Troubled Washington Middle School looks to set new tone for new school year

Officials at Washington Middle welcome students back with an assembly, going over new behavioral expectations they hope to establish, September 5, 2017 (WLUK). 

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- As teachers welcomed back students to Washington Middle School, the conversations focused on more than roll call.

As part of a welcome back assembly, Principal Dennis Christensen shared with students their new way of doing things.

"Developing that culture of safety, respect, and responsibility," explained Christensen.

Christensen says the first week of school will be critical, as they work to set behavioral expectations, as part of their new success plan, "We want to make sure that students understand policies and procedures, and expectations with how we do things, and that they're a part of that solution."

The plan was created after a former teacher at the school raised security concerns in June.

The school has added additional staff including, an assistant principal, counselor and three support teachers.

"We're suppose to be in the rooms, and we're suppose to help there, we will be in house to be able to sub, which is prefect," said Tracy Lenobel, who is one of the new support teachers.

Christensen says parents will also play a vital role, "One of the clear messages was the of communication, share more, and more often, parents know what their children are doing."

Travis Mckeefry, who's son is in eighth grade, says his family is ready for the fresh start, "Ready for everything to be positive, I think a small thing got blown out of portion."

He says he is satisfied with the changes that were made, "I just hope that they follow through with things that were set up."

Although the district's web site still shows open positions, the district says it has filled all 14 open positions it had at Washington.

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