Washington Elementary School. A beautiful historic Marietta building with wonderful things happening for children who attend school there. Washington School serves students and families from the downtown area with children in grades Kindergarten through five.
Washington School has 38 teachers and staff serving a student population of more than 350 children. The staff is highly qualified and extremely dedicated to the academic and social development of all of our students. Teachers and staff are creative, innovative and hard working.
Staff professional development is at the cornerstone of student success at Washington School. The staff has participated in professional development in a number of areas related to academic success and school climate. There are two adult book study clubs that meet before or after school to discuss current educational research and to review professional literature regarding academic success and school improvement.
Members of the Washington teaching staff engaged in Formative Instruction Training presented by members of our staff, about learning targets, higher level thinking questions and positive techniques in teaching and learning.
The Washington Mentor club walked to the Arbors Center on March 10 to socialize with the residents and play bingo with them. Our students and staff believe community connections and "giving back" are important pieces of our school-community relationship.
The Columbus Children's Theatre performed "Alice in Wonderland" for the student body on March 11. This was an annual event that is paid for by our PTO.
Fifth graders at Washington School are involved in several "learn and serve projects." One team of students leads our school in exercises each morning. Two teams visit the O'Neill Center to work with Marietta College football players and local senior citizens. Washington students are collecting canned food for a local food pantry. Washington students have a Relay for Life team and an Empty Bowls Luncheon team. The goal is for our students to give back to our local community as they learn about good citizenship.
Washington Elementary will have a Math Night on Thursday for both parents and students. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30. There will be no charge for this event.
The Washington staff welcomes community members into the building to see firsthand the great things that happen each day.
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Dr. Bruce Thomas is the Superintendent of Marietta City Schools