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August 27-31, 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.

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 starting September 7th, students will have to complete these assignments on time. 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.

Weekly Homework includes:

English - A grammar or writing lesson on No Red Ink

Math - A Math skill on Pearson Math XL

Social Studies and Science - An article and tasks aligned with the topics discussed in class on Newsela

All of these resources are online and students have been given their logins. Teachers may assign additional homework, but these are the tasks that are assigned to all students each week.

Students will be given some time in homerooms each week and will have access to the library during recess to complete the tasks.

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.

Officer Betz to Share Legal issues

Our laison officer, Dan Betz, will be joining us during homerooms this week to discuss some of the legal concerns that face teenagers. This talk will center around the law regarding social media, bullying, fighting, and inappropriate technology usage. We believe strongly that students need to know the law that impacts them before they make decisions that can affect them for a long time. If you would like your child not to attend this session, please contact the main office or send an email to aaron.meyer@evsck12.com. We're lucky to have an officer in our district that believes in being proactive rather than reactive.

Volleyball Game vs. Helfrich park

Monday, Aug. 27th, 4-6:30pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

Good luck to our 6-8th grade girls as they begin their season on Monday night! Come out and support our teams.

Volleyball game at Plaza Park

Wednesday, Aug. 29th, 4pm

Plaza Park

Extracurricular Activities Available

Students will have additional opportunities to connect with their peers and feel part of their school community through many different sports, after-school programs and academic opportunities. Right now, students can participate in Cross Country, Speech Team, and Hockey Club. If your child is interested in these programs, they can see the sponsor listed below.

Speech Team - This is an opportunity for students to practice the important lifetime skill of public speaking and compete for WMS! Interested students should see Mrs. Cravens in room 36 or email mara.cravens@evsck12.com.

Hockey Club - 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.

Penny Lane Study Cafe - 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.

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. We will also post a listing of programs that will be available this semester on this newsletter next week. If you or your students have any questions, they can see Mr. Walls in room 26B or email him at dominic.walls@evsck12.com.

PTSA Membership Drive

Please don't forget to sign up for PTSA memberships. This $7 not only supports our school PTSA, but also allows your child to participate in donut breakfasts, jeans days and other events. PTSA members also get into dances for free... a $13 savings! Students can bring their PTSA fees to the main office to join.

Single $7

Double $12 parent-student

Triple $18 3 memberships

Homerun - $25 4 membershps

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

Next PTSA give back night is at Jason's Deli, Agust 23rd. WMS will receive 20% of sales if you show flyer or tell them your are with WMS 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.

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Related Arts:




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.


If you have questions or concerns about grades you can contact your child's teachers, Mrs. April Coughlin or Administration to set up meetings.

What teens want parents to know

By Teresa Mercer, LCSW, LCAC, January 2, 2018 –

As a social worker and therapist, I have the pleasure working with teens. I have worked in a variety of settings with them: inpatient, outpatient, substance abuse treatment, in-home therapy and currently a school setting.

Although they all have their own unique personalities and styles, teens are all similar in several ways. They all experience moods but are not always sure how to express their feelings. They are all attempting to figure out life and how they might fit in.

They all seem to fight for their independence while sometimes rebelling against our suggestions and advice. They all want to feel safe, loved and needed. They all want to be heard, even if we don’t agree. They all want to be respected.

Through my years in working with them, I’ve heard the same concerns from many of them. It doesn’t matter where they live, which school they attend, their socio-economic status, their grades, etc. Most have expressed they do not feel understood by their parents, guardians, or most adults in general.

They complain that they are treated like children. They are upset that some adults think they are irresponsible and not “ready for the real world.” They are tired of having their ideas and thoughts not heard or appreciated, and yet they are expected to be responsible.

Now I do know adolescents can be challenging. Some of the things they choose to do are beyond words. Many times while talking with them I ask them to explain their thought process, because I really need to understand what made them choose to do or NOT do something!

However, they are still a fascinating population to work with and I love every day I am with them.

I decided to collect responses from a number of teens. My intention is to let adults know that our youth do give some thought to their decisions, they are aware of what’s important and they are capable of making good choices.

But most importantly, the group in this survey wants us to understand some things about them.

Below are the 3 questions I asked and a sampling of their answers.

  1. What are one or two things you would really like for your parents/guardians or other adults to understand about you?
  • School is stressful and they really do try their best.
  • They have busy schedules with sports, other activities and school.
  • Talk with them and listen to them instead of lecturing and/or yelling.
  • Sometimes expectations are overwhelming. Please be understanding when they can’t meet all the expectations.
  • Sometimes what they want for their life is different from what their parents want for them.
  • School and friends are important to them.
  • Pay more attention to their sad moods.
  • Understand they need privacy and time to themselves.
  • Realize they get just as stressed out as adults do.
  • They are capable of making good decisions.
  • Don’t compare them to siblings.

  1. What is one thing you would like to see different in the United States, such as what would make our lives better (this includes everyone, not just you or your family) or make the country better?
  • Teens overwhelming said more kindness, acceptance, tolerance and understanding of people (too much hatred in the world).

  1. What is one thing your family can start or stop doing that would improve family connectedness? If your family is already doing things that are going well, please share.
  • Eating a meal together
  • More activities/outings
  • Less arguing
  • More talking things out
  • Having less electronics at the table when eating

Whether or not you live with a teenager, I hope this brings some understanding. Sometimes we can get so busy with life that we don’t acknowledge teens for “being teens” with ideas, perspectives, thoughts and feelings.


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.

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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!