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FWCS Families Register for 2013-14 School Year (Tuesday, July 30, 2013)

Registration for the 2013-14 school year will be held Friday, Aug. 2, and Monday, Aug. 5, 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 school they (read full article)

Volunteers Spruce Up FWCS Buildings for United Way Day of Caring (Tuesday, July 30, 2013)

Nearly 150 volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at nine Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Thursday, Aug. 1, 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 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get the buildings in shape (read full article)

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Due Aug. 9 (Thursday, July 25, 2013)

The application for free and reduced-price meals and textbooks for students is now available online for the 2013-14 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. 19.

Applications are available online at (read full article)

Title I Pre-K Programs Earn NAEYC Re-accreditation (Wednesday, June 26, 2013)

Pre-kindergarten programs at Bloomingdale, Fairfield, Holland, Nebraska, South Wayne and Study Elementary Schools 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 (read full article)

Security Director, Continuing Ed Manager Approved (Tuesday, June 25, 2013)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved two administrative appointments Monday, June 24.

Patrick Boles, Continuing Education Manager Patrick Boles was promoted to Continuing Education Manager at Anthis Career Center after serving as Continuing Education Coordinator since 2009. Boles began his (read full article)

FWCS to Switch to PowerSchool for Student Management (Tuesday, June 25, 2013)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved purchasing the PowerSchool Student Management System at its meeting Monday.

FWCS has used Pinnacle since 2011 to store and manage student information, including schedules and discipline records. The system allows parents to view student grades online as well as monitor upcoming (read full article)

High School Director, New Principal for Study Approved (Tuesday, June 11, 2013)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved two administrative appointments Monday, June 10.

Tim Bobay, Study Elementary Tim Bobay will become principal of Study Elementary School. Bobay has served as principal of Bloomingdale since 2010. He began his career in education in 1999 with East Allen (read full article)

FWCS Summer Meal Program Begins Monday (Thursday, June 06, 2013)

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)

FWCS Celebrates the Class of 2013 (Wednesday, June 05, 2013)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate commencement Friday and Saturday for the nearly 2,000 members of the Class of 2013. This class is unique for FWCS as it is the first class to include graduates from New Tech Academy at Wayne High School. These students joined the program when it started in the fall of 2009.

The members of the Class (read full article)

Schools End the Year by Celebrating Student Successes (Wednesday, June 05, 2013)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will wrap up the 2012-13 school year by celebrating student successes. Schools will spend the day highlighting students’ academic, artistic and athletic accomplishments with end-of-the-year award ceremonies. They will also take time to have some fun and even squeeze in some learning before saying good-bye for the (read full article)

Schools Honor Students Moving to New Levels (Thursday, May 30, 2013)

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)

South Side History teacher named FWCS Teacher of the Year (Friday, May 24, 2013)

South Side High School World History Teacher Emily Oberlin has been named the 2013 Fort Wayne Community Schools Teacher of the Year. Oberlin began her teaching career six years ago and has spent the last three years at South Side, joining the school when it became a LEAD school.

Oberlin was selected as Teacher of the Year because of her dedication (read full article)

Parents, Neighbors Invited to Meetings on Construction at Harrison Hill, Memorial Park (Tuesday, May 21, 2013)

Fort Wayne Community Schools is inviting parents, neighbors and other concerned community members to two upcoming meetings about school construction projects.

Those interested in learning more about the Memorial Park Middle School project can attend a meeting at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 23, at the school, 2200 Maumee Ave. Those interested in (read full article)

Principal Changes Announced for 2013-14 (Monday, May 20, 2013)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, May 20, approved several principal appointments for the 2013-14 school year.

Elementary School

Justin Arkkelin, Waynedale Principal Justin Arkkelin joined FWCS in 2003 (read full article)

FWCS says farewell to 73 retirees (Monday, May 13, 2013)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will say good-bye to 73 retirees with nearly 2,000 combined years of service at the annual retirement dinner Thursday, May 16.

The district wishes the best to the teachers, bus drivers, classroom assistants, administrators and others who dedicated many years to making the lives of children better. The years of (read full article)

Croninger, Irwin Named Four Star Schools (Monday, May 13, 2013)

Croninger and Irwin elementary schools have been designated Four Star Schools by the Indiana Department of Education.

Schools are awarded the designation if they are among the top 25 percent of schools in the state, based on the results of ISTEP+ taken at the end of the 2011-12 school year. Statewide, 313 public and private schools were named (read full article)

Enrollment Open for FWCS Summer Driver Education (Tuesday, April 30, 2013)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will offer Driver Education in two summer sessions – June 10-28 and July 8-26 – at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St.

Classroom instruction will be offered from 9:10-11:10 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.-1:20 p.m. Monday through Friday. Behind-the-Wheel instruction will take place at various times during those (read full article)

FWCS Natatorium Earns Platinum Safety Award (Monday, April 22, 2013)

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Helen P. Brown Natatorium received the 2012 Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award from Ellis & Associates, international aquatic safety and risk management consultants. This is the eighth time in 10 years that the Natatorium has earned the award.

The award is earned by consistently exceeding Ellis’ (read full article)

Parents, Neighbors Invited to Snider Meeting (Friday, April 19, 2013)

Fort Wayne Community Schools is inviting all Snider High School parents, neighbors and other concerned community members to a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Snider, 4600 Fairlawn Pass.

Those in attendance at the meeting will hear more about the upcoming construction plans for Snider and how it will affect students and the neighborhood. (read full article)

Middle School Students Take on Social Issues in Speech Contest (Monday, April 15, 2013)

Northwood Middle School student Tamara Djankovic won the Fort Wayne Community Schools 2013 Middle School Persuasive Speech Contest with her speech, “Ending the Death Penalty in America.”

Middle school students throughout the district competed in school-wide contests, with the winners from eight schools meeting at the finals at (read full article)

Weisser Park Students Present Work at Night at the Museum (Monday, April 15, 2013)

Weisser Park Elementary students will show off their best work in digital art and music at an event Thursday, April 18, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Night at the Museum begins at 6 p.m. and will be a showcase of the work students at the arts magnet school have done this year in a variety of artistic areas, including music, movies, photography, (read full article)

Schools Welcome Future Pre-K and Kindergarten Students (Thursday, April 11, 2013)

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary schools will have orientation and early registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students in April. For the first time, all schools will hold the orientations simultaneously with kindergarten orientation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, and pre-K orientation at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9. Pre-K orientation (read full article)

Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss - Birthday while Preparing for ISTEP (Wednesday, March 13, 2013)

Elementary and middle school students will begin this year’s first round of ISTEP+ testing Monday, March 4. Students in third through eighth grades will be tested on language arts and math in an open-ended format next week. Beginning April 29, they will have another round of testing with multiple choice answers. Third-graders will also take (read full article)

Grown-Ups Make Bid for Honeycomb Trophy in Annual Spelling Contest (Wednesday, March 06, 2013)

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Study Connection is hosting its Third Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee to raise money for the after-school program.

The event will be held Friday, April 19, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Teams of three toil together to spell words in each round, and like traditional spelling bees, are eliminated (read full article)

Continuing Ed Graduation Celebrates Successes (Monday, March 04, 2013)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult and Continuing Education Department will celebrate the success of 416 graduates at its Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at North Side High School.

Prior to the Commencement Ceremony the Literacy Alliance will host a reception from 6-6:45 p.m. at North Side. Seven graduating students (read full article)

FWCS Seeks Grant to Support Magnet Programs (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)

Fort Wayne Community Schools is applying for a $12 million Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support the District’s magnet programs.

The grant would be used to strengthen and expand the academic offerings in selected schools to improve student achievement, recruit and retain students and (read full article)

Barry Manilow Donates New Yamaha Piano to Kick Off Musical Instrument Drive for FWCS (Friday, February 22, 2013)

Direct from Broadway, following a critically acclaimed sold out run on New York’s Great White Way, Barry Manilow, the undisputed #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, brings his MANILOW ON BROADWAY concert to cities around the nation. He will perform  in Fort Wayne at the Allen County War Memorial on April 18. 

The pop (read full article)

Holland Receives Healthy School Honor (Tuesday, February 19, 2013)

Holland Elementary School has earned the Gold Award of Distinction in the HealthierUS School Challenge for establishing a healthier school environment through the promotion of nutrition and physical education.

Holland has participated in a variety of activities and healthy living initiatives in the last year, including a Dairy Carnival held (read full article)

What's Next? Find Out at the Northeast Indiana College Fair (Wednesday, February 13, 2013)

For today's students, 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 still deciding what the next step is, the Northeast Indiana College (read full article)

Founder's Day Dinner Celebrates PTA Heritage (Wednesday, February 13, 2013)

The Fort Wayne Area PTA Council will host its annual Founder's Day Dinner Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass.

The annual dinner honors the history of the Parent Teacher Association, and its commitment to ensuring quality education for children. This year's keynote speaker is Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson.

Prior (read full article)

FWCS Kicks off 6th Annual Riley Project (Wednesday, February 06, 2013)

Fort Wayne Community Schools kicked off its sixth annual Kids Caring & Sharing fundraising event for Riley Children’s Foundation today.

The kickoff took place at Bloomingdale Elementary School where students are in a “Snowball Fight for Riley.” For $1, students can purchase a snowball for their classroom. They can use (read full article)

FWCS Clothing Bank Moves to New Location (Tuesday, January 15, 2013)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Clothing Bank, which provides clothing to thousands of students each year, is moving to a new location.

The FWCS Clothing Bank has been located in Memorial Baptist Church at 2900 N. Anthony Blvd. for about 15 years. It will now be located at FWCS’ complex on Catalpa Street, which gives the Clothing Bank (read full article)

FWCS Spring Driver Education Session Begins in March (Monday, January 14, 2013)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will offer Driver Education from March 4-April 30 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 (read full article)

Zumbathon Supports Study Connection (Friday, January 11, 2013)

Fifteen area Zumba instructors will lead participants for two hours of dancing, sweating and fun in support of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Study Connection on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Zumba is a combination of Latin dancing with a cardiovascular workout. From 1-3 p.m. at North Side High School, the instructors will lead the participants, (read full article)

Families Invited to Visit FWCS Buildings during Tuesday Tours (Thursday, January 10, 2013)

Families are invited to visit Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary, middle and high schools during Tuesday Tours on Jan. 15, 22 and 29.

Each school in the District will offer tours during school hours to allow families to see the work going on in each building prior to the Feb. 1 deadline to submit transfer applications. Families (read full article)

Student Artwork, Essays on Display this Weekend (Monday, January 07, 2013)

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 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12

The Reflections program is open (read full article)

FWCS Selects Architects & Engineers for Building Projects (Tuesday, December 11, 2012)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees hired architects and engineers for eight components of the $119 million building project approved by voters earlier this year.

The architects and engineers were selected through a Request for Proposal process developed by Brailsford & Dunlavey, which is working with FWCS as the (read full article)

Annual Anthis Fruit Sale Begins Thursday (Monday, December 10, 2012)

The 23rd Annual Anthis Career Center fruit sale begins Thursday, Dec. 13, 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 (read full article)

FWCS Offers Parent Meeting on Heather's Law (Friday, December 07, 2012)

Heather's Law is a new state law requiring schools to teach students about teen dating violence and how to develop safe, appropriate relationships.

To help parents better understand what their students will be learning and learn what they should know about the warning signs of dating abuse, Fort Wayne Community Schools, with the assistance (read full article)

North Side Students Make Holidays Bright with Party for Kids Surviving Cancer (Tuesday, November 27, 2012)

Students at North Side High School will spend the week preparing for the school’s 25th annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer, which will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at North Side, 475 E. State Blvd.

Preparing for the party includes raising money, making contacts with community members for donations, shopping for gifts (read full article)

Serving Others, Special Meals Highlight Thanksgiving Events (Monday, November 19, 2012)

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, many schools in Fort Wayne Community Schools are helping those in need, 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 (read full article)

FWCS Approves New Administrators (Wednesday, November 14, 2012)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, Nov. 12, approved the following administrative changes:

Lindsay Martin, Fairfield Elementary School Lindsay Martin joined FWCS in 2011 as the assistant principal at Lincoln Elementary School. In August, she moved to assistant principal at Haley Elementary before taking (read full article)

FWCS Celebrates Veterans Day (Friday, November 09, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will honor and celebrate Veterans Day with activities and events at every school in the district. Because Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, most schools will celebrate on Monday, Nov. 12, but some will celebrate on other days. Schools will honor veterans in their families, perform patriotic music and participate in assemblies (read full article)

Northrop PTSA Hosts College & Career Night (Thursday, November 08, 2012)

The Northrop High School PTSA is hosting a College & Career Night for all area middle and high school students from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Northrop. This is the second time the PTSA has hosted such an event. Last spring, the PTSA won a grant for National PTA’s Take Your Family To School Week and put on a successful (read full article)

FWCS Seeks Input on School Choice (Wednesday, November 07, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community Schools is reaching out to parents and community members to better understand what influences their decisions when choosing a school for their children.

A School Choice Survey will be launched Wednesday, Nov. 7, to gather feedback about numerous factors, including awareness of school choice options and the priority given (read full article)

Majority of FWCS Schools Receive High Ratings From the State (Wednesday, October 31, 2012)

Nearly 80 percent of the Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings received an A, B or C this year under Indiana's accountability system.

Thirty-nine schools earned an A, B or C under the state’s revised grading system – the first year the system has been in place using new measurements.

Fourteen schools – Whitney (read full article)

Weisser Park, Sweetwater Create State-of-the-Art Music Lab (Tuesday, October 30, 2012)

Students at Weisser Park Elementary School are working in a state-of-the-art music composition lab this year thanks to a partnership developed between Weisser Park and Sweetwater Sound. The lab features cutting edge technology that will allow students to write, produce and record their own music CDs or DVDs while learning some of the technical aspects (read full article)

FWCS School Choice Fair Moves to Fall (Tuesday, October 16, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ annual School Choice Fair moves to the fall this year, showing off each of its schools from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road.

More than 1,000 parents and community members attend the event each year to learn more about the variety of educational choices they have for (read full article)

Guests See Life inside a School as Principal for a Day (Monday, October 08, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 50 community members into our schools to serve as guest principals for the annual Principal for a Day event. Guests representing local businesses, service organizations and community groups will visit their assigned schools the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The guest principals will visit the schools (read full article)

Adams Elementary joins No Excuses University (Friday, September 28, 2012)

Adams Elementary School has been invited to join No Excuses University, a nationwide network of elementary, middle and junior high schools that actively promote college readiness.

Two years ago, the school deepened its college readiness efforts by pairing each classroom with a university, bringing in speakers from colleges and universities (read full article)

FWCS Budget Adjusts to State Funding Changes (Tuesday, September 25, 2012)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees reviewed the 2013 budget today, which shows an increase, primarily because of shifting revenue and changes made in state funding.

The $279 million plan is a 5 percent increase over the 2012 budget. The largest increase is in the General Fund, which pays for salaries, benefits and other (read full article)

FWCS Approves New Administrators (Tuesday, September 25, 2012)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, Sept. 24, hired two new administrators.

Thomas Harris, Human Resources Director

Thomas Harris was hired as the District’s human resources director, replacing David Richards, who left FWCS earlier this year. Harris has more than 20 years in human resources positions (read full article)

Brentwood Dedicates New Trail (Wednesday, September 19, 2012)

Brentwood Elementary, 3710 Stafford Drive, will dedicate its new fitness trail with a Crazy Sock Walk at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Students and staff are invited to wear crazy socks for the occasion.

The ¼-mile trail is located around the perimeter of the school's playground and grassy areas. Parkview Hospital helped the school (read full article)

Indiana Supreme Court Justice to Visit New Tech, Northcrest (Tuesday, September 18, 2012)

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David will visit New Tech Academy at Wayne High School and Northcrest Elementary School Wednesday, Sept. 19, to celebrate winners of the Courts in the Classroom Constitution Day Contest.

The contest was held to honor Constitution Day, which is celebrated each year on Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitution (read full article)

Study Connection begins 24th Year (Tuesday, September 11, 2012)

Study Connection will kick off its 24th year of helping students with its Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Friday, Sept. 14. The event honors volunteers and students for their accomplishments and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Patricia Edwards, Michigan State University Distinguished Professor of Language and Literacy in the Department (read full article)

FWCS Hires Program Manager for $119 Million Building Project (Tuesday, August 28, 2012)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees appointed Brailsford & Dunlavey of Dublin,Ohio, as the program manager for the School Building Basic Renewal and Safety Project, which was approved by voters in May with the majority voting in favor of a $119 million bond referendum.

Brailsford & Dunlavey, with assistance from (read full article)

Families Welcomed Back to School (Wednesday, August 22, 2012)

Schools will be welcoming parents 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 and the annual Title (read full article)

FWCS to Auction Off Equipment (Tuesday, August 21, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will have a loose equipment auction at 9a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Elmhurst High School,3829 Sandpoint Road.

The auction will feature equipment remaining at Elmhurst since its closure as well as equipment no longer being used in other school buildings. The auction will include thousands of items, ranging from (read full article)

FWCS Students Return Monday (Friday, August 17, 2012)

With students returning to school on Monday, Aug. 20, 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 (read full article)

FWCS Employees Pack 200 Backpacks for Students (Wednesday, August 15, 2012)

Two hundred students will start the 2012-13 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, markers, personal hygiene products and other necessities. This is the 19th year the employees in the Grile Administrative (read full article)

New Principals Appointed to Lincoln, Maplewood (Tuesday, August 14, 2012)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, Aug. 13, approved two new principal appointments for the 2012-13 school year.

Frank Kline, Lincoln Elementary School  Frank Kline takes over as principal of Lincoln Elementary School after serving as principal of Maplewood Elementary for five years. Kline joined FWCS (read full article)

Students Entering Elementary, Middle and High School Get a Jump on the New Year (Friday, August 10, 2012)

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 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. 14. The same day, ninth-graders entering high school will get a taste (read full article)

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)