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Washington Middle School Named National Finalist in KIND Schools Challenge

George Washington Middle School was recently named one of 10 national finalists in the KIND Schools Challenge, which invites middle- and high-school students nationwide to submit project ideas for making their school community kinder and more inclusive.

The team from Washington Middle School was selected as one of 10 finalists out of more than 190 applications from 28 states and Washington, DC.

Students on the Washington team aim to empower their peers to perform and spot small acts of kindness. As part of their project, they will hand out Kindness Cards to students who do a kind act along with an explanation on how and when to pass their cards on. The goal is to encourage students to think before speaking and acting in ways that are unkind.

The challenge is hosted by Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the KIND Foundation, a philanthropic entity started by KIND Healthy Snacks.

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Fall 2017 Online Student Art Gallery

The fall 2017 Online Student Art Gallery is now live featuring art from the district’s elementary and middle school students!

View the Elementary and Middle School Gallery

This gallery is a way to highlight the remarkable products of art education in the district. It’s a digital attempt at bringing the work of our student artists at all levels into your home – because art is created for others to take in.

Fall Conferences 2017


Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences will be held on:

  • Tuesday, October 17 from 3:00PM-7:45PM
  • Wednesday, October 18 from 3:00PM-7:45PM
  • Thursday, October 19from 7:15AM-11:45AM

Conferences will be by appointment only on Tuesday and Wednesday. To schedule your appointment please visit If you do not have internet access, you can call the Main Office at 563-552-4800 to schedule your student’s conferences. A link to our conference scheduler can also be found on our website

We realize the length for each conference is relatively short. Short conferences are necessary because most middle school teachers see approximately 125 different students in their classes. Short conferences provide an efficiency that is effective for most families. If you feel that you need more time than what we have allocated, please call or email your student’s Homebase teacher and he/she will schedule it with you.
When scheduling your conferences:

  • Schedule conferences for one block of time by house on Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • If your student takes a class in another house, please “drop in” after your regularly scheduled house conferences.
  • Social Studies, Specialists, Performing Arts, and Special Education teachers are available all three days on a drop in basis.
  • Conferences on Thursday morning are on drop-in basis only and will take place in each teacher’s classroom. This is more of a casual opportunity to converse with the teachers.
  • Please bring your student to conferences with you.
  • Please stop by the office upon arriving to pick up your student’s Progress Report.

We look forward to discussing your child’s progress towards meeting his/her learning goals.

Thanks for all you do to support your student,

Mark Burns

New 7th- and 12th-Grade Vaccination Requirement for 2017-2018

An administrative rule change by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Bureau of Immunization, REQUIRES MENINGOCOCCAL (A, C, W, Y) VACCINE FOR STUDENTS ENROLLING IN 7TH AND 12TH GRADES STARTING IN THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR in addition to other vaccination requirements.

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