FWCS Showcase takes center-stage! - February 09, 2006

Record Number: 2138
Displayed from: Feb 09, 2006 , until: Feb 12, 2006

It's one stop shopping at Fort Wayne Community Schools' annual Showcase set for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. The event features all 53 schools and many district departments. It is an opportunity for parents and community members to see all of FWCS at one time, in one spot. A highlight this year will be new information about the district's preK-8 Montessori magnet program with Bunche Early Childhood Center for pre-K and kindergartners and Towles Intermediate School (now Geyer Middle School) for grades 1-8. Admission is free. Several Spanish and Burmese language interpreters will be there throughout the day. Free childcare will be provided. Crowd-pleasers like the Cat in the Hat cutout display - made by students in Northrop Art teacher Al Jacquay's class will be at the high school. And there will be plenty of new attractions to entice families to attend. Last year's event drew nearly 2,000 attendees. The event showcases the district's magnet schools and special programs, and provides information on how parents can choose and apply for the program that best suits their children's needs. Along with the new Bunche and Towles Montessori program, the district offers the following magnet schools: Croninger Elementary School, which has a communications focus; Irwin Elementary School with a focus on math and science; and the Summit Arts Magnet Program, which features the following schools with a fine arts focus: Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, Weisser Park Elementary School and Memorial Park Middle School. Magnet schools have no boundaries and draw students from across the district. In addition, departments like Food and Nutrition Services, Transportation and Human Resources will have staff there to provide information that will be helpful to parents of present and future FWCS students. Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson, other district officials and Board of School Trustees members will be on hand along with principals, teachers, parents and students. Highlights of this year's event include: * Start your engines! Well, maybe not - but automotive students from Anthis will have a 2000 Monte Carlo race car on display this year. Visitors can see this lean, mean machine up close and personal. * Fort Wayne Education Association will bring The Cat in the Hat to Northrop to promote the upcoming Read Across America on March 2. * Curriculum Services will be available to talk to parents about the district's nationally-acclaimed Integrated Math curriculum, inquiry science and literacy instructional models. Information about the FWCS Levels of Service Gifted and Talented program and Summer School offerings at FWCS and throughout the community will be available at the Curriculum Services booth. In addition, teachers will be at the booth with students demonstrating Everyday Math lessons that are taking place in classroom across the district. * Stressed? FWCS Health Services nurses will offer free blood pressure checks. * Enjoy the artwork of students from Northrop and other high schools. * Northrop's planetarium will be open for visitors to tour. And be sure to stay for the presentation at 3:15 p.m.! * Representatives from Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne Urban League, 21st Century Scholars, Bowen Center, Science Central, Allen County Public Library, Boys and Girls Club, Park Center, YMCA Before and After School Programs, Early Childhood Alliance, United Hispanic Americans, Inc. and Junior Achievement will join FWCS this year. Applications for enrollment in magnet schools or schools outside the child's regular attendance area are available at the Showcase event and in booklets mailed to parents last month. The booklets are also available at FWCS schools, local libraries and community preschool/daycare sites and on the FWCS website at: www.fortwayneschools.org then look for the School Catalog button under Quick Links.


Applications for secondary schools are due to FWCS on Feb. 24 and for elementary schools on March 14. Assignments are made based on space and racial balance. Schools that receive more applications than space available will be part of public lotteries set for March 10 for secondary schools and April 19 for elementary schools. For information, contact Student Services at 467-2120.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.