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District News

  • Lynne Costic appointed to the Peoria Public Schools Board of Education

    The Peoria Public Schools District 150 Board of Education has reached a consensus to fill the open District 2 seat, vacated on July 15th by Dr. Bob Davison Avilés.

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  • Hedy Elliott named Donald M. Phares Classroom Teacher of the Year

    Hedy Elliott, teacher at Lincoln K-8 School Within A School (SWS), has been named Peoria Public School 2019 Donald M. Phares Classroom Teacher of the Year, one of seven District Those Who Excel winners announced by Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat during an all-staff video presentation streamed this morning.

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  • Middle school STEM Saturdays starts September 7

    DAPCEP - a free Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program for Peoria Public School 5th - 8th grade students will run Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 7 through October 5. This is the third year the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) has brought its STEM program to Bradley University, the only DACPCEP program offered outside Michigan.

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  • PPS transportation introduces new communication options

    Peoria Public Schools Transportation Department is implementing two new communications options to help parents track students' bus information.

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  • Scouts give Whittier Outdoor Classroom an upgrade

    A group of Whittier alum, all members of West Peoria Scout Troop 11, spent today giving back to their primary school. The Whittier Primary School outdoor classroom, located across the street from the school, is being upgraded as Richwoods High School senior Alex O’Shaughnessy’s Eagle Scout project. Today the students, many of whom now attend Richwoods High School and Manual Academy, weeded and cleaned existing beds, planted a new butterfly garden, installed planter boxes, a weather station and picnic tables.

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  • PNC First Grant applications available for teachers

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  • Superintendent Kherat delivers State of the Schools address

    Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat presented the 2019 State of the Schools address to the Peoria Chamber of Commerce on May 1. The event, with over 250 guests attending, was sponsored by Commerce Bank. Reviewing successes of 2018-2019 and plans for 2019-2020, Kherat asked the audience to Reimagine school.

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Superintendent's Blog

  • Community partners combine efforts to encourage summer reading

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 8/23/2019 6:00:00 AM

    A variety of Peoria-area organizations came together this summer to work toward one of Peoria Public Schools’ primary goals – that students will read on or above grade level by third grade. Watching the collaboration and teamwork has been amazing.  


    On June 1st, over 1,200 people attended the Slide into Summer Reading kick-off celebration at Owens Center. With help and volunteers from Peoria Public Schools, the Peoria Public Library, Align Peoria and WTVP and many more community partners, the event helped families focus on the importance of encouraging students to read at least 20 minutes a day during summer break.


    About 650 PPS students participated in the Peoria Public Library Summer Reading program, with an overall increase of 36 percent participation above last year. Leading the district with the highest number of students participating were Kellar Primary School, with over 50 summer readers, and Washington Gifted Middle School, with over 40.


    In late May, Little Free Libraries were installed at 13 Peoria Public Schools, Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center and St. Paul Baptist Church as part of Align Peoria’s Read Peoria initiative. Key partners in the initiative are the Junior League of Peoria, the PPS Foundation, PNC and The Book Rack. The Little Free Libraries were stocked with books all summer, giving students and their families a steady source of free books to take, share and return. PPS teachers and school resource officers visited The Book Rack and read to students via social media.


    As the new school year picks up steam, we look forward to keeping up the reading momentum. We have so many opportunities for community partners to impact our kids inside and outside the classroom. If your business, non-profit organization, faith or civic group is not yet a Peoria Public Schools community partner, I invite you to join us in cultivating Peoria’s future leaders and citizens.


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  • Giving students a strong start to the school year

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 8/9/2019 8:00:00 AM

    A new school year is a fresh start. When students get excited about back-to-school, it’s often due to thoughts of new backpacks, shoes, notebooks and school supplies.


    Many Peoria Public School families struggle to provide school supplies and uniforms for their students. Each July, Peoria Public Schools and The Dream Center Peoria host Backpack Peoria to give students backpacks and school supplies.  This year over 1,750 families attended Backpack Peoria and organizers ran out of backpacks with additional families in line. The first 750 families received a voucher to cover part of the cost of a new school uniform from Sam Harris.  It was a great event but clearly there is an even greater need. 


    With that in mind, here are several more ways to help our students this month:


    • The Round Table, a project of Local 6099, collects personal hygiene, nonperishable food and new and gently-used clothing for Peoria Public School students. During the 2018-2019 school year, The Round Table gave to hundreds of Peoria Public School families. The Round Table has a “no questions asked” policy which can make the difference between a student asking for help or going without. Collection bins will be located at each PPS building on August 12 and 13 to collect donations from PPS staff members. Members of the public also can drop off donations during those two days, or anytime at Richwoods High School or the AFT-IFT office, 733 SW Washington St. in Peoria. There is a particularly great need for the following items:
      • Hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, bath soap/body wash, deodorants, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving items, feminine hygiene, brushes, pics, laundry detergent, dish soap.
      • Used but in good condition school uniforms and athletic shoes
      • New socks and underwear – all sizes.

    • Peoria Public Schools Stuff-A-Bus school supply drive continues through Monday, August 12. Donation drop-off bins are located at the Walmart stores on North University and Allen Rd., and in the center court at Northwoods Mall. In addition to community partners, Walmart and Northwoods Mall, we are grateful to Advanced Media Partners (WWCT 99.9, KISS-FM 98.5 and ESPNPeoria 101.1) for their support of the Stuff-A-Bus school supply drive.

    • Join us for a Back-to-School celebration at The Peoria Public Schools Foundation’s Brats & Brew, Friday, August 23, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peoria Riverfront Museum to raise money for school uniforms. Tickets are $40 and include a delicious brat from Alwan’s, two beers and Kitchen Cooked chips. Music provided by DJ4U. Event sponsors are Associated Bank, Mosquito Authority and the Peoria County Regional Office of Education.  For tickets go to
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