• Come check out our talent! PTO Brown Bag Dinner Theatre will be March 4, 5:30-8pm. Those without reservations may pay at the door.

    March: Read a book that has been made into a movie. Here’s your chance to judge a book by its movie! Find out which of your favorite scenes from a book ended up on the cutting-room floor and which made it to the silver screen.
    Loredo Taft information packets were given to 8th graders. The permission slips are due March 6th
    Drama practice will be after school. Not all students will be practicing every day, so please see your Drama schedule.
    7th graders will be setting up their Golf Projects in the large gym on March 5th. 
    Come support our Dance Team at the Dance and Step Competition at Richwoods March 7th, 3pm. 
    Don't forget to put your clocks forward 1 hour this weekend! Daylight Savings Time begins March 8th. 
    Bonus Turn-in Day for the Magazine Drive is March 9th.
    PARCC Testing is March 9th through 18th. Get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast! 
    The 2015 IHSA BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS will be March 9-12 and March 18-19. 
    We need lots of volunteers to help with the Book Fair! Please contact Heidi Scuffham to sign up.
    Quest Academy is accepting enrollment applications for next years' 9th graders until March 12th.
    Please sign and return Conference letters to homeroom teachers by Friday, March 13th
    Celebrate Pi Day on March 14th (3-14-15). Memorize the number out as far as you can, look up why it is so important, or just eat a slice of pie!
    On March 15th parents and students may begin buying books on our online Book Fair access. 
    The last day for our Magazine Drive will be March 16th. Make sure you have turned in everything! 
    The Newsletter will be sent home with students on Friday. If you have an article for the WGS Newsletter, make sure to get it in to Mrs. Pantages by the Monday before. 
    All 8th grade parents should attend the mandatory Loredo Taft Parent Meeting in the Library on Thursday March 19th at 7pm.  Important information will be given at this meeting!
    Bring your PAWS to lunch on March 20th to use at the PBIS Store.
    Conference Confirmation sheets are due in to teachers March 13th.
    The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! It will be available to all students, with late hours during student conferences. 
    The Richwoods Spring Musical will be March 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m. Please come and support the students for this fun and entertaining musical play. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any student who is in the show. 
    8th Graders MUST be on time Monday to leave for Loredo Taft! Buses will leave at 8am on March 23rd. Parents must pick up their students on Friday, March 27th at 4pm, as there will be no buses because of no school.
    Selected students will go to WMBD to record Clean Water Commercials on March 24th.  
    Conference times will be coming home with students. Student-led conferences will be Thursday, March 26th 4-7pm. Open conferences with teachers will be Friday, March 27th 8-11am.
    We will have special guest speakers at the PTO Meeting on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30pm in the Washington Gym! Please join us in welcoming the candidates running for the two open school board seats.
    No School Friday, March 27th. Open Conferences for Parents 8-11am. 
    Turn off the lights for Earth Hour at 8:30pm on March 29th! Display your commitment to protecting our planet and our resources.
    Spring Break is March 30th - April 6th. See you Tuesday, April 7th at 7:30am! 
    The RHS Cheerleading Tryouts will be this month 3:30pm-5:30pm in the Richwoods gymnasium. 
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Headlines & Features

  • 5Essentials Survey

    Please take a moment to give us your opinions about Washington Gifted. Click on this Headline to see the link. Important information for those who use Internet Explorer: When selecting a school on the drop down menu, type in the name of the school. If you select “show more results” it will only refresh the page. The 5 Essentials Survey (Survey of Learning Conditions) is available for parents, students, and all certified staff through March 13th. We need at least 50% participation in each group to receive a report.

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  • MS Boys Volleyball Clinic at Washington March 7th

    This FREE clinic will take place from 9am to noon for boys in 5th through 8th grade. Bring gym clothes, water and kneepads if you have them. Please eat a good breakfast because we will be very active! Register by March 3rd so that we know how much equipment we need. Registration forms are available in the Washington Office, Richwoods Office, online at or by clicking here.

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  • Spring Book Fair

    The PTO Scholastic Book Fair is March 20th to March 27th. We will be open in the foyer during Friday's conferences. Parents may choose to buy books themselves during Parent Conferences, or send money with students. The teachers and staff will have Wish List Containers for you to choose from for classroom or Library donations.

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  • Washington Students took 3rd in State at IESA Chess Tournament at ISU in Normal, IL

    Great job to our Chess club representatives at the state competition on Friday and Saturday. Barak and Dan earned bronze medals, the 6th grade team came in 3rd, and Ethan and Donald earned bronze medals. Thank you Mrs. Conard and several of our parents who helped drive and chaperon! Great job Wildcats!! The following students participated in the IESA Chess Tournament at ISU in Normal, IL on Friday, February 27th: 5th Grade – Connor A, 6th Grade – Donald E, Ethan H, Eli P, and Thomas S, 8th Grade – Barak A, Spencer A, Braden G, Daniel M, Sid S, Andrew VB, and Ben VB. Mrs. Conard will also attend. Congratulations for making it so far!

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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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  • PBIS Prizes from Wildcat Way Raffle

    First, we would like to say thank you to all the teachers who volunteered to provide services above and beyond for our students!!!! 1/2 day with Mr. C: Ben K, Miranda P, Emily G, Cat W, Jake W, Nicholette L; S'mores with Mrs. Z.: Sela C, Jared E, Kim N, Isaiah R, Bella W, Kylie M, Andrew H, Raymond W, Scout N, Ashanti A; Donuts with Mrs. Kennell: Aditi T, Sanjana M, Mason P, Denaya M, Raymond W, Kylie M, Jada D, Maxine A-S, Kim N, Jared E; Starbucks with Mrs. Randall: Ashanti A, Denaya M, Sam L, Gabby A; Cooking with Mrs. Conard: Carolina R, Sophia J, Lauren E, Sam L, Aditi T, Grace T, Marisa P-O, Victoria C, Cloey O, Vincent W. Congrats everyone!

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  • Accelerated Reading- What have you read?

    We are still gaining ground! Washington is up to a 85% Participation level for the last 30 days. Thanks goes to Ms Weiman for having every 8th grader take a quiz on Thursday! What books have you read at home or for class? Washington has read 3,148 books and 170,029,539 words since the beginning of school according to AR. Great job! As of February 24, 2015: Emily G (531pts), Marissa M (432), Emma K (396),Darwin B (342), and Lindsey R (294) 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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  • 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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