Washington Post

October 7 - October 11

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)

· 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.

Fall Break Starts Friday!

Fall break will begin Friday, October 11 - Tuesday, October 15. We hope students enjoy the break and we will see everyone ready to go on Wednesday, October 16!
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First Quarter end on Thursday

Thursday, October 10th will mark the end of the first grading period. Please take time to check your student's grades and discuss with them how they feel they are doing as well as what goals they have for the next grading period. If you have any concerns, please be sure to reach out to your student's teachers.

After School Program Schedule Change (this week only)

All After School Programs are canceled for Monday, Tuesday, and Friday this week, but Wednesday and Thursday programs will still meet.

Cross Country Accolades

The boys and girls competed in the city cross country meet on Tuesday. Both teams placed 6th with great effort from everyone. Amelia Perry placed 5th in the city and Bradley Wigginton placed 29th for the boys. Congrats to all the following runners for their hard work and determination this year:


Kyale Hardiman

Brandon Humphrey

Ashton Smallwood

Ryne Smelser

Bradley Wiggington

Eli Miller

Desmon Vaughn

Malik Sears

Poonyapot Satsaksit

Yisreal Webster

Caden Pike


Amelia Perry

Cyn'cere McRae

Annabelle Glover

Shayla Massie

Aliyah Johnson

Sarah Villines

Cross Country Season Wrap up Party

Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 3pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

Coming Soon: Student Spotlight

Every month, a WMS student will be chosen to become the Student Spotlight. The students are recommended for this by teachers, school staff, and coaches, and they exhibits ARMY core values inside and outside of the classroom.
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Important PTSA Upcoming Events

Upcoming dates to note:

1. Monday, October 21, 7:45 AM to 8:30 AM- Coffee Chat and PTSA meeting in the media center.

2. Monday, October 21, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM- Family Engagement Night – QPR training in the media center

3. Wednesday, October 23, 11 AM to 11 PM - Kipplees Dine-out for Dollars. Must have a physical copy of the giveback form for Washington middle school PTSA to receive 30% back. Forms are available in the front office or can be emailed to you by emailing ptsa.washington@gmail.com Additionally, forms can be sent home with your child.

4. Beginning Thursday, October 24 through Wednesday, October 30, boo grams will be for sale in the media center during lunch and recess for students to purchase for $.50 or three for a dollar. These notes and candy will be passed out to students on Thursday, October 31 during last period.

5. Friday, November 1, 5-7:00 PM: Fall dance in the gym. Cost is two dollars per student with concessions available to purchase. Students must have citizenship in order to attend. This is a costume dance. Principals will be sharing costume regulations as we get closer to the date.

Mayor's Work Ethic Certificate for 8th Graders

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Immunization Clinic

The Vanderburgh County Health Department will be coming to Washington to conduct a shot clinic on October 17th for students needing immunizations. Sign up by clicking on the link below.


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Chromebook Cases Available

Neoprene chromebook cases will be available to students in the media center for $5. The cases are large enough for a chromebook, charger, and pencil pouch. Please see Mrs. Perry. First come, first served

Bullying Report Form

We take incidents of bullying very seriously, however, we cannot support your child if we do not know. If your child comes home complaining about a student who repeatedly says things, touches them or harasses them on social media, please make sure to report this to Mr. Meyer or complete the form below. In order for us to be able to prove "bullying," we must have documented incidents to show that it's "repeated." In order to ensure that your child doesn't also get consequences, encourage them to report these incidents, talk to our social worker or counselor, or visit Ms. Hawkins in Regulation Station rather than respond verbally or physically. Please help us make our school safe by reporting things to us and allowing us to properly track, report and hold students accountable. https://washington.evscschools.com/students/bullying_report_form

Penny Lane Cafe

This is a program that meets every Tuesday and Thursday until 4:30 for students who need to retake a test or get some extra tutoring. Interested students need to sign up with Mrs. Stoll in room 20 or by emailing her at jennifer.stoll@evsck12.com. Limited to 10 per day.

Sporting Events

Cub Football

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 5:30pm

1300 Harmony Way

Evansville, IN

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.

Fostering Responsibility and Independence in Your Teen

By Valorie Dassel, Courier & Press, Feb. 13, 2018 –

Being a parent is often described as the greatest joy of one’s life. It is amazing that an experience that is often described so fondly is also characterized by most parents as the greatest challenge they have ever faced.

A wide set of emotions can be experienced on this journey, particularly during the pre-teen and teen years. Families are often extremely busy, which can result in many emotional reactions from parents as well as teens.

If we can relate to the developmental challenges our children are experiencing, it may help us to respond in a manner that results in the least resistance and greatest gain.

There are many physical, emotional and mental changes teenagers are experiencing. Most teens are at the developmental stage of approaching individualization.

The beliefs, values, and subsequently the choices of most pre-teens are primarily based on what their parents have taught and modeled. As our children approach the teen years, they begin the process to become their own person with their own set of values and belief systems.

During this process parents may interpret the teen’s behavior as rebellious and disobedient. Decision-making skills are the last skills mastered during the development of the teen brain. As teens seek independence, they often experience conflict between wanting to have a good time and their desire to be taken seriously.

Independence for teenagers can be translated to finding ways to “belong” outside of the family. Research indicates that parents have the most influence over their child’s decisions. Their peers often take a close second.

Social media creates greater access and a closer bond with peers. Now more than ever, parents should facilitate this independence while maintaining a healthy relationship.

Independence and responsibility must occur in harmony; otherwise the teen may feel out of control and act accordingly. Parents must allow consequences and use discipline when necessary to help teenagers make better decisions.

For many parents this transition can be difficult; allowing your child to fail is tough. The old adage “A mother is only as happy as her saddest child” can ring very true while we allow them to experience the pain that can go along with poor decisions.

It may also feel as though you are losing your close relationship with our children as they nurture their friendships more than familial relationships. With work and dedication, most parents find maintaining good communication and providing rules that strike a balance in time spent with friends and family often results in healthy and enjoyable relationships.

Dinkmeyer & Dinkmeyer provide good guidelines for parents to follow when deciding whether or not to get involved in a problem their teen is experiencing. In their book, Parenting Teenagers, Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens, they discuss the importance of deciding who actually owns the problem before forcing parental involvement. The following questions are encouraged to be explored:

  1. Can anyone get hurt?
  2. Are any rights being disrespected?
  3. Is anyone’s property threatened?
  4. Is my teen unable to take this responsibility?

If any of these questions are answered with a “yes,” then both the parent and the teen own the problem. Joined problem solving and parental monitoring should be in place.

If each question has a response of “no,” the teen would own the problem and be allowed the independence to make a decision regardless of a potentially natural consequence occurring.

Raising a teenager can feel stressful and chaotic. It is important to schedule time to enjoy each other without conversation over tense subjects. Remember -they will quickly pass through the teen years and potentially raise a teen of their own someday!

WMS Expectations and Procedures Handbook

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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. 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, student therapy group sessions, 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!