Washington Post

September 24-28, 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."

Our vision is to ensure that all students are WMS ARMY Strong and are prepared for high school, college and careers.

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.

Cheerleading and Dance Team

Congratulations to our Cheerleading and Dance team! These girls worked very hard and spent a lot of time practicing. Thank you to all of the girls who tried out for the team and who will represent the Continentals on the court and in the classrooms!

Job Spark Field Trip for 8th Grade

On Wednesday, students in 8th grade will go the Old National Events Plaza to experience Job Spark. This will be an opportunity for students to learn about careers and what it takes to get into that type of job. Every year, our students learn more about themselves, their interests and the opportunities in Evansville before they go into enrolling for high school courses in November. If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Mrs. Coughlin.

Ice Cream Sandwich Day

On Wednesday, students who are PTSA members will receive an ice cream sandwich during lunch periods.

PTSA Open Gym before Bosse Homecoming Football Game

Friday, Sep. 28th, 5pm

Washington Middle School

Friday night at 7:00pm is Bosse High School's Homecoming Football game at Enlow Field. Our Washington Middle School students will have an opportunity to play basketball, play volleyball, hang out in the gym with friends, and enjoy concessions before the game starts. There will be an entry fee for students at the door to support our PTSA and the mission toward updating the projector and screen in our auditorium. Please encourage your students to come hang out and enjoy some time with friends at WMS before heading to the football game.

PTSA Box Top Blitz and Shampoo Drive

Monday is the last day to turn in shampoo bottles and Box Tops for homerooms. Please make sure your homeroom teacher receives these, so your class gets credit for your donations. Any student making donations will be entered into a drawing for a bike. Homerooms that bring the most will also win donuts from Mrs. Branson and Mr. Meyer.

6th grade Volleyball Game

Monday, Sep. 24th, 4pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

Girls Volleyball Game vs. Glenwood

Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 4:30pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

Cub Football vs Memorial

Thursday, Sep. 27th, 5:30pm

North Jr. High School, Evansville, IN, USA

Evansville, IN

Homework Assignments Due Thursday

Weekly homework will be due on Thursday of this week. These assignments will be assigned every Thursday and due the following Thursday of each week. In order to attend Enrichment opportunities on Fridays, students will have to complete these assignments on time AND have zero F's.

Weekly homework is assigned based on tasks that are aligned with the work they are doing in class and with skills necessary to be successful. All assignments are posted on the teacher websites linked below. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teachers or call the main office.

PTSA Membership Drive

The PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student-Association) is a private, non-profit organization of parents, teachers, students and community members who strive to better the lives of children. We are part of an association that is organized at the local, state and national levels. Our focus is to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting our children.

Your membership to the Washington PTSA does the above, plus allows our PTSA to have events for our students, plus provide items that the school needs that are not allows budgeted by the EVSC.

Student members receive one free dress day per grading period, along with free entrance to all 3 dances, and ice cream day per grading period, a coupon book designed just for them with great discounts for PTSA sponsored events.

Individual memberships are $7.00, a double membership for $12.50, 3 memberships for $18.00, and a family 4 pack for $25.00. The PTSA only keeps $1.75 of each membership sold. The remaining amount of $5.25 goes to the Indiana PTA dues, and the National PTA dues.

So while we advocate for students when needed, we also do some fundraisers. The goal this year is to help the school purchase a new projection system and screen for the auditorium. In order to do this, we are fundraising, we are having restaurant give back nights, we are doing Yankee Candle Sales, and a few others coming up. So please support your PTSA, and join today.

Join online at www.squareup.com/market/washington-middle-school-ptsa

After-School Activity Sign-Ups

Students will be able to sign up for a variety of after-school activities this week. All activities begin at 3:00-4:30. Students who stay after school will receive a snack and a drink from the cafeteria and then have bus transportation home at the end of the program. This is a great way for your students to make connections and build relationships in their school community.

All sign up sheets are posted on the bulletin board outside of the small gym.

Girl/Boy Scouts (Mondays) - representatives from the Scouts will teach students a variety of life skills. This program includes field trips throughout the year.

Hockey Club - (Mondays) This program includes transportation to Swonder Ice Arena once a week for lessons on skating and basic rules of the game. Students do not have to be skaters to participate. Gear is provided as well. There is a small fee for this club, but please contact Mrs. Branson if the fee is a barrier. Interested students should pick up the enrollment sheet in the Main Office.

Yearbook Club -(Tuesdays) Students will be in charge of selecting the theme, taking pictures, and designing pages for the yearbook. This program includes some additional attendance at school events for photography.

TeenPower (Tuesdays) - TeenPower is a program that teaches leadership skills, form collaborative relationships with youth from diverse backgrounds, builds self-esteem and promotes a drug, alcohol and tobacco free lifestyle.

Diamonds and YCAP (Tuesdays and Thursdays) - Diamonds is a program for girls and YCAP is a program for boys staffed and supported by the YMCA. Students do field trips and learn about important life skills.

Book vs. Movie - (Thursdays) In this program, students will read popular young adult books then watch the corresponding movie to compare and contrast.

Minecraft - (Thursdays) Students will have the opportunity to build their village and protect their winnings in the popular game, Minecraft.

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.

Shooting for Numbers - (Fridays) Students will combine statistics and probability in basketball scrimmages and shootouts.

Additional activities will be available as part of our After-school Programs. Announcements will be made to ensure all students are aware of the programs being offered. If you or your students have any questions, they can see Mr. Walls in room 26B or email him at dominic.walls@evsck12.com.

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.

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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.

Navigating the Journey From Childhood to Adolescence

By Joan Carie, LCSW, LCAC, Aug. 30, 2018 –

For many families it seems that life never slows down. The busyness of the daily schedule sometimes prevents us from giving attention to our children’s most important phases.

For many of today’s parents, supporting the transition from childhood to adolescence can add challenges to an already chaotic family life.

There are popular beliefs about this journey, historically and culturally. It is not always true, however, that mothers and adolescent daughters can’t get along or that fathers and adolescent sons engage in power struggles without communicating.

Parents will notice that peers become very important to the child during this transition period. The child may be frustrated by the decreased amount of time they are engaged in social time with their peers. Some student schedules are so tight that there is literally no daily time to engage in social interactions.

An increase in the academic, athletic, and other expectations of students during this time is also worth mentioning. While there are systemic barriers to overcome, it is possible for adolescents and their parents to make this transition smoothly.

Separating from parents to find independence and a personal identity are natural during this phase of growth and development. Parents and children may need to take some time to grieve the loss of childhood as adolescence approaches. Simply acknowledging and honoring this can be helpful.

As children move toward independence, parents may find it helpful to be fully present in acknowledging their feelings about their children growing up. This can reduce the temptation to engage in power struggles over concerns such as curfew, dating, clothing, etc.

Here are some other key ideas that may be helpful during this transition phase:

  • Be fully present when interacting with your adolescent. Adults frequently complain about kids overusing electronics but are unwilling to check their own electronic use. If parents stop multi-tasking, make eye contact and listen, it will go a long way toward better communication.
  • It is important to find some common ground and connect with teens before going into the list of things they need to get done. Set aside some scheduled time with your adolescent. This is time away from peers and siblings and the other parent – individual time to really connect. This connection can go a long way when setting boundaries around independence and reducing the potential for power struggles.
  • Parents need to set clear boundaries about how they expect to be treated by their children, but enforce these boundaries in a kind and compassionate way. Adolescents learn how to treat others from these important interactions with their parents.

I liken the process of transitioning from childhood through the teen years to rocks with rough edges being thrown into rushing water. The force of the water smooths out the edges and eventually, the rock transforms into a smooth stone.

When kids react in a mean way, and it will happen, it is important for parents to let their teen know the behavior is unacceptable, remodeling how they expect to be treated. Eventually this will transfer to the teen’s ability to set clear expectations as well.

As the adults, parents are still in charge. When teens say mean things to their parents, they are actually mirroring their own internal feelings. It’s not personal, so it’s important that parents not take these things personally. Don’t react negatively. Get a little distance before addressing this behavior with your teen.

Keeping these ideas in your parenting toolkit will go a long way toward building a strong foundation for your relationship with your adolescent through the teen years.

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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!