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  • Introducing "The District" Youth Basketball Experience for PPS 3rd and 4th graders

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  • Lindbergh students, staff welcome Charley, the school dog

    Peoria Public School building administrators have numerous resources to facilitate Social Emotional Learning (SEL). At Lindbergh Middle School, one SEL resource is a wiggly, friendly 17-week-old bernedoodle with soft black fur named Charley. A mix of Bernese mountain dog and poodle, she still requires many months of training but already Charley has endeared herself to Lindbergh students, staff and families.

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  • Lincoln K-8 creates a culture of reading

    During the 2018-2019 school year, Lincoln K-8 students and staff achieved a reading revolution, led by library manager Mollie Borquist. In awarding Borquist the Remarkable Spirit award in May, assistant principal Michelle Cruz cited an impressive statistic: in May 2018, 315 Lincoln K-8 students had not taken an Accelerated Reader (AR) test during the school year. By the last week of school in May 2019, every Lincoln K-8 student had taken and passed at least one AR test.

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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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Superintendent's Blog

  • A.J. Guyton leading the charge for K-4 athletics at Peoria Public Schools

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 8/30/2019

    In mid-July, A.J. Guyton joined Peoria Public Schools as the district’s K-8 Director of Athletics.


    This is a tremendous addition to our team. A.J.’s specific focus as he gets started is to bolster our athletics at the K-4 level. Under his direction, primary and middle school students in our district will have a menu of athletic opportunities starting at a young age.


    Guyton graduated from Peoria High School and had a decorated high school basketball career there before going on to play basketball at Indiana University under coach Bob Knight. Since his collegiate days, he has traveled the world during a professional basketball career before serving in several coaching capacities. He was also the diversity and retention coordinator for Illinois Central College. 


    As an educator and a one-time soccer-parent, I have observed how enormously valuable participating in athletics can be to young students. Participating in sports gives young students a way to develop social skills, teamwork, communication skills and cooperation. Practicing to master skills teaches self-discipline and boosts self-confidence.


    And since we’re on the topic of athletics, our fall sports schedule is already underway. On the high school level, boys football, soccer and golf; girls swimming, volleyball and tennis, and co-ed cross country teams are competing almost every day. Students notice and appreciate when adults attend their games and matches. We invite you to take the time to support our student-athletes!



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  • 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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