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Class of 1971 Legacy Fund Endowment

 

The Washington High School Class of 1971 held their 50 year Reunion September 17-19, 2021. It was an eventful weekend which included a tour of Washington High School and North Elementary. 

The Class of 1971 created a Legacy Fund to give back to their alma mater. They presented the Golden Pride Marching Band with a donation of $5000.00. These funds will be used to purchase new instruments.

They also presented Mr. Tom Lee, Principal at Helen Griffith Elementary, with a donation of $700.00 to purchase a 3D printer for their STEM lab. 

Thank you very much for your generosity!

 

class of 1971 band boosters donation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the Golden Pride Marching Band accepted a check for $5000.00 to purchase new instruments. Band members L-R Hunter Emmons, Brayden Garland, Grace Allison, and Alsace Key.

class of 1971 Griffith donation

 Steve Frette, Doug Lemmon, Tom Lee, Alsace Key, Charles Chapman, Mark Moody

School Board Notes September 16, 2021

Personnel:

Resignations:

    Emily Andrews -  Instructional Assistant

    Andrea Frady - Instructional Assistant

    Pamela Morgan - Instructional Assistant

Appointments:

    Lendi Eskew - School Nurse

    Aleah Carlisle - Instructional Assistant

    Shayleigh Deno - Instructional Assistant

    Marsha Wagler - Instructional Assistant

    Christine Myers - 1 extra class period

    Joe Furman - HS Dual Credit

            Lori Hancock - HS Dual Credit

    Brenda Meredith - Academic Competition Coordinator

     Kristen Murphy - Academic Competition Coordinator

Leaves:

     Sydni Still - Leave of Absence form 11/9/21 - 12/17/22

New Business:

  1. 2022 Bus Resolution was approved. 

  2. School Improvement plans approved.

Upcoming Meetings:

 

Next regular board meeting -  October 16, 2021, 7:00 pm

 

School Board Notes can be found on the Hatchet Headlines Blog at:

https://www.washingtoncommunityschools.org/blog/2829/

School Board Agendas and Minutes are available on our website at: https://www.washingtoncommunityschools.org/board

School Board Notes August, 19, 2021

 

Personnel:

Resignations:

Myia Bromm - HS Agriculture Teacher

Andrew Ramsey - Elementary Instructional Assistant

Lisa Ramsey - Elementary Instructional Assistant

Nicole Andrews - Elementary Instructional Assistant

Morgan Dillon - Elementary Instructional Assistant

Lori Hancock -  Girls Tennis Coach

Appointments:

Hannah Mehringer - HS Agriculture Teacher

Stevie Joyce - Elementary Instructional Assistant

Mary Louis - JH ELL Instructional Assistant

Mckenzie Showalter Instructional Assistant

Leaves:

Amanda Hagen -  10/11/2021 -11/23/2021

Isabella Henderson - 10/6/2021 - 11/19/2021

 

New Business:

 

 

Resolution for Stipends

Due to the increase workloads and responsibilities based upon the constantly changing circumstances presented by the pandemic, the Washington Community Schools Board of Trustees would like to compensate employees for the extra work performed and dedication exhibited to the students during the 202-21 school year. 

 

The WCS School Board is providing an appreciation stipend to employees. 

 

  • All Teachers and  Administrators who were contracted by Washington Community Schools, actively worked a minimum of 120 days during the 2020-21 school year, and are currently employed for the 2021-22 school year shall receive a stipend of $1000.00 in recognition of the increase in employee work times and effort necessitated by multiple duties prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • All 12-month non-certified employees, including Central Office team, IT Team, Data Coordinator, Transportation Team, Sodexo Maintenance/Custodial staff, Sodexo Directors and their Administrative Assistants who actively worked a minimum of 120 days during the 2020-21 school year, and are currently employed by Washington Community Schools or through the District’s Sodexo partnership for the 2021-22 school year, shall receive a stipend of $1000.00 in recognition of the increase in employee work times and effort necessitated by multiple duties prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Support staff, including Secretaries, Nurses, Instructional Assistants, Sodexo Food Service staff, and Sodexo Custodial/maintenance staff who were employed by Washington Community Schools, actively working for minimum of 120 days, and are currently employed for the 2021-22 school year shall receive a prorated stipend based upon days employed in recognition of the increase in employee work times and effort necessitated by multiple duties prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Upcoming Meetings

Next regular board meeting - September 16, 2021, 7:00 pm

School Board Notes can be found on the Hatchet Headlines Blog at:

https://www.washingtoncommunityschools.org/blog/2829/

School Board Agendas and Minutes are available on our website at: https://www.washingtoncommunityschools.org/board 

 

WHS sees increase in AP Exam Scores after partnering with Notre Dame AP-TIP

Washington HS has partnered with the University of Notre Dame Advanced Placement Teacher Investment Program to provide high quality professional development and training for our AP teachers. As a result, Washington HS has seen an immediate improvement in AP Exam scores. Fourteen Washington HS students were named as Advanced Placement Scholars for their performance on the 2020-21 AP Exams. 

AP-TIP is committed to preparing students for the academic rigors of college by engaging them in challenging high school courses in mathematics, science, and English. Teachers are supported by content specialists through Notre Dame’s Center for STEM education as well as advanced training opportunities. As a member of Cohort 8, WHS teachers and students are financially rewarded for their success.  

“Our efforts over the last few years to develop the curriculum and our partnership with AP-TIP has really shown what we are capable of doing”, says Principal Steve Peterson. “Our College and Career Academy is dedicated to preparing our students for life after high school. Those students who are college bound need the rigorous content now so they can compete with their peers regionally, nationally, and globally”

"AP teachers had the opportunity to go to an AP conference this summer in Indianapolis. It was a great chance to meet, share, and collect teaching strategies and classroom activities with other educators from all over the country teaching the same subject area." Angela Barnard, WHS AP teacher.

“I am super proud of the AP program we are building and expanding at Washington High School. WHS offers one of the widest selections of AP courses you will find in southwest Indiana. The level of rigor in these classes helps to develop the academic skills in our students that will lead to college success. Plus, our AP students are finding the benefit of having AP scores converted to college credit for tuition savings. Our AP students stand out on scholarship applications for their AP experience and success,” Kevin Frank, Assistant Superintendent, Washington Community Schools.       

 

The following WHS students have demonstrated academic excellence on AP Exams

AP Scholar- granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams:

Allison Boyd, Dameon Colvin, Reece Durnil, Colin Englehart, Emely Gonzalez, Owen Gray, Logan Hill, Kenzie Knepp, and Karisma Moll. 

AP Scholar with Honor - granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams:

Calypso McAlister

AP Scholar with Distinction - Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams: 

Adam Arthur, Sophia Davis, Brian Miller, Brandon Velasquez.  

 

In addition, five students earned a 5, the highest score possible: Ben Myers, AP World History; Abigayle Grubbs, English Language & Composition; Adam Arthur, Computer Science Principles; Brandon Velasquez, AP Calculus; and Logan Hill, AP Chemistry.