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Fort Wayne Community Schools - There's an App for That (Wednesday, August 01, 2012)

Information about Fort Wayne Community Schools is now available whenever and wherever parents and students want with the new FWCS student-developed mobile app for iPhones, iPads, Androids and other mobile devices.

The free app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play by searching for Fort Wayne Community Schools. Once downloaded, (read full article)

Hundreds Volunteer at FWCS Buildings for United Way Day of Caring (Wednesday, August 01, 2012)

Hundreds of volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at 12 Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Thursday, Aug. 2, as part of United Way of Allen County’s annual Day of Caring.

A dozen businesses and community groups signed up to work at schools throughout the city from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get the buildings in shape (read full article)

FWCS Approves New Administrators (Tuesday, July 24, 2012)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, July 23, hired two new administrators for the 2012-13 school year.

Pamela Musick, Elementary Area Administrator Pamela Musick joins FWCS as the Elementary Area Administrator, replacing Dan Bickel, who retired in June after 21 years with the District. Musick began her (read full article)

Free and Reduced-price Lunch Applications Due Aug. 10 (Thursday, July 19, 2012)

The application for free and reduced-price meals and textbooks for students is now available online for the 2012-13 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. 20.

Applications are available online at http://ftwayne.schoollunchapp.com. (read full article)

FWCS Posts ISTEP+ Gains for Third Consecutive Year (Tuesday, July 10, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community Schools posted gains in nearly every category on the 2012 ISTEP+, according to results released by the state today. This is the third consecutive year FWCS has seen across-the-board improvement on the state standardized test, which assesses students in language arts, math, science and social studies. This year’s growth (read full article)

FWCS Named Riley Corporation for Raising Nearly $32,000 (Tuesday, July 03, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community Schools students and staff raised nearly $32,000 for Riley Children’s Foundation during the 2011-12 school year, earning the district the designation of Riley Corporation.

The district raised a total of $31,977 for the foundation, nearly $3,000 more than the district raised last year. Since 2008, FWCS has raised (read full article)

FWCS Approves Principal Positions for 2012-13 (Tuesday, June 12, 2012)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 11, approved several administrative changes for the 2012-13 school year.

Jana Ankenbruck, Harris Elementary Principal Jana Ankenbruck joined FWCS in 2004 as principal of Arlington Elementary. She began her career in education at East Allen County (read full article)

HPB Natatorium Participates in World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (Tuesday, June 12, 2012)

The Helen P. Brown Natatorium will participate in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14.

The record-setting annual event began in 2010 to build awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim in order to prevent drowning. In 2011, more than 20,000 people in 45 states and 13 countries around the (read full article)

FWCS Celebrates Graduates (Monday, June 11, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate commencement Friday and Saturday for the nearly 1,800 members of the Class of 2012.

The students leave their high schools with varied future plans. Some will pursue higher education at colleges such as University of Notre Dame, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, West Point and Indiana University. Others (read full article)

FWCS Summer Meal Program Under Way (Wednesday, June 06, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will again sponsor the Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSPC) providing free meals to all children ages 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 (read full article)

Holland Remembers Aliahna Lemmon (Friday, June 01, 2012)

Students and staff at Holland Elementary School will gather at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 4, in the school’s garden area to remember Aliahna Lemmon, who was tragically killed just before Christmas. Aliahna was a third-grader at Holland. Since February, the school has raised money to create a memorial garden, which will include a variety of plantings (read full article)

Learning to the Last Minute (Friday, June 01, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ students will be learning up to the last moments of the 2011-12 school year. They will also take time to have some fun while celebrating the end of a great year.

Here are a few events taking place on Tuesday, June 5:

  • Indian Village Elementary, 3835 Wenonah Lane, will celebrate the accomplishments (read full article)

Schools Honor Students Moving to New Levels (Thursday, May 31, 2012)

Students across Fort Wayne Community Schools will be recognized over the next few days for reaching a milestone in their educational careers, whether at elementary, middle or high school.

Schools will say good-bye to their fifth- and eighth-graders in recognition, culmination and award ceremonies. The ceremonies honor the work the students (read full article)

North Side Music Teacher Named FWCS Teacher of the Year (Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

North Side High School Music Teacher Edward King has been named the 2012 Fort Wayne Community Schools Teacher of the Year. King has been teaching music to students at North Side for 39 years, taking the Marching Redskins to state countless times and turning out numerous other award-winning musicians. King was selected as Teacher of the Year because (read full article)

FWCS Says Farewell to 121 Retirees (Wednesday, May 16, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will say good-bye to 121 retirees with more than 3,200 combined years of service at the annual retirement dinner Thursday, May 17.

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. (read full article)

Nearly 80% of FWCS Third-Graders Pass IREAD-3 (Tuesday, May 15, 2012)

Nearly 80 percent of third-graders in Fort Wayne Community Schools passed the IREAD-3 exam given to students for the first time this year.

The state-wide exam is intended to determine if third-graders have the foundational reading skills needed to succeed. The test measures phonics, vocabulary and comprehension based on Indiana's third-grade (read full article)

Sign up now for FWCS Summer Driver Education Program (Monday, May 07, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community School will offer two sessions of Driver Education this summer at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St.

The first session will begin June 11 and end June 29; the second session will begin July 9 and end July 27. Classroom instruction will be offered from 9:10-11:10 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.-1:20 p.m. Monday through Friday. (read full article)

Building Plan Would Add $13 Million to Economy, Create 1,500 Jobs (Thursday, May 03, 2012)
The building project that residents of Fort Wayne Community Schools will see on the May 8 ballot has the potential to add $13 million to Allen County's economy and create 1,500 jobs over the next four years, if approved, according to a study by Hanover Research. Hanover Research has an annual contract with FWCS to provide research on a variety (read full article)

Memorial Park Students Take on World Hunger (Thursday, April 26, 2012)

A team of Memorial Park Middle School students is one of four national finalists in the eCYBERMISSION competition for their efforts to address famine in Kenya. The four students are working to find a better way to grow amaranth, which can be harvested as a highly nutritious grain or vegetable. Amaranth has been grown in Kenya for at least 20 years (read full article)

FWCS Hires New Facilities Director (Tuesday, April 24, 2012)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees today approved Darren Hess as the district's new Facilities Director, overseeing all aspects of construction and maintenance. Hess joined FWCS in 2000 as the Coordinator of Physical Plant Improvement. Before coming to FWCS, he worked for the City of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department (read full article)

Schools Get Ready to Welcome Future Students (Monday, April 16, 2012)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary schools will have orientation and early registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students on Wednesday, April 25. 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 2012-13 school year. Orientation (read full article)

Parents Invited to Meeting on Grading Practices (Tuesday, April 10, 2012)
After a year of study by Fort Wayne Community Schools staff, including input from parents and students, FWCS has established new grading philosophies and guidelines to be implemented in the high schools at the start of the 2012-13 school year. Parents and students are encouraged to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at North Side High School, (read full article)

Bunche Montessori Celebrates its 20th Anniversary (Tuesday, April 10, 2012)
Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary of becoming a Montessori magnet with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The theme of the event is "Growing with Montessori," and to commemorate the milestone, the school is collecting pictures and stories from current and former Bunche students, parents (read full article)

Kekionga Student Wins City-Wide Speech Competition (Wednesday, March 28, 2012)
Kekionga Middle School student Ibrahim Dahab won the Fort Wayne Community Schools 2012 Middle School Persuasive Speech Contest with a speech on "Nuclear Power in Iran." Students from each of the 11 middle schools were eligible to participate in the city-wide competition at the Grile Administrative Center on March 23 after winning their school (read full article)

Blessings in a Backpack Expands to Abbett (Thursday, March 22, 2012)
The Blessings in a Backpack program, the locally supported nutrition program that provides food for students each weekend, is expanding to Abbett Elementary School. This is the first expansion of the program since January 2009 and will add about 280 students to the program. Students at Adams, Fairfield and South Wayne elementary schools already are (read full article)

Grown-ups Buzzing about Study Connection Spelling Bee (Monday, March 19, 2012)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' Study Connection is hosting its Second Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee to raise money for the after-school program. The event will be held Friday, April 13, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Teams of three work together to spell words each round, and like traditional spelling bees, are eliminated by misspelling (read full article)

Northrop PTSA Co-President Named to Mom Congress (Monday, March 19, 2012)
Parenting magazine has appointed Northrop High School PTSA Co-President Kathie Green to be the Indiana representative at the third-annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning conference in Washington, D.C. April 29-May 1. Green was chosen for her outstanding contributions and dedication to improving local schools. A total of fifty-one delegates, (read full article)

St. Mary's Church Honors Three FWCS Employees (Monday, March 19, 2012)
Retired high school administrator Leon Youngpeter has been selected to receive the 2012 Father Tom O'Connor Light of Christ Award. This award, sponsored by St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, was created in memory of Father Thomas P. O'Connor, considered by many to be an icon of Catholic faith in action. (read full article)

Continuing Ed Graduation Celebrates Successes, Honors Student Killed in Fire (Thursday, March 01, 2012)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult and Continuing Education Department will celebrate the success of 336 graduates, including honoring one posthumously, at its Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at North Side High School. During the ceremony, a diploma will be presented to the family of 19-year-old Jonette Chacon, who died in a (read full article)

Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday While Getting Ready for ISTEP (Wednesday, February 29, 2012)
Elementary and middle school students will begin this year's first round of ISTEP+ testing Monday, March 5. 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. Third-graders will also take (read full article)

FWCS Lottery to be held March 23 (Tuesday, February 28, 2012)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools lottery for all grade levels will be held Friday, March 23, at the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. The lottery for middle and high school transfer applications was originally set for Friday, March 2, but technology upgrades have delayed the processing of the applications. On March 23, the elementary (read full article)

Memorial Park Choirs Heading to Carnegie Hall (Monday, February 27, 2012)
Two choirs from Memorial Park Middle School will perform at the National Middle School Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City this weekend, a dream come true for the 38 students who will participate. The students involved in 78 Edition and MP Jazz earned the trip to Carnegie Hall after receiving gold ratings at the Heritage Festival in (read full article)

Holland Elementary Makes Plans for Memorial (Thursday, February 16, 2012)
Holland Elementary School is making plans for a memorial to honor Aliahna Lemmon, who was tragically killed shortly before Christmas. Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21, the school will be collecting money for the memorial. The school is encouraging students and staff to bring in $1 each or whatever they might be able to share. With each donation students (read full article)

Plan for the Future at the Northeast Indiana College Fair (Thursday, February 16, 2012)
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)

Northrop PTSA Hosts College Go! Night (Friday, February 10, 2012)
Students and their families will have an opportunity to learn more about college and local employers at the College GO! Night at Northrop High School on Feb. 15. Northrop's PTSA is hosting the event after receiving a Take Your Family to School Week grant from the National PTA. Northrop is one of just two high schools in the country to win a National (read full article)

FWCS Spring Driver Education Session Begins in March (Wednesday, February 08, 2012)
Fort Wayne Community School will offer Driver Education from March 5-April 26 at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. Classes will be offered from 4:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The courses are open to any student, whether they attend FWCS or not, who is at least 15 years old before the session begins. The student also (read full article)

FWCS Celebrates Riley Champion, Kicks Off Annual Event (Wednesday, February 08, 2012)
Fort Wayne Community Schools celebrated one of this year's Riley Champions and kicked off its annual Kids Caring & Sharing fundraising event for Riley Hospital for Children today. Andrew Armstrong, a freshman at New Tech Academy at Wayne High School, was named a Riley Champion in November. The Riley Champions program honors Riley patients who (read full article)

FWCS Prepares for an Earthquake (Monday, February 06, 2012)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill on Friday, Feb. 10. 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 for many years; this is the second time each school (read full article)

FWCS Files Counter-Claim Regarding Pleasant Center Property (Monday, February 06, 2012)
Fort Wayne Community Schools filed a counter claim today in Allen County Superior Court asking for a declaratory judgment to allow for the transfer of the Pleasant Center property to the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. The FWCS Board of School Trustees approved the transfer of the property at its Dec. 12, 2011, meeting, following Indiana (read full article)

Franke Park Teachers Head to NASA Program (Thursday, February 02, 2012)
Three teachers from Franke Park Elementary School will spend a week in Houston participating in the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. Building Coaches Pamela Ghaffarian and Mary Roush and third-grade teacher Cassie Doud will travel to the Johnson Space Center Feb. 5-10. They were selected to participate in the program last fall and have prepared (read full article)

Starkey Hearing Foundation Donates Hearing Aids to FWCS Students (Wednesday, February 01, 2012)
Forty-three Fort Wayne Community Schools students with hearing loss will travel to the SportZone in Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 3, to receive new hearing aids from the Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization devoted to providing hearing aids to those in need. The Starkey Foundation partnered with Carter Hearing Clinics in Fort Wayne to prepare (read full article)

Schools Welcome Families to Open Houses (Tuesday, January 31, 2012)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' elementary, middle and high schools will welcome families and prospective families to visit during open houses Feb. 7, 8 and 9. The open houses are designed to assist parents in FWCS' School Choice process. On Jan. 28, parents had an opportunity to learn more about each school and meet staff members during the (read full article)

FWCS Graduation Rate Tops State's for Fourth Straight Year (Monday, January 30, 2012)
For the fourth consecutive year, the Fort Wayne Community Schools graduation rate has increased, remaining higher than the state average. For the FWCS Class of 2011, the graduation rate was 88.1 percent, higher than the state average of 85.7 percent and an increase from 2010 when the FWCS graduation rate was 85.5 percent. "We are proud of (read full article)

FWCS hires new Special Education Director (Wednesday, January 25, 2012)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, Jan. 23, hired a new director for the district's Special Education Department. Ann Barnes-Smith takes over as Special Education Director Feb. 1, replacing longtime Director Theresa Oberley, who is retiring Jan. 31 after nearly 40 years with Fort Wayne Community Schools. Barnes-Smith (read full article)

First FWCS Health and Wellness Center opens (Wednesday, January 25, 2012)
Fort Wayne Community Schools celebrated the opening of its first Health and Wellness Center Tuesday, Jan. 17. The district is opening two centers as part of changes made in the district's health insurance benefit for employees. Along with the changes in insurance plans for employees, FWCS entered at two-year contract with Novia CareClinics to (read full article)

Zumbathon supports Study Connection in memory of Aliahna Lemmon (Thursday, January 12, 2012)
Eighteen area 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, Jan. 21. The event will be in memory of Holland Elementary student Aliahna Lemmon who died last month. Aliahna was a Study Connection student, and a portion of the money (read full article)

Choose the A Team at the FWCS School Choice Fair (Wednesday, January 11, 2012)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will host its annual School Choice Fair from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 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 A-rated Fort Wayne Community Schools. The free event highlights (read full article)

Student artwork, essays on display this weekend (Friday, January 06, 2012)
Artwork and essays by students throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will be on display this weekend at the Fort Wayne History Center, 302 E. Berry St., for the annual Fort Wayne Area PTA Council's Reflections and Citizenship Essay Showcase. The work will be on display from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8. The Reflections program is open to students (read full article)

Lincoln named Title I Distinguished School (Tuesday, December 20, 2011)

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced that Lincoln Elementary in Fort Wayne Community School Corporation and Allisonville Elementary in the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township have been named 2011 Title 1 Distinguished Schools. The program honors schools for significant efforts to close the achievement gap or drive (read full article)

FWCS Statement Regarding Pleasant Center Property (Monday, December 19, 2011)
When the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Dec. 12 approved transferring the Pleasant Center property to the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, it culminated more than a year's worth of work between the two entities. Representatives of the Airport Authority and FWCS first met Nov. 30, 2010, to discuss transferring (read full article)

Board approves transferring Pleasant Center to Airport (Tuesday, December 13, 2011)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved on Monday, Dec. 12, transferring title of the former Pleasant Center Elementary School property to the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. Indiana law allows the transfer of surplus school property to another governmental entity upon mutual agreement. After Pleasant Center (read full article)

FWCS moves forward with $119 million project (Tuesday, December 13, 2011)
Following a public hearing on a proposed $119 million facility improvement project, the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees voted Monday, Dec. 12, to move forward with the plans to address infrastructure and safety needs at 36 buildings. The project is designed to provide major infrastructure improvements at 10 school buildings (read full article)

Parents invited to meeting on grading practices (Tuesday, December 13, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is inviting parents and students to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd., to hear more about and provide input on improvements and changes to the district's grading practices. FWCS wants to ensure district-wide grading practices are consistent and accurately (read full article)

Annual Anthis fruit sale begins Thursday (Tuesday, December 13, 2011)
The 22nd Annual Anthis Career Center fruit sale begins Thursday, Dec. 15, 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, 7:30 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)

North Side students make holidays bright for kids surviving cancer (Monday, November 28, 2011)
Students at North Side High School will spend the week preparing for the school's 24th annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer, which will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at North Side, 475 E. State Blvd. Preparing for the party includes raising money, making contacts with community members for donations, shopping for gifts for each (read full article)

Food drives, special meals highlight Thanksgiving events (Friday, November 18, 2011)
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, many schools in Fort Wayne Community Schools are hosting food drives, preparing special meals and learning about the history and meaning of the holiday. One of the largest food drives in the district is the Great High School Food Drive, which began this month and ends Dec. 14. North Side, Snider, New Tech Academy at (read full article)

Memorial Park choirs raising money for Carnegie Hall trip (Thursday, November 17, 2011)
Two choirs from Memorial Park Middle School will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March after earning gold ratings at the Heritage Festival in Washington D.C. last May where they competed against high school choirs. Since receiving the invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall, the students involved in 78 Edition and MP Jazz have been busy (read full article)

Foundation survey results indicate strong support (Tuesday, November 15, 2011)
The Board of Directors of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation announced today the results of the community-wide survey it had launched in September. The Foundation Board had conducted the survey to help them understand which programs matter most to parents and community members and to gauge support for the reinvigoration of the Foundation in (read full article)

Veterans Day celebrated throughout the district (Monday, November 07, 2011)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will honor and celebrate Veterans Day with activities and events at every school in the district. FWCS students will be in school on Veterans Day, creating an opportunity to teach students about the sacrifices men and women have made for the United States. Schools will honor veterans in their families, perform patriotic (read full article)

More Veterans Day events (Monday, November 07, 2011)
Friday, Nov. 11 Elementary Schools Abbett At 2 p.m., students will put on a play about the meaning of Veterans Day. The event will include two military guests and a trumpet performance of "Taps." Adams At 10:30 a.m., the school will honor veterans and their mothers in a special program. Veterans will be invited to a reception (read full article)

Even more Veterans Day events (Monday, November 07, 2011)
Friday, Nov. 11 Intermediate School Towles Students will participate in a variety of activities to celebrate Veterans Day. Students in one class will invite relatives who are veterans to visit for a Subway lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The students are making invitations and cookies and practicing singing a patriotic song. They will also be writing (read full article)

FWCS students visit Charlie Trotter's restaurant (Monday, November 07, 2011)

More than a dozen Fort Wayne Community Schools culinary arts students will visit the famed Charlie Trotter's restaurant in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 9, where they will learn about the restaurant and the importance of striving for excellence. The students are second-year culinary arts students from Anthis Career Center, and many have aspirations (read full article)

Parent-Teacher Conferences this week; no school Friday (Monday, October 31, 2011)
Parents will have an opportunity to meet with teachers this week for the fall Parent-Teacher Conferences. Conferences will be held after school Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at middle and high schools and from 4-8 p.m. at elementary schools. At some schools, students will be leading the conferences, sharing their own work and explaining (read full article)

FWCS seeks community input on building plans (Thursday, October 27, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is asking the entire community to weigh in on how best to maintain aging school facilities. A survey will be launched today, Oct. 27, to gather feedback about the community's awareness regarding the condition of school buildings, as well as what types of repairs and upgrades they might support. Maintaining these buildings (read full article)

FWCS students scare up Fall fun (Wednesday, October 26, 2011)
Students throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate the Fall harvest and Halloween this week with a variety of activities, including food drives for community food banks, hosting neighborhood parties for children and using candy to practice math skills. Below are a few of the fun and educational events going on this week. Wednesday, Oct. (read full article)

FWCS hosts community meetings to discuss facility plan (Monday, October 24, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will host four community meetings to discuss the development of a long-range plan to address the district's facility needs. The meetings are open to the public and will include a presentation on the needs of the district's aging buildings as well as opportunities to hear from community members. The meetings will (read full article)

FWCS schools invite guests to fill in as Principal for a Day (Monday, October 17, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 53 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 the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 19, while some have selected other days or times that better meet the schedules of the guests. The guest principals (read full article)

FWCS approves vendor for health & wellness clinics (Tuesday, October 11, 2011)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a two-year contract with Novia CareClinics to provide health and wellness clinics as a part of changes in the district's health insurance benefit for employees. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, employees will have the option of maintaining their current plan but at a much higher premium, (read full article)

Indiana Pacers legend Dr. Dunk to visit Study Elementary (Monday, October 10, 2011)
Indiana Pacers legend Darnell "Dr. Dunk" Hillman will visit Study Elementary School, 2414 Brooklyn Ave., at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, to talk to the students about setting goals and working hard. Dr. Dunk is considered one of the most exciting players in the history of professional basketball. In 1971, the 6-9 forward was drafted in the first (read full article)

FWCS gets fired up for cold weather (Thursday, October 06, 2011)
It's warm outside this week, but it's 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 (read full article)

FWCS & FWPD ask drivers to watch out for pedestrians (Monday, October 03, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Police Department are asking motorists to take care and be observant of pedestrians crossing the street. In recent weeks, there have been several accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles. Many of the accidents involved school-age children. Drivers should be mindful of children walking to and from (read full article)

FWCS budget shrinks for third straight year (Tuesday, September 27, 2011)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees reviewed the 2012 budget today, which shows the district spending less for the third consecutive year, reducing the tax bill for an average homeowner in the district by $9. The $265 million plan is nearly $9 million less than the 2011 budget with nearly half the savings coming from changes (read full article)

Shawnee teacher among top three state finalists (Monday, September 26, 2011)
Shawnee Middle School Teacher Carolyn Bookmyer is among the top three finalists for Indiana Teacher of the Year. Bookmyer, an English Language Learners teacher with 16 years of experience, was selected as the Fort Wayne Community Schools Teacher of the Year because of her overwhelming commitment to her students, who come to her speaking little or no (read full article)

Holland unveils Theraplay Center (Thursday, September 22, 2011)
Holland Elementary School unveiled its Theraplay Center today, providing a playground structure to meet the needs of the school's physically handicapped students. The equipment offers students an opportunity to play outdoors while assisting with their physical and social needs. Holland raised $120,000 for the structure, kicking off fundraising (read full article)

Foundation to support Fort Wayne Community Schools (Wednesday, September 21, 2011)
The Board of Directors of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation announced today its reconstitution and reinvigoration as a fundraising organization in support of FWCS' academic programs. As a first step, the Foundation Board also announced that it will be conducting a survey to help them understand which programs matter most to parents and (read full article)

Study Connection honors those who have made a difference (Friday, September 16, 2011)
At its annual kick-off breakfast today, Study Connection recognized those who have made a difference in the lives of children in the last year. Study Connection honored Anne Gregory of the Journal Gazette with the Mike McClelland Tutor of the Year award. Gregory has been a tutor at Fort Wayne Newspapers since 2002 and has worked with several struggling (read full article)

FWCS driver education enrollment under way (Monday, September 12, 2011)
Enrollment for Fort Wayne Community Schools' fall session of driver education is under way. FWCS will offer the program from 4:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday Sept. 20-Oct. 27 at Anthis Automotive Center, 1219 S. Lafayette St. 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)

Study Connection begins 23rd year (Friday, September 09, 2011)
Study Connection will kick off its 23rd year of helping students with its Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Friday, Sept. 16. This year's keynote speaker is Stacey Bess, author of "Nobody Don't Love Nobody," a book about Bess' early teaching career. Her first job was teaching children in kindergarten through sixth grade (read full article)

Stuff a Bus this weekend to support Blessings in a Backpack (Thursday, September 08, 2011)
Blessings in a Backpack, which provides food to children in three Fort Wayne Community Schools each week, is partnering with the Trailways Corporation for a "Stuff a Bus" event this weekend. From noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, donations of new or gently used backpacks and/or $80 to feed a child in the program for a year will be accepted to (read full article)

Shawnee teacher named FWCS Teacher of the Year (Thursday, September 01, 2011)

Shawnee Middle School Teacher Carolyn Bookmyer has been named the 2011-12 Fort Wayne Community Schools Teacher of the Year. Bookmyer is an English Language Learners teacher with 16 years of experience; the last three years have been at Shawnee. Bookmyer was selected as Teacher of the Year because of her overwhelming commitment to her students, who (read full article)

Most FWCS schools reach top levels of state rankings (Monday, August 29, 2011)
Nearly 90 percent of the Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings received an A, B or C this year under Indiana's accountability system, up from 85 percent reaching the top three categories last year. Forty-four schools earned an A (Exemplary Progress), B (Commendable Progress) or C (Academic Progress) under Indiana's Public Law 221 for performance (read full article)

Chart Showing AYP/PL 221 Status (Monday, August 29, 2011)
SCHOOL AYP PL221 Abbett N C (Academic Progress) Adams Y C (Academic Progress) Arlington Y C (Academic Progress) Blackhawk N C (Academic Progress) Bloomingdale N C (Academic Progress) Brentwood N A (Exemplary Progress) Bunche N C (Academic Progress) Croninger Y A (Exemplary Progress) Fairfield (read full article)

Families invited to Back-to-School Nights (Friday, August 26, 2011)
Schools will be welcoming families back to school over the next few weeks for the annual Back-to-School Nights. At each school, parents will have the opportunity to see where their children learn as they tour the schools, visit classrooms and meet teachers. Many schools also combine the evening with dinner, the annual flower show, PL 221 meetings (read full article)

FWCS students return Monday (Friday, August 19, 2011)

With students returning to school on Monday, Aug. 22, 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)

Students entering elementary, middle and high school get a jump on the new year (Friday, August 12, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will welcome students entering kindergarten as well as new middle and high school students to their new buildings next week. Sixth-graders entering middle school will participate in a Sixth-Grade Transition Day from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The same day, ninth-graders entering high school will get a taste (read full article)

FWCS employees pack 200 backpacks for students (Wednesday, August 10, 2011)
Two hundred students will start the 2011-12 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 18th year the employees in the Grile Administrative Center, (read full article)

FWCS buses get annual check-up (Wednesday, August 03, 2011)
Fort Wayne Community Schools' fleet of more than 300 buses will be checked from top to bottom beginning Monday, Aug. 8, to make sure they are ready for the first day of school Monday, Aug. 22. 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 prodded with (read full article)

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)