Dear Students and Parent/Guardians:
It is my privilege along with the staff to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year at Washington Middle School. It always amazes me how fast summer break flies by from year to year. I hope you are as refreshed and excited to start the year as I am after spending time this summer on the beach, catching giant walleyes and dominating my family in SKIP-BO!
This year will be a great year at Washington MS where we have many new staff members joining us from across the district. Jim Julin- Boys PE/Health, Sara Kinney- 8th grade Science/7th grade STEM, Nicole Newton- 7th grade Science/Computer Basics, Brenda Orcutt- 7th grade Language Arts/Study Skills & Ashley Scheetz- Girls PE/Health. Lastly, we have a new face (although a very familiar one to our community) leading our band program this year- Lisa Shields. We are very excited for what these teachers all bring to our school in the way of experience and enthusiasm!
Our main goals at Washington Middle School are to ensure that every student is provided the highest quality of education possible in a safe and supportive learning environment while making the learning as engaging and enjoyable as possible. We know this will be a year filled with many new experiences and opportunities for students and staff alike. For our 6th graders, this year will mark a change in regards to your 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 do things here.
I would also encourage every student to become as involved as possible during their time in 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 and try to enjoy as many things as possible during their time here.
For any of you 6th, 7th or 8th graders who are considering participating in an extracurricular sporting activity this fall, please remember that you must have a physical prior to being able to participate. The first day of practice for each sport will be August 23rd. Physical forms can be picked up here at Washington or from the district office. The physical exams can be scheduled through Glendive Medical Center or your medical provider. For coach contact information, please contact our secretary, Michelle at 377-3288.
There will also be a $35 activity fee this year to help offset the high costs involved in offering extra curricular activities. This fee is a one time per year fee and can be paid at the middle school office. Any students who are having financial hardships can apply to the principal for a waiver. This fee will also gain you entrance to all WMS sporting events over the course of the year (excluding dances).
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.
Our beginning of the year open house will take place August 21st from 4 to 6 pm. At 4 pm parents/students will go to the gymnasium where I will speak to you shortly before we break off into grade level groups for your teachers to visit with you. Afterwards students/parents are welcome to look around the school. The first day of school will be August 23rd. Students will need to go to the playground on the back of the school initially and then at 8:07 the bell will ring for them to come into the school where we will have an assembly in the gym before getting our day started.
Lastly, I would like to state again how excited I am to have the opportunity to work at Washington MS and work with so many great students and staff. Glendive really is a special place that deserves the best from all of us. Thank you for your support of the DEMONS!!!
Should you need any assistance or have questions, please feel free to contact me at 377-3288.
Yours in education,
Mr. Mark Goyette M.Ed.
Washington Middle School
August 21,2017- Open House 4 to 6 pm
August 23, 2017- 1st day of school starts at 8:07 am
September 1, 2017- Early out at 1:18 pm
September 4, 2017- OFF Labor Day
September 8. 2017- Fall Pictures by Lifetouch