Monday, April 20, 2015
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Washington Charter School  
45-768 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert , CA  92260
760-862-4350
Allan Lehmann, Principal 

WCS Chatter
April 12, 2015

As the weather warms up our schedules often become more impacted; but even with all of the distractions, we hope you will continue to make school a priority. Our classroom teachers still have a great deal of information and standards to cover in the next few months of school. In the coming weeks our 3rd-5th grade students will be taking a new State assessment test (SBAC). AR points are still a necessity in 4th and 5th grade, and we want for every child to complete his/her nightly homework. This time of year we tend to see more students in the homework line and I hope with this gentle reminder that can be avoided. As always, “thank you” for being a partner in your child’s education.

2015-2016 Calendar
At the April 9th meeting of the WCS Governing Board the 2015-16 calendar for Washington Charter School was approved. Please note that the first day of school will be on Wednesday August 26th. With an early start to the school year the last day of school will be on June 7th. I hope that the early start does not impact your summer vacation plans. 

WCS Accomplishments

Odyssey of the Mind
Congratulation to the three WCS teams that competed at the California State Finals held in Riverside on March 28th. All three teams did a magnificent job of solving their long-term problem.  As always the competition was spirited and only a small number of the competitors advanced to the World Finals. This year WCS does not have a team that is advancing, but we are so proud of the accomplishments of ALL of the WCS teams that competed at the regional and state level. I also want to thank all of our VOLUNTEER coaches. We also had staff members, parents and WCS alumni who volunteered to judge and help out at the regional and state competition. In closing, we wish all of the teams that are going to the World Finals the best of luck. They too worked hard and deserve the honor of representing their state and or country. 

Science Fair
WCS students excelled at the District Science Fair. Many of our projects garnered awards from local agencies. We also had eight projects advance to the tri-county fair. The time and effort that went into the projects is commendable. The children really understand the scientific method and it shows in their projects. Below are the results…..

* Washington Charter School Medal Winners (and Desert Sands District Winners):
Carter Yoon – 1st Place Ribbon and Animal Samaritan Award
Rory Christiansen – 2nd Place Ribbon
* Sweepstake Winners (going on to the Tri-County Science Fair)
Max Raumin – also a special award from Vector
Jackson Rice – also a special award from CREEC
Jake Johnson
Hannah Thomas
Namita Khanchustambham
Ashley Beaty
Jason Ward
Anna Braun
* Tri-County Level Winners
Ashley Beaty (Bronze Medal, Water District Blue Ribbon)
Anna Braun (Bronze Medal)
Jake Johnson (Silver Medal)
Namita Khanchustambham (Bronze Medal)
Max Raumin (Bronze Medal)
Jackson Rice (Silver Medal)
Hannah Thomas (Bronze Medal)
Jason Ward (Silver Medal)

McCallum Open Call
Congratulations to Amy DeKock and sister, Danielle (an alumnus of WCS). They are performing at the 2015 Open Call at the McCallum. 

Congratulations to the following Super Students

Maya Gordon, Callum Luna, Sy Garban, Rheyna Tamboong, Cosette Oh, Matisse Guereca-Ellenz, Leela Fayssoux, Adrian Escobar, Janae Moreno, River Berry Pearce, Ava Soto, Justice Granados, Joshua Jimenez, Hope Messer, Gisseel Vargas, Cartney Reuter, Savannah King, Anthony Negroni, Karyme Navarro, Jillian Seaman, Ainsley Saenz, Brady Baxa, Sofia Perez-Arroyo, Shane Foster, Alexis O’Connor, Ryland Risk, Makai Armstrong, Alana Dunham, Georgina Rojas, Erica Castro, Peyton Ellis, Ryder Corral, Aaliyah Felipe, Miguel Flores, Noa Sotomayor, Kimberly Lopez, Kendra Flannery, Lance Yackee, Davina Haggar, Noelle Johnson, Danae Valenzuela, Dylon Capraro, Jenna Von Haden, Hanyi Joh, Jason Ward, Emma Chesley, Sophia Perez, Charlie Downing, Angelina Gonzalez, Adriano Horna, Jolynn Huang, Hudson Young, Dylan Perez, Cameron Trubee, Ludwin Contreras, Taylor Chaplin, Xander Tauriainen, Breanna Fitzpatrick, Savvy Blakey, Allyson Frisbie, Nicolas Romero, Claudia Landeros

Upcoming Dates
April 20-24-Re-Enrollment Week
Tuesday April 21- LCAP Community Forum 5:30 p.m. in WCS MPR
Thursday April 30-Talent Show 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Friday May 1-Applications Due For Parents Interested in Serving on WCS Governing Board
Thursday May 14- Governing Board Meeting 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday May 27- Volunteer Tea
Wednesday June 3- Reading Carnival