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  • Happy Holidays!

    Peoria Public Schools will close for winter break on Friday, December 21. Students will be dismissed one-hour early. Classes will resume on Monday, January 7.

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  • Second annual AR contest: Snow is Falling, Books are Calling

    This holiday break be sure to leave time for your student to participate in Peoria Public Schools K - 8 Snow is Falling, Books are Calling Accelerated Reader Contest. Just 15 to 30 minutes of reading each day can make an enormous difference in your student’s reading ability and academic success!

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  • 5Essential survey opens to teachers, students, parents

    The annual 5Essentials survey is a diagnostic assessment of a school's culture and climate. It is designed to identify organizational strengths and areas of opportunity on the five essential factors that drive school improvement.

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  • PPS launches Online Academy

    Peoria Public Schools Online Academy, offering virtual learning coursework, will launch in January 2019. Through Online Academy, Peoria Public School middle and secondary coursework will be available online to current Peoria Public School students and to home-schooled students, students enrolled in parochial or private schools and even to students residing outside the district’s geographical boundaries.

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  • 23 students receive diplomas at KCSS mid-year commencement

    Twenty-three Peoria Public School students received high school diplomas at the Knoxville Center for Student Success (KCSS) mid-year graduation celebration on December 14. KCSS students represent Peoria Public School three traditional high schools -- Manual Academy, Peoria High School and Richwoods High School.

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  • Second annual Schoolhouse Open set for January 26

    It's time to round up your team members for the 2019 Schoolhouse Open, Saturday, January 26, 2019, beginning at 11 a.m. The combination mini-golf tournament/pub crawl through Peoria's Warehouse District raised over $2,500 for the Peoria Public Schools Foundation in its first year. "We are so lucky to have an energized and philaqnthropic downt6own business community to support this effort," says Dan Adler, Peoria Public Schools Board of Education president and event organizer. "The success of last year's event is allowing us to grow in terms of participants and sponsors."

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  • See It -- Be It helps students visualize careers

    Champion athletes often mentally visualize themselves making the perfect jump shot, line drive or tennis serve. They know that visualizing success can make success a reality. The same concept drives Align Peoria’s See It – Be It K-5 Career Awareness pilot program. As the first semester of the pilot winds down, See It – Be It is helping Peoria Public School kindergarten through 5th grade students visualize career success.

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  • Hour of Code introduces computer coding skills

    According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, professions requiring computer coding skills such as web, software and database developers, game designers and animators will experience significant growth in the coming decade, adding an estimated half-million jobs by 2016. In preparation, Peoria Public School teachers and students joined millions of others worldwide in participating in Hour of Code, December 3 – 7.

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  • Northmoor annual event raises money for St. Jude

    Northmoor Primary School students and staff held its 15th Annual Aaron Hunter Cuddle Compassion Day on December 10. The event honors Northmoor student Aaron Hunter, who died on December 10, 2004 after battling neuroblastoma and raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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  • Manual Academy students participate in Hamilton Education Project

    Sixty Manual Academy juniors traveled to Chicago to watch a live performance of Hamilton last week, the culmination of their participation in the Gilder Lehrman Institute Hamilton Education Program. The national program requires students to research the United States Founding era using primary sources and use their findings to create performance pieces, following the example of Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda.

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  • Jamieson School to host Parent University for families of special needs students

    Robert A. Jamieson School will host a Peoria Public School Parent University on January 17, 2019, 5 to 7 p.m., to address the needs of parents of special needs students. The program will focus on Life Skills classes, DC and MCA classes and Autism classes. Breakout sessions will present information on Using Speech and Communication Devices, Meeting the Sensory Needs of Students and Music Therapy.

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  • PPS Foundation hosts 365 Breakfast January 10

    Peoria Public Schools Foundation will host its 4th Annual 365 Breakfast, Thursday, January 10, 7:15 a.m. at the Woodruff Career and Technical Center (WCTC), 1800 N.E. Perry in Peoria.

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  • Safety officers, Little Free Pantries, Round Table collect donations for PPS families

    Many Peoria Public School families face shortages of food and basic hygiene and household supplies. PPS staff and community members step up to help.

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  • Severe weather reminders

    The Peoria Public Schools strives to keep schools open for students during the year. In times of inclement weather – primarily snow, ice or extreme cold – the decision to open or close the schools is based on current and anticipated weather and road conditions that will affect families during school hours.

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  • Commendations

    At most bi-weekly Peoria Public School Board of Education meetings, board members and administrators recognize the special efforts of community partners, students or groups of students and Peoria Public School staff members. Here are the Community Contribution and Remarkable Spirit honorees from November 26.


    Community Contribution Award

     Dr. Susan Grzanich Laraine Bryson Community Contribution Award

    Community Contribution Award recipient Laraine Bryson’s passion for public education comes naturally. Decades ago her grandmother taught in a one-room school houses in Kentucky and Ohio. Bryson has long advocated for public education in Peoria, first as a teacher and now as an attorney and executive director of the Tri-County Urban League. Currently she serves as vice president of Align Peoria and as a member of its Reading Tactic team. 

    Through her service on numerous boards and committees, Bryson influences central Illinois quality of life in areas like education, diversity, economic development and health. Her involvement includes serving Illinois Business Financial Services, University of Illinois Medical School community advisory committee, Bradley University Education and Health Sciences advisory committee and Tri-County River Valley Development Authority and many more.

    Tri-County Urban League offers after-school tutoring, weekly Girls Who Code meetings, Tomorrow’s Scientists, Technicians and Managers Program (TSTM) program for high school students, GED adult literacy classes and job-training programs.

    Director of Grants and Innovation Dr. Susan Grzanich presented the award.

    Remarkable Spirit Award

     Remarkable Spirit Andrew Brown Derrick Booth

    Remarkable Spirit Award honoree Andrew Brown works directly with students in his role as Social Emotional Learning (SEL) aide, but his expertise also serves teachers and staff members throughout Peoria Public Schools.  Brown is a member of the newly-developed Trewyn Therapeutic District-wide Problem-Solving team. Along with principal Renee Andrews and social worker Kris Joseph, Brown provides guidance and consultation to implement interventions, support and behavior plans for students in their school setting. Brown has trained PPS staff in SEL topics including trauma, de-escalation, interventions and crisis prevention. SEL Director Derrick Booth presented the award to Brown.


     Student Spotlight Award

    2019 District Middle School Girls Basketball Champions stepped into the Student Spotlight at the December 10 Board of Education meeting. Varsity champion team from Rolling Acres Middle School with coach. Sterling Middle School junior varsity team also were honored. 


    Rolling Acres Varsity Girls Basketball team


    Sterling junior varsity girls basketball team

    Sterling Middle School JV champion team is coached by Keli Cook-Lyons, assisted by Denise Jackson. Rolling Acres Middle School girls basketball teams are coached by Marni Rora.


  • December 21, 2018
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