FWCS News Headlines for 2013-2014
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Registration for the 2014-15 school year will be held Friday, Aug. 1, and Monday, Aug. 4, 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 will (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved three administrative appointments Monday, July 28.
Kevin Simmons, Northrop High School Principal
Kevin Simmons joins FWCS with 25 years of experience as an educator, most recently as the principal of a high school in Baltimore. He began his career (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools staff members will be visiting homes throughout the district this week reminding families of the upcoming registration dates.
Families can register for the 2014-15 school year from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, and from noon-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 4. All registrations take place at the school the student will (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will offer the Early College program at North Side and Wayne high schools beginning in the 2014-15 school year. FWCS will partner with Vincennes University for the program at North Side and Ivy Tech Community College for the program at Wayne.
The Early College program allows students starting in their freshman (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 23, approved hiring Frank Jackson as the new Director of Transportation.
Jackson joined FWCS in 1991 as the Manager of Student Conduct and Security in the Student Services Department in which he coordinated drug free programs, such as D.A.R.E. In 1994, he moved to the (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools’ buses will emit fewer pollutants after a $314,108 grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management paid for the installation of diesel particulate filters on 24 older model buses and the equipment to clean the filters as needed.
Each day, FWCS buses transport about two-thirds of the district’s (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a plan to provide meals at no cost to elementary and middle school students beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
The new benefit is available to families as part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the National School (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 9, approved the following administrative appointments:
Kathy Carr, Director of Human Resources Kathy Carr joined FWCS in 1981 as a special education teacher at Holland Elementary. Over the next 11 years, she worked as a teacher at Holland as well (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate commencement Friday and Saturday for the nearly 2,000 members of the Class of 2014.
The members of the Class of 2014 leave their high schools with varied future plans. Some will pursue higher education at colleges such as Indiana University, Purdue University, Emory University, Duke University, (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools has adopted a new school year schedule that will allow first semester to end before winter break and the school year to end before the end of May and sometimes before Memorial Day, barring weather cancellations.
The changes will go into effect with the 2015-16 school year. The calendar for the 2014-15 school year (read full article)
The accomplishments of more than 200 adult students learning English as a new language will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 5, in the auditorium at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St.
The students come from more than 40 countries, and many will dress in their native dress for the ceremony. The stage will be decorated with flags (read full article)
Pre-kindergarten programs at Forest Park, Franke Park, Harrison Hill and Indian Village elementary schools have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Maplewood and Northcrest elementary schools, which have been accredited since 2009, received re-accreditation.
“This designation (read full article)
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)
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)
Adams Elementary School Second-Grade Teacher Linda Shafer has been named the 2014 Fort Wayne Community Schools Teacher of the Year. Shafer began her teaching career in 1996 as a substitute and then part-time teacher, joining Adams Elementary four years ago.
Shafer was selected as Teacher of the Year because of her excitement about teaching (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community School will offer Driver Education from June 11-27 and July 7-25 at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St.
Classes will be offered daily from 9:10-11:10 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.-1:20 p.m. The courses are open to any student, whether they attend FWCS or not, who is at least 15 years old before the session begins. (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools, the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne are hosting a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Conference for girls in kindergarten through fifth grades.
The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in the Classic Walb Ballroom at IPFW. (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will say good-bye to 123 retirees with nearly 3,300 combined years of service at the annual retirement dinner Thursday, May 15.
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)
Anthis Career Center will host a career day for students in the Construction Trades program to learn more about the careers available in the community. Representatives from various trade groups will visit Anthis on Thursday, May 15, to talk to students about career paths and offer hands-on activities to students.
Representatives from the (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is sponsoring a Technology Fair from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at North Side High School, 475 E. State St.
The event is free and open to the public to see first-hand how FWCS students and teachers are using technology to improve teaching and learning at all grade levels. Attendees will be able to test out some (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools officials announced today that students will not be taking the second round of ISTEP+ or IMAST exams online this week. Instead, FWCS will wait for paper exams to be delivered in May to allow students to take a version of the state standardized test in a more reliable format.
“After several days of computer (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is asking school-based staff, students in grades 6-12 and parents to participate in a climate survey. The survey opened this week and will close May 9. The results will provide the district with important feedback.
The survey was designed and administered by independent technology and communications firm K12 Insight, (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools graduation rate topped 90 percent for the Class of 2013, an increase from last year and higher than the state average.
For the FWCS Class of 2013, the graduation rate was 90.7 percent, higher than the state average of 88.6 percent and an increase from the Class of 2012 when the FWCS graduation rate was 87.7 (read full article)
Local business and community leaders will have an opportunity to learn more about the cutting edge educational programs offered at Fort Wayne Community Schools during the Seeing is Believing Tour Thursday, April 17.
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and the Fort Wayne Area PTA Council partnered with FWCS to provide a bus tour of the district with stops (read full article)
Croninger Elementary School has been designated a Four Star School 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 2012-13 school year. Statewide, 311 public and private schools were named Four Star (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary schools will have orientation and early registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students this month. All elementary schools will have kindergarten orientation and early registration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. Schools offering pre-K will have orientation at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24.
Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Study Connection is hosting its Fourth Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee to raise money for the after-school program.
The event will be held Friday, April 25, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Teams of three work together to spell words in each round, and like traditional spelling bees, are eliminated by (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is sharing the results of a School Choice Survey taken by parents and community members in the fall. More than 2,000 people provided feedback on the factors that influence where to send their children to school.
"We are committed to providing high-quality, innovative programs that ensure student (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees and administrators will co-host a series of informational meetings with the Fort Wayne Area PTA Council this month. The purpose of the meetings is to give parents and community members an opportunity to hear more about issues facing FWCS and education in Indiana.
The meeting schedule is:
- Tuesday, (read full article)
Elementary and middle school students will begin this year’s first round of ISTEP+ testing Monday, March 10, a week later than originally planned because of school closures in January and February. Students in third through eighth grades will be tested on language arts and math in an open-ended format next week. Beginning April 28, they will (read full article)
Research indicates that 74 percent of students not reading at grade level by the third grade do not graduate from high school. If Northeast Indiana doesn’t have the educated workforce employers need, the region will not be able to compete for new jobs and attract new businesses.
Recognizing the critical connection between literacy skills (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult and Continuing Education Department will celebrate the success of 574 graduates at its Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 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. Six graduating students (read full article)
Students throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday by participating in Read Across America events.
Scheduled events include:
Friday, Feb. 28
- At Nebraska Elementary, 1525 Boone St., local veterans from the 122nd Air National Guard will visit throughout the (read full article)
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)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools lottery for all grade levels will be held Friday, Feb. 28, at the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St.
The elementary lottery will be at 9 a.m. in the Grile Boardroom with the middle and high school lottery taking place at 1 p.m. The lotteries are open to the public.
FWCS allows parents (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a plan Monday, Feb. 24, to extend the school day by one hour from March 3-April 11, with the exception of Friday, March 28, to make up for time lost to weather cancellations in January and February. March 28 is the last day of school before Spring Break.
FWCS had to cancel (read full article)
Dozens of local PTA members will participate in the annual Indiana PTA Legislative Conference Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) Building, 150 West Market St., Indianapolis. The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. with PTA members from across the state gathering to discuss education legislation (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community School will offer Driver Education from Feb. 18-April 15 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. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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)
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 on Monday, Feb. 10.
Diana Overman, a fifth-grader at Harris Elementary School, was honored as a 2014 Riley Champion presented by Kroger at an all school assembly. (read full article)
Message from Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson:
Because of the number of cancellations we have had this month and likely additional cancellations we will have this week, we have decided to cancel the Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. While we believe this time with parents is important, we have not been in school (read full article)
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Washington Elementary was honored Jan. 15 as a Title I Distinguished School, one of just two in the state to receive the award from the National Title I Association and Indiana Department of Education.
Washington was recognized for closing the achievement gap between majority and minority students. Washington has consistently scored (read full article)
Families are invited to visit Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary, middle and high schools during Tuesday Tours on Jan. 14, 21 and 28.
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 Jan. 31 deadline to submit school assignment applications. (read full article)
Artwork and essays by students throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will be on display from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Fort Wayne History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Student work is being highlighted during the annual Fort Wayne Area PTA Council’s Reflections and Citizenship Essay Showcase.
The Reflections program is open to (read full article)
Holland Elementary School Principal J. Michael Caywood was recently named the 2013 Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) Elementary Principal of the Year.
Caywood was named District Elementary Principal of District 3 earlier this year by his peers. District 3 is made up of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, (read full article)
The 24th Annual Anthis Career Center fruit sale begins Thursday, Dec. 12, 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)
Students at North Side High School are getting ready for the school’s 27th annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer, which will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 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 child (read full article)
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. 10. Several high school groups, including (read full article)
Beginning today, Fort Wayne Community Schools will distribute flyers to parents electronically using the online service Peachjar.
FWCS has long approved flyers from community organizations for family friendly and enrichment activities to be distributed to our students. Now, in an effort to be more environmentally friendly and reduce the amount (read full article)
National PTA President Otha Thornton will present the "School of Excellence" banner to Northrop High School during special celebration at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
National PTA has recognized Northrop and Northrop PTSA as the first “School of Excellence” nationwide for their achievement in building effective family-school (read full article)
The Northrop High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is hosting its third annual College & Career Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. The free event is open to all middle and high school students and their families.
In attendance will be at least 15 colleges and universities, (read full article)
In the first year of its energy savings program Fort Wayne Community Schools has saved $862,333. FWCS began the Energy Leadership program in the spring of 2012 and surpassed its original annual savings goal of $590,000 as stipulated in the contract with Performance Services, an engineering company that specializes in energy efficiency.
Fort Wayne Community Schools will honor and celebrate Veterans Day with activities and events at every school in the District. Most schools will celebrate on Monday, Nov. 11, but because of scheduling conflicts, some will celebrate on other days. Schools will honor veterans in their families, perform patriotic music and participate in assemblies (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is asking parents and community members to provide critical feedback through a School Choice Survey to better understand what influences their decisions when choosing a school for their children.
The survey was launched in time for the School Choice Fair on Nov. 2 to allow attendees the first opportunity to take (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 55 community members into our schools to serve as guest principals for the annual Principal for a Day event – the District's largest group of guest principals ever. Guests representing local businesses, service organizations and community groups, as well as several State Representatives and (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, Oct. 14, approved the hiring of a new administrator to analyze data as part of the District’s work with the Teacher Incentive Fund grant.
Yueming Jia, Strategic Data Fellow
Dr. Yueming Jia joins FWCS on Oct. 22 as the District’s Strategic (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will host its annual School Choice Fair from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road, featuring special appearances by notable FWCS alumni, including a professional musician, doctor, lawyer and pro football player.
The event is held each year to gives families an opportunity to (read full article)
Ginger Giessler, an English teacher at New Tech Academy at Wayne High School, is a recipient of the 2013 Milken Educator Award, a prestigious national award recognizing the exceptional work of teachers. The award comes with an unrestricted $25,000 prize.
The surprise announcement was made at an assembly Thursday, Oct. 3, at Wayne by Dr. Jane (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, Sept. 23, reviewed the 2014 budget, which will remain relatively flat in expenditures
The $275 million plan is just 0.2 percent more than the 2013 budget. The flat budget presents long-term financial challenges for FWCS, the state’s largest school district. The five-year (read full article)
Schools throughout the District will learn about the Constitution of the United States with focused lessons and guest speakers who will share their knowledge of the Constitution.
Constitution Day was established by Congress in 2004 to acknowledge the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Schools are required to teach about the (read full article)
Study Connection will celebrate its 25th year of helping students with the Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Thursday, Sept. 5. The event honors volunteers and students for their accomplishments and will feature keynote speaker Erin Gruwell, the English teacher who worked with a group of students known as the Freedom Writers, a group of (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the hiring of a new principal for Shambaugh Elementary School.
Shannon Rodgers, Shambaugh Elementary Principal Shannon Rodgers was appointed principal of Shambaugh Elementary School. She began her education career in 2005 as a teacher in Wisconsin and (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association have agreed on a two-year contract that incorporates new state laws regarding teacher contracts and salary increases, as well as the Teacher Incentive Fund grant the District received from the U.S. Department of Education to improve pay structures and provide greater professional (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will kick-off a new year with students returning Monday, Aug. 19. With that in mind, FWCS 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 starting at 6 a.m., and thousands of students will be walking (read full article)
Schools are welcoming students and parents back to school over the next few weeks for the annual Back-to-School Nights. The events give families the opportunity to see where their children learn as they tour the schools, visit classrooms and meet teachers. This year, families will also get to see building improvements made over the summer as well (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved three administrative appointments Monday, Aug. 12.
Debora Krauhs, Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center Principal Debora Krauhs was appointed as the new principal of Bunche after nearly 20 years in education. She joined FWCS in 1994 as a substitute (read full article)
Three hundred students will start the 2013-14 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 20th year the employees in the Grile Administrative (read full article)