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March 11-14, 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.

Please be checking with Students on their grades and homework completion. Many of the homework assignments show a green checkmark when they are completed. We are seeing many students starting assignments but we need to continue to improve the number of students completing assignments.

Reports Cards

Students will get their Report Cards for Quarter 3 on Thursday of this week. If you do not receive it, you can contact the school office for a copy or you can visit your child's RDS Account to pull up the final Q3 grades. If you have a concern about your child's grades or progress, please contact the teachers via email or call the school counselor, April Coughlin, to set up a parent conference. We do our best to return all parent communication within 24 hours. If you do not get a return call, please contact Mrs. Branson or Mr. Meyer. We have had some issues with the phone lines and our counselor's voicemail recently, so we need to be made aware in order to get it fixed.

NWEA Testing This Week

Students will take the Spring NWEA test this week in Math and English classes. This is the test that we give three times a year to track growth and identify holes in learning. It compares our students against students in the same grade world-wide, not just in Indiana. We use the results of this test to determine if students need additional support, should be placed in Honors classes, and to determine if students are meeting their growth goals. You can get your child's NWEA reports from the school counselor or from your child's English or Math teacher. Please encourage your kids to work hard on this assessment, so we have the best picture of their learning.

"I See It, I Take It" Policy

According to our School and District policies, students are not to have on hoodies, jackets or sweatshirts with large logos, cell phones, ear buds or food in our classrooms and hallways between 7:30-2:30 unless a teacher gives specific instructions to have them. Our policy is that any staff member who sees these items will take it, and students can pick that item up at the end of the day. We have some uniform sweatshirts for those students needing them, and we lock the taken items up in the main office until pickup after 2:30. If cell phones have been taken multiple times or have become a significant distraction in class, parents may be asked to come to school to pick the item up. We explain to students that this is not a referral or a disciplinary situation unless their response to the redirection is inappropriate or disrespectful. If students just cooperate when asked, there will not be a disciplinary action taken. If you have questions about this policy, please contact Mr. Meyer or Mrs. Branson.

Yearbook Sales

Washington Middle School yearbooks are now on sale! Students can order yearbooks until April 15th. The price of a full-color yearbook is $13. If purchased after March 23rd, the price increases to $16.

To order visit, www.inter-state.com/yearbook and enter the code 32076D, or pay with cash or check, payable to Washington Middle School.

Free Dress Friday for Citizenship

Students who earned 8 points for last quarter will get certificates for Free Dress. This is based on the following criteria:

1. Growth from Q2 to Q3 - 1 point for growth or maintaining A's

2. GPA - 4 points for A average, 3 for B average, 2 for C average and 1 for D average

3. Behavior - 5 points for 0 Office Referrals, 4 points for 1 Office Referrals, 3 points for 2 Office Referrals, 2 points for 3 Office Referral, and 0 points for more 4 or more

4. Extracurricular - 3 points for 3 or more days/week of after-school programs, sports or involvement in outside activities, 2 points for 2 days/week and 1 point for 1 day/week.

Students must have 8 total points out of the 13 total to achieve Citizenship. Students achieving Citizenship only will be able to have Free Dress Friday. They will receive a certificate by Thursday, so they are notified.

PTSA Meeting Monday @ 6pm

Please join us in the Media Center to plan for the 8th Grade Block Party and events. We will also begin nominations for officer positions for next year. If you're interested in an officer position, please join us to find out how you can be more involved.

PTSA Ice Cream Day

PTSA Members will be treated to Ice Cream during lunch periods on Wednesday. A special thanks to our PTSA family volunteers who come in to treat us!

PTSA March Madness Family Event and Open Gym

Friday, March 15th, 6pm

Washington Middle School

March Madness is Friday the 15th from 6pm to 8pm! Students and children must be accompanied by a parent. There will be the 3 point shoot out, lots of games to play and prizes. Some prizes include Holiday World tickets, Vertical ExCape, Evansville Museum. Drury Inn overnight stay, Break Out games, and much more. Concessions will be for sale, and Kona Ice will be there to. Admission is $2 for all students, $3 for adults, children 4 and under are free. Ace Purple will be there for photos, and we will have a raffle for an autographed signed basketball by the Purple Aces. Come out and have a fun night!

8th Grade Recognition Ceremony Scheduled

Our 8th graders will be recognized at the Promotion Ceremony on Monday, May 20th at 8:30am in the Bosse High School Auditorium. This is a formal ceremony, so students are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.

The dress code: Ladies can wear dresses, skirts or dress pants. Dresses and skirts must be longer than finger tip length and shoulders must be covered. If girls are wearing dresses with tank tops or straps, they can cover shoulders with sweaters or jackets.

Gentlemen are encouraged to wear dress shirts and ties or bow ties. Jackets and suits are encouraged.

Parking: Parking will be limited to the football stadium parking lot along Highway 41. Please enter the doors that face Washington Avenue. The main parking lot will only be open for handicapped family members.

This is a formal event to honor the work of our students. We ask that you help us model appropriate and respectful behavior during this event by clapping respectfully and refraining from yelling as student names are being called. This is out of respect for all families, so they can also hear their child's name.


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.

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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.

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!