• It is Red Ribbon Week/Spirit Week! Thursday is Twin Day--Match your bestie!
    On SIP 1/2 day for students October 26th, students will be dismissed at 10:30am. 
    8th graders will go to Springdale Cemetery on Oct 27th, 9am to 1pm.
    There is an IB informational meeting for parents of applicants at Richwoods on Oct 27th at 6pm.
    The DI Teams will sell cinnamon rolls after school Friday, Oct 28th.
    Grandparents Day reservations are due Friday, October 28th.
    Students in Grades K-6 can check out the Halloween Knight event at RHS on Fri., 10/28. 6:30-8:30 p.m. for the price of 7 canned goods or 7 items of clothing.
    The PBIS Store will be open during lunch on Oct 28th.
    Attendance Counts! Every student, every class, every day! WGMS is striving for 100% attendance every day!
    Don't forget to show your voucher for the PTO Chili’s Give Back Program through November 15th.
    Please email photos from the Help-a-thon, Parties, Cheerleading, or other events to They may be featured on the website or in the yearbook.
    Are you excited for the Fall Parties on October 31st? 5th and 6th will have parties in Homeroom, 7th and 8th will have a dance in the gym.
    Grandparents Day reservations are due in the officeat the end of the month. Don't be left out! Forms are available in the school office.
    We can still use some volunteers for the Book Fair! Please contact Mrs Scuffham to sign up. 
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Headlines & Features

  • Proposed school facilities sales tax for building improvements

    On Tuesday, November 8, Peoria county voters will consider whether to support the Peoria County School Facilities Sales Tax. If approved by voters, the ½% sales tax would generate $9 million annually to be shared among all Peoria County public school districts, based on enrollment. The Peoria Public Schools would receive approximately $4.2 million annually. The revenue is to be used specifically for school building improvements. The Peoria Public Schools building and grounds staff has assessed the needs of each building in the District. Here is the plan for Washington Gifted Middle School.

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    The Student Council is sponsoring Red Ribbon Spirit Week, Monday is Fandom Day, Tuesday is Picture Day, Wednesday is Pajama Day, Thursday is Twin Day, 10/28 is Formal FriDay. Remember--No jeans, and all clothing must be appropriate!

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  • Washington Help-a-Thon

    This Saturday, dozens of Washington students and parents gathered again for breakfast before spreading out around Peoria to complete community service. If you were unable to attend the Help-a-thon this past Saturday, a service opportunity has been arranged for November 12th, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Depending on the number of participants that we get, we may break this into two shifts. Please contact Lesley Green, with any questions and to sign up, at 309-231-8682 or JKLGREEN06@GMAIL.COM. This is part of the school’s fundraiser. 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. We are sure that this year will be an even bigger success!

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  • Study Skills for the New Quarter

    Many of our students have never had to really study before, however, this 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. Here are some ideas and strategies to help students learn more.

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  • Grandparents Day is November 22nd

    Grandparents’ Day will be held at Washington Middle School on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 9am-10:30am. It is always a wonderful experience to meet grandparents and special people in the children’s lives, so we always enjoy this special day in our school! Tuesday, 9:00-10:30 a.m. breakfast will be served, Band and Orchestra play, the Book Fair is open, and grandparents are able to purchase photos taken by Builder's Club to commemorate the day. We feel that the time factor is a good one for our guests as they spent personal time with their grandchildren and enjoy entertainment offered by our talented students as opposed to only visiting classrooms.

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  • Former Washington students named semifinalists, commended students by National Merit

    Three Richwoods High School students, Joshua Boyle, Gustav Jennetten and Julianna Rees, have been named Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among the 16,000 students nationally who have the opportunity to qualify as finalists in the National Merit scholarship awards. In addition, Elizabeth Lindqwister, Landen Sale and Lori Workman have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the PSAT/NMSQT in 2015. All of these students were Washington Gifted students in middle school!

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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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  • Washington Gifted Among Schools Recognized for 5Essentials Results

    Congratulations to several 5Essential leading schools for receiving ratings of Well-Organized from the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. For 2015-2016, Kellar Primary School, Mark Bills Middle School, Rolling Acres Middle School, and Washington Gifted Middle School each received 5 stars meaning they are a well-organized school. Research shows that schools strong on the five essentials are ten times more likely to improve student learning than schools weak on the five essentials. The five essentials are: effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment, and ambitious instruction. Results of the survey will be part of the Illinois State Report Card when it is released by the State later this fall.

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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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  • 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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