Washington Junior High School

Orange & Black Give Back Day PDF Print E-mail

On Monday May 13th students and staff from the Middle School participated in their give back day to the community. The students and staff went to 36 different sites around the community to help with projects. They spent the morning painting, weeding, planting, mulching, and cleaning at the various sites.


We had a ton of support from the community to make the day possible. Whether it was donations of money, food, supplies or helping chaperone that day, we couldn’t have done it without you.


We would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for supporting the Middle School Orange & Black Give Back day: Mahaska Bottling, West Liberty foods in Mt. Pleasant, the Washington Lions Club, Hills Bank & Trust, CBI Bank & Trust, Latta Harris LLP, Washington PIE group, Wal Mart, Hy Vee, Michelle Bartholomew, Tricia Kroll, Dana Mc Dole, Katie Lujan, Hanna Marner, Kelly Smith, Mike & Susan Van Osdol, Dana Patterson, Tasha Hesseltine, Rhiannon Long, Melanie Rothe, Rachel Berdo, Pamela Vongpanya, Jon & Jessica Read, Nathan Fishback, Mike & Marcy Murphy, Nicole Kitchen, Heather Greiner, Stacey Chenoweth, Janet Conrad, Tammy LaBelle, Amy Kleese, Russ Vander Pol, Robin Rees, Julie Evans, Nick Morrison, Randi Dale, Nicole Stoutner.


WMS 7th/8th Grade Band Earns Division I rating PDF Print E-mail

The Washington MS 7th/8th grade Band earned a Division I rating at SEIBA Large Group contest at CCA on April 17th. Their scores were 33, 33 and 32 out of a possible 35 points. A I+ rating cutoff is a 34. It was the 10th year in a row the band has received a I or I+ rating at SEIBA Large Group. Their selections included Colonel Bogey March, Salvation is Created, and March Diabolique. After the band's performance, two of the three judges came up and did a clinic with the band. Director, Craig McClenahan, had challenged the band before this contest to get the judges to compliment them on dynamics. He offered the band a pizza party if they could get at least one judge to specifically compliment them on their dynamic contrasts. The first clinician complimented them on their nice dynamics within the first two minutes of his clinic which gave way to a small, but enthusiastic celebration by the band members. The band will be performing next at the Pella Tulip Time Parade on Friday, May 3rd.


Washington SEIBA 1st & 2nd Year Honor Band Students PDF Print E-mail

Six Washington band students were honored as part of the elite 1st and 2nd year band students in South East Iowa on Saturday, April 27th at Clear Creek Amana HS. Students arrived at 9:30am and rehearsed or did Master classes with participating directors until noon, rehearsed until about 3:30pm and presented a concert of five pieces each at 4:30pm. The first year band students were under the direction of Eric Lins from the Cedar Falls CSD and the second year band students were directed by retired Hampton director and Executive Director of the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education, Leon Kuehner.

Washington band directors are Don Hughes and Craig McClenahan.

Washington 5th graders earning all SEIBA honors were: Kezyah W-Clarinet and Audrey S. .

Washington Middle School 6th graders earning all SEIBA honors were: Katherine F- French Horn, Joseph M-Percussion, Trevin S-Tuba, and Claire W- Trombone.



Photo order: Joseph, Claire, Katherine, Trevin, Kezyah, and Audrey.

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 01 2019 06:54
Mt. Pleasant Honor Band PDF Print E-mail

The following Washington Middle School students participated in the Mt. Pleasant Honor Band on Saturday, April 6th,2019. The 6th grade director was Dusty Johnson from Tipton Middle School and the 7th/8th director was Stephanie Williamson from Clear Creek Amana Middle School. Washington CSD's entire band department, directors Don Hughes (5th grade and HS) and Craig McClenahan (grades 6-8) played in the Fossil Jazz Band between the two honor band performances.



6th grade participants from WMS were:

Back Row L to R Emma L - Clarinet, Colby M -Trombone, Claire W - Trombone, Kate F – French Horn, Rowan R - Baritone

Front Row L to R Madison C -Clarinet, Avery M -Trumpet, Rita D - Flute, Maya M - Trombone



7th and 8th Grade participants from WMS:

Back Row L to R: Teague M - Tuba, Caleb H -Trumpet, Kevin F - Tuba, Will G-B -Bass Clarinet, Matthew V- Tenor Saxophone

Front row L to R: Mikaila M - Flute, Julianna W - Oboe, Samantha H - Trumpet, Bailey R - Clarinet, Levi A - Baritone

SEIBA JAZZFEST 2019, Claire W. Outstanding soloist PDF Print E-mail

The Washington Middle School Jazz Band performed at the SEIBA Jazzfest at West High School in Iowa City on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 in the Small Class Jr. High (class 1A-3A middle schools). Three judges scored the bands and gave out solo awards. The WMS band scored 65,65 and 49.


Claire W., received the Overall Outstanding Soloist award for all Class 1A-3A MS/JH Jazz Bands for her solo and section work on trombone.



The Jazz band also had 5 students who received solo awards on Saturday: Claire W, trombone; Kevin F, tuba; Julianna W., clarinet ; Trenton H., Alto Sax; and Mikaila M, piano (daughter of Barb Matheson)

After the band's performance, they spent about a half hour with clinician, Jerry Zinn, who watched their performance and worked with them after their performance.



Their selections included Now's the Time, Over the Rainbow, and Caravan.

WMS Jazz Band Members are:

Alto Sax: Trenton H & Amelia D

Tenor Sax: Miguel T & Matthew V

Bari Sax parts (on TUBA)- Kevin F

Trombones: Claire W , Levi A , &Taylor J

Trumpets: Caleb H , Samantha H , William K & Ada K

Clarinet: Julianna W

Drums: Lane S & Brennen W

Vibes: Brennen W

Bass: Will G-B

Piano: Mikaila M

Guitar: Kael M

The Washington MS Jazz Band director is Craig McClenahan.


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