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From the Principal


Welcome Back!!!

As school reopens from Winter Break, please remember that we encourage all of our students to read at home.  We are asking our parents to help us emphasize the importance of reading at all ages. recommends that:

  • Children value the things their parent's value – let your children see you read.

  • Reduce TV viewing and video game time and increase reading time.

  • Set aside a specific time each day when you and your child will read.

  • Read aloud to your younger child(ren). Reading with expression shows that a child that you love books and that you enjoy reading to them.

  • Share what you have read with your child(ren). Ask your child(ren) to do the same with you.

In her article, Lana Winter-Hebert lists 10 benefits of reading. They are:

  1. Mental Stimulation

  2. Stress Reduction

  3. Knowledge

  4. Vocabulary Expansion

  5. Memory Improvement

  6. Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

  7. Improved Focus and Concentration

  8. Better Writing

  9. Tranquility

  10. Free Entertainment

Please remember that we try to have outdoor recess whenever possible. Please bundle your students warmly. Kids will be allowed to play in the snow if they have snow pants, boots, hats, gloves and winter coats.   

Important Dates - January 2019

  • Early Release

    • 1/16/19 - 1:05 p.m.

  • Parent Meeting regarding Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grade programming

    • 1/16/19 - 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

    • Flyer

  • Student Council Meeting

    • 1/17/19 - 2:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    • 1/21/19


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Fifth graders this year continued their STEM exploration when they visited the Challenger Learning Center in Woodstock, IL where they embarked on the learning center’s newest adventure: Mission to Mars. Students took on a variety of rolls, from biologist to pilot to robotics engineer) simulating a mission and researching for minerals, as well as signs of life on the red planet. Students also continued their investigation in the Star Lab, where they looked at the perspective of space from Mars.We had an amazing time and our students are super excited to continue their investigation of the solar system!    


There has been LOTS going on in the Elite team grades 6-8. We will be going on field trips again this year.  The 6th grade classes will be going to Cave of the Mounds, the 7th grade class will be going to the Burpee Museum & Rockford Planetarium, and the 8th grade class went to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago at the beginning of December. Currently, in IMaST Math, the 6th graders are working on their fraction skills so they can double and triple cookie recipes.  The seveth graders are learning about nutrition and how to calculate the nutrition they receive in a serving. The 8th graders will be creating their own fruit fly habitat.

In IMaST Science the eight graders are exploring animal habitats and planning for the introduction of live animals into their homemade habitats. They have investigated potential and kinetic energy as well as the Law of Conservation of Energy. The seventh graders are comparing the choices we have in our school lunches and what our body needs to function each day. Currently the sixth graders are learning about the ozone and the pollution in the air we breathe and have learned about atmospheric layers and air quality. We have learned a lot this year through the designing and building of hot air balloons as well as constructing topographic maps and improved their understanding of the natural world through comparing diatoms with tessellations.

In Engineering Technology, the 6th graders are finishing discussing Ancient Egypt and examining the most well known artifacts they left future generations.  The seventh graders are learning about how influential people were in shaping the nation we live in today during the American Revolution. The eight graders have researched the War to End All Wars, WWI, and took part in trench warfare.  

In Language Arts, sixth graders just finished writing an essay explaining the connections between a game board they designed and a book they finished in October. They will soon be starting an historical fiction book club focused on WWII and human rights while researching the historical era. Seventh grade is working on fractured fairy tales, a form of narrative writing, as well as, figurative language before moving into historical fiction and non-fiction text structures. 8th grade continues to integrate technology and research skills by conducting a research project based on their book club choice dealing with environmental issues.

Registration Information for 2019-2020 School Year

CLICK HERE to find information on registering students for the next school year. You will find information on how to register a child for kindergarten, returning students and new students.

During the months of December and January our elementary, middle, and high schools had the opportunity to participate in Google Expeditions.  Expeditions is a two part program designed to allow students to participate in “virtual” field trips. The first part is virtual reality where students use goggles to travel to fascinating places.  The second part is augmented reality where students find 3D digital objects placed in the classroom using a smartphone and selfie stick.

Belvidere students had the tremendous opportunity to experience the augmented reality portion of Expeditions which is still in Beta, which means it has not been released to the public. Google is reaching out to a million students and plans to have the program operating at its top level by the end of the school year.

Learning is brought to life, creating a high level of enthusiasm as students travel the solar system, explore the ocean floor, see a volcano erupt, witness a tornado, visit with dinosaurs, and examine a variety of Earth’s landforms.

Student Artwork on Display at Sips & Sprinkles

Washington Academy has a wonderful opportunity this year to display student artwork at Sips & Sprinkles, a local coffee and ice cream shop in Belvidere. The first artwork on display features student artists from third - fifth grade. The student artists receive a certificate and a trip to Sips & Sprinkles during school to see their art and eat ice cream!

Congratulations to the following students:

Karina Perez, Mrs. Arellano’s class
Victor Flores, Mrs. Carreon’s class
Leonardo Tenorio, Mr. Bojda’s class
Thalia Garcia-Hernandez, Ms. Magallanes’s class
Jazmin Washington, Ms. Groves’s class
Isabela Gomez, Mrs. Schmidt’s class
Be sure to visit Sips & Sprinkles to see their artwork! It’s just a short walk from Washington!

Sips & Sprinkles
221 W. Locust St.
Belvidere, IL


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