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FWCS registration set (Saturday, July 29, 2006)
The dog days of summer here mean one thing it's time for parents to get their children registered for the 2006-07 school year at Fort Wayne Community Schools. Students return to school on Monday, Aug. 21. For the second year, FWCS will hold registration on the same days and at the same times for all of its 53 schools: Friday, Aug. 4 from 8 (read full article)

Parents to receive handbooks (Friday, July 28, 2006)

Two Fort Wayne Community Schools handbooks are being mailed now to parents of the district's nearly 32,000 students. They are: * The Student Rights and Responsibilities & Behavior Code outlines the district's disciplinary procedures and the range of consequences for each rule violation. The discipline code was developed with (read full article)

Administrative appointments (Tuesday, July 11, 2006)

Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the following personnel action during their regularly scheduled meeting July 10 in the Grile Administrative Center: Steven M. Jones Principal, Northcrest Elementary School Steven Jones joins FWCS from Simms, Mont., where he has been principal of several schools including (read full article)

Certificate of Completion Hoax E-mail (Wednesday, June 14, 2006)

The following important information is from the Indiana Department of Educaton: Indiana Department of Education Director of Communications Jason Bearce today released the following statement regarding an e-mail hoax in circulation: It has been brought to the attention of the Indiana Department of Education that there is an e-mail being circulated (read full article)

Administrative appointments for 2006-07 school year (Wednesday, June 14, 2006)

Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the following personnel action during their regularly scheduled meeting June 12 in the Grile Administrative Center: Jennifer E. Peckham Principal, Lane Middle School Jennifer Peckham joined FWCS as a substitute teacher in 1996 and became a second-grade teacher at Washington (read full article)

Administrative appointments (Thursday, May 25, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the following personnel actions during the regularly scheduled meeting Monday, May 22 in the Grile Administrative Center: Gradlin Pruitt Principal Ward Education Center Gradlin Pruitt joined FWCS in 1991 as a substitute teacher and became a health physical education teacher at (read full article)

Northcrest honors Memorial Day (Thursday, May 25, 2006)
In honor of Memorial Day, at 2:30 p.m. Northcrest Elementary School students will gather by the flagpole outside to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and listen to Taps. Gil Springer from Post # 82 of the American Legion will be playing Taps. In addition to this, uniformed members of the Army from the Northcrest Recruiting Branch will be present for (read full article)

Elmhurst to honor "Fallen Heroes" (Wednesday, May 24, 2006)
A week ago, officials at Elmhurst High School received word that a second recent alumnus, Marine Lance Cpl. David GramesSanchez had been killed in Iraq. In late November, Army Cpl Jonathan Blair, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, of the 101st Airborne Division was killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee. (read full article)

Clay mural unveiled at Young (Monday, May 22, 2006)

Fort Wayne Community Schools' Whitney Young Early Childhood Center has broken new ground in advancing the district's goal of collaborating with local universities! In a first-ever, the preschoolers and kindergartners at the center have been working with ceramist students in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Indiana University-Purdue (read full article)

AYP shows FWCS in line with urban districts (Friday, May 19, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools echoes Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reeds' praise for the No Child Left Behind federal legislation's focus on high expectations and accountability in public schools. At the same time, as Reed noted, AYP clearly is not the "best reflection of the headway students and schools are making." (read full article)

AYP state results "mixed" (Friday, May 19, 2006)
THE FOLOWING WAS RELEASED ON MAY 19 FROM THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed today released 2005 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports for Indiana school corporations and schools under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Nearly three-quarters (72.7 percent) of Indiana's school corporations (read full article)

MEDIA ADVISORY (Monday, May 15, 2006)
Elmhurst High School will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. this morning, Monday, May 15, to give media an opportunity to speak with those who knew David Sanchez, a 2003 graduate who was killed Thursday while serving as a Marine in Iraq. Several Elmhurst teachers and students will be available for interviews. Principal Barbara Gentry will discuss plans (read full article)

FWCS announces summer meals program (Monday, May 15, 2006)
Summer vacation is just about here, but the end of the school year doesn't mean students have to skip a meal - especially when it is yummy, nutritious and free! Fort Wayne Community Schools is once again offering free summer meals during the week to children ages 1 to 18. There is no restriction and parents do not have to sign up. Children (read full article)

Showcase Concert at NSHS (Friday, May 12, 2006)
The 16th annual Showcase Concert will be held at North Side High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12. The concert will feature the award winning Wave of Distinction show choir, All That Jazz, That's Jazz Two and the Vocal Jazz III choirs. In recent years, the show choir and top jazz choir have been consistent finalists in the respective competitions. (read full article)

And the verdict is... (Thursday, May 11, 2006)

The following release was submitted by Snider High School's SADD group On April 28 during a 4th period assembly, the Snider High School auditorium became Allen County Superior Court Judge Fran Gull's courtroom. Judge Gull was there along with Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Adam Mildred and Arata Law Office Defense Attorney (read full article)

Title 1 Pre-K programs re-accredited (Thursday, May 11, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Abbett, Adams and Scott elementary schools' Pre-Kindergarten programs have earned re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. "We're proud to be accredited by NAEYC, and recognized (read full article)

Parent training session set (Thursday, May 11, 2006)

Fort Wayne Community Schools Title I is hosting a "Parents as Partners" spring conference on Friday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church. Nearly 170 parents have registered for the event, which will feature training sessions on the following topics: Writing at Home; AYP, NCLB and Title I; Knowing your child's reading (read full article)

DNR schedules gypsy moth treatments Wednesday (Monday, May 08, 2006)

The follow news release is from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources; 402 W. Washington St. W255 B; Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748 For more than 25 years the pest has been held in check and confined to comparatively small infestations in Indiana. Next week the DNR will treat 15 specific areas of infestation in six counties. Fort Wayne residents (read full article)

NSHS sets leadership workshop (Wednesday, May 03, 2006)
One of the nation's top youth leadership development consultants, Ted Wiese from Carmel, IN will make his third trip to speak with students at North Side High School. His "Learning to Lead" program focuses on team-building, communication, problem-solving, leadership and making a positive difference at school. Wiese will address (read full article)

FWCS sees increase in absenteeism May 1 (Monday, May 01, 2006)
RELEASE DATE: Monday, May 1, 2006 Despite an effort last week to appeal to parents not to keep their children home from school as part of the national "A Day without an Immigrant" protest, Fort Wayne Community Schools is seeing increases in the number of Hispanic students who are not in classrooms today. The district tracks school (read full article)

Groups protest differently in Fort Wayne (Thursday, April 27, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' officials joined members of The Hispanic Leadership Coalition of Northeast Indiana (HLCNI) and the United Hispanic-Americans, Inc. today to urge local families not to boycott school on Monday - a national move to protest proposed immigration reforms that Congress is considering. Instead, community leaders (read full article)

FWCS names principals, assistant principals (Wednesday, April 26, 2006)

Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the following personnel action during their regularly scheduled meeting April 24 in the Grile Administrative Center: Dianna G. Chadd Principal, Pleasant Center Elementary School Dianna Chadd joined FWCS in 1996 as a substitute teacher, assuming a permanent post as a teacher (read full article)

Last elementary delay set (Wednesday, April 26, 2006)
Students at Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools will have an opportunity to sleep in Tuesday, May 2. It is the last of the district's six scheduled delays in order that staff may receive professional training. All 34 FWCS elementary schools will begin their day for students at 10:40 a.m., two hours later than usual. Morning (read full article)

Students start-up a company - with a real loan! (Monday, April 24, 2006)
Some students at Anthis Career Center are going into business - literally! It's a unique program through which students in the Entrepreneur class will learn, first-hand, how to start a company. Recently, the students were divided into two teams, with each team writing a 12-page business plan for a company that will sell a product. But (read full article)

Career students to be honored (Thursday, April 13, 2006)

Anthis Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society will host its 8th Annual Induction and Recognition Ceremony for students at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 in the second floor auditorium at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. Sixty new members will be inducted and 40 students who were inducted last year will be recognized. The 100 students represent (read full article)

FWCS announces salary increase (Thursday, April 13, 2006)
Thanks to several unexpected economic turns and a dedicated staff who have steadfastly adhered to the deep cuts the district made in 2003, Fort Wayne Community Schools' financial status is healthier than expected. In that light, FWCS Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson announced today she will recommend that Board of School Trustees approve an (read full article)

Annual dance show returns to North Side! (Wednesday, April 12, 2006)
In the newly renovated auditorium with live music coming from the orchestra pit, the 26th Annual North Side Dance Show will be back bigger and better than ever before! "Collide" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 in the auditorium at North Side High School. Tickets are $5 at the door. Last, year the 25th (read full article)

Helen P. Brown Natatorium staff honored (Tuesday, April 11, 2006)
For the third year in a row, life guarding staff at Fort Wayne Community Schools' Helen P. Brown Natatorium has been awarded the "Platinum National Aquatic Safety Award" from Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc., the international aquatic safety consultant firm's most prestigious award. Only the top seven percent of Ellis clients earned (read full article)

Students focus on disaster preparedness (Monday, April 10, 2006)
A team of four, eighth-graders who make up Memorial Park Middle School's Christopher Columbus team are involved in a project that could save a life or two down the road.... The students are working on finding the best way to inform Allen County adults about disaster preparedness. To that end, earlier this school year they created a survey (read full article)

Lakeside to hold Healthy School Summit (Tuesday, April 04, 2006)
Lakeside Middle School will hold its fourth annual Healthy School Summit from 7:45-10:45 a.m. Thursday, April 13 at the school, 2100 Lake Ave. The summit helps students learn about the many health topics that will have an impact on their future well-being. Each grade level will feature different topics following the televised introduction (read full article)

Anthis Career Center topic of "Emphasis" - tune in! (Tuesday, April 04, 2006)

From firefighting to child care, Anthis Career Center offers junior and seniors in Northeast Indiana a wide range of programs that will give them a jump start on their future success! Fort Wayne Community Schools' district TV program, "Emphasis on FWCS" features an in-depth look at the career center with guests Ron Flickinger, area (read full article)

FWCS administrative news (Tuesday, March 28, 2006)
The following administrative appointments were approved by the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees at their regularly scheduled meetings held March 27. Retiring administrators include: Michael J. Morris Principal, Jefferson Middle School Michael Morris has served as principal of Jefferson Middle School since 2001. He began (read full article)

Haley music program recognized (Thursday, March 23, 2006)
Haley Elementary School's music program has been selected to receive special recognition as a Model Music Education Program by the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). The MENC Model Music Education Program is a newly established award program acknowledging 12 outstanding music programs from across the nation that demonstrate distinctive (read full article)

Updated Academic Standards in English/Language Arts released (Wednesday, March 22, 2006)

The following release is from the Indiana Department of Education: On March 22, Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed announced the posting of the Department of Education's UPDATED Academic Standards in English/Language Arts for public review and comment. The standards are refined at least every six years, the year before textbook (read full article)

Snider students teach others to "Stay in Bounds" (Thursday, March 16, 2006)
Snider High School students who excel in athletics as well as academics have been serving as mentors and role models to younger students this school year. They are part of Indiana's grassroots program, "Stay in Bounds," which encourages cooperation and personal responsibility, using sports as the focus. Sponsored by NCAA, Citizenship (read full article)

Author to visit middle schools (Wednesday, March 15, 2006)

Students in two FWCS middle schools will have opportunities on Wednesday, March 15 to speak with their favorite author! Retired teacher turned author Sharon Draper, who writes books for teens and motivational materials for teachers, will be at Northwood Middle School for an 8:30 a.m. assembly and at Jefferson Middle School at 1 p.m. She will talk (read full article)

NSHS Jazz Festival set (Monday, March 06, 2006)

North Side High School is extremely pleased to welcome the legendary tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts as the featured artist for its 2006 Jazz Festival. Mr. Watts, a two-time Grammy Award winner, has been featured on over 500 recordings over the course of a career spanning more than 30 years. The North Side Jazz Festival will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, (read full article)

FWCS/DOE hold diversity workshop (Thursday, March 02, 2006)
The Indiana Department of Education and Fort Wayne Community Schools partner in an effort to promote cultural awareness and diversity in leadership during an annual conference on March 3 at the Hilton Indianapolis North. The Third Annual Cultural Competency Summit, which is sponsored through the support of the Wallace Foundation, provides an opportunity (read full article)

Jazz, jazz and more fine jazz at Northrop's annual festival! (Monday, February 27, 2006)

Northrop Instrumental Music Department will hold its 18th annual Northrop Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 11 at Northrop High School. The Jazz Festival includes a day session featuring many of the top high school jazz bands in the state of Indiana, as well as several excellent local middle school jazz bands. The evening session features the top (read full article)

Elementary delay day set for Friday (Monday, February 27, 2006)
Students at Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools will have an opportunity to sleep in Friday, March 3. It is the fifth of the district's six scheduled delays in order that staff may receive professional training. All 34 FWCS elementary schools will begin their day for students at 10:40 a.m., two hours later than usual. (read full article)

Achieve Report Highlights Indiana Progress (Monday, February 27, 2006)

The following news is from the Indiana Department of Education: A report released this week highlights Indiana's efforts to raise graduation requirements and ensure that all students graduate ready for college or the workforce. The report recognizes Indiana as one of only eight states that require a rigorous college- and work-ready curriculum (read full article)

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! (Monday, February 27, 2006)
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild; to pick up a book, and read to a child." And that is what nearly 2,000 community members, parents and business leaders will be doing on Thursday, March 2 when Fort Wayne Education Association and Fort Wayne Community Schools hold the 9th annual Read Across America marking the 102nd birthday (read full article)

Showcase is a success! (Thursday, February 16, 2006)

More than 1,400 community members attended the district annual Showcase event held Feb. 12 at Northrop High School.

The event showcases the district's magnet schools and special programs, and provides information on how parents can choose and apply for the program that best suits their children's needs. Highlights included the Fort (read full article)

Author to visit middle schools (Thursday, February 16, 2006)
Students in two FWCS middle schools will have two opportunities to speak with their favorite author! Retired teacher turned author Sharon Draper, who writes books for teens and motivational materials for teachers, will make an appearance on the Fairfax Network television program, "Meet the Author" at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21. Students at Northwood (read full article)

Kindergarten orientation dates set (Wednesday, February 15, 2006)
It's a rite of spring as hundreds of parents check out the school their child will be attending as a kindergartner in the fall! Below is a listing of the dates and times for each of Fort Wayne Community Schools' 34 elementary buildings. Parents and their children are invited. Parents should bring a copy of their kindergartner-to-be's (read full article)

Health fair to focus on teens (Monday, February 13, 2006)

Teens across the area will participate in Anthis Career Center's second annual "Focus on Health" event Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the center, 1200 S. Barr St. Geared specifically to high school students, the event was the brainchild of a dozen students in the Anthis Career Center "Introduction to Medical Assistants" class last year. (read full article)

FWCS Showcase takes center-stage! (Thursday, February 09, 2006)

It's one stop "shopping" at Fort Wayne Community Schools' annual Showcase set for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. The event features all 53 schools and many district departments. It is an opportunity for parents and community members to see all of FWCS at one time, in one spot. A highlight (read full article)

Elementary delay scheduled (Tuesday, January 31, 2006)
Students at Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools will have an opportunity to sleep in Wednesday, Feb. 8. It is the fourth of the district's six scheduled delays in order that staff may receive professional training. All 34 FWCS elementary schools will begin their day for students at 10:40 a.m., two hours later than usual. (read full article)

FWCS School Catalog is off the press! (Friday, January 27, 2006)

Fort Wayne Community Schools has mailed the 2006 School Catalog booklets to families of preschool through fifth- and eighth-graders. Copies are also available at schools and by contacting the Civic and Community Relations Department at 467-2110. The booklets contain information about each of the district's 53 schools, as well as applications (read full article)

Nebraska celebrates 100 days! (Thursday, January 26, 2006)

Nebraska Elementary School students and staff will celebrate this year's 100th day of school on that day - Monday, Jan. 30! The fun will take place in the gymnasium from 10-11 a.m. for intermediate grades and from 1-2 p.m. for primary grades. Each will spend about 10 minutes at each activity during that hour. Then, at 2:30 p.m., the entire school (read full article)

FWCS Homeless Assistance earns grant (Friday, January 20, 2006)
Indiana Department of Education named Fort Wayne Community Schools as one of nine districts in the state to receive grants through the federal McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program. FWCS Homeless Assistance Program was awarded $24,250 for the 2006 calendar year. During the 2004-2005 school year, approximately 305 (read full article)

It's never too late to graduate! (Tuesday, January 10, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult and Continuing Education department will hold their 2005 graduation at the Scottish Rite auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. Preceding graduation in the lower level of the Scottish Rite, from 5:15 - 6:30 p.m., there will be a reception sponsored by the Literacy Alliance, who are partners with the program. (read full article)

Snider coaches honored (Tuesday, January 10, 2006)

Snider High School athletics department staff took home many impressive honors from the SAC banquet held recently. Congratulations to: * Coach Andy Owen, Varsity Baseball Coach, who was selected as District Baseball Coach of the Year representing the D District for the State of Indiana. This selection was voted by his peers for his (read full article)

First ever Spanish Health Fair set by Anthis students (Tuesday, January 10, 2006)

Anthis Career Center students in Health and Medical Careers will put their first-semester studies in Spanish to use when they hold a Spanish Health Fair for CANI's three through four year old children on Jan. 19 at the Salvation Army Headquarters, 2901 N. Clinton St. The 26 students in Alicia Hill's Introduction to Medical Assisting class (read full article)

Indiana shows progress on National Education Report Card (Friday, January 06, 2006)

This release is from the Indiana Department of Education: Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed recently announced the results of a new report confirming the ongoing progress in Indiana’s K-12 education system. Indiana improved in three out of the four categories evaluated on Education Week’s Quality Counts 2006, an annual (read full article)

State releases ISTEP scores (Wednesday, December 14, 2005)

This release is from the Indiana Department of Education. More detailed ISTEP+ information is available on their web site at www.doe.state.in.us/istep, including data for each corporation/school. Statewide ISTEP+ Results Show Gains in Math; Modest Improvement in English/Language Arts and Science Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational (read full article)

FWCS eyes ISTEP trends (Wednesday, December 14, 2005)

Up, down and unchanged - there is no “one word” to describe Fort Wayne Community Schools’ 2005 ISTEP results. But, a deeper look is revealing trends the district can tie into to improve student performance in the future. Here are some examples: -Elmhurst High School’s math department last year worked very, very hard with the (read full article)

Students/staff helping others this holiday (Friday, December 09, 2005)
In a community rich with people from more than 70 different cultures, FWCS stands out as a center of giving and hope for so many during the holiday season. While this is in no way a comprehensive list, take a look at a few examples of how our staff and students are helping others: North Side High School is having its 19th annual Christmas (read full article)

Elementary two-hour delay scheduled (Monday, November 28, 2005)
Students at Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools will have an opportunity to sleep in Thursday, Dec. 8. It is the third of the district's six scheduled delays in order that staff may receive professional training. All 34 FWCS elementary schools will begin their day for students at 10:40 a.m., two hours later than usual. (read full article)

NSHS holds party for kids surviving cancer (Monday, November 28, 2005)

Staff and students of North Side High School are sponsoring their 19th annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer and their families. On Sunday, Dec. 11 from 1-4:30 p.m. the newly renovated high school will be awash in holiday festivities! There will be a Christmas play, a visit from Magician Dick Stoner, face painting, Balloonatic Bob with (read full article)

National speakers coming to FWCS! (Monday, November 28, 2005)

Nationally-known educators, authors and consultants Dr. Rick DuFour and Becky DuFour will present a keynote address to all elementary staff from Fort Wayne Community Schools’ 34 schools. The session will take place from 8-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Expo Center. The address is scheduled during the (read full article)

Geyer Conversion Fact Sheet (Wednesday, November 23, 2005)

The district’s decision to close Geyer as a traditional middle school and reopen it as a Montessori magnet program was a proactive, not reactive one. The move was made to expand the district’s magnet offerings by building on an effective and popular option - the Montessori program. Although Geyer has made academic progress, it continues (read full article)

Elmhurst honors grad killed in Iraq (Wednesday, November 23, 2005)

The Elmhurst High School community wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family of Corporal Jonathan Blair. Corporal Blair, a 2002 graduate of Elmhurst, was killed over the weekend in a roadside bombing in Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort (read full article)

"Real Life" business experience for Anthis students (Wednesday, November 23, 2005)

Anthis Education Career Center students in the Information Technology Academy experienced an interactive field day, through combined efforts of Indiana Data Center, Adaptive Microware and Catalyst Marketing Design on Nov. 23. The local companies involved are advocates of Fort Wayne’s economic growth and development who actively acknowledge (read full article)

District announces Geyer updates (Tuesday, November 22, 2005)

During a news conference held today, Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson unveiled several details about the district’s move to convert Geyer Middle School to a Montessori magnet program beginning in the fall of 2006. Joining with Bunche Elementary School, the district’s acclaimed Montessori magnet program will (read full article)

Let it snow, let it snow... (Thursday, November 17, 2005)
’Tis the season for the white stuff to start flying and that could mean delays and closings for schools. Once again Fort Wayne Community Schools is issuing its Weather Emergency Information card. Being mailed now to the families of every FWCS student, the salmon-color card explains in detail the district’s delays, early dismissal (read full article)

Holiday food drive gets "A+" (Tuesday, November 15, 2005)
Students at Jefferson Middle School have been collecting canned foods for their annual Thanksgiving donation to Community Harvest Food Bank for just a few days - and the response has been overwhelming. On the first day, students brought in over 3,000 cans of food! At 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, students in Shawn Smiley's class will (read full article)

District handbook now available in Spanish (Thursday, November 10, 2005)
For the first time, FWCS Spanish-speaking families will have district information at their fingertips in their home language! Thanks to Title III grant funds, the district was able to have its Student-Parent Guide translated into Spanish. The booklet provides a host of information, including immunizations needed, free/reduced meal program (read full article)

Filling in for the principal today will be... (Monday, October 31, 2005)
State Representative Win Moses and Fort Wayne Chief of Police Rusty York will join a host of community, business and government leaders in experiencing the ups and downs, joys and frustrations of today's public educational process. Fort Wayne Community Schools will hold its 11th annual Principal for a Day on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Guest principals (read full article)

NSHS students taking leadership challenge (Thursday, October 27, 2005)

Leadership, decision-making, teamwork and communication skills will be the focus of a "Challenge Leadership" program that 90 students from North Side High School will participate in on Nov. 3. Ted Wiese of Wiese Training and Development, Indianapolis, will conduct the training which will take place beginning at 8 a.m. at the school, 475 (read full article)

Event kicks off Read Across American celebration! (Thursday, October 27, 2005)

Renowned artist and illustrator Kadir Nelson will be the guest speaker for the Fort Wayne Education Association's kickoff of its annual Read Across America observance. From 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 6, members of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Read Across America teams at each of the district's 53 schools, administrators and Board of School Trustees (read full article)

The school day may end, but the learning doesn't.... (Tuesday, October 25, 2005)

Students at Brentwood Elementary School have opportunities to learn and have fun nearly every day after the school day ends. Daily events are: * Baton twirling from 3:30-4 p.m. Mondays. This is beginning instruction for students of all grade levels. * Dance for third- through fifth-graders from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The sessions expose students (read full article)

Red Ribbon Week focuses attention on anti-drug message (Thursday, October 20, 2005)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will join districts across the country in observing Red Ribbon Week during Oct. 23-31. While celebration event vary, red ribbons will be the common factor among students. Red Ribbon Week began in the mid-1980s in reaction to the death of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena. Camarena was killed (read full article)

Fair to focus on transitions for special needs students (Wednesday, October 12, 2005)
Come one, come all! It’s the 12th annual Community Career and Transition Fair set for Oct. 18 and aimed at providing information that will be valuable to special education students as they move through the transition from school to adult life. More than 200 parents and students attended the event last year, which featured one session. This (read full article)

State attorney general to speak at Elmhurst (Monday, October 03, 2005)
Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter will speak about the dangers of drinking and driving to students from all of FWCS high schools on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Elmhurst High School. The 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. presentation, "Make the Right Choice," will also include featured speakers Brandon and Tony Siveria. Shortly before his high school (read full article)

Elementary two-hour delay scheduled (Tuesday, September 27, 2005)
Students at Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary schools will have an opportunity to sleep in Tuesday, Oct. 4. It is the first of the district’s six scheduled delays in order that staff may receive professional training. All 34 FWCS elementary schools will begin their day for students at 10:40 a.m., two hours later than usual. (read full article)

FWCS honors 2005 Teacher of the Year (Monday, September 26, 2005)
Fort Wayne Community Schools 2005 Teacher of the Year Teresa Lamping will be honored at a reception Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the second floor cafeteria of the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. The event is being held prior to the regularly scheduled Board of School Trustees meeting at 7 p.m., during which Lamping will be honored (read full article)

One-stop college shopping is here! (Monday, September 26, 2005)
After graduation, then what? School districts across the region are joining together to help students plan their future by offering the innovative, two-day Northeast Indiana College Fair. The first fair is targeted for students and their families and will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 in the Walb Ballroom at Indiana University-Purdue University (read full article)

Educators gather at Young (Thursday, September 22, 2005)
Fort Wayne Community Schools innovative Whitney Young Early Childhood Center will be hosting approximately 20 educators from Ohio and Indianapolis on Friday, Sept. 23 at the school. Throughout the day they will have opportunities to see the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education in action as they spend time in classrooms and with the (read full article)

NSHS open house to welcome hundreds (Thursday, September 22, 2005)
For the past three years Fort Wayne Community Schools majestic North Side High School has been landscaped by big construction trailers, heavy duty equipment and workers in hardhats. Now, the job of renovating the nearly 80 year old structure is about over and it is time to celebrate! On Saturday, Oct. 1, the school will hold an open house (read full article)

Study Connection kicks off another year! (Tuesday, September 20, 2005)
More than 250 volunteers, business leaders and community partners of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ nationally recognized tutoring program, Study Connection, will have an opportunity to hear the words of author, CNN commentator and business leader Eric Liu on Friday. Study Connection will begin its 17th year with its Annual Celebration and (read full article)

FWCS enrollment steady (Tuesday, September 20, 2005)
For the third year in a row, Fort Wayne Community Schools is posting a very slight decrease in the number of students. This follows several years of steady enrollment numbers, but does not indicate any dramatic declines. The official enrollment tally that will be sent to the Indiana Department of Education shows a total of just 30 fewer (read full article)

Preschoolers learn about giving... (Wednesday, September 07, 2005)

The 28 three- through five-year-olds attending Anthis Career Center's Preschool program will get a first-hand lesson in giving on Thursday, Sept. 8. At 10 a.m., the class will begin their walk from the Barr Street entrance of Anthis to the Anthis Automotive Center on Lewis and Lafayette streets. Each student will be carrying their donation to (read full article)

FWCS unveils district news on TV! (Friday, September 02, 2005)
Fort Wayne Community News will begin showing a district TV program Tuesday. "Emphasis on FWCS" features a 15-20 minute interview with moderator Elizabeth Nulf MacDonald, former 21 Alive anchor and now South Side High School English teacher. There will also be a segment with news about the district called "What's Happening at FWCS," (read full article)

FWCS releases SAT scores (Thursday, September 01, 2005)
Again crediting the district’s nationally acclaimed Integrated Math, Fort Wayne Community Schools 2005 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) results show a continuation of a seven-year upward trend since that program began.. The district’s mean math scores rose one point to 502. Meanwhile, English mean scores for the district went down (read full article)

Students prepare for ISTEP (Monday, August 29, 2005)
About 24 third- through fifth-graders at Nebraska Elementary School are attending a different kind of after-school activity these days. It is called Club ISTEP+ and the students are meeting from 3:30-5:30 p.m. every school day through Sept. 9 to learn skills that will help them be successful on the upcoming ISTEP+ test. The club is for (read full article)

FWCS administrative appointments (Tuesday, August 23, 2005)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the following personnel actions during their regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 22 in the Grile Administrative Center: Tammy L. Weimer Assistant Principal, Weisser Park Elementary School Tammy Weimer comes to FWCS from DeKalb Central Schools in Waterloo, where she had been (read full article)

First day at FWCS (Monday, August 22, 2005)
Sunny skies and milder than usual temperatures provided a perfect backdrop to a spirited first day of the 2005-06 school year for Fort Wayne Community Schools! Here are some tidbits: * Enrollment appears to be remaining steady with 5 more students over last year at this time. Today, 32,033 students walked through the school doors compared (read full article)

Lincoln donates 100 bookbags! (Monday, August 22, 2005)
Lincoln Financial Group employees donated 100 bookbags filled with school supplies to FWCS students. Last week, 50 employees strapped two backpacks each over their shoulders and trekked across the street to the Grile Administrative Center to deliver the bookbags. Their donation brought the total to 300 that our case managers were able to (read full article)

North Side renovation completed - Fact Sheet (Friday, August 19, 2005)

BACKGROUND North Side High School is one of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ six high schools. It is perched on 11 acres and features a neo-classic architecture and circular style that left Fort Wayne citizens awe-struck when it opened in the fall of 1927. More than 75 years later, its enrollment has more than doubled from the original 700 and (read full article)

FWCS officials greet students on Monday! (Friday, August 19, 2005)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees and administrators will be in the schools bright and early on Monday to welcome students to the 2005-06 school year. Following are highlights. Media are invited: * Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson and Board President Carol Coen will greet Geyer Middle School acting principal Mary Lowery, (read full article)

Schools to open, motorists urged to play it safe (Wednesday, August 17, 2005)

Fort Wayne Community Schools students and staff shouldn't be the only ones setting their alarms a bit early on Monday. With nearly 250 big yellow buses taking to the roads and thousands of students walking to bus stops or to their neighborhood schools, it would be well advised to everyone who needs to head out Aug. 22 to leave a few minutes early. (read full article)

Bookbag project helps needy students (Wednesday, August 17, 2005)
Shopping for bookbags and school supplies is a harbinger of fall for families as they get their children ready to go back to school. But for many, the budget won't stretch to cover food and clothing, much less backpacks, notebooks, crayons and more. For the 12th year, Fort Wayne Community Schools employees in the Grile Administrative (read full article)

Back-to-School nights promise info and fun! (Thursday, August 11, 2005)

Fort Wayne Community Schools students will be returning to class on Monday, Aug. 22 - and their parents will be welcomed back in style at their school’s annual Back-to-School Night coming up shortly! Many elementary schools also have their flower shows on that night, where students bring in evidence of their green thumb labors over the summer. (read full article)

Administrative appointment (Tuesday, August 09, 2005)

Terri J. Laurent Assistant Principal, Forest Park Elementary School Terri Laurent comes to FWCS from Southern Lehigh School District in Center Valley, Pa. where she was the principal of Liberty Bell Elementary School with 450 students, 60 full or part-time staff members and a Spanish Immersion program. Prior to taking that post in (read full article)

FWCS budget stays student focused (Tuesday, August 09, 2005)
Amid uncertainties in today’s economic climate, Fort Wayne Community Schools unveiled another finely-tuned budget that keeps its focus on advancing student achievement while at the same time staying within the $11 million annual cuts the district made in 2003. “This budget keeps our resources directed to supporting academic success and (read full article)

FWCS expands ESL program sites (Saturday, August 06, 2005)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will be adding an English as a Second Language (ESL) program to another of its 34 elementary schools this coming school year. Reasons for the move include a firm commitment to ensure academic excellence for all students coupled with the rising number of students entering FWCS who do not speak English as their first language. The (read full article)

Collaboration benefits FWCS students (Thursday, August 04, 2005)

Ivy Tech, in partnership with the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and CANI have completed a computer “Build to Own” program for special needs students in the Fort Wayne Community School System. The students who participated in the innovative program received a 60-hour certification in computer training during ceremonies July 30 at Ivy (read full article)

FWCS selected for prestigious residency program (Wednesday, August 03, 2005)
Fort Wayne Community Schools has been selected to participate in the 2005-07 Broad Residency in Urban Education program. Sponsored by The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, the two-year commitment provides 75 percent of the salary for an administrative position that will report directly to Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson. The (read full article)