October 7 - October 11
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!
First Quarter end on Thursday
After School Program Schedule Change (this week only)
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:
Cross Country Season Wrap up Party
Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 3pm
1801 Washington Avenue
Coming Soon: Student Spotlight
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Chromebook Cases Available
Bullying Report Form
Penny Lane Cafe
How is your child doing in classes?
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:
- Can anyone get hurt?
- Are any rights being disrespected?
- Is anyone’s property threatened?
- 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!