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  • Congratulations to Rachel Lard and Katie Hancock, our 2017-2018 Student Body President and Vice President!
    CORRECTION: Progress Reports and Library Overdue Notices will be sent home with students on Tuesday, April 25th.
    The Drama Club will hold a uniform buy-out on Wednesday for $3. No jeans, please!
    Richwood Cheer Tryouts (for current 8th grade girls and boys) will be held at Richwoods, April 24-25, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
    Tech Week for the musical is April 24 - 28. 
    5th Grade Field Trip to the Riverfront Musuem will be April 25th, 9am-1pm.
    The 3D Art Exploratory Class will go on field trip to the Sculpture Walk on Thursday, 11:45-1:30 p.m.
    Selected students will attend the Global Leadership Summit at Peoria Academy on Fri., 4/28, 8:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    8th grade students will tour WCTC on April 26th, 12-1:30pm
    Come see our stars at Washington's Spring Musical, Spamalot, Thursday, April 27th and Friday, April 28th at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no charge for admission, however, donations are encouraged. 
    The 8th Grade Honors Activity Fee packets were handed out after spring break. Planner fees of $6 are still owed by some students, please remit to the office. Library fines should be given to Ms Brown.
    All 6th graders are required to turn in their dental examination by May 15, 2017. The exam must be dated November 15, 2015, or later. 
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Headlines & Features

  • April 7th 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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  • Young Authors' Winners Announced

    Nearly 2,000 Peoria Public School kindergarten through 4th grade students from 20 schools participated in the 2016-2017 Young Authors’ program. 120 manuscripts were submitted for District judging. Here at Washington, Isabelle M won in her grade range. We are all so proud! The student-authors who won top four Overall District Winning Manuscripts will be honored at the Illinois Young Authors’ conference on Saturday, May 20 at Illinois State University. Overall winners, honorable mentions winners and winners in the most meaningfully illustrated categories will also be honored at the April 24 Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to this year’s Young Authors!

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  • WGMS 8th graders present Supply Chain capstone project, modeled on Shark Tank

    Washington Gifted Middle School 8th grade students presented their Supply Chain capstone project this week, the culmination of a six-lesson program presented by CGN consultants to teach students about how businesses coordinate the materials, manufacturing and distribution of a product. The project is modeled on the critically acclaimed reality show Shark Tank.

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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fourth Quarter AR Goal

    Students and parents, the 4th Quarter is halfway 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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