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  • Healthy Summer Fun

    The end of the school year is quickly approaching. Summer is a perfect time to get out, enjoy nature, and take advantage of the different activities in our area. Click this headline to see is a few of the different things going on in our area this summer. Be sure to get out and enjoy your summer!!

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  • Rated #1 in Illinois Middle Schools!

    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/

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  • Congratulations Washington Gifted for being Given the Academic Excellence Award 2003-2013

    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!

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  • Washington Students Win EconIL Poster Contest

    Two Washington Gifted Middle School 8th graders won top honors in the Country Financial Econ IL Poster Contest, demonstrating a solid understanding of economic principles including scarcity, productive resources and specialization. Vaishnavi Vanamala was named a State Winner and Austin Lin was named Honorable Mention. Vanamala and Lin were among more than 3,800 students from nearly 70 schools statewide who illustrated their understanding of economic concepts. The students were presented with a certificate, a medal and a cash award at a ceremony attended by Econ IL program director Debbie Kerman, Country Financial Peoria Agency Manager Michael Weber and Tom Saddler, Director of the Center for Economic Education at Western Illinois University. The students are in Mrs. Tracey Prescott's class. Winning posters from students throughout Illinois will be featured in a 2015-2016 calendar. For information on the Econ IL poster contest visit: http://www.econed-il.org/icee/econposter.shtml

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  • Deirdre Purcell Collins Math Award

    The Peoria Public Schools Foundation recognized 13 District 150 7th grade girls with the Deirdre Purcell Collins Math Award at the annual Finding Your Path with Math event, held this April at the Glen Oak Learning Center. Winners are recognized for math aptitude, top scores on standardized tests and exemplary classroom performance. Each Peoria Public School with 7th grade students honors two girls for the award. The event gives award recipients an opportunity to meet and network with professional women with math-focused careers, including past recipients of the Deirdre Purcell Collins Math Award. In addition, winners have an opportunity to apply for a scholarship to attend the Illinois Central College “College For Kids” summer program. This year’s honorees at Washington Gifted: •Hope Adhanom Shipman and Mara Adams Carol Ann Purcell established the Deirdre Purcell Collins Math Award in memory of her daughter, Deirdre Purcell Collins. Mrs. Purcell is passionate about supporting young women with math abilities. She encourages these students to continue their math studies because math knowledge opens so many doors. More than 210 seventh grade girls have received the Deirdre Purcell Collins Math Award since its start in 2007.

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  • Washington graduates are looking good! CONGRATS!

    All of the boldfaced students went to Washington Gifted School: On April 17, Richwoods International Baccalaureate junior LUCIA DE BENITO Y SANCHEZ will perform with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra (PSO) at the Annual PSO Guild Student Concert. Sanchez won first place in the PSO Young Artists Competition in October 2014. RHS senior LINA GOELZER has been awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. Lina was one of 8,000 winners from a pool of 1.5 million applicants. She has been accepted and plans to attend Yale University in the fall. Also through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), RHS senior ANNA LIU has been selected a winner of the State Farm Companies Foundation Scholarship. Eleven RHS juniors have qualified to enter the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program, placing in the top 50,000 students out of 1.5 million nationally. They are: EMLEE BALLOWE, HOLDEN BROWN, JUSTIN CHEN, Alexander Cheng, GALEN CURTIS, MATT GREBNER, WINSTON LINDQUISTER, NADA NAFFAKH, ISAAC NGO, Zachary S. Settelmyer and AARON THUNE. ALSO CLICK FOR MORE STUDENTS

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  • Student Pick-up and Drop-off Guidelines

    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.

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  • “Bigs & Littles Game Night” Makes for an Exciting Evening at Washington

    "Bigs and Littles" is a mentoring program designed to help 5th graders ease into the rigors of middle school life and help all new students feel welcome here at Washington. Click this headline for more about this fun event!

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  • Social Media Matters

    Student safety is our top priority in our district and here at Washington. We encourage parents to educate yourself on social media (Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr, Kick, Whisper, etc.), have discussions with your child about the dangers and consequences of social media, and set rules and guidelines including keeping your computer in a common area of your home and frequently checking the privacy settings on your child’s accounts. We appreciate your assistance and patience in this matter, as we continue to work to keep our school a safe place to learn for all students.

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  • Accelerated Reading- What have you read?

    Washington at a 78% participation level for the last 30 days. What books have you read at home or for class? Washington has read 4,229 books and 228,083,762 words since the beginning of school according to AR. Great job! Here is how we ended the school year: Emily G (683pts), Marissa M (518), Emma K (514), Ari J(491), Lindsey R (388), and Conrad M (388) are the TOP 6 in AR for the school! 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.

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    It's not too early to schedule your child's exam! Students entering 6th or 12th grade fall 2015 will be required to show proof of meningococcal vaccine. 6th Grade Entry - Must show proof of receiving one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) on or after 11 years of age. --Laura Miller RN, IL/NCSN, nurse for RHS region

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  • Mrs Kennell wins Employee of the Month!

    District 150 math teacher, Kristyn Kennell was recognized as the District Employee of the Month for November. The November Employee of the Month, Washington Gifted Middle School math teacher Kristyn Kennell, was nominated by parent Pete Whitley. In recognizing Kennell, 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. Mrs. Kennell is aware of individual challenges facing students and tutors students before school.” Whitley also made note of Kennell’s successful efforts to “go green and recycle.” Congratulations, Kristyn Kennell! 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. To place a nomination for Employee of the Month, visit http://www.psd150.org/employeeofthemonth

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  • Wildcats Proudly Host Grandparents

    Grandparents’ Day was held at Washington Middle School on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. It is always a wonderful experience to meet grandparents and special people in the children’s lives, so we look forward to this special day in our school every year! We had a breakfast and entertainment for our guests from 9:00-10:30 a.m. A student who does not have grandparents is free to ask an aunt, uncle, adult neighbor or adult family friend, etc. to be a “Peoria Grandparent” for the event. (We include parents at other events). Our guests spend personal time with their grandchildren and enjoy entertainment offered by our talented students.

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  • Washington Students Enjoy a Celebration for a Stellar Nine Weeks

    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.

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    Congratulations to Mrs. Prescott for being named Washington’s Kiwanis Teacher of the Year. She was recognized at a luncheon on April 30 at the Lariat Club. Great job, Tracy!!!

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  • Backpack Peoria is Saturday, July 25, 9am-1pm at the Dream Center. 
    Online Enrollment for all District 150 students begins August 1st and ends August 16th. Please make sure to fill out all forms. Instructions are available in our 'Virtual Backpack.'
    Please schedule Doctor and Dentist appointments during the summer, so as not to disrupt the school year. Make sure to get your Sports Physical when you get the School Physical, so that students are ready for anything. 
    Make sure to visit your local branch of the Library to keep those brains in shape. Read a new series or catch up on one you already started. Listen to an audiobook if you are driving somewhere for vacation. 
    July is National Ice Cream Month! Take a walk up to your neighborhood ice cream shop or maybe you can make your own with online directions.
    Have you been to Illinois' desert? Check out Sandy Ridge State Park for cacti and sandy desert areas. How about the super-secret Rocky Glen, right nearby? They take monthly tour groups to see a local mini-"starved rock" area.
    July: Read a book you found via a library database/website (e.g. Booklist Online, NoveList, Fiction Connection, GoodReads, LibraryThing). Log in and see what new book you can discover using these valuable reading tools.
    Our school supply list was given to all students and is also available under the Students & Parents tab. 
    See you back on August 17th, the 1st day of school, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!
    Let us know what you did this summer! Maybe you can be featured in our Headlines, Newsletter, Remarkable Times or on the District site. 
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  • Online Enrollment for all District 150 students begins August 1st and ends August 16th. Please make sure to fill out all forms. Instructions are available in our 'Virtual Backpack.'
    Students coming from non-District 150 schools should come to our New Student Registration on August 6th and 7th, noon-5pm to fill out registration forms before school begins.
    New students are encouraged to join us at the Bigs/Littles Tour on August 12th, 10:30-11:30am. 
    6th, 7th, and 8th graders can come to the Locker Set-up on August 13th, noon-1pm. If you miss it, there will be plenty of time on the first day to set up lockers. 
    Let us know what you did this summer! Maybe you can be featured in our Headlines, Newsletter, Remarkable Times or on the District site. 
    Are you ready for the First Day of School, August 17th? We'll see you there, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!
    Grab your Wildcat Shirt when you arrive at school on the first day. 
    We are so glad to have you all here at school! It is a short month, so lets make the most of it!
    August: Read a genre or format you don’t usually read. Do you avoid graphic novels, audiobooks, or any specific genre like the plague? Pick up a book that is completely different from what you normally read, and find out if it is worse (or better!) than you thought. 
    Back-to-School Night is coming! Parents, come see your child's classrooms, talk to teachers, sign up for PTO and Volunteer days, check out our awesome STEM Lab and enjoy refreshments.  Parents of new students interested in Band or Orchestra can come at ? to learn about our Fine Arts program. Approximately 64% of parents signed in at B2S night 2014
    Wear your favorite college shirt with uniform pants for College Colors Day on Friday, August 28th.
    Bigs/Littles Game Night is August 28th, 6:30-8:30pm. Come have fun with your friends after school!
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