• Mrs. Pantages will be out of the office starting on August 26th. Parents can still call the office or contact Ms. Brown or Mr. Poehls.

    Any student interested in being part of Washington’s student newspaper, The Wildcat Gazette, needs to see Mrs. Zacovic this week to sign up to tryout.

    5th grade band will begin as soon as all are signed up and have an instrument. ANYONE can join band, regardless of financial situation.  We will find a way, and the instrument for you!

    There will be an IESA Speech meeting on Monday in the Library during lunch for students interested in this fun activity.
    We have games all week for softball and baseball. Check the schedule and go support our school teams! 
    Big/Little Game Night is Friday, September 5th at 6pm in the Library/Gym. Come have fun and make connections!
    Make sure students are well-rested and have eaten a good breakfast to be ready for NWEA testing. 
    Everyone is having fun at the PTO Back-to-School Picnic on Sept 11, 5:30-7pm! Hickory River will be catering the main dish and every family should bring a dish to share.5th Hot Side Dish, 6th Cold Side Dish, 7th Sweet Treat, 8th Finger Food. The Student Council will be selling cans of soda.
    Help us raise field trip money at the 7th grade Challenger Car Wash Sept 13th, 9am - noon! Donations of any amount are accepted. 
    All parents are welcome at the PTO Meeting on Tuesday, Sept 16th at 7pm in the WGS Library. 
    Come cheer us on at the Boys Baseball Championship on Sept 17th at Sterling after school. 
    Progress Reports will be sent home with students on Sept 19th 
    Brush up on your bus skills for the Bus Evacuation Drill on Sept 23rd. 
    Selected 8th graders will go to the Construction Expo on Sept 23rd. 
    Parents of students interested in learning more about Destination Imagination can come to the DI Parent Meeting in the Library on Sept 23rd. 
    Wed. Sept 24th 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. 
    Student Council Elections will be during Homeroom on Friday!  
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  • Parent Notes Needed for Absences

    If a student will be late or absent, a parent or guardian must send a physical note or email to the office within 48 hours in order for it to be excused. Phone calls are appreciated, but can no longer be considered for absences to be excused. Click this headline for email addresses.

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  • Student Pick-up and Drop-off Guidelines

    7:15-7:30am and 2:00-2:38pm, 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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  • Accelerated Reading- We are starting the year with a bang!

    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! Currently 97% of 8th graders have taken AR quizzes in the last 30 days. Way to go, kids! 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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  • Compass Learning Login and Password Information

    Effective 8/8/2014, students’ Compass Login will be their 6-digit Student ID. Their password will be their 6-digit date of birth (MMDDYY).

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  • Washington Bowling League

    All parents, relatives, and friends of Washington are invited to bowl with the Washington Wildcats Bowling League. This is a great way to meet other people and have fun while helping to raise money for our school. They bowl on Thursday mornings while the kids are in school, 9:15 – 11:30 a.m. at Mt. Hawley Bowl. Full-time bowlers and substitutes are needed. Please contact Judy Planck at heyude@mtco.comor 253-2704 if interested.

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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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    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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  • “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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  • David Vaughan Investments Sponsoring Newspapers in Education For WGS

    "Newspapers in Education have linked teachers and business partners for years. Several local businesses have been able to cover the cost of many newspapers delivered to the local schools." David Vaughan Investments recently sponsored our school for newspaper delivery and online student and teacher access to the Peoria Journal Star. Their greatly appreciated donation was quite timely, since the 7th grade needed access for their "Peoria Issues" project!

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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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  • 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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