WMS Celebrates 100 Years PDF Print E-mail

This year our school building is 100 years old. We have multiple events planned throughout the rest of the year to celebrate this big event. Here is some information on the upcoming events to add to your calendar.

 

February 24th at 7:00 pm we will be hosting a Trivia Night- "Are you Smarter than a Middle Schooler". All questions will come from our MS curriculum and Washington History. Get a team together challenge another group-challenge a group of students, see who is smarter :) Use this link to access the registration form.

 

Are you Smarter than a Middle Schooler- Trivia Night

 

March 24th at 5:00 pm we will be hosting an alumni basketball game at the MS gym. We are inviting back former girls and boys players, former coaches, cheerleaders and pep band members to the event. We will have a girls game followed by a boys game. We will finish with a small game of guys vs girls. This is a community event and all are invited to attend. We will also have a t-shirt order form out soon for this event. Use this link for the registration form.

 

A century of Tradition

 

If you have any other questions feel free to contact me or the Middle School. Please pass this information on to others especially former alumni. Thank you.

Last Updated on Monday, January 15 2018 07:57
 
Virtual Reality at UP Home PDF Print E-mail

On Wednesday January 10, WMS Teacher Connie Svenby, Superintendent Jeff Dicks and a group of students involved in the Extended Learning Program brought Google Expedition Virtual Reality Goggles to the residents of the UP Home. Students interacted with the residents showing them how the goggles worked and taking them around the world all from the comfort of the Wellness Center. Students and residents enjoyed the adventure so much that the group plans on returning next month for a whole new set of adventures.

http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Seniors-learn-virtual-reality-from-middle-school-kids-helps-cognitive-skills-468694033.html

 
SEIBA Honor Band PDF Print E-mail

Washington Middle School had 10 students tryout for the SEIBA honor band on Saturday in Fairfield.

 

 

Congratulations to the following 6 Advanced Band students who earned South East Iowa Bandmasters Association Honors on Saturday. Selected to the SEIBA honor band were Evan M. -trumpet; Quentin H-trombone; Mateo S-Clarinet; Kevin F-Tuba; Quinn W-Percussion; Henry R-French Horn. These six students will perform at Iowa City West High School on Jan 20th at the SEIBA Festival.

In addition to SEIBA honors, Evan and Quentin also earned top honors by being selected to the 8th grade All-State Honor Band which will perform in May at the Iowa Bandmasters Association conference. Also trying out for the SEIBA JH honor band were: Alex M-trumpet, ; Bailey R-clarinet; Levi A-Euphonium; Jenna M -Alto Saxophone.

 
WMS Annual Solo/Ensemble Night PDF Print E-mail

On Tuesday, December 12th, the Advanced Band members took the Middle School Auditorium stage from 5pm-8:10pm for their Annual solo/ensemble night. There were 39 different performances in 5 minute time slots and all of the 68 members of the Advanced Band participated in preparing for this event.

Gary McCurdy (aka The Tubadour), former Washington band director, judged students giving them a rating and verbal comments at the conclusion of their performances. It is an unusual event from the standpoint that audience members can stay for all 39 performances or they can pick and choose to watch only one or a few performances.

It all starts in November when students choose their own groups and the only limitations are that the performing groups have to be a solo, duet, trio or quartet. The exception to this is the percussion ensemble which had 8 members. After choosing the members of their group, the next step is selecting music. Most of the music is selected by students with guidance from Mr. McClenahan and/or private instructors. A majority of the music chosen is Holiday/Christmas or pop/movie music, but there are also many traditional instrumental pieces, standards and folk songs as well. Some are accompanied by parents, some by their instructors and some play along to recorded accompaniments.

Mr. McClenahan commented, "This is one of the most challenging and valuable projects students do all year in band. Students play parts independently and they have no director in front of them to keep them together. It's also interesting to hear how they make some uncommon combinations of instruments work. In the end, they grow a lot and become better independent players. I also like the fact we always have 100% participation and they feel a sense of responsibility to their group."

Last Updated on Thursday, December 21 2017 11:41
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