GWMS Weekly Bulletin

October 13, 2016

George Washington Middle School

51 N. Grandview Ave.

Dubuque, Iowa 52001

(563) 552-4800

Fall Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences - Time to Sign Up!

Fall Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences will be held on the following dates and times:

Monday, Oct. 17th from 3:00-7:45 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 19th from 3:00-7:45 PM

Thursday, Oct. 20th from 7:15-11:45 AM

By Appointment Only

Please click here to begin the registration process.

Video Tutorial for Conference Sign-Up

GWMS Conference Sign-Up Tutorial for PTCFast

Room Locations for Conferences

If you have already signed up for conferences, please double check your room numbers for where to meet with teachers. There have been a few changes since the sign up process started. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

House 6-1

Amos/Kirman/Zenner - Room 216

Krow/Crabtree - Room 215

House 6-2

Ellis/Graham/Wernimont - Room 14

Riedl/Rothert - Room 18

House 7-1

Hannan/Hennberry/Lange - Room 185

Jenn/McCarthy - Room 181

House 7-2

Blatz/Bookless/Dolter - Room 187

Kirst/Lieurance - 188

House 8-1

Daly/Johnson (Muenster)/McCormick - Room 82

Haas/Oldenburg - Room 83

House 8-2

Crom/Hoefer/Gurdak - Room 88

Digmann/Leitzen/Sindt - Room 86

Social Studies

Carminati - Room 110

Reel - Room 130


Kruse/Richman/Ruehs - Room 208
Spahn/Schares - Room 107


Kult/Loeffelholz/Redfern/VonAh - Room 114

Schramm/Mentz/Stevens - Room 117

Henry - Room 56

Heer/Klein - Room 210

Streeper/Wersinger - Room 108

Students Organize Collection for No-Kill Animal Rescue

We are from the WISH ELT. WISH stands for Wash Is Seriously Helping. Our ELT helps organizations around the community, and we decided to help Whispurring Hope Animal Rescue in Dyersville. They are a non-profit animal rescue in Dubuque County. Whispurring Hope was started in early 2014 by Vicky Ruefer and her daughter April Hoskins. They are a state-licensed, no-kill rescue that works to give every animal a fighting chance. We are asking for your help to send in items with your student to school that are needed by Whispurring Hope. You can send in your items through Monday, October 17th. Thanks for your help.

Here are the items they need:

  • Clumping/scoopable cat litter
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Garbage bags
  • Paper towels
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cat toys
  • Dog toys

It's Apple Pie Making Season!

It's that time of the year - Apple Pie Making at Hy-Vee on Locust Street!! We are looking for students who can assist with making apple pies, sampling, and selling pies on Wednesday, October 26th through Friday, October 28th from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, October 29th & 30th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can sign up for shifts by stopping by the Activity/Attendance Office! All proceeds from sales support our Renaissance Program.

September Students of the Month!

A huge shout out for our Wahawks who were chosen to be Students of the Month! These students were selected by their house teachers because of their character, demonstration of Wash Values, and overall work ethic! These students were treated to a lunch, compliments of Hy-Vee on Locust Street. These students consistenly demonstrate Wash Values, work well with others, demonstrate leadership skills and so much more! Way to go Wahawks!

6-1 Andrew Barbee

6-2 Emma Ward

7-1 Olivia Stoffel

7-2 Andrew Schute

8-1 Isabella Garcia

8-2 Rebecca May

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Congrats to Students Showing Excellence in the Cafeteria

Over the past two weeks, staff at Washington were recognizing students for the EXCELLENT behavior in the cafeteria during lunch with sweeping, wiping tables, and sitting quietly at the end of lunch. Students "caught" doing the expected behavior were awarded a ticket and praised for their demonstration of the lunchroom etiquette. The students listed below had their ticket/name drawn from the container to receive a delicious homemade rice krispie treat! Congrats for a job well done in the Wash Café!

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Mr. Burns Supporting National School Lunch Week!

Washington PTO Corner

Apparel Arriving Today: Online apparel orders will be coming home with your child today. Please contact Marlee Tart at 563-581-4486 or if you believe you order is in error. Also, we do have items available for cash/carry. Please look for the PTO table in the LRC during Parent-Teacher conferences on Monday, October 17, and Wednesday, October 19. We accept cash and checks. Available items as follows.

· Gray Jerzees sweatshirts (size YM to A2XL)

· Gildan T shirts (gray or royal blue in sizes YM to AXL and Carolina blue in AM)

· Water bottles

· Pom-pom hats

· Assorted solid and camo dri fit tshirts (various sizes)

Fundraiser Update: Great news! We raised approximately $7500 during our fundraiser. 100% of fundraiser proceeds benefit GWMS and will be used to support FIELDTRIPS, classroom basics and other programs. Gift cards for prize-level winners will be distributed TOMORROW, OCTOBER 14. For those students qualifying to play dodgeball against the GWMS staff the game will take place on November 4!

Wash PTO Meeting: Join us on Tuesday, October 18th, at 6:30 pm in the LRC. We will be finalizing the decision making for the use of our fundraiser proceeds. Please come and give us your input!!!


2016-2017 GWMS PTO Board and Committee Chairs:

Jennifer Smith
Andrea Endter
Lisa Lefman
Amy Jacobson Daly

Jeff Guns
Teri Noel
Marlee Tart

Fall Sports Starting October 24th!

Wrestling and girls' basketball for 7th and 8th grade students will begin on Monday, October 24th. Be sure to have your current physical on file in order to participate.

Stay Up-to-Date with Sports Schedules!

Are You Using PowerSchool?

The Dubuque Community Schools use PowerSchool as its student information system
(where grades, attendance, etc. are all reported). As a parent, you have access to
PowerSchool from any device with online access. Simply launch your Internet browser on your computer and go to to login and view your student's academic progress. For ease of access, you can even get
the app for your smart phone. Simply go the app store, search PowerSchool. Select
PowerSchool Mobile created by PowerSchool Group LLC. Download the App.

Open the app and follow these steps:

Step 1: Click on Where is my district code?
Step 2: Select Search for Your District.
Step 3: Enter the following in the box under PowerSchool Server Address and click Submit. This will auto-populate the District Code.
Step 4: Enter your Username and Password for PowerSchool. Click on Sign in.

Your dashboard will then load. The PowerSchool App is a wonderful communication tool between school and home. You are able to monitor your student’s progress in all classes. The dashboard gives you an overview of your student’s current performance in each course. You can then click on each course grade to see your student’s performance on each assignment, project, quiz, test, etc. in that particular course. Having access to this information opens the doors for conversations to have with your student about their learning and performance at school.

If your student has an iPod or smart phone, encourage him/her to self-monitor their own grades by downloading the app as well. Each student has his/her own set of login credentials for PowerSchool.

Once you are using the app, you can go to the More option at the bottom right corner and select Help Center to learn about specific features within the app.

Power School Parent Tutorial

Stay in the Loop with the PowerSchool App on Your Smart Phone

GWMS PowerSchool App

Follow GWMS on Social Media

Follow GWMS and All the Houses on Facebook!!!

Many families have liked GWMS Wahawks on Facebook. Did you know that each house has a Facebook page too? That's right! You can follow your student's house on Facebook. Be sure to LIKE your student's house Facebook page today.

GWMS House Facebook Pages:
GWMS House 6-1 Pioneers

GWMS House 6-2 Crew

GWMS House 7-1 Sherpas

GWMS House 7-2 Stingrays

GWMS House 8-1 Knights

GWMS House 8-2 Dragons

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