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FWCS awarded $750,000 for leadership development (Wednesday, August 01, 2007)
The Wallace Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to Fort Wayne Community Schools to train and develop leaders at all levels from the classroom to the board room. The money is for the 2007-08 school year and is potentially renewable, in part, for the next two years. The New York City-based Foundation has given FWCS an annual $1 million grant for (read full article)

Transportation offered for Arlington, Northcrest registration (Tuesday, July 31, 2007)
Free transportation will be offered to families to attend registration Monday, Aug. 6, at Arlington and Northcrest elementary schools. Bus rides are available for adults and school-age children, ages 5 and up. For Arlington families, a bus will leave CANI Head Start, 2107 S. Hanna St., at 2 p.m. At the school, families will meet with teachers and (read full article)

Elementary School Supply Lists Available (Thursday, July 26, 2007)
To see your school's supply list, please click on "Late Bus/School Status" and select your school. You will find a link to "Edline Student Information Website." Select that link and look for "School Supply List" in the "Contents" section. If your school has not yet posted the supply list, you may call the (read full article)

FWCS sets full-day kindergarten information sessions (Wednesday, July 25, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will hold two information sessions for parents interested in learning more about full-day kindergarten: - Tuesday, July 31, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at South Side High School Auditorium, 3601 S. Calhoun St. - Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Snider High School Auditorium, 4600 Fairlawn Pass. Full-day (read full article)

Free and reduced lunch applications due Aug. 1 (Friday, July 20, 2007)
Applications for free and reduced price meals were recently mailed out to families of the nearly 32,000 students in Fort Wayne Community Schools. Applications are accepted throughout the year, but need to be returned by Aug. 1 to be processed in time for the first day of school on Aug. 20. Last year, students who received assistance through the (read full article)

Northrop art teacher honored (Friday, July 20, 2007)
Northrop High School art teacher Albert Jacquay II was named runner-up for the American Legion State High School Teacher of the Year Award, given by the American Legion. Jacquay was a finalist for the award after he was nominated as the High School American Legion Teacher of the year for 2006-07 and awarded the 4th District High School American Legion (read full article)

Registration time coming soon (Friday, July 20, 2007)

The new school year will be here soon, which means it is time to register students for the 2007-08 school year at all Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings. Students must register at the school they will attend, even if they attended that school last year. FWCS has set aside two days to register all students: - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 - (read full article)

Anthis students compete in national event (Tuesday, July 17, 2007)
Anthis Career Center students placed in the top 10 in four competitions at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference, where students compete in hands-on events challenging their expertise in occupations such as robotics, computer programming, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade (read full article)

FWCS reports fractional increase in tax levy (Wednesday, June 27, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools announced today its total bill to residents within the school district will be $111 million which represents an increase of just .5 percent over last year. The exact increase is $545,150. "This is good news for people who live in the FWCS district," explains Kathy Friend, chief financial officer for the school (read full article)

FWCS directs more dollars toward instruction than state average (Tuesday, June 26, 2007)
A June 15 report from the Indiana State Board of Education shows that for school years 2004-05 and 2005-06, Fort Wayne Community Schools spent more of its budget on academic achievement and direct instructional support than the state average. In 2006, FWCS spent 68.8% of its budget on instruction almost 7% more than the state average of 62%. In (read full article)

State dollars allocated for full day kindergarten: FWCS under budget (Tuesday, June 26, 2007)
Indiana announced Monday school districts will receive $665 for each full-day kindergarten student. The number means Fort Wayne Community Schools will be able to spend less than its original budget to offer full day kindergarten to a projected 2,481 students this fall. FWCS budgeted $500 per student or $2.7 million in total. Additional state dollars (read full article)

FWCS sets up hotline for full-day kindergarten info (Monday, June 18, 2007)
Beginning Monday, June 18, parents in the Fort Wayne Community Schools district who are interested in learning more about the new full-day kindergarten program can call a new hotline number: 467-2004. The hotline will be staffed between 8:30 am and 4 pm weekdays in an effort to personally answer questions and share information about the full-day program (read full article)

FWCS sets up hotline for full-day kindergarten info (Thursday, June 14, 2007)
Beginning Monday, June 18, parents in the Fort Wayne Community Schools district who are interested in learning more about the new full-day kindergarten program can call a new hotline number: 467-2004. The hotline will be staffed between 8:30 am and 4 pm weekdays in an effort to personally answer questions and share information about the full-day program (read full article)

Free, nutritious meals available for children in city schools, parks (Friday, June 08, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will again provide free, nutritious lunches to children ages 1 through 18 in city parks and schools weekdays beginning June 11. The program is funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure children receive proper nutrition throughout the year. FWCS has offered this service for nearly 20 years and expects (read full article)

Fort Wayne Community Schools Show Improvement in Public Law 221 Categories (Wednesday, June 06, 2007)
Indiana Public Law 221 (PL 221) results released today for the 2005-2006 school year show steady progress among Fort Wayne Community Schools. Forty-two schools or 85% are in the highest four categories an increase of three schools over the last period. "Indiana has some of the highest academic standards of any state, and we are encouraged (read full article)

Brentwood celebrates playground effort with grand opening (Tuesday, June 05, 2007)
Students at Brentwood Elementary will celebrate the last day of school with an event six years in the making. A banner cutting and grand opening for their new handicap accessible playground is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, at 9:30 a.m. As the area's only fully handicap accessible playground, this success story is the result of the city's (read full article)

Adult immigrants celebrate their own graduation (Monday, June 04, 2007)

On Tuesday, June 5, Fort Wayne Community Schools will host a special certificate ceremony for more than 120 adults who've improved their English skills by advancing at least two grade levels in the adult English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students, who represent more than 25 countries, will attend the ceremony in their native dress and (read full article)

FWCS Forms Partnership to Provide Skilled Workforce (Tuesday, May 29, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools has launched a partnership that will work together to better ensure that the future workforce in northeast Indiana is well prepared for the emerging global economy. FWCS has joined with Northeast Indiana Corporate Council, Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce's Workforce Development Division, Ivy Tech Community College (read full article)

Sports car giveaway spurs improved attendance at North Side (Friday, May 25, 2007)
On Friday, May 25, at 10:15 a.m. one North Side High School student with an outstanding attendance record will win the keys to a sporty white 1997 Pontiac Grand Am GT compliments of Kelley Chevrolet. The drawing takes place as part of North Side's Renaissance Program, a year-long effort to encourage and reward students with positive incentives. (read full article)

Dr. Wendy Robinson Appointed to Indiana's 2007 Education Roundtable (Tuesday, May 22, 2007)
Governor Mitch Daniels and Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed announced that Fort Wayne Community Schools' Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson is once again appointed to Indiana's Education Roundtable. This group, formalized by legislation in 1999, is charged with making recommendations on improving student achievement to the Governor, (read full article)

Students, community rally around paralyzed Northrop swimmer (Friday, May 11, 2007)
Northrop High School students today presented two checks totaling more than $15,000 to the FWCS Foundation to benefit Dustin Faurote, the Northrop swimmer and cross country athlete paralyzed in a spring break accident. Local builders and contractors also announced plans to build a new handicap-accessible home for Faurote who remains in a rehabilitation (read full article)

Public-private funds make Brentwood playground a reality (Friday, May 11, 2007)
Area high school students from Snider, Northrop and North Side will return to Brentwood Elementary school this weekend to help install the area's only playground to be completely handicap accessible. Six years in the making, the playground is the product of an unusual combination of funding from the Fort Wayne Parks Department, the Brentwood (read full article)

Media alert: Northrop seniors present donation to paralyzed swimmer (Thursday, May 10, 2007)
What: Northrop High School seniors will present a check to the FWCS Foundation to benefit Dustin Faurote, the Northrop swimmer paralyzed in an accident over spring break. Students have raised nearly $10,000 since the April 4 accident in an effort to help build a handicap-accessible home for Faurote. They will be joined by area businesses who've (read full article)

Weisser Park Students to Perform at Arts Festival (Tuesday, May 08, 2007)
Students from Weisser Park Arts Magnet School will perform at the annual May Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, May 12, at South Side High School. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and includes student performances in bands, choirs, piano, string instruments, clowns, chimes and dance. The day's schedule includes: All day Student performances 10 (read full article)

Northrop Hosts Alcohol Awareness Week (Monday, May 07, 2007)
Beginning May 8, 2007, Northrop High School will host its 16th annual Alcohol Awareness Week, which includes assemblies for each class along with other activities designed to educate students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The week's schedule is: May 8: 8:15 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Freshman Assembly John Zagelmeier, Allen County Sheriff's (read full article)

FWCS refugee students participate in one-day museum exhibit (Thursday, May 03, 2007)
Twenty-eight international students from Fort Wayne Community Schools will have their photos and writings on display in a one-day exhibition at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art on Sunday, May 6. The students come from all over the world, including Afghanistan, Burma, Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan. The exhibition is an extension of the students' (read full article)

FORT WAYNE, Ind., May 1, 2007 R. Nelson Snider High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is hosting a mock crash at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 2 at the high school, 4600 Fairlawn Pass, Fort Wayne. This Pre-Prom activity, featuring a mock traffic crash featuring response from Parkview Samaritan Helicopter, Fort Wayne City Communications, (read full article)

FWCS sweeps state PTA awards (Monday, April 23, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools staff and parents swept the Indiana State PTA awards presented during a celebration April 22 at their 95th annual convention held in Indianapolis. Louise Swihart from Lakeside Middle School was recognized as Outstanding Teacher, while Charles DeFord of Northside High School was named Outstanding Principal. In addition, (read full article)

MEDIA ADVISORY (Monday, April 23, 2007)
It's a secret! Fort Wayne Fire Division Captain Louis Roy will find out he has been selected as the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for the Maysville Road site during a ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24 at the Armory across from Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. Capt. Roy received over 1,000 votes for the honor and is (read full article)

Northrop fundraiser tonight (Friday, April 20, 2007)
It will be "Dancing for Dustin" Friday, April 20, when staff and students at Northrop High School hold a cookout and dance from 3-6 p.m. at the school. All proceeds are going to the family of senior Dustin Faurote, a member of the school's swimming team who was left paralyzed after an accident that happened during Spring Break, April (read full article)

Visit the Rainforest - inside Fairfield school (Monday, April 16, 2007)
It doesn't look like a gymnasium... Students are placing binoculars around their neck and climbing to the top of bleachers to look at the sight below where other students are swinging on ropes; some resting on wooden swings; and some climbing up or moving from one pole to another in "alligator alley." At another corner of the darkened (read full article)

Healthy topics all day at Lakeside! (Thursday, April 12, 2007)
Lakeside Middle School's 5th annual Healthy School Summit will be held Friday, April 13, from 7:45-10:45 a.m. Students will learn about the many health topics that will have an impact on their well-being in the future. Many health experts will be on hand to share vital information. The kick-off will be at 7:55 a.m. after a moment of silence (read full article)

FWCS sees AYP improvement (Wednesday, April 04, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is making gains in meeting the stringent accountability standards set out by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. Today, as Indiana releases the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) annual progress information for schools, FWCS is seeing 14 schools four more than last year meet the AYP mandates. But, that's (read full article)

SSHS to host robotics championship (Monday, March 26, 2007)
The South Side High School Robotics Invitational Championship will be held on April 14 in cooperation with Youth Building Our Tomorrow. The competition will take place in the main gym with rounds beginning at 10 a.m. and the event ending at approximately 2 p.m. Admission is free to the public. Students from nine regional high schools (South (read full article)

And the winners are.... (Monday, March 19, 2007)
It's the 22nd Annual "Mr./Miss Northrop" Bodybuilding Contest - and you won't want to miss the fun! It will be held Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. Height classes in both women's and men's divisions will compete for the overall title. Returning is a strong core (read full article)

MEDIA ADVISORY (Monday, March 19, 2007)
WHAT: Kick-off of county-wide disaster preparedness program for second-graders across Allen County - in public and private schools. WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22 WHERE: Cedar Canyon Elementary School, corner of Coldwater and Gump roads in Northwest Allen County Schools - Please enter off of Gump Road. BACKGROUND: Second-grade teachers (read full article)

FWCS history exhibit opens (Friday, March 16, 2007)
The history and heritage of Fort Wayne's public education system will be showcased at The History Center from March 17 through June 18. Titled "Beyond the 3 R's," the exhibition commemorates Fort Wayne Community Schools' 150th birthday. "The heritage of Fort Wayne's public school system is closely interwoven with (read full article)

Croninger earns Four Star Award (Thursday, March 15, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' communication magnet program, Croninger Elementary School, has joined an elite group of schools to be given the state's coveted Four Star School Award. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed announced the awards for the 2005-06 school year late last week. Of the 1,870 Indiana schools, 175 (read full article)

Weisser Park Elementary School expands arts program (Tuesday, March 13, 2007)
Weisser Park Elementary School, Fort Wayne Community Schools' only elementary fine arts magnet school, will expand its day to provide additional time for arts and academic curriculum classes. Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, classes will begin at 7:45 a.m. instead of 8:50 a.m. for students in grades one through five. "Like all (read full article)

Alliance Board Supports FWCS Capital Improvements Program (Monday, March 12, 2007)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 12, 2007)  The Board of Directors of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance has formally endorsed the Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) Capital Improvements Program. The Alliance Board took that action March 8 after spending significant time at its March meeting reviewing details of the program and (read full article)

FWCS changes graduation dates (Monday, March 05, 2007)
The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum will continue to be the site of Fort Wayne Community Schools' six high school graduation ceremonies, but they will be taking place a few days later this year than planned. FWCS, like all public school districts in Indiana, is required by state statute (I.C. 20-30-2-3) to have 180 instructional days (read full article)

Title I parents - come one, come all! (Friday, March 02, 2007)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will hold its annual Title I "Parents as Partners" spring conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at Pilgrim Baptist Church. More than 150 parents from the district's 11 Title I schools are expected to attend the event. Studies show students are more successful if their parents actively participate (read full article)

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! (Thursday, March 01, 2007)

"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 Friday, March 2 when Fort Wayne Education Association and Fort Wayne Community Schools hold the 10th annual Read Across America marking the 103nd birthday (read full article)

FWCS names transportation director (Thursday, March 01, 2007)
The longtime director of transportation for Lawrence Township Schools in Indianapolis has taken the helm of Fort Wayne Community Schools' massive transportation department. Gary S. Lake replaces Lynn Hower, who retired in December. He had been with Lawrence Township since 1995. Earlier in his career, he spent several years as a teacher and assistant (read full article)

ACELINK Gives Elmhurst High School Students Access to the World (Wednesday, February 21, 2007)

Elmhurst High School students will be virtual disc jockeys (video jockeys VJs) and actually host the world-wide Megaconference Jr. video conference from their school, 3:15-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. Access to Megaconference Jr. 2007 is provided through ACELINK, a joint project of the Indiana University/Purdue University Fort Wayne Division of (read full article)

There's still time to get your flu shot - free and low-cost vaccine available (Tuesday, February 20, 2007)
The following news release is from the Allen County Flu Task Force: ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. Getting vaccinated is still your best shot at avoiding influenza, and it's not too late. Free flu shots are still available from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health and Super Shot clinics. February and March are the months when flu (read full article)

FWCS PTA to hold annual dinner tonight (Thursday, February 15, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools PTA members, administrators and teachers join together to celebrate PTA Founder's Day on Feb. 15 at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. National PTA was founded on February 17, 1897. Founders Day is a reminder of the substantial (read full article)

Weather concerns close FWCS (Tuesday, February 13, 2007)
Due to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions, at 9:15 this morning, Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson closed district offices and asked all employees to go home. Employees are advised to listen to media on Wednesday morning for information about whether to return to work. If the district closes on Wednesday, head custodians (read full article)

FWCS Showcase this Sunday (Friday, February 09, 2007)
It's one stop "shopping" at Fort Wayne Community Schools' annual Showcase set for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 at Wayne High School, 9100 Winchester 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. Admission (read full article)

FWCS outlines tentative facilities timeline (Wednesday, February 07, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson presented her proposed five-year timeline for renovations to district schools during a news conference held today at the Grile Administrative Center. The timeline spells out which buildings would be addressed and the total cost for each on a year-by-year basis through 2011. This proposal (read full article)

Sub-zero temperatures challenge schools (Monday, February 05, 2007)
Due to the below freezing temperatures engulfing the area today, Fort Wayne Community Schools has cancelled all after-school activities, including Study Connection. Officials are also asking parents who are able to pick up their student at the end of the day to do so, and for others to be patient because much of the district's fleet of buses (read full article)

Volunteers earn kudos in Colts contest! (Monday, January 29, 2007)

Shawnee Middle School will be waving the blue and white this Friday when they have a school-wide celebration of the upcoming Super Bowl game. But, their tailgate party will have a slightly different focus than those set for this weekend! Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Feb. 2, the school will be honoring the accomplishments of the "Village People (read full article)

"Abe Lincoln" coming to Waynedale (Thursday, January 25, 2007)
"The Living Abe Lincoln," presented by Mobile Ed Productions, Inc., will enlighten, inform and entertain all students at Waynedale Elementary School on Jan. 31. Performances will be at 1 and 2 p.m. at the school, 7201 Elzey St. Since 1989 Mobile Ed Productions, Inc., a school assembly company from Redford, Mich. has offered "The (read full article)

Students showcase technology projects at Statehouse (Thursday, January 25, 2007)
Students from Franke Park Elementary School have been selected to demonstrate a technology project for state legislators and the public this month! The school is one of only 24 across the state to be so honored. The presentations will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Indiana Statehouse from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the North Atrium and Rotunda. (read full article)

It's never too late to graduate! (Wednesday, January 24, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' Adult and Continuing Education department will hold their graduation ceremony for the graduates of 2006 in the auditorium of the Scottish Rite Center on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Preceding graduation there will be a reception hosted by the graduation program partner, Literacy Alliance, in the lower level of the (read full article)

FWCS school catalogs on their way to homes (Monday, January 22, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools has mailed the 2007 School Catalog booklets to families of preschool through fifth- and eighth-graders. Copies are also available at schools, Allen County Public Library branches and by contacting the FWCS Public Affairs office at 467-2020. The booklets contain information about each of the district's 53 schools, (read full article)

Long-range Facilities Plan meeting to focus on Elmhurst (Thursday, January 18, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will hold a public forum at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Elmhurst High School, 3829 Sandpoint Road, to answer questions about the district's Long-range Facility Plan. FWCS officials will also answer questions pertaining to the proposed closing of the high school, which is included in options being studied. The community is (read full article)

No school for students Friday, Monday (Thursday, January 11, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' students have a mild winter to thank for the day off they will have tomorrow! Friday, Jan. 12 is the end of the first semester, a day that is traditionally used to make-up any school days that were cancelled due to inclement weather. The district has had no closings so far this year. While there will be no (read full article)

Long-range Facilities Plan meeting list updated (Thursday, January 11, 2007)
Following is an updated list of meetings of groups working on the Fort Wayne Community Schools' Long-range Facilities Plan. Some meetings have been added and some locations have changed so please disregard previous notices. Jan. 18 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Yellow Ribbon Task Force, Northrop High School Jan. 18 - 5:30 - 7 p.m., Board Facilities (read full article)

FWCS gearing up for school choice events (Wednesday, January 10, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is proud to be one of only a handful of public school districts in the country to offer school choice. Once again, FWCS has a full slate of events to help parents select the school that is best for their child. First, the annual FWCS Showcase will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 at a new location Wayne High (read full article)

Food Service Center preparing last meals Friday (Thursday, December 21, 2006)
Every school day since 1971, thousands of meals have been prepared at the Food Service Center at 1519 Catalpa St. for students at Fort Wayne Community Schools. On Friday, Dec. 22, workers will cook and package breakfasts and lunches for the last time at that facility. Media are invited at 9:30 a.m. to catch this historic event! Beginning Monday, (read full article)

FWCS Task Forces set calendar (Thursday, December 14, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Yellow Ribbon Task Force, one of several committees working on the district's Long-range Facility Plan, will hold additional meetings on Dec. 20, Jan. 18 and 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at North Side High School. Here is a list of upcoming meetings slated for the district's Long-range Facilities plan: Dec. (read full article)

Statement by Secretary Spellings on the Release of Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2006 (Wednesday, December 13, 2006)
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings earlier this month issued the following statement on the release of Indicators of School Crime and Safety, a cooperative effort by the Departments of Justice and Education: For our children to learn, our schools must be safe. All American parents want to know they are sending their children to a safe (read full article)

Fort Wayne Joins National Program to Help Protect Children (Wednesday, December 13, 2006)
The City of Fort Wayne today announced a partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children as a way to keep the community's children safe. The program will include community gatherings to educate parents and children. The sessions will focus on child safety and the prevention of abduction and sexual exploitation. (read full article)

How many oranges?! and apples?! and D'Anjou pears?! (Tuesday, December 12, 2006)

Today and tomorrow, students at Anthis Career Center's Automotive Department are finding out first-hand just how many of nature's most luscious goodies it takes to fill 2,200 holiday baskets and more! Media are invited to catch students at work, taking the thousands of pieces of fruit filling two semi-tractor-trailers into the center and (read full article)

Yellow Ribbon Task Force studies options (Tuesday, December 12, 2006)
RELEASED DEC. 12 - The price for upgrading Fort Wayne Community Schools' school buildings could range from $234 million to $995 million according to options presented to the district's Yellow Ribbon Task Force today. The lowest option, priced at $234 million, would upgrade the heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems at all schools (read full article)

ISTEP: FWCS scores "steady" (Monday, December 11, 2006)

In spite of several factors that research shows should make ISTEP+ scores trend downward, Fort Wayne Community Schools' 2006 results are holding steady in both English/Language Arts and mathematics. District officials released unofficial numbers during the regularly scheduled Dec. 11 meeting of the FWCS Board of School Trustees held in the Grile (read full article)

Reed supports Governor's full-day kindergarten plan (Tuesday, December 05, 2006)
The following news release is from the Indiana Department of Education: Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed issued the following statement regarding Gov. Mitch Daniels' proposed implementation plan for full-day Kindergarten: "The Governor's plan is a thoughtful three-year roll out that should assure full-day Kindergarten (read full article)

Governor offers full-day kindergarten implementation plan (Tuesday, December 05, 2006)
The following release was issued from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels office: INDIANAPOLIS (December 5, 2006) Governor Mitch Daniels today proposed offering full-day kindergarten next year, beginning with the state's neediest children. The plan would frontload implementation such that a majority of the state's kindergarten-age children (read full article)

A close look at military garb and more! (Monday, December 04, 2006)
All of Blackhawk Middle School's seventh grade students will be stepping back in time on Pearl Harbor Day! Thursday, Dec. 7, they will be at the Victory Museum in Auburn where they will take a look at military life in the past and present. Here's the schedule: * From 9:30-10:30 a.m., 10 students will model authentic military uniforms dating (read full article)

Annual fest for kids surviving cancer set! (Friday, December 01, 2006)

The staff and students of North Side High School are sponsoring their 20th Annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer and their families. The party will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 1-4:30 p.m. and will be held in North Side's cafeteria and auditorium. The event is sponsored by North Side students and is for all the children in the family (read full article)

FWCS Task Forces Add Meetings (Tuesday, November 28, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Yellow Ribbon Task Force, one of several committees working on the district's Long-range Facility Plan, will hold an additional meeting on Nov. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Silent Reading Room of the downtown Allen County Public Library. The FWCS Financial Task Force, another committee working on long-range (read full article)

Let it snow, let it snow... (Monday, November 27, 2006)
'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 green-color card explains in detail the district's delays, early dismissal and (read full article)

Anthis teacher receives national award (Wednesday, November 22, 2006)

Karen Gillie, Information Technology Academy teacher at Anthis Career Center was awarded a full scholarship to attend the 24th Annual Entrepreneurship Education FORUM held in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this month. This scholarship was awarded for leadership and creativity in bringing entrepreneurship education to the schools. A commemorative plaque (read full article)

Filling in for the principal will be... (Monday, November 13, 2006)
Does an insurance adjustor know how to deal with a school bus problem? Are physicians good at figuring out who is to blame in a student disagreement? Will a Realtor or engineer be able to negotiate flying Jell-O, spilled milk or ill children in the lunchroom? In other words: Is a business person or community volunteer capable of being a school (read full article)

FWCS to hold Common Wage meeting (Monday, October 30, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' Common Wage Committee will meet to set the common wages for the following projects: Franke Park Building Systems Replacement Project North Side Storage Building Project 2007 Roof Project 2007 A.D.A. Project 2007 General Building Systems Project 2007 Electrical Project 2007 Mechanical Project 2007 (read full article)

Elementary delay set (Wednesday, October 25, 2006)
Students at Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools will have an opportunity to sleep in Wednesday, Oct. 25. It is the second of the district's six scheduled delays in order that staff may receive professional training. FWCS elementary schools will begin their day for students at 10:40 a.m., two hours later than usual. Bunche Early (read full article)

Red Ribbon Week activities rock! (Tuesday, October 17, 2006)

Snider High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions will host Red Ribbon Drug-Free Awareness activities this week. In addition, they will hold a fund-raiser by selling "Don't monkey around with drugs" red bracelets for $1. The school is located at 4600 Fairlawn Pass. For information, contact Pat Christie, RN/BA, 425-7570. (read full article)

FWCS sets public meeting (Monday, October 16, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will hold a state-mandated public meeting next week seeking input from parents and community members regarding improvement strategies for each of the district's 11 schools which have been placed in the achievement category "Academic Probation" under Indiana Public Law 221. The public meeting will be (read full article)

New coats for every student! (Friday, October 13, 2006)
Bloomingdale Elementary School will become a fashion runway on Tuesday, Oct. 17 when representatives of several local clothing stores bring a new coat and all the accessories for each of the 345 students! It's all part of the "Keeping Kids Warm Coat Give-Away" that Charming Shoppes (Fashion Bug, Lane Bryant and Catherines) holds (read full article)

Nebraska to honor long-time teacher (Thursday, October 12, 2006)
On Oct. 27, Nebraska Elementary School will dedicate a garden area and park bench on the school grounds in memory of Phyllis Ford. Phyllis Ford taught kindergarten at Nebraska for 36 years and passed away in January of 2006. Students, staff - including former teachers, principals and support staff - along with Phyllis' family members will (read full article)

No one wants to miss a "marvelous" day! (Thursday, October 12, 2006)
"Mondays are Marvelous at Croninger." That's the emphasis of a year-long initiative aimed at improving student attendance. Last year, when Croninger Elementary School missed being named a "Four Star School" because it's attendance was .02% below what was required, staff did their math. They found out that Mondays were (read full article)

Blackhawk celebrates All-American Week (Wednesday, October 11, 2006)
Local veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict will be honored during an All-American Assembly at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at Blackhawk Middle School, 720 E. State Blvd. The "Salute Our Troops: Present and Past" event will feature the veterans in a Walk of Honor followed by remarks by Capt. Bobby W. Crocker, commander (read full article)

TV celebrity chef Curtis Aikens coming to Anthis! (Tuesday, October 10, 2006)

By all accounts, Food Network "Pick of the Day" host Curtis Aikens wasn't destined for fame - or even a minimum of good fortune. The celebrity chef was 26 years old when he learned to read. How did he get through school? His "charade of literacy" included faking poor handwriting on tests so teachers would ask the personable (read full article)

Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat (Monday, October 09, 2006)
The following news release was issued by the Fort Wayne Fire Department. Fort Wayne Fire Department (FWFD) is joining with the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana, the Northeast Indiana Burn Council and the St. Joseph Regional Burn Center to urge everyone to Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat. This is the theme for Fire Prevention (read full article)

MEDIA ADVISORY (Friday, October 06, 2006)
Towles Intermediate School will hold an Open House from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8 at the school, 420 E. Paulding Road. Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson will speak during a dedication ceremony to be held at 2:30 p.m. Members of the family of the late Jeff H. Towles, the first African-American to serve as FWCS Board of School Trustees president, will (read full article)

Reed ready for statewide "Listening Tour" (Thursday, October 05, 2006)
The following news release is from the Indiana Department of Education:  School visits to gather input on Full-Day Kindergarten, other upcoming legislative priorities for K-12 education Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed is inviting Hoosiers to join her during an upcoming statewide "Listening Tour" of Indiana's (read full article)

FWCS elementary delay day set (Thursday, September 28, 2006)
Students at Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools will have an opportunity to sleep in Thursday, Oct. 5. 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)

It's one-stop shopping for information about colleges! (Thursday, September 21, 2006)
After graduation, then what? School districts across the region are joining together to help students plan their future by once again offering the innovative Northeast Indiana College Fair. The second annual event is targeted for students and their families and will be held Monday, Oct. 23 in the Scottish Rite auditorium. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., (read full article)

Pandemic preparedness forum - mark your calendar! (Wednesday, September 20, 2006)
Wayne High School will be the site for a community forum on the pandemic flu on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The 6:30-8:30 p.m. "Allen County Prepares: Essentials of Pandemic Flu" forum will take place in the auditorium just inside the school's front entrance, 9100 Winchester Road. There is no admission charge and free "flu kits" will (read full article)

FWCS enrollment climbing (Tuesday, September 19, 2006)
Following three years of slight decreases, Fort Wayne Community Schools is posting a healthy increase in the number of students. And, those students are getting increasingly more diverse. The official enrollment tally that will be sent to the Indiana Department of Education shows 31,943 students or 362 more students than last year's 31,581. (read full article)

FWCS teacher is state runner-up! (Monday, September 18, 2006)

Although he came from a family of educators, Todd Roberts believed he wanted to be a lawyer. Now Roberts knows - just three years after coming into the profession - he was always meant to teach. Today, Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed named Roberts the 2007 Indiana Teacher of the Year Runner-Up. "Mr. Roberts understands the (read full article)

Administrative appointments (Monday, September 11, 2006)

Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the following administrative appointments during their regularly scheduled board meeting on Sept. 11 in the Grile Administrative Center: Daniel O. Senu-Oke Assistant Principal, Northwood Middle School Daniel Senu-Oke joins Fort Wayne Community Schools from Fairfield City (read full article)

Spotlight shines on national mentor expert (Saturday, September 09, 2006)
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 Dr. Susan Weinberger, who is nationally recognized for her expertise in establishing, maintaining and evaluating school and community-based (read full article)

FWCS facility study results released (Thursday, August 31, 2006)
Results of the Fort Wayne Community Schools' facility study were presented to the district's facility committee last night. Building condition scores reflected the area of most need with 85 percent of the school buildings needing at least some upgrades to infrastructure. District-wide statistics include: 58 percent of the buildings (read full article)

2007 Teacher of the Year Finalists Selected (Thursday, August 31, 2006)

The following was released by the Indiana Department of Education on Aug. 31. Dr. Suellen Reed, Superintendent of Public Instruction, today announced 10 finalists for Indiana's 2007 Teacher of the Year program, which recognizes outstanding teachers from the state's 293 public school corporations and state-accredited nonpublic schools. (read full article)

Back-to-School nights promise fun for all! (Monday, August 28, 2006)

Fort Wayne Community Schools students returned to class last week - 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. In the spring, Fort (read full article)

FWCS Teacher of Year state finalist! (Monday, August 28, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson surprised the district's 2007 Teacher of the Year on Aug. 28 with the news that he has been selected as one of Indiana's top 10 finalists for the state honor. Todd Roberts, audio/visual teacher at Northwood Middle School, will join the other finalists from across the state next (read full article)

First day at FWCS (Monday, August 21, 2006)
Sunny skies and milder than usual temperatures provided a perfect backdrop to a spirited first day of the 2006-07 school year for Fort Wayne Community Schools! While urban districts across the nation are reporting declines on enrollment, FWCS appears to be seeing student numbers growing. Today, 32,516 students walked through the school doors (read full article)

District's new magnet school opens Monday (Friday, August 18, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson and Board of School Trustees President Geoff Paddock will bring in the new year Monday with a visit to the district's new magnet program, Towles Intermediate School, formerly Geyer Middle School. They will begin greeting teachers and students at about 7:35 a.m. at the front entrance (read full article)

Towles Intermediate School ... Fact Sheet (Friday, August 18, 2006)
In early 2005, FWCS announced its decision to close Geyer as a traditional middle school and reopen it as a Montessori magnet program. The move was made to expand the district's magnet offerings by building on an effective and popular option the Montessori program. . Although Geyer had made academic progress, it continued to face sanctions (read full article)

Fort Wayne Community Schools Big Birthday Kickoff (Friday, August 18, 2006)
It will be cake, ice cream, lemonade and lots of balloons for FWCS students, staff and parents on Sunday, Aug. 20, at Headwaters Park. The event marks the official beginning of the FWCS celebration of its 150 years educating the youth of the community. Party is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Patty Martone, former FWCS assistant superintendent, will (read full article)

School begins - motorists urged to play it safe (Wednesday, August 16, 2006)

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. 21 to leave a few minutes (read full article)

FWCS/FWEA welcome new teachers (Monday, August 14, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and Fort Wayne Education Association (FWEA) are once again joining together to roll out the red carpet to the more than 75 new teachers who will be in classrooms across the district when school begins on Monday. "We are looking forward to an outstanding year and are delighted to have such energetic, hard-working (read full article)

Administrative appointments (Monday, August 14, 2006)

Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the following administrative appointments during their regularly scheduled board meeting on Aug. 14 in the Grile Administrative Center: Tim S. Burton Athletic Director, Elmhurst High School Tim Burton joined FWCS in 1988 and in 1992 became a teacher and coach at Elmhurst (read full article)

FWCS budget aligned with student success (Monday, August 14, 2006)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' 2007 budget will maintain the district's strong academic focus and commitment to explore ways to do more with limited funding. The finely-tuned budget keeps FWCS on sound financial footing while at the same time supporting strategies that enhance student achievement. "This budget reaffirms our commitment (read full article)

Bookbag project to help 450 students (Wednesday, August 09, 2006)
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 13th year, Fort Wayne Community Schools employees in the Grile Administrative Center, (read full article)

Brakes, headlights, suspension.... (Monday, August 07, 2006)
...All this and cleanliness, too! That is what representatives from the Indiana State Police will be looking for when they begin their annual school bus inspections later this week. Fort Wayne Community Schools' fleet of nearly 300 buses and 30 small, white special purpose buses will each be put through their paces during the seven-day inspection (read full article)

Schools hit by hurricane to receive supplies - lots of them! (Monday, August 07, 2006)

Fort Wayne Community Schools teachers and students are looking forward to a stellar school year beginning in just a short time - and thanks to their efforts the first day of school in another part of this nation will be getting off to a grand start as well! Members of the Fort Wayne Education Association have spearheaded another drive for school (read full article)

FWCS brings in national legal expert (Friday, August 04, 2006)
From disciplining students to police searches in schools, the legal landscape is more and more heavily impacting everyday life in today's public schools. What does the law permit and where do legal policies fit into the ability to provide a safe, effective learning environment? To answer those questions, Fort Wayne Community Schools is presenting (read full article)

Free/reduced meals application deadline nears (Thursday, August 03, 2006)
Families of the nearly 32,000 students in Fort Wayne Community Schools are receiving applications to submit to find out if their child is eligible for meal and textbook assistance this school year. Given a lackluster economy - both on the national and local fronts - it is expected that more students again this year could be eligible. Last year, just (read full article)

Fort Wayne Rotary donates books to students (Thursday, August 03, 2006)

The following news release is from the Fort Wayne Rotary Club Fort Wayne, IN - On Monday, August 7, Fort Wayne Rotary Club will deliver nearly 100 books to Washington Elementary School for students to keep and take home. Many students don't have books at home to practice their reading skills. Without books at home, children (read full article)