Washington Post

February 19-23, 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."

School-wide Fundraiser in Full Swing

This is our school wide fundraiser for the year and it will help to support our students with many opportunities: The 8th grade block party at the end of the year, our school wide Field Day the last day of school, 6th-8th grade field trips, dances and more . Please take time to read the information below on how we can help support our students.


Each student will need a parent/guardian to sign them up for the online store at GaSchoolStore.com. The website is case sensitive so you must type in as shown. GaSchoolStore.com.


Step 1: Go to GaSchoolStore.com


Step 2: Click START HERE


Step 3: Begin to Register and Login (online school ID code: 1450451) (Teacher/Team use students Homeroom Teacher)


Step 4: You will then see the Students Online ID to share with family and friends.


Step 5: Share our online store through emails, texts, social media and more.


Along with our online store, students may also use the brochure and order slip in the package for our focus items (coffee and stainless steel tumbler). These items are also on the online store.


The online store includes hundreds of items including jewelry, your favorite college team tumblers, candy, peanuts, grilling items and candles, and more! The online store is easy! No money to collect, items are shipped directly to the customer and students are still credited with each online purchase.


The fundraiser will run until February 22nd. All order forms and money should be turned in together. This will also be part of our Continental Challenge with each homeroom receiving points for items sold and total amount of money raised. The homeroom with the most points at the end of the year will be going to Holiday World again! College Tuition Rewards!!!! This may be the most exciting part of the fundraiser. Please visit gafundraising.com/tuitionrewards/ to see what a great opportunity helping your school raise money can also do for your child’s future. Last year was the first year Washington Middle School partnered with Great American Opportunities.


Great American Opportunities partners with America’s Colleges & Universities! Simply by participating in a Great American fundraising program, and selling products to support their school or group, students may earn Tuition Credit for college.

How It Works:

 By selling $100, students earn $1,000 in Tuition Rewards Points!

 By selling $250, students earn $2,500 in Tuition Rewards Points!

 Students may earn up to “One Full Year” of credit towards tuition! Over 380 Private Colleges and Universities across America participate in this exciting program.


Great American Programs generated nearly $500,000,000 in Tuition Points since the program began in fall 2015. We appreciate and thank you for your time and support

PTSA March Madness!!

Please plan to join us for a fun night of competition, food and fun on Friday, March 9th from 5:30-8:00pm. This event put on by our PTSA will feature several carnival style games centered around March Madness. There will be food and prizes. Mark your calendars now!

Snow Day Make-ups

The next snow make-up day will be Monday, February 19th. This was a built-in day in calendar for President's Day. We will be in session that day. The third make-up day will be a virtual assignment that will be distributed on Tuesday, February 20th and collected on the 27th. Please visit the teacher websites below for more information on the assignment. As always, if you have questions, please contact the office.

Dress Down Day on Friday

Students can bring in $2 on Friday for a Dress Down pass. The money raised during this event will benefit the Family Engagement Night this Spring. We look forward to putting on an event that will bring our families and community together on the front lawn of Washington Middle School!

Yearbook Sales Begin

Your student will be bringing home an order form for the yearbook this week. The price is $15 if pre-ordered by April 1st. After that date the price will increase to $20. Make sure to pre-order yours to get the lowest price. You can return the order form to Mrs. Kavanaugh with cash or check made out to Washington Middle School or you can use the link below to order online. Get yours today!


www.inter-state.com/Yearbooks Use order Code: 24474M

My School Survey

All parents, students and staff will be taking the My School Survey this week. We use this information to help us make adjustments and help improve our school. Please take the time to complete this survey this week to help us continue to make Washington Middle School better. We appreciate your feedback and ideas.

ISTEP+ Part 1

This year, the window for ISTEP+ Part 1 begins on February 26th. We will be working on practice items this week in anticipation of the test the following week. This will come quickly this year with all of the snow days. The first round will be the extended writing component. Students will be asked to read short passages and then respond about the main ideas with details from the text. Students will also have math problems that are multiple steps and that require written explanations. There will also be a 50 minute writing assessment where students are given a topic and asked to write as much as they can. We know that this can be stressful for some students, so we want to share the information with you in order to begin talking to students and practicing writing stories, writing in journals, or writing a brief summary of anything they read.


This is the first year we've been required to take this assessment online, so we're hoping there are few bumps in the transition. We'll be working with the Indiana Department of Education and the EVSC to ensure that all of our technology is ready for this assessment. As always, please contact Mrs. Branson if you have any questions or concerns.

Two helpful websites for extra practice

We found two websites that have been very helpful in filling academic gaps for students. We'll be working on these two sites the next few months in our WIN period. Both sites can be worked on at home to further assist students in their academic growth.


www.noredink.com - This is a grammar and language website that supports writing skills. Students will take a diagnostic test this week which will guide them to the lessons, practice and quizzes that they need. Students will work through those lessons each week during WIN period. If you'd like to also support continued growth, please have them work on their lessons at home.


www.prodigygame.com - This is a math game that starts students at certain levels after taking an intro test. Students start at their level and work through the lessons and practice. We will also be working on this during WIN to support student growth in math, but they are encouraged to work on this outside of school as well.


Please let us know if you have any questions about these programs. Thank you in advance for supporting our students' growth in academics.

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. Bender Carrie.Bender@evsc.k12.in.us or Administration to set up meetings.

After-School Programs

All clubs run from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, with the exception of STEM Club (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm). Each club member is provided a snack beforehand, and bus transportation home is provided.


Children and youth who participate in after-school programs reap a host of positive benefits in a number of areas—academic, social/emotional, and health and wellness. (2008, p. 2)


Programs are as follows:

Book vs. Movie Club – Students will read books, or excerpts from books and then watch movies that are based on that book. Students then discuss which version they liked better and why. Book vs. Movie will meet on Monday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Chronicles of YARNia – Students learn how to crochet and knit. Students will learn basic stitches, how to read a pattern, and learn how to make a sampler blanket. Chronicles of YARNia meets on Monday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

DIAMONDS – The DIAMOND program, is a YMCA based program that promotes healthy choices and healthy relationships. This program is for female students, and focuses on establishing goals and increasing self-esteem and also encourages volunteering and community service. DIAMONDS program on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Y-CAP - The Y-CAP program is also a YMCA based program for young men. This program is an evidence-based program that works with young men and their families, enhancing their mental, educational, social and physical development and by helping them reach their fullest potential. The Y-CAP group programs on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Penny Lane – Students are offered study time with a tutor. Penny Lane meets on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Minecraft Club – Students use this computer game to build and design structures, achieving personal gaming goals. Minecraft requires students to use critical thinking skills and creativity. Minecraft meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

STEM Club – The STEM program is a new addition to after-school programs. Different STEM kits are rented weekly. These kits contain tools and items that can be used to help students learn more about Science and Math. STEM Club meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

Mythology Club – Students learn about Greek Mythology and participate in the National Mythological exam. This particular program will be a nationally registered and recognized club with excellence in the classics! Mythology meets on Thursday.

Drama Club – Students learn about basic movement exercises and acting skills. Drama club meets on Thursday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Pokemon Club – Students are invited to bring their own Pokemon cards, where they can play against each other or trade their cards. Students really enjoy the social engagement aspect of Pokemon Club. Pokemon Club meets on Friday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Study Cafe and Retakes

We will be offering Study Cafe after school again this year. We have divided the session into two parts: Retakes and Tutoring. If your child does not reach proficient on any part of an assessment, they can schedule a retake with their teacher. Their teacher will leave the assessment in a folder for the supervisors, and your child may stay after school to retake.


If your child needs additional support with any subject, they can stay after for tutoring. In order to schedule after school tutoring, students can sign up with Mr. Walls in Room 26A or parents can email Mr. Walls at dominic.walls@evsck12.com.


We are trying to keep the classes small, so students can get the help they need. If students do not sign up for the sessions or schedule an assessment with their teacher, they will not be able to stay. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns regarding help for your child.

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. Bender, 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, Mr. Gaffney or Ms. Branson. What we don't know can't be fixed!