Washington Post

January 22-25

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.

This Week at WMS

Bottle Cap Collection Competition

Teen Power is collecting bottle caps to create a bench in memory of Massiah Washington. Parents and community members are encouraged to help us in our bottle cap collection as well. Caps can be sent with students or dropped off at the front office.

Collection and Weigh-in day is Tuesday:

Week 1: January 22nd-29th

Grade level competition. The grade level with the most weight will get free dress one day the following week.

Week 2: January 30th-February 5th

Homeroom competition. The homeroom with the most weight will win a donut breakfast the following week.

Week 3: February 6th -12th

Homeroom competition. The homeroom with the most weight will win a taco bar lunch.

Week 4: February 13th-19th

Homeroom competition. The homeroom with the most weight will win an ice cream sundae bar at lunch.

Enrichments are Back!

On the last hour of the day on Fridays, students have the opportunity to participate in various enrichment activities, including guitar, intramural sports, cooking, jazz band, etc. Check out the photo galleries below to see what students were up to this week!

Penny Lane Study Cafe

(Tuesdays and Thursdays) 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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Rally and Symbolic March

Monday, Jan. 21st, 11:45am

1800 Lincoln Avenue

Evansville, IN

Historically, the March on Washington broadened the base of the Civil Rights Movement. The March was not a black action; it was a feat by blacks and whites together, all people. Not just the leaders of the black organizations, but clergy, political leaders, and community spokespeople called for change. UE commemorates the March on Washington through a symbolic march through campus as a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders of that time.

Join us in front of the Carson Center in your WMS spirit wear to walk together in unity at this event.

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Plaza

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 4:30pm

7301 Lincoln Avenue

Evansville, IN

6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Perry Heights

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 5:30pm

2603 West Maryland Street

Evansville, IN

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. McGary

Thursday, Jan. 24th, 4:30pm

McGary Middle School, Evansville, IN, USA

Evansville, IN

New Years Resolution 1 - Improved Attendance.

Attendance is one of the most critical aspects to school and any future employment our students will have. We are going to renew our focus on getting to school and classes on time. We are going to continue to reach out to students struggling with daily attendance and make sure that if they do need to miss we provide supports. For students who are not being accountable, we will support by asking for some of their time in the afternoon to make up for the time they miss being late to school. Mr. Meyer will review morning and class tardies and assign students to make up that time after school from 2:30-4:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Resolution 2 - Regulation Station

As brain science has developed we often use it to confirm things we already knew on some level and reassess how we approach problems like student discipline. A big change at Washington is the focus on Social Emotional Learning and a shift away from punishing consequences. Students will still be held accountable but we want to give them every opportunity to learn from their mistakes.

Resolution 3 - Homework

Homework gets a bad name sometimes as there is too much or it is above students ability level. We are taking a different approach limiting the amount of HW students will be assigned and utilizing the knowledge of our teachers and our technology platforms to meet students where they are at and build the habit of working independently at home. We also believe with your help and encouragement we will continue to meet and exceed our growth targets for all students.

WMS Expectations and Procedures Handbook

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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

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.

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.

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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!