LEAP programming at Washington Middle School is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Iowa Department of Education. Learn more at: www.dbqschools.org/leap
Washington LEAP activities are offered:
Monday through Friday afternoons
from 2:30-4 p.m.
Here are a few upcoming activities…
|Mondays through Fridays
Take advantage of the quiet space to complete homework, plus assistance is available for those challenging assignments.
Provided by: Washington Middle School
|Mondays, beginning September 20 through May 23 (excluding non-school and conference dates)
Family Game Afternoon
Board games, cards, and more! In this LEAP you can let your competitive side out with a fun family game night feel!
Provided by Amanda Holm, GWMS Teacher
|Wednesdays, beginning September 21 (excluding non-school and conference dates)
GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
Washington’s Gay Straight Alliance group is a judgement free group for all students to feel comfortable being themselves. In this group we will have open discussions, participate in a variety of activities, and get involved in the school community. All are welcome!
Provided by Danielle Daughetee, GWMS Counselor
|Thursdays, beginning September 23 (excluding non-school and conference dates)
Book club is a fun way to read and socialize. Each week book club members will be reading a chapter of our chosen book, then a different member each week will create questions each for us to discuss about the reading.
Provided by Erin Schroeder, GWMS Teacher
|Tuesdays through Fridays, beginning February 22 through May 27 (excluding non-school dates)
ROV (Robotics) Club
The MATE ROV Competition uses remotely operated vehicles (a.k.a. underwater robots) to inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to solve real-world problems and strengthen their critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
Provided by: Jeremey Huff, GWMS Teacher
|Mondays, beginning March 28 through May 23
Have fun crafting every Monday with Mrs. Zepeski! You will make some awesome crafts to take home and decorate your house or give as gifts!
Provided by: Kelsie Zepesk, GWMS Teacher
|Tuesdays, beginning April 5 through May 24
Community Garden Club
Calling all students with Green Thumbs, or an interest in gardening. Washington is starting a Community Garden this Spring. Students will work together to develop a plan, prepare and grow a variety of vegetables for the community here at Washington. Join us as we get started on this new endeavor-no experience necessary.
Provided by: Danielle Daughetee, GWMS Counselor
|Mondays, beginning April 11 through May 16
Joanne Fabrics has provided us with fabric to make dog and cat toys for Dubuque Humane Society. We will meet every Monday and make toys for the animals at the shelter.
Provided by: Janice Hines, GWMS Teacher
|Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning April 19 through May 26
Join us for puzzles of all kinds! Jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, and logic puzzles!
Provided by: Beth Jenn and Katherine Schramm GWMS Teachers
|Thursday, May 12
This playful yoga class is designed to give teens tools they can use to reduce stress in their lives, promote positive mindfulness, and increase strength and flexibility. Each class will include a series of poses, breathing exercises, and meditation practices.
Provided by: Laura Hodge, Challenge to Change
|Mondays through Thursdays, beginning May 16 through June 1 (excluding May 30)
Dungeons & Dragons
Come along for the adventure of a lifetime as we explore strange new worlds and locations in the search of treasure and adventure. You will need all your creativity and wits to help your character survive in this role-playing adventure. Calling all wizards, dwarves, elves, and Rangers for the adventure of a lifetime.
Provided by: David Reel and Zachary Soer, GWMS Staff
|Tuesday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 24
A Novel Idea
Read the same book as others in the club in your free time. Then come talk about what you thought about the book with other Wahawks. Learn about kids like you (or not like you) in the novels we read. Let your voice be heard! The books will be provided for you.
Provided by Maggie May, GWMS Teacher
|Tuesday, May 24
Do you love animals and want to learn more about native animals that live here in Iowa? Join Dubuque County Conservation in exploring the furs & skulls of animals that live in this area. You will also be able to interact with and hold live animals such as turtles, snakes, and salamanders that are brought in.
Provided by: Taylor Schaefers; Dubuque County Conservation Naturalist
|Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26
Disc Golf or Frisbee golf will be a quick and fun filled introduction to the sport. Spending time talking about the different styles of throws and putting. Allowing the students to throw for distance off the GWMS hill and finally challenging the students to a 9 hole course on the GWMS property.
Provided by: Rick Loeffelholz, GWMS Teacher
Students will meet in the cafeteria right after school. They’ll grab a free snack and head to the location of the LEAP activity.
Students will exit from the main entrance on Grandview Avenue when the program concludes at 4 p.m.
Complete the LEAP Parent Permission Form (PDF) and have your student return it to the attendance office. Students can’t participate without this form on file for 2021-2022.
Students will have the opportunity to sign-up for LEAP activities in their school’s attendance office as they are announced. Remember, it’s expected that students attend all sessions offered for each activity. Students will sign-in each day so we can keep participate records, but we won’t monitor daily attendance – so there is no need to let us know if for some reason your student can’t make it.
Students will be held to the same conduct standards as they are during the school day. Failure to follow established rules may result in loss of participation.
Contact the attendance office or guidance counselor.