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  • Dunphy nominated for 2020 National AD of the Year

    Peoria High School Athletic and Activities Director Brien Dunphy is a finalist in the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) 2020 National Athletic Director of the Year. Dunphy is one of eight finalists nationwide.

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  • Boundary waiver applications available until Feb. 21

    The window for applying for boundary waivers is open until Friday, February 21, 2020.

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  • First YBE year draws enthusiastic players, parents, volunteers and donors

    In Field of Dreams, a child’s mantra, “If you build it, they will come,” became prophetic. A.J. Guyton’s first year as Peoria Public Schools Athletic Director is following a similar path. At the January 13 Board of Education meeting, Guyton gave a summary of the District’s successful, inaugural primary-grade Youth Basketball Experience (YBE) citing impressive numbers of participants, donors, volunteers, spectators and funds raised through donations, gate receipts and concession sales.

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  • 5Essentials Survey open for parents and teachers

    Please take the time to respond to the 5Essentials survey, which will only take a few minutes to complete. Your responses will help Peoria Public Schools dig into data, formulate strategic actions and track improvement.

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  • Nationally recognized early childhood expert, Manual grad keynotes 365 breakfast

    Dr. Marquita Furness Davis, Manual High School Class of 1985 was the keynote speaker at the Peoria Public Schools Foundation 5th Annual 365 Breakfast.

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  • Anonymous donor brightens holiday for Wraparound Center - OSF Strive client

    Linda Williams lost her son, John Bell III, in April 2017, an innocent victim of random gun violence. Williams is raising four of her eight grandchildren, Peoria Public School students ranging in age from nine to four.Battling stress and severe depression over the loss of her son, Williams reached out to the Wraparound Center for help in October 2018 shortly after they opened its doors.

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  • Creating Super Readers focus of literacy presentation

    Peoria Public Schools welcomed literacy expert and motivational speaker Pam Allyn, senior vice president of innovation and development for Scholastic Education this week. She has written 26 books for educators, leaders and families about reading, writing and quality learning including Every Child a Super Reader with Ernest Morrell.

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  • Peoria Public Schools make attendance gains

    Harrison Community Learning Center, Franklin Primary School and Sterling Middle School earned the top three Most Improved Attendance awards at the December 9 Board of Education meeting. The Peoria Public School district average for November 2019 was 92.5 percent and five schools made the 95 percent club: Kellar Primary, Washington Gifted Middle School, Lindbergh Middle School and Northmoor Primary School.

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  • Rolling Acres Career Day presents wide variety of professions

    Representing an impressive diversity of professions, twenty central Illinois professionals visited Rolling Acres Middle School this week for Career Day. Students heard from a sports reporter and college athletic marketing professional, a hair stylist and tattoo artist, a neuroscientist and an x-ray technician, a school psychologist, police officer and fire fighter, numerous engineers, a mortician and the owner of a septic system company. The day ended with a visit by a retired major league baseball player.

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  • Metamora students give gift of literacy to Peoria Public School primary students; win Community Contribution Award

    Peoria Public School board and administrators awarded Metamora Township High School (MTHS) its Community Contribution Award on Monday, November 11 in recognition for a big boost MTHS students gave the district’s Little Free Library October book drive as part of the school’s 2019 Homecoming festivities.

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  • Eighth-grade students audition for PSA

    Peoria Public School 8th-grade students auditioned for The Preparatory School for the Arts (PSA) at Peoria High School this week. PSA faculty traveled to each building with 8th-grade students this week to meet students interested in the orchestra, band, drama, dance, choral and visual arts programs. The PSA provides a college-prep curriculum with a focus on more intensive, advanced study of these disciplines. Eighth-grade students within PPS boundaries can audition for admittance to PSA.

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  • Students hear personal stories of the Holocaust at Riverfront Museum

    “My mother was born in Berlin in 1927,” Julie Luner told Mark Bills Middle School 6th grade students gathered in a classroom at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. “My mom and her family had a good life.” Luner, a volunteer docent from the Jewish Federation of Peoria, showed the students black and white photographs of her mother and aunt as small children and another of the girls and their father in a canoe. That idyllic childhood began to unravel when Adolph Hitler was elected in 1933. Luner emphasized to the students that Hitler came to power as Chancellor of Germany through a democratic election. “That’s one lesson I want you to take away today,” she told students. “Your vote matters. When you’re 18, go vote.”

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Superintendent's Blog

  • Manual alum Dr. Marquita Davis gives inspiring address at annual 365 Breakfast

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 1/9/2020 12:00:00 PM

    The Peoria Public Schools Foundation hosted its fifth annual 365 Breakfast at Woodruff Career and Technical Center (WCTC) this week. We were particularly excited to welcome Dr. Marquita Furness Davis, a Manual High School alum and deputy director of early learning for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


    Dr. Furness-Davis spoke of her experiences at Manual High School, where she was a cheerleader and member of the student council among many other pursuits. An advocate for public education – particularly her own public education in Peoria – she told the audience that her success would not have been possible without the learning experiences offered at Peoria Public Schools. She says the Peoria district has produced highly successful professionals in a wide variety of fields, who have achieved success throughout the world.


    The 365 Breakfast encourages guests to pledge at least $1 a day to support the PPS Foundation programs. It gives Foundation president Cindy Morris and her staff the opportunity to tell the story of the wonderful work they do engaging individuals, organizations and businesses to work with Peoria Public School students. PPS Foundation programs include:


    • Classroom, Innovation, Stem and Field Experience Grants. Peoria Public School teachers and staff can apply for annual multiple grant offerings for enhanced experiences in and outside the classroom.
    • Student scholarships. The PPS Foundation provides money for college and summer camp scholarships to assist students in furthering their education and career readiness.
    • Horizons Program. For seven years now, the Horizons Club exposes students to professionals working in a wide range of careers in a weekly meeting for career and college readiness education.
    • Adopt-A-School. This 30-year program in our school district has been overseen by the PPS Foundation now for the last four years. The program has new endeavors such as the Making the Grade Conferences and the Little Free Pantries, Little Free Libraries, and expanded Snack Pack Programming.
    • Basic Need Support. The PPS Foundation provides uniform and clothing needs for all students plus emergency support for families that experience hardships and beyond.

    The breakfast also gives us a chance to showcase the outstanding talents of Woodruff Culinary Arts students who prepare a delicious breakfast for the event.


    Thank you for Dr. Davis for her presentation and to the supporters of the PPS Foundation. If you were unable to attend the breakfast and would like more information on the work of the PPS Foundation, go to or email

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  • Wraparound Center publishes quarterly newsletter

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 1/7/2020 1:00:00 PM

    The Wraparound Center recently published its first quarterly newsletter to update Peoria Public Schools staff and community members on the District's  Social, Emotional Learning (SEL) efforts and the services offered at the Wraparound Center. The Wraparound Center has been open just over a year and Director Derrick Booth, the Wraparound Center staff members and its ten partner agencies are a vital resource for all Peorians, particularly PPS students and their families.  Please take the time to download and read the newsletter.  


    Click here to download a copy of the newsletter. 

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