Washington Post

October 29 - November 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."


Our vision is to ensure that all students are WMS ARMY Strong and are prepared for high school, college and careers.

Social Worker Groups

Mrs. Miller will begin new Lunch Bunch Groups in November. These include:

  • Anger Management Part II focusing on emotion management skills
  • Zones of Regulation focusing on emotion identification, triggers, and how our emotions affect others around us.
  • Coping Skills focusing on various ways to cope with intense emotions and assisting participants in determining what works best for them.

If you are interested in your child participating in a Lunch Bunch, please email Mrs. Miller at hmiller@youthfirstinc.org. In order to participate, students must have a signed consent on file which can be sent to you via email or a paper copy.

Social Skills are important, too!

WMS will begin focusing on a social skill a week as a school to help reinforce life skills necessary to be successful in various avenues. On Monday, we will introduce the social skill of Following Instructions taken from "Tools for Teaching Social Skills in School". Please ask your student about the social skill of the week and how they can implement the steps at home as well.

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.

Free Dress for PTSA Members

On Friday, students who are members of the PTSA will be able to have Free Dress. Students must have a bracelet on to be in Free Dress. If your child would like to join PTSA before Friday, there is a link below or you can send $7 to the main office. The memberships allow for different rewards throughout the year as well as free entry into the dances. Join PTSA and wear Free Dress Friday!

PTSA Fired Up Fundraiser

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 5:30pm

Washington Middle School cafeteria

Come join us as we decorate Christmas ornaments for the holidays. Fired Up will bring several different ornament shapes for us to paint. Once we paint our best efforts, they will take our pottery and fire it in their kilns. All ornaments will be returned to Washington Middle School prior to the holidays. These will make great gifts for parents, grandparents, friends and family! Entrance is $12 per person and includes pizza, a drink and an ornament to paint. If you are interested in more than one ornament, those can be purchased as well. Please join us for a fun evening at the WMS cafeteria!

Class of 2023 High School Orientation and International Baccalaureate Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 7pm

1300 Washington Avenue

Evansville, IN

For those eight graders interested in learning about the scheduling and programs available at Bosse High School, there will be an orientation on November 7th. Eighth Grade families are encouraged to put this night on your calendar as students will begin their scheduling for high school classes next month. If you have questions, please contact Bosse High School's main line.

Homework will be due Thursday

Weekly homework will be due on Thursday of this week. These assignments will be assigned every Thursday and due the following Thursday of each week. In order to attend Enrichment opportunities on Fridays, students will have to complete these assignments on time AND have zero F's.


Weekly homework is assigned based on tasks that are aligned with the work they are doing in class and with skills necessary to be successful. All assignments are posted on the teacher websites linked below. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teachers or call the main office.

Yankee Candle PTSA Fundraiser

We're partnering with Yankee Candle Fundraising to help achieve our goal this year. They are the world's #1 candle brand and they offer a wide range of premium candles, and decor items at a very wide range of prices. But the most important thing to know is that a percentage of every sale goes to us!


Yankee Candle Fundraising offers two ways to shop - catalog and online. To shop online, please visit the link below and enter your group number 999982513. Invite friends and family to support WMS! Visit the link below and click on the "Seller Login" button, then fill out the "Sign up to be a seller" form and use the group number 99982513 to register.


We will be selling from October 1-October 31. Please make checks out to WMS PTSA.


The top seller in all three grades will earn a ride to Walther's Golf and Fun in a limo and an afternoon of fun!

PTSA Membership Drive

The PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student-Association) is a private, non-profit organization of parents, teachers, students and community members who strive to better the lives of children. We are part of an association that is organized at the local, state and national levels. Our focus is to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting our children.


Your membership to the Washington PTSA does the above, plus allows our PTSA to have events for our students, plus provide items that the school needs that are not allows budgeted by the EVSC.


Student members receive one free dress day per grading period, along with free entrance to all 3 dances, and ice cream day per grading period, a coupon book designed just for them with great discounts for PTSA sponsored events.


Individual memberships are $7.00, a double membership for $12.50, 3 memberships for $18.00, and a family 4 pack for $25.00. The PTSA only keeps $1.75 of each membership sold. The remaining amount of $5.25 goes to the Indiana PTA dues, and the National PTA dues.

So while we advocate for students when needed, we also do some fundraisers. The goal this year is to help the school purchase a new projection system and screen for the auditorium. In order to do this, we are fundraising, we are having restaurant give back nights, we are doing Yankee Candle Sales, and a few others coming up. So please support your PTSA, and join today.



Join online at www.squareup.com/market/washington-middle-school-ptsa

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!