• All students' Library BOOKS must be RETURNED now for Inventory. 
    The Newsletter will be sent home with students on Friday.
    Remember, No School on Memorial Day. Enjoy the three-day weekend!
    2015 LEGO League applications are due to Mr Weinrich by May 27th. 
    Applications to be a "Big" to incoming students are available for current 6th and 7th grade students from Mrs Kennell.
    The 8th Grade Honors Ceremony begins at 7pm, May 28th. Students must arrive by 6:30pm. Dress nicely and don't be late! No formal class picture will be taken at this event.
    Parents are welcome to attend the All-School Awards assembly beginning at 8am May 29th. 
    The Last Day of School! May 29th is Yearbook signing and School Carnival day! Students will be let out at 1:30pm, one hour early. 
    If your student has any medication in the school office, please pick it up by the end of the school year.  Any unclaimed medication is to be discarded, and not held of the summer.
    It's not too early to schedule your child's exam for physicals and sports physicals!  
    Have a lovely summer! 
    If a student was absent, report cards and other items will be held in the office until June 10th for pickup.
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Headlines & Features

  • Turn in Library Books Now!

    All Library books must be turned in for Inventory. Please try to return any books to the librarian as soon as possible, so that she can check them in for the district-wide Library Inventory. This is especially important for our 8th graders, since they will all be at other schools next year.

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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:

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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:

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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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  • 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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    Parent(s)/guardian(s) please pick up from the school any unused medication which was prescribed for your child. If you do not pick up the medication by the end of the school year, the school will discard the medication.

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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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  • 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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  • University of Illinois Extension invites students to STEM camps

    The University of Illinois Extension is teaming up with several local agencies to offer middle school students the opportunity to delve in to STEM careers this summer. Click on the web link and the flyer link for each of the two camps below. You can also find more information on the U of I Extension's main webpage: 4G STEM Camp Open to girls entering 7th and 8th grade July 6-10, 8:30-4:30 at Bradley University Includes 2 STEM site visits and 2 Digital Learning Studios Cost $175. Makers in Motion Camp Open to boys and girls entering 7th and 8th grade July 27-31st, 8:30-4:30, Peoria Riverfront Museum Cost $145. Click for more info and flyers

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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 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

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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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