Official WGMS News

  • Dec 5th is Canned Soup Day for the Holiday Basket. Cereal Day is Dec 7th. 
    Dec 6th, 10:30am to 1pm is the Horizons Club Field Trip to PNC Winterfest. Remember to wear warm clothes!
    There are only a few weeks left to meet your AR goal for Quarter 2! Most of you are almost there, but keep working at it. Our current top ten in AR points for the school year are Cole M(478), Max H(450), Urja(444), Mahir(375), Marissa(375), Abbie S(307), Kara H(291), Isabelle(289), Brianna H(286), and Jude I(281).
    DI's Project Outreach will have a Pet Supply Drive November 22nd through December 5th. The Homeroom that brings in the most will win a Donut Breakfast.
    Parents, please take a moment to give us your feedback with the 5Essentials Survey
    Lost & Found-- If your student is missing anything, please check the Lost & Found, located in the foyer next to the fireplace. The drawers are full of lunchboxes, books, notebooks, water bottles, and an amazing amount of clothes and shoes.
    8th graders will go to the Richwoods Fine Arts Open House on Dec 7th, 9-11am.
    December 8th is the Nutcracker Ballet at the Civic Center for selected students.
    Our second Exploratory session will be December 9th, 1:05-2:25pm.
    Dec 9th is Money Day for the Holiday Basket! Pasta Day is Dec 13th. Dec 15th is Potato Day for the Holiday Basket.
    Don't forget to bring your Wildcat Tickets to lunch on Friday, Dec 16th for the PBIS Wildcat Store!
    IB Applicant Interviews will be at Richwoods on Dec 13th and 14th. Applicants will get dates&times mailed or emailed to them.
    On Dec 19th, 11:30-2pm, Early Childhood Exploratory students will go to Valeska Hinton.
    Fruit Day  is Dec 19th for the Holiday Basket food drive.
    On Thurs., 12/22, all students will have a chance to win a gift card by dressing up in the following categories: Most Creative Holiday Outfit, Ugliest Holiday Outfit, “Holiday Tradition Around the World” Outfit. Students do not have to wear their uniform!  All clothing must be appropriate! 
    Friday, Dec 22nd, is a big day! It is the End of the Grading Period, the Last Day before Winter Break, with a 1 hour early dismissal (1:30pm). Student council will load the Holiday Basket truck with donations. This is also the day for our Winter Parties. Have a great Break and we will see you on January 9th at 7:30am!
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Headlines & Features

  • Pet Supply Drive Extended Through Dec 5th

    DI's Project Outreach will have a Pet Supply Drive November 22nd through December 5th. The Homeroom that brings in the most will win a Donut Breakfast. Items to donate include: scoopable cat litter, high efficiency laundry detergent, dry kitten food, toilet tissue, dog biscuits, hand soap and lotion, dryer sheets, Febreeze/Lysol spray, 13 gal & 33 gal trash can liners, training clickers, Kong toys, Martingale collars, peanut butter, safety cat collars, copy paper, manila file folders, clear page protectors, stamps, gift cards, small paper food trays(GFS), light bulbs, and bottled water. Each item counts as one point for your homeroom. Donations benefit SAMS in Hannah City and PCAPS, Peoria County Animal Protection services.

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  • December 2nd Newsletter is Online!

    In order to save paper, we are putting all newsletters here on the website instead of giving paper copies to students. (Also because we know some students can take quite a while to finally give it to a parent.) Click here for the newest issue of the Washington Newsletter. If you would like to submit an article, email it to by 11am on Tuesday before the next newsletter.

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  • 5Essentials Survey

    Please take a moment to help us out! We really want to see parents take the survey, because our school needs over 50.0% of our parents to respond in order to learn how parents feel about Washington. Parents, students and teachers: Peoria Public Schools will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the fifth statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From November 16 through January 16, teachers, students, and parents will be asked to take a 20-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation. School-level reports will be generated if at least 50 percent of parents respond to the survey. These reports will display summary information, such as the percent of parents agreeing that they feel comfortable raising concerns to their child’s teacher. It is important that our parents, students and staff from each of our 27 schools participate in this annual survey to make their voices heard and impact change.

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  • Information About Policies and WGMS News

    From Mr. Poehls: Welcome to the Washington website, everyone! This is the official front door, so to speak, for all news and policies related to our school and programs! Please know that we all want the best, most relevant, most secure and safe environment for all of our students. We are always reviewing and updating policy and delivery to ensure the best opportunities! All information in regards to policies and news related to the school and its programs will go out in a weekly email and call through Family Access/ Blackboard Messenger, and then post to the website by the next morning. If you ever have questions or concerns, Please email me at , call me at 672-6563 , or simply come on in and visit with me!!

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  • Application Process Has Begun

    The Gifted Selection Committee will be meeting the week of Dec 9th to set dates and update forms. Thank you for your patience. More information will be available under the "About Us" tab, under "Our School". Navigate to the "Admissions Requirements" section on the left hand side.

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  • We Give Thanks to Our Adopt-A-School Partners!

    Washington is grateful for all of our Adopt-a-School partners! Dewberry does a great job helping with our Architecture project for 8th graders. CGN Global helps our students to learn about the Supply Chain. Illinois American Water works with our 7th grade to learn more about conservation. David Vaughn Investments sponsors our Newspapers in Education used in our Peoria Issues project. We would also like to welcome our newest Adopt-a-School Partner, the Washington Alumni Group. All of our partners help Washington Gifted Middle School students in different and amazing ways! Thanks so much, everyone!

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  • Renaissance Home Connect for Parents

    Parents- We are hoping that you will soon begin using Renaissance Home Connect as a way of monitoring and encouraging your child’s reading practice. It can be a valuable tool for monitoring your child’s progress. Research confirms that parental involvement in a child’s education is a strong predictor of student achievement. Thank you for your involvement in your child’s education. What is Renaissance Home Connect? Renaissance Home Connect is a tool that connects the school and home to keep parents informed of their child’s progress in Accelerated Reader, and encourages the child to practice reading at home. How does Renaissance Home Connect help me improve my child’s reading progress? • You can view your child’s progress toward reading goals and view all books that your child has read and quizzes your child has taken. • You can access an online search tool, AR BookFinder, to search for books using various criteria, including author, subject, or reading level. • You can receive emails that reveal results for Reading Practice Quizzes and provide links to the website where you can check progress. The same login and password that your child uses at school will work at home with Renaissance Home Connect.

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  • Study Skills

    Knowing how to study is an important skill to have. Students who use strategies to understand and remember what they read, such as underlining important parts of the texts or discussing what they read with other people, perform better in class and on tests. One of the biggest differences between top students and everyone else was that when they study, they take practice tests. Only 11 percent of students do this, but they perform better because they are studying in a way that goes beyond memorizing material. Also helpful is to create a study timetable & stick to it-- first include things you like/need to do on your schedule and then work study time in after. This method naturally ensures that you are doing things you like to do every day in addition to studying, so you don’t burn out and give up. These kind of balanced schedules are easier follow. Here are some ideas and strategies to help students learn more:

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  • Exploratories Are Back December 9th!

    Our next Exploratory session is December 9th, 1:05-2:25pm. Students must return the signed waivers for Archery and Tumbling. Students in Photography need their camera, a memory card, and the camera manual. We are also in need of a few supplies for some Exploratories: baby food jars to hold oil paints; medium #4 100% cotton yarn bits; old knitting needles. If parents would like to help "chaperone" ALL six dates from 1-2:30PM on Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 17, Mar 17, & Apr 21, please contact

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  • The role of productive struggle-from the Remarkable Times

    Preparing students for their future isn’t about helping them to earn A’s or getting high GPAs. It is really about making sure that students are prepared for the workforce. The phrase “productive struggle” is used to describe the process of learning and the work that goes into it. To give an example that most people relate to is when one is learning to ride a bike. This is hard work and takes practice. There is often a little bit of help initially and support along the way but at some point, the bike rider needs to do all of the pumping of the pedals and maintaining of balance.

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  • Reading Daily Creates a Habit!

    EVERY DAY from 7:30a.m. to 8:01a.m. all students and teachers will participate in Sustained Silent Reading in their Homeroom. This time will give students a chance to read for pleasure, as well as increasing their reading abilities. We believe that having daily time set aside for reading will set the tone for all that we do at Washington. This is not a study hall and not an advisory time. No classwork will be done by students. No grading will be done by teachers. Remember that this is SILENT reading. Students and Teachers will not talk or disturb others for the entire reading time! Everyone should bring a book to read every day, however, each Homeroom will have reading materials available.

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  • Washington Help-a-Thon

    Dozens of Washington students and parents gathered again for breakfast before spreading out around Peoria to complete community service. The Help-a-Thon encourages students to collect donations in return for a pledge to volunteer in the community. Last year participants completed the following projects: visited residents at Grand View Memory Care Center, prepared and served meals for Loaves & Fishes, cleaned classrooms at Crittenton Centers, readied holiday and birthday cards for Meals on Wheels, handed out packets for Run River City, set up activities for an event at Wildlife Prairie Park, completed several projects for the Center for Prevention of Abuse. That fundraiser was a great success, and not only raised valuable funds for the school, but also allowed students to have fun while helping their community.

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  • Washington Speech Team

    Congratulations to the members of the Speech team who represented Washington so well at the tournament this past Saturday at Peoria Academy. Many of our students took top honors in their events, and we are very proud of you! Thank you to Ms. Nelson for getting the students prepared! Washington had the most entries of all participating schools: 10 for Solo Acting, 20 for Duet Acting, 4 for Improv Duet, 3 Original Script Duet, 10 Small Group Acting, and 1 Team Improv. Great job, Wildcats!! Peoria's Bradley University is known across the US as the BEST Speech Team there is! It is great to see our students participating in this Peoria tradition of excellence!

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  • Grandparents Day at Washington

    Grandparents’ Day was held at Washington Middle School on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 9am-10:30am. It is always a wonderful experience to meet grandparents and special people in the children’s lives, so we always enjoy this special day in our school! Tuesday, 9:00-10:30 a.m. breakfast will be served, Band and Orchestra play, the Book Fair is open, and grandparents are able to purchase photos taken by Builder's Club to commemorate the day. We feel that the time factor is a good one for our guests as they spent personal time with their grandchildren and enjoy entertainment offered by our talented students as opposed to only visiting classrooms. It would also be greatly appreciated if parent volunteers could also make sure the students are putting trash in the correct place, as our janitors are great people and we want to make sure they don’t have any extra work!

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  • Principal's Recognition Luncheon

    On Friday October 28, at 1:00PM, Washington held our 1st grading period Principals Recognition Luncheon. It was an all school 'dress for success' day. Students who achieved in any one of 4 categories: All A’s and only 1 B, Academic improvement in TWO core academic subjects from PR1 to end of GP1, Perfect attendance, and the selection of one student at each grade level of the Washington 'Dignity, Respect, Achievement..for All' citizenship award …were guests at a catered luncheon in the school gym at 1:00PM, and heard comments from Supt. Kherat, Dr. Bell, members of the PPS foundation, and principal comments. In addition, the rest of the school student body went through a reflection and goal setting process with the Washington staff, and were celebrated as well for their accomplishments and goals.

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