FWCS News Headlines for 2008-2009

FWCS Headline News

Current News Headlines

Want to know what's happening in Fort Wayne Community Schools? You've come to the right spot. This is the area to find district-wide news for the current school year. Looking for news from past years? Check out our News Archive.

Archived News Headlines

News Headlines

Student-Parent Handbook in the mail (Wednesday, July 29, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools mailed the 2009-10 Student-Parent Handbook to homes this week. The handbook is a new publication, combining the Student-Parent Guide and the Student Rights and Responsibilities & Behavior Code in one document. The combination of the books will make it easier for parents to find information on policies and procedures (read full article)

FWCS hires new administrators (Tuesday, July 28, 2009)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees hired several new administrators at its meeting Monday, July 27, including a new director of nutrition services and a new principal. Candice Hagar, Director of Nutrition Services Candice Hagar joins FWCS with 30 years of food and nutrition service experience, including several years (read full article)

FWCS Participates in Old Navy School Supply Drive (Tuesday, July 28, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and Old Navy are hosting a school supply drive to provide needed supplies to students who cannot afford to purchase them. For anyone donating two or more items on Aug. 4-6, Old Navy at Jefferson Pointe or Northcrest Shopping Center will provide a 10 percent discount off the customer's entire purchase. Supplies needed (read full article)

Free and reduced lunch applications due Aug. 10 (Monday, July 27, 2009)
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. 10 to be processed in time for the first day of school on Aug. 24. Last year, nearly 65 percent of FWCS students participated (read full article)

FWCS telephone, internet to shut down (Wednesday, July 22, 2009)
Telephone and internet services at Fort Wayne Community Schools will be shut down from 5 p.m. Friday, July 24, through noon Tuesday, July 28. The floor in the main computer facility is being replaced necessitating the shutdown. During the shutdown, telephones at district offices and schools will not operate. The district Web site will be offline, (read full article)

FWCS to reinstate 75 teaching positions (Wednesday, July 15, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will reinstate 75 teaching positions cut earlier this year when budget conditions were uncertain. With the approval of a state budget on June 30, the district's financial picture is becoming clearer, allowing the reinstatement of the majority of positions cut in April. "We promised that as soon as we knew (read full article)

Riley Children's Foundation Awards $10,000 to Blessings in a Backpack (Monday, July 13, 2009)
The Blessings in a Backpack weekend food program offered in Fort Wayne Community Schools was chosen to receive a gift of $10,000 from Riley Children's Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana. Blessings in a Backpack was selected in part because Fort Wayne Community Schools' students actively raise funds for Riley Hospital for Children through the (read full article)

Cintas gives two automated external defibrillators to FWCS (Thursday, July 02, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will receive two complimentary automated external defibrillators (AED) from Cintas First Aid & Safety during a special grant presentation to be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, at Forest Park Elementary School, 2004 Alabama Ave. The donation was part of a national grant program to promote awareness of sudden cardiac (read full article)

Forest Park, Price PTAs given national honor (Wednesday, July 01, 2009)
The Forest Park and Price elementary school PTAs were given the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit for their commitment to developing strong partnerships between the schools and families. The recognition is given by the National PTA to school PTAs that demonstrate a commitment to the six national standards for family-school (read full article)

Students donate half-ton of Locker Leftovers (Tuesday, June 30, 2009)
Students at seven schools saved nearly a half-ton of clothing and school supplies from going into the landfill by donating them instead of throwing them away at the end of the school year. Elmhurst and Snider high schools, Towles Intermediate School and Kekionga, Lane, Portage and Shawnee middle schools participated in the Locker Leftover project (read full article)

CAO to retire from FWCS (Monday, June 22, 2009)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved two administrative changes Monday, June 22, including the retirement of Chief Academic Officer Carol Lindquist. Dr. Lindquist will retire from FWCS on Aug. 14 to take a position as Clinical Assistant Professor of Education in the School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University (read full article)

United Way recruits 200 volunteers for FWCS summer program (Wednesday, June 17, 2009)
United Way of Allen County has successfully recruited 200 volunteers to work this summer with children who struggle with reading. The volunteer recruitment is part of Learn United, a ten-year effort to ensure all students read at grade level by the end of third grade. Volunteers are committing at least one hour per week for one month, June 17-July (read full article)

FWCS raises nearly $30,000 for Riley (Thursday, June 11, 2009)

Fort Wayne Community Schools raised $29,155 for Riley Children's Foundation, benefiting Riley Hospital for Children, during the 2008-09 school year. Nearly two-thirds of the schools met their goal of becoming a Miracle School. Twenty-five elementary schools, one intermediate school, five middle schools and one high school raised at least $1 for (read full article)


Snider teacher to be named Dolly Parton award winner (Thursday, June 11, 2009)
Snider High School science teacher Francis Mustapha will be honored Friday, June 12, as the 2009 Dolly Parton Chasing Rainbows Award recipient. The National State Teachers of the Year (NSTOY) presented the first Chasing Rainbows Award to Dolly Parton in 2002 in recognition of the her love of children and her desire that all children across the (read full article)

FWCS appoints new administrators for 2009-10 (Monday, June 08, 2009)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 8, approved several administrative changes for the 2009-10 school year. Elementary School Robin Peterman, Abbett Principal Robin Peterman joined FWCS in 2006 as a language arts instructional facilitator at Scott Academy. She became an administrative intern for the 2008-09 school (read full article)


FWCS, FWEA take break in negotiations (Friday, June 05, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association agreed this week to suspend negotiations on a new contract until at least Aug. 1. The two sides reached the agreement because of the unstable funding situation from the State of Indiana and work to be done in filling jobs created using federal stimulus money. "Our focus (read full article)

Memorial Park students to be recognized for environmental project (Friday, June 05, 2009)

A team of Memorial Park Middle School students has received a first-place regional award in this year's eCYBERMISSION competition and will be recognized by the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 8. The "BioBuds" team, made up of eighth-grade students Emily Barrand, Melanie Kowalski, Landan Mintch and (read full article)


Eight FWCS schools to benefit from Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (Thursday, June 04, 2009)
Eight Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary schools will participate in the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the 2009-10 school year. The program began as a pilot project authorized by Congress in 2002. The success of the pilot led to legislation and more funding in 2004. To be selected for the program, a school must be an elementary (read full article)

Spots still available for summer driver education (Tuesday, June 02, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is still accepting students for its summer driver education program. FWCS offers two sessions during the summer at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. Session I is June 8-26, and Session II is July 6-24. The courses are open to any student, whether they attend FWCS or not, who is at least 15 years old before (read full article)

Arlington 5th graders' book published (Friday, May 29, 2009)
A group of Arlington Elementary School students wrote a book that has been published. The book, titled "Sunnier Days, Advice from 5th Graders," contains short essays about problems the students have experienced with helpful tips on how to handle them, such as what to do if your parents fight or how to deal with siblings. The book was published (read full article)

North Side student to receive car for good attendance (Thursday, May 28, 2009)
A North Side student will start summer break with a new set of wheels as a reward for outstanding attendance during the 2008-2009 school year. The North Side student will receive a 2000 Saturn. The car is being donated by Kelley Chevrolet, and it is the third year the auto dealer and high school have partnered to reward a student for being in school. The (read full article)

FWCS, City partner to demonstrate rain gardens (Tuesday, May 26, 2009)
Students, teachers and volunteers at five Fort Wayne Community School buildings will be planting demonstration rain gardens during the next week. Fort Wayne City Utilities has been working with teachers and principals at Irwin and Weisser Park elementary schools, Lakeside and Northwood middle schools and Northrop High School to demonstrate rain (read full article)

200 students to receive English Literacy Certificate (Tuesday, May 26, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult & Continuing Education will celebrate the accomplishments of 200 students Tuesday, June 2, at the English Literacy Certificate Ceremony. The adult students come from around the world. Home countries for these students include Afghanistan, Bosnia, Burma, Chad, China, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, (read full article)

Kindergarten, fifth- and eighth-grade students prepare to move on (Thursday, May 21, 2009)
Students across Fort Wayne Community Schools 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. Several schools also have programs celebrating the end of kindergarten. Schools will say good-bye to their fifth- and eighth-graders (read full article)

FWCS to provide meals during the summer (Wednesday, May 20, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will again sponsor the Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSPC) providing free meals to children 18 and younger and to adults who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled. The meal program was created to serve nutritious meals to children when National School (read full article)

FWCS schools take home PTA honors (Monday, May 18, 2009)
Several Fort Wayne Community Schools PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) and PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association) groups received honors during the Indiana PTA Convention for their efforts in promoting schools and parent involvement. Forest Park Elementary School's PTA was named the Indiana PTA Outstanding Unit of the Year. Forest Park's (read full article)

FWCS says farewell to 72 retirees (Monday, May 18, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools said good-bye to 72 retirees with a combined 2,000 years of services at the annual retirement dinner earlier this month. The district wishes the best to the teachers, bus drivers, classroom assistants and administrators who dedicated years to making the lives of children better. The years of service for this year's (read full article)

Child Safety Fair hosted by local NCMEC Task Force (Friday, May 15, 2009)
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) Fort Wayne Task Force will host its third annual Take 25 Child Safety Fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in the Menards and Wal-Mart parking lots at Southtown Crossing. The event is designed to heighten awareness of children's safety issues. The Take 25 campaign encourages (read full article)

200 volunteers sought to work with students this summer (Monday, May 11, 2009)
United Way of Allen County is looking for 200 volunteers to work with struggling readers this summer. The volunteer recruitment is part of Learn United, a ten-year effort to ensure all students read at grade level by the end of third grade. Volunteers are asked to commit at least one hour per week for one month, June 17-July 17, to work with (read full article)

Two-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on May 12 (Friday, May 08, 2009)
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 12. 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)

Two FWCS schools named Exemplary (Wednesday, May 06, 2009)
Irwin and Washington elementary schools were designated as Exemplary under Indiana's accountability system, Public Law 221. State officials released the rankings today. Croninger Elementary earned Commendable status, and Lincoln, Northcrest and Waynedale elementary schools reached Academic Progress. Public Law 221 (PL221) determines a (read full article)

Additional staff reductions needed as state funding uncertain (Tuesday, April 28, 2009)
Layoff notices will be sent to 108 teachers Tuesday, April 28, as state funding remains uncertain for Fort Wayne Community Schools. Last month, district officials announced the elimination of 49 classroom teaching positions as part of a $4 million reduction to curb spending as interest revenue has declined and other costs continue to go up. In (read full article)

Whitney Young gets new principal (Tuesday, April 28, 2009)
Fairfield Elementary Principal Sherry Britt will take over as principal of Whitney Young Early Childhood Center in a move approved Monday, April 27, by the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees. Britt started her career in education in Kansas City, Mo., in 1985, teaching first and second grades over six years. In 1991, she took (read full article)

Students collect books for Learn United (Wednesday, April 22, 2009)
Students from Elmhurst, South Side and Wayne high schools recently completed book drives for United Way of Allen County's Learn United initiative. Learn United is a 10-year effort aimed at eliminating the reading achievement gap by third grade. As part of the initiative, books are frequently given to schools and children to promote reading at (read full article)

FWCS pools win Platinum Safety Award (Wednesday, April 22, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' pools received the 2008 Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award from Ellis & Associates, international aquatic safety and risk management consultants. This is the fifth time in six years that the Helen P. Brown Natatorium at South Side High School and the North Side High School pool have earned the award. (read full article)

Snider SADD stages mock teen DWI crash (Tuesday, April 21, 2009)
Snider High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is hosting a mock crash at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 30, in the high school's parking lot at 4600 Fairlawn Pass. This Pre-Prom activity features a mock traffic crash to demonstrate what can happen when a student makes the choice to combine drinking alcoholic beverages and (read full article)

FWCS encourages families to attend Healthy Kids Day (Monday, April 20, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is encouraging families to attend the YMCA Healthy Kids Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Parkview Field. FWCS is helping the YMCA host the free event, which is part of the nation's largest health day for children and families. Healthy Kids Day will include games, entertainment, community agency (read full article)

Middle school students speak out at annual competition (Friday, April 17, 2009)
Students from the 11 middle schools in Fort Wayne Community Schools will compete in the annual Middle School Interscholastic Speech Contest at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. To participate in the city competition, students had to win their school competitions by preparing a 3- to 5-minute (read full article)

Study Connection races to make a difference with 5K run/walk (Thursday, April 16, 2009)

Study Connection is racing to make a difference in students' lives with the Big Difference 5K on Saturday, May 9, at Franke Park. The event, a first for Study Connection, is designed to create greater awareness for Fort Wayne Community Schools' nationally recognized tutoring program. Study Connection began in 1989, founded by Don Wolf, retired (read full article)


High school meetings a chance to learn more about programs (Thursday, April 16, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is inviting parents and community members to learn more about the district's high school reinvention at meetings at North Side and South Side high schools. Parents and community members are invited to North Side, 475 E. State Blvd., for a meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, and to South Side, 3601 S. Calhoun (read full article)

AYP reflects fall ISTEP results, tougher targets (Wednesday, April 15, 2009)
Four Fort Wayne Community schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) based on data from the 2007-08 school year and results of the fall 2008 ISTEP+ exams. Croninger, Harris, Irwin and Study elementary schools met all the requirements of the federal accountability law. Brentwood Elementary School and Blackhawk Middle School missed making AYP (read full article)

Portage students recognized for service learning project (Monday, April 13, 2009)
Portage Middle School students were named among the top 20 nationally for their participation in a project to collect food and clothing for those in need. The Drive for The League, a national service-learning program, was done in November, and Portage students contributed $263,199 in time and donations. Students are continuing their philanthropic (read full article)

Time to get kindergarten students ready for 2009-10 school year (Thursday, April 09, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will have its kindergarten orientation and early registration Thursday, April 23, in each of its elementary schools. Parents will be able to visit their child's school to learn more about FWCS' full-day kindergarten program and register their child for the 2009-10 school year. Orientation times vary; see the list (read full article)

FWCS Neighborhood Connection offering summer camps for kids (Wednesday, March 25, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' Neighborhood Connection is offering summer camps for students entering grades 7-9. The Accelerated Career Exploration (ACE) camps at Anthis Career Center will give students exposure to a possible future career. The new camps are designed to give students a jump start on thinking about life after high school. (read full article)

Rockin' nutrition show hits Fort Wayne (Wednesday, March 25, 2009)
Students at Maplewood and Waynedale elementary schools will rock out with the country's only "Rockstar Nutritionist" Jill Jayne during a live performance of Jump with Jill, an interactive show that teaches nutrition through music and movement. The hour-long show will be performed at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Maplewood (read full article)

FWCS, FWEA begin new contract discussions (Monday, March 16, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association, which represents the district's teachers, have begun discussions for a new contact. The last contract was negotiated in 2007, which resulted in three additional days to provide professional development for teachers. This school year, teachers have had the opportunity to (read full article)

FWCS parents, students, staff participate in PTA Legislative day (Monday, March 16, 2009)
Seventy-two parents, students and Fort Wayne Community Schools staff members are traveling to Indianapolis Wednesday, March 18, to participate in the annual Indiana PTA Legislative Conference. The group, which includes 40 students from various grade levels and several members of the Fort Wayne Area PTA Council, will spend the day talking and (read full article)

FWCS looking for input on Web site, communications (Wednesday, March 11, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is seeking input from the public on the district's Web site and communication methods. A survey was launched on the FWCS Web site (www.fwcs.k12.in.us) today to help determine the best communication methods for FWCS families and district residents. Visitors to the Web site will be asked questions about their use (read full article)

Snider Jazz Band invited to play in Indy (Wednesday, March 11, 2009)

Jazz bands from North Side, Northrop and Snider high schools placed among the top of those participating the Ball State Jazz Festival on March 2. The Snider High School Wind Machine was named the Top Honor Band and was invited to perform in the evening concert with the Ball State Jazz Band. The Top Honor designation also earned the Wind Machine an (read full article)


Two-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on March 13 (Monday, March 09, 2009)
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 13. 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)

FWCS hosts Montessori conference (Monday, March 09, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' two Montessori schools will host the annual United Montessori Schools of Indiana Spring Conference on Saturday, March 14. Bunche Early Childhood Center and Towles Intermediate School will host hundreds of Montessori educators during the daylong event. The conference begins at 8 a.m. at Towles, 420 E. Paulding (read full article)

Bloomingdale, Ballet team up for 'Midsummer Night's Dream' (Tuesday, March 03, 2009)
The Fort Wayne Ballet is teaming up with Bloomingdale Elementary School for a two-year program to enrich the arts curriculum, increase student interest in the arts and develop a long-term relationship between the arts community and Fort Wayne Community Schools. The partnership is being supported by a $5,000 Indiana Arts Commission Education Arts (read full article)

FWCS celebrates National School Breakfast Week (Friday, February 27, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week March 2-6. This year's theme is "Power Up with School Breakfast," with six breakfast superheroes promoting the importance of a good breakfast. FWCS Nutrition Services is kicking off the week by combining the celebration with Dr. Seuss's birthday. Elementary (read full article)

Team Up with a Good Book to celebrate Dr. Seuss (Tuesday, February 24, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with a series of events tied to Read Across America. The nationwide event is officially Monday, March 2, but because the writing portion of the new Spring ISTEP begins that day many schools are holding their events on other days. (read full article)

FWCS getting ready for high school graduations (Tuesday, February 24, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate six graduations the first weekend in June. Each school's ceremony is a time-honored tradition and a source of pride for the school district and community. In an effort to see the ceremonies remain the dignified events they should be, the high schools have collectively agreed on uniform procedures this (read full article)

Student stories tell of obstacles overcome to reach education (Thursday, February 19, 2009)
Heartfelt stories from seven of the 344 students celebrating the completion of their continuing education program will be the highlight of the graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. The students being recognized completed their high school programs between January and December 2008. Students will receive a GED certificate or high school (read full article)

Ward hosts first College and Career Fair (Tuesday, February 17, 2009)
Students at L.C. Ward Education Center will have the opportunity to learn more about opportunities available to them after high school at the school's first College and Career Fair from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19. At least 20 individuals and organizations will participate, including several local colleges and universities and Fort Wayne (read full article)

FWCS Celebrates Black History Month (Tuesday, February 10, 2009)
Schools throughout the Fort Wayne Community Schools district will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of educational activities. From book studies to trivia contests to performing in their own Living History Museum, students will be actively engaged in learning about African-American history. Elementary Schools Many students at Croninger (read full article)

FWCS students work to renew 'Miracle Corporation' status (Tuesday, February 03, 2009)

Fort Wayne Community Schools students will raise money this month and through the end of the school year to renew the district's status as a "Miracle Corporation" for Riley Hospital for Children. To become a "Miracle Corporation" each school must raise $1 for each student in the building. Last year, FWCS students raised $31,738 (read full article)


New Tech High assistant principal hired (Tuesday, January 27, 2009)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees hired Elizabeth Bryan to lead New Tech High, which will open at Wayne High School in the fall. Bryan has been with FWCS since 2002 when she was hired as a business teacher at North Side High School. She then went through the district's administrative internship program and became an (read full article)

FWCS establishes multilingual information line (Friday, January 23, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is giving parents one more way to communicate with the district. The Multilingual Information Line will improve communication between schools and home by offering parents somewhere to turn when they have questions. The information line (467-2009) will allow parents to ask questions or request information in English, (read full article)

Two-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on Jan. 28 (Thursday, January 22, 2009)
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, Jan. 28. 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)

Time to make your game plan at the FWCS School Choice Fair (Friday, January 16, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will host its annual School Choice Fair from 1-4 p.m. on Super Saturday, Jan. 31, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. More than 1,000 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 (read full article)

FWCS hires new Chief Operations Officer (Tuesday, January 13, 2009)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees today approved hiring Steven M. Cobb as the district's new Chief Operations Officer. In his 32 years in education, Cobb has served as an assistant superintendent, principal and teacher. He comes to FWCS from the Community Schools of Frankfort were he was the assistant superintendent. (read full article)

Student artwork, essays on display this weekend (Tuesday, January 06, 2009)
The annual Fort Wayne Area PTA Council's Reflections and Citizenship Essay showcase will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, in the Grand Hall of the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne. More at least 80 entries from 19 schools will be highlighted, showing the talents of FWCS students. The Reflections competition is open to students (read full article)

Fairfield student named national coloring contest winner (Thursday, December 18, 2008)
The Fort Wayne Task Force for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) announced today that Ma June, a fourth-grader at Fairfield Elementary School, was selected as the winner of NCMEC's National Coloring/Art Contest. Elementary school students from across the country had an opportunity to compete in the contest as (read full article)

Northrop students hold dance marathon for inauguration trip (Wednesday, December 10, 2008)
Northrop High School students planning to attend inauguration events in Washington, D.C., in January will hold a dance marathon from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the high school, 7001 Coldwater Road. A group of 36 students will to travel to Washington Jan. 19 and 20 to attend the inauguration ceremonies of President-elect Barack Obama. (read full article)

Annual Anthis fruit sale begins Thursday (Wednesday, December 10, 2008)
The annual Anthis Career Center fruit sale begins Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Anthis Automotive Center on the corner of Lafayette and Lewis streets (enter on Lewis Street). Fruit will be sold from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, or until all the fruit is sold. Proceeds from the sale support career education programs. The (read full article)

Two-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on Dec. 9 (Friday, December 05, 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, Dec. 9. 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)

FWCS using ISTEP results to focus on improved achievement (Thursday, December 04, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' teachers and administrators are using the results of the fall ISTEP+ and internal assessment systems to determine where students need additional instruction for improved academic achievement. Fall ISTEP+ results released today show FWCS followed state trends in many areas on this year's assessment. Schools (read full article)

Blessings in a backpack expands to Fairfield (Monday, December 01, 2008)

The Blessings in a Backpack program will expand to Fairfield Elementary School in January. When students return after winter break, the school will be part of the growing program that sends children home with backpacks full of food on Fridays to help meet the nutritional needs of children and families by providing food to eat over the weekend. At (read full article)


FWCS classes celebrate Thanksgiving (Friday, November 21, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools students will celebrate Thanksgiving next week by hosting food drives, enjoying Thanksgiving feasts and gobbling like turkeys. Below is a list of activities going on in our schools next week. Tuesday, Nov. 25 Harrison Hill will have its 23rd Annual "Gobble Off," where students compete to be the best (read full article)

FWCS principals up for state honors (Thursday, November 20, 2008)
Harris Elementary School Principal Renee Beaman and Shawnee Middle School Principal Matt Schiebel will be recognized this weekend during the fall conference of the Indiana Association of School Principals. Schiebel was named Middle School Principal of the Year and Beaman was named Elementary Principal of the Year for IASP's District 3, which (read full article)

FWCS hosts fall Title I parents conference (Monday, November 17, 2008)
Hundreds of parents are expected to attend the fall Title I Parents as Partners Conference from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Fellowship Missionary Church, 2536 Tillman Road. The conference is an educational opportunity focusing on academics, health and well-being, as well as how to get and stay involved in children's education. Parents (read full article)

Northrop students work to fight hunger (Monday, November 17, 2008)
Northrop High School will host Faces of Hunger/Bowls of Change from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. The event is a fundraiser for Community Harvest Food Bank, which is seeing record need among residents in our community. The evening will include music and entertainment, and dinner is served in bowls and on plates made by Northrop High School (read full article)

Community members lead schools for a day (Monday, November 10, 2008)

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 50 community members into our schools Friday, Nov. 14, to serve as Principal for a Day. With 50 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 in (read full article)


Two-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on Nov. 12 (Friday, November 07, 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, Nov. 12. 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)

Washington Center teacher receives award (Friday, November 07, 2008)
Washington Center Elementary School second-grade teacher Sandra Nallenweg was named Wal-Mart's Teacher of the Year for the area Friday, Nov. 7. Mrs. Nallenweg was surprised with the honor at an all-school assembly. She has been working at Washington Center since 2005 and was nominated for the Wal-Mart award by a former student. She will (read full article)

FWCS gets fired up for cold weather (Thursday, October 30, 2008)
The city got a sneak peak of winter this week with snow flurries around, a stark reminder that colder days are ahead. 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 making any necessary (read full article)

FWCS begins partnership with Charlie Trotter's restaurant (Thursday, October 30, 2008)
Sixteen Fort Wayne Community Schools culinary arts students will have the opportunity to spend the evening at Charlie Trotter's in Chicago learning about the restaurant and the importance of striving for excellence. The students are first- and second-year culinary arts students from Anthis Career Center. They will travel to the world famous (read full article)

FWCS welcomes parents to high school meetings (Tuesday, October 28, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is inviting parents to learn more about the high school redesign process at a series of meetings in November and December. On Nov. 5 and 6, the meetings will be focused on middle school parents wanting to know more about what lies ahead for their students. In December, meetings will be held at each high school to (read full article)

FWCS students celebrate Halloween, harvest time (Tuesday, October 28, 2008)
Several Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings will celebrate Halloween and the fall harvest this week with parties and parades. Elementary students are being treated to a half-day Friday, Oct. 31, because of parent-teacher conferences. Dismissal at most elementary schools is at 11:45 a.m. Below is a schedule of events celebrating the season: (read full article)

Hilary Duff visits FWCS to support Blessings in a Backpack (Tuesday, October 21, 2008)
Actress and singer Hilary Duff visited students South Wayne and Adams elementary schools Tuesday, Oct. 21, as part of the Blessings in a Backpack program. Hilary is a national spokesperson for Blessings in a Backpack, a USA Harvest program that helps meet the nutritional needs of children and families by providing food to eat over the weekend. She (read full article)

FWCS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week (Friday, October 17, 2008)
Several Fort Wayne Community Schools will recognize Red Ribbon Week starting Oct. 20 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)

Northrop students making art for Community Harvest Food Bank (Thursday, October 16, 2008)
Northrop High School students and local artists will be working together to make art for Community Harvest Food Bank. With food bank shelves bare, students wanted to do something to help, and Northrop Art Teacher Scott Dercks partnered with Advocate Joy Parker to find them an outlet. Over the next five weeks, Northrop students will make ceramic tiles (read full article)

FWCS Teacher Alanna Oatts Honored with Outstanding Minority Educator Award (Monday, October 13, 2008)
Waynedale Elementary teacher Alanna Oatts, last year's FWCS Teacher of the Year, has received the Outstanding Minority Educator Award from the Indiana State Teachers Association. She will be honored at the association's Fall Representative Assembly on Oct. 25 in Indianapolis. Ms. Oatts was one of two ISTA members to receive the award. Winners (read full article)

FWCS finds first year of full-day k successful (Thursday, October 09, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' investment in full-day kindergarten is paying off in higher student achievement rates, FWCS officials announced Thursday, Oct. 9. By the end of the first year of full-day kindergarten, four out of five students had the reading skills expected at the end of the year. When students began the school year, half that (read full article)

'The Pact' Doctors bringing message of hope to Fort Wayne (Thursday, October 09, 2008)
The Three Doctors who wrote the book "The Pact" will visit Fort Wayne Tuesday, Oct. 28, sharing their message of perseverance and hope with students and others who are interested in their story. Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins grew up on the inner-city streets in Newark, N.J. Succumbing to the pitfalls of their tough (read full article)

Northrop students to attend Presidential Inauguration (Monday, October 06, 2008)
A group of 46 Northrop High School seniors will to travel to Washington, D.C., in January to attend the inauguration ceremonies of the 44th President of the United States of America. The students, who have taken Advanced Placement Economics, Government or U.S. History or Honors Government, will spend Jan. 19 and 20 in Washington attending the (read full article)

Two-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on Oct. 10 (Monday, October 06, 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, Oct. 10. 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)

Study Connection sites get back to work (Monday, September 29, 2008)
The 20th year of Study Connection will begin Wednesday, Oct. 1, when 14 students from Haley Elementary head to Navistar, 2911 Meyer Road, for an hour of after-school tutoring. Navistar has been a Study Connection site since 1990. Fort Wayne Community Schools' nationally recognized tutoring program began in 1989, founded by Don Wolf, retired (read full article)

Effort to reduce harmful emissions near schools unveiled (Friday, September 26, 2008)
The Allen County School Safety Commission and the Allen County Air Quality Task Force unveiled a joint effort Friday, Sept. 26, to reduce harmful emissions near schools. Fort Wayne Community Schools, Southwest Allen County Schools, and Northwest Allen County Schools are participating in this pilot program. More than 100 "No Idling" signs (read full article)

Find your future at the Northeast Indiana College Fair (Friday, September 26, 2008)
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)

Fort Wayne Area PTA Council hosts Candidates Forum (Wednesday, September 24, 2008)
The Fort Wayne Area PTA Council will host a forum with the eight candidates running for the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the downtown location of the Allen County Public Library. Those in attendance will include school board member John Peirce and former school board member Don Schaab, competing (read full article)

Education reform expert visits FWCS (Friday, September 19, 2008)
Tom Houlihan, a national education expert known for his work in transforming educational entities, returned to Fort Wayne this week to discuss his observations on the work being done in Fort Wayne Community Schools. Houlihan first visited FWCS in August, talking to district officials, parents, students and community members to learn about the school (read full article)

Enrollment higher than projected for FWCS (Tuesday, September 16, 2008)
The official count of students on Friday, Sept. 12, showed Fort Wayne Community Schools' enrollment dropped by less than 1 percent from 2007-08 to 2008-09, but the enrollment is nearly 400 students higher than projected. As of Friday, there were 31,434 students enrolled in the district's 52 schools. Last year at this time there were 31,606 (read full article)

FWCS teaches bus safety (Thursday, September 11, 2008)
Students who ride the bus to Fort Wayne Community Schools can now watch the required bus safety video on LTV 54 (Comcast) and 24 (Verizon). 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)

FWCS preparing for ISTEP (Wednesday, September 10, 2008)

Schools are getting ready to make sure their students are prepared to take the ISTEP+ exams next week, including having a little fun. While students are working hard to brush up on what they are expected to know, it is also important to take a break and have a little fun. Here are some of the activities going on this week to prepare for the annual (read full article)


Study Connection celebrates 20th year (Tuesday, September 09, 2008)
Author Robert Fulghum will help Study Connection commemorate its 20th year by serving as the guest speaker at the Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Friday, Sept. 12. Fulghum, who is best known for his book "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," will join hundreds of supporters, volunteers and prospective volunteers (read full article)

Brentwood turns 50 (Tuesday, September 09, 2008)
Brentwood Elementary School will celebrate its 50th birthday this year with a "Hog N Dog" event on Thursday, Sept. 25. To get ready for the event, Brentwood and its PTA are looking for old pictures and any other memorabilia former Brentwood Bears have. To donate or loan something to the school, please call 260-467-6775. The "Hog (read full article)

Schools to hold informational meetings (Tuesday, September 09, 2008)
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 (read full article)

FWCS preschools earn national accreditation (Tuesday, August 26, 2008)
Six of Fort Wayne Community Schools' Title I preschools at Bloomingdale, Fairfield, Nebraska, South Wayne, Study and Washington Elementary Schools are among the first early childhood programs in the nation to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) the nation's leading organization of (read full article)

FWCS invites parents to go back to school (Monday, August 25, 2008)
Parents will get a chance to be the student as they visit their child's school during Fort Wayne Community Schools' annual back-to-school nights. At each school, parents will have the opportunity to see where their children learn and play as they tour the schools, visit classrooms and meet teachers. Many schools also combine the evening (read full article)

FWCS teacher finalist for state teacher of the year (Friday, August 22, 2008)

Fort Wayne Community Schools teacher Denise Oaks is one of 10 finalists selected for Indiana's Teacher of the Year honor. Oaks is an instructional interventionist at Lakeside Middle School, a position she moved into this year. As an interventionist she works with teachers to help them refine their methods and become better teachers. Oaks has (read full article)


A new school year begins for Fort Wayne Community Schools (Monday, August 18, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools got off to a great start Monday, Aug. 18, with more than 32,000 students enrolled for the 2008-09 school year. As of today, 32,040 students were registered for class, more than district officials projected for the school year. Official count numbers will not be known until Sept. 12 when the data is collected for the (read full article)

FWCS to strengthen high schools for all students (Friday, August 15, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is beginning a three to five year process to transform the way high school students are educated with many of the changes taking effect in the fall of 2009. The core programs will be strengthened, students will have more access to an increased number of rigorous classes, and specialized programs of study will be implemented. (read full article)

FWCS packs 200 backpacks for students (Wednesday, August 13, 2008)
At least 200 students will start the 2008-09 school year with a backpack full of new supplies from Fort Wayne Community Schools employees. Several FWCS employees will spend Friday morning packing backpacks with pencils, rulers, personal hygiene products and other necessities. This is the 15th year the employees in the Grile Administrative Center, (read full article)

FWCS opens 2008-09 school year (Wednesday, August 13, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will begin the 2008-09 school year on Monday, Aug. 18. Each school will be visited by an administrator or school board member to welcome students and staff back for another year. Events happening on the first day include: Students at Anthis Career Center will hear a presentation by wood carver Ryan Frauhiger, who (read full article)

2009 budget maintains focus on academics (Tuesday, August 12, 2008)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees publicly presented the district's proposed 2009 budget for the first time Monday, Aug. 11. The $286 million plan maintains the district's focus on educating all students to high standards while facing budget reductions in key areas. This is the first year the state is taking over (read full article)

Two FWCS administrators promoted (Tuesday, August 12, 2008)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved promoting two administrators at its meeting Monday, Aug. 11. Dr. Bonnie A. Rogers, Continuing Education Manager Dr. Bonnie Rogers began her career in education 31 years ago, and has been with FWCS for 22 years. In 1999, she became coordinator of Continuing Education programs. (read full article)

FWCS welcomes back staff with week of professional development opportunities (Monday, August 11, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools teachers will be the students for a week before they welcome their own students back for the 2008-09 school year. FWCS is offering a week of professional development for teachers and administrators to provide them with the tools that will help them be more precise in teaching and making sure each student receives (read full article)

Sixth-graders get a jump on middle school (Thursday, August 07, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will welcome a new group of sixth-graders to middle school with a Sixth Grade Transition Day. From 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 12, students will visit their new schools for a day of exploring, socializing and learning. The Transition Day gives students the chance to learn the rules of the school, find their lockers, (read full article)

FWCS welcomes ninth-graders to high school (Tuesday, August 05, 2008)
Students entering ninth grade at Fort Wayne Community Schools' six high schools will get a taste of high school life during orientation from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 7, and Friday, Aug. 8. The events during the two days are designed provide a transition for students from middle school to high school, which can be a challenging time for (read full article)

United Way Day of Caring comes to 20 schools (Tuesday, August 05, 2008)
Hundreds of volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at 20 Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Friday, Aug. 8, as part of United Way of Allen County's annual Day of Caring. United Way is focusing on organizations that work with children, including FWCS, as part of this year's community service event. Seventeen (read full article)

Wallace Foundation extends FWCS leadership grant (Monday, August 04, 2008)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will start the 2008-09 school year with a two-year extension of a leadership grant from the Wallace Foundation. The New York City-based Foundation has supported FWCS' efforts at improving leadership in the district for the last six years first with a five-year grant worth $1 million a year and then with a new (read full article)