Washington Post

May 2-6, 2016

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 a letter grade of a B in three years or less....Students will hear us say "Are you helping us get to a B in 3?" If we all focus on being ARMY Strong every day, we will reach this goal!

ISTEP Testing (Make-ups)

We successfully completed ISTEP last week. The students did a great job of doing their best. Many felt extremely confident with their performance. We will be making up any tests that were not completed last week. If you know you child missed one of the testing days, please make sure they are at school this week so they can finish up.

Summer School Applications

Washington will be hosting summer school again this year for current 6th and 7th graders. Applications are in the front office. Please encourage your child to complete the application and return to school. Summer school will run from May 31st - June 24th. Summer school runs from 8:00am - 11:00am. Students can also sign up for the Parks program which is hosted at Glenwood Leadership Academy. We have those applications also. Please don't hesitate to contact the office with any questions.

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Please take time to say thank you to our teachers for the hard work they put in to make sure our kids have the best education possible. I know they work extremely hard everyday.

Students' Giving Back

We feel it is important that our students learn the importance of giving back to their community. Last week students signed up for community service projects they will be participating in this week. They are all apart of the Washington community, so they will be planting flowers, spreading mulch, pulling weeds, scraping paint, and many other activities to give back to the Washington community. We are all going to have a great time and have a huge impact.

Now accepting donations for our WMS Arts and Crafts Festival May 14th

Our first annual WMS Arts and Crafts Festival will be on May 14th. We're now accepting donations for a silent auction. Things like gift cards to restaurants and local businesses as well as college themed items, autographed items, or summer games are appreciated. Please plan to join us for live music, local artists, and local food trucks. All proceeds go to general funds for Washington Middle School staff and students. Please send any donations to Mr. Williams. Thank you in advance for your support!

8th grade recognition scheduled for May 18th

All 8th grade students will want to get May 18th on the calendar! We will recognize the accomplishments of our 8th grade class during our 8th grade Recognition Ceremony at Boose High School's Auditorium at 8:30am. PTSA will host the 8th grade Block Party on the front lawn of WMS after the ceremony. Please be sure to let friends and family know the date and time for this event.

Orchestra Spring Concert

Monday, May 2nd, 6-8pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

Band Spring Concert

Tuesday, May 3rd, 6-7pm

1801 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

District Track Meet

Wednesday, May 4th, 4:30pm

211 Fielding Road

Evansville, IN

join the ptsa!!!! Help us reach our Goal of 225.

Join the PTSA by March 14th and have a chance to win the dart board displayed in the hallway. Already a member? You have already been entered. Join the PTSA and help us hit our goal of 225 members. Spread the word.

PTSA Square Account

Washington PTSA has just launched a square account which will allow the Continental family to purchase spirit wear or pay for the PTSA membership. This is one stop place to show your support for Washington PTSA. Click on the link below to see what all is available.


Letter grade added to RDS Parent Access

We heard from many parents that the new grading system is hard to follow throughout the semester, so we've made some changes. We will continue to grade assessments on the 1, 2, 3 scale in order to adjust our instruction and support student learning. However, we have added the current letter grade on your child's RDS Access, so that it updates after each assessment. We hope this helps to communicate your child's progress throughout the quarter. Thank you for the feedback and for helping us improve our systems! Please contact Ms. Branson if you have additional suggestions for improvement.

Base Exchange

Students are rewarded with points for displaying behaviors that are Accountable, Respectful, Motivated and showing they are Ready to learn. Students have the opportunity to spend those points for different items at the Base Exchange. Students will be able to order items from the base exchange by going to the Washington website (http://www.edlinesites.net/pages/EVSC_WashingtonMS) and using the Google form to submit their request. Please encourage you children to view the site.

New WMS Grading Policy


If you couldn't attend one of the eight parent meetings on our new grading policy last week, you can find the details of the new system at this link. At any time, you can calculate your child's grade in a class by dividing the number of 3's or 3+'s by the total number of assessments entered into the gradebook. Please know that students can apply to retake any assessments by working to learn the material and applying to the teacher. If you have additional questions, please contact Mr. Merriwether, Ms. Branson or Mrs. Shields.

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.


Homework Hotline

Rose Hulman is again offering their homework assistance through their Homework Hotline. Students may get assistance by calling 877-275-7673, by email, or by chat. Students can find this support by visiting http://askrose.org/. Please encourage your students to visit.

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Enlist in our PTSA

We are in the midst of the membership drive for our PTSA. Please consider joining for a minimum of $7. Your support goes a long way to provide school dances, the 8th grade block party, honors night, and much more. Additional donations allow your student to be recognized with a star on the bulletin board or with a star on their locker. Forms are available in the front office. Please support our Continental ARMY and enlist in the PTSA!

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 school Social Worker, is your contact for community resources, Clothing Bank, and weekend backpacks of food. If you have continued concerns, please contact Mr. Merriwether or Ms. Branson. What we don't know can't be fixed!