• Attendance Counts! Every student, every class, every day! WGMS is striving for 100% attendance every day!
    Student council applications are due Thursday. Voting is Friday in Homerooms.
    Students interested in Dance Team should come learn the dances on Wednesday, Aug 24th and Friday, Aug 26th after school.
    Parents are encouraged to come to the first Parent University on August 25th, 5:30-8pm at the Lakeview Noble Center. Please sign in as a Washington parent to show how much our parents care!
    New Students: don't miss Big/Little Game Night on August 26th! We get to know each other and play games at Washington, 6-8pm. Students should eat dinner before they arrive.
    Back-to-school packets were given to ALL students on the first day of classes. Please read, sign, and return planner fees immediately.
    Planners were distributed to students last Friday. Please read over the Student Handbook inside, sign and return the signature page today. 
    Students have already started checking out Library books and taking AR tests. Ask your student what they are reading for SSR!
    The first Newsletter is now available! Find great info in our Newsletter here on the website under the 'Students & Parents' tab.
    Did you get the latest 'Sunday Night Call to Parents'? You can find it here on the website if you missed it, and please update us if you didn't receive the call or email.
    5th grade Band and Orchestra instrument trials will be during school.  
    Dance Team tryouts will be August 29th and 30th.
    Wear your College Colors shirt with uniform pants on Friday, Sept 2nd.


    Bring your pawprint tickets! The PBIS Store will be open during lunch on Sept 2nd.
    Spirit wear orders are due in the Office by Friday, September 2nd.
    Please schedule Doctor and Dentist appointments after school hours, so as not to disrupt the school day. Make sure to get the Sports Physical when you get the School Physical, so that students are ready for anything.
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Headlines & Features

  • “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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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