• Wednesday, Sept 28th is a SIP 1/2 day. Students will be finished at 10:30am and buses will run.  
    Meet author Jordan Sonnenblick(Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie) at the Peoria Public Library Main Branch, Sept 28th, 6:30-8pm.
    Interested parents and students should come to the Destination Imagination meeting on Sept 29th at 6pm in the WGMS Library.
    The 8th grade will head downtown for the Architecture Tour on Sept 29th.
    The PBIS Store will be open during lunch on Sept 30th. Don't forget to bring all of your wildcat tickets!
    Check out the Newsletter on our website under the 'Students & Parents' tab on September 30th.
    The Student Council 7th/8th Grade Dance will be Sept 30th from 6:30-8:30pm.
    Progress Reports went home 9/16. Please ask your students for them. Library fines and overdue notices may be attached, as well.
    Attendance Counts! Every student, every class, every day! WGMS is striving for 100% attendance every day!
    The McClure Branch of the Public Library offers a Homework Hangout for 6-12th grades 3-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month.
    Textbook fees are due by the end of the month. 
    Bigs and Littles will head to Sommer Park for fun and hot dogs October 5th-7th.
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Headlines & Features

  • More from Mr Poehls-- Motivating the Gifted Child

    To see the articles referenced by Mr Poehls in the Sunday Night Call, please click this headline and then the links provided.

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  • Richwoods Homecoming Parade Thursday Sept 29th 6pm

    Please join the Richwoods students, families, and staff for the Homecoming Vehicle Parade on Thursday, Sept 29th at 6pm! The parade will pass through Sheridan Ave. to Austin Drive to University and back to Richwoods at around 6pm -6:20 pm. We encourage people to come out support us by lining the street along Austin Drive(the safest road stretch of the parade). Afterwards, beginning at 6:30pm there will be a Tour of RHS Homecoming Hall Decorations followed by a Spaghetti Supper in the Cafeteria. Tickets for the Supper are $4/person. At 7:20pm, see the Senior Girls vs Junior Girls play a "Powder Puff" Football game on the RHS JV field. 8pm Homecoming Bonfire on the RHS Back Field! We encourage parents, staff and students to come and join in on the fun and festivities! Thank you and Go KNIGHTS! For more information on Parade route, please contact Mr. Dwyer at or 693-4400.

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  • Washington students featured in Caterpillar Chorus production of Little Mermaid

    Come see your friends perform in the Caterpillar Chorus production of Disney's The Little Mermaid. Washington's own Sarah Allen, Isabella Hauri, Lindsey Ryan and Samantha Ryan are members of the cast! The show runs October 13-15 beginning at 7:30pm, and October 15th and 16th at 2pm at the Eastlight Theatre located inside EP High School. Tickets are only $11, just call 309-699-SHOW, go online to or buy them at the box office.

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  • September 9th 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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  • Student Pick-up and Drop-off Guidelines

    7:05-7:30am and 2:00-2:38pm, NO CARS ARE ALLOWED IN THE FRONT PARKING LOT and students may only be picked up and dropped off in the North Parking Lot located near the ball fields. For student safety, only buses may drive in the Main Parking Lot during these times.

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  • Congratulations from Peoria Public Library

    The numbers have been totaled up and we have our school winners for the 2016 Peoria Public Library Summer Reading Program! Washington Gifted had 35 students; Representatives from the Peoria Public Library took a picture of our participating students and are making a summer reading poster for our school! They also brought some neat coupons for the kids who helped us win the middle school division of the Summer Reading Program. Great job AJ, Monica A, Nethmi and Hiruni, Sean B, Felicity, Lauren, Melissa C, Aidan D, Lauren and Lilia E, Moises, Michael F, Javen, Logan G, Brianna and Maleah H, Mia J, Chase, Guy, Rachel, Liliyhan L, Nevidita, Zaid, Liv, Abigail, Destiny R, Fatema S, Abbie and Johnathan, Theo, Makenzie, Blake, Beth, Grace, Remy, and Bella W!

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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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  • District Fees Due by August 21st

    All fees incurred for the current school year (2016-17) must be submitted by August if you are using online fee pament. This is includes the Textbook Fee ($55.00) . Textbook Fees can be paid online. If paying by check, please make your check out to “Board of Education”. Planner fees ($6.00) cannot be made online. Please send cash or a check made out to “Washington School” to the office. Please call the school office if you have questions.

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  • Washington Holds Help-a-Thon

    This past Saturday, dozens of Washington students and parents gathered for breakfast before spreading out around Peoria to complete community service. This was part of the school’s new fundraiser. The Help-a-Thon encouraged students to collect donations in return for a pledge to volunteer in the community. 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. The fundraiser was a great success, which not only raised valuable funds for the school, but also allowed students to have fun while helping their community.

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  • Peoria Symphony Guild Young Artists Competition

    We are excited that former Washington student and current Richwoods student Elizabeth Lindqwister was the first place winner in the recent Peoria Symphony Guild Young Artists Competition. Mr Jirousek caught up with his former student at the Annual Student Concert at the Peoria Civic Center. Congrats Elizabeth!

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  • Meet our Adopt-A-School Partners!

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  • 8th Graders Visit Springdale Cemetery

    On Thursday, Oct. 29th the 8th grade class of Washington Gifted Middle School went to Springdale Cemetery for an outdoor field class. As a cross-curricular trip, students completed learning projects with several subject areas. Assisted by Mike Rucker from Peoria Wilds, 8th graders helped maintain the savannah restoration lands there. Students also made their own cemetery tour of prominent Peorians and used math to make a graph of average life expectancies. Though cold, the students enjoyed learning more about Peoria history and lands in the beautiful historic cemetery.

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  • Congratulations to our Young Authors winners!

    Twenty schools participated in this year’s Young Authors’ Program. There were a total of 1,947 manuscripts completed this year representing the work of students in grades K-8. Of these 1,947 manuscripts, 120 manuscripts were submitted for district level judging. The 8 district level winners are invited to represent Peoria Public Schools at the statewide Young Authors’ conference on May 14, 2016 at Illinois State University. All students listed below will be honored at the April 25, 2016 school board meeting. Washington has several Young Authors Winners. They will be recognized at the April 25th Board of Education meeting. Cami Proctor, 8th grade, and Rachel Lard, 6th grade, will represent our school district at their respective grade level at the ISU Young authors conference on May 14th as district finalists! Abby Maher, Isabelle Martinez, and Miranda Popp also won honorable mention ! Wow…Five Young Authors from Washington! We are proud of all of you!

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  • Former Washington students to be considered as 2017 National Merit Scholars

    The Peoria Public Schools is proud to announce that six students representing Richwoods High School will be considered as 2017 National Merit Scholars. Most also went to Washington Gifted Middle School. The six students are part of the 50,000 highest scoring participants out of an initial pool of 1.5 million program entrants. Congratulations to: Joshua T Boyle-11th grade, Gustav N Jennetten-11th grade (International Baccalaureate Programme student), Elizabeth A Lindqwister-11th grade, Julianna N Rees-11th grade, Landen A Sale-11th grade, Lori C Workman-11th grade

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  • Congratulations Washington Gifted for being Given the Academic Excellence Award 2003-2015

    Washington Gifted is one of 9 schools in Illinois to earn the Illinois Honor Roll’s Academic Excellence Award 10 years in a row. For 2014, only 177 schools received the Academic Excellence Award because of higher eligibility and passing requirements, so Washington is very proud to still be meeting these goals. We have great students and great teachers! Keep it up!

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