Washington Post

May 6-10, 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.

Holiday World Trip

The Home Rooms that won the Continental Challenge for Citizenship will be traveling to Holiday World this Friday. For the first time, the winning homerooms will be accompanied by a host of All-Stars. These are students that earned the most citizenship points overall in all of WMS. Congratulations to all. Permission slips will be coming home tomorrow.

Grade Level Field Trips

Permission slips for grade level field trips will be coming home this week. Be on the lookout for those in student backpacks.

8th Grade Spring Pictures

On Tuesday, April 16th, 8th grade students took their Spring pictures. If you did not get to purchase those pictures, you can still order online at www.inter-state.com/order and use the code 38266WA.

Social Media

We have seen recent student difficulty on social media the past couple of weeks. There was also a story on the Evansville News about a student who participated in a stunt for social media that cost him his life. Remember Facebook and other online social media sites and email services are prohibited by federal law from allowing children under 13 create accounts. As a parent monitoring your student once they have an account can help them become a healthy online citizen and keep them focused on the things that matter in life.

Cell Phones

1. Cell Phones at School are a privilege not a right.
2. Cell Phone privileges may be removed at any time and especially if they disrupt the learning environment.
3. Digital photography or recording of any kind (snapchat, or other social media) is prohibited at all times.
4. Students may not use cell phones outside of the office areas for any reason unless directed/authorized by an adult.

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.

ILEARN State Testing Window April 24-May 6

Students will be taking the new ILEARN State Test during this window. It is a very different test this year as students will have an unlimited amount of time. The question items are also very different and MUCH more difficult. We've been practicing in classes and have been looking at different practice items, so students aren't blindsided. We will be taking one test each day for as many days as we need. If your child will be absent during that time, please make sure to communicate in advance with Mrs. Coughlin. We don't want anybody to miss out on one part and not get scored. Thank you for your help with this!

Washington Track Meet @ Central

Tuesday, May 7th, 4:30pm

5400 North First Avenue

Evansville, IN

Yearbook Sales

Washington Middle School yearbooks are now on sale! Students can order yearbooks until April 15th. The price of a yearbook is $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.

"I See It, I Take It" Policy

According to our School and District policies, students are not to have on hoodies, jackets or sweatshirts with large logos, cell phones, ear buds or food in our classrooms and hallways between 7:30-2:30 unless a teacher gives specific instructions to have them. Our policy is that any staff member who sees these items will take it, and students can pick that item up at the end of the day. We have some uniform sweatshirts for those students needing them, and we lock the taken items up in the main office until pickup after 2:30. If cell phones have been taken multiple times or have become a significant distraction in class, parents may be asked to come to school to pick the item up. We explain to students that this is not a referral or a disciplinary situation unless their response to the redirection is inappropriate or disrespectful. If students just cooperate when asked, there will not be a disciplinary action taken. If you have questions about this policy, please contact Mr. Meyer or Mrs. Branson.

8th Grade Recognition Ceremony Scheduled

Our 8th graders will be recognized at the Promotion Ceremony on Monday, May 20th at 8:30am in the Bosse High School Auditorium. This is a formal ceremony, so students are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.

The dress code: Ladies can wear dresses, skirts or dress pants. Dresses and skirts must be longer than finger tip length and shoulders must be covered. If girls are wearing dresses with tank tops or straps, they can cover shoulders with sweaters or jackets.

Gentlemen are encouraged to wear dress shirts and ties or bow ties. Jackets and suits are encouraged.

Parking: Parking will be limited to the football stadium parking lot along Highway 41. Please enter the doors that face Washington Avenue. The main parking lot will only be open for handicapped family members.

This is a formal event to honor the work of our students. We ask that you help us model appropriate and respectful behavior during this event by clapping respectfully and refraining from yelling as student names are being called. This is out of respect for all families, so they can also hear their child's name.

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.


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.

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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!