NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. During the week of February 26th – March 2nd, to acknowledge Read across America Day and to encourage reading, schools will devote time to independent reading and students will take Accelerated Reader (AR) tests. The primary & middle school with the highest percentage of the student body that takes and passes an AR test with 85% or higher accuracy will win the 3rd annual Peoria Public Schools Read across America Traveling Plaque.
Washington is the first school in Illinois, and the 9th school in the U.S. to achieve Gold Level this school year! After our school signed up our Mathcounts team for the competition season, we were able to start working for our Silver and Gold Level due mainly to the high level of participation this year. Our Mathcounts team has had an average attendance of 20-25 students during most of the weekly practices. After 5 weeks of high attendance, Mrs Klungseth sent her attendance stats into the National Math Club and we were awarded Silver Level. To achieve Gold level this year, the project was creating math games. Students created 2 games and sent them in to Mathcounts with our club information. Washington has officially been awarded Gold Level! This is all because of the kids' dedication in coming and practicing their skills each week. WE ARE SO PROUD OF WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED!
Families, join us for the Washington Gifted School PTO presents: Brown Bag Dinner Theater, an extravaganza of amazing student talent on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 5:30-7:00pm. Talent show starts at 6:00pm. The Brown Bag Dinner provided by Cracked Pepper Catering - $6.00 in advance per person ($25 max for families) $7.00 at the door ($30 max for families) - Student council will be selling drinks- Destination Imagination will be selling desserts. Please clip reservation and return to the office by Friday, February 23rd
Twenty schools participated in this year’s Young Authors’ Program. There were over 2000 manuscripts completed this year representing the work of students in grades K-8. Of these manuscripts, 110 manuscripts were submitted for district level judging. The top 4 district level winners are invited to represent Peoria Public Schools at the statewide Young Authors’ conference on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Normal Community West High School. All students will be honored at an upcoming school board meeting. Washington's own Hiruni Bopearatchy is one of these great authors! Congrats Hiruni and thanks to everyone that participated. We are proud of all of you!
The following students participated in the Spelling Bee on January 30th. 501- Katie Kamasaki and Zachary Gilbert Alternate: Evie Bell 502- Olivia Hauri and Lily Carmack Alternate: Jackson Andrews 503- Kru Morgan and Kaleb Garza Alternate: Samiyah Duren 601- Kirsten Polk and Dylan Carignan Alternate: Brooklyn Clifford 602- Isabella Hauri and Marissa Campbell Alternate: Nakiyah Blade 603- Ryne Waller and Laura Zaborowski Alternate: Lilia Eldarazi 701- Lilyhan Liao and Mahir Siddiqui Alternate: Connor McDonald 702- Sean Lewis and Jackson Swearingen Alternate: Brianna Jackson 703- Mckenna Shilevinatz and Samantha Ryan Alternate: Zenon Rule 801- Urja Chakraborty and Neeti Reddy Alternate: Riley Millard 802- Lotus Gilinsky and Riley Smith Alternate: Ben Keogel 803- Levi Swisher and Grant Kelly Alternate: Jason Khoury
Students that read 12 Rebecca Caudill 2018 books and pass the AR quizzes will receive 1 "out of uniform" pass. Washington's Library has most of the books on the list, and is working on getting the rest. Peoria Public Libraries also have multiple copies of all 2018 Rebecca Caudill books: The Book Scavenger, Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina, Awkward, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Hour of the Bees, I Will Always Write Back, Full Cicada Moon, House Arrest, Roller Girl, Listen, Slowly, The Boy on the Wooden Box, A Night Divided, The Seventh Most Important Thing, I Am Princess X , Fuzzy Mud, Orbiting Jupiter, Beneath, Goodbye Stranger, The Bitter Side of Sweet, Last in a Long Line of Rebels. If students read all 20 books and pass the quizzes, they will receive an extra award prize. Contest ends March 1st, so get reading!
Over the Winter Break, Peoria Public Schools competed to see which school could read the most. Students took AR tests the week of Jan 8-12 and now the results are in. Washington has a lot of great readers! The following students will be recognized at an upcoming BOE meeting. These students were the top ten point earners for their entire school level during the winter reading contest. Lauren E 170 points, Ilana 93 points, Kirsten 83, Eleanor 68, Hiruni 62, Jack 49, Monica 47, Katherine D 45, Marissa 45, Katrina 44. Great job readers!
Quarter 3 AR goal is once again set at 40 points. That is 1 Harry Potter, 9 Lemony Snicket, or 40 graphic novel quizzes to pass. Don't forget that classroom novels count! Ilana in 5th grade has 253.5 points for 3rd Quarter. Will L in 6th grade has 144.2 points. In 7th Jack has 49 points for 3rd Quarter, while Lauren in 8th has 202.2 points. Keep up the great work everyone!
Washington Gifted Middle School students competed in the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Speech Tournament in November. Two WGMS student teams and two individual students earned Judges Choice Awards. Riley Millard and Sarah Allen both won for their solo performances. Samantha Campbell and Vaisnavi Malipeddi won for their duet, Anybody Want My Sister…Again. Kelsey Hayes, Neve Kelly, Riley Millard, Liz Setti and Grace Therkildsen won the Team Improv Judges Choice Award. WGMS speech coach Kelly Nelson explains that the improvisation speech event is particularly challenging because students are not given a title or subject in advance. The team must improvise three different speeches from judges’ prompts. “Students must really think on the spot,” says Nelson. About two dozen WGMS students participated in the speech tournament.
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...
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.
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.
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!
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Brown Bag Dinner Theater
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PTO Council Meeting
6:30 PM Lorado Taft Parent Meeting
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Town Meeting in Cafeteria