Students are welcome to come check out this fun event spearheaded by Senior IB students. Each IB student researches a country and presents foods, posters, music, and more from their culture. In 2015, we were treated to crepes, hummus, dancing, piano and song concerts. Everyone has a ton of fun. Future IB students are encouraged to check out a fun part of their upcoming plans. All are welcome to this free event!
Parents, students and teachers: Peoria Public Schools will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the fourth statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From January 11 through March 11, teachers, students, and parents will be asked to take a 20-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation. School-level reports will be generated if at least 50 percent of parents respond to the survey. These reports will display summary information, such as the percent of parents agreeing that they feel comfortable raising concerns to their child’s teacher. It is important that our parents, students and staff from each of our 27 schools participate in this annual survey to make their voices heard and impact change.
Students not in health documentation compliance by the first day of school (August 17, 2016), 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.
7:05-7:30am and 2:00-2:38pm, NO CARS ARE 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.
65 members of the Peoria Public Schools Class of 2016 have been named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The State Scholar program recognizes high school seniors based on a combination of ACT or SAT scores and a percentile class rank. In any academic year, only about 10 percent of Illinois high school graduates are named State Scholars. This year, two Manual Academy seniors, two Peoria High School seniors and 61 Richwoods High School seniors were honored. Many were students at Washington Gifted. Congratulations!
By Andy Kravetz for the PJ Star --For a lifelong Peorian like Alicia Washington, becoming a judge in her hometown is “a dream come true.” “I had dreamed of being a lawyer so this is a huge deal,” she said Friday evening, hours after the Illinois Supreme Court announced she had been selected by the judges of the 10th Judicial Circuit to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jerelyn Maher earlier this month. “My head is reeling with joy but also with a great deal of humility and honor.” And it also appears Washington is the first African American woman to be appointed to the bench in the area. She’s proud of that as it shows “equality is real” but quickly notes there are many women who work at the courthouse who also contribute. “It’s a big responsibility and I will handle it with great humility and pride,” she said, and then joked, “I was a person before I was a lawyer.” A graduate of Washington Gifted School and Peoria High School, Washington, 42, says being a product of the River City makes the appointment all the more special.
This past Saturday, dozens of Washington students and parents gathered for breakfast before spreading out around Peoria to complete community service. This was part of the school’s new fundraiser. The Help-a-Thon encouraged students to collect donations in return for a pledge to volunteer in the community. Participants completed the following projects: visited residents at Grand View Memory Care Center, prepared and served meals for Loaves & Fishes, cleaned classrooms at Crittenton Centers, readied holiday and birthday cards for Meals on Wheels, handed out packets for Run River City, set up activities for an event at Wildlife Prairie Park, completed several projects for the Center for Prevention of Abuse. The fundraiser was a great success, which not only raised valuable funds for the school, but also allowed students to have fun while helping their community.
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 2014, 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!
Washington Gifted School is rated the Number One Middle School in Illinois, using SchoolDigger’s latest rankings!! The rankings were based on each school’s average standard test score. Check out this link for more information: http://www.rebootillinois.com/2015/04/21/editors-picks/kevin-hoffmanrebootillinois-com/the-top-25-elementary-middle-high-schools-in-illinois-ranked-by-schooldigger/36695/
Washington Gifted Middle School welcomed 1989 Alumni, Holly Mosack, at an all school assembly on November 10, 2015. Ms. Mosack served in the Army 82nd Airborne and earned the rank of Captain. She gave a presentation to the WGMS students which included descriptions of her training, college assistance through ROTC, and her multiple deployments. Mrs. Mosack credited Washington Gifted Middle School for giving her scholastic and readiness for college and the Armed services. The students were also involved in a 45 minute question and answer session. Mrs. Mosack offered her opinions on a variety of questions from the realistic Call of duty game, roadside bombs, trust for humanity, and being one of the first women officers deployed due to 9/11.
On Thursday, Oct. 29th the 8th grade class of Washington Gifted Middle School went to Springdale Cemetery for an outdoor field class. As a cross-curricular trip, students completed learning projects with several subject areas. Assisted by Mike Rucker from Peoria Wilds, 8th graders helped maintain the savannah restoration lands there. Students also made their own cemetery tour of prominent Peorians and used math to make a graph of average life expectancies. Though cold, the students enjoyed learning more about Peoria history and lands in the beautiful historic cemetery.
Grandparents’ Day was held at Washington Middle School on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. 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! Tuesday, 9:00-10:30 a.m. breakfast was served, Band and Orchestra played, the Book Fair was open, and grandparents were able to purchase photos taken by Builder's Club to commemorate the day. We felt that the time factor was 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 visiting classrooms.
Tracy Prescott, Washington Gifted School in Peoria has been named a STAR In The Classroom educator, sponsored by 3M and Econ Illinois. The award recognizes educators with a history of incorporating economic education in the classroom while providing a learning environment that promotes student success. The award will be presented at the Econ Illinois annual Economic Educator Day Awards Luncheon held at the Union League Club of Chicago on October 27, 2015. Ms. Prescott will receive a certificate of achievement, a cash award, and will participate in a unique professional development seminar the day of the awards luncheon.
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Wildcat Store
1:15 PM - 2:25 PM Valentine's Day Parties
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Final Lorado Payment Due
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PTO Meeting
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM 8th Graders to the Hult Health Center
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM District-wide Parent University @ Charter Oak Primary School