Lost & Found -- If your student is missing anything, please check the Lost & Found, located in the foyer next to the fireplace. The drawers are full of lunchboxes, books, notebooks, water bottles, and an amazing amount of clothes and shoes.
District 150 math teacher, Kristyn Davidsen was recognized as the District Employee of the Month for November. The November Employee of the Month, Washington Gifted Middle School math teacher Kristyn Davidsen, was nominated by parent Pete Whitley. In recognizing Davidsen, Whitley noted that “She has the ability to inspire learning in students of all backgrounds and works hard to ensure that no student is left behind. Ms. Davidsen is aware of individual challenges facing students and tutors students before school.” Whitley also made note of Davidsen’s successful efforts to “go green and recycle.” Congratulations, Kristyn Davidsen! Special thanks to Costco for providing lunch to each of the winners and their colleagues. The winners also receive a certificate and a District gift. Nominations are being sought for January's recognition. To place a nomination for Employee of the Month, visit http://www.psd150.org/employeeofthemonth
Washington Students celebrated good choices for the first nine weeks with Dodgeball Games. Games were by class, eligible students versus teachers, and eligible students also enjoyed pizza on the stage during the event.
Currently every student in Washington has taken AR quizzes in the last 30 days. We would love to have 100% participation EVERY MONTH and an 85% or higher success rate! Way to go, kids! Students are only able to take quizzes while at a district school, but from home, the public library, etc., the student or the parent can login to Home Connect to check progress. Please check out the AR page on our website for more info.
Washington Gifted is one of 9 schools in Illinois to earn the Illinois Honor Roll’s Academic Excellence Award 10 years in a row. For 2013, only 177 schools received the Academic Excellence Award because of higher eligibility and passing requirements, so Washington is very proud to still be meeting these goals. We have great students and great teachers! Keep it up!
"Newspapers in Education have linked teachers and business partners for years. Several local businesses have been able to cover the cost of many newspapers delivered to the local schools." David Vaughan Investments recently sponsored our school for newspaper delivery and online student and teacher access to the Peoria Journal Star. Their greatly appreciated donation was quite timely, since the 7th grade needed access for their "Peoria Issues" project!
Effective 8/8/2014, students’ Compass Login will be their 6-digit Student ID. Their password will be their 6-digit date of birth (MMDDYY). Compass Learning is a 24/7 online resource for students that is tailored to individual strengths and weaknesses in Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies.
CONGRATULATIONS to the following band students for their successful participation in the IGSMA Solo and Ensemble contest on Saturday, March 8th held at Illinois Central College. All students from Washington Gifted received a First Division Rating! Sophia Kennedy, woodwind duet AND Piano solo. Taylor Eastwood, flute duet AND Flute solo. Marisa Patel-O'Connor, flute duet AND flute solo. Alix Rule, flute solo. Cami Proctor, piano solo. Congratulations Band Students! Washington is proud of you!
Seventh grade students from Washington Middle School, seen here in front of an ambulance, enjoyed a field trip to the OSF Jump Trading Center. They went through a simulated emergency, learned the basics of CPR and examined a pig heart and lungs
The Peoria Riverfront Museum hosted Engineering Day on Sunday, Feb 16th. There were many booths set up by different engineering groups, but the highlight of the day was the 23rd Annual ASCE Contest. Students built model truss bridges out of 3"x 5" note cards and then tested the strength of the bridge. Congratulations to the nine 8th grade teams who entered.
Mr. Weinrich would like to thank the two FIRST LEGO Robotics teams for a successful season. Both the Storm Troopers and Flaming Impact competed in the regional tournament on Saturday, December 7th. It was a busy and exciting day, with teams from all over central Illinois. Both teams presented research projects, robot designs and programming challenges with enthusiasm and class. They also got to see what the other area teams had done. Lots of fun for everyone.
Not only does Habitat for Humanity build homes for people in need, but they also build a brighter future, support stronger family ties and foster community relationships. Habitat for Humanity is a great example of a benevolent organization that a Washington Student would admire. This past week, Washington Gifted Middle School students bonded together as a community to collectively create a float for display in the Morton Pumpkin Festival Parade. During art classes, students took 3-D to a new level! WGMS students created a 3-dimensional house in the style of Habitat for Humanity Homes. (Click on headline to read more!)
Washington 7th graders visited Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On their visit they were exposed to many cultural exhibitions including artifacts from many geographic areas and times. For example, Babylonian clay tablets, coins from the Ottoman Empire, and various articles from the Philippines were enjoyed by students on their extended day trip to Champaign.
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Winter Parties
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Faculty Institute - No School for Students