Washington Post

February 4-8, 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.

My School Survey

This week, all WMS students and staff will be taking the My School Survey. This is a survey taken by all EVSC students, staff and families. The data is used to make decisions on how we can improve our schools and get the perspective of many people. If you would like your child not to complete this survey, please contact the main office. Please also be on the lookout for a survey to come home for you to take. You can send the surveys in with your child, mail them to the address on the survey, or bring it to our main office. Your input is important to making Washington Middle School an excellent place to learn. Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Social Worker Groups

For fourth quarter, Mrs. Miller will be offering LifeSkills Training- focusing on substance abuse prevention, social skills, communication skills and Why Try - focusing on motivation and goal setting as a 3rd period special elect for 6th graders. If you are interested in having your child participate, please email Mrs. Miller at heather.miller@evsck12.com by February 22. In order to participate, a consent with Youth First will need to be signed by a parent.

7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Game 4:30-6:30

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 4:30pm

5800 Hogue Road

Evansville, IN

6th Grade Boys Basketball Game @ Delaware Elementary

Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 4:30pm

700 North Garvin Street

Evansville, IN

7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Game vs. Cedar Hall

Thursday, Feb. 7th, 4:30pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

PTSA Winter Formal

Please join us for Winter Formal on Friday. Students must have at least 7 Citizenship Points in order to attend. Citizenship Points are earned through grades, behavior, extracurricular activities and growth on grades and/or NWEA. Teachers will be reviewing this with students this week. If you have questions about this, please contact Mrs. Branson. This was part of the roll-out of Citizenship at the beginning of the year and is in the Student Handbook.

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February is Black History Month

At Washington, we know we are blessed to be able to go to school, sit at lunch tables, and play sports with people who don't look like us, have the same background as us, and/or have the same abilities as us. Washington Middle School is a tiny place that is a lot like the big world after high school. We often don't get to hear about the people who have different backgrounds and skin color in our history books, so we will take some time this month to learn about the current and previous African Americans who have made a difference in our world. Please ask your child about the things they're learning at school to celebrate our diversity and leave our world a little better than we found it.

Social Skills are important, too!


Sharing Something

1. Let the other person use the item first.

2. Ask if you can use it later.

3. When you get to use it, offer it back to the other person after you’re finished.

* This seems like a very basic skill—and it is. But sometimes we become so relaxed with our friends and family that we forget to use good social skills. Following these steps and being mindful of them will help us strengthen relationships.

Homework

Students will continue to have homework nightly for this semester. Please help your child by creating a scheduled time and space for them to complete homework. We're seeing major improvements in students' study habits when they're completing some homework every night. If your child is working on homework longer than 15 minutes each night in one subject, please contact your child's teacher. These assignments shouldn't take longer than 1 hour total for all four subjects.

ISTEP is out and ILEARN is in

This year, the state of Indiana has changed the End of Year test for our students. It used to be called ISTEP, but the new test is ILEARN. It is created by a new company and has many more technology enhanced items and a focus on application of skills. If you missed our PTSA meeting last week about the new test, the information can be found at this link: https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-families


If you have questions about this test or how Washington Middle School is preparing students for higher expectations, please contact Mrs. Branson at 812-477-8983.

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.

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!