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Week of April 17, 2017

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The REMARKABLE Times is a weekly publication of Peoria Public Schools highlighting news, events and celebrations throughout the District. The first publication was emailed and posted to the web on November 5, 2010. Each Tuesday, The REMARKABLE Times is sent to staff, parents and community members, reviewing the events of the previous week and preparing you for another remarkable week ahead.
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  • Peoria one of 10 Illinois districts to pilot Compentency-Based Education

    To support its vision of “taking pride in educating and graduating each student prepared and inspired to contribute to the world,” Peoria Public Schools is preparing to reimagine high school by developing a Competency-Based Education (CBE) Pilot program. As announced by Illinois State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. this week at Manual Academy, ten school districts, including the Peoria Public Schools, were selected to participate in the first cohort of Illinois’ Competency-Based High School Graduation Requirements Pilot Program.

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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. 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.

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  • Parent University heads to Peoria Riverfront Museum, April 22

    The final Parent University of the 2016-2017 year will be held Thursday, April 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. The host schools are Rolling Acres Middle School and Hines Primary School. Don't miss the evening of family fun!

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  • Kindergarten Transition Fair, April 22

    If your student will be entering kindergarten in August 2017, don't miss the Kindergarten Transition Fair, Saturday April 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodruff Career and Technical Center (WCTC), 1800 N.E. Perry.

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  • Boundary waiver applications now available for the 2017-2018 school year

    Each year, Peoria Public Schools families have the opportunity to apply for consideration of a special placement in a school other than the school(s) assigned to the family's home address. The boundary waiver application opened on April 7, 2017 and will close on Friday, May 11, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. You can access the application and more information about the process by visiting

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  • Peoria Public Schools offers free open enrollment summer school for all grade levels

    The Peoria Public Schools will offer summer school Monday - Thursday for all grade levels through much of June and July this summer. Each program will feature academic instruction from 8:45 a.m. until noon, recreational activities from 12:30 until 4 p.m., and will serve free breakfast and lunch. The programs are free of charge for District students and, with the exception of the accelerated algebra program for students currently in grade seven, there are no enrollment limits. Students must participate in the morning academic portion to be eligible for the afternoon recreational activities. Programs will primarily be held at Glen Oak Community Learning Center, Harrison Community Learning Center and Thomas Jefferson Primary School. High school credit recovery programs will be held at Peoria High School and the Knoxville Center for Student Success.

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  • STEM bootcamp for high school girls, Saturday, April 22

    Young women in grades 9 – 12 can learn about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at a bootcamp hosted by the Central Illinois chapter of The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the University of Illinois Extension. The intensive bootcamp will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Olin Hall at Bradley University. Cost for the bootcamp is just $5 and includes lunch, a snack and supplies.

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  • U.S. Naval Academy high school summer camp

    The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland hosts a six-day Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for high school students. Campers live in academy dorms, have meals in the dining hall and engage in hands-on math and science activities with Naval Academy faculty and midshipmen. The six-day camp includes a day trip to the Simthsonian in Washington D.C. and great evening activities including a performance by the U.S. Navy Band.

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  • Those Who Excel nominations due April 21

    The nomination packet for the 2017 Those Who Excel awards including the Donald M. Phares Excellence in Education Award is available. The nomination deadline is Friday, April 21, 2017.

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  • Hiring events for job-hunting teens

    Goodwill is hosting two events to help job-hunting teens and young adults. A resume workshop on Wednesday, April 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. will help job-hunters write a resume and prepare for job interviews.

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  • Solve Peoria's most pressing issue: Alpha Phi Alpha essay contest

    What is the Peoria community's most pressing issue and how would you propose to resolve this issue? The Golden Torch Foundation and the men of the Peoria Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. announces its annual essay contest for high school students. The contest awards academic achievement while promoting elevated thought on social, intellectual and economic issues in our every day lives.

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  • CIGHA Presents "Try Girls Hockey for Free"

    Central Illinois Girls Hockey Association is a new all girls hockey organization in Central Illinois. The 501c3 non-profit is for girls 19 and under and provides the opportunity to play the sport of hockey. The organization's next function is "Try Girls Hockey for Free" on April 29th in Bloomington.

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  • Morton Square Soccer program seeks volunteers, coaches

    First United Methodist Church is seeking coaches for its Summer Morton Square Soccer program. Now in its 18th year, the 10-week program meets on Tuesdays and draws over 200 children and their families and friends. This all-volunteer effort provides children with soccer, a weekly bible verse, snacks and a loving environment.

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  • Peoria Public Library offers live homework help

    The Peoria Public Library offers free live online homework help every weekday from 3 to 10 p.m. Just log in with your Peoria Public Library card.

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  • Nominate your child's amazing teacher

    Recognize them for their accomplishments by entering a short essay about them and why they've made a difference. Nominating is as easy as 1-2-3! 1. Register or login 2. Fill out the registration form 3. Fill out the submission form and submit it. There will be a monthly winner chosen by a panel.Visit to submit your nomination!

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