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  • PARCC Testing has started! Get to bed on time and eat a good breakfast! Parents: PLEASE don't schedule appointments during testing hours.
    The March 15th Newsletter has been uploaded to the website.
    Yearbook orders are due by March 19th.
    Bring your Library Card and books for the Bookmobile on March 22nd.
    Please check your conference time on the sheet given to students and return the confirmation sheet by Friday.
    Fines and Overdue Notices will be included in Conference packets. Please make sure your child returns all of their books on time and pays any fines. 
    The PTO Scholastic Book Fair 3/20-3/23!
    Our Online Book Fair access is available for parents, friends and out-of-town relatives.
    We will have Conferences Thursday, March 22nd, 4-7pm and Friday, March 23rd 8-10am. Please come to visit with teachers and see what your student has accomplished!
    There is NO SCHOOL March 23rd.
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Headlines & Features

  • March 15th Newsletter is Online!

    In order to save paper, we are putting all newsletters here on the website instead of giving paper copies to students. (Also because we know some students can take quite a while to finally give it to a parent.) Click here for the newest issue of the Washington Newsletter. If you would like to submit an article, email it to by 11am on Tuesday before the next newsletter.

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  • Summer School Program Registration Now Open

    Summer school programs are now posted to the district’s website with registration links for parents to sign up their children. All information can be found by visiting

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  • Mathcounts Gold Level Status

    Washington is the first school in Illinois, and the 9th school in the U.S. to achieve Gold Level this school year! After our school signed up our Mathcounts team for the competition season, we were able to start working for our Silver and Gold Level due mainly to the high level of participation this year. Our Mathcounts team has had an average attendance of 20-25 students during most of the weekly practices. After 5 weeks of high attendance, Mrs Klungseth sent her attendance stats into the National Math Club and we were awarded Silver Level. To achieve Gold level this year, the project was creating math games. Students created 2 games and sent them in to Mathcounts with our club information. Washington has officially been awarded Gold Level! This is all because of the kids' dedication in coming and practicing their skills each week. WE ARE SO PROUD OF WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED!

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  • 2018 Young Authors’ Results

    Twenty schools participated in this year’s Young Authors’ Program. There were over 2000 manuscripts completed this year representing the work of students in grades K-8. Of these manuscripts, 110 manuscripts were submitted for district level judging. The top 4 district level winners are invited to represent Peoria Public Schools at the statewide Young Authors’ conference on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Normal Community West High School. All students will be honored at an upcoming school board meeting. Washington's own Hiruni Bopearatchy is one of these great authors! Congrats Hiruni and thanks to everyone that participated. We are proud of all of you!

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    The following students participated in the Spelling Bee on January 30th. 501- Katie Kamasaki and Zachary Gilbert Alternate: Evie Bell 502- Olivia Hauri and Lily Carmack Alternate: Jackson Andrews 503- Kru Morgan and Kaleb Garza Alternate: Samiyah Duren 601- Kirsten Polk and Dylan Carignan Alternate: Brooklyn Clifford 602- Isabella Hauri and Marissa Campbell Alternate: Nakiyah Blade 603- Ryne Waller and Laura Zaborowski Alternate: Lilia Eldarazi 701- Lilyhan Liao and Mahir Siddiqui Alternate: Connor McDonald 702- Sean Lewis and Jackson Swearingen Alternate: Brianna Jackson 703- Mckenna Shilevinatz and Samantha Ryan Alternate: Zenon Rule 801- Urja Chakraborty and Neeti Reddy Alternate: Riley Millard 802- Lotus Gilinsky and Riley Smith Alternate: Ben Keogel 803- Levi Swisher and Grant Kelly Alternate: Jason Khoury

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  • District Reading Contest

    Students that read 12 Rebecca Caudill 2018 books and pass the AR quizzes will receive 1 "out of uniform" pass. Washington's Library has most of the books on the list, and is working on getting the rest. Peoria Public Libraries also have multiple copies of all 2018 Rebecca Caudill books: The Book Scavenger, Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina, Awkward, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Hour of the Bees, I Will Always Write Back, Full Cicada Moon, House Arrest, Roller Girl, Listen, Slowly, The Boy on the Wooden Box, A Night Divided, The Seventh Most Important Thing, I Am Princess X , Fuzzy Mud, Orbiting Jupiter, Beneath, Goodbye Stranger, The Bitter Side of Sweet, Last in a Long Line of Rebels. If students read all 20 books and pass the quizzes, they will receive an extra award prize. Contest ends March 1st, so get reading!

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    Over the Winter Break, Peoria Public Schools competed to see which school could read the most. Students took AR tests the week of Jan 8-12 and now the results are in. Washington has a lot of great readers! The following students will be recognized at an upcoming BOE meeting. These students were the top ten point earners for their entire school level during the winter reading contest. Lauren E 170 points, Ilana 93 points, Kirsten 83, Eleanor 68, Hiruni 62, Jack 49, Monica 47, Katherine D 45, Marissa 45, Katrina 44. Great job readers!

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  • Washington Competes in State Speech Tournament

    Washington Gifted Middle School students competed in the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Speech Tournament in November. Two WGMS student teams and two individual students earned Judges Choice Awards. Riley Millard and Sarah Allen both won for their solo performances. Samantha Campbell and Vaisnavi Malipeddi won for their duet, Anybody Want My Sister…Again. Kelsey Hayes, Neve Kelly, Riley Millard, Liz Setti and Grace Therkildsen won the Team Improv Judges Choice Award. WGMS speech coach Kelly Nelson explains that the improvisation speech event is particularly challenging because students are not given a title or subject in advance. The team must improvise three different speeches from judges’ prompts. “Students must really think on the spot,” says Nelson. About two dozen WGMS students participated in the speech tournament.

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  • WGMS Monthly Exploratory Fridays!

    Students learn fun skills in our monthly Exploratory Classes at Washington Gifted Middle School. In the High Altitude Balloon Launch Project, students learn what near space is and how it impacts a high altitude balloon. Students build and launch a near space payload that includes student designed and constructed experiments. The students also learn the basic steps in preparing for, launching and tracking a high altitude balloon using amateur (ham) radio and the internet. Science offers a wide-ranging science track where topics include Forensics, Real-World Chemistry, Planes, Pop Bottle Rockets, Science Communication, and more! Photography and the Art of seeing - This class not only teaches you how to see artistically but also how to capture what you see photographically. Early Education- Do you love children and have an interest in helping them learn? Create lessons and interact with early education students at Valeska Hinton School. We also have: Breadmaking, Table-Top Role Playing, Chess, Survival Skills, Oil Painting, Running/BodyWeight Workouts, Knitting...

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  • SPRING CONFERENCES March 22nd and 23rd

    PARENTS!!!! Please come to conferences on March 22nd, Student-led Conferences 4-7pm or March 23rd, Open-door conferences 8-11am. The following items are included in the packets: 2017-18 GP3 Report Card, Old records not needed in students Cumulative file, Library Fines (if applicable). If a parent does not come to conferences, we will send the information home with students when they return to school on March 26th. You do not need to return anything to the office. Thank you!!

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  • Student Pick-up and Drop-off Guidelines

    7:05-7:30am and 2:00-2:40pm, CARS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE FRONT PARKING LOT and students may only be picked up and dropped off in the North Parking Lot located near the ball fields. For student safety, only buses may drive in the Main Parking Lot during these times. Thank you for your cooperation in helping keep our students safe.

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  • 8th Graders Visit Springdale Cemetery

    The 8th grade class of Washington Gifted Middle School will go to Springdale Cemetery for an outdoor field class. As a cross-curricular trip, students complete learning projects with several subject areas. Assisted by Mike Rucker from Peoria Wilds, 8th graders help maintain the savannah restoration lands there. Students also make their own cemetery tour of prominent Peorians and use math to make a graph of average life expectancies. Though cold, the students enjoy learning more about Peoria history and lands in the beautiful historic cemetery.

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  • ISBE School Report Card Results

    Students at Washington Gifted Middle School once again performed better than the district and state average on the Illinois PARCC tests. While our results are lower than the previous year, Washington is still proud of our scores, and very excited that many of the other district schools had great gains on their PARCC scores! At Washington, 77% of students are considered Ready for the Next Level according to PARCC scores. Almost 90% of 8th grade students leaving WGMS are considered proficient in Algebra I skills. Let's make sure we are all learning and trying our best all year long!

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  • Grandparents Day at Washington

    Grandparents’ Day was held at Washington Middle School on Monday, November 20, 2017, 9am-10:30am. It is always a wonderful experience to meet grandparents and special people in the children’s lives, so we always enjoy this special day in our school! On Monday, breakfast was served, Band and Orchestra play, the Book Fair was open, and grandparents were able to purchase photos taken by Builder's Club to commemorate the day. We feel that the time factor is a good one for our guests as they spent personal time with their grandchildren and enjoyed entertainment offered by our talented students as opposed to only visiting classrooms. It is also greatly appreciated if parent volunteers could also make sure the students are putting trash in the correct place, as our custodians are great people and we want to make sure they don’t have any extra work!

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  • Dress Code Update

    We have reviewed our code, investigated other equivalent schools, received feedback, and assembled a panel of students, parents, staff, and teachers to update the Dress Code. Parents and students, please review the updated Dress Code given to students during WIN time Thursday, 11/9. The updated Dress Code will be effective beginning Monday, November 13th, 2017. Any violation of the code results in a referral to the principal. Repeated violations will warrant parent contact and loss of privilege/referrals. Hopefully, the updated code puts everyone on a consistent page and on to bigger and more productive things.

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