The 5Essentials Survey for parents, teachers and students are now open and will remain open until February 15, 2019 and are accessible at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois
No volleyball practice Friday. Practice begins after school Tuesday.
Progress reports will be distributed this Friday February 15th .
The ASCE Bridge Building Contest is February 17th at the Riverfront Museum.
Enjoy the 3 day weekend with No School February 18th for Presidents Day.
Auditions for the Brown Bag Talent Show are after school Feb 19 and 20.
Students will be dismissed to buses at 10:30am for SIP Day on February 27th.
Bring your Library Card on February 28th to check out at the Bookmobile during lunch recess!
The 7th and 8th grade Winter Dance is rescheduled for Friday, March 1st from 6:30 to 8:30PM.
Get ready to take lots of AR tests for Read Across America Week March 4-8!
Get ready to see some amazing talent! The Brown Bag Talent Show is March 5th.
The Brown Bag Dinner Theatre is March 5th from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Student try-outs are February 19 and 20th,and there will be a sign up for students who have other commitments on those days. Three former WGMS students will judge for 3 fun awards. There will be a teacher act as well. Come at 5:30 to eat sandwiches from Cracked Pepper before the show begins at 6. Please bring money for sodas from Student Council and cookies from Destination Imagination.
Washington Gifted School 5th/6th grade teacher Betina Fleming won $1,000 for Curious? Research and Write On!! The grant money will be used to upgrade classroom technology so students can conduct research and process materials for written assignments.
Washington will be recognized at the next BOE meeting in the following categories: % of students that have taken and passed at 85% or higher, Average Points Per Student Reader, and Building Participation. We also want to congratulate the following students that will be recognized at the January 28, 2019 BOE meeting. These students were the top point earners for their entire grade level during the winter reading contest. In 5th Grade, 1st Place Kevin Liao 102.5 points, 2nd Place Delainey Dunnan 73.1, 3rd Place Traian Matsumoto 53.1. In 6th Grade, 1st Place Ilana Jacoby 139.2, and 3rd Place Ayannah Garcia 66.5. In 7th Grade, 1st Place Kirsten Polk 62.7, 2nd Place Alexis Arreguin 55.2, and 3rd Place Aida Uhler 55.0. Thank you so much, students and parents, for helping us win. Reading makes us all winners!
We were honored to have many amazing visitors to our Honor Roll Banquet on Friday, January 18th. Superintendent Dr. Desmoulin-Kherat listened as former Washington students Natasha Abercrombie, Aiden Williams, Jacob Behm, Nadia Davis, Caden Reinhart, and Damiana Zaborowski played, along with former WGMS superstars Cami Proctor, Anna Glavin, and Claire Morrical. They are current members of the Richwoods Choir, Band and Jazz Ensemble that serenaded students with pieces from Les Miserables and Dear Evan Hansen. Caden even performed a piece that he composed based on the Legend of Zelda video games. Several other RHS students sang and played to entertain the students that made it on the Washington Honor Roll. We honored our First Semester Academic Excellence students with catered breakfast. Following breakfast, the students were entertained by members of the Richwoods High School fine arts programs. Thanks so much to the Washington PTO for their help, assistance, and sponsorship of this event.
Because of possible inclement weather in the next few months, Peoria Public Schools is excited to start Learning Anywhere and Anytime on snow days. I know you have been hit with a flurry of notices and students were also sent home with letters explaining the process. Please emphasize with your student the need to complete the assignments, whether through learning log, assignment notes, packets, or tasks that every teacher gave to students. These assignments are required to be turned in to each teacher in advance or upon return to school in order to count towards attendance. If work is not turned in, the dates will count as an absence. If you do not have internet access these days, written work is sufficient. Teachers are available on-line between 9:00-2:30 for any clarification or assistance needed. Students who do not check in electronically or do not return their learning logs will be counted as absent.
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. After these times, students must enter or exit the building from the foyer near the Office. Students may not wait for rides at the Crossroads or outside, but instead need to stay in the foyer until they see their pick-up person or the Activity bus.
All special "College Colors, spiritwear, or uniform-free" day information will come from the principal. 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. We have had a lot of confusion and questions about the jean policy at Washington and want to make the policy straightforward. Policy on jeans is as follow: - Jeans are not allowed to be worn at school with the following exceptions: individual picture days in fall and spring, spirit week and designated-free dress days. If in doubt, always clear with home room teacher or principal before jeans are worn. - On the days jeans are acceptable, absolutely no ripped jeans are to be worn. - If jeans are worn on a day that is not listed in exceptions above, students’ parents will be called to bring uniform pants, shorts, or skirt to school for student to change into. - If ripped jeans are worn any school day, parents will be called to bring uniform pants, shorts, or skirts to school for student to change into.
The Jump Trading Simulation and Education STEAM program is for students from grades six through twelve. PNC Bank is sponsoring scholarships for a variety of courses that are led by Jump Mission Partners which take place on Saturdays at Jump. The PNC Bank scholarships are specifically for the Jump STEAM Saturday courses during the fall, winter, and spring sessions. For the 2018-2019 school year, we are accepting applications from students within Peoria Schools. Transportation will not be provided. The course location: Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center 1306 N. Berkeley Ave. Peoria, IL 61603 The courses are one day for four or eight hours. The courses are healthcare focused and entail a variety of topics including: Medicine, Technology, Engineering, Art and medical visualization.
Parents, please click here to see the Health Education schedule. Note as well when students will be visiting Hult versus students viewing a presentation at Washington. If parents choose to opt their student(s) out of a particular lesson, or out of all lessons, please let the Nurse know as soon as possible, so that we can make arrangements for that student.
I would like to thank everyone who helped plan, donate, pick up, serve, smile, clean up, and otherwise make Grandparents day 2018 at WGMS such a huge success! Days like yesterday remind me how thankful and fortunate we are to have such a wonderful group of parents who step up and do whatever is needed to help the school. The grandparents truly enjoyed yesterday! I thank Rob Reneau, Eric Reneau, and Jenny McDonald for their Chair duties and all of you in so many numbers who helped make the day a success. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! --Mr. Poehls
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!
Applications are now being accepted from current Peoria Public School students as well as from those who currently do not attend Peoria Public Schools. The program at Washington Middle School is a full-time academic program designed to support academically gifted students. It offers students an opportunity to engage in learning activities at an accelerated pace, depth, and complexity of on grade-level and above-grade-level curriculum. ALL PARENT REFERRALS FOR CURRENT PEORIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE DISTRICT GIFTED SELECTION COMMITTEE BY FRIDAY, January 11, 2019.Please do not contact Washington Gifted School regarding the application process or the status of your child's application. If you have any questions, please call 672-6536.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Building Committee Meeting
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Policy Committee Meeting
6:30 PM Board of Education Meeting
5:30 PM Brown Bag Dinner Theatre
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PTO Council