Get your Chess Club permission slips from Mrs Conard. They are due Wednesday, Oct 7th. Practice begins Friday!


    The 8th graders will go on their Architectural Tour of downtown Peoria on October 8th. 


    Bring your Wildcat Tickets to lunch on Oct 9th for the PBIS Wildcat Store.

    Get ready for the 7th/8th Grade Autumn Dance on October 9th, 6:30-8:30pm.
    Another 3-day weekend! October 12 is Columbus Day. I hope it is still nice enough to grill out. 
    Please join us for the Parent University on October 15th here at Washington. Please RSVP to the office.
    Come help out on Saturday, Oct 17th for the PTO Fundraiser Service Day!
    The 8th graders will be meeting in the Library on Oct 20th to learn about the Richwoods International Baccalaureate program. 
    Make sure to bring your Wildcat Tickets to lunch for the Wildcat Store on Thursday, Oct 22.
    Bring your money! DI will be selling cinnamon rolls after school on Oct 22.
    Parent Conferences will be October 22 & 23, with no school on Friday, Oct 23rd. 
    Join your friends at the DI Flapjacks Fundraiser Oct 24, 8-10@Applebee's for a $5 pancake feast!
    Get ready for Spirit Week, October 26 - 30! 
    October 28th is a SIP 1/2 day for students. Students will be dismissed at 10:30am. 
    An IB informational meeting for parents of applicants at the Richwoods auditorium Thursday, Oct. 29th at 6:00 pm.
    8th graders will visit Springdale Cemetery on Oct 29th. Dress warmly!
    Are you excited for the Fall Parties on October 30th? 5th and 6th will have parties in Homeroom, 7th and 8th will have a dance in the gym.
    Grandparents Day reservations are due Nov 3rd in the office. Don't be left out! Forms will be available in the "Virtual Backpack" and in our school office.
    Selected 8th graders will go to the Construction Expo.  
    We can still use some volunteers for the Book Fair! Please contact Mrs Scuffham to sign up. 

    Cold and flu season is approaching.  Keeping hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy.  

    Wash hands:

            - before eating food

            - after using the toilet

            - after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

     Also remember to "cover your cough"

           - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

            - Put your used tissue in the waste basket.

            - If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.

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Headlines & Features

  • Washington Entrepreneurs Pitch Products to CGN Global Investors

    In a scenario similar to reality TV show Shark Tank, 19 teams of Washington Gifted Middle School 8th grade students will present their Capstone Projects to engineers from CGN Global, Monday, October 5 from 8:45 to 11 a.m. at the school, 3706 N. Grand Blvd. in Peoria. Each entrepreneurial team has spent five weeks researching and designing their product – a study kit to market to high school students. “This is a great example of how a dynamic relationship between a school and an Adopt-A-School partner benefits students and the community,” explains Principal David Poehls. Students were required to stay within a $25 per unit price point, and working with CGN Global engineers, researched the many details required to bring a product to market, including product design, manufacturing, supply chain components, consumer needs, and supply and demand. In the final step of the project, each student team will pitch its product to a team CGN Global engineers, the “shark” investors. Parents, family members and community members are welcome to watch the presentations. CGN Global is one of three active Adopt-A-School partnerships at Washington. The school also has projects underway with Dewberry and Associates and Illinois American Water. Science/STEM teacher Robert Weinrich has served as liaison for the Capstone project.

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  • 3M STAR in the Classroom Award for Mrs Prescott

    Tracy Prescott, Washington Gifted School in Peoria has been named a STAR In The Classroom educator, sponsored by 3M and Econ Illinois. The award recognizes educators with a history of incorporating economic education in the classroom while providing a learning environment that promotes student success. The award will be presented at the Econ Illinois annual Economic Educator Day Awards Luncheon held at the Union League Club of Chicago on October 27, 2015. Ms. Prescott will receive a certificate of achievement, a cash award, and will participate in a unique professional development seminar the day of the awards luncheon.

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  • Parent University at Washington on October 15th

    Washington welcomes families and community members to the Parent University event hosted at Washington on Thursday, October 15th, 5:15-8pm. This event will be REMARKABLE!!!! Please RSVP to the WGMS Office as soon as possible. A meal will be served 5:15-6pm, followed by workshops and breakout sessions from 6-8pm. Parents can check out the informative and fun activities in each classroom: Boosting Communication with Your Child, Kagan in the Classroom, IEPs&504s, Propelling Your Gifted Child into Success, Architecture with Our Adopt-a-School Partners, Exploratory Crossfit, and more! The meal, workshops, and childcare are FREE! Many lucky attendees will win cool prizes. Travis Bowlby(IB) and Susan Gobeyn(Curriculum) will speak to the PALs group. Childcare for K-4th grade students is available. Our goal is 300+ parents, so LET'S MAKE THIS EVENT A HUGE SUCCESS!!!!

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  • Meet our Adopt-A-School Partners!

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  • Parent Help Needed!

    We still need parents willing to volunteer their expertise and time for upcoming Exploratory classes. Please fill out and turn in to the Office. In an effort to integrate the skills, talents and interests of our WGMS parents into the curriculum and life of our school, would you please take a moment to fill out the attached form and turn it in to the office.

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  • Washington HELP-A-THON 2015

    We hope you are excited about this year’s brand new fundraiser. The Help-a-Thon is a wonderful opportunity to help both our school and community. Please take a moment to read through the information below and familiarize yourself with the program. Our Goal: $15,000 With school funding reductions, we want to provide support in areas that are at risk of funding cuts. Priorities include field-based experiences, teacher needs, and technology upgrades. In order to reach our goal, we need everyone to participate. Even the smallest donations can add up to something big.All the volunteer opportunities for that morning are being arranged. We will need parents to transport students to some of the locations and to help with some volunteering. Can’t make it on the 17th? No problem! Complete the community service of your choice by the end of 2015. We have included a form that you can complete to let us know what you did.

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  • Congratulations from Peoria Public Library

    The numbers have been totaled up and we have our school winners for the 2015 Peoria Public Library Summer Reading Program! Elementary school – Charter Oak – 43 students; Middle school – Washington Gifted – 21 students; High school – Manual – 21 students; Representatives from the Peoria Public Library took a picture of our participating students and are making a summer reading poster for our school! They also brought some neat coupons for the kids who helped us win the middle school division of the Summer Reading Program. Great job AJ, Monica A, Nethmi and Yohan B, Sean B, Aidan D, Audrey D, Lauren E, Michael F, Logan G, Leah G, Brianna and Maleah H, Mia J, Liliyhan L, Flynn R, Destiny R, Fatema S, Abbie S, Madi T, Aditi and Harshith T, John T, and Bella W!

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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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  • 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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  • “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 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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  • 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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    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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