Washington Post

April 11-15, 2016

We Are A.R.M.Y. Strong!!

Each day, we say the Continental Creed: "As a member of the Continental Army, I promise to be Accountable, Respectful, Motivated to Learn, and do mY best." We also remind students of our school goal of achieving a letter grade of a B in three years or less....Students will hear us say "Are you helping us get to a B in 3?" If we all focus on being ARMY Strong every day, we will reach this goal!

PTSA Spring Fling a Success

Thank you to the many parents who volunteered on Friday and donated food items for the Spring Fling. I'm always amazed by the number of parents we have helping out at these events! We couldn't do this without you. The students enjoyed the time with the DJ, Kona Ice, and in the open gym. Again, many thanks to our parent volunteers and donations.

Snow Makeup Days this Friday and Monday

Please remember that we are making up snow days this Friday and next Monday. We will be in school on both days.

Congratulations to our Bosse Cub Baseball Team for the first win in 8 years!

Bosse Cub Baseball didn't exist until Coach Shoobridge decided to build a team in the Bosse district several years ago. Since then, he and several other coaches have put their heart into giving our students the opportunity to play baseball. On Sunday, our Cub Baseball team showed the heart of our students as they won 13-0 over the Central Cub team! We're so proud of our kids and our coaches for the work they've put in over the last few years to build our team. We know that our kids are capable of doing amazing things, and they're proving it every week!

Congratulations to our track team for a win and our 1600 Relay team for a record peformance

Our track team won their track meet last week. Our 1600 Relay team also beat the city record time at this meet. We won't actually set the record until the City Meet at the end of the season, but they beat the time! We're proud of their heart and the positive attitudes of all of our runners. They represented us well!

Now accepting donations for our WMS Arts and Crafts Festival May 14th

Our first annual WMS Arts and Crafts Festival will be on May 14th. We're now accepting donations for a silent auction. Things like gift cards to restaurants and local businesses as well as college themed items, autographed items, or summer games are appreciated. Please plan to join us for live music, local artists, and local food trucks. All proceeds go to general funds for Washington Middle School staff and students. Please send any donations to Mr. Williams. Thank you in advance for your support!

PTSA Meeting Monday

Monday, April 11th, 6:30pm


If your student is working on their Badge of Merit, they need to have a PTSA meeting under their belt. Any student who has met the requirements will be treated to a Badge of Merit Lunch at Red Robin before the end of the school year. Don't miss this opportunity!

Track Meet vs Plaza Park and Lincoln

Tuesday, April 12th, 4:30pm

211 Fielding Road

Evansville, IN

join the ptsa!!!! Help us reach our Goal of 225.

Join the PTSA by March 14th and have a chance to win the dart board displayed in the hallway. Already a member? You have already been entered. Join the PTSA and help us hit our goal of 225 members. Spread the word.

PTSA Square Account

Washington PTSA has just launched a square account which will allow the Continental family to purchase spirit wear or pay for the PTSA membership. This is one stop place to show your support for Washington PTSA. Click on the link below to see what all is available.


8th grade recognition scheduled for May 18th

All 8th grade students will want to get May 18th on the calendar! We will recognize the accomplishments of our 8th grade class during our 8th grade Recognition Ceremony at Boose High School's Auditorium at 8:30am. PTSA will host the 8th grade Block Party on the front lawn of WMS after the ceremony. Please be sure to let friends and family know the date and time for this event.

Letter grade added to RDS Parent Access

We heard from many parents that the new grading system is hard to follow throughout the semester, so we've made some changes. We will continue to grade assessments on the 1, 2, 3 scale in order to adjust our instruction and support student learning. However, we have added the current letter grade on your child's RDS Access, so that it updates after each assessment. We hope this helps to communicate your child's progress throughout the quarter. Thank you for the feedback and for helping us improve our systems! Please contact Ms. Branson if you have additional suggestions for improvement.

Base Exchange

Students are rewarded with points for displaying behaviors that are Accountable, Respectful, Motivated and showing they are Ready to learn. Students have the opportunity to spend those points for different items at the Base Exchange. Students will be able to order items from the base exchange by going to the Washington website (http://www.edlinesites.net/pages/EVSC_WashingtonMS) and using the Google form to submit their request. Please encourage you children to view the site.

New WMS Grading Policy


If you couldn't attend one of the eight parent meetings on our new grading policy last week, you can find the details of the new system at this link. At any time, you can calculate your child's grade in a class by dividing the number of 3's or 3+'s by the total number of assessments entered into the gradebook. Please know that students can apply to retake any assessments by working to learn the material and applying to the teacher. If you have additional questions, please contact Mr. Merriwether, Ms. Branson or Mrs. Shields.

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, you can contact the main office at Washington Middle School.


Homework Hotline

Rose Hulman is again offering their homework assistance through their Homework Hotline. Students may get assistance by calling 877-275-7673, by email, or by chat. Students can find this support by visiting http://askrose.org/. Please encourage your students to visit.

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Enlist in our PTSA

We are in the midst of the membership drive for our PTSA. Please consider joining for a minimum of $7. Your support goes a long way to provide school dances, the 8th grade block party, honors night, and much more. Additional donations allow your student to be recognized with a star on the bulletin board or with a star on their locker. Forms are available in the front office. Please support our Continental ARMY and enlist in the PTSA!

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 school Social Worker, is your contact for community resources, Clothing Bank, and weekend backpacks of food. If you have continued concerns, please contact Mr. Merriwether or Ms. Branson. What we don't know can't be fixed!