Washington Post

August 21-25, 2017

We Are A.R.M.Y. Strong!!

Each day, we say the Continental Creed: "As a member of the Continental Army, I promise to be Accountable, Respectful, Motivated to Learn, and do mY best." We also remind students of our school goal of achieving P21 Exemplary School Status by 2021. P21 is a Framework for instruction that combines solid curriculum in key subjects, 21st Century skills, Information/Media/Technology Skills, and the Life/Career Skills our students will need to be successful in the modern work environment. This year we will be focusing on Collaboration skills and Critical Thinking strategies. Over the next four years, we will continue to work on all areas of the Framework. If you are interested in learning more about P21 education, please visit www.p21.org. Students will hear us say "Are you helping us get to P21 in 2021?" If we all focus on being ARMY Strong every day, we will reach this goal!
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Eclipse Day!

On Monday, August 21st, WMS will be taking students outside to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a near complete solar eclipse. We will be reviewing the science behind the eclipse and the importance of safety during this event during Homeroom on Monday morning. Students will be given solar eclipse glasses at the start of 8th period (around 1:10pm) and we will exit the building to view the eclipse until around 1:30pm. Teachers will be monitoring students to ensure their safety. However, if you are concerned about your child participating in this event, please contact the school and we will make sure your student stays inside for this event. We won't experience an event like this during our lifetime, so we're excited to share it with your students!

EVSC's W.H.Y. Parent Camp

Giving parents and community members an opportunity to learn together and share information about the community’s children is the focus of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s W.H.Y. (Working to Help Our Youth) Parent Camp. The Camp is scheduled for Saturday, August 26, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bosse High School. The event is free and open to the public.

“The W.H.Y Parent Camp is designed to take the veil off what we do as a district, and create an intentional opportunity to listen and learn from parents and caregivers” said Cathy Gray, associate superintendent of Family, School, and Community Partnerships. “It's a chance for caregivers to offer up their expertise as parents and help us problem solve and move the work of the district.”

The Camp will include numerous sessions where participants will be asked to share their thoughts, and ideas. Discussion topics include:
· GAIN: EVSC’s Whole Child Approach to Learning
· Homework Help
· Social Media: What Your Kids Know that You May Not
· The Health and Nutrition Connection to Learning
· This is Not the Classroom You May Remember
· Cultural Responsiveness and the School to Prison Pipeline
· College, Career and Beyond
· Special Education and Individual Student Supports
· Attendance Matters
· I Wonder…
· What are Educational Tests for, Anyway?

“Our hope is to create an ongoing dialogue between schools and parents/families to develop more unique, meaningful relationships that ultimately benefit the students of the EVSC,” said Amanda Hooper, a member of the EVSC Parent Advisory Team that worked with EVSC staff to plan the camp. “We are also excited to engage community partners in this conversation to foster ideas, understanding, and solutions to better serve our students and their families.”

The Parent Camp is free and open to anyone in the community. In addition, free childcare will be provided for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

To register, visit www.evscschools.com and click on W.H.Y Parent Camp at the top of the page, or look for W.H.Y. Parent Camp on the EVSC app.

After-School Program Sign Ups

Mr. Walls has posted sign up sheets for After-School Programs in Room 26B. Students can stop by during their lunches or after school to sign up for programs. These will begin the first week of September. Right now, we have the following programs available:

Chess- Tuesdays

Minecraft - 6th grade on Tuesdays and 7th/8th grade on Thursdays

Green Team -Fridays

Chronicles of Yarnia: Knitting - Mondays or Tuesdays

Diamonds (YMCA) - Mondays and Wednesdays

Y-CAP (YMCA) - Mondays and Wednesdays

Bowling - Mondays or Tuesdays

Pokemon - Fridays

Mythology - Thursdays

Drama - Tuesdays

Book vs. Movie - Mondays

Cheer/Dance Tryouts - Tryouts will be in two weeks for the WMS squad

Bosse Cub Football Practice

Mr. Shoobridge will have the Bosse Cub Football Practice on Monday through Friday at Bosse High School from 2:30-4:30. Students will walk to Bosse together for practice.

Cross Country Practice Begins

Mr. Newman will begin Cross Country practice this week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If your child is interested in representing WMS in Cross Country, please have them see Coach Newman in room 17. Practices will be from 2:30-4:30pm.

Responsible Usage Technology Agreement

Students will receive their ThinkPads this week if they've returned their agreement. Please make sure students have a location at home to charge their ThinkPad every night. These are our textbooks and we give the national and state tests on these machines, so it's important that they have their ThinkPads every day and that they are charged. If students have a concern about their ThinkPads they can see Mr. Felty in room 32. If you'd rather them not bring it home or if you have concerns about your child's usage, please contact Mr. Meyer or Mr. Gaffney.
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Cell Phone Policy

We recommend that students keep their cell phones in their lockers from bell to bell (7:30am-2:30pm) in order to ensure they are safe. However, if students feel uncomfortable leaving their phone in their lockers, they are welcome to bring their phone to the Main Office before homeroom, and we will secure it in a locked closet to be picked up at the end of the day. Occasionally, our teachers will ask students to bring their phones to class for a project, to share their work, or to use educational apps. If students have their cell phones out or are using it during a time not approved by their teachers, they will be asked to give their phone to their teacher to be returned at the end of the class or school day. After one warning, the teacher will take the cell phone to the Main Office to be picked up by a parent. If you have questions about the policy, please feel free to contact Mr. Meyer, Mr. Gaffney or Mrs. Branson.

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, you can contact the main office at Washington Middle School.


Remember to check out your students schedule for the second semester. Check RDS for the new teacher and class information.

Report cards go out this Friday but you can always check RDS for the most up to date grade information as well as past report cards.

If you have questions or concerns about grades you can contact Mrs. Bender Carrie.Bender@evsc.k12.in.us or Administration to set up meetings.

Study Cafe and Retakes

We will be offering Study Cafe after school again this year. We have divided the session into two parts: Retakes and Tutoring. If your child does not reach proficient on any part of an assessment, they can schedule a retake with their teacher. Their teacher will leave the assessment in a folder for the supervisors, and your child may stay after school to retake.

If your child needs additional support with any subject, they can stay after for tutoring. In order to schedule after school tutoring, students can sign up with Mr. Walls in Room 26A or parents can email Mr. Walls at dominic.walls@evsck12.com.

We are trying to keep the classes small, so students can get the help they need. If students do not sign up for the sessions or schedule an assessment with their teacher, they will not be able to stay. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns regarding help for your child.

PBIS Points and Base Exchange

Again this year, students will be receiving points for doing the right things. Students can use the points to purchase items like school supplies, spirit wear, ear buds, tablets, bikes, personal hygiene items and other gifts in the PBIS Base Exchange store located in the Media Center. The Base Exchange will be open starting Monday, August 21st in the Media Center during recess periods. If you are interested in donating new or gently used items for our Base Exchange, please bring those items to the main office. We will be happy to write up a receipt for tax deductions for any items donated. Thank you in advance for helping keep this open for our students!

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. Bender, 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, Mr. Gaffney or Ms. Branson. What we don't know can't be fixed!