Dear Students and Parents:
My name is Mark Goyette, the new principal of Washington Middle School. It is my privilege along with the staff to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school like Washington Middle School with such a rich tradition that has produced so many outstanding students and productive citizens in our community. I look forward to continuing the legacy of success established at WMS by fostering a positive working relationship with parents and community members.
Our main goal at Washington Middle School is to ensure that every student is provided the highest quality of education possible in a safe and supportive learning environment. We know this will be a year filled with many new experiences and opportunities. We also know that this year will be a change for many of our students in regards to our daily expectations of student work. I encourage you and your student to be thorough in reading our “Power of ICU” expectations in the student handbook to familiarize yourself with how we will be doing things at WMS moving forward.
I would also encourage every student to become as involved as possible during their time at Washington Middle School. Research shows that well rounded students that are involved in clubs/activities are significantly more successful academically and have a much more positive view of their school experience. Regardless of how successful your student is, we just ask that they put their best effort forward.
Our student handbook has been developed to serve as a guideline for policy and procedures for all students. It is essential that you and your child take the time to read and become familiar with it. This handbook will also outline our guidelines of acceptable behavior and policies and procedures. There are some major changes that will be implemented for the 2016-17 school year and I would encourage you to take your time when going through them.
Lastly, I know many of you parents purchase daily planners for your child to help them write assignments in and stay organized. We have made the decision to purchase planners for all of the 7th and 8th graders to help accomplish this. The planners will also tie in with some of the lessons we will be teaching in home room in regards to being a good citizen (Character Counts). Additional planners lost will have to be purchased through the school store for $3. The 6th grade teachers have a different system they use instead of planners. I just wanted to make sure you all are aware so you do not purchase unnecessary items. Please see our supply lists posted on both our Washington Middle School facebook page and also our school website: http://www.washingtonms.net/
Should you need any assistance or have questions, please feel free to contact me at 377-3288.
Yours in education,
Mr. Mark G. Goyette M.Ed.