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February 26 - March 2, 2018

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."

Safety of our kids

This week was a trying week for our students and staff. I'm grateful for the parents who have expressed your concern, sent supportive emails, and talked through fears with your children. During these times, our students see how we respond. When we are all supporting each other and encouraging students to talk about their fears, we show a powerful lesson that we are all in the same village. As a staff, we continue to look for ways to improve our security, build relationships, and support student health. Keeping our students and staff safe is our number one priority. Please reach out to Mrs. Branson via email if you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts.

ISTEP+ Part 1 Starts Tuesday

Students will take Round 1 of ISTEP+ this week. This is the Olympics of the school year for our students. We've been training and preparing for this all year, so I know we're ready. In order to be at our maximum performance, please help prepare students by ensuring the following:

1. Limit technology after 9:00pm and encourage students to be asleep by 9:30pm.

2. Ensure students have their ThinkPads charged and ready for school (there will be consequences for not having their ThinkPads this week)

3. Make sure students eat some healthy breakfasts each morning (protein, fruit and grains) or have them at school before 7:15 to eat at school

4. Encourage your student to do their best and let them know we believe in them

5. Talk to them about any anxiety they feel and help them with ways to battle through

6. Make sure students are at school by 7:45, so they can get settled in and be ready to start the test on time (students who come to school after testing begins will have to sit in the office until the end of the first session)

Fun Friday

After three days of testing, we will take Friday to celebrate and have some fun with our friends. Students will be able to select their activities each session of the day while teachers have time to meet and plan activities and lessons. The concession stand will be open for students during each activity session.

First round of City Basketball Championship

Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 4:30pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

Please join us for the first round of the championship bracket at Washington Middle School. Good luck to our boys! If we win on Tuesday, the second round will be on Thursday.

March Madness Family Night!!

Basketball Shoot Out and More!!

Mark your calendars for Friday, March 9th from 5:30-8:oopm at WMS.


This event will be an evening of fun where you can test your 3-point shot or play one of the many games that will be available. There will be concessions and you can preorder your activity band and meal ticket.


PRIZES!! FOOD!! FUN!!!


You could win an autographed Indiana Pacers shirt by Joes Young, a $125.00 certificates for an overnight stay at a Drury Inn, CMOE Tickets, Mesker Park Zoo tickets, and Holiday World tickets and more!!

Yearbook Sales

Your student will be bringing home an order form for the yearbook this week. The price is $15 if pre-ordered by April 1st. After that date the price will increase to $20. Make sure to pre-order yours to get the lowest price. You can return the order form to Mrs. Kavanaugh with cash or check made out to Washington Middle School or you can use the link below to order online. Get yours today!


www.inter-state.com/Yearbooks Use order Code: 24474M

School-wide Fundraiser in Full Swing

This is our school wide fundraiser for the year and it will help to support our students with many opportunities: The 8th grade block party at the end of the year, our school wide Field Day the last day of school, 6th-8th grade field trips, dances and more . Please take time to read the information below on how we can help support our students.


Each student will need a parent/guardian to sign them up for the online store at GaSchoolStore.com. The website is case sensitive so you must type in as shown. GaSchoolStore.com.


Step 1: Go to GaSchoolStore.com


Step 2: Click START HERE


Step 3: Begin to Register and Login (online school ID code: 1450451) (Teacher/Team use students Homeroom Teacher)


Step 4: You will then see the Students Online ID to share with family and friends.


Step 5: Share our online store through emails, texts, social media and more.


Along with our online store, students may also use the brochure and order slip in the package for our focus items (coffee and stainless steel tumbler). These items are also on the online store.


The online store includes hundreds of items including jewelry, your favorite college team tumblers, candy, peanuts, grilling items and candles, and more! The online store is easy! No money to collect, items are shipped directly to the customer and students are still credited with each online purchase.


The fundraiser will run until February 22nd. All order forms and money should be turned in together. This will also be part of our Continental Challenge with each homeroom receiving points for items sold and total amount of money raised. The homeroom with the most points at the end of the year will be going to Holiday World again! College Tuition Rewards!!!! This may be the most exciting part of the fundraiser. Please visit gafundraising.com/tuitionrewards/ to see what a great opportunity helping your school raise money can also do for your child’s future. Last year was the first year Washington Middle School partnered with Great American Opportunities.


Great American Opportunities partners with America’s Colleges & Universities! Simply by participating in a Great American fundraising program, and selling products to support their school or group, students may earn Tuition Credit for college.

How It Works:

 By selling $100, students earn $1,000 in Tuition Rewards Points!

 By selling $250, students earn $2,500 in Tuition Rewards Points!

 Students may earn up to “One Full Year” of credit towards tuition! Over 380 Private Colleges and Universities across America participate in this exciting program.


Great American Programs generated nearly $500,000,000 in Tuition Points since the program began in fall 2015. We appreciate and thank you for your time and support

Two helpful websites for extra practice

We found two websites that have been very helpful in filling academic gaps for students. We'll be working on these two sites the next few months in our WIN period. Both sites can be worked on at home to further assist students in their academic growth.


www.noredink.com - This is a grammar and language website that supports writing skills. Students will take a diagnostic test this week which will guide them to the lessons, practice and quizzes that they need. Students will work through those lessons each week during WIN period. If you'd like to also support continued growth, please have them work on their lessons at home.


www.prodigygame.com - This is a math game that starts students at certain levels after taking an intro test. Students start at their level and work through the lessons and practice. We will also be working on this during WIN to support student growth in math, but they are encouraged to work on this outside of school as well.


Please let us know if you have any questions about these programs. Thank you in advance for supporting our students' growth in academics.

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. Bender Carrie.Bender@evsc.k12.in.us or Administration to set up meetings.

After-School Programs

All clubs run from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, with the exception of STEM Club (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm). Each club member is provided a snack beforehand, and bus transportation home is provided.


Children and youth who participate in after-school programs reap a host of positive benefits in a number of areas—academic, social/emotional, and health and wellness. (2008, p. 2)


Programs are as follows:

Book vs. Movie Club – Students will read books, or excerpts from books and then watch movies that are based on that book. Students then discuss which version they liked better and why. Book vs. Movie will meet on Monday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Chronicles of YARNia – Students learn how to crochet and knit. Students will learn basic stitches, how to read a pattern, and learn how to make a sampler blanket. Chronicles of YARNia meets on Monday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

DIAMONDS – The DIAMOND program, is a YMCA based program that promotes healthy choices and healthy relationships. This program is for female students, and focuses on establishing goals and increasing self-esteem and also encourages volunteering and community service. DIAMONDS program on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Y-CAP - The Y-CAP program is also a YMCA based program for young men. This program is an evidence-based program that works with young men and their families, enhancing their mental, educational, social and physical development and by helping them reach their fullest potential. The Y-CAP group programs on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Penny Lane – Students are offered study time with a tutor. Penny Lane meets on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Minecraft Club – Students use this computer game to build and design structures, achieving personal gaming goals. Minecraft requires students to use critical thinking skills and creativity. Minecraft meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

STEM Club – The STEM program is a new addition to after-school programs. Different STEM kits are rented weekly. These kits contain tools and items that can be used to help students learn more about Science and Math. STEM Club meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

Mythology Club – Students learn about Greek Mythology and participate in the National Mythological exam. This particular program will be a nationally registered and recognized club with excellence in the classics! Mythology meets on Thursday.

Drama Club – Students learn about basic movement exercises and acting skills. Drama club meets on Thursday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Pokemon Club – Students are invited to bring their own Pokemon cards, where they can play against each other or trade their cards. Students really enjoy the social engagement aspect of Pokemon Club. Pokemon Club meets on Friday from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

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.

Washington Middle School Community Supporters

Job Openings

Inter-State Studio is looking to add a few more photographers to our Spring team! Positions are part-time/seasonal, and no experience is necessary as we provide training. This is a perfect job for a stay at home parent looking to get out of the house 2-4 days a week, or a college student! For more details, please call our local office at 812-401-3801, or email us at nshamell@inter-state.com.

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!