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    School begins at 7:30am. Students can go to their lockers beginning at 7:15am and should be in their classrooms at 7:25am.
    Students should be in their seats and ready to learn at 7:30am. Doors will be shut at 7:30am. If a student is tardy, they must report to the office to sign in.
    Every week before school resumes, the principal sends out a message to keep parents and students up-to-date for the upcoming weeks' activities.
    Mr. Poehls' Weekly Call to Parents

    Good evening, everyone!  I hope you had a great three day weekend, and are ready for another full week( although 4 days!)


     Congratulations to the Washington Math Counts team, who placed third for the team event this past Saturday. There were 20 teams , and the Washington team won Most Improved!   Mahir Siddiqui also qualified in the top 16 in the countdown round!  Great job, Coach Venegas and the Washington Math Counts team!

     Washington took the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places in the 8th grade  ASCE Bridge building  contest Sunday as part of Engineering Day at the Riverfront Museum!  Great job, Wildcats!

     As we look to the  (now extended School year by three days)  end of the school year, some adjustments need to be made: I wanted to let you know as early as possible.

     The last day for students is now Tuesday May 28th ( that is the day after the Memorial day holiday)

    Therefore, 8th grade honors Night is now Thursday  May 23rd at 6:30 PM, the all School honors day is now at 8:00AM on Friday May 24th, and the Student council End of year carnival will be  held Tuesday May 28th, with dismissal at 1:30PM that day. Please make this change on your calendars.

    I apologize for any inconvenience due to these date changes, but thy are needed as the year extends. There were 6 total days of school this year, but due to the Learning Anywhere program, only the first three need to be made up.  Please let me know if you have any questions, and please mark your calendars. 

    Progress Report 3

    Due to technical difficulties, (two copying machines down!) progress reports will be sent home with students on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.  Please look for them tomorrow and let me know if you did not receive one!

    We are continuing to have a number of calls, as well as parents coming into the office, to inform us that their student has notified them, per the student’s personal cell phone, that they were ill and wanted to be picked up or needed medicine without the knowledge of the front office. Please help us with this!  Students need to come to the office and call if they are ill, so we can quickly help them!   

    Brown Bag Dinner Theater

    Get ready to watch some AMAZING talent from the students at WGMS! The Brown Bag Dinner Theater is coming up on March 5!! This is an evening where students have the opportunity to showcase their talents, and everyone else gets the chance to attend dinner and a show! 

    Dinner will be served starting at 5:30, and the show will start at 6:

    Auditions will be held after school Tuesday Feb. 19, and Wed. Feb. 20. Please encourage your students to come share their talents! Solo acts, as well as small and large group acts are welcome! There will be judges again this year, giving the following awards: Most Unique Talent, Audience Favorite, and the WOW Award. Sign-up sheets will be in the foyer, so that students can coordinate with other after school activities. 

    Mark your calendar! Even if you don't have a student in the show, you won't want to miss this extraordinary night! See flyer here!

     HULT Dates  Reminder...5th grade make up dates –

                            March 4th @ HULT

                            March 5th @ WGMS

     Student Council Dance

    The  (Winter…now early spring, we hope!) Spring Student Council Dance will take place on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

     There will be a Spring Musical  Production Parent Meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in the library at 6:30PM..

     Girls’ Volleyball Season begins on February 25th!

    All games will begin at 4:00 p.m. JV matches will be played first followed by the Varsity match.

     Game 1 - Monday:    2/25   Washington(home) vs Sterling

    Game 2 -Thursday:   2/28   Washington(home) vs Calvin Coolidge

    Game 3 – Monday:   3/4    Washington(home) vs Rolling Acres

    Game 4 – Thursday: 3/7     Washington @ Lindbergh           

    Game 5 -  Monday:  3/11   Washington @ Lincoln 

     Have a great night, everyone!     Mr. Poehls


    As discussed with students, here is the Core Values and the School Culture Policy for students and parents at Washington.
    Parents, please print and sign the Field Trip Permission Form to allow your student(s) to participate in fun and educational learning experiences off campus. Please return immediately, otherwise students may be excluded from any further trips.


    From the Nurse:



    Students are not allowed to posses medication during the school day, with the exception of asthma inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors with the completed School Medication Authorization & Release form and nurse approval.  This includes over-the-counter medications and cough drops.  All medication must be brought to the school office with the completed School Medication Authorization & Release Form (available at the school office, your healthcare provider's office, or for download / print from Peoria Public Schools website:  from "Students & Parents" tab, drop down to "Forms" link).  For inhalers ONLY, a photocopy of the prescription label on the box substitutes for the health care provider's signature.




    Effective 8/8/2014, students’ Compass Login and Password format will  be their 6-digit Student ID. Their password will be their 6-digit date of birth (MMDDYY).

    In addition, we are proud to announce that students in grades 5-12 now have Skyward Student Access. Students can use this functionality to review their grades, assignments, attendance, etc. Their login information is the same as Compass.



     Lost & Found -- If your student is missing anything, please check the Lost & Found, located in the foyer next to the fireplace. The drawers are full of lunchboxes, books, notebooks, water bottles, and an amazing amount of clothes and shoes.

    Teachers also have a Lost & Found area in their rooms. Students may want to see if any of their items have been put there. 

    Online Enrollment Verification

    For the new school year, Peoria Public Schools will open online fee payment and enrollment verification. All students should be enrolled/registered ONLINE. Only students new-to-district can fill out a paper copy.

    Directions for online student verification and fee payments: 

           1. Sign in to Family Access - Enrollment Verification for all children should be available from this spot.

           2. Click on a student's name to verify enrollment and information for that student.

           3. Read over the supplied info to confirm it is correct.


          4. Scroll down to see the button labeled "Complete Step __ Only" and click to save your info for EACH STEP. A few steps with a greyed out box may not apply to all students and may only be completed at a District Hub or school office, however see below for more details.
          5. Click on the "Next Step" button on the far right to move to the next step.
          6. Under "Directory Information", toggle "Yes/No" for  Photo/Video Release and other items. PLEASE also sign and date this before scrolling down to complete this step.
          7. Race and Ethnicity and Network User Agreement must be read, checked over, and completed before moving to the next steps.
          8.  Washington students receive Free meals. Parents may apply for a Fee Waiver but income requirements apply. The form may be downloaded and are available at District Hubs and in the Washington Gifted Middle School office.
          9. Click on the Handbook to open and review it. The Student Handbook will also be in the Student Planner as well.
          10. Medical Authorization Forms, Physical and Immunizations  must be opened in order to complete and move to the next step. Parents may print, fill out and bring to school only if needed.
           11. Clicking "Submit Enrollment Verification for Returning Families" will save and complete the online enrollment process. The secretary must confirm these before they are considered complete, but you do not need to contact them unless directed to do so. You are done! :)

    Once the Online Fee Payment function has been activated within Family Access, parents/guardians can make fee payments through Family Access.

          1.  To make a payment, log in to Family Access and click on "Fee Management."

          2.  Click on the "Make Online Payment" button

          3.  At the bottom of the next screen there will be a button to "Add Charges 2016-2017".