Official WGMS News

  • We love seeing all of our Grandparents at the Grandparents Day Brunch on Monday, November 20th, 9am-10:30am!
    Students will come to the PTO Scholastic Book Fair during ELA classes. Parents are welcome to send money with their students or to come purchase items during Grandparents Day. Please donate books to the school library, as well.
    The first Lorado Taft payment is due in the office for all 8th grade parents. 
    Picture Retakes will be 8am on November 21st.
    No School for Fall Break. Have a lovely extended weekend and we will see you on Monday! 
    Bring in money, non-perishable food, and other select items to donate for the student council Holiday Basket beginning November 28th.
    Wear your favorite college shirt for College Colors Day on Friday, December 1st.
    The 8th grade will have a pizza party to celebrate their work on the Supply Chain on December 1st.
    Don't forget to check out the Newsletter on the website.
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Headlines & Features

  • PTO Scholastic Book Fair is November 13-20!

    The PTO will sponsor the Scholastic Book Fair at Washington November 13-20. Students will visit the Book Fair during Language Arts Classes or they may visit during lunch recess. Thanks for supporting our school by purchasing or donating books! Students may bring money during the week or they may buy books during Conferences. Teachers and Staff will also have Wish List Books available if you would like to get books for your child's teachers or for the Library. Your purchasesduring the Fall Book Fair help fund the PTO's school projects, while the Spring Book Fair funds classroom book sets and helps buy books for the Washington Library. Thank you for your help!!

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  • Grandparents Day at Washington

    Grandparents’ Day was held at Washington Middle School on Monday, November 20, 2017, 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! On Monday, breakfast was served, Band and Orchestra play, the Book Fair was open, and grandparents were 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 enjoyed entertainment offered by our talented students as opposed to only visiting classrooms. It is also greatly appreciated if parent volunteers could also make sure the students are putting trash in the correct place, as our custodians are great people and we want to make sure they don’t have any extra work!

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  • November 9th 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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  • 8th Grade T-shirt Orders

    WGMS 8th Graders Only T- shirt Order Form *Order and Payment due NOVEMBER 15TH* - 2 Soft, Vintage-Style T-Shirt options available – Unisex or Ladies Fit - Sizing samples are available in the office to try on for size. · $20 per shirt. Payment MUST accompany order form - This will be the ONLY order placed! Click headline for order form

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  • 8th Graders Visit Springdale Cemetery

    The 8th grade class of Washington Gifted Middle School will go to Springdale Cemetery for an outdoor field class. As a cross-curricular trip, students complete learning projects with several subject areas. Assisted by Mike Rucker from Peoria Wilds, 8th graders help maintain the savannah restoration lands there. Students also make their own cemetery tour of prominent Peorians and use math to make a graph of average life expectancies. Though cold, the students enjoy learning more about Peoria history and lands in the beautiful historic cemetery.

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  • ISBE School Report Card Results

    Students at Washington Gifted Middle School once again performed better than the district and state average on the Illinois PARCC tests. While our results are lower than the previous year, Washington is still proud of our scores, and very excited that many of the other district schools had great gains on their PARCC scores! At Washington, 77% of students are considered Ready for the Next Level according to PARCC scores. Almost 90% of 8th grade students leaving WGMS are considered proficient in Algebra I skills. Let's make sure we are all learning and trying our best all year long!

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  • Dress Code Update

    We have reviewed our code, investigated other equivalent schools, received feedback, and assembled a panel of students, parents, staff, and teachers to update the Dress Code. Parents and students, please review the updated Dress Code given to students during WIN time Thursday, 11/9. The updated Dress Code will be effective beginning Monday, November 13th, 2017. Any violation of the code results in a referral to the principal. Repeated violations will warrant parent contact and loss of privilege/referrals. Hopefully, the updated code puts everyone on a consistent page and on to bigger and more productive things.

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  • WGMS Monthly Exploratory Fridays!

    Students learn fun skills in our monthly Exploratory Classes at Washington Gifted Middle School. In the High Altitude Balloon Launch Project, students learn what near space is and how it impacts a high altitude balloon. Students build and launch a near space payload that includes student designed and constructed experiments. The students also learn the basic steps in preparing for, launching and tracking a high altitude balloon using amateur (ham) radio and the internet. Science offers a wide-ranging science track where topics include Forensics, Real-World Chemistry, Planes, Pop Bottle Rockets, Science Communication, and more! Photography and the Art of seeing - This class not only teaches you how to see artistically but also how to capture what you see photographically. Early Education- Do you love children and have an interest in helping them learn? Create lessons and interact with early education students at Valeska Hinton School. We also have: Breadmaking, Table-Top Role Playing, Chess, Survival Skills, Oil Painting, Running/BodyWeight Workouts, Knitting...

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  • Saturday University offered to students in grades 3 and 6

    This month Peoria Public Schools introduces Saturday University, a new learning opportunity for third and sixth grade students to sharpen and strengthen math and reading skills. Beginning October 21 and meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on 20 Saturday mornings through April 14, Saturday University will be open to 100 students. The program will be held at Glen Oak Community Learning Center and bus transportation will be provided. Bradley University students and Caterpillar Inc. volunteers will work with students, as well as certified teachers and teacher aides. The program will include field trip opportunities, prizes and other incentives. Click on this story for the links to register and for the full list of program dates.

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  • Washington Help-a-Thon

    Dozens of Washington students and parents gather for breakfast before spreading out around Peoria to complete community service. 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. This year's 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.

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  • Washington Class of 1972

    On October 6th, Washington Gifted Middle School had some every special visitors - the Class of 1972! The group toured the 'new' building, since their class had still been at the building on Moss Avenue, and enjoyed refreshments in the Library while reminiscing about their days as Washington Wildcats. Our Principal, Dave Poehls, spoke about the current gifted program at Washington. The group presented Washington Gifted with a check for $1,972.

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  • Student Pick-up and Drop-off Guidelines

    7:05-7:30am and 2:00-2:40pm, CARS ARE NOT 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. Thank you for your cooperation in helping keep our students safe.

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  • IB Interviews at Richwoods

    Prospective IB Students: IB Interviews will be held December 13 & 14, 4-7pm at Richwoods. Interview schedules will be mailed/emailed to prospective IB students. Students should try to dress nicely during an IB interview.

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  • Remarkable Readers RECOGNITION

    On Monday, September 25, 2017, the district will recognize the participants of our summer Remarkable Readers program. The recognition will start with a Remarkable Readers Reception for the student and their family (and teacher/administrator) at the District Administration Building in Professional Learning Center Room 1. If you park on the north side of the building (not the Von Steuben side), you can walk behind the building (by the garage) and find the door to "entrance 6" open. Our room is right inside that door. · The reception begins at 5:45 p.m. · During the reception, cupcakes and punch will be available. · Each student present will receive a t-shirt. · A drawing was held by the Curriculum team, one for each grade level. The nine winners will receive gift cards. · At 6:25 p.m., everyone will make their way to the Board Room (down the hall) to be recognized during the Board of Education meeting. The recognition will occur at the beginning of the meeting, and families can leave after the “awards and recognition” segment is complete. This segment should be over between 7 and 7:15 p.m. Congrats to Carson for winning in the 7th Grade category!

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  • Congratulations from Peoria Public Library

    The numbers have been totaled up and we have our school winners for the 2017 Peoria Public Library Summer Reading Program! Washington Gifted had 44 students.  Representatives from the Peoria Public Library will take a picture of our participating students and are making a summer reading poster for our school! They will also bring some neat coupons for the kids who helped us win the middle school division of the Summer Reading Program. Great job Moises, Javen, Brianna, Maleah, Mia, Kiara, Lena, Kenneth, Alexi, Georgia, Theo, Destiny, Beth, True, Mackenzie, Monica, Hiruni, Nethmi, Aidan, Jasmine, Michael, Guy, Chase, Emily, Lilyhan, AJ, Kirsten, Nylah, Taurus, Bella, Ethan, Liv, Audrey, Henry, Lauren, Lilia, Fatema, Ibrahim, Victoria, Mia, Owen, William, Savannah, Brady, Adler, Kanye, Sofia, Phoenix, Amelia, and Hania.

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