Meet your friends at Portillo's on March 20th 4-8pm for the WGMS Fundraiser! Show the cashier this flyer to give us credit.
8th grade students and parents, this Thursday March 21st at 6:30PM, we have the mandatory PARENT and student meeting, where we go over everything you need to know!
Make plans to attend Parent University on Thursday, March 21 at the downtown Peoria Public Library.
8th grade will be away at Lorado Taft Field School March 25-29.
Conferences are March 27 & 28, 4-7pm. Parents are encouraged to come see what their students have been accomplishing and see how proud our teachers are of them!
Bring your Library Card on March 28th to check out at the Bookmobile during lunch recess!
No School March 29th - have a great 3 day weekend!
Please help us show our teachers how much we appreciate their hard work! The PTO is hosting dinner during the parent teacher conferences on Wednesday 3/27 and Thursday 3/28. Items may be dropped off by 1:00 pm each day in the teacher's lounge. Wednesday will be will be a nacho/taco bar and Thursday will be a salad bar. There will be a separate sign up for each day. If you would like to bring something that is not listed, please feel free to do so! Wednesday link - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f44a5ae22a2fe3-ptconferences Thursday link - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f44a5ae22a2fe3-ptconferences1
In the event of inclement weather or emergency situation, Peoria Public Schools has put into effect "Learning Anywhere and Anytime". Students were sent home with letters explaining the process in January 2019. Please emphasize with your student the need to complete assigned work from teachers, whether through teacher websites, learning log, assignment notes, packets, or tasks that every teacher gives to students. These assignments are required to be turned in to each teacher in advance or upon return to school in order to count towards attendance. If work is not turned in, the dates will count as an absence. If you do not have internet access these days, written work is sufficient. Teachers are available on-line between 9:00-2:30 for any clarification or assistance needed. Students who do not check in electronically or do not return their learning logs will be counted as absent. Please click for detailed information.
Don't miss Peoria Public Schools Parent University, Thursday, March 21, 5 - 8 p.m. at the Peoria Public Library, Main and Monroe in downtown Peoria.
The 4th annual contest for Read Across America week was Feb. 25 - March 8. To acknowledge Read across America Day, March 2, and to encourage reading, schools devoted time to independent reading and students took Accelerated Reader (AR) tests. Washington had a 82.2% Participation Rate. Every building ended the week with at 70% participation of higher! The top three point earners for their entire building were recognized. This is the final list of Washington students who hold the top places in our building for points earned during our Read Across America contest: Abby R, Michael V, Melissa C, Yordai C, Charles P, Daniel J, and Brianna J. These top point earners were recognized on Monday, March 11 at the BOE meeting. Congratulations to all buildings and students - there was great participation in the contest this year!
Our own 5th grade student Wendye Roman is a finalist in the District Future Chef competition this Saturday at Lincoln School at 8:30AM. She is preparing Fiesta Fit Mexican food, a dish she designed to compete against other 5th graders . Good Luck, Wendye...we are hungry already!!
Registration opens March 1 for Bradley University’s World of Wonder (WOW) summer camp for gifted and talented students entering grades 1 – 8. Two one-week camps will be held at Bradley this summer: June 17 – 21 and July 29 – August 2. Taught by high-caliber licensed and certified teachers, WOW classes will provide a variety of challenging, hands-on courses in language arts, social sciences, literature, art, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Classes are designed to promote collaboration, higher-order thinking, and creativity. This is a challenging, hands-on – and fun summer program for gifted kids! For more information and to register, visit the World of Wonder website at https://www.bradley.edu/wow.
A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the Richwoods Swim and Dive Team, former Washington students, and your 2019 IHSA Sectional Champions. After their victory on Saturday 2/16, the Knights will also send 6 Swim and Divers to the IHSA State Finals: Blake Torrey, Jared Aviles(WGMS), Jacob Greenan, Zack Dollman, Yohan Bopearatchy(WGMS) and Daniel Matlock(WGMS). This is the first Swim Sectional Championship since 2001 and the first Conference Championship since 2003. Congratulations to the entire Swim Family. Congratulations once again to Lily Mura(WGMS) who represented the Knights at the IHSA State Speech Finals this past weekend!
Washington Gifted School 5th/6th grade teacher Betina Fleming won $1,000 for Curious? Research and Write On!! The grant money will be used to upgrade classroom technology so students can conduct research and process materials for written assignments.
We were honored to have many amazing visitors to our Honor Roll Banquet on Friday, January 18th. Superintendent Dr. Desmoulin-Kherat listened as former Washington students Natasha Abercrombie, Aiden Williams, Jacob Behm, Nadia Davis, Caden Reinhart, and Damiana Zaborowski played, along with former WGMS superstars Cami Proctor, Anna Glavin, and Claire Morrical. They are current members of the Richwoods Choir, Band and Jazz Ensemble that serenaded students with pieces from Les Miserables and Dear Evan Hansen. Caden even performed a piece that he composed based on the Legend of Zelda video games. Several other RHS students sang and played to entertain the students that made it on the Washington Honor Roll. We honored our First Semester Academic Excellence students with catered breakfast. Following breakfast, the students were entertained by members of the Richwoods High School fine arts programs. Thanks so much to the Washington PTO for their help, assistance, and sponsorship of this event.
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. After these times, students must enter or exit the building from the foyer near the Office. Students may not wait for rides at the Crossroads or outside, but instead need to stay in the foyer until they see their pick-up person or the Activity bus.
All special "College Colors, spiritwear, or uniform-free" day information will come from the principal. 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 from the handbook. The updated Dress Code will be effective beginning November 2017. Any violation of the code results in a referral to the principal. Repeated violations will warrant parent contact and loss of privilege/referrals. We have had a lot of confusion and questions about the jean policy at Washington and want to make the policy straightforward. Policy on jeans is as follow: - Jeans are not allowed to be worn at school with the following exceptions: individual picture days in fall and spring, spirit week and designated-free dress days. If in doubt, always clear with home room teacher or principal before jeans are worn. - On the days jeans are acceptable, absolutely no ripped jeans are to be worn. - If jeans are worn on a day that is not listed in exceptions above, students’ parents will be called to bring uniform pants, shorts, or skirt to school for student to change into. - If ripped jeans are worn any school day, parents will be called to bring uniform pants, shorts, or skirts to school for student to change into.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Building Committee Meeting
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Policy Committee Meeting
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM Parent University
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Parent-Teacher Conferences
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Parent-Teacher Conferences
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Parent Teacher Advisory Committee Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM PTO Meeting