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Free and reduced-price meal, textbook applications now online (Thursday, July 29, 2010)
The application for free and reduced-price meals and textbooks for students are now available online for the 2010-11 school year. Applications are accepted throughout the year but need to be returned by Aug. 9 to be processed in time for the first day of school on Aug. 23. This is the first year the applications are available online at http://ftwayne.schoollunchapp.com. (read full article)

2010-11 Student-Parent Handbook mailed home (Wednesday, July 28, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools parents should receive the 2010-11 Student-Parent Handbook in their home this week. The handbook contains information on FWCS programs and services as well as the Student Rights and Responsibilities & Behavior Code in one document. Of special note this year are the school hours and school calendar information on pages (read full article)

Registration for FWCS students coming soon (Friday, July 09, 2010)
Registration for the 2010-11 school year will be held Friday, Aug. 6, and Monday, Aug. 9, simultaneously at all 49 Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary, middle and high schools. Parents can visit their child's school from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday or from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to get ready for the new school year. Students must register at the (read full article)

New principal appointed to Washington Elementary (Tuesday, June 29, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 28, approved the appointment of John R. (J.R.) Ankenbruck as principal of Washington Elementary School for the 2010-11 school year. Ankenbruck joined FWCS in 2003 as a Title I resource teacher at Geyer Middle School after beginning his career in Indianapolis. In 2004, he moved (read full article)

FWCS' 2010-11 schedule offers weekly professional development (Tuesday, June 29, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' students, staff and parents will be adjusting to a new schedule for the 2010-11 school year with longer days and time set aside every Wednesday for staff professional development. Starting in the fall, elementary students will be in session from 8:55 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (previously, 8:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m.); middle school (read full article)

FWCS expands English Language Learners program (Friday, June 18, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is expanding the English Language Learners program to nine additional elementary schools in the fall to meet the needs of the growing number of students who come to school with limited English skills. Arlington, Bloomingdale, Brentwood, Haley, Lindley, Price, Washington, Washington Center and Weisser Park will add ELL (read full article)

FWCS Programs of Study recognized for program successes (Thursday, June 17, 2010)
Two of the Programs of Study offered by Fort Wayne Community Schools' high schools have been recognized for implementing strong programs. New Tech High at Wayne High School and Project Lead the Way-Engineering at Northrop High School have been honored by the organizations that established each program. New Tech has been named a New Tech Network (read full article)

Enrollment underway for FWCS summer driver ed program (Thursday, June 17, 2010)
Enrollment is underway for Fort Wayne Community Schools' second driver education summer session. FWCS will offer driver education at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St., from July 12-30. The courses are open to any student, whether they attend FWCS or not, who is at least 15 years old before the session he or she enrolls in begins. Students (read full article)

New Principals appointed for Price, Northcrest (Tuesday, June 15, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 14, approved the appointment of new principals for Northcrest and Price elementary schools for the 2010-11 school year. Steven M. Jones, Price Elementary Steve Jones will be the new principal of Price Elementary School, replacing William Critell, who is moving to St. Joseph (read full article)

FWCS custodial services contact saves district $4.4 million (Tuesday, June 15, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 14, approved a three-year contract with Sodexo to provide custodial services for the school District beginning July 19. At an annual cost of $7,193,974, fixed for the next three years, the contract is $4.4 million less than what FWCS currently spends on custodial services by (read full article)

FWCS provides meals to students over the summer (Thursday, June 10, 2010)
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)

Whitney Young earns national accreditation (Tuesday, June 08, 2010)
Whitney Young Early Childhood Center has earned re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. "We're proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional (read full article)

FWCS students rewarded for Riley effort (Tuesday, June 08, 2010)
Students at Washington Center Elementary School will celebrate their efforts to raise money for Riley Children's Foundation with a pretzel party at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 9. Auntie Anne's Pretzels will celebrate with the students after they raised more than any other school through the Auntie Anne's fundraiser earlier this year. At the (read full article)

FWCS celebrates the class of 2010 (Tuesday, June 08, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate commencement for its 2,015 graduates this weekend. The students leave their high schools with varied future plans. Some will pursue higher education at colleges such as New York University, Cornell University, Indiana University, Purdue University and University of Michigan. Others will take time to study (read full article)

FWCS ISTEP+ results improve, following same trend as FWCS exams (Thursday, June 03, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools improved at every grade level on the 2010 Spring ISTEP+. Preliminary results show district wide passing rates went up 5 percentage points on average in math and 6 percentage points on average in language arts. The results follow the same trends FWCS officials saw earlier in the year in predictive tests, including Acuity, (read full article)

200 students to receive English Literacy Certificate (Thursday, June 03, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult & Continuing Education will celebrate the accomplishments of about 200 students Tuesday, June 8, at the English Literacy Certificate Ceremony. The adult students come from around the world. Home countries for these students include Afghanistan, Argentina, Burma, Chad, China, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, (read full article)

Cars given for outstanding attendance at Anthis, North Side (Wednesday, June 02, 2010)
Two students will receive cars this week as Anthis Career Center and North Side High School reward students who have made an outstanding effort to make attending school a priority. Students at Anthis are eligible if they missed no more than two days of school each semester. At North Side, students are eligible if they missed no more than one day (read full article)

Kindergarten, fifth- and eighth-graders prepare to move on (Friday, May 28, 2010)
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 in (read full article)

Elmhurst open house offers chance for final good-byes (Thursday, May 27, 2010)
The community is invited to an open house at Elmhurst High School from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 13. The open house is designed to give students and their families, alumni and current and former staff members the opportunity to reminisce about their time at Elmhurst and relive memories of being a Trojan. Elmhurst, 3829 Sand Point Road, opened as a township (read full article)

FWCS appoints new St. Joseph Central principal (Wednesday, May 26, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, May 24, approved the appointment of a new principal for St. Joseph Central Elementary School for the 2010-11 school year. William Critell, who is currently the principal at Price Elementary, will replace Ted Davis, who has retired. Davis began his career in education at Washington (read full article)

Community invited to say good-bye to Pleasant Center (Wednesday, May 26, 2010)
Current and former staff, students and families of Pleasant Center Elementary School are invited to celebrate the school's history. Pleasant Center, 2323 W. Pleasant Center Road, opened as a township school in 1952 and later became a part of Fort Wayne Community Schools. From 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, the community is invited to walk through (read full article)

FWCS says farewell to 135 retirees (Friday, May 14, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will say good-bye to 135 retirees with more than 3,700 combined years of service at the annual retirement dinner Thursday, May 13. 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 (read full article)


FWCS Board approves reduction in force (Tuesday, May 11, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the reduction in force list during the Board meeting on Monday, May 10. The list includes 284 full-time teaching positions from throughout the district, with 161 coming from the high schools, 78 from middle schools and 45 from elementary schools. The difference in the number of cuts (read full article)

One-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on May 12 (Thursday, May 06, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools, with the exception of Bunche and Towles, will have a scheduled one-hour delay day Wednesday, May 12. Buses will run one hour later than normally scheduled for grades k-5 with school beginning at 9:50 a.m. Morning pre-k students will attend from 9:50-11:30 a.m., arriving one-hour late with grades (read full article)

FWCS approves contract with bus drivers (Tuesday, April 27, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a two-year agreement with the district's bus drivers. The agreement makes no changes in pay or benefits but does allow the benefits agreement to automatically re-open for negotiation if there is a change in benefits for other employee groups. The contract also allows evaluations (read full article)

FWCS appoints new administrators for 2010-11 school year (Tuesday, April 27, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, April 26, approved two administrative changes for the 2010-11 school year. Carrie Kennedy, Nebraska Principal Carrie Kennedy joined FWCS in 2001 as a math and science teacher at Lane Middle School. During the 2008-09 school year, she served as an administrative intern at Nebraska (read full article)

FWCS driver education enrollment underway (Tuesday, April 27, 2010)
Enrollment for Fort Wayne Community Schools' summer sessions of driver education is underway. FWCS will offer two sessions this summer at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. Session one runs from June 14-July 2; session two runs from July 12-30. The courses are open to any student, whether they attend FWCS or not, who is at least 15 years (read full article)

FWCS PTAs recognized for outstanding efforts (Thursday, April 22, 2010)
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. For the third time in four years, the Fort Wayne Area PTA Council was named Outstanding Council. The council was (read full article)

Holland Elementary kicks off major fundraiser (Wednesday, April 21, 2010)
Holland Elementary School, 7000 Red Haw Drive, is kicking off a major fundraiser with a student assembly Thursday, April 22. The school is working to raise $120,000 to install a Theraplay Center at the school. The equipment would provide the school's physically handicapped students access to playground equipment that offers both an opportunity (read full article)

Elmhurst alumni invited to participate in final concert (Wednesday, April 21, 2010)
The Elmhurst High School Choir, Band and Orchestra will be holding their final concerts this May and are inviting any Elmhurst alumni to participate in the finales. The band and orchestra performance will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, with the choir concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27. The Elmhurst Music Department wants to give former Trojans the opportunity (read full article)

Schools get ready to welcome future kindergarten students (Thursday, April 15, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will have its kindergarten orientation and early registration Wednesday, April 21, 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 2010-11 school year. Orientation times vary; see the list (read full article)

No school for students on Monday (Tuesday, April 13, 2010)
Students will not be in school on Monday, April 19. Middle and high school teachers will spend the day in professional development, and elementary teachers have the day off to make up for extra hours worked earlier in the school year for parent-teacher conferences. This day was set aside as a non-student day when the calendar was established last (read full article)

Anthis Career Center's Automotive Program receives national certification (Tuesday, April 13, 2010)
The automotive training program at Anthis Career Center in Fort Wayne has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Anthis Career Center's automotive program has been certified in the following areas: Brakes, Steering and Suspension, (read full article)

FWCS outlines $15 million in budget cuts (Tuesday, March 23, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved $15 million in budget cuts Monday, March 22, including closing Elmhurst High School and Pleasant Center Elementary School, eliminating 91 teaching positions, ending most summer school programs, cutting nine administrative positions and reducing central office expenses by more than $3 (read full article)

FWCS approves contract with teachers (Tuesday, March 23, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a one-year contract with the Fort Wayne Education Association at its meeting Monday, March 22. The contract makes no change to teacher benefits, including health insurance or automatic teacher step increases for those eligible. Those benefits are automatically renewed under State law (read full article)

FWCS, FWEA reach tentative agreement (Tuesday, March 16, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. The two sides are not releasing details of the agreement until it is ratified by the members of the teachers association and voted on by the FWCS Board of School Trustees. The teachers have scheduled a meeting at Anthis (read full article)

One-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on March 16 (Thursday, March 11, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools, with the exception of Bunche and Towles, will have a scheduled one-hour delay day Tuesday, March 16. Buses will run one hour later than normally scheduled for grades k-5 with school beginning at 9:50 a.m. Morning pre-k students will attend from 9:50-11:30 a.m., arriving one-hour late with (read full article)

High school lottery postponed, information meetings set (Wednesday, March 03, 2010)
The high school lottery scheduled to take place Friday, March 5, has been postponed as Fort Wayne Community Schools further investigates closing Elmhurst High School. The FWCS Board of School Trustees and administrators presented closing Elmhurst during a public meeting on Tuesday, March 2, as part of the $15 million in budget cuts that need to be made. Because (read full article)


Students share stories of determination and success at graduation (Thursday, February 25, 2010)
A young mother, a father of three and three other continuing education graduates will share their stories of determination and success during the Celebrating Literacy Commencement Event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center. The five speakers are among the 330 graduates who completed the high school program at Anthis Career Center (read full article)

Schools celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday by reading (Thursday, February 25, 2010)
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 Tuesday, March 2, but because the writing/open-ended portion of ISTEP begins March 1, many schools are holding their events on other days. Below is (read full article)

New leaders named for three LEAD Schools (Tuesday, February 23, 2010)
New leaders were approved for three of Fort Wayne Community Schools' five elementary LEAD Schools by the FWCS Board of School Trustees Monday, Feb. 22. The changes were made as part of the district's effort to create incubators of reform in 11 district schools. Abbett, Adams, Bloomingdale, Fairfield and South Wayne elementary schools, Kekionga, (read full article)

FWCS students, staff give $28,000 to Haiti relief efforts (Friday, February 19, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' students and staff raised more than $28,000 over the last month to support relief efforts in Haiti. The majority of the money raised was donated to the Red Cross, but schools also supported other organizations. Snider High School, for example, raised more than $5,000 for Jesus in Haiti. That amount is enough (read full article)

Students write, chew and cheer their way to ISTEP week (Friday, February 19, 2010)
Elementary and middle school students will spend the last week of February preparing for the first round of ISTEP exams, including have a little fun before the tests begin March 1. Students in third through eighth grades will be tested on language arts and math in an open-ended format the first week in March. At the end of April, they will go through (read full article)

One-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on Feb. 19 (Tuesday, February 16, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools, with the exception of Bunche and Towles, will have a scheduled one-hour delay day Friday, Feb. 19. Buses will run one hour later than normally scheduled for grades k-5 with school beginning at 9:50 a.m. Morning pre-k students will attend from 9:50-11:30 a.m., arriving one-hour late with grades (read full article)

FWCS driver education enrollment underway (Friday, February 12, 2010)
Enrollment for Fort Wayne Community Schools' spring session of driver education is underway. FWCS will offer the program from March 2-April 27 at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. Times offered are 4-6 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. The courses are open to any student, whether they attend FWCS or not, who is at least 15 years old before the (read full article)

Bunche joins other schools in celebrating Montessori Awareness Week (Thursday, February 11, 2010)

Families interested in the benefits of a Montessori education will be able to learn more and personally experience several area Montessori schools Feb. 22-26 during Montessori Awareness Week, a nationwide celebration of the Montessori Method. As part of Montessori Awareness Week, area Montessori schools, including Bunche Early Childhood Center, will (read full article)


New principal named for Lane Middle School (Tuesday, February 09, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved Matt Stinson as the new principal of Lane Middle School for the 2010-11 school year. Stinson has been with the district since 1991, starting as a substitute teacher and then becoming social studies teacher at Northrop High School. He served as an administrative intern at Shawnee Middle (read full article)

High school schedule switching to seven-period day (Friday, February 05, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' high schools will switch to a seven-period day beginning in the fall of 2010. The decision has come after extensive evaluation of the current 4x4 schedule, its effectiveness in meeting the goals of High School Reinvent and LEAD Schools efforts and how a change in the schedule might better help students be academically (read full article)


FWCS set to keep Miracle Corporation status (Wednesday, February 03, 2010)

Fort Wayne Community Schools kicked off its annual fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children today with a goal of keeping the title of Miracle Corporation for a third year. To become a Miracle Corporation each school in the district must raise $1 for each student in the building. Two years ago, FWCS students and staff raised $32,872 and became the (read full article)


FWCS Board requests bold budget reduction plan (Tuesday, February 02, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees has requested that the FWCS administration establish a comprehensive plan within 30 days to address the significantly reduction in funding from the State of Indiana. The plan will be presented at a special meeting of the School Board. "The Board has reviewed the current and future (read full article)

FWCS schools LEADing the way to success (Friday, January 29, 2010)
Eleven Fort Wayne Community Schools will lead the way in education reform as the district makes comprehensive changes in an effort to ensure all students are educated to high standards. North Side, South Side and Wayne high schools, Kekionga, Miami and Northwood middle schools and Abbett, Adams, Bloomingdale, Fairfield and South Wayne elementary (read full article)

FWCS buses go green with stimulus grant (Thursday, January 28, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' buses are emitting fewer pollutants after a $99,000 grant from the American Lung Association paid for the installation of diesel oxidation catalysts on 90 buses. The money originated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was disbursed through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to entities, such (read full article)

FWCS students, staff support Haiti relief efforts (Thursday, January 28, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools students and staff are raising money and planning special events to support the relief efforts in Haiti. Already, thousands of dollars have been raised for the Red Cross and other organizations. District-wide staff are encouraged to contribute to the FWCS collection for the Red Cross, and several schools have planned their (read full article)

Kekionga Steel Drumz to release first CD (Tuesday, January 26, 2010)
The Kekionga Steel Drumz will release its first CD Saturday, Feb. 6, at a fundraiser dinner and concert. The Kekionga Middle School band performs "Margaritaville," "Evil Ways," "Wipeout," and more on the CD, which was recorded at Sweetwater Sound. The CD is $10 in advance and $12 after Feb. 6. The Steel Drumz perform (read full article)

FWCS working with Parkview in seasonal flu vaccination effort (Tuesday, January 26, 2010)
Nurses from Parkview Hospital are visiting area schools to give seasonal flu vaccinations to students. Parkview is partnering with Super Shot, Inc. and local schools to vaccinate as many children as possible. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to have their child receive the seasonal flu vaccination. Several clinics were held last week and (read full article)

FWCS Board approves administrative changes as part of comprehensive reform efforts (Tuesday, January 26, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved several administrative changes Monday, Jan. 25, as part of the district's efforts to reinvent the high schools making them centers of high achievement for all students. The process began with each high school assistant principal being notified that there would be significant changes (read full article)

One-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on Jan. 27 (Monday, January 25, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools, with the exception of Bunche and Towles, will have a scheduled one-hour delay day Wednesday, Jan. 27. Buses will run one hour later than normally scheduled for grades k-5 with school beginning at 9:50 a.m. Morning pre-k students will attend from 9:50-11:30 a.m., arriving one-hour late with (read full article)

Croninger, Irwin recognized as Four Star Schools (Wednesday, January 13, 2010)
Croninger and Irwin elementary schools were named Four Star Schools for the 2008-09 school year, the highest distinction given to schools by the state. Schools are awarded the designation if they are among the top 25 percent of schools in the state, based on ISTEP+ results and attendance rates. Statewide, 188 schools were named Four Star Schools. (read full article)

Day off for students on Friday (Tuesday, January 12, 2010)
Students will have a four-day weekend this week, starting with a day off on Friday, Jan. 15. The day was reserved on the school calendar as an end of semester/make-up day. If FWCS needed to cancel a day of school because of weather conditions, Jan. 15 was built in as a make-up day. So far, that hasn't happened so students will not be in school. (read full article)

Find your favorite at the FWCS School Choice Fair (Tuesday, January 12, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will host its annual School Choice Fair from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 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 the (read full article)

FWCS graduation rate increases, remains higher than state average (Friday, January 08, 2010)
The graduation rates increased at each of the six Fort Wayne Community Schools high schools for the class of 2009. For the second straight year, the district average was higher than the state average. In 2009, FWCS' graduation rate was 83.2 percent, nearly 3 percentage points higher than the state average of 81.5 percent. In 2008, the graduation (read full article)

Students showcase their work (Wednesday, January 06, 2010)

The Fort Wayne Area Council PTA will host its annual Reflections and Citizenship Showcase from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, in the Great Hall of the Main Branch of the Allen County Public Library. More than 100 pieces of student work will be on display. The Reflections competition is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. This year's (read full article)


Santa Claus is coming to FWCS (Tuesday, December 15, 2009)
Santa Claus will be making stops at several Fort Wayne Community Schools classrooms Friday, Dec. 18, before students and staff head home for the winter break. Santa's first school visit will be to Harrison Hill Elementary, 355 Cornell Circle, at 8:40 a.m. There, he will remind children about being safe and enjoying the holiday vacation. (read full article)

Annual Anthis fruit sale begins Thursday (Tuesday, December 08, 2009)
The 20th Annual Anthis Career Center fruit sale begins Thursday, Dec. 10, 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. If fruit remains after Saturday, it will be sold from (read full article)

One-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on Dec. 9 (Monday, December 07, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools, with the exception of Bunche and Towles, will have a scheduled one-hour delay day Wednesday, Dec. 9. Buses will run one hour later than normally scheduled for grades k-5 with school beginning at 9:50 a.m. Morning pre-k students will attend from 9:50-11:30 a.m., arriving one-hour late with (read full article)

Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of Trustees Raising the Bar (Thursday, December 03, 2009)
The following is a press release from the Indiana Department of Education. The Indiana State Board of Education acknowledged the Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) Board of Trustees at yesterday's monthly meeting during the "Spotlight on Learning." The FWCS board has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to meet various challenges head (read full article)

North Side students make Christmas bright for children with cancer (Tuesday, December 01, 2009)
North Side High School students and staff are preparing for the 22nd Annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer and their families from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at North Side. North Side students work with Cancer Services of Allen County to support the families of children with cancer as they deal with the day-to-day financial and emotional (read full article)

FWCS students celebrate Thanksgiving (Friday, November 20, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools students will celebrate Thanksgiving by learning about the holiday, enjoying their own Thanksgiving feasts and helping others in the community. Below are some of the events taking place over the next week: Friday, Nov. 20 Staff and students will sit down together at 11:30 a.m. for their annual Thanksgiving meal (read full article)

Teachers, principal sleep outside for Northwood fundraiser (Friday, November 20, 2009)
All month, Northwood Middle School students have been raising money for Matthew 25 as part of the annual Aunt Elena's Hair Care Challenge. In the past, nearly $20,000 has been raised for The American Cancer Society, The Lupus Foundation, The Darfur Schools Project, The American Parkinson Disease Foundation, The Lahna Gibson Memorial Foundation (read full article)

City partners with FWCS, Mad Ants on safety awareness program (Thursday, November 19, 2009)
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry joined representatives from the Fort Wayne Police Department, Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants today to announce the new Safe Haven program where children in unsafe situations can take refuge. The Mayor gathered in front of the home of Harrison Hill Neighborhood Association President Jan Davis (read full article)

Support Study Connection through Magical Day of Giving (Wednesday, November 18, 2009)
Support Fort Wayne Community Schools' nationally recognized tutoring program and get discounts at your favorite Jefferson Pointe stores this weekend by purchasing a Magical Day of Giving pass. The Magical Day of Giving at Jefferson Pointe is from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, and includes Santa's arrival, tree lighting ceremony and (read full article)

FWCS Superintendent receives national honor (Thursday, November 12, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson will be honored this month by the National Alliance of Black School Educators. At a celebration dinner in Indianapolis on Nov. 21, Dr. Robinson will receive the Joseph E. Hill Superintendent of the Year Award, which is given to a superintendent who has demonstrated a quality of leadership (read full article)

FWCS/FWEA Join with United Way for Live United Family Night (Friday, November 06, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools, the Fort Wayne Education Association and United Way of Allen County are teaming up for Live United Family Night from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd. At least 20 community agencies and partners will set up information booths. Among the participating organizations are: FWCS (read full article)

FWCS honors veterans (Friday, November 06, 2009)
Students and staff throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will honor veterans this month in celebration of Veterans Day. Several schools have special programs, including local veterans, to recognize the sacrifices veterans have made. Listed are some of the programs taking place this month: Monday, Nov. 9 * Irwin Elementary School, 3501 S. Anthony (read full article)

FWCS welcomes community members as guest principals (Friday, October 30, 2009)

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 54 community members into our schools to serve as guest principals. This will be the first year that all buildings will be able to participate in Principal for a Day. The majority of the guest principals will visit their schools on Wednesday, Nov. 4. A few have selected other days that better meet the schedules (read full article)


FWCS students return to Charlie Trotter's restaurant (Thursday, October 29, 2009)

At least a dozen Fort Wayne Community Schools culinary arts students will spend a few hours on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 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. This is the second year students (read full article)


FWCS schools celebrate Halloween, fall harvest (Tuesday, October 27, 2009)
Students throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will participate in various activities this week to celebrate Halloween and fall activities. Students will learn about harvest time while having fun, often with their families included in the good times. Events this week include: * Brentwood Elementary students and their siblings (through fifth (read full article)

One-hour delay for FWCS elementary schools on Oct. 22 (Monday, October 19, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools, with the exception of Bunche and Towles, will have a scheduled one-hour delay day Thursday, Oct. 22. Buses will run one hour later than normally scheduled for grades k-5 with school beginning at 9:50 a.m. Morning pre-k students will attend from 9:50-11:30 a.m., arriving one-hour late with (read full article)

PBS documentary features FWCS administrators (Friday, October 16, 2009)
Four Fort Wayne Community Schools administrators and two FWCS parents are featured in two PBS documentaries that will air on WFWA-39 Sunday, Oct. 25. "The Good That You Do" and "Reading, Writing and Relevance" were produced by PBS station WFYI in Indianapolis to accompany "The Principal Story," an hour-long PBS documentary (read full article)

FWCS celebrates Red Ribbon Week (Friday, October 16, 2009)
Several Fort Wayne Community Schools will recognize Red Ribbon Week 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 and visible (read full article)

FWCS gets fired up for cold weather (Thursday, October 15, 2009)
As chilly weather sets in, it is time for Fort Wayne Community Schools to get the buildings ready for winter. The Maintenance & Operations staff has been working in the schools preparing the heating systems for the months ahead. For the older systems, in particular, that means cleaning and making any necessary repairs to the boilers so they are (read full article)

FWCS celebrates National School Lunch Week (Wednesday, October 14, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is joining other schools across the nation in celebrating National School Lunch Week this week. This year's theme is All-Star School Lunch and is a National Basketball Association (NBA) inspired campaign. The campaign features five healthy lunch teams coached by current or former NBA/WNBA stars. Students can go online (read full article)

Parent-teacher conferences, delay days return to FWCS calendar (Wednesday, October 07, 2009)
Parent-teacher conferences and delay days to allow for teacher professional development are back in the Fort Wayne Community Schools 2009-10 calendar after working out a schedule with the Fort Wayne Education Association. The first parent-teacher conferences for elementary schools are scheduled for the week of Nov. 2-6 with most of them taking (read full article)

Study Connection sites get back to work (Monday, October 05, 2009)
The 21st year of Study Connection begins Tuesday, Oct. 6, when 18 students from Washington Center Elementary head to Raytheon for an hour of after-school tutoring. Raytheon has been a Study Connection site since 1992. This year, the company's volunteer numbers doubled, making it possible for students to travel to Raytheon two days a week. A second (read full article)

FWCS appoints chief academic officer (Tuesday, September 29, 2009)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, Sept. 28, approved moving Steven M. Cobb from chief operations officer to chief academic officer. Cobb was hired in January to fill the chief operations officer position and prior to that had 32 years of experience in education serving as an assistant superintendent, principal (read full article)

Community organizations fighting H1N1 together (Monday, September 28, 2009)
On Monday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., the local Fort Wayne television stations will simulcast "H1N1: Community on Alert," an hour-long special devoted to the flu pandemic. The program will be produced by WFWA PBS 39 and air simultaneously on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15, WPTA 21Alive, WISE 33, FOX Fort Wayne and Access One Comcast 55, Verizon 25. "We (read full article)

The future starts now at the Northeast Indiana College Fair (Friday, September 25, 2009)
For today's student, continuing their education after high school isn't just a luxury, it's a necessity. Whether a student plans to go to college, enter a skilled trades program or enlist in the military, additional education will be a part of their future. For those planning on going to college, the Northeast Indiana College Fair is (read full article)

FWCS enrollment up for 2009-10 school year (Monday, September 21, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' enrollment grew by nearly 200 students according to the count of students at the end of the day Friday, Sept. 18, the official count day for Indiana schools. At the end of the day Friday, FWCS unofficial enrollment was 31,587, up from 31,400 a year ago. "Seeing growth in our district is a sign that the (read full article)

FWCS continues to focus on using data to advance achievement (Wednesday, September 16, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will continue to focus on making sure each child is academically successful using data from the spring ISTEP+ to help in that process. Test results released today show FWCS followed state trends on this year's assessment - the first year for the spring test. District officials are looking at this as a baseline (read full article)

Reductions result in smaller budget for 2010 (Tuesday, September 15, 2009)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees presented the district's proposed 2010 budget to the public Monday, Sept. 14. The $284 million plan is nearly $3 million less than the 2009 budget. The bulk of the reductions came out of the General Fund, with 49 classroom teaching positions eliminated earlier this year. Central office (read full article)

Northcrest and Maplewood earn national accreditation (Friday, September 11, 2009)
Northcrest and Maplewood Title 1 preschools have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. "We're proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest (read full article)

Students receive lesson on bus safety (Thursday, September 10, 2009)
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)

Study Connection begins 21st year (Tuesday, September 08, 2009)
Study Connection will kick off its 21st year of helping students with its Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Friday, Sept. 11. Yvette McGee Brown, President of The Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Children's Hospital, a collaboration between Children's Hospital and the Columbus (Ohio) Coalition Against Family Violence, (read full article)

Irwin teacher named FWCS Teacher of the Year (Friday, August 28, 2009)
Irwin Elementary School teacher Portia Coe has been named the 2009-10 Fort Wayne Community Schools Teacher of the Year. Coe is the building coach at Irwin, a new position for her that allows her to work with teachers to help them refine their methods and become better teachers. Coe moved to this new position after 22 years as a classroom teacher, (read full article)

FWCS joins Twitter and Facebook (Wednesday, August 26, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools has joined the social networking crowd with district information is now being posted on Twitter and Facebook. FWCS will be using the sites to post notices on upcoming events, school and district happenings and weather delays and cancellations. Twitter users can find the district by searching for FWCS. The district's (read full article)

Two FWCS staff members start the year with tales from China (Wednesday, August 26, 2009)
Two Fort Wayne Community Schools staff members are starting the school year with interesting stories of what they did over summer. For them, it wasn't a week at the beach or a trip to an amusement park; it was an experience that will enrich the district's new Global Studies/World Languages Program of Study at North Side High School. Susan (read full article)

FWCS offers fall driver education classes (Tuesday, August 25, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is offering a fall session of driver education for the first time. FWCS will offer the program from Sept. 8-Oct. 27 at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. Times offered are 4-6 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. The courses are open to any student, whether they attend FWCS or not, who is at least 15 years old before the session (read full article)

FWCS invites parents to meet teachers, learn about school improvement plans (Monday, August 24, 2009)

Parents will have a chance over the next few weeks to visit their child's school and learn more about what goes on in the building. At some schools, parents will have two opportunities to visit their child's school. One visit will serve as a traditional back-to-school night with the opportunity to see their child's classroom, meet their (read full article)


Fort Wayne Community Schools opens its doors for another year (Monday, August 24, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools got off to a great start Monday, Aug. 24, with more than 32,000 students enrolled for the 2009-10 school year. As of today, 32,010 students were registered for class. Official count numbers will not be known until Sept. 18 when the data is collected for the state. Until then numbers will fluctuate as students continue (read full article)

FWCS, FWEA agree to start the school year with status quo contract (Friday, August 21, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association have agreed to maintain a status quo contract for the next school year, which means there will be no major language changes in the contract and no changes in the salary schedule. Under state law, when a new contract is not established the existing contract remains in effect. (read full article)

Take extra caution as students return to school on Monday (Thursday, August 20, 2009)

With students returning to school on Monday, Aug. 24, Fort Wayne Community Schools officials remind the community to prepare and take extra caution as students and parents return to the streets. More than 300 yellow buses will be on the roads and thousands of students will be walking to bus stops or to their neighborhood schools. Drivers should consider (read full article)


City/School Partnership Offers Students Concrete Experience (Wednesday, August 19, 2009)
A partnership between the City of Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Community Schools is providing valuable experience for students. Since June, students from the Anthis Career Center's Construction Trades class have been doing concrete, curb, sidewalk, ramps and patch work for City Utilities. "I value education and I'm delighted the City (read full article)

United Way Day of Caring benefits 12 schools (Thursday, August 13, 2009)
Hundreds of volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at 10 Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Friday, Aug. 14, as part of United Way of Allen County's annual Day of Caring. Two other schools had work done prior to Friday's event. United Way is focusing on neighborhoods for this year's community service event (read full article)

FWCS to pack more than 200 backpacks for students (Tuesday, August 11, 2009)
More than 200 students will start the 2009-10 school year with a backpack full of new supplies from Fort Wayne Community Schools employees. Several FWCS employees will spend Thursday afternoon packing backpacks with pencils, rulers, personal hygiene products and other necessities. This is the 16th year the employees in the Grile Administrative (read full article)

Students entering sixth, ninth grades get a jump start on the year (Tuesday, August 11, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will welcome students entering middle and high school to their new surroundings at separate orientations this week. Sixth-graders entering middle school will participate in a Sixth-Grade Transition Day from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 13. The morning will give the students a chance to learn more about the kinds (read full article)

Iron Chef Cat Cora to raise funds for Blessings in a Backpack (Monday, August 10, 2009)
Iron Chef Cat Cora will visit Fort Wayne Tuesday, Aug. 11, to raise money for the Blessings in a Backpack weekend food program. She will participate in a book signing at Mitchell Books, 6360 W. Jefferson Blvd., from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and later will prepare dinner at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. Chef Cora was the first and only female Iron Chef on (read full article)

Registration time for FWCS students (Tuesday, August 04, 2009)
Registration for the 2009-10 school year will be held simultaneously Friday, Aug. 7, and Monday, Aug. 10, at the 51 Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary, middle and high schools. Parents can visit their child's school from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday or from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to get ready for the new school year. Students must register at the (read full article)

FWCS buses get annual check-up (Tuesday, August 04, 2009)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' fleet of more than 300 buses will be checked from top to bottom beginning Thursday, Aug. 6, to make sure they are ready to hit the road for the first day of school Aug. 24. 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)