Fundraiser Nights will be held at Cherry Berry, November 23-25, 4:00-8:00 p.m. Enjoy!!!
Washington Gifted Middle School welcomed 1989 Alumni, Holly Mosack, at an all school assembly on November 10, 2015. Ms. Mosack served in the Army 82nd Airborne and earned the rank of Captain. She gave a presentation to the WGMS students which included descriptions of her training, college assistance through ROTC, and her multiple deployments. Mrs. Mosack credited Washington Gifted Middle School for giving her scholastic and readiness for college and the Armed services. The students were also involved in a 45 minute question and answer session. Mrs. Mosack offered her opinions on a variety of questions from the realistic Call of duty game, roadside bombs, trust for humanity, and being one of the first women officers deployed due to 9/11.
On Thursday, Oct. 29th the 8th grade class of Washington Gifted Middle School went to Springdale Cemetery for an outdoor field class. As a cross-curricular trip, students completed learning projects with several subject areas. Assisted by Mike Rucker from Peoria Wilds, 8th graders helped maintain the savannah restoration lands there. Students also made their own cemetery tour of prominent Peorians and used math to make a graph of average life expectancies. Though cold, the students enjoyed learning more about Peoria history and lands in the beautiful historic cemetery.
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.
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.
This past Saturday, dozens of Washington students and parents gathered for breakfast before spreading out around Peoria to complete community service. This was part of the school’s new fundraiser. The Help-a-Thon encouraged students to collect donations in return for a pledge to volunteer in the community. Participants completed the following projects: visited residents at Grand View Memory Care Center, prepared and served meals for Loaves & Fishes, cleaned classrooms at Crittenton Centers, readied holiday and birthday cards for Meals on Wheels, handed out packets for Run River City, set up activities for an event at Wildlife Prairie Park, completed several projects for the Center for Prevention of Abuse. The fundraiser was a great success, which not only raised valuable funds for the school, but also allowed students to have fun while helping their community.
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.
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.
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!
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: http://www.rebootillinois.com/2015/04/21/editors-picks/kevin-hoffmanrebootillinois-com/the-top-25-elementary-middle-high-schools-in-illinois-ranked-by-schooldigger/36695/
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 2014, 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!
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: http://www.econed-il.org/icee/econposter.shtml
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.
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM DI Fundraiser at Cherry Berry
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Boys Basketball @Sterling
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM PTO Council Meeting
7:30 AM - 7:35 AM Holiday Basket Pasta Day
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM AVID Presentation in Library with RHS Counselor
12:20 PM - 1:45 PM Israeli speaker presentation to 8th graders
8:00 AM - 8:20 AM 8th Grade Vision/Hearing Screening
12:20 PM - 1:45 PM Israeli speaker presentation to 7th graders
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Boys Basketball @HOME vs Von Steuben
7:25 AM - 7:35 AM Holiday Basket Canned Soup Day
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Boys Basketball @Trewyn
7:25 AM - 7:35 AM Holiday Basket Potato Day
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Boys Basketball at St Phil's