrupting classes, we spent Friday afternoon giving students the option of movie, quiet time or gym time. Every student matters and is part of the team that will move our school to a letter grade of "B in 3" years. We're proud of our kids and look forward to the second round of ISTEP+ in a few weeks. Together we are ARMY Strong!

Acuity testing for Math and ELA begins this week

Students will take their last Acuity assessment for Math and ELA this week. This test will help us identify student needs prior to the second round of ISTEP+. The results of this test help us place students into small groups for the WIN (What I Need) period during the school day.

Boys Cub Wrestling Team Takes 4th in the City Meet

Congratulations to our first ever Bosse Cub Wrestling team for placing fourth in the city meet. DeKarry Garnett took first in the city in his weight class and Kameron Jackson took second in the city!! These boys and the rest of the team represented WMS very well. We're proud of the work they put in. Thanks to Mr. Happe and Mr. Shoobridge for starting our wrestling team this year!

ALICE training for students

The EVSC is following the national recommendations for disaster drills. We will be practicing the new procedures for protecting students and staff in the event of an intruder. We have already trained our staff and students, but we will complete our drill this week. If you have questions or concerns regarding this drill, please contact the office.

PTSA Box Top Drive Winners Announced

You did it again! You clipped and collected Box Tops, turned them in and helped your school! You turned in 1,549 of them to be exact. That is $154.00 for Washington Middle School programs and events. Donovan McNeal brought in the most with 397. Madison Osborne was second bringing in 282. Mr. Barnett's 1st period won the class prize. Both those students are in that room. I will get Donovan's $25 Target gift card in the mail asap! We'll look for a sunny day to have an extra recess outside with Mr. Barnett's class during the WIN period.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Box Top Blitz. Please keep clipping and collecting those box tops. You can be certain that there will be another Box Top Blitz in the fall.

Bosse Cub Baseball Tryouts this week

Any 6th-8th grade student interested in playing baseball this spring will need to meet Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:00-4:30pm. Coach Shoobridge will go over tryouts and requirements. We're looking forward to a great season, Continentals!

Track Tryouts this week

Any student interested in running track this spring should stay on Tuesday and Thursday for tryouts. Coach Shoobridge will discuss the requirements and do some drills. We look forward to another solid year of Middle School Track at WMS.

School Make-up Days

The EVSC took the feedback from the parent and staff surveys to assist in making a decision about snow make-up days. The decision will be made and approved at the school board meeting Monday night and announced by Tuesday. We'll keep you posted on how we will make up the seven days required. Thank you for your feedback and patience.

Quarter 4 Begins This Week

Please look for your child's report card on Tuesday afternoon. If you do not see it, you may contact the office for a copy or check RDS Parent Access below. We have reminded students that they start today with a clean slate.

No School Next Week

Enjoy the week off for Spring Break with your family and friends!

Events on Monday

Penny Lane Study Cafe

Cub Baseball Tryouts

Academic Team Meet

Monday, March 16th, 3-5pm

2100 North Fulton Avenue

Evansville, IN

We wish our Academic Teams good luck at the first meet of the season! Go Continentals!

Events after school on Tuesday

Diamonds

Green Team

Penny Lane Study Cafe

Track Team Tryouts

Give Back Night at Wayback Burgers

Tuesday, March 17th, 4pm

115 Cross Pointe Boulevard

Evansville, IN

The WMS PTSA has a Dine Out/Give Back Night scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th from 4-8pm at Wayback Burgers which is located at 115 Cross Pointe Blvd on the east side of Evansville just past Walmart. Wayback Burgers has graciously agreed to donate 20% of the proceeds back to WMS PTSA. So plan to take the night off from cooking and take the family out for a juicy burger instead. I plan on stopping by there before I head to the PTSA Meeting. Happy dining!

PTSA Meeting

Tuesday, March 17th, 6:30pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

EVENTS AFTER SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY

Band/Orchestra Practice

Penny Lane Study Cafe

Baseball Practice

Math Academic Team Practice

Social Studies Academic Team Practice

St. Mark's Tutoring

Events After School on Thursday

Cheer Party

Penny Lane Study Cafe

Basketball Team Party

English Academic Team Practice

Social Studies Academic Team Practice

Diamonds

Track Practice

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. Asay, 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!