September 30- October 6
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.
Yankee Candle PTSA Fundraiser
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.
End of First Quarter
Monday, Oct. 1st, 4:30pm
1801 Washington Avenue
Cross Country City Meet @ Angel Mounds
Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 4:30pm
8215 Pollack Ave
Cub Football vs Mater Dei
Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 5:30pm
1300 Washington Avenue
Homework Assignments Due Thursday
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.
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
After-School Activity Sign-Ups
All sign up sheets are posted on the bulletin board outside of the small gym.
Girl/Boy Scouts (Mondays) - representatives from the Scouts will teach students a variety of life skills. This program includes field trips throughout the year.
Hockey Club - (Mondays) This program includes transportation to Swonder Ice Arena once a week for lessons on skating and basic rules of the game. Students do not have to be skaters to participate. Gear is provided as well. There is a small fee for this club, but please contact Mrs. Branson if the fee is a barrier. Interested students should pick up the enrollment sheet in the Main Office.
Yearbook Club -(Tuesdays) Students will be in charge of selecting the theme, taking pictures, and designing pages for the yearbook. This program includes some additional attendance at school events for photography.
TeenPower (Tuesdays) - TeenPower is a program that teaches leadership skills, form collaborative relationships with youth from diverse backgrounds, builds self-esteem and promotes a drug, alcohol and tobacco free lifestyle.
Diamonds and YCAP (Tuesdays and Thursdays) - Diamonds is a program for girls and YCAP is a program for boys staffed and supported by the YMCA. Students do field trips and learn about important life skills.
Book vs. Movie - (Thursdays) In this program, students will read popular young adult books then watch the corresponding movie to compare and contrast.
Minecraft - (Thursdays) Students will have the opportunity to build their village and protect their winnings in the popular game, Minecraft.
Penny Lane Study Cafe - (Tuesdays and Thursdays) This is a program that meets every Tuesday and Thursday for students who need to retake a test or get some extra tutoring. Students can drop in any Tuesday or Thursday as needed. Interested students need to sign up with Mrs. Stoll in room 20 or by emailing her at email@example.com.
Shooting for Numbers - (Fridays) Students will combine statistics and probability in basketball scrimmages and shootouts.
Additional activities will be available as part of our After-school Programs. Announcements will be made to ensure all students are aware of the programs being offered. If you or your students have any questions, they can see Mr. Walls in room 26B or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How is your child doing in classes?
If you have questions or concerns about grades you can contact your child's teachers, Mrs. April Coughlin or Administration to set up meetings.
Fostering Responsibility and Independence in Your Teen
By Valorie Dassel, Courier & Press, Feb. 13, 2018 –
Being a parent is often described as the greatest joy of one’s life. It is amazing that an experience that is often described so fondly is also characterized by most parents as the greatest challenge they have ever faced.
A wide set of emotions can be experienced on this journey, particularly during the pre-teen and teen years. Families are often extremely busy, which can result in many emotional reactions from parents as well as teens.
If we can relate to the developmental challenges our children are experiencing, it may help us to respond in a manner that results in the least resistance and greatest gain.
There are many physical, emotional and mental changes teenagers are experiencing. Most teens are at the developmental stage of approaching individualization.
The beliefs, values, and subsequently the choices of most pre-teens are primarily based on what their parents have taught and modeled. As our children approach the teen years, they begin the process to become their own person with their own set of values and belief systems.
During this process parents may interpret the teen’s behavior as rebellious and disobedient. Decision-making skills are the last skills mastered during the development of the teen brain. As teens seek independence, they often experience conflict between wanting to have a good time and their desire to be taken seriously.
Independence for teenagers can be translated to finding ways to “belong” outside of the family. Research indicates that parents have the most influence over their child’s decisions. Their peers often take a close second.
Social media creates greater access and a closer bond with peers. Now more than ever, parents should facilitate this independence while maintaining a healthy relationship.
Independence and responsibility must occur in harmony; otherwise the teen may feel out of control and act accordingly. Parents must allow consequences and use discipline when necessary to help teenagers make better decisions.
For many parents this transition can be difficult; allowing your child to fail is tough. The old adage “A mother is only as happy as her saddest child” can ring very true while we allow them to experience the pain that can go along with poor decisions.
It may also feel as though you are losing your close relationship with our children as they nurture their friendships more than familial relationships. With work and dedication, most parents find maintaining good communication and providing rules that strike a balance in time spent with friends and family often results in healthy and enjoyable relationships.
Dinkmeyer & Dinkmeyer provide good guidelines for parents to follow when deciding whether or not to get involved in a problem their teen is experiencing. In their book, Parenting Teenagers, Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens, they discuss the importance of deciding who actually owns the problem before forcing parental involvement. The following questions are encouraged to be explored:
- Can anyone get hurt?
- Are any rights being disrespected?
- Is anyone’s property threatened?
- Is my teen unable to take this responsibility?
If any of these questions are answered with a “yes,” then both the parent and the teen own the problem. Joined problem solving and parental monitoring should be in place.
If each question has a response of “no,” the teen would own the problem and be allowed the independence to make a decision regardless of a potentially natural consequence occurring.
Raising a teenager can feel stressful and chaotic. It is important to schedule time to enjoy each other without conversation over tense subjects. Remember -they will quickly pass through the teen years and potentially raise a teen of their own someday!