• Please schedule Doctor and Dentist appointments during the summer, so as not to disrupt the school year. Make sure to get your Sports Physical when you get the School Physical, so that students are ready for anything. 
    The Garden Club is hosting work days this summer on the first and third Saturdays this summer from 8:00AM till 10:00AM.
    Make sure to visit your local branch of the Library to keep those brains in shape. Read a new series or catch up on one you already started. Listen to an audiobook if you are driving somewhere for vacation. 
    July is National Ice Cream Month! Take a walk up to your neighborhood ice cream shop or maybe you can make your own with online directions.
    Have you been to Illinois' desert? Check out Sandy Ridge State Park for cacti and sandy desert areas. How about the super-secret Rocky Glen, right nearby? They take monthly tour groups(Aug 16th) to see a local mini-"starved rock" area.
    July: Read a book you found via a library database/website (e.g. Booklist Online, NoveList, Fiction Connection, GoodReads, LibraryThing). Log in and see what new book you can discover using these valuable reading tools.
    Our school supply list was given to all students and is also available under the Students & Parents tab. 
    See you Monday, August 18th, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!
    Let us know what you did this summer! Maybe you can be featured in our Headlines, Newsletter, Remarkable Times or on the District site. 
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  • Peoria students get ready to go back to school

    The first day of school -- a full day on Monday, August 18 – is just one month away. You can find information you need at the District 150 Back-to-School information page including details on Backpack Peoria, the District school-year calendar, health requirements, detailed instructions on registering online at Family Access or by visiting your school, how to pay school fees online and exciting information on Compass Learning, Parent University and College Bound Peoria. Please click on headline above for direct link.

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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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  • Summer Compass Learning Locations

    We invite district students to attend Summer Compass Learning Labs at any of the following District 150 school locations. The specific school site schedules for Compass Learning are available by clicking on this headline.

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    Congratulations to Mrs. Prescott for being named Washington’s Kiwanis Teacher of the Year. She was recognized at a luncheon on April 30 at the Lariat Club. Great job, Tracy!!!

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  • Law Day 2014 Essay Winners Announced

    Washington students were honored as part of Peoria’s Law Day Celebration on Tuesday, May 13th at the Marriott Pere Marquette. The luncheon, hosted by the Young Lawyers Committee of the Peoria County Bar Association (with a grant from the Illinois State Bar Association), considered the theme "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters". Local students were invited to submit essays based on the theme and winners were honored at the luncheon. Fifth grader Christian Erickson won first place for his essay entitled “The Right to Vote: Does it Matter? Yes It Does!” Fifth grader Aditi Tripathi won second place with her essay entitled “Vote Here.” Students received a plaque and ribbon and the winners and school received cash prizes that will be used to buy additional books. Congratulations to our Washington fifth graders for excelling and to the Bar Association for sponsoring the special event!

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  • EconIllinois Economic Poster Winners

    Washington Gifted had 6 regional winners in the EconIllinois Contest. Amy Le, Amy Lee, Austin Lin, Keegan McConnell, Tasneem Naffakh and Ariel Zedric. In addition, Austin's poster was 1 of only 12 chosen as All-State Honorable Mention.

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  • Accelerated Reading- Let's keep up the great work!

    Since we made it to 100% participation during the 2013-2014 school year, let's commit to doing even more in the 2014-2015 school year! We would love to have 100% participation every month and an 85% or higher success rate! 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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  • Congrats to Students Selected for the All-City Band and Orchestra

    Washington would like to recognise these great students for their dedication and hard work: Marisa Patel-O'Connor, Katie Allen, Taylor Eastwood, Amy Lee, Ariel Zedric, Aaron Morris, Andrew Langenstein, Kip Kleimenhagen, Lizzie Shearer, Hannah Smith, Sedona Holland, Joel Brinkman, Ben Herold, Ben Van Buskirk, Ramona Naseri, Ally Johnson, Sam Wolstenholm, and Sophie Johnston. Congratulations on being selected for All-City!

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  • First Division Rating for Washington Students IGSMA Solo and Ensemble contest

    CONGRATULATIONS to the following band students for their successful participation in the IGSMA Solo and Ensemble contest on Saturday, March 8th held at Illinois Central College. All students from Washington Gifted received a First Division Rating! Sophia Kennedy, woodwind duet AND Piano solo. Taylor Eastwood, flute duet AND Flute solo. Marisa Patel-O'Connor, flute duet AND flute solo. Alix Rule, flute solo. Cami Proctor, piano solo. Congratulations Band Students! Washington is proud of you!

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  • OSF Field Trip Introduces Students to Careers in the Medical Field

    Seventh grade students from Washington Middle School, seen here in front of an ambulance, enjoyed a field trip to the OSF Jump Trading Center. They went through a simulated emergency, learned the basics of CPR and examined a pig heart and lungs

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  • ASCE Note Card Bridge Building Contest

    The Peoria Riverfront Museum hosted Engineering Day on Sunday, Feb 16th. There were many booths set up by different engineering groups, but the highlight of the day was the 23rd Annual ASCE Contest. Students built model truss bridges out of 3"x 5" note cards and then tested the strength of the bridge. Congratulations to the nine 8th grade teams who entered.

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  • Congrats to the FIRST LEGO League Teams!

    Mr. Weinrich would like to thank the two FIRST LEGO Robotics teams for a successful season. Both the Storm Troopers and Flaming Impact competed in the regional tournament on Saturday, December 7th. It was a busy and exciting day, with teams from all over central Illinois. Both teams presented research projects, robot designs and programming challenges with enthusiasm and class. They also got to see what the other area teams had done. Lots of fun for everyone.

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  • “Bigs & Littles Game Night” Serves Up An Exciting Evening at Washington

    Despite the heat on that Friday night, approximately one hundred students gathered in the hot, sweaty gym to get to know their new 5th grade classmates at Washington. After introducing all of the 5th graders, students rotated to multiple game stations, which included Crazy Bat, Balloon Burst, A-Z Freeze Tag, Steal the Bacon and more. (Click on headline to read more!)

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  • Wildcats Proudly Host Grandparents

    Washington recently welcomed hundreds of Grandparents for brunch and musical entertainment. The band, orchestra and choirs all performed during the morning event. Builder’s Club used the opportunity to raise money for Charity by taking pictures of families throughout the morning. Thank you to the Washington PTO for organizing and providing the items for the buffet.

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  • Washington Gifted Middle Builds Relationships with our Community and Helps Habitat for Humanity

    Not only does Habitat for Humanity build homes for people in need, but they also build a brighter future, support stronger family ties and foster community relationships. Habitat for Humanity is a great example of a benevolent organization that a Washington Student would admire. This past week, Washington Gifted Middle School students bonded together as a community to collectively create a float for display in the Morton Pumpkin Festival Parade. During art classes, students took 3-D to a new level! WGMS students created a 3-dimensional house in the style of Habitat for Humanity Homes. (Click on headline to read more!)

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