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    Back-to-School Packets were given to students on the 1st day. Parents must review and sign planners and papers by Friday, August 17th. Planners are $7, due Friday. Please return fees to Homerooms by Friday.


    School will end at 1:30pm for the Back to School Schedule through August 31st.


    Baseball tryouts are Wednesday, Thursday, &  Friday 2:30--4:15 pm after school.


    Softball tryouts are Wednesday and Thursday at 2:45pm. Girls may stay in the gym 1:30-2:45pm if they want. Buses are available or please have rides by 4pm.


    The Peoria Public Library North Branch will help students craft a stress ball to get them through the year on Saturday, August 25th, 2-2:45pm.


    Washington's Library will be open for classes on August 20th. Make sure to read over the rules before checking out a book!


    Participants in the Peoria Public Library Summer Reading will have their picture taken for the poster on August 24th.


    The NWEA Testing window opens August 27th.


    Bring your public library card on Thursday, August 30th for the Bookmobile during lunch recess!


    The PTO Back-to-School Picnic is August 30th, 5:30-7pm. What is your student scheduled to bring?

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Headlines & Features

  • Washington Middle School 2018-19 School Culture Policy

    At Washington our culture is driven by the philosophy of “Address, Intervene, Communicate.” Address- identify that the behavior is inconsistent with our core values. Intervene – have a conversation about behavior/expectation/correction plan. Communicate – via referral or parent contact, any other necessary means. Detention hall will be held on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:15PM. Major discipline infractions, as outlined on page 3 and 4 of the Washington student handbook, will result in an instant referral to the principal and will be subject to school and district consequences. This policy does not replace 7:190 Peoria Public School student discipline protocol.

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  • Student Pick-up and Drop-off Guidelines

    7:05-7:30am and 1:00-1:40pm, 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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  • Remarkable Readers

    All PPS K – 8 students can participate in the Remarkable Readers program and be eligible to win prize drawings. Students must read 30 minutes a day, four days a week to be entered into the prize drawing. Parents/caregivers must verify the students progress and forms must be turned into the student’s teacher by Friday, August 24. Remarkable Readers will be recognized at a Board of Education meeting in September. Students can also count the books they read for the Peoria Public Library Summer Reading Program for the raffle!

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  • Peoria Public Library Summer Reading

    Help Washington win again!!! Washington has had the most Summer Readers for 23 years and we want YOU to help keep our streak alive. Sign up beginning in May for the Peoria Public Library Summer Reading Program and read all summer long. Even if you are going to be away for the summer, your sign-up counts as long as you read books somewhere.

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  • 1st Day Compliance Requirements

    Students not in health documentation compliance by the first day of school, will not be allowed to start the school year until all requirements are met. Families are strongly encouraged to schedule health appointments now, so that documentation can be prepared and turned in to your school, avoiding first day compliance issues.

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  • Renaissance Home Connect for Parents

    Parents- We are hoping that you will soon begin using Renaissance Home Connect as a way of monitoring and encouraging your child’s reading practice. It can be a valuable tool for monitoring your child’s progress. Research confirms that parental involvement in a child’s education is a strong predictor of student achievement. Thank you for your involvement in your child’s education. What is Renaissance Home Connect? Renaissance Home Connect is a tool that connects the school and home to keep parents informed of their child’s progress in Accelerated Reader, and encourages the child to practice reading at home. How does Renaissance Home Connect help me improve my child’s reading progress? • You can view your child’s progress toward reading goals and view all books that your child has read and quizzes your child has taken. • You can access an online search tool, AR BookFinder, to search for books using various criteria, including author, subject, or reading level. • You can receive emails that reveal results for Reading Practice Quizzes and provide links to the website where you can check progress. The same login and password that your child uses at school will work at home with Renaissance Home Connect.

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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 from the handbook. The updated Dress Code will be effective beginning November 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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  • School Supply Lists, Registration Information and More

    A "Back to School" mail packet for the new school year will be mailed to all returning families the 2nd week of July. The packet includes information about registration hubs, health requirements, first-day compliance reminders, school supply lists, letters from your principal and Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat and much more. You can also access all of the packet information by visiting Please also click here for links to supply lists, dress code, etc.

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  • Study Skills

    Knowing how to study is an important skill to have. Students who use strategies to understand and remember what they read, such as underlining important parts of the texts or discussing what they read with other people, perform better in class and on tests. One of the biggest differences between top students and everyone else was that when they study, they take practice tests. Only 11 percent of students do this, but they perform better because they are studying in a way that goes beyond memorizing material. Also helpful is to create a study timetable & stick to it-- first include things you like/need to do on your schedule and then work study time in after. This method naturally ensures that you are doing things you like to do every day in addition to studying, so you don’t burn out and give up. These kind of balanced schedules are easier follow. Here are some ideas and strategies to help students learn more:

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  • The role of productive struggle-from the Remarkable Times

    Preparing students for their future isn’t about helping them to earn A’s or getting high GPAs. It is really about making sure that students are prepared for the workforce. The phrase “productive struggle” is used to describe the process of learning and the work that goes into it. To give an example that most people relate to is when one is learning to ride a bike. This is hard work and takes practice. There is often a little bit of help initially and support along the way but at some point, the bike rider needs to do all of the pumping of the pedals and maintaining of balance.

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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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  • Former Washington Students Do Amazing Things!

    Washington students go on to do great things in high school, college, and beyond. A few current examples are the students at Richwoods that won IHSA Sectionals and went to the State Finals, the RHS Robotics teams that made it to the playoffs of their divisions, Jennings Rule, who scored very high on the PSAT and ACT. Click the headline for more information.

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  • 7th Grade Students at Washington Learn from Community Mentors

    Recently Washington hosted a variety of community mentors who helped 7th grade students with their research papers on Peoria issues. These generous individuals met with students and explained the ins and outs of various local problems and projects including school safety, transportation and roads, environmental concerns, business development, Peoria Park District initiatives, and funding both for the city and for the school district. After meeting with their experts, students used the information they learned in their papers and listed their interviewees as one of their information sources. Thank you to our community mentors: Mr. Gregory Wilson, Peoria School Board; Mr. Cesar Suarez, City of Peoria; Mr. Steve Montez and Mr. Tom Miller, Peoria Park District; Ms. Anna Ghidina IDOT; Mr. Patrick Kirchhofer, Peoria County Farm Bureau; Mr. Sid Ruckriegel, Peoria City Council; and Mr. Chris Waible, PS-Dewberry. They illustrate how by working together we can make our home of Peoria even better!

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  • District Fees Due by August 21st

    All fees incurred for the current school year must be submitted by the end of August if you are using online fee payment. This includes the Textbook Fee. Textbook Fees can be paid online. If paying by check, please make your check out to “Board of Education”. Planner fee payments cannot be made online. Please send cash or a check made out to “Washington School” to the office. Please call the school office if you have questions.

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  • Law Day Essay

    Law day essay winners Katie first place $100.00 winner & Evie 2 nd place $50.00 winner in grade 5/6 category. Essay topic: Framework for Freedom: Separation of power

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