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August 26-30, 2019

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.

P.E. Uniforms

All PE students should be dressed out in a PE uniform starting Monday. Shirts are $6, shorts $7 for a total of $13 for a full set.

The Tour of Opportunity for 8th grade students

The Tour of Opportunity for 8th grade students is on Wednesday, September 18th. It is an opportunity during the school day to visit manufacturing and tech businesses in Evansville. 40 8th grade students can participate. The first 40 students that apply and meet the requirements will attend. Please see Mrs. Coughlin for an application or click on the link below to apply.

The Tour of Opportunity Application

NWEA testing

Students will complete their beginning of the year NWEA testing this week in their English and Math classes. The results from this test provides teachers critical information about each student's needs. The testing schedule is as follows:

-Monday: NWEA Reading will be taken in English classes.

-Tuesday: NWEA Reading will continue in English classes.

-Wednesday: NWEA Math will be taken in Math classes.

-Thursday: NWEA will continue in Math classes.

-Friday: NWEA Language will be taken in English classes.

Volleyball Practices

Tuesday, August 27th: 6th, 7th, and 8th practice from 3-4:30

Wednesday, August 28th: 6th grade practice from 3-4:30

Thursday, August 29th: 7th and 8th grade practice from 3-4:30

Volleyball Games

7th and 8th Volleyball Game at Helfrich park

Monday, Aug. 26th, 4:30-6:30pm

2603 West Maryland Street

Evansville, IN

Good luck to our 7th and 8th grade girls as they begin their season on Monday night! Come out and support our teams.

7th and 8th Volleyball game vs Plaza Park

Wednesday, Aug. 28th, 4:30pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

6th Volleyball game vs Cedar Hall at Thompkins

Thursday, Aug. 29th, 5:30pm

1300 West Mill Road

Evansville, IN

After School Programs

Students may start signing up for after-school programs on Monday August 26th. Students must have a completed enrollment form on file before they can participate. Those forms can be picked up in the Main Office.

Programs will begin on Tuesday September 3rd. All participants are provided a snack and bus transportation will be provided for those that need it.

Penny Lane Study Cafe

This is a program that meets every Tuesday and Thursday until 4:30 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.

PTSA Membership and Important Dates

Please don't forget to sign up for PTSA memberships. This $7 not only supports our school PTSA.

Important Upcoming Date:

Saturday, September 14 from 4-8:00PM: Dine-Out for Dollars at Chipotle on Green River Road. Please tell the cashier that you are participating in the give-back for WMS PTSA when purchasing your food.

Monday, September 16 from 7:30am-8:15 am: Coffee Chat & PTSA Meeting. Please plan to join us in the media center for coffee, updates from the principal, discussion and a PTSA meeting. You do not need to be a member of PTSA to attend the meeting. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend if possible. Details regarding parking and door entry will be sent out clo

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Monday, September 16 from 6-7:00PM: Family Engagement Night - "Chromebook 101". Please join us in the media center to learn about your student's new Chromebook as well as Google classroom, RDS access, and other programs.


Student who returned their Consent Form and their WMS Expectations and Procedures Handbook form received their Chromebooks. Those students who haven't returned these forms will not receive their Chromebooks until they are turned in to their homeroom teacher. Please make sure your student has access to this critical piece of technology by signing and returning these forms. Students must carry their Chromebooks at all times. We recommend that students create a "charging station" at home to plug their Chromebook in before bed each night. This ensures that they have a charged computer and are prepared for classes the next day. We are working on getting additional cases because those were not provided by EVSC this year. If students have a computer case that is 11x16 or smaller they can bring it for approval in the mean time.

Save the date: scoop night

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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)

· 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!