• PARCC testing begins Monday, April 27th. Get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast!  
    Congrats to President Cami, VP Hope, Secretary Kim, and Treasurer Mara in the Student Council elections!
    8th Grade Activity Fee was due April 24th. 
    Progress Reports were sent home with students on April 24th. 
    Return any Lifetouch pictures not purchased within 7 days (April 28th). Students received them in homeroom April 21st.  
    Our Spring Musical, Annie Jr will be Thursday April 30th and Friday, May 1st at 6:30pm.  Bring your friends and family to see our superstars in action!
    Volunteer with Keep Peoria Beautiful to help at the Great American Cleanup project. 
    April 28 is International Astronomy Day, which promotes understanding of the wonders of the universe. 
    --Future Richwoods Band/Orchestra students can check out the Richwoods Spring Concert on Wednesday, April 29 at 7pm in the RHS Auditorium.  
    Mentors will be here to assist 8th graders with their Peoria Issues project on May 1st, 8:30-9:30am 
     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. 
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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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  • Sun & Fun bus pass applications available

    If you want your child to have a Sun and Fun free bus pass to use this summer then it is time to fill out their application. Students must be a 5th -12th grade student to qualify. Applications can also be picked up at your child's school in the main office.

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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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  • 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 3,622 books and 195,008,592 words since the beginning of school according to AR. Great job! As of April14, 2015: Emily G (627pts), Emma K (491), Marissa M (486), Lindsey R (360), and Conrad M (358) are the TOP 5 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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    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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  • 2015 Spelling Bee Winner Farwah - Congratulations!

    The Spelling Bee contestants were: 501 – Ella L and Riley M (Alternate: Lotus G) 502 – Jacob B and Lauren E (Alternate: Ben K) 503 – Audrey D and Parker L (Alternate: Caleb B) 601 – Donald E and Mirella E (Alternate: Zaid M) 602 – Eli P and Kylie M (Alternate: Jessica C) 603 – Farwah W and Carolina R (Alternate: Ethan H) 701 – Mara A and Stephen S (Alternate: Sanjana M) 702 – Christian J and Jared A (Alternate: Anna G) 703 – Alex D and Kim N (Alternate: Parker H) 801 – Austin L and Thomas M (Alternate: Avery T) 802 – Brandi S and Autumn R (Alternate: Lily M) 803 – Holiday M and Kileli M (Alternate: Andrew B)

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  • Labels for Education

    Save these labels(Campbell's) so the school can earn equipment. Ask your family, friends and neighbors to save them for you, too. Put them in a baggie or envelope with your student's name and homeroom on it. L4E sent us FREE BOOKS for the Library because we have done such a great job! Keep Clipping!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “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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  • 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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  • 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

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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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  • David Vaughan Investments Sponsoring Newspapers in Education For WGS

    "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!

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