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Elmhurst JAG recognized nationally (Thursday, July 31, 2008)
Elmhurst High School's JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) program has been recognized for being one of the top-performing JAG programs in the country. JAG is offered at four of Fort Wayne Community Schools' high schools. The program is a school-to-career program aimed at keeping young people in school through graduation and providing (read full article)

Taylor construction affects Portage, Lindley (Wednesday, July 30, 2008)
Construction on Taylor Street between Ardmore Avenue and Portage Boulevard will make it challenging for parents to get to registration at Portage Middle School and Lindley Elementary School on Friday, Aug. 1, and Monday, Aug. 4. Entrances at each school will be affected by the road closure. Fort Wayne Community Schools is asking parents to be (read full article)

FWCS buses get annual check-up (Tuesday, July 29, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' fleet of more than 300 buses will be checked from top to bottom beginning Thursday, July 31, to make sure they are ready to hit the road for the first day of school Aug. 18. Each year, the Indiana State Police inspect each school bus to make sure they are in shape to transport students. The buses will be poked (read full article)

Time to register FWCS students for 2008-09 school year (Friday, July 25, 2008)
All Fort Wayne Community Schools will have two registration days in August to get students signed up for the new school year, which begins Aug. 18. 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. 1 Noon to (read full article)

Free and reduced lunch applications due Aug. 1 (Monday, July 21, 2008)
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. 18. Last year, nearly 62 percent of FWCS students participated (read full article)

FWCS hires Elmhurst principal, HR director (Tuesday, June 24, 2008)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 23, hired a new principal for Elmhurst High School and a new director of Human Resources. Chad Hissong will assume the principal position at Elmhurst on July 1. Mr. Hissong moves to FWCS from East Allen County School where he is currently the assistant principal at Prince (read full article)

Registration underway for summer driver education (Tuesday, June 17, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Driver Education program is now taking enrollments for the second summer session, which meets July 7-25. The four-hour classes are offered between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily (Monday-Friday) at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. Any students 15 years old or older may register for the program. The cost is $325. (read full article)

Two principals join FWCS (Tuesday, June 10, 2008)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 9, hired principals for two of the district's middle schools. Eric Lambright will be the new principal at Northwood Middle School, replacing Matt Schiebel, who is moving to Shawnee Middle School. Mr. Lambright is returning to Fort Wayne from Vikan Middle School in Brighton, (read full article)

FWCS to expand English Language Learners program (Friday, June 06, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will expand its English Language Learners program to five additional schools in the fall to meet the needs of the growing number of students who come to school with limited English skills. Harrison Hill, Holland, Lincoln and Waynedale elementary schools as well as Shawnee Middle will add an ELL teacher for the 2008-09 (read full article)

120 students to receive English Literacy Certificate (Thursday, May 29, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult & Continuing Education will celebrate the accomplishments of 120 students Friday, May 30, at the English Literacy Certificate Ceremony. The adult students come from around the world. Home countries for these students include Afghanistan, Burma, Chad, China, Columbia, D. R. Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, (read full article)

FWCS celebrates graduates (Thursday, May 29, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate commencement next week for the 1,902 graduates of the school district. The students leave their high schools with varied future plans. Some will pursue higher education at colleges such as Wellesley College, Stanford University, DePauw University and Cornell University. Others, like North Side's valedictorian, (read full article)

FWCS students, staff celebrate year's accomplishments (Wednesday, May 28, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate the end of a successful school year and say good-bye for the summer on Monday, June 2. Many schools have special events planned to recognize the work students and staff did over the last year. Below is a list of events planned: Bloomingdale Elementary will have its final Town Hall meeting at 9 a.m. (read full article)

Board Member Carol Coen to Step Down Effective June 30 (Friday, May 23, 2008)

Fort Wayne Community Schools longtime board member Carol Coen will step down from her seat effective June 30, 2008. Coen earlier announced that she would resign after nearly 16 years on the FWCS Board of Trustees. The Board will accept written applications for the vacancy for the next two weeks. Applications should be submitted to Board President (read full article)


Parents can pay for school lunch online (Wednesday, May 21, 2008)
Parents of students in Fort Wayne Community Schools can now pay for their child's lunch online. The Nutrition Services Department has partnered with MyNutriKids.com to allow parents to pay in advance for their child's meals to eliminate the hassle of making sure a student has money every day or the risk of lunch money getting lost. By having (read full article)

Nutritious meals to be provided this summer (Wednesday, May 21, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will sponsor the Summer Food Service Program for Children providing free meals to all children from 1-18 years old. The program was created to serve nutritious meals to children when National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. To ensure all children receive proper nutrition throughout (read full article)

Schools celebrate student milestones (Tuesday, May 20, 2008)
Students across the Fort Wayne Community Schools district will be recognized over the next two weeks for reaching a milestone in their educational careers finishing their elementary school years or their middle school years. Schools will say good-bye to their fifth- and eighth-graders in recognition, culmination and award ceremonies. The ceremonies (read full article)

Two students to receive cars for outstanding attendance (Monday, May 19, 2008)
Two students will start their summer break with a new set of wheels. Anthis Career Center and North Side High School are each giving one student with outstanding attendance a car as a reward. Students at Anthis are eligible if they missed no more than two days of school and were tardy no more than three times during the second half of the school (read full article)

Child Safety Fair free for families (Wednesday, May 14, 2008)

Families are invited to attend the second annual Child Safety Fair hosted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Fort Wayne Task Force. The Take 25 event will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, in the Menards and Wal-Mart parking lots at Southtown Crossing. The goal of this event is to encourage area families and their children (read full article)


FWCS hires new administrators for 2008-09 school year (Tuesday, May 13, 2008)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday approved several administrative changes for the 2008-09 school year. The personnel changes approved Monday follow several other changes approved April 28. Below is a list of the changes at the principal level. Rebecca Dennis, Croninger Principal Rebecca Dennis was hired by Fort (read full article)

FWCS celebrates service of 105 retirees (Tuesday, May 06, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate more than 2,800 years of service worked by 105 retirees at the annual retirement dinner Tuesday, May 6. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. at Indiana Tech and honors the teachers, bus drivers, classroom assistants and administrators who dedicated years to making the lives of children better. The years of (read full article)

FWCS last day of school June 2 (Monday, May 05, 2008)
Following a winter with four snow days when schools were closed, the last day of school has been moved to Monday, June 2. Students are expected to be in class on Friday, May 30 and Monday, June 2. The make-up day scheduled for Friday, May 23, will also be used, and student should be in school that day as well. Fort Wayne Community Schools only (read full article)

Two FWCS groups compete in Majic 95.1's Little Give (Thursday, May 01, 2008)
Two Fort Wayne Community Schools groups are working to turn their community projects into something big. At Arlington Elementary, teacher Monya Weissert and her kindergarten class are working with students throughout the building and the PTA to raise money to replace the school's antiquated playground equipment with handicap accessible equipment. (read full article)

Whitney Young hosts early childhood education seminar (Thursday, May 01, 2008)
More than 100 people from across the country will participate in a conference this weekend at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center focusing on the Reggio Emilia philosophy and best practices for working together to provide quality early childhood education. The conference is part of a multi-year grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. (read full article)

Two-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on May 6 (Wednesday, April 30, 2008)
All 34 Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary schools, as well as the elementary grades at Towles Intermediate School, will have a scheduled two-hour delay day Tuesday, May 6. The schedule for buses, classes, lunches and after-school activities will be the same as a two-hour weather delay. Buses will run two hours later for grades K-5, and school (read full article)

FWCS holds universal kindergarten orientation & early registration (Tuesday, April 29, 2008)

For the first time, Fort Wayne Community Schools will hold kindergarten orientation and early registration on the same day at each elementary school. On Thursday, May 8, parents will be able to go to their child's school to learn more about FWCS' full-day kindergarten program and register their child for the 2008-09 school year. The times (read full article)


Blackhawk student wins speech contest (Thursday, April 24, 2008)
Blackhawk Middle School eighth-grader Ryan Tapp won the 2008 Fort Wayne Community Schools Middle School Persuasive Speech Contest Wednesday, April 23. Students from eight of the district's middle schools participated in the 33rd annual competition at the Grile Administration Center after winning their school contests. During the competition, (read full article)

FWCS students earn top honors from Indiana PTA (Thursday, April 24, 2008)
Several Fort Wayne Community Schools students were recognized by the Indiana PTA for their entries in the Reflections and Citizenship Essay competitions. The Reflections competition is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. This year's theme was "I Can Make a Difference." Students expressed themselves through literature, (read full article)

FWCS sweeps State PTA awards for second year (Tuesday, April 22, 2008)
For the second consecutive year, Fort Wayne Community Schools swept the State PTA awards, being recognized for having the top teacher, principal, school PTA and district wide PTA. Northwood Middle School teacher Todd Roberts was named Outstanding Teacher; Northwood Principal Matt Schiebel won Outstanding Principal; Northrop High School was named (read full article)

Memorial Park students jazz it up (Monday, April 21, 2008)
Memorial Park Middle School students will work with several musicians the week of April 21 as part of the school's annual preparation for Jazz on the Boulevard. Flutist Ali Ryerson and piano player Steve Rudolph will work with each of the school's jazz groups during the week. Ms. Ryerson has performed all over the world with well-known (read full article)

EPA recognizes FWCS for reducing bus emissions (Monday, April 21, 2008)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Acting Air and Radiation Division Director Cheryl Newton recognized Fort Wayne Community Schools for its work using a $50,000 EPA Clean School Bus grant to reduce harmful diesel emissions from its school bus fleet. "EPA is working with the Fort Wayne Community Schools to upgrade buses and use (read full article)

Middle school students speak out (Friday, April 18, 2008)
Students from the 11 middle school in Fort Wayne Community Schools will compete in the annual Middle School Interscholastic Speech Contest at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Grile Administrative Center. To participate in the city competition, students had to win their school competitions by preparing a 3- to 5-minute persuasive speech. (read full article)

FWCS students collect thousands of items for food bank (Thursday, April 17, 2008)
Dozens of Fort Wayne Community Schools students will spend the day Friday, April 18, stacking can upon can at Glenbrook Square. It will take thousands of cans to build Roadrunner, Snoopy and a stage for a stand-up comedian as students compete in the Canstruction to benefit the Community Harvest Food Bank. Eleven high schools, including three (read full article)

North Side music teacher honored by Philharmonic (Thursday, April 17, 2008)
North Side High School music teacher Ed King will be recognized at a concert Saturday, April 19, as the 2008 Fort Wayne Philharmonic's Music Educator of the Year. The award is sponsored by Sweetwater Sound. Mr. King has been a teacher and marching band director at North Side for 34 years and has helped students from all walks of life learn (read full article)

Anthis students are ready to rock (Monday, April 14, 2008)
Twice a week, 10 Anthis Career Center students stay late at the automotive center fixing up a blue 1995 Buick Regal. The students are investing hours repairing the body and making the engine hum, skills that will be critical if the students pursue automotive career. The after-school project is similar to what goes on during an episode of "Trick (read full article)

More FWCS schools reach top PL 221 categories (Wednesday, April 02, 2008)
Nearly 25 percent more Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings reached the top three categories this year under Indiana's accountability system. Twenty-one schools reached Academic Progress, Commendable or Exemplary status, up from 17 last year. Five schools Croninger, Holland, Irwin, St. Joseph Central and Washington elementary schools (read full article)

Board member Carol Coen to step down (Wednesday, March 26, 2008)
Longtime Fort Wayne Community Schools Board Member Carol Coen will step down from her seat later this year after nearly 16 years on the FWCS Board of Trustees. Coen was first elected to the board in 1992 and was re-elected three times to serve District 2 in the northeast part of the school district. Recently, Coen moved out of District 2. By (read full article)

10 Schools make Adequate Yearly Progress; Change in federal policy could reflect growth in FWCS schools (Tuesday, March 25, 2008)
Ten of Fort Wayne Community Schools' buildings, including two Title I schools, made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) based on data from the 2006-07 school year and results of the fall 2007 ISTEP+ exams. Bloomingdale, Brentwood, Croninger, Franke Park, Glenwood Park, Harris, Irwin, Maplewood and St. Joseph Central elementary schools and Lakeside (read full article)

FWCS raises $31,691 for Riley (Thursday, March 20, 2008)

Fort Wayne Community Schools raised $31,691 during February and March for Riley Children's Foundation, benefiting Riley Hospital for Children. Nearly 75 percent of the schools met their goal of becoming a Miracle School. Thirty elementary schools, one intermediate school, six middle schools and one high school raised at least $1 for every student (read full article)


Northrop hosts Jazz Fest (Thursday, March 13, 2008)
The Northrop High School Instrumental Music Parents Association will sponsor the 19th annual Barry A. Ashton Jazz Festival Saturday, March 15. This year's guest artist is flautist Greg Pattillo and his trio, Project. Sixteen high school and middle school bands, combos and jazz string groups will perform in three venues from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (read full article)

International dyslexia expert to receive Northrop Diploma (Wednesday, March 12, 2008)
Thirty years after his peers graduated from Northrop High School, Dana Blackhurst will join their ranks as a member of the graduating class of 1978. Blackhurst has become a well-known expert on dyslexia over the last three decades, but his success hasn't stopped him from seeking the one credential he didn't have: His high school diploma. (read full article)

FWCS hosts annual Title I parents conference (Tuesday, March 11, 2008)
Hundreds of parents are expected to attend the annual Title I Parents as Partners Conference from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Fellowship Missionary Church, 2536 Tillman Road. The conference is an educational opportunity focusing on academics, health and well-being, and how to get and stay involved in children's education. Parents (read full article)

Students Encourage Peers, Staff to Vote (Thursday, March 06, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools high school students are hosting voter registration drives this week in each of the high school buildings. The service project is aimed at getting young people registered to vote for the first time. Adults in the buildings who are not registered to vote are also encouraged to do so. Students in Superintendent Wendy Robinson's (read full article)

Robotics Championship to be Held at South Side High School (Wednesday, March 05, 2008)

The South Side Robotics Invitational will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St. The free event is held in cooperation with Youth-Building Our Tomorrow. Teams from 12 regional high schools (South Side, Wayne, Elmhurst, North Side, Northrop, Harding, West Noble, Canterbury, Bishop Dwenger, Carroll, (read full article)


FWCS celebrates National School Breakfast Week (Tuesday, March 04, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is celebrating National School Breakfast Week March 3-7. The theme this year is "School Breakfast: Fuel Your Imagination" and kicked off with Green Eggs and Ham for lunch on Monday. The menu coincided with Read Across America celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. The importance of eating a good breakfast is (read full article)

Superintendents discuss property tax reform effects (Monday, March 03, 2008)
The four Allen County school superintendents met for a joint press conference Friday, Feb. 29, to discuss the ramifications of the proposed property tax legislation. Property tax reform has been the primary issue being addressed by the General Assembly this year. While school district officials understand the concerns about rising property taxes, (read full article)

Two-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on March 7 (Friday, February 29, 2008)
All 34 Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary schools, as well as the elementary grades at Towles Intermediate School, will have a scheduled two-hour delay day Friday, March 7. The schedule for buses, classes, lunches and after-school activities will be the same as a two-hour weather delay. Buses will run two hours later for grades K-5, and (read full article)

Reading is on the loose for Read Across America (Wednesday, February 27, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with a day full of reading events as part of Read Across America on Monday, March 3. The day begins with green eggs and ham being served from 5:30-7:30 a.m. at Cindy's Diner, 830 S. Harrison St. Then third-grade students from each FWCS (read full article)

Mentoring Matters at FWCS (Friday, February 22, 2008)
Big Brothers Big Sisters in partnership with Fort Wayne Community Schools honored the milestone of having 100 mentors at Washington Elementary School. A press conference was held Friday, Feb. 22, to celebrate the difference that mentoring has made for the children, faculty, and community associated with Washington Elementary. Big Brothers Big (read full article)

Students learn to think like entrepreneurs (Monday, February 18, 2008)
Students will have the opportunity to put their creativity to the test during the 2008 Idea Contest in celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week. Local high school students, including six from Fort Wayne Community Schools, will think like entrepreneurs and identify business opportunities using their own creativity and innovation two skills (read full article)

Student stories tell of obstacles overcome to reach education (Tuesday, February 12, 2008)
Ninety Continuing Education students who completed their high school programs from January through December 2007 will participate in a graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, Scottish Rite Auditorium. Students will receive a GED certificate or high school diploma. The Literacy Alliance will host a reception prior to the ceremony from 5:30 (read full article)

North Side Jazz Fest welcomes trombonist Michael Davis (Tuesday, February 12, 2008)
North Side High School will host its annual daylong Jazz Fest Saturday, Feb. 16, with guest trombonist-composer Michael Davis. More than 20 high school and middle school jazz bands will perform from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd. At 4 p.m. students will have a workshop with Davis, and the Honor Bands will be announced (read full article)

FWCS students work to become a 'miracle corporation' (Monday, February 11, 2008)

Fort Wayne Community Schools students will raise money over the next two weeks to make their school district a "Miracle Corporation" for the Riley Hospital for Children. If each school raises $1 for each student in the building, FWCS will become the largest "Miracle Corporation" ever. The fundraiser kicked off Monday, Feb. 11, (read full article)


Franke Park teachers take off with NASA (Friday, February 08, 2008)
A group of Franke Park teachers is spending 10 days at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to participate in a series of experiments and learning opportunities as a part of the school's designation as a NASA School. Teachers Donna Ashcroft, Pam Ghaffarian, Stephanie Koch, Valerie McMaken, Elizabeth Norris and Kim Straessle will have the opportunity (read full article)

Free transportation available for School Choice Fair (Tuesday, February 05, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will provide free transportation to its School Choice Fair Sunday, Feb. 10, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. School buses will pick up riders at 12:25 p.m. at South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St., at 12:30 p.m. at Weisser Park Elementary School, 902 Colerick St., and at 12:35 p.m. at Bunche Early (read full article)

Cheeseburgers pulled from school lunches (Tuesday, February 05, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools stopped serving mini-cheeseburgers at lunch Tuesday, Feb. 5, following a directive from the USDA. The mini-cheeseburgers were made with meat processed by a company that is now under investigation by the USDA for questionable beef-slaughtering practices. The USDA has cited no immediate health risk from consuming the (read full article)

Register now for Allen County Youth Summit (Monday, February 04, 2008)
Middle and high school students are invited to register for the annual Allen County Youth Summit. This year's summit will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The annual summit is designed to empower and unite young leaders. Young people aren't "just kids," they are the (read full article)

International Baccalaureate program featured at information night (Friday, February 01, 2008)
South Side High School's International Baccalaureate Programme will be highlighted at an information night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at South Side, 3601 S. Calhoun St. South Side is the only school in northeast Indiana to offer the prestigious program to high school students. The IB Programme started at South Side 12 years ago, and has graduated (read full article)

Northrop dazzles with musical showcase (Wednesday, January 30, 2008)
Northrop High School will host its annual premier musical event this weekend. The Seventh Annual Charisma Classique, a showcase of some of the best musical talent in the Midwest, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Northrop, 7001 Coldwater Road. The event is one of the largest musical events of the year with more than 1,500 students (read full article)

Two-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on Feb. 6 (Wednesday, January 30, 2008)
All 34 Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary schools, as well as the elementary grades at Towles Intermediate School, will have a scheduled two-hour delay day Wednesday, Feb. 6. The schedule for buses, classes, lunches and after-school activities will be the same as a two-hour weather delay. Buses will run two hours later for grades K-5, and (read full article)

Students reflect on making a difference (Wednesday, January 23, 2008)
The annual Fort Wayne Area PTA Council's Reflections and Citizenship Essay showcase will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in the Grand Hall of the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne. More than 80 entries from 14 schools will be highlighted, showing the talents of FWCS students. The Reflections competition is open to students (read full article)

Miami class tops in READ 180 competition (Tuesday, January 22, 2008)
Miami Middle School students in teacher Ashley Geron's sixth-grade READ 180 class have read more than 1 million words so far this year, putting them at the top of the READ 180 classes in Fort Wayne Community Schools. For their hard work, the class will be awarded a traveling trophy at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. FWCS began using the READ 180 (read full article)

FWCS unveils new goals, logo (Monday, January 14, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools unveiled its district goals and a new logo at a press conference today. The goals were developed by the Board of Trustees over several months to reflect where the district is heading and the needs of the community. The board chose to focus on three goals: Achieve and Maintain Academic Excellence, Engage Parents and the (read full article)

School Choice Fair offers parents chance to learn about schools (Friday, January 11, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will host its annual School Choice Fair from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. Hundreds of parents attend the event each year to learn more about the variety of educational choices they have for their children within the public school system. The free event highlights the district's (read full article)

Study Connection Read-A-Thon celebrates community connections (Thursday, January 10, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' Study Connection will celebrate the many partnerships between schools and community groups with a Read-A-Thon from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the main Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne. Celebrity readers from around the Allen County will read their favorite stories to students from Abbett, (read full article)

Lakeside going green with renovation project (Tuesday, December 18, 2007)
In an effort to be environmentally conscious and good fiscal stewards, Fort Wayne Community Schools is pursuing LEED certification for the Lakeside Middle School renovation project to be completed in 2008. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is obtained through the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization committed (read full article)

Annual Anthis fruit sale going on now (Friday, December 14, 2007)
The annual Anthis Career Center fruit sale is going on this weekend at the automotive building on the corner of Lafayette and Lewis streets (enter on Lewis Street). Sales are going on until 5 p.m. today (Dec. 14), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and from 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, as long as there is still fruit available. (read full article)

Two-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on Dec. 11 (Thursday, December 06, 2007)
All 34 Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary schools, as well as the elementary grades at Towles Intermediate School, will have a scheduled two-hour delay day Tuesday Dec. 11. The schedule for buses, classes, lunches and after-school activities will be the same as a two-hour weather delay. Buses will run two hours later for grades K-5, and (read full article)

Mayor-elect Tom Henry to speak at Elmhurst (Wednesday, December 05, 2007)
Fort Wayne Mayor-elect Tom Henry will speak at Elmhurst High School's annual Fathers & Male Guardians Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Elmhurst. The annual event gives the PTA, staff members and students an opportunity to pay tribute to Elmhurst fathers and male guardians. Parental involvement is a critical component of a student's (read full article)

North Side students celebrate with annual Christmas party (Tuesday, December 04, 2007)
More than 300 students and staff members at North Side High School are putting on the 20th Annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer and their families from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at North Side. The party is sponsored by North Side students for children in local families dealing with the day-to-day financial and emotional struggles of having (read full article)

FWCS recognizes student leaders (Tuesday, December 04, 2007)
Student leaders from Fort Wayne Community Schools' six high schools will be recognized Wednesday, Dec. 5, for making their schools stronger by being a friend and mentor to other students. About 175 sophomores, juniors and seniors volunteered to be student leaders, participating in freshman orientation, tailgating events and other programs (read full article)

Lindley celebrates international success (Tuesday, December 04, 2007)
Lindley Elementary School, 2201 Ardmore Ave., will have an open house from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, to celebrate the school's acceptance into the International Spanish Academy. All former Lindley Spanish immersion students, families and staff members are invited to attend the event. The school was invited to join the academy program, (read full article)

FWCS makes ISTEP gains (Monday, December 03, 2007)
ISTEP+ results for Fort Wayne Community Schools show improvement across the board with results increasing in two-thirds of the categories. Results in 11 out of 18 areas tested district wide in September went up while two more remained the same as in 2006. "This is wonderful news for our district and our community," Superintendent (read full article)

Craig Martin named Student Services Director (Tuesday, November 27, 2007)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees hired Y. Craig Martin at its meeting Monday, Nov. 26, to serve as the Director of Student Services. Mr. Martin has worked in the district since 1989 when he was hired as a fourth-grade teacher at Southern Heights Elementary School (now Scott Academy). During his five years at Southern Heights (read full article)

FWCS Public Affairs Director earns Accreditation in Public Relations (Monday, November 19, 2007)

Melanie Hall, Public Affairs Director with Fort Wayne Community Schools, has successfully completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations, entitling her to use the APR professional designation. The announcement was made by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), a consortium of nine professional communication organizations that directs (read full article)


Indian Village principal up for state honor (Friday, November 16, 2007)
Indian Village Principal Stephany Bourne will be recognized this weekend as the District 3 Elementary Principal of the Year at the fall conference of the Indiana Association of School Principals. Bourne was named principal of the year for IASP's District 3, which includes 10 counties in northeast Indiana, earlier this year. One of the 12 (read full article)

FWCS schools celebrate Thanksgiving (Friday, November 16, 2007)
Students in several Fort Wayne Community Schools classrooms will celebrate Thanksgiving next week through lessons, culminating in Thanksgiving feasts, often with food made by the students. Media are invited to attend, but please let the principal know you are coming. Here are events taking place at several of our schools: South Wayne first-graders (read full article)

Schools welcome community members for Principal for a Day (Friday, November 09, 2007)

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 48 community members into our schools next week to serve as Principal for a Day. With 47 of our 53 school buildings participating, this is the largest Principal for a Day ever. The only buildings not participating are those where principals are not available because they are attending conferences or unavailable (read full article)


Star students head to Spell Bowl finals (Wednesday, November 07, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is proud to send teams from two middle schools to the state Spell Bowl finals at Purdue University Saturday. Rival teams from Lakeside and Northwood middle schools will travel to Purdue after winning the Regional Bowl at Indian Springs Middle School in Columbia City last month. The two teams beat out several other schools (read full article)

FWCS students recognize Veterans Day (Wednesday, November 07, 2007)
Over the next two weeks, students across Fort Wayne Community Schools will remember those who have served our country. The following is a schedule of events in the schools. Media is invited to attend, but please let the principal or me know beforehand. One of the biggest events will be the Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Holland (read full article)

First Lady comes to Bloomingdale (Tuesday, November 06, 2007)
Indiana's First Lady Cheri Daniels will visit Bloomingdale Elementary School, 1300 Orchard St., at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. During her hour-long visit, Mrs. Daniels will read to kindergarten students, sign the school's "Famous Visitor" wall and tour the building with selected fifth-graders. The visit is part of a series of (read full article)

Poignant student artwork to tour FWCS (Tuesday, November 06, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will showcase some of our students' best works of art in a traveling exhibit. The exhibit will kick off with a reception at noon Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. The artwork comes from past exhibits of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art's "Building Relationships for Success: (read full article)

Ward students get life lesson at Verizon (Wednesday, October 31, 2007)
Students from Ward Education Center will get a chance to meet professionals working at Verizon and learn important job-seeking skills at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. The students will meet with members of Verizon's Consortium of Information and Telecommunications Executives (CITE) at the Verizon Communications office, 8001 W. Jefferson Blvd. (read full article)

FWCS scares up Halloween fun (Tuesday, October 30, 2007)
Several Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary schools will celebrate Halloween and the harvest season with parties this week, most taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 31. One of the largest celebrations will be at Maplewood Elementary School with the return of the Fall Festival Parade. It was an annual tradition that hadn't been celebrated (read full article)

Two-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on Nov. 1 (Monday, October 29, 2007)
All 34 Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary schools, as well as the elementary grades at Towles Intermediate School, will have a scheduled two-hour delay day Thursday, Nov. 1. The schedule for buses, classes, lunches and after-school activities will be the same as a two-hour weather delay. Buses will run two hours later for grades K-5, and (read full article)

Artists teaching Whitney Young students African drums and dancing (Friday, October 26, 2007)
Over a period of six weeks, pre-k students at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center will learn African drums and dancing from artists in residence Abass Camara and Soriba Simbo Camara, who are famous for their musical skills in their hometown of Conakry, Guinea, in West Africa. The lessons began last week and continue through November. At 6:30 (read full article)

Education expert comes to Fort Wayne (Friday, October 26, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes Dr. Willard Daggett to the district next week to work with teachers and administrators on creating successful middle and high schools. FWCS is strongly focused on ways to make the middle and high school years more rigorous and relevant for students while building relationships that will help them succeed (read full article)

FWCS celebrates Red Ribbon Week (Thursday, October 18, 2007)
Several Fort Wayne Community Schools will recognize Red Ribbon Week Oct. 22-26 with fun activities to encourage students to stay away from drugs. The Red Ribbon Campaign was started by the National Family Partnership after drug traffickers in Mexico City killed DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. Using Red Ribbons is designed to present a unified (read full article)

FWCS teachers participate in Appleseed Writing Project (Thursday, October 18, 2007)
Eleven educators from Fort Wayne Community Schools will be among the presenters at the Appleseed Writing Project Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Walb Student Union IPFW. The theme of the conference is "World Series Writers: Going to Bat for Boy Writers and Other Reluctant Students." There has been much attention recently (read full article)

Lindley accepted into International Spanish Academies (Thursday, October 18, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is proud to announce that Lindley Elementary School has been invited to join the International Spanish Academies Program, a prestigious program partnering schools with the Ministry of Education and Science in Spain. The program is made up of 37 top-performing Spanish Immersion schools throughout the United States and (read full article)

FWCS gets fired up for cold weather (Tuesday, October 16, 2007)
Though high temperatures are forecast to be in or near the 70s all week, it won't be long until the days are significantly colder. In preparation, Fort Wayne Community Schools' Maintenance and Operation staff has been working in the buildings for several weeks getting the heating systems ready. For the older systems, that means cleaning and (read full article)

Schools recognize World Food Day (Friday, October 12, 2007)
Students in several Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings will recognize World Food Day next week with food drives and other events. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day each year on Oct. 16, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. Many FWCS schools use the anniversary as a way (read full article)

Miami remembers former principal (Tuesday, October 09, 2007)
Miami Middle School students and staff and Fort Wayne Community Schools officials will remember the former principal of the school with a tree planting ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Janice Craig was 51 and the Miami principal when she died just before the beginning of the 2005-06 school year. She started with the district in 1973 as an (read full article)

Circus is coming to school (Friday, October 05, 2007)
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be visiting Fort Wayne Community Schools next week. Ambassador Clown will visit several schools to help motivate the students to read and encourage interest in science beyond the classroom. At some schools, the clowns will read "If I Ran the Circus" by Dr. Seuss. At others, they (read full article)

FWCS book fees can now be paid by credit card (Thursday, October 04, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is now accepting book fee payments by credit card. Invoices were mailed to parents last week. Previously, parents could only pay by cash, check or money order. Now, parents can visit the FWCS Web site (www.fwcs.k12.in.us) and pay online. There is no service fee for paying online. Fees for books are due Nov. 2 to (read full article)

Anthony Wayne Rotary supports third-graders (Thursday, October 04, 2007)
Anthony Wayne Rotary members have spent the week distributing Dictionaries to third-graders throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools. Thursday, Rotary President Bob Moore, and his wife Marcia, met the third-graders at Lincoln Elementary School, 1001 E. Cook Road, to personally present them with their books. Rotary purchased 2,760 dictionaries (read full article)

WBCL hosts drive for PTA Clothing Bank (Thursday, October 04, 2007)

WBCL radio is taking on Fort Wayne Community Schools' PTA Clothing Bank as its community project by hosting a daylong clothing drive Oct. 12. The clothing bank, located in Memorial Baptist Church at 2900 N. Anthony Blvd., serves FWCS students who need clothes because of poverty or a disaster, such as a fire. Students are referred to the clothing (read full article)


Find Your Future at the Northeast Indiana College Fair (Tuesday, October 02, 2007)
Over the next decade, the American workforce will be short millions of qualified workers for jobs requiring education beyond a high school diploma. High school students today must consider post-secondary education, whether it is technical or college training, a necessity, not just an option. Where they will go for that education and training (read full article)

FWCS' first scheduled two-hour delay of the year Oct. 3 (Thursday, September 27, 2007)
All 34 Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary schools, as well as the elementary grades at Towles Intermediate School, will have a scheduled two-hour delay day Wednesday, Oct. 3. The schedule for buses, classes, lunches and after-school activities will be the same as a two-hour weather delay. Buses will run two hours later for grades K-5, and (read full article)

Anthis Aviation program receives FAA approval (Friday, September 21, 2007)

The Aviation Powerplant Technician Program at Anthis Career Center received Federal Aviation Administration certification this month. The designation means students can obtain a federal license while receiving both high school and college credit, making it the only such program in the state and one of only a few such programs throughout the country. (read full article)


New Teacher Academy starts Tuesday (Friday, September 21, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' newest teachers will begin the 2007-08 New Teacher Academy Tuesday, Sept. 25. This is the third year for the Academy, which is designed to provide support and direction for new teachers. Nationwide, about one-third of qualified teachers leave within the first three years because of a lack of support, difficulty (read full article)

Students celebrate World Peace Day (Thursday, September 20, 2007)
Students at Waynedale Elementary and Towles Intermediate schools will celebrate International Day of Peace Friday, Sept. 21. Sept. 21 was declared International Day of Peace by the United Nations in 2001, 20 years after the first International Day of Peace. The day is to be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. Many recognize (read full article)

Hip hop artist Kelz coming to North Side (Wednesday, September 19, 2007)
Teenage rapper Kelz will reward North Side students for their hard work on ISTEP+ this week with a free concert Friday. Kelz's hit "You Ain't Bout Dat" from his album "Main Event" hit number 7 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales chart and number 19 on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart. He often (read full article)

Enrollment dips slightly at FWCS overall, high school enrollment up (Tuesday, September 18, 2007)
The official count of students Friday, Sept. 14, showed Fort Wayne Community Schools' enrollment dropped by 1 percent from 2006-07 to 2007-08. But the enrollment remains higher than it was in 2005-06. As of Friday, there were 31,606 students enrolled in the district's 52 schools. Last year at this time there were 31,943 students enrolled, (read full article)

Northrop Juniors, Seniors get a dose of reality (Monday, September 17, 2007)
While freshmen and sophomores take required state standardized tests this week, juniors and seniors at Northrop High School will be learning what their futures hold. The high school will host a Seminar on Success: Getting Real After High School to encourage students think about their futures beyond graduation. Speakers from area businesses (read full article)

Healthy eating matters for ISTEP (Thursday, September 13, 2007)

Making sure students eat healthy meals and snacks is just one way Fort Wayne Community Schools is preparing our children to do their best on ISTEP+. As students take the exams starting Monday, schools had the option of ordering healthy snacks from the district's Nutrition Services to get them through the high-stakes tests. Seventeen schools are (read full article)


Pianist Leon Bates coming to Memorial Park (Wednesday, September 12, 2007)
World-renowned pianist Leon Bates will work with Memorial Park Middle School students Friday, Sept. 14, the day before he performs with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Bates will conduct a Master Class with students at the fine arts magnet school at 1:30 p.m. to share his world-class skills with the budding artists. Bates is a native of Philadelphia (read full article)

Study Connection kicks off year (Monday, September 10, 2007)

Study Connection will kick off its19th year with a celebration recognizing the important work hundreds of dedicated volunteers commit to each day. At least 225 volunteers, business leaders and community partners of Fort Wayne Community Schools' nationally recognized tutoring program will attend the Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast (read full article)


Colts chaplain comes to Ward (Thursday, September 06, 2007)
Indianapolis Colts Chaplain Ken Johnson will be the guest speaker at the back-to-school night at Ward Education Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. Johnson grew up in the inner city of Dallas, Texas, surrounded by drugs, alcohol, extreme poverty and a sense of hopelessness. His family moved more than 18 times within the same city before he graduated (read full article)

Fort Wayne Community Schools tackles hunger (Saturday, September 01, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools, with support from SchenkelShultz Architecture, is working to remove one of the cruelest barriers to student achievement: Hunger. Each Friday at Adams Elementary School, students are sent home with a backpack full of food to make sure they have something nutritious to eat over the weekend. Blessings in a Backpack, sponsored (read full article)

Bus safety video viewing begins Monday (Friday, August 31, 2007)
Students who ride the bus to Fort Wayne Community Schools will be able to watch the required bus safety video on LTV-54 beginning Monday. FWCS' Transportation Department runs more than 700 routes per day logging more than 16,000 miles. The buses carry more than 25,000 students to and from school and other locations, which requires a tremendous (read full article)

Teachers to get 4% raise, more professional development (Tuesday, August 28, 2007)
The two-year contract tentatively agreed to by Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association is highlighted by the 4 percent raise teachers will receive in the first year as well as three additional days of professional development starting in 2008-09. "This is a win-win," Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. "Nobody (read full article)

Korean War veterans to receive diplomas (Monday, August 27, 2007)
Two Korean War veterans will receive their high school diplomas Saturday, Sept. 1, more than 50 years after they would have graduated from high school. Carl Edwards, who attended Central High School, and Arthur Flotow, who attended South Side High School, will be presented diplomas by Fort Wayne Community Schools Security Director John H. Weicker (read full article)

Applying for FWCS jobs gets easier (Monday, August 27, 2007)
Filling out a paper application for jobs at Fort Wayne Community Schools will no longer be necessary under a new online application system being launched Monday, Aug. 27. The SearchSoft application system will allow applicants to apply for positions online. Under the new system, applicants can apply for multiple jobs with one application and complete (read full article)

FWCS seeking input from community (Wednesday, August 22, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will have eight public meetings to gather input from parents and the community on how to strengthen our schools. The meetings are required under Public Law 221, the state's accountability law, for schools placed in the "Academic Probation" category based on ISTEP+ results. FWCS officials plan to use the meetings (read full article)

FWCS, FWEA reach agreement (Monday, August 20, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and its teachers reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract Friday, the same day teachers returned to the classroom for the 2007-08 school year. Details of the agreement will not be released until after the Fort Wayne Education Association has an opportunity to share them with its members. The association (read full article)

School starts in Fort Wayne (Monday, August 20, 2007)
Rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the more than 32,000 students and thousands of Fort Wayne Community Schools' employees who returned to school today. As of today, 32,151 students were registered for class. About 2,533 were full-day kindergarten students spending their first day in the classroom. It appeared more tears were shed by parents (read full article)

Parents go back to school, too (Thursday, August 16, 2007)
Going back to school isn't just for the students in Fort Wayne Community Schools. At the Back-to-school nights, parents at every school will have a chance to see where their students learn and play. Parents will have the opportunity to tour the schools, see their children's classrooms and meeting their children's teachers. Many (read full article)

Watch for children, buses as school year begins (Thursday, August 16, 2007)

As students head back to school on Monday, Aug. 20, Fort Wayne Community Schools officials are asking everyone in the community to prepare and take extra caution. With more than 300 yellow buses on the roads and thousands of students walking to bus stops or to their neighborhood schools, drivers may want to leave a few minutes early when heading (read full article)


FWCS/FWEA welcomes new teachers (Monday, August 13, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association will welcome 115 new teachers to the district Tuesday, Aug. 14, for New Teacher Orientation. The orientation gives the new teachers a chance to learn about the district's focus on student achievement and the rich diversity in the school system. During the orientation, which (read full article)

FWCS welcomes 9th-graders to high school (Friday, August 10, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' six high schools will welcome their newest students Wednesday and Thursday for orientation. The events during the two days are designed to transition students from middle school to high school, which can be a challenging time for students. During the two days, students will participate in team building exercises, (read full article)

FWCS getting buses ready to go (Friday, August 10, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' fleet of more than 300 buses will be checked from top to bottom over the next week to make sure they are in tip-top shape for the first day of school Aug. 20. The buses are going through their annual inspections by the Indiana State Police. They will be poked and prodded with doors opened and closed, lights checked, (read full article)

FWCS works with community to strengthen early learning (Friday, August 10, 2007)
Getting a strong start in learning is one of the best ways to make sure students are successful in school over time. That belief is what led the staff at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center to pursue a Community Partners Program Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Fort Wayne Community Schools doesn't just teach children, we (read full article)

FWCS Board to talk about capital projects (Thursday, August 09, 2007)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools board members will meet at 6 p.m. today (Aug. 9) to talk about the history of the Capital Projects Fund. Over the last year, FWCS officials have talked a lot about the physical needs of the district's 54 school buildings and the limited money available to make the necessary repairs. While the district's maintenance (read full article)

FWCS annual bookbag project helps 200 students (Thursday, August 09, 2007)
At least 200 students who might not otherwise have the supplies they need to go back to school will be prepared with the help of Fort Wayne Community Schools employees. Dozens of FWCS employees will spend Friday morning packing backpacks with pencils, rulers, personal hygiene products and other necessities. This is the 14th year the employees in (read full article)

FWCS sixth-graders get a taste of middle school (Wednesday, August 08, 2007)

This year's sixth-graders will get their first real middle school experience Thursday, Aug. 9, when they visit their new schools for a day of exploring, socializing and learning. This is the first year all 10 Fort Wayne Community Schools middle schools are having "Transition Days" for the new middle school students. From 8 a.m. to noon, (read full article)


Handbooks sent to parents (Monday, August 06, 2007)
Fort Wayne Community Schools recently mailed handbooks to the parents of the district's nearly 32,000 students. 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 input from the U.S. Department (read full article)

Emergency work at Washington Elementary School (Friday, August 03, 2007)
Emergency facilities work will be done at Washington Elementary School before the 2007-08 school year begins to repair a leaking, corroded pipe in the gymnasium. The condition of the pipe has made the gymnasium off limits. For safety reasons, no activities will be held in the gym until the pipe is repaired. Registration took place as planned Friday, (read full article)

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)