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FWCS Buses Get Annual Check-up (Monday, August 01, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ fleet of more than 200 buses are getting checked from top to bottom to make sure they are ready for the first day of school Monday, Aug. 15.

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 doors opened (read full article)

In-School Registration Begins Friday (Wednesday, July 27, 2016)

In-school registration for the 2016-17 school year will be held Friday, July 29, and Monday, Aug. 1, at all 48 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.

Current families who took (read full article)

FWCS Homeless Assistance Program Kicks Off School Year (Wednesday, July 27, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Homeless Assistance Program will kick off the 2016-17 school year with a Back to School Celebration on Aug. 6.

Families in need of assistance are invited to the event to get ready for the new school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 15. Students can receive free book bags, school supplies, hygiene products, (read full article)

New Principals Appointed for Forest Park, Price (Tuesday, July 26, 2016)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, July 25, approved the appointment of new principals for Forest Park and Price elementary schools for the 2016-17 school year.


Steve Jones, Forest Park Elementary, Principal

Steve Jones joined Fort Wayne Community Schools in 2006 as (read full article)

United Way Day of Caring Volunteers Visit FWCS Buildings (Tuesday, July 26, 2016)

More than 100 volunteers will clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at six Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings Thursday, July 28, as part of a special United Way of Allen County Day of Caring. The official Day of Caring will take place Sept. 1, but because school will be in session at that time, volunteers are taking care of the schools early.

Five (read full article)

FWCS Staff Going Door-to-Door to Visit Families (Friday, June 17, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools staff members will be visiting homes throughout the district June 20-24 to tell families about the new online pre-registration and about the new Family & Community Engagement Center.

This is the fifth year FWCS staff has visited families at their homes during the summer. District staff, as well as school-based (read full article)

FWCS Offers Online Pre-registration (Tuesday, June 14, 2016)

FWCS will offer convenient online pre-registration to current families beginning this summer, allowing current families to fill out routine registration forms online prior to in-school registration.

FWCS developed a parent portal called MyFWCS, which can be accessed from the FWCS website at www.fortwayneschools.org. (read full article)

FWCS Opens Family & Community Engagement Center (Monday, June 13, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will open its new Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center next week. Located in the former Construction Trades building at 230 E. Douglas Ave., the Center is designed to be a one-stop shop for families entering Fort Wayne Community Schools or needing assistance accessing community resources.

“We cultivate (read full article)

FWCS Summer Meal Program Begins Monday (Thursday, June 02, 2016)

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 Graduates Ready for Next Step (Thursday, May 26, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate commencement Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, for the nearly 1,800 members of the Class of 2016.

The members of the Class of 2016 leave their high schools with varied future plans. Some will pursue higher education at institutions such as Indiana University, Purdue University, Morehouse College, (read full article)

Celebrations Come on Last Day (Tuesday, May 24, 2016)

Schools will celebrate the last day of school by recognizing student successes, starting new traditions and saying good-bye.

  • Lakeside Middle School, 2100 Lake Ave., will celebrate eighth-graders at a special breakfast at 8 a.m.


New Tech Academy Teacher Named FWCS Teacher of the Year (Monday, May 23, 2016)

Jeff Roberts, a social studies teacher at New Tech Academy at Wayne High School, has been named the 2016 Fort Wayne Community Schools Teacher of the Year. Roberts began his teaching career 15 years ago and has been at New Tech Academy for four years.

Roberts was selected as Teacher of the Year because of his passion for providing a rigorous (read full article)

North Side Unveils Legends Logo (Monday, May 23, 2016)

North Side High School unveiled the new logo to go along with the nickname Legends, which will begin being used in the 2016-17 school year. The logo, designed at no cost by Jostens, depicts the historic front entrance of North Side and a phoenix rising from flames. The school’s colors will remain red and white.

The new nickname was (read full article)

FWCS Honors 75 Retirees (Tuesday, May 17, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will say good-bye to 75 retirees with nearly more than 1,800 combined years of service at the annual retirement dinner Thursday, May 19.

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

Washington, Nebraska Plan End of Year Events Together (Friday, May 13, 2016)

With the end of the school year approaching, Washington and Nebraska elementary schools will come together for events to assist in the transition as they become one school.

Declining enrollments at both schools resulted in Nebraska closing as an elementary school at the end of the 2015-16 school year. The majority of those students will attend (read full article)

Cupcakes & Cocktails Event to Benefit Study Connection (Wednesday, May 11, 2016)

Tickets are now available for Cupcakes & Cocktails, an event to support FWCS’ Study Connection after-school tutoring program. The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, on the Wells Street Bridge in downtown Fort Wayne. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at studyconnectioncupcakesandcocktails.eventbrite.com.

Those (read full article)

Schools Wrap Up 2015-16 School Year with Honors, Celebrations (Tuesday, May 10, 2016)

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. Schools 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)

FWCS Hosts STEM Conference for Girls (Monday, May 09, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana are hosting a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Conference for girls in grades K-12 on Saturday, May 21, at Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass.

A small group of middle and high school girls will experience STEM career explorations from 8 a.m.-noon. (read full article)

FWCS Natatorium Earns Platinum Safety Award (Thursday, May 05, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Helen P. Brown Natatorium received the 2015 Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award from Ellis & Associates, international aquatic safety and risk management consultants. This is the eighth time the Natatorium has earned the award. In addition, the Natatorium has earned a gold rating four times.

The (read full article)

Nebraska Seeks Memorabilia for Open House (Wednesday, May 04, 2016)

Nebraska Elementary, 1525 Boone St., is seeking memorabilia to display during the school’s open house later this month for current and former students, families and staff as well as neighborhood and community members.

Nebraska will be open from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, for those who want to reminisce about their time at the school, (read full article)

Forest Park Students Participate in Bike-to-School Day (Monday, May 02, 2016)

Students at Forest Park Elementary will participate in Bike-to-School Day on Wednesday, May 4, with nearly 50 students expected to ride their bikes to school.

With more students walking and riding bikes to school, Fort Wayne Community Schools is partnering with the City of Fort Wayne and Parkview Health to celebrate National Bike-to-School (read full article)

New Tech Partners with Jewish Federation in Holocaust Studies (Friday, April 29, 2016)

Students at New Tech Academy at Wayne High School are working again with the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne as the Jewish community celebrates Yom Hoshoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On Monday, May 2, Dr. Robert Melson, a Holocaust survivor and author of “False Papers,” will visit New Tech, 9100 Winchester Road, from 11 a.m.-12:30 (read full article)

FWCS Students Rescue Food, Help Those in Need (Thursday, April 28, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools students are helping to feed thousands of people in Allen County while preventing thousands of pounds of food from going into the landfill.

The Fort Wayne Community School Food Rescue Program began at Blackhawk Middle School in February, with Lane, Shawnee and Northwood middle schools and Haley Elementary School (read full article)

Title I Pre-K Programs Earn NAEYC Accreditation (Monday, April 25, 2016)

Pre-kindergarten programs at Abbett, Adams, Lindley, Levan Scott Academy and Washington elementary schools have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

 “Fort Wayne (read full article)

FWCS Honored by Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Friday, April 22, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ staff and students were honored at a special program by partner Fort Wayne Museum of Art for the successful collaboration that has resulted in tremendous growth in FWCS’ Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and recognition by the U.S. Department of Education for the Hope Gap Project. FWCS’ regional Scholastic (read full article)

Community Leaders Get Inside Look at Schools (Monday, April 11, 2016)

Local business and community leaders will have an opportunity to learn more about the educational programs offered at Fort Wayne Community Schools during the third annual Seeing is Believing Tour Wednesday, April 13.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and the Fort Wayne Area PTA Council partnered with the FWCS Board of School Trustees to provide a bus (read full article)

Forest Park Students Preparing for Bike-to-School Day in May (Wednesday, March 30, 2016)

Students at Forest Park Elementary will receive pedestrian and bike safety lessons in preparation for Bike-to-School Day on May 4.

With more students walking and riding bikes to school, Fort Wayne Community Schools is partnering with the City of Fort Wayne and Parkview Health to celebrate National Bike-to-School Day. The event is also part (read full article)

Administrative Changes for 2016-17 Announced (Tuesday, March 29, 2016)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees  approved administrative changes for the 2016-17 school year at the March 28, 2016, Board meeting. Changes are effective July 1, 2016.

Timothy Rayl, Secondary Area Director  Timothy Rayl, currently principal at Memorial Park Middle School, (read full article)

North Side First in Region to Compete in We the People Finals (Wednesday, March 16, 2016)

North Side High School students will compete in the national We the People annual finals in Washington, D.C. in April. This marks the first time a school from Northeast Indiana will be represented at the national level. The team from North Side, led by teacher Matthew Mertes, has been selected as the Warren E. Burger Class, which honors students (read full article)

New Assistant Superintendents Approved (Tuesday, March 15, 2016)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees the appointment of two assistant superintendents at the March 14, 2016, Board meeting. Both appointments are effective July 1, 2016.

Chris Hissong, Assistant Superintendent-Secondary  Chris Hissong joined FWCS in 2013 as a Secondary Director in (read full article)

FWCS Celebrates National School Breakfast Week (Monday, March 07, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week this week by highlighting the Breakfast in the Classroom Program.

FWCS has worked to increase breakfast participation by joining with the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom programs at all elementary and middle schools. The program is just what it says: Instead (read full article)

Continuing Education Graduates Pursue Dreams, Inspire Others (Monday, February 29, 2016)


The Fort Wayne Community Schools Adult and Continuing Education Department will celebrate the success of more than 165 graduates at its Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, 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.

From (read full article)

Schools Welcome Future Pre-K and Kindergarten Students (Monday, February 15, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary schools invite parents of students entering pre-kindergarten and kindergarten in the fall to learn more about FWCS’ programs and sign up for the 2016-17 school year.

Schools offering pre-K will have early registration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. All elementary schools will have kindergarten (read full article)

Northeast Indiana College Fair Shows Students Post-Secondary Options (Thursday, February 11, 2016)

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 8, at the Indiana University-Purdue University Fieldhouse.

Dozens of colleges, universities and military (read full article)

Schools Collecting Jeans for Teens (Wednesday, February 03, 2016)

Northrop and North Side high schools and Portage Middle School are participating in a Jeans for Teens drive to collect jeans for homeless teens. Jeans are the most-often requested item by homeless teens because they are durable and provide a sense of normalcy.

The project is part of DoSomething.org, a national organization for young people (read full article)

Cochran Named North Side Football Coach (Tuesday, January 26, 2016)

Mike Cochran has been named head football coach at North Side High School. He has been an assistant football coach at North Side for the past two years and was previously head football coach at DeKalb and Fremont high schools. Cochran has 11 years of experience as a head football coach, along with 10 years of experience (read full article)

FWCS Driver Education Summer Sessions Begin Soon (Wednesday, January 20, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community School will offer several summer sessions of Driver Education classes beginning after Memorial Day and running through July at the FWCS Career Academy at Anthis Automotive Center, 1219 S. Lafayette St.

Class times are offered at several different times during the weekday.

The courses are open to any student, whether (read full article)

FWCS Lottery to be Held Wednesday (Friday, January 15, 2016)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools lottery for all grade levels will be held Wednesday, Jan. 20, 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 (read full article)

Wayne Athletic Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2015 (Wednesday, January 13, 2016)

The Wayne High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2015 includes track stars, coaches and those who have contributed to make Wayne student-athletes successful.

The 2015 class includes:


  • Sybil Perry (Track, Gymnastics 1981)
  • Albert Gooden (Football, Basketball, Track and Field, Baseball 1977)


FWCS Study Connection to Host Zumbathon 2016 Fundraiser (Thursday, January 07, 2016)

Fort Wayne Community Schools' Study Connection program will host Zumbathon 2016 on Saturday, Feb. 13. The event will be held at North Side High School from 1-3 p.m. Registration is $20 at the door (cash or check). Participants will be eligible for door prizes from El Azteca, Empower Sports Club and Mad Ants. The event is sponsored by (read full article)

Student Artwork, Essays Showcase Imagination, Inspiration (Tuesday, January 05, 2016)

Artwork and essays by students throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will be on display from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Indiana Tech in the Andorfer Commons. 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 students in (read full article)

North Side Legends Ready to Start New Traditions (Thursday, December 17, 2015)

North Side High School students have selected Legends as the school’s new nickname following a process that included input from the North Side community, including alumni.

Use of the new name will start with the 2016-17 school year. With the name selected, work will begin on developing a new logo and mascot for the school. The committee (read full article)

North Side Nickname Q&A (Thursday, December 17, 2015)

Q. What is the new North Side High School nickname? A. Legends

Q. Who selected the name? A. Students, staff and alumni were offered an opportunity to suggest new nicknames. About 75 names were submitted, and a committee of students, staff, alumni, parents, a member of the Board of School Trustees, (read full article)

Seven FWCS Buildings Earn EPA's ENERGY STAR Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency (Wednesday, December 16, 2015)

Adams, Bloomingdale, Brentwood, Fairfield, Harris and Scott Academy elementary schools as well as Wayne High 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 (read full article)

FWCS Takes Step to Put Tax-Neutral Project on May 2016 Ballot (Tuesday, December 15, 2015)

Following a public hearing on a proposed $130 million facility improvement project, the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees voted Monday, Dec. 14, to move forward with the plans to address infrastructure and safety needs at 42 buildings.

The project is designed to provide major infrastructure improvements at 10 school buildings (read full article)

FWCS Moves Forward with Family & Community Engagement Center (Tuesday, December 15, 2015)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a $1.9 million construction bid from Fetters Construction to prepare the Family & Community Engagement Center for use by June 2016.

The new center is opening in the current FWCS Career Academy Construction Trades building on Douglas Street. Construction Trades is moving (read full article)

Fruit Sale this Week at FWCS Career Academy (Monday, December 07, 2015)

The 26th Annual FWCS Career Academy fruit sale at the Bill C. Anthis Center begins Thursday, Dec. 10, at the 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 (read full article)

Giving Spirits Celebrated at Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer (Thursday, December 03, 2015)

Students at North Side High School are getting ready for the school’s 29th annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer, which will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, 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, 21 families are expected (read full article)

Schools Welcome Families to Tuesday Tours (Tuesday, November 10, 2015)

Families are invited to visit Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary, middle and high schools during Tuesday Tours on Nov. 17 and 24 and Dec. 1 and 8.

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 Dec. 18 deadline to submit lottery applications. (read full article)

FWCS Celebrates Veterans Day (Thursday, November 05, 2015)

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 Wednesday, 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)

FWCS Presents Next Building Plan, Announces Community Meetings (Thursday, October 29, 2015)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees reviewed a proposal for a $130 million tax-neutral bond referendum that could be considered by voters in May 2016.

The project is the second phase in the District’s long-term facility plan and would provide improvements at 42 buildings, including major renovations at 10 schools, (read full article)

2015 Showcase Highlights Student Technology Use at FWCS (Monday, October 26, 2015)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will host its annual Showcase from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, 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. In addition, this year schools will highlight how technology (read full article)

Parkview to Take Over FWCS Health & Wellness Clinics (Tuesday, October 13, 2015)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a three-year contract with Parkview Health Systems to operate health and wellness clinics for district employees, retirees and dependent family members covered by an FWCS health plan. The contract with Parkview begins Nov. 1, 2015, and runs through Oct. 31, 2018.

FWCS first (read full article)

Community Leaders Take on Role of Principal for a Day (Tuesday, October 13, 2015)

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes 54 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. 15, unless other arrangements were made.

The (read full article)

Forest Park Celebrates Cultural Arts Week (Friday, October 09, 2015)

Forest Park Elementary will celebrate cultural arts throughout the week with a variety of activities. Students will learn about the traditions of various people and how they celebrate their cultures.

On Monday, students will focus on African culture. Tandy Leather will work with students at 9:30 a.m., and the Tiffany Dance Co. will (read full article)

Automotive Students Work on GM Engines (Tuesday, October 06, 2015)

Students enrolled in the FWCS Career Academy at Anthis automotive program have an opportunity this year to work on engines donated by General Motors. GM donated 10 Ecotec 1.8L, DOHC, 16-valve, inline 4-cylinder engines with variable valve timing (VVT) commonly found in today’s GM passenger cars. The smaller size engines are designed to have (read full article)

FWCS One of Three Districts to Earn 2015 Urban School Board Excellence Award (Monday, October 05, 2015)

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced the district winners of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) 2015 Award for Urban School Board Excellence: Ohio’s Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Indiana’s Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Nebraska’s Lincoln Public Schools.

Each year CUBE recognizes (read full article)

FWCS, Teachers Reach Two-Year Agreement (Tuesday, September 29, 2015)

Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association have agreed on a two-year contract that compensates teachers equitably for education and years of experience and continues the payment of stipends through the federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant.

A tentative agreement was reached Wednesday, Sept. 9. Teachers ratified (read full article)

FWCS Budget, Tax Rate Flat for 2016 (Tuesday, September 29, 2015)

For the second year in a row, taxpayers should expect the tax rate for Fort Wayne Community Schools to remain flat, according the 2016 budget reviewed by the Board of School Trustees today.

The $284 million plan is just less than 1 percent more than the 2015 budget. The budget continues to present long-term financial challenges for FWCS, (read full article)

Collaborative Effort Benefits FWCS Athletic Program (Friday, September 11, 2015)

During the halftime intermission at Friday’s Wayne vs. South Side high school football game, local middle school athletes and local partners will be on the field to celebrate the recent collaborative effort between Parkview Sports Medicine, the National Football League (NFL) Foundation and Catie B. Circle of Care that provides all Fort Wayne (read full article)

Study Connection Kicks Off 27th Year (Tuesday, August 25, 2015)

Study Connection will celebrate its 27th year of helping students with the Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast Thursday, Aug. 27. The event honors volunteers and students for their accomplishments and will feature keynote speaker Byron Garrett, author of “The ABCs of Life” and “There’s Greatness on the Inside.”

Garrett (read full article)

FWCS Students Return Tuesday (Monday, August 10, 2015)

Fort Wayne Community Schools will kick-off a new year with students returning Tuesday, Aug. 11. With an earlier start to the school year, as well as changes in school hours and transportation, FWCS officials remind the community to prepare and take extra caution as students and parents return to the streets.

A fleet of 250 yellow buses will (read full article)

Robin Peterman Named Kekionga Principal (Monday, August 10, 2015)

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the following appointment on Monday, Aug. 10:

Robin Peterman, Kekionga Principal

Robin Peterman joined FWCS in 2006 as a language arts instructional facilitator at Scott Academy. She became an administrative intern for the 2008-09 school year, serving (read full article)

Elementary Students get a Head Start on the New Year (Wednesday, August 05, 2015)

Students in five Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary schools got a head start on the new school year this week. In an effort to help students adjust to their new schools following changes in transportation availability, Forest Park, Harrison Hill, Maplewood, Northcrest and South Wayne elementary schools invited new students as well as student (read full article)

Back to School Means Back-to-School Night for Parents (Tuesday, August 04, 2015)

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. Some open their doors before the first day of school to allow students to bring in their supplies (read full article)