New student orientation was May 7th at 6:30pm. Any family wanting a tour can call the school. Informational packets were handed out in the foyer before the program. Parents and students saw a presentation about Washington, met the principal 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 headed up the student groups in order to answer questions. Parents remained in the gym to learn more about gifted students and the gifted program here at Washington. If a student does not get accepted to WGMS for 5th grade, they can reapply for 6th grade.If parents were unable to attend this night, packets can be picked up in the Washington office. We do ask that parents fill out and return this sheet from the packet at the orientation or as soon as possible.--News, 5th grade supply list, and much more are all available on our website which is updated daily.--All students are encouraged to read plenty of books over the summer and to participate in the Peoria Public Library Summer Reading Program.Summer Bigs/Littles AssignmentsNew students will be assigned a 'Big', a student already familiar with Washington, to help them out before school starts and continuing throughout the school year. New students should expect a phone call from their Big in July or early August. Plan on attending Wildcat Eve for locker set up and a light dinner. If new students miss this locker set-up day, they will have plenty of time to set up lockers on the first day of school.The supply list for Washington is available on this website. This list is different from the Peoria School District list. Students will be issued a Washington Planner which costs $7.00. Students may not substitute a different planner, as the Washington planner contains the Student Handbook and all Hall Passes.
Summer Reading and Math Programs
Don’t let 3 months of no school drive away all that your child accomplished and learned this year! Help your child succeed this summer. Peoria has so much to offer-- take advantage of it! Check out the Peoria Public Library summer reading program , Bradley University's Summer Reading Programs, the Proctor Center Summer Fun Academy, ICC's College for Kids Program, Common Place's Summer Programs, Sylvan Learning Centers' skill help in Reading, Math, Study Skills and more.
--Check out the Peoria Public Library Kid Events http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org/kid-events They have fun programs for middle schoolers and high schoolers! Sign up for their summer reading program, and help Washington get the most participants for the 24th straight year!
--If you are going on a car trip, grab an audiobook and listen to something exciting. I recommend 'The True Meaning of Smekday' by Adam Rex, 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' by JK Rowling, or Cressida Cowell's Dragon series. These are fun stories with great voices.
--PPL also has Tumblebooks! With your Library Card you will be able to use the Tumblebook Library, a collection of animated books as well as Tumblebook Cloud Junior, a collection of videos and YA/Teen Chapter Books as well as audio books. There is even a mobile version so you can watch or listen on your portable device.
--The Peoria Heights Public Library also has a summer reading program--The Alpha Park Library will have a Summer Reading Club
--Barnes&Noble Summer Reading Program can earn you free books!
--Bradley University offers the Summer Reading Programs for Children and Adults. They have eight different reading skills programs designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development (IRD). For more information and to register, call (800) 978-9596.
--Proctor is offering the Proctor Center Summer Fun Academy for middle school kids. Mornings offer out-of-the-box teaching in math, science and reading, with sports and other extracurricular activities all afternoon. Register through the Peoria Park District.
--ICC's College for Kids Program offers classes on reading, writing, math, computers and more! Check it out here: http://cce.icc.edu/youth/cfk/
--Common Place also offers Summer Programs - Summer youth programs, giving neighborhood young people 8-15 years old a chance for study, chores and an allowance of $25 per week. Study includes values, wise choices, nutrition. Chores include weeding, distributing flyers, environmental awareness. Field trips to places of interest in the Peoria area. Summer tutoring of school age children .Summer tutoring provides academic help (remedial or enrichment) for children in kindergarten through 12th grades twice a week for 7 weeks. Common Place, 514 S. Shelley St. Peoria, IL 61605, Phone # 674-3315, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Sylvan Learning Centers offer skill help in Reading, Math, Study Skills and more! http://locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/peoria-il Even if your child is a really good student, we’ve found that establishing great reading habits early is the secret to making a big impact in school.
-- Find a Book, Illinois -Gov. Bruce Rauner, Secretary of State Jesse White and State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith are working together to encourage parents and students to access free online tools designed to promote reading, maintain math skills and inspire summer learning. Find a Book is a fun and easy way to select books based on a child’s Lexile measure and interests. You can use this free search tool to build custom lists for readers at all ability levels, and then locate your selections at the local public library. http://www.Lexile.com/fab/Illinois
--The Summer Math Challenge is a FREE math skills maintenance program targeted to students who have just completed grade 2 through 6 and is designed to help children retain math skills learned during the previous school year. Parents who enroll their children in the program will receive daily emails with fun activities and links to educational resources. To enroll: http://quantiles.com/summer-math