Washington Post

January 7-11, 2019

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.

Welcome to 2019

There will be new challenges this year but I want to start with celebrating what we accomplished the first semester. We saw some of the highest growth in math I have ever seen. Our students grew faster than roughly 95% of the schools in the world! Our Language growth scores were also excellent compared to other students in the district and country. You can help us reach the growth trifecta by encouraging your student to read at home whenever they have free time. On the behavior front, we finished the semester with 80% of our students having either 0-1 referrals. In a world where middle school students are often characterized as malcontents, we have an amazing bunch of students who rise above that mischaracterization and meet the ARMY expectations on a daily basis.

PTSA Giveback Night

Thursday, Jan. 10th, 4pm

Panera Bread, Evansville, IN, USA

Evansville, IN

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to 1st Place Carly Gist and 2nd Place Alyson Collins. They will be representing WMS at the next levels of the Spelling Bee. Thank you to Ms. Rehkopf for helping organize the event.

Report Cards

Report cards will be going home this Thursday. Be on the lookout for those as another chance to celebrate accomplishments and revise goals for the second semester.

New Years Resolution 1 - Improved Attendance.

Attendance is one of the most critical aspects to school and any future employment our students will have. We are going to renew our focus on getting to school and classes on time. We are going to continue to reach out to students struggling with daily attendance and make sure that if they do need to miss we provide supports. For students who are not being accountable, we will support by asking for some of their time in the afternoon to make up for the time they miss being late to school. Mr. Meyer will review morning and class tardies and assign students to make up that time after school from 2:30-4:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Resolution 2 - Regulation Station

As brain science has developed we often use it to confirm things we already knew on some level and reassess how we approach problems like student discipline. A big change at Washington is the focus on Social Emotional Learning and a shift away from punishing consequences. Students will still be held accountable but we want to give them every opportunity to learn from their mistakes.

Resolution 3 - Homework

Homework gets a bad name sometimes as there is too much or it is above students ability level. We are taking a different approach limiting the amount of HW students will be assigned and utilizing the knowledge of our teachers and our technology platforms to meet students where they are at and build the habit of working independently at home. We also believe with your help and encouragement we will continue to meet and exceed our growth targets for all students.

WMS Expectations and Procedures Handbook

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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.

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.

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.

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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!