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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..and Happy Easter! I truly hope everyone has had a great, relaxing, and/or productive break!  We start school up again Tuesday 4/23, but I wanted to send this out tonight, so you can plan your week! We start Tuesday the push through the last 5 weeks of school..and they are  packed full!

    This week is no exception..four days, but  busy to be sure!   Read on!


     A reminder ( and on our web site as well) : 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. Reminder letters will aslo go homew with current 5th grade students.

    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 the technology to allow students to achieve these goals. 

    Hope to see you on April 29th!   


    The Spring Play “ Into the Woods” is finally here!   We are excited to see the result of all the hard work these past few months! Here is this week’s schedule for “Into the Woods”  to be performed in the  large gym at Washington!


    Monday  4/22:  Entire cast and crew practice  5:00PM-7:30PM here at WGMS ( please be prompt with rides at 7:30)


    Wednesday:  Dress rehearsal as scheduled


    Thursday:  All school preview 10:00-11:20 AM

     Thursday 4/25: Opening night!   6:30PM

     Friday 4/26:   6:30PM

     Saturday 4/27: 2:00PM ( final performance)  and closing.


    The Spring Book Fair opens this week on Wednesday and runs through Monday April 29th!   It will be open during all performances of the Spring play and students will also have an opportunity to visit the fair during ELA classes and during lunch periods.



    This week we begin several dates for  DASH presentations for grades 6-8. Each week, I will keep you updated on the topics, locations, and which class is taking place. If you have any questions on curriculum and content, please contact the Hult Center at 309-692-6650. If you have any other questions, please let me know. Presentations will take place on several dates throughout April and May.

    This week:

    Life Begins: Human Reproduction and pregnancy  Grade 6 girls  AT HULT Wednesday, April 24, 2019   at Hult Center 9:30-11:00

    Life Begins: Human Reproduction and Pregnancy  grade 6 boys AT HULT Wednesday, April 24, 2019  at  Hult Center 11:30-1:00

    Lesson 1: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity  grade 7 AT   Washington Gifted Friday, April 26, 2019   Central Illinois Friends  9:20-10:00: 701 and 702 combined (cafeteria) 10:00-10:40: 703 ELA ( library)

    Lesson 1: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity    grade 8    AT  Washington Gifted Friday, April 26, 2019   Central Illinois Friends 10:40-10:40 801 Library 12:30-1:10 803 library 1:50-2:30 802 library



     Great job, WGMS Track team at the Concordia meet on 4/13!  Many great efforts! The team is in action again this Thursday!   Washington Wildcats Track is truly a great program and experiencing many successes!  IESA track meet isn’t that far off!  Go Wildcats Track!

    Girls Soccer tryouts will be held after school this week  Tuesday 4/23 and Wednesday 4/24.

    Ten Washington  8th grade students will attend the Peoria Academy Global Leadership Summit this Friday all day.


    Thanks to everyone who participated in the St. Jude Laps for Life program  before break!  WGMS students riaseda total of $1173 for St. Jude!  Great job, Wildcats!  Students also  did a total of 1681 miles in PE classes and  did 36, 989 total laps in the large gym!!!!

    IAR testing is complete!   Thanks, everyone, for all your hard work!!  Students did a great job and truly worked hard!  I know everyone put forth their best effort !

    This Wednesday  4/24, 5th grade students  and 8th grade students will take the Illinois Science Assessment . 5th grades students will test during their ELA classes in the computer lab and 8th grade will test with Mr. Weinrich in the STEM lab.


    Have a great evening, and a great last day of vacation! We will see everyone Tuesday morning 4/23!       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".