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December 17-19, 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.

Last Post of 2018

Hard to believe we are halfway through the year. This is time to reflect on accomplishments and set lofty goals for the new year. For Washington, we will continue to work to accelerate growth in the new year. Two ways parents can help will be through monitoring the homework that will be coming home. This will be limited as to not overwhelm students but provide a critical link between what students are doing at school and allowing parents to have an even more significant role in student success. The second would be for attendance. We will bring an increased focus on students getting to school on time and attending on a daily basis. Thank you for all the hard work in 2018!

Algebra 1 Final Tuesday, December 18th


Algebra 1 students will take their Semester 1 Final Exam. Students will report to Ms. Wolfe's room first thing in the morning during homeroom and have until 2nd period to take their exam.


WINTER NWEA

Students who met their projected growth will receive free dress for meeting the ARMY expectation of Your best on the test.


Students who met growth in both areas will have free dress Tuesday and Wednesday

Students who met growth in one area will be able to choose a day.


Students will find out results in HR on Monday.

Movie Next Week Grinch

Students with Citizenship will be going to the movies next Wednesday. When they return we will have a fun day for all students during lunches and afternoon class times. This will be a reverse two-hour delay schedule where students not attending the movie will attend classes in the morning before lunch.

Grief Groups Beginning in January

Mrs. Miller, our Youth First Social Worker, will begin grief groups for those students who have lost a close friend or relative. Students who have family members incarcerated can also benefit from this group. If you'd like to sign your child up for this group, please email Mrs. Miller at heather.miller@evsck12.com.

End of the Semester

We are rapidly approaching the end of the semester. If students still need to bring their grades up they need to sign up for Penny Lane (Study/Retake) their tests or makeup assignments. Penny Lane fills up quickly this time of the semester so the sooner they sign up the better.

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

Attendance

Students with Three Lates to class or school M-W will make up some of that time in After School Intervention on Thursday. Students who are late three or more times Th, Fr, M will attend After School Intervention on Tuesday.


We will be holding conferences on Attendance for our students who have missed more than 10% of the school year with unexcused absences.

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.

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.

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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!