We will not have school April 15-22 for Spring Break. What awesome plans do you have?
We will come back refreshed and ready to learn on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:30am.
Since you finished all your books over break, we will have the Book Fair Wednesday, April 24 to Monday, April 29. It's even open on Saturday during the play!
Bring your Library Card on April 25th to check out at the Bookmobile during lunch recess!
Progress reports are coming to you Friday, April 26th.
April 25, 26, and 27th is the Spring Musical. Come see our talented students at 6:30pm on the 25th and 26th and at 2:30 on the 27th.
Come learn more about Summitt Learning on Monday April 29th at 6:30pm in the gym. Parents of incoming 5th grade and next years' 6th grade students can hear what the district plans for the 2019-2020 school year.
All incoming Washington 5th grade parents and current 5th(soon to be 6th!) grade parents are invited to a Summit Learning informational meeting on Monday evening 4/29/2019 at 6:30 PM in the Washington gym. An overview of Summit Learning will be presented and an opportunity for questions will be available. The current proposal is for the Summit program to involve 5th and 6th grade students at Washington beginning with the 2019-20 school year. Summit Learning is a program centered on 3 student outcomes: Cognitive Skills, Content Knowledge, and Habits of Success. There are three components to this program: Mentoring, Projects, and Self-Direction. The program is standards based and involves technology to allow students to achieve these goals. Hope to see you on April 29th!
Enjoy your Spring Break and finish up all of your books, because the Spring Book Fair begins Wednesday, April 24th and runs through end of day Monday, April 29th. It will even be available on Saturday during the play! We will have tons of books, series, graphic novels, and even grown-up books for the family members that come. Thanks for supporting READING and your Washington PTO!
Last week, Kenneth McConnell-Lewis, a Washington GMS student, attended the National NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) conference in Detroit, Michigan. At the conference he participated in the innovation explorer competition. He wrote a paper, created a poster and presented his project. Kenneth earned 1st place in best abstract, best poster AND best overall for the middle school division. We are so proud of you, Kenneth! Way to go!
Methodist College's Learn and Serve Camp combines fun, hands-on learning experiences in science and healthcare with real life community service projects. The camp features upper level Methodist College Nursing students as the camp leaders who help design and deliver the curriculum. This is a unique opportunity for your child to spend a week learning while lending a hand in the community! Cost: $125. July 8-12: Incoming 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th graders; July 15-19: Incoming 7th, 8th & 9th graders. For more information or to register, visit: www.methodistcol.edu/learn-and-serve-camp
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.
A meeting for all new students and their parents/guardians will take place May 7th. Informational packets will be handed out in the foyer before the program. Parents and students see a presentation about Washington, meet the principal, Dave Poehls, and staff members. New students split into small groups for a tour of the school and get-to-know-each-other time. Current Washington students head up the student groups in order to answer questions. Parents remain in the gym to learn more about gifted students and the gifted program here at Washington.
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.
Parents, please click here to see the Health Education schedule. Note as well when students will be visiting Hult versus students viewing a presentation at Washington. If parents choose to opt their student(s) out of a particular lesson, or out of all lessons, please let the Nurse know as soon as possible, so that we can make arrangements for that student.
On March 26, 2019, Peoria's own Blank Stairs will open for lovelytheband at the Monarch Music Hall 8102 N University St, Peoria. This is part of lovelytheband's finding it hard to smile tour. The Blank Stairs are a rock band consisting of 5 high school students from Central Illinois playing an awesome mix of pop and rock tunes. Cami Proctor is a singer/preformer in the Blank Stairs and went to Washington for all four middle school years, participating in Speech, Drama, and more. She is now in high school at Richwoods. The Blank Stairs performed at Washington this year and we were all really impressed!
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!
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.
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Kindergarten Roundup at the Peoria Zoo
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Parent Teacher Advisory Committee Meeting
6:30 PM Fine Arts Night
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM PPS Foundation Appreciation Reception
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 8th Grade Dance
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM PTO Meeting
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Building Committee Meeting
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Policy Committee Meeting