Washington Post

September 17-21, 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.

Friday Enrichment

We believe that middle school is a time for students to explore their interests to prepare for high school scheduling and career paths. Students are participating in chess, video games, origami, and board games.


Students who did not complete their homework or who had an F stayed in for Study Hall. Each week students will need to complete their work and keep grades up before they attend an Enrichment. We have to teach responsibility early, so students are prepared for the homework and testing load at high school. Please make sure students are completing those assignments each week, so they can experience the Enrichments opportunities.

Newsletter Enrichment

Thanks to our Newsletter Enrichment Team, this newsletter will have student voice each week. Students have updated pictures, calendar events and the backgrounds. Many thanks to Mrs. Miller and the Newsletter Enrichment for putting the student voice in our school newsletter. Look for more updates from students coming soon!

PTSA Box Top Blitz and Shampoo Drive

September 17th through the 24th will be PTSA Box Top Blitz! Bring in your box tops and make sure they're not expired. Please place them in a baggie with the student's name. The student that brings in the most will win a NICE prize! It is also our shampoo drive to benefit Hanger’s. For each bottle of shampoo, or for each $1.00 donation, your students name will go in a drawing to win a brand new BICYCLE! We will have a winner for boys, and one for girls. Hanger’s is the clothing resource center where students in need receive uniforms, coat, shoes, underwear and hygiene products. The Bosse district helps collect shampoo. Shampoo needs to be regular size bottles, not travel size please.

Hockey Fittings on Monday

For those students who have signed up for Hockey Club this year, the fitting session at Swonder will be Monday afternoon. Students will be picked up at Washington at 3:30 and will ride a bus to Swonder. They will also be dropped off at home by a bus after their fitting sessions. If you have questions, please contact Coach Rundle.

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.

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.

Cub soccer game

Wednesday, Sep. 19th, 6-7pm

4400 Lincoln Avenue

Evansville, IN

Cub Football vs Memorial

Thursday, Sep. 20th, 5:30pm

Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

Bosse Cub Soccer Game

Wednesday, Sep. 12th, 6pm

Bosse High School Enlow Field

6th grade Volleyball Game

Friday, Sep. 14th, 4pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

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.


Upcoming PTSA Events


September 17th – PTSA meeting – Will be approving 2018/2019 budget, and Youth First will have QPR training for September’s National Suicide Awareness month. This seminar is designed for adults only, please feel free to bring someone that could benefit from this information.

September 17th – 24th / IT’s It’s the Box Top Blitz! Bring in your box tops, make sure they are not expired, placed in a baggie with the students name attached. The student that brings in the most box tops will win a NICE prize.

September 17th – 24th is also our shampoo drive to benefit Hanger’s. For each bottle of shampoo, or for each $1.00 donation, your students name will go in a drawing to win a brand new BICYCLE! We will have a winner for boys, and one for girls. Hanger’s is the clothing resource center where students in need receive uniforms, coat, shoes, underwear and hygiene products. The Bosse district helps collect shampoo. Shampoo needs to be regular size bottles, not travel size please.


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

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.

Suicide Prevention

This week is Suicide Prevention Week. In order to share some information that can help us keep our students and loved ones safe, we're sharing an article from one of our Community Partners, Youth First. Please contact our Youth First Social Worker, Heather Miller, if you have any questions or concerns about your child's or any child's safety.


Suicide Prevention - Youth First


During the 2016 year there were 40 suicides reported in Vanderburgh County. To date in Vanderburgh County in 2017 there have been 11 suicidal deaths.


These untimely deaths leave behind many caring friends and family who long to make sense of the tragedy. What happened? What did we miss? Were there some important signs? What do we do next?


Youth First is one of many organizations dedicated to preventing suicide in our community. During 2016-2017, we presented suicide prevention training to more than 800 students in Vanderburgh County in schools where Youth First is represented. These presentations help students recognize signs and symptoms of suicidal thinking and to get help. The presentations also promote good coping strategies.


There are a number of protective factors families can address to better understand saving lives:


If you believe your loved one is suffering from depression and possible suicidal ideation- don’t wait. Seek assistance from a physician and a therapist or psychologist.


Spend time together- isolation and disconnection are key risk factors for suicidal death. Connections make a huge impact. If you know someone who is lonely make an effort to reach out.


Prior experience with suicide and prior attempts make a person more vulnerable. Remove means for self-harm from the home for safety.


Help your loved one connect with meaningful activities and meaningful people. Doing things to assist others is another protective factor, and we are ripe for community involvement in Evansville!


Use the best combination of healthy habits. This includes proper nutrition, exercise and getting rest. These are the foundations for wellness and support us when the stress load is higher.


Pay attention to the stress load of family members and look for ways to de-stress together. Watching or reading comedy can help in the same way that avoiding dark and haunting material can.


Everyone is unique and there are no “pat” answers; be sure to seek assistance for better understanding for yourself and your loved ones.


If you would like to host a forum for your group or club, please contact Janie Chappell at Deaconess Cross Pointe and the Southwestern Suicide Prevention Coalition at 812-476-7200 or contact us at Youth First at 812-421-8336.

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.

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. 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!