Official WGMS News

  • Order forms for the 8th grade class t-shirts were sent home.  Orders are due February 24.
    Auditions for the spring musical "Spamalot" will be Feb 23rd & 24th after school.
    The DI Teams will sell cinnamon rolls after school on Feb 24th.
    The Bigs/Littles Movie Night will be rescheduled.
    Don't forget to bring your Wildcat Tickets to lunch on Friday, Feb 24th for the Wildcat Store!
    The State Chess Meet at Peoria Civic Center will be Feb 24 and 25.
    Easter Seals Koins for Kids Kick-Off will be Feb 24th and the campaign will run Feb 27-March 3rd.
    8th grade Supply Chain Presentations will be in the STEM Lab on March 2nd.
    The final Lorado Taft payment is due Feb 21st for 8th graders.
    Make sure to take some AR tests on Friday, March 3rd for the AR ReadQuest! Washington can win books and other prizes.
    Drama cast received a paper schedule at practice.
    Wear your college shirt with uniform pants for College Colors Day
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Headlines & Features

  • Read Across America Week – Who Reads? We Read!!!

    During the week of February 27th – March 3rd, students should be encouraged to take Accelerated Reader (AR) tests. The primary & middle school with the highest percentage of AR tests passed with 85% or higher accuracy will earn the second annual Peoria Public Schools Read across America traveling plaque. The top schools will be honored at an April Board of Education Meeting. Last year Washington got 3rd place -- this year let's aim for the TOP SPOT!!!!!

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  • February 24th 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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  • March Madness Experience

    We would really like some Washington representation this year at the March Madness Experience! What a great civic opportunity! The March Madness Experience is looking for volunteer groups. Student-athlete volunteers are needed on the weekends of March 9-11 (Class 1A/2A) and March 16-18 (Class 3A/4A) at the Peoria Civic Center. Each shift has 10 games with a range of 4-8 volunteers per game. Perhaps our athletic teams would like to organize? The available shifts for each weekend are: Thursday: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday: 1:00-4:00 p.m. 4:00-6:30 p.m. 6:15-9:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 1:00-4:00 p.m. 3:45-6:30 p.m. Please let Mr. Poehls know if you are interested.

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  • Third Quarter AR Goal

    Students and parents, the 3rd Quarter is almost over. If you haven't reached your AR goal of 40 points, please get going on that right away! SSR time every morning gives us at least 25 minutes per day to read. Students are encouraged to take AR tests over books assigned for class. Library books have the AR information written inside the front cover. All students have opportunities to take tests during SSR time every morning, after lunch daily (except Tuesdays), and during ELA Library time each week. Students may also take tests in their classroom when they have finished their class work. This means there is a MINIMUM of 2 opportunities per day up to a maximum of 10 times per day to take AR tests to make your goal!

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  • WGMS Grad Wins at IHSA Speech State Tournament

    2017 Speech State Champion: Congratulations Beckett Kenny for State Championship in Original Comedy! The Richwoods High School Speech Team are the IHSA 2017 Sectional Champions and competed at State. The Speech team has its highest state ranking in 30 years and sent 8 team members and 12 events to State! The Richwoods Speech Team took 1st place as a team at the Geneseo Sectionals on February 11th. The 2016-2017 Team consists of Adarius Blake(WGMS 2013), Beckett Kenney(2013), Maddy Morrow, John Marsh , Mary Sherman(2014), Lizzie Shearer(2014), Elizabeth Lindqwister(2013), Ginger Batton(2014), Darwin Brown(2015), Amberly Doll (2015), Marshall Ores(2015), Lily Mura(2015), Parker Johnson(2015), Ginger Batton(2014), Grace Blume, Cami Proctor(2016), Hannah Toniny(2014), Marc Fauntleroy(2015), Alex O'Shaughnessy(2015), Ariej Mohammed, Katie Henderson, Ellie Henderson, Raven Moore, Emily Antonacci, Darien Bachman, Becca Miller, Alaa Muhamed, Kiairi Mack, and others Great Job and Good Luck next year!

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  • Former Washington Student Honored at Lincoln Award Banquet

    Richwoods Senior and former Washington student, Elizabeth Lindqwister will be honored this Thursday, February 16th with the Lincoln Award at the Annual banquet for her leadership, community service and academic success. Great job Elizabeth, we are all so proud of you!

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  • Former Washington Students Compete in State Chess Tournament

    The Richwoods Chess Team, many of whom are former Washington students, advanced to the 7th and final round at State Chess Tournament at the Peoria Civic Center just coming up short of a top 5 finish. Great job everyone: Gus Jennetten(2013), Lawrence Liu(2013), Arpit Sahoo(2013), Hamanth Vanamala, Evan Robertson-Brown, Janindu Bopearatchy, Craig Barch(2013), Sid Saxena(2015), Andrew VanBuskirk(2015), Ben VanBuskirk(2015), Abe Saxena(2015), and Spencer Alphonso(2015)!

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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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  • 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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  • Guest Speaker February 6

    On February 6, Jefferson Award for Public Service honoree Greg Forbes Siegman will be hosting a Writing Workshop for our 7th and 8th graders. He will talk with our students about his dual interests (service and writing) and engage them in some service-related writing activities. The event is sponsored by our PTO. Greg is co-author of The Silhouette Man.

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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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  • Math Competition Stars

    The Washington students did an amazing job at the Math competition on Jan 14th! 6th grade won 1st team place, 8th grade won 1st place, 5th grade on 2nd , 7th won 2nd Savannah Maughn was the top 6th grader and Beth Kleimenhagen was the top 8th grader. Thanks to Mrs. Klungseth who guided the students all day!! Great job, Wildcats!!!

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  • Exploratories Are Back!

    Students are learning fun skills in our monthly Exploratory Classes at Washington Gifted Middle School. In the High Altitude Balloon Launch Project, students will learn what near space is and how it impacts a high altitude balloon. Students will build and launch a near space payload that includes student designed and constructed experiments. The students will also learn the basic steps in preparing for, launching and tracking a high altitude balloon using amateur (ham) radio and the internet. Science offers a wide-ranging science track where topics include Forensics, Real-World Chemistry, Planes, Pop Bottle Rockets, Science Communication, and more! Students in Writing & Reporting for Social Media will learn about the different social media platforms used to report the news and how to write for each one. Students will learn how to write in ways that: get to the point quickly, keep it brief, use images, and how to use tone. We'll discuss the role of ethics in deciding what to write, and when it is OK to give your opinion and when it is not. In Awesome Archery, students learn about the history and rules of archery. We learn all about the parts of the equipment, types of archery, and learn to shoot a bow! Photography and the Art of seeing - This class not only teaches you how to see artistically but also how to capture what you see photographically. Early Education- Do you love children and have an interest in helping them learn? Create lessons and interact with early education students at Valeska Hinton School. 3-D Art – Students learn about different types of 3-D Art, including Glass Blowing, Koons Balloon Animals & paper mache, clay, and more. Students will also explore other artists’ creativity with a field trip to Sculpture Walk Peoria. We also have: Yoga, Breadmaking, Money 101, Historical Events Captured in Song, All Things Automotive, Table-Top Role Playing, Chess, Survival Skills, Tumbling, Oil Painting, Running/BodyWeight Workouts, Knitting...

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  • Thank You Veterans and Active Duty Military!

    On Thursday, November 10th, Washington Gifted was honored to listen to several veteran and active duty military members speak to students in small groups. They spoke about what is was like to serve and why they chose to do so, as well as when and where they traveled in the military service. Please ask your student(s) what they heard about today and celebrate the veterans in your life!

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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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