FWCS News Headlines for 2014-2015
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Students entering sixth and ninth grade in Fort Wayne Community Schools will get a jump on the new year when they visit their schools for orientation on Monday, Aug. 3.
Sixth-graders entering middle school will participate in orientation from 8 a.m. to noon at their school. The same day, ninth-graders will get a taste of high school life (read full article)
More than 200 volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at 10 Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Thursday, July 30, 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 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get the buildings in shape (read full article)
Three hundred students will start the 2015-16 school year with a backpack full of new supplies from Fort Wayne Community Schools employees.
Several FWCS employees will spend the morning, Friday, July 31, packing backpacks with pencils, rulers, books, personal hygiene products and other necessities. This is the 22nd year the employees in the (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is opening a dialogue with students, parents, staff, alumni and the greater community regarding North Side High School’s nickname.
When North Side opened in 1927, the nickname Redskins was chosen as a source of pride in the area’s rich Native American history. But the name, now perceived as a derogatory (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Homeless Assistance Program will kick off the 2015-16 school year with a Back to School Celebration from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Anthis Center, 1200 S. Barr St.
Families are invited to the event to get ready for the new school year, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 11. Students can receive free (read full article)
Registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held Friday, July 24, and Monday, July 27, 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.
Registration is taking place earlier (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools staff members will be visiting homes throughout the district this week and next week reminding families of the upcoming registration dates.
This is the fourth year FWCS staff has visited families at their homes to remind them of registration. District staff, as well as school-based staff, will visit neighborhoods (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved five principal appointments Monday, June 22.
Nicole Chisley, Snider High School Principal Nicole Chisley is taking over as the principal of Snider High School. She joined FWCS in 2012, working as an assistant principal at Wayne and then South Side (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)
St. Joseph Central Elementary School Music Teacher Laura McCoy has been named the 2015 Fort Wayne Community Schools Teacher of the Year. McCoy began her teaching career 35 years ago and has been at St. Joseph Central for six years.
McCoy was selected as Teacher of the Year because of her passion for teaching students at all levels, from those (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate commencement Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, for the 1,800 members of the Class of 2015.
The members of the Class of 2015 leave their high schools with varied future plans. Some will pursue higher education at institutions such as Indiana University, Purdue University, University of Notre (read full article)
Students at several schools will receive lessons this week from Operation Lifesaver on how to stay safe around railroad property. Operation Lifesaver teaches students about trains and railroad crossings, including reinforcing that it is illegal and unsafe to walk on railroad tracks or use the tracks for recreation.
With reductions in transportation (read full article)
Students across Fort Wayne Community Schools will be recognized over the next two weeks for reaching a milestone in their educational careers, whether at elementary, middle or high school. School also will honor students who have achieved success in a variety of areas over the course of the school year.
Schools will say good-bye to their (read full article)
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries announced more than $875,000 in grants to 131 school libraries across the country, including a $7,000 grant to Bloomingdale Elementary. Bloomingdale was the only school in Indiana to receive the grant.
Bloomingdale will focus on bolstering its non-fiction books in its library with the (read full article)
Northwood Middle School student Haley Manes was the winner of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Middle School Persuasive Speech Contest held Tuesday, May 19. The contest highlights middle school students from throughout the district who first competed in and won their school-wide contests. The 10 winners then go on to meet in the District Finals.
Following (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 grades K-12 on Saturday, May 30 in the Walb Ballroom at IPFW.
A small group of middle and high school girls will experience STEM (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will say good-bye to 99 retirees with nearly 2,600 combined years of service at the annual retirement dinner Thursday, May 14.
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)
Students at Brentwood Elementary will participate in Bike-to-School Day on May 6 with more than 50 students expected to ride their bikes to school.
With reductions in transportation coming next school year, many more students will be walking and riding bikes to school throughout the city. Fort Wayne Community Schools is partnering with the (read full article)
Anthis Career Center is changing its name to the FWCS Career Academy at Anthis as well as its look to go with the new name. The new name and fresh look better reflect the programs offered today while continuing to honor former FWCS Superintendent Bill C. Anthis. The blue logo also connects the Career Academy to the building’s roots as Central (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will offer two sessions of Driver Education over the summer at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. Session I will be offered from June 10-26; Session II will be offered July 6-24.
Classes will be offered from 9:10-11:10 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.-1:20 p.m. daily. The courses are open to any student, whether they attend (read full article)
Students at New Tech Academy at Wayne High School are working with the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne as the Jewish community celebrates Yom Hoshoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
On Sunday, April 19, students are invited to attend a showing of the film “Two Who Dared,” at 2 p.m. the Allen County Public Library downtown. The movie (read full article)
Students at Brentwood Elementary will receive pedestrian and bike safety lessons next week in preparation for Bike-to-School Day on May 6.
With reductions in transportation coming next school year, many more students will be walking and riding bikes to school. Fort Wayne Community Schools is partnering with the City of Fort Wayne and Parkview (read full article)
Portage Middle School and Holland Elementary School earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies the buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
"Fort (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 14. Schools offering pre-K will have orientation at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16.
Local business and community leaders will have an opportunity to learn more about the educational programs offered at Fort Wayne Community Schools during the Seeing is Believing Tour Thursday, April 9.
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and the Fort Wayne Area PTA Council partnered with the FWCS Board of School Trustees to provide a bus tour of the (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the YMCA are working together to expand before- and after-school child care options for parents as bus transportation is reduced to transport students to and from their primary home address only.
FWCS must reduce its transportation budget by $2.5 million annually beginning with the 2015-16 school year. The (read full article)
Students from Fort Wayne Community Schools, East Allen County Schools and Concordia Lutheran High School will have the opportunity to consider where they are heading after graduation during the Northeast Indiana College Fair on Tuesday, March 10, at the Indiana University-Purdue University Fieldhouse.
More than 75 colleges, universities and (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult and Continuing Education Department will celebrate the success of more than 250 graduates at its Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 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. This year, the graduates (read full article)
Elementary and middle school students will begin this year’s first round of ISTEP+ testing Monday, March 2. Students in third through eighth grades will be tested on language arts and math in an open-ended format next week. Testing every student is required by the state, and testing must be completed by March 13. The second round of ISTEP+ (read full article)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools lottery for all grade levels will be held Friday, Feb. 27, at the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. The lottery is for those who applied to a magnet school, high school Program of Study or a school other than a child’s geographically assigned school.
The elementary lottery begins at 9 (read full article)
Fort Wayne Community Schools announced school hours for the 2015-16 school year today. School hours for most schools were announced last month as part of changes made to reduce $2.5 million in transportation expenses. The hours for programs with special schedules were not yet determined at that point.
Those (read full article)
Let's Talk! Expands to Schools (Wednesday, February 18, 2015)
Three months after launching Let’s Talk! for district departments, Fort Wayne Community Schools is adding schools to the online communication software.
Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18, parents, community members, employees and others can go online and send a message to any FWCS department or school through the Let’s Talk! link on (read full article)
Allen County Education Leaders Unite for Public School Students (Thursday, February 05, 2015)
Superintendents and Board members from the four Allen County public school districts joined with Greater Fort Wayne Inc. in a show of support for public school students and the resources needed to achieve excellence.
Education funding is a key issue for state legislators during this budget session. East Allen County Schools, Fort Wayne Community (read full article)
FWCS Kicks Off 8th Annual Riley Project (Tuesday, February 03, 2015)
Fort Wayne Community Schools kicked off its eighth annual Kids Caring & Sharing fundraising event for Riley Children’s Foundation today.
The kickoff took place at Harris Elementary School where students will have a Sock Hop for Riley on Friday evening. For $1 per person or $2 per family, students and their families can attend (read full article)
Chef Steven Meese Visits Holland Elementary (Monday, February 02, 2015)
Chef Steven Meese, host of A Chef’s Journey, a travel cooking show on PBS, will visit Holland Elementary School Friday, Feb. 6, for an educational cooking demonstration.
Meese is an ambassador chef with Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry, a campaign to end child hunger in America by ensuring all children get healthy food to eat every (read full article)
FWCS Spring Driver Education Session Begins Soon (Tuesday, January 27, 2015)
Fort Wayne Community School will offer Driver Education from Feb. 17-April 14 at Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. Classes will not meet March 30-April 3 during spring break.
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 (read full article)
Study Connection Celebrates National Mentoring Month (Wednesday, January 21, 2015)
Study Connection, Fort Wayne Community Schools’ after-school tutoring program, celebrated National Mentoring Month with its newest partner, VOSS Automotive, 4640 Hillegas Road.
VOSS Automotive became the 48th Study Connection site for the 2014-15 school year with 16 employees volunteering, including VOSS CEO Eduardo Vultorius. With (read full article)
FWCS Study Connection Hosts Zumbathon 2015 Fundraiser (Thursday, January 15, 2015)
FWCS Study Connection will host Zumbathon 2015 from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd. p.m. Registration is $20 at the door. Participants will be eligible for door prizes from Vera Bradley, El Azteca, Empower Sports Club, and Mad Ants. The event is sponsored by Summit City Fitness and A Party (read full article)
Assignment Application Deadline Moved (Monday, January 12, 2015)
The deadline for parents to file assignment applications requesting their child attend a different school has been moved back one week to Feb. 6, 2015, to allow parents more time to make decisions in light of changes in transportation services.
Parents can expect to receive a letter detailing transportation availability for their children (read full article)
Learn More about FWCS During Tuesday Tours (Monday, January 12, 2015)
Families are invited to visit Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary, middle and high schools during Tuesday Tours on Jan. 13, 20 and 27.
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. 6 deadline to submit school assignment applications. (read full article)
Student Artwork, Essays Highlight The Best (Friday, January 09, 2015)
Artwork and essays by students throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will be on display from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Allen County Public Library in Downtown Fort Wayne. Student work is being highlighted during the annual Fort Wayne Area PTA Council’s Reflections and Citizenship Essay Showcase.
The Reflections program is (read full article)
Transportation Information Meetings Set for Parents (Monday, January 05, 2015)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will host a series of meetings to provide parents with information regarding upcoming changes to transportation services provided. The meetings will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. according to the following schedule:
Anthis Fruit Sale Celebrates 25 Years (Wednesday, December 10, 2014)
The 25th Annual Anthis Career Center fruit sale begins Thursday, Dec. 11, 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)
North Side Pilots After-School Meal Program (Wednesday, December 03, 2014)
North Side High School began offering after-school meals this week to students participating in study tables after school. The pilot program is being offered through the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Indiana Department of Education, Division of School and Community Nutrition Programs.
North Side Shares Spirit of Giving with Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer (Wednesday, December 03, 2014)
Students at North Side High School are getting ready for the school’s 28th annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer, which will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at North Side, 475 E. State Blvd.
North Side students and staff work with Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana to host the party. This year, 17 families are expected (read full article)
FWCS Purchases Property, Plans for Future (Tuesday, November 25, 2014)
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the purchase of property on Murray Street to allow for the relocation of the Anthis Construction Trades program.
The property at 125-129 Murray Street will be acquired for $385,000. The new space will allow for future expansion of career and technical programs offered by Anthis.
FWCS to Host Transportation Information Meetings for Parents (Tuesday, November 25, 2014)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will host two meetings to provide parents with information regarding upcoming changes to transportation services provided. The meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 in the Anthis Career Center auditorium, 1200 S. Barr St.
FWCS is in the process of reducing transportation spending by $2.5 million by the (read full article)
Food Drives, Special Meals Highlight Thanksgiving Events (Thursday, November 20, 2014)
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. Events taking place over the next week in our schools include:
Thursday, Nov. 20
FWCS Celebrates Veterans Day (Monday, November 10, 2014)
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 Tuesday, 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)
Students Design New Graphics for Nutrition Services Trucks (Thursday, November 06, 2014)
Fort Wayne Community Schools unveiled new graphics designed by students at Anthis Career Center for the district’s Nutrition Services trucks.
The students, Katelyn Clark and Jesus Leon, developed the designs as part of the graphics design program at Anthis Career Center. Anthis provides career programs to nearly 1,000 students from (read full article)
FWCS Launches New Communication Tool - Let's Talk! (Monday, November 03, 2014)
Fort Wayne Community Schools is furthering its commitment to open dialogues with the public by launching Let’s Talk!, an online communication software designed to make it simple for people to engage with the district anytime, anywhere.
“Engaging with our parents and the community is one of our key district goals,” Superintendent (read full article)
Applications Lagging for Textbook Rental Financial Assistance (Wednesday, October 22, 2014)
With all Fort Wayne Community Schools students in elementary and middle school now receiving meals at no cost, applications are lagging for financial assistance for textbooks rental fees.
So far this year, only 60 percent of FWCS families have applied and qualified for textbook rental financial assistance. That is down from 70.5 percent at (read full article)
FWCS Highlights Schools at Showcase (Tuesday, October 21, 2014)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will host its annual Showcase from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road.
Showcase is held each year to give families an opportunity to learn more about the variety of educational options available within FWCS because Seeing is Believing. The free event highlights the district’s (read full article)
Community Leaders Experience Life as a Principal (Tuesday, October 14, 2014)
Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 55 community members into our schools to serve as guest principals for the annual Principal for a Day event. Guests representing local businesses, elected officials, service organizations and community groups, will visit their assigned schools the morning of Thursday, Oct. 16, unless other arrangements were made.
FWCS Budget Up for 2015; Tax Rate Remains Flat (Tuesday, September 23, 2014)
Taxpayers should expect the tax rate for Fort Wayne Community Schools to remain flat next year, according the 2015 budget reviewed by the Board of School Trustees today.
The $281 million plan is just 2 percent more than the 2014 budget. The budget presents long-term financial challenges for FWCS, which remains one of the largest school districts (read full article)
Blessings in a Backpack Day Celebrated (Friday, September 19, 2014)
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry joined mayors across the county today in celebrating the work charitable organizations do to fight childhood hunger. The United States Conference of Mayors declared Thursday, Sept.18, as “Blessings in a Backpack Day” in an effort to support the work done by volunteers across the country. To recognize the day, (read full article)
Study Connection Kicks Off 26th Year (Wednesday, September 10, 2014)
Study Connection will celebrate its 26th year of helping students with the Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Friday, Sept. 12. The event honors volunteers and students for their accomplishments and will feature keynote speaker Aaron Brown, co-founder of Impact 52, a family service project created to make a difference in the community while (read full article)
Ice Bucket Challenge Hits FWCS (Tuesday, August 26, 2014)
With the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge making its way around, it was only a matter of time before it hit Fort Wayne Community Schools.
This week several schools will participate in the challenge, which began as a way to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This debilitating disease has (read full article)
FWCS Students Return Monday (Friday, August 15, 2014)
Fort Wayne Community Schools will kick-off a new year with students returning Monday, Aug. 18. 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)
Families Invited Back to School (Thursday, August 14, 2014)
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)
FWCS Staff Gathers for Kick-Off of New School Year (Wednesday, August 13, 2014)
Fort Wayne Community Schools staff members from every school and every department will gather to kick off the 2014-15 school year at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Memorial Coliseum. Teachers, administrators, support personnel and other staff members will gather to hear a beginning of the year message from Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson and (read full article)
FWCS Employees Pack 300 Backpacks for Students (Tuesday, August 12, 2014)
Three hundred students will start the 2014-15 school year with a backpack full of new supplies from Fort Wayne Community Schools employees.
Several FWCS employees will spend Wednesday morning packing backpacks with pencils, rulers, markers, personal hygiene products and other necessities. This is the 21
st year the employees in the (read full article)
Learning Forward Releases Book Based on School Improvement Work in Fort Wayne Community Schools (Thursday, August 07, 2014)
Dallas (August 7, 2014) – Learning Forward, the nation’s largest professional learning membership association, is pleased to join Fort Wayne Community Schools in celebrating their successful efforts to build effective leadership and learning systems that lead to improved outcomes for all students.
Learning Forward has just released (read full article)
FWCS Focuses on New School Year as ISTEP+ Released (Monday, August 04, 2014)
With the 2014-15 school year just two weeks away, Fort Wayne Community Schools is hard at work getting ready for the new year.
The ISTEP+ results released by the state today were received by parents and District officials in June. Since then, principals and other school leaders have been evaluating the results and adding the information to (read full article)
Volunteers Spruce Up FWCS Buildings for United Way Day of Caring (Monday, August 04, 2014)
More than 200 volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at 11 Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Thursday, Aug. 7, as part of United Way of Allen County’s annual Day of Caring.
Eleven 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)