Washington Post

February 25 - March 1, 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.


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.

New Auditorium Projector and Screen Installed!

We are excited to announce that Washington Middle School has been able to purchase a new electric screen and bluetooth projector for the auditorium! This project was made possible by a generous donation from a current WMS family, a contribution from our PTSA, a donation from the Public Education Foundation, and general school project funds. We are grateful that we've been able to upgrade our auditorium to provide opportunities for presentations, family nights, and enrichment. Many thanks to our families and community for supporting WMS!

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.

Congratulations to Lei Lei Blair for winning the Evansville Area Council PTA T-Green Perseverance Award!

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Friday Enrichment

On the last hour of the day on Fridays, students have the opportunity to participate in various enrichment activities, including guitar, intramural sports, cooking, jazz band, etc. Check out the photo galleries below to see what students were up to this week!

Cub Wrestling Meet @ Central High School

Monday, Feb. 25th, 6-7pm

5400 North First Avenue

Evansville, IN

7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament Game

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 4:30pm

Washington Middle School

6th Grade Boys Basketball Game (vs. McGary then Helfrich Park)

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 4:30pm

Washington Middle School

Cub Wrestling Tournament

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 5-6:30pm

5400 North First Avenue

Evansville, IN

February is Black History Month

At Washington, we know we are blessed to be able to go to school, sit at lunch tables, and play sports with people who don't look like us, have the same background as us, and/or have the same abilities as us. Washington Middle School is a tiny place that is a lot like the big world after high school. We often don't get to hear about the people who have different backgrounds and skin color in our history books, so we will take some time this month to learn about the current and previous African Americans who have made a difference in our world. Please ask your child about the things they're learning at school to celebrate our diversity and leave our world a little better than we found it.

Homework

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.


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.

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.

Washington Middle School Community Supporters

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!