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Welcome to Washington Middle School

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     Beginning March 8, 2021 Washington Middle School will be transitioning to the following schedule:

    WMS Concurrent Learning Schedule Starting March 8, 2021

Welcome

  • Please be aware that any Washington Middle School student who has been using their own personal technology device to access virtual learning, and plans to return to in-person learning either March 8th or 15th, will need to use a school issued Chromebook for learning. Therefore, parents should visit the school Monday through Friday of this week between the hours of 7:30 am and 3:00 pm, to complete an agreement form and pick up a Chromebook.

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  • VISION STATEMENT
    Washington Middle School strives to promote lifelong learners in a respectful, responsible, positive environment to foster intellectual and productive citizens.
     
     
     
    MISSION STATEMENT
    Washington Middle School is a positive and supportive student-centered learning environment. We want our students to have fun, love learning, achieve their individual potential, and care about each other.  Therefore, we emphasize enthusiasm for learning, respect for others, and responsibility for our actions.  At Washington, we strive to provide a safe, orderly, and respectful environment where students experience academic success through challenging, diverse, and engaging learning experiences.
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Latest News

  • ACPS to Pilot 1-Year Certificate Program in Cybersecurity through ACM

    Allegany County Public Schools will pilot a one-year Cybersecurity Certificate through Allegany College of Maryland beginning next year in an effort to increase opportunities for seniors on an abbreviated schedule to participate in career and technology areas and earn college credits.

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  • ACPS Still Under Capacity Limitations for Athletics

    As a result of this order for outdoor and indoor capacity at athletic events, ACPS will provide two tickets to each participating student for both home and away events.

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  • ACPS Begins to Welcome Students Back to Buildings Beginning March 1st

    Staff will continue to review options to provide students with more in-person learning opportunities in the near future, and these options will be discussed further with the elected board at the March 9th school board meeting.

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  • Continued High Marks for Maryland Students on Advanced Placement Success

    Maryland student success in the Advanced Placement (AP) program remains steady, and high participation rates on the rigorous tests continue.

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  • Virtual Parent Conferences Scheduled for March 10-11 Cancelled

    ACPS virtual parent conferences originally scheduled for March 10-11, 2021, have been cancelled as a result of the beginning transitions to the concurrent/hybrid learning schedules.

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  • Union Rescue Mission in Need of Donations

    The URM continues to need generous hearts willing to donate to support the work they are doing to help those in the most dire need.

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  • State Superintendent Approves Appointment of Jeff Blank as Permanent Superintendent

    At the February meeting of the Allegany County Board of Education, board members voted to request the removal of the interim label from Mr. Jeff Blank’s title to appoint him as the next permanent superintendent of schools in Allegany County.

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Announcements

  • Feb. 8 - No connectivity students return

    March 1 - Students with specific special education needs return

    March 8 - Grade 6 students return

    March 15 - Grades 7 & 8 students return

    When students return to school, they will be required to properly wear (covering mouth and nose) a face mask when riding the school bus and in the school. Neck-gaiters are not considered a safe and acceptable form of face covering for the school setting.

    As we begin our preparations for students to return to Washington MS, we would like parents to know that students will be required to carry their Chromebooks/Laptops (and chargers) in backpacks daily. Students will also need to bring ear-buds each day.

    Any student/parent wishing to opt-out of in person learning will be REQUIRED to complete a new form, even if you submitted a form last Fall. Opt-Out forms will be available starting Feb. 8th and can be found in their child's co-curricular class announcements. Parents will need to complete and sign the form then submit it electronically to the child's co-curricular teacher. Forms are due no later than Wednesday, Feb. 10th. 

     

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  • Parents/Guardians - If you want to be contacted by the school's phone message sytem in case of school delays, closures, or other announcements please be sure that you "opt into" Blackboard Connect. You can do this yourself by logging onto the Aspen website or by calling the school. 
     
     
    TIPS TO HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED:
    Developing Strong Study Skills to Succeed in School

     

    • Consider Working with others. While distractions are bad in a study environment, studying in a group or pair can be very useful, as long as everyone involved is focused on studying.
    • Develop reading, math, and writing skills through practice.  For example, if you are struggling with multiplication and/or division, spend 10-15 minutes each night practicing. 
    • Don’t wait until the last minute to study.  Set aside a period of time each night to study and review your work.
    • Focus on the subject areas that need the most attention.
    • Pay attention in class and take good notes.   
    • Using clear headers to organize information when note taking and write neatly.  You will become confused and upset if you can’t read your notes.  
    • Develop a calm attitude by being patient with yourself as you review the material. 
    • Create an appropriate study environment that is quiet and free from distractions. 
    • Developing effective study skills in middle school is a wise move in preparation for high school. 
    • As you move on through life, the study skills you've developed in middle school will be useful to you.

    Middle school is recognized by educators as a critical period in a student's life.  School work is becoming more difficult because assignments are more involved and abstract, and students are being asked to use higher order thinking skills.   Develop the skills needed to absorb and apply information in class by reporting to class with materials, paying attention to classroom directions, completing assignments on time, asking questions, and studying.

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CONTACT US

  • 200 N. Massachusetts Avenue 
    Cumberland, MD 21502 
     
    Office Telephone:
    301-777-5360

    School Fax:
    301-777-8452

    Cafeteria Manager:
    301-724-0523

    School Day:
    7:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. 
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