Project Lead the Way is the cornerstone for Washington High School's College & Career Academy. Classes that are grounded in real-world problem solving provide the opportunity for students to engage, collaborate, and communicate with an authentic audience.
As the smallest school in Indiana, and one of the smallest in the nation, to offer multiple years of all three Project Lead The Way disciplines, Washington High School was selected to receive nationwide recognition as a "Small School - Large Impact" Profile school.
On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, Dr. Vince Bertram, PLTW President and CEO, presented this honor to students, staff, and members of the community. Attendees had the opportunity to tour our PLTW classrooms where students displayed some the exciting projects they have participated in such as robotics, a collaboration project with NSWC Crane, and the Christmas Light Show.
A message from Indiana State Secretary of Education Dr. Katie Jenner to Washington HS staff and students.
Washington High School's College & Career Academy is focused on preparing all students for life after high school by connecting students with local business leaders to provide career exploration and employment opportunities.
On Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30, 2022, local business leaders gave presentations to juniors and seniors. There were three sessions each day with four to five businesses presenting a ten-minute presentation in each one-hour session. Following each session, there was a 15-minute breakout opportunity for students to interact and ask questions with the presenters.
During their ten-minute presentation, business leaders focused on giving students information on any possible job shadowing, internship, and current employment opportunities that are or will be available in the near future. Post-secondary information that may help students with future opportunities in their field were shared as well.
Thank you all of our local business partners for sharing with our students and to Suzanne Hawthorne and Austin Moody for organizing this event.
Mr. Brian Holland
Washington Community Schools is pleased to announce Mr. Brian Holland as the next principal at Washington High School. Mr. Holland begins his new role on July 1, 2022, he succeeds Steve Peterson, who moves to the Assistant Superintendent role next year.
Mr. Holland has held the position at Principal at Pike Central High School for the last six years, and has over 20 years of experience in education, previously serving as assistant principal, athletic director, and high school teacher. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University in 1999, and his master’s degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan in 2010.
"We are excited to hire Brian Holland to be the next Washington High School principal. Brian brings 21 years of successful experience in public school education as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, and principal. Further, he is a 1993 graduate of Washington High School and has an immense amount of pride and passion for this school community. We believe Mr. Holland has the expertise and experience to continue leading the college and career programs and initiatives in place at Washington High School,” Kevin Frank, Assistant Superintendent.
Mr. Holland is looking forward to returning to his alma mater. “I am very excited about this opportunity to return to Washington High School. I look forward to leading WHS and welcome the challenge. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our students, our staff, and our community members. As a past graduate of WHS, I am eager to wear the Black and Gold again and passionate to get started.”
“I would like to welcome Mr. Brian Holland to Washington Community Schools. I feel with his experience and proven work ethic he is the right person to lead our High School. Together as a school community, we will build on the traditions of the past and meet the challenges of the future in innovative and exciting ways,” Randy Bouchie, School Board President.
Grade Level Centers:
Dr. Dan Roach, Kevin Frank, Brenda Butcher, Caleb Cherry, Tom Lee, and Jay Wildman give an update on the progress in transitioning to grade-level centers. See attached.
Washington HS Receives Indiana EARN Grant:
Steve Peterson shares that the College & Career Academy at WHS has been selected for the state's pilot program to match students and employers to work-based learning opportunities via the Employment Aid Readiness Network (EARN) Indiana Grant.
High Schoolers with financial need will have access to resume-building and paid internships while employers receive state matching funds - 50% of the student's hourly rate - for hiring them. Learn More
Mr. Burris, WHS Band Director, shared with the board the plastic instruments that will be used in the 5th and 6th grade band classes that will be offered at Washington Upper Elementary next year. The PVC Instruments can be played the same as regular instruments, and are very affordable, readily available, and easily disinfected as they can be completely immersed in water.
Mr. Lips shared with the board information about Future Chefs, the elementary cooking competition for elementary students. The theme this year is “Favorite Recipes from Movies or Television” The Future Chefs Competition will be held March 31, 2022.
Shayleigh Deno, Instructional Assistant
Brian Holland - HS Principal (2 year contract begins July 1, 2022)
Jesica Hadley - JH Math Teacher
Colin Gongwer- Instructional Assistant
Megan Hinkle - ILEARN Testing
Casey Himsel - HS Assistant Boys Track Coach
Aubrey Riddle - JH Head Softball Coach
Kaitlyn Dant - JH Golf Volunteer Coach
Recommendation to Award Bid
The bid for renovations to Lena Dunn/Washington Intermediate will be awarded to Danco Construction in the amount of $389,000.00
Dr. Roach and Nikki Sparks share information about the upcoming Moment Makers Event. A panel of six distinguished guests will inspire and impact our community with their stories. This is the first annual Moment Makers event. Our theme is Moment Makers in Sports. Our panel of speakers will talk about how sports helped navigate their occupation/career. Our panel consists of Washington High School alumni and new friends.
Dr. Ben Obaseki, IU Health
Chris May, Executive Director IN Basketball Hall of Fame
Greg Rakestraw, ISC Network
Sam Alford, IN Hall of Fame former player and coach
Dr. Sue Willey, Retire Athletic Director of UIndy
Bill Brooks, Indianapolis Colts
Tickets for this inspiring and impactful Moment Makers event are free, but on a first come, first serve basis. To register for tickets with Eventbrite, please see our website at: http://www.washingtoncommunityschools.org/Content/moment-makers [CONTENT_REVIEW InternalLink]
This annual event is sponsored by the Daviess County Visitors Bureau and Daily Design & Furniture Gallery.
Mr. Frank ASU & GSV Summit, San Diego, CA from 4/4/22-4/7/22
NJROTC Out of State Trip Request, Middletown, KY on 3/22/2022
Next regular board meeting - April 21, 2022, 7:00 pm
School Board Notes can be found on the Hatchet Headlines Blog at:
School Board Agendas and Minutes are available on our website at: https://www.washingtoncommunityschools.org/board
The College & Career Academy at WHS has been selected for the state's pilot program to match students and employers to work-based learning opportunities via the Employment Aid Readiness Network (EARN) Indiana Grant.
High Schoolers with financial need will have access to resume-building and paid internships while employers receive state matching funds - 50% of the student's hourly rate - for hiring them.