• Congrats to Maggie U, Marissa M, Brianna H, and Emily G for being the TOP students in AR for their grade!
    Boys Soccer Try Outs are Sept 2nd after school.


    Student Council Elections will be during Homeroom on Friday! Application forms will be due in Mrs Kennell's Room on Sept 3. 


    On Sept 4 Peoria Public Library will take photo of Summer Library Participants. Washington won again for the 22nd year!

    Join family and friends at a Chiefs game on Sept 4th at 7pm. 
    Join us at the PTO Back-to-School Picnic on Sept 10, 5:30-7pm!

    Have a great 3-day weekend! Monday, Sept 7th is Labor Day. 
    MathCounts starts Sept 10 after school.
    The Wildcat Store will be open Sept 11 and 25 during lunch. Make sure to bring your wildcat tickets! 
    Make sure to eat a good breakfast and get plenty of rest to be ready for NWEA testing Sept 8-25. 
    Help us raise field trip money at the 7th grade Challenger Car Wash Saturday, Sept 12th, 9am - noon! 
    On Sept 22, 9:30-11:30, selected students will go to the Career Expo at the Expo Gardens
    Wednesday, Sept 23rd is a SIP 1/2 day. Students will be finished at 10:30am and buses will run.  
    Textbook fees are due online or in the office by Sept 30th. 
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Headlines & Features

  • Come Tonight! “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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  • Survey for 7th and 8th Grade Parents

    As you are aware, all students at Washington Gifted School are enrolled in Spanish beginning with the 2015-16 school year. With this being stated, we still want to offer opportunities to those students who formerly studied French. We want to investigate how many students in the 7th and 8th grade, would avail themselves of Rosetta Stone instruction through their quarterly Art Class time period. This would be offered as an ungraded, optional, enrichment period to the students, and a staff member will be in the period to supervise, as always. Please complete and return the form sent home on Friday. Your response is appreciated by Sept 1st.

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  • Back to School with the Peoria Chiefs

    Washington is having a PTO night with the Peoria Chiefs. Join all of your friends on Sept. 4th at 7pm to watch the Peoria Chiefs take on Burlington. Make sure to stay for the fireworks! Cost is $9/ticket, payable to the Washington PTO. We will sell tickets at Back-to-School Night, Big/Little Game Night, or contact Charity Jeffs at (309) 222-4924 or at

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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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  • Annual School Picnic

    Please plan to attend Washington's Annual School Picnic on Thursday, September 10th, 5:30 - 7:00PM. The PTO provides the meat and table service, you need to bring something to sit on and a dish with serving utensil. Advance reservations are $5/person with $20 max/family. At the door it is $7/person, $30 max. Student council will be selling drinks.

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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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  • 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:

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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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  • 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

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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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