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National school safety expert to address community on bullying, school safety (Monday, August 01, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools invites parents and the community to hear nationally known school safety expert Ken Trump talk about bullying and other school safety issues at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, in the Anthis Career Center auditorium, 1200 S. Barr St. Trump is president of National School Safety and Security Services, a Cleveland, Ohio-based national (read full article)

United Way Day of Caring benefits eight schools (Monday, August 01, 2011)
Hundreds of volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at eight Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Thursday, Aug. 4, as part of United Way of Allen County's annual Day of Caring. Nine businesses and community groups signed up to work at schools throughout the city. Hundreds of community volunteers plus staff, students and (read full article)

FWCS is Exemplary, makes AYP for second straight year (Tuesday, July 26, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools has made Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind guidelines for the second consecutive year, taking the district out of correction action for the first time in six years. Academic gains made over the last two years also earned FWCS Exemplary status under the Indiana's accountability law, Public (read full article)

Free and reduced-price lunch applications due Aug. 10 (Monday, July 25, 2011)
The application for free and reduced-price meals and textbooks for students is now available online for the 2011-12 school year. 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. 23. Applications are available online at http://ftwayne.schoollunchapp.com. Paper (read full article)

North Side and South Side Post Gains; Meet State Expectations (Friday, July 22, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' North Side and South Side High Schools posted gains and met state expectations in student performance improvement under the Indiana Public Law 221 guidelines. This means that Indiana State Board of Education intervention options no longer apply to either school. "It is gratifying to see the hard work and dedication (read full article)

FWCS Posts Gains, Outpaces State in ISTEP Growth (Tuesday, July 12, 2011)
PRESS RELEASE July 12, 2011 FWCS Posts gains, outpaces state in ISTEP growth Fort Wayne Community Schools posted gains and outpaced the state in terms of growth in nearly every category and grade level on the 2011 ISTEP+. FWCS saw gains in all four subjects (language arts, math, science and social studies). Growth at each level ranged from 2 (read full article)

FWCS offers summer program for refugee students (Wednesday, June 29, 2011)
Nearly 40 refugee students who attend North Side and South Side high schools are spending four weeks in the classroom this summer to focus on learning English and experiencing American culture. This is the first time Fort Wayne Community Schools has offered such a program, which is being paid for through the Refugee Children School Impact Grant. The (read full article)

FWCS, teachers reach two-year agreement (Tuesday, June 28, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association have agreed on a two-year contract that continues the district's reform agenda and provides a 1 percent raise for 2011-12. A tentative agreement was reached Wednesday, June 22, with the assistance of a mediator from the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board. Teachers (read full article)

FWCS and FWEA Reach Tentative Agreement (Thursday, June 23, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. Details of the agreement will not be released 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 Career Center on (read full article)

Title I pre-kindergarten programs earn NAEYC re-accreditation (Friday, June 17, 2011)
Pre-kindergarten programs at Abbett Elementary, Adams Elementary and Scott Academy have earned re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). "We are proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards," said (read full article)

FWCS students raise nearly $30,000 for Riley (Friday, June 17, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools students and staff raised nearly $30,000 for Riley Children's Foundation during the 2010-11 school year. The district raised a total of $28,453 for the foundation, a significant increase from the $18,595 raised last year. Since 2008, FWCS has raised more than $100,000 for Riley. "Our students and staff worked (read full article)

Registration for FWCS Students Aug. 3 and 6 (Wednesday, June 15, 2011)

Registration for the 2012-13 school year will be held Friday, Aug. 3, and Monday, Aug. 6, 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 (read full article)

FWCS celebrates graduates (Monday, June 13, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate commencement Friday and Saturday for the nearly 2,000 members of the Class of 2011. The students leave their high schools with varied future plans. Some will pursue higher education at colleges such as Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University and Indiana University. Others will enter (read full article)

Learning lasts through the final day (Thursday, June 09, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' students will be learning up until the last moments of the 2010-11 school year. They will also take time to have some fun while celebrating the end of a great year. Here are a few of the events going on in our schools on Monday, June 13: Northwood Middle School, 1201 E. Washington Center Road, will kick off (read full article)

FWCS summer meal program begins Tuesday (Wednesday, June 08, 2011)
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)

150 students to receive English Literacy Certificate (Wednesday, June 08, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult & Continuing Education will celebrate the accomplishments of about 150 students Friday, June 10, 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)

FWCS 2011-12 calendar eliminates delay days (Friday, June 03, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools has finalized its 2011-12 school year calendar eliminating the weekly delay days for students and adding training days for teachers and administrators prior to the start of the school year. The changes maintain the district's efforts to ensure teachers are well trained and have adequate time to work together as a team (read full article)

Students throughout the district prepare to take the next step (Friday, June 03, 2011)
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)

Statement from Dr. Robinson regarding FWEA impasse (Thursday, June 02, 2011)
FWEA declared an impasse tonight in negotiations, and will ask the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board to appoint a mediator. In a short negotiations meeting, FWEA presented a counter-proposal to FWCS that maintained much of current contract language together with a 1% raise and step increases for the next two years, for which there are no (read full article)

Last delay day scheduled for June 1 (Tuesday, May 17, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will have its final weekly 30-minute delay of the school year on Wednesday, June 1. When the schedule for the Wednesday delay days was established in the fall, the last delay day was set for June 1 as the school year was slated to end June 8. With the cancellations earlier this year, the last day of school is now June (read full article)

FWCS says farewell to 123 retirees (Thursday, May 12, 2011)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will say good-bye to 123 retirees with more than 3,200 combined years of service at the annual retirement dinner Thursday, May 12. The district wishes the best to the teachers, bus drivers, classroom assistants, custodians, administrators and others who dedicated many years to making the lives of children better. The (read full article)

FWCS approves principal assignments for 2011-12 (Wednesday, May 11, 2011)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, May 9, approved several new principal appointments effective for the 2011-12 school year. Mark Bailey, Lane Middle School Mark Bailey joined FWCS in 1992 as a math teacher, spending the majority of his teacher years (1993-2004) at South Side High School. Bailey participated in (read full article)

State to hold hearings at North Side & South Side (Thursday, May 05, 2011)
The Indiana State Board of Education will conduct public hearings at North Side and South Side high schools on Tuesday, June 21, to obtain community input on improvement at the schools. The hearing at South Side will begin at 5 p.m. in the school auditorium, followed by North Side's hearing at 7:30 p.m. in North Side's auditorium. The (read full article)

FWCS driver education enrollment underway (Thursday, May 05, 2011)
Enrollment for Fort Wayne Community Schools' summer sessions of driver education is underway. FWCS will offer the program Monday through Friday from June 14-July 1 and July 11-29 at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. Classes are offered multiple times a day. The courses are open to any student, whether they attend FWCS or not, who is at (read full article)

Anthis students pass 911 exam (Wednesday, May 04, 2011)
Two dozen students from Anthis Career Center are now certified to be 911 operators after passing the 911 Telecommunication Exam. Instructors with the Anthis Criminal Justice program have been working with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Consolidated Communication Partnership, which oversees the City-County 911 Dispatch Center, to teach students about (read full article)

Brentwood gets moving for new fitness trail (Tuesday, May 03, 2011)
Brentwood Elementary will host two events this month to raise money for a new fitness trail at the school. From 1-2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, students will participate in ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously). The event promotes good health and exercise as well as being a fundraiser for the trail. Students were given collection envelopes (read full article)

Middle schools to get students moving (Friday, April 29, 2011)

Portage and Shawnee middle schools will join middle schools across the country in participating in the "Let's Move! Flash Workout," at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. The event features Beyoncé in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to reduce childhood obesity. The flash workout was put together by the American Association (read full article)

FWCS reinforces test ethics as ISTEP+ continues (Thursday, April 28, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is reinforcing testing ethics with its staff members as the second round of spring ISTEP+ exams continue after a breach in protocol at one of the district's schools. Prior to ISTEP+ testing each year, principals and others responsible for overseeing the testing in a building are required to attend a workshop to review (read full article)

Blackhawk student wins city-wide speech competition (Tuesday, April 26, 2011)
Blackhawk Middle School student Bailee Cheathams won the Fort Wayne Community Schools 2011 Middle School Persuasive Speech Contest with a speech on "Mosque at Ground Zero." Students from each of the 11 middle schools participated in the city-wide competition at the Grile Administrative Center on April 20 after winning their school competitions. (read full article)

FWCS Schools recognized for outstanding PTAs (Tuesday, April 19, 2011)
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 second time in four years, Shawnee Principal Matt Schiebel was named Outstanding Principal of the Year. (read full article)

FWCS Natatorium earns Platinum Safety Award (Tuesday, April 19, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' Helen P. Brown Natatorium received the 2010 Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award from Ellis & Associates, international aquatic safety and risk management consultants. This is the seventh time in eight years that the Natatorium at South Side High School has earned the award. In 2007, the Natatorium was given (read full article)

FWCS gets ready for an earthquake (Friday, April 15, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill with other schools and organizations across Indiana on Tuesday, April 19. The purpose of the event is to make sure students and staff are prepared in the event of an earthquake. FWCS has included earthquake guidelines in its Emergency Preparedness Plans (read full article)

Northrop students taking on hunger (Wednesday, April 13, 2011)
Northrop High School art students are getting ready for their third annual Faces of Hunger~Bowls of Change hunger awareness fundraiser. Over the last two years, students have raised more than $10,000 and thousands of pounds of food for Community Harvest Food Bank. This year's event will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Northrop, (read full article)

Schools get ready to welcome future students (Tuesday, April 12, 2011)
Each Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary school will have orientation and early registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students on Wednesday, April 20. Parents will be able to visit their child's school to learn more about FWCS' pre-k and full-day kindergarten programs and register their child for the 2011-12 school year. Orientation (read full article)

FWCS approves administrative changes (Tuesday, March 29, 2011)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, March 28, hired a new principal for Wayne High School and approved an administrative change effective for the 2011-12 school year. Kyle Kirby, Wayne High School Kyle Kirby will join FWCS July 1 as the principal of Wayne High School. He is currently the principal of New Palestine (read full article)

FWCS to seek input from stakeholders using streamlined tools (Tuesday, March 29, 2011)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a three-year contract on Monday, March 28, working with K12 Insight, a national leader in school data collection, to increase the school district's engagement with the community. Through a series of interactive surveys and focus groups that will be conducted every year, FWCS (read full article)

Parent-Teacher Conferences this week; no school on Friday (Tuesday, March 29, 2011)
School will not be in session for Fort Wayne Community Schools on Friday, April 1. As established in the 2010-11 calendar, April 1 is a day off for teachers to make up the extra hours spent working on March 30 and 31 for parent-teacher conferences. Elementary school hours for parent-teacher conferences will be from 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. (read full article)

Grown-ups get a chance to show off their spelling E-R-U-D-I-T-I-O-N (Thursday, March 24, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' Study Connection is hosting its inaugural Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee to raise money for the after-school program. The event will be held Friday, May 13, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Teams of three work together in spelling rounds, and like traditional spelling bees, are eliminated by misspelling a word. The (read full article)

FWCS students recognized for nutrition knowledge (Friday, March 18, 2011)
Nine Fort Wayne Community Schools students have been recognized for writing about their favorite school lunch. FWCS' Nutrition Services Department challenged students in kindergarten through fifth-grade to write an essay on their favorite meal served by Nutrition Services. Bikes donated by McCain Foods will be given to the K-2nd grade winner (read full article)

Croninger to celebrate Four Star School status (Monday, March 14, 2011)
Croninger Elementary School will celebrate being named a Four Star Schools for the 2009-10 school year during lunch Wednesday, March 16. Schools are awarded the designation if they are among the top 25 percent of schools in the state, based on ISTEP+ results and meeting the federal requirements to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress. Statewide, 188 (read full article)

Registration under way for spring programs at the Helen P. Brown Natatorium (Tuesday, March 01, 2011)
Registration is under way for spring swim lessons, water exercise classes and lifeguard training at the Helen P. Brown Natatorium, 3601 S. Calhoun St. Swim lessons at the Natatorium are offered to children beginning at age 3 with the parent tot program and go through adults with the adult and teen swim class. American Red Cross school-age swim lessons (read full article)

Graduation dates moved after snow days add up (Monday, February 28, 2011)
The 2011 graduation dates for Fort Wayne Community Schools' high schools have been moved back by one week after six snow days pushed the last day of school past the originally scheduled graduation dates. Graduations for the district's five high schools were originally planned for June 10 and 11 at the Coliseum. Commencement ceremonies will (read full article)

FWCS Board members announce support for teachers (Thursday, February 24, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Board President Mark GiaQuinta announced today that the Board will consider a resolution in support of teachers at the Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 28. "Teachers are feeling as if they are under attack with so much legislation directly affecting their jobs. We want to let our teachers know that we appreciate their (read full article)

Students take a moment to get motivated for ISTEP+ week (Wednesday, February 23, 2011)
Elementary and middle school students will begin this year's first round of ISTEP+ testing Monday, Feb. 28. Students in third through eighth grades will be tested on language arts and math in an open-ended format next week. At the end of April, they will go through another round of testing with multiple choice answers. Before the tests begin, (read full article)

Students share stories of determination and success at graduation (Wednesday, February 23, 2011)
A working mother who only knew one word of English hamburger when she came to the U.S., a refugee from the Congo, a man who returned to school after forty years and a young father who found he couldn't pursue his dreams without his education will share their stories of determination and success during the Continuing Education Commencement Event (read full article)

FWCS driver education enrollment underway (Thursday, February 17, 2011)
Enrollment for Fort Wayne Community Schools' spring session of driver education is underway. FWCS will offer the program from March 7-April 28 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)

Zumbathon to support FWCS' Study Connection (Tuesday, February 08, 2011)
Thirteen Zumba instructors will lead participants for two hours of dancing, sweating and lots of fun in support of Fort Wayne Community Schools' Study Connection on Saturday, March 12. Zumba is the latest exercise craze, combining Latin dancing with a cardiovascular workout. From 1-3 p.m. at North Side High School, the instructors will lead the (read full article)

FWCS to be featured in training video (Monday, February 07, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will be featured in a training video being created by the HOPE Foundation, a Bloomington-based organization focused on developing building leadership and strengthening school cultures. The HOPE Foundation (www.hopefoundation.org) was established in 1989 and focuses on the belief that failure is not an option. Each of (read full article)

Bunche Montessori to host open house (Monday, February 07, 2011)
Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center will host an open house from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. The school, located at 1111 Greene St., is Fort Wayne Community School's Montessori magnet for students in pre-k and kindergarten with students ages 3-6 years old attending. Bunche is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011. The Montessori approach (read full article)

FWCS kicks off Riley Children's Foundation fundraiser (Friday, February 04, 2011)

Fort Wayne Community Schools kicked off its annual fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children today with a goal of regaining the title of Miracle Corporation. To become a Miracle Corporation each school in the district must raise $1 for each student in the building. FWCS earned the designation in 2008 and 2009. Last year, students and staff raised (read full article)

Bunche sells wall tiles to celebrate its 20th anniversary (Thursday, February 03, 2011)
Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary of becoming a Montessori magnet this year. To commemorate the milestone, the school is selling wall tiles to create a Legacy Wall inside the school in honor of all the students, parents, staff and community members who have been a part of Bunche over the last 20 years. Those (read full article)

FWCS hires new human resources director (Tuesday, January 25, 2011)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees hired a new human resources director on Monday, Jan. 24. David Richards Jr. replaces Charles Cammack, who was promoted to chief operations officer in August. Richards comes to FWCS with 37 years of experience in human resources. He has served as senior vice president of human resources for (read full article)

Four-day weekend for FWCS students (Wednesday, January 12, 2011)
School will not be in session for Fort Wayne Community Schools students on Friday, Jan. 14. As established in the 2010-11 calendar, Jan. 14 is the last day of the first semester and reserved as a teacher work day, designed to give teachers time to work on grades and other work as needed. In the event of a school cancelation prior to Jan. 14, the (read full article)

Success Starts Here at the FWCS School Choice Fair (Tuesday, January 11, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will host its annual School Choice Fair from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 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 district's (read full article)

Student artwork, essays on display this weekend (Tuesday, January 04, 2011)
Artwork and essays by students throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will be on display this weekend at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art as part of the annual Fort Wayne Area PTA Council's Reflections and Citizenship Essay Showcase. The work will be on display from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, and Sunday, Jan. 9. More than 70 entries from 11 schools (read full article)

FWCS graduation rate increases, remains higher than the state average (Monday, December 20, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools graduation rate for the class of 2010 increased for the third consecutive year, remaining higher than the state average. In 2010, FWCS' graduation rate was 85.5 percent, higher than the state average of 84.1 percent and an increase from 2009, when the FWCS graduation rate was 83.2 percent. "We are proud (read full article)

Bunche to be re-accredited by Montessori society (Friday, December 10, 2010)
Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center learned this week that it will receive re-accreditation by the American Montessori Society. Bunche is the only public Montessori school in the country accredited by AMS. "Being the only public school accredited by the American Montessori Society means we serve as a national model of how to blend the Montessori (read full article)

Annual Anthis fruit sale begins Thursday (Monday, December 06, 2010)
The 21st Annual Anthis Career Center fruit sale begins Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Anthis Automotive Center on the corner of Lafayette and Lewis streets (enter on Lewis Street). Fruit will be sold from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, or until all the fruit is sold. Proceeds from the sale support career education (read full article)

Great High School Food Drive under way (Tuesday, November 30, 2010)
Four Fort Wayne Community Schools high schools are currently participating in the Great High School Food Drive to benefit Miss Virginia's Mission House and St. Mary's Christmas Food Box Program. Through Monday, Dec. 13, New Tech Academy and North Side, Snider and South Side high schools will serve as drop-off sites for non-perishable food (read full article)

North Side students make holidays bright with party for kids surviving cancer (Tuesday, November 30, 2010)
North Side High School will host its 23rd annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at North Side, 475 E. State Blvd. Student members of National Honor Society, Student Council and Key Club are combining their efforts this year to put together entertainment, food and gifts for the families of children who have (read full article)

Record Number of FWCS schools make AYP, reach top state categories (Tuesday, November 23, 2010)
Nearly 85 percent of the Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings reached the top three categories this year under Indiana's accountability system, and half made Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind, the federal accountability law. Forty-two schools reached Exemplary, Commendable or Academic Progress status under Indiana's Public (read full article)

FWCS students celebrate Thanksgiving (Friday, November 19, 2010)

Fort Wayne Community Schools students will celebrate Thanksgiving by learning about the holiday, enjoying their own Thanksgiving feasts and helping others in the community. For example, Kekionga Middle School worked with open Arms Ministries throughout the month to provide Thanksgiving baskets for many of the school's families. Below are some (read full article)

Parkview, Health Department and Schools Partner on Flu Mist Clinics (Thursday, November 18, 2010)
Nurses from Parkview Hospital have visited Fort Wayne Community Schools' 18 Title I school to give seasonal flu mist vaccinations to students. Parkview is partnering with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health and local schools to vaccinate as many children as possible. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to have their child receive (read full article)

Community leaders serve as guest principals at FWCS (Friday, November 12, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 52 community members into our schools to serve as guest principals for the annual Principal for a Day event. The majority of the guest principals will visit their schools on Wednesday, Nov. 17, while a few have selected other days that better meet the schedules of the guests or the building principals. The guest (read full article)

FWCS vision-impaired students visit the circus (Wednesday, November 10, 2010)
Visually impaired Fort Wayne Community Schools' students will participate in a "touch tour" of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at noon on Friday, Nov. 12, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Students will be able to experience four stations set up specifically to use all their senses. At the first station, students (read full article)

Wayne High School accepts sanctions from IHSAA (Friday, November 05, 2010)
Wayne High School has accepted sanctions from the Indiana High School Athletic Association following the Oct. 22 sectional football game against Delta High School. During that game, four Wayne players and two members of the coaching staff were ejected, primarily for unsportsmanlike conduct. Prior to IHSAA Commissioner Blake Ress' determination, (read full article)

FWCS honors veterans (Thursday, November 04, 2010)
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. 8 Each day during the week of Nov. 8, students (read full article)

FWCS students return to Charlie Trotter's restaurant (Monday, November 01, 2010)

At least a dozen Fort Wayne Community Schools culinary arts students will spend a few hours on Thursday, Nov. 4, 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 third year students (read full article)

FWCS schools use Halloween, fall harvest as teaching moments (Tuesday, October 26, 2010)
Students throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will participate in various activities this week to celebrate Halloween and fall activities, but it will be more than eating candy and wearing costumes. Students today find fall themes incorporated into the work they do in the classroom. For instance, at Irwin Elementary, 3501 S. Anthony Blvd., second-graders (read full article)

FWCS celebrates Red Ribbon Week (Thursday, October 21, 2010)
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 commitment (read full article)

FWCS makes Adequate Yearly Progress (Thursday, October 07, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the first time since the No Child Left Behind Act was enacted in 2001. Preliminary results, based on data from the 2008-09 school year and results from the spring 2010 ISTEP+ exams, show that FWCS met either the identified targets or safe harbor for at least one level (elementary, (read full article)

FWCS nearing new status with continued steady enrollment (Tuesday, October 05, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools could soon be the largest school district in the state as enrollment holds steady for another year. The district's official enrollment, based on the state's official student count day on Friday, Sept. 17, is 31,568. Schools had two weeks after the count day to clean up data and make sure all students were accounted (read full article)

Holland accepts two major gifts for theraplay center (Friday, October 01, 2010)
Holland Elementary School announced two major gifts for the purchase of a Theraplay Center for the school. Janett Lowes, the great-aunt of a Holland student, donated $25,000 and Sodexo donated $50,000 for the equipment. Holland kicked off its campaign in the spring to raise $125,000 for the Theraplay Center. The equipment will provide the school's (read full article)

FWCS Board members speak at ISBA conference (Tuesday, September 28, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees President Mark GiaQuinta and Secretary John Peirce will share the district's Balanced Scorecard story Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Indiana School Boards Association Fall Conference in Indianapolis. GiaQuinta and Peirce will discuss the district's focus on aligning policy and practice from (read full article)

One-stop college shopping offered at the Northeast Indiana College Fair (Monday, September 27, 2010)
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 the (read full article)

BMX show comes to Shawnee (Friday, September 24, 2010)
BMX riders Brett Banasiewicz and Chris Gerber will perform at Shawnee Middle School today at 3 p.m. The riders are in Fort Wayne for a weekend Mega Ramp ASA Triples "big air" BMX competition at the Memorial Coliseum. The event consists of the top 12 pro riders in the country. Brett, who is from South Bend, and Chris, a Fort Wayne native, (read full article)

Area superintendents call for Learn United volunteers (Wednesday, September 22, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson and East Allen County Schools Superintendent Karyle Green are calling on the community to volunteer and help elementary students improve their reading skills. FWCS and EACS have hundreds of children who could benefit from extra attention from a caring adult, as provided through United Way's (read full article)

Homeless to Harvard's Liz Murray to address FWCS students (Thursday, September 16, 2010)
Liz Murray, the subject of the Lifetime Television Movie "Homeless to Harvard," will visit Fairfield Elementary School, New Tech Academy at Wayne High School and North Side High School on Monday, Sept. 20. Murray will talk to students about her experiences growing up, including supporting her parents financially by the time she was 10 years (read full article)

FWCS budget shrinks for second consecutive year (Tuesday, September 14, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees presented the district's proposed 2011 budget to the public Monday, Sept. 13. The $274 million plan is nearly $20 million less than the original budget approved for 2010. The bulk of the reductions came out of the General Fund with the closing of two schools and eliminating 91 classroom (read full article)

Anthis students now cooking for Grile staff (Thursday, September 09, 2010)

Students in Anthis Career Center's Culinary Arts program are now providing food service for the Grile Administrative Center cafeteria. Beginning this week, students are establishing the menus, preparing the food and serving in the cafeteria. The move provides another opportunity for students in the culinary arts program to gain experience in (read full article)

Study Connection begins 22nd year (Wednesday, September 08, 2010)
Study Connection will kick off its 22nd year of helping students with its Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Friday, Sept. 10. This year's keynote speaker is Manuel Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers, a group of students on which the 2007 movie "Freedom Writers" was based. Scott was a high school dropout who had been (read full article)

Northwood teacher named FWCS Teacher of the Year (Friday, September 03, 2010)
Northwood Middle School Teacher Michelle White has been named the 2010-11 Fort Wayne Community Schools Teacher of the Year. White is beginning her fourth year as a 7th-grade Language Arts teacher at Northwood and her sixth year in education. White was selected as Teacher of the Year because of her ability to find connections to students and reach (read full article)

Fairfield principal honored by state as Distinguished (Thursday, September 02, 2010)

The Indiana State Board of Education this week recognized Fairfield Principal Jeff Cline as one of Indiana's "Title 1 Distinguished Principals." The10 principals honored come from high-performing, high-poverty schools and provide assistance to other Title I schools in implementing school improvement plans. Each Distinguished Principal (read full article)

Fort Wayne Community Schools kicks off a new year (Monday, August 23, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools got off to a great start Monday, Aug. 23, with more than 32,000 students enrolled for the 2010-11 school year. As of the end of the school day today, 32,071 students were registered for class. That is up from 32,010 on the first day last year. Official count numbers will not be known until Sept. 17 when the data is collected (read full article)

FWCS invites parents to go back to school (Friday, August 20, 2010)
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)

Students return to FWCS on Monday (Thursday, August 19, 2010)

With students returning to school on Monday, Aug. 23, 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)

FWCS employees pack 200 backpacks for students (Thursday, August 19, 2010)
Two hundred students will start the 2010-11 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 17th year the employees in the Grile Administrative Center, (read full article)

FWCS launches new Web site (Wednesday, August 18, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools launched a new Web site today at www.fortwayneschools.org. The new site address was established to make it easier for parents, students, employees and the community to remember. At the new site, visitors will find virtually all the information they want and need about Fort Wayne Community Schools. The site is divided (read full article)

Blackhawk, Memorial Park boost FWCS ISTEP+ results (Wednesday, August 11, 2010)
Blackhawk and Memorial Park middle school students outpaced the state at every level of the results that were delayed because of a scoring glitch earlier this year. When ISTEP+ results were released in June, Fort Wayne Community Schools' data was incomplete because Blackhawk was not included in the sixth- and eighth-grade results, and Memorial Park (read full article)

Students entering sixth, ninth grades get a jump start on the year (Wednesday, August 11, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will welcome students entering middle and high school Thursday, Aug. 12, to their new surroundings during orientations this week. Sixth-graders entering middle school will participate in a Sixth-Grade Transition Day from 8 a.m. to noon. Ninth-graders entering high school will get a taste of high school life during Ninth-Grade (read full article)

United Way Day of Caring benefits eight schools (Tuesday, August 10, 2010)
Hundreds of volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at eight Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Thursday, Aug. 12, as part of United Way of Allen County's annual Day of Caring. Ten businesses and community groups signed up to work at schools throughout the city. Hundreds of community volunteers plus staff, students and (read full article)

FWCS, Associated Churches focusing on character development (Tuesday, August 10, 2010)

Fort Wayne Community Schools and The Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County are working together to develop a new outreach program that will focus on the character development component of the FWCS Pyramid for Success™. The Pyramid for Success™ is FWCS' system that ensures all students are successful in all areas, including (read full article)

FWCS hires chief operations officer (Tuesday, August 10, 2010)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, Aug. 9, hired a new chief operations officer, filling a position that has been vacant for nearly a year. Charles Cammack Jr., who has served as Human Resources Director since 2008, will be the district's new chief operations officer, replacing Steve Cobb, who was named chief (read full article)

FWCS buses get annual check-up (Monday, August 09, 2010)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' fleet of more than 300 buses will be checked from top to bottom beginning Tuesday, Aug. 10, to make sure they are ready to hit the road for the first day of school Aug. 23. 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 and (read full article)