• Who is coming to see us at Backpack Peoria on Saturday, July 30th at the Dream Center from 9am to 1pm? We'll be there, ready to answer your questions!
    Reading is a skill, and the more you use it, the better you will be at it! Get ready for Washington's Sustained Silent Reading time every day in Homeroom by picking up a book today!
    Please schedule Doctor and Dentist appointments during the summer, so as not to disrupt the school year. Make sure to get your Sports Physical when you get the School Physical, so that students are ready for anything.
    Keep yourself active but cool by hiking the shaded trails at Forest Park, walking or riding the Rock Island Trail to Junction City or the ice cream shop in the Heights, or catching a cool breeze off the Illinois River down at the Riverfront. Maybe you will find a few Pokemon on your walks as well!
    Online Enrollment for all District 150 students opens July 25th and closes August 16th. Please make sure to fill out all forms. Instructions are available in our 'Virtual Backpack.'
    July is National Ice Cream Month! Take a walk up to your neighborhood ice cream shop or maybe you can make your own with online directions.
    Make sure to let the Washington Librarian know that you participated in the Peoria Public Library's 'Summer Reading, We Dig It!' program when you see her the first week of school!
    The PPL North Branch will have a Harry Potter Party on July 31, 1-4pm, to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
    Our school supply list was given to all students and is also available under the Students & Parents tab. 
    Our next newsletter will be uploaded on August 19th. If you would like to submit an article, email it to by 11am on Tuesday, August 16th.
    See you back at 7:30am on August 17th, the 1st day of school, bright-eyed and ready to learn!
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Headlines & Features

  • Online Enrollment Verification Begins July 25th

    Online student registration can be completed through the online enrollment verification process starting July 25, 2016 by logging on to Skyward Family Access and clicking on the Enrollment Verification link. A school may request a current proof of address, if needed. Families can also speak to a district or school staff member regarding any questions the family may have. Laptops will be available at each hub for families that need computer access to complete enrollment verification. The Peoria Public Library will also have computers available at its branches for parents to complete online enrollment. Registration Hubs will be open @ Richwoods, Peoria High, Manual, Lincoln K-8 and Peoria/City County Health Department for those who cannot register online elsewhere. Click here for detailed directions and for dates

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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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  • Switch to 1st day compliance requirements for 2016-2017

    Students not in health documentation compliance by the first day of school (August 17, 2016), will not be allowed to start the school year until all requirements are met. Families are strongly encouraged to schedule health appointments now, so that documentation can be prepared and turned in to your school, avoiding first day compliance issues.

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  • “Bigs & Littles Game Night” Makes for an Exciting Evening at Washington

    "Bigs and Littles" is a mentoring program designed to help 5th graders ease into the rigors of middle school life and help all new students feel welcome here at Washington. Click this headline for more about this fun event!

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  • District Fees

    All fees incurred for the current school year (2016-17) must be submitted. This is includes the Textbook Fee ($55.00) and the School Planner Fee ($6.00). Textbook Fees can be paid online. If paying by check, please make your check out to “Board of Education”. Planner fees cannot be made online. Please send cash or a check made out to “Washington School” to the office. Students must be in good standing in order to participate in the All-School Field Trips, 8th Grade Honors Ceremony, and the All-School Carnival. Please call the school office if you have questions.

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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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  • 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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  • Former Washington Students Named Illinois State Scholars

    65 members of the Peoria Public Schools Class of 2016 have been named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The State Scholar program recognizes high school seniors based on a combination of ACT or SAT scores and a percentile class rank. In any academic year, only about 10 percent of Illinois high school graduates are named State Scholars. This year, two Manual Academy seniors, two Peoria High School seniors and 61 Richwoods High School seniors were honored. Many were students at Washington Gifted. Congratulations!

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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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  • 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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  • Meet our Adopt-A-School Partners!

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  • Congratulations from Peoria Public Library

    The numbers have been totaled up and we have our school winners for the 2015 Peoria Public Library Summer Reading Program! Elementary school – Charter Oak – 43 students; Middle school – Washington Gifted – 21 students; High school – Manual – 21 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 Yohan B, Sean B, Aidan D, Audrey D, Lauren E, Michael F, Logan G, Leah G, Brianna and Maleah H, Mia J, Liliyhan L, Flynn R, Destiny R, Fatema S, Abbie S, Madi T, Aditi and Harshith T, John T, and Bella W!

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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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  • Washington Entrepreneurs Pitch Products to CGN Global Investors

    In a scenario similar to reality TV show Shark Tank, 19 teams of Washington Gifted Middle School 8th grade students will present their Capstone Projects to engineers from CGN Global, Monday, October 5 from 8:45 to 11 a.m. at the school, 3706 N. Grand Blvd. in Peoria. Each entrepreneurial team has spent five weeks researching and designing their product – a study kit to market to high school students. “This is a great example of how a dynamic relationship between a school and an Adopt-A-School partner benefits students and the community,” explains Principal David Poehls. Students were required to stay within a $25 per unit price point, and working with CGN Global engineers, researched the many details required to bring a product to market, including product design, manufacturing, supply chain components, consumer needs, and supply and demand. In the final step of the project, each student team will pitch its product to a team CGN Global engineers, the “shark” investors. Parents, family members and community members are welcome to watch the presentations. CGN Global is one of three active Adopt-A-School partnerships at Washington. The school also has projects underway with Dewberry and Associates and Illinois American Water. Science/STEM teacher Robert Weinrich has served as liaison for the Capstone project.

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