District's new magnet school opens Monday - August 18, 2006

Record Number: 2568
Displayed from: Aug 18, 2006 , until: Aug 21, 2006

Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson and Board of School Trustees President Geoff Paddock will bring in the new year Monday with a visit to the district's new magnet program, Towles Intermediate School, formerly Geyer Middle School. They will begin greeting teachers and students at about 7:35 a.m. at the front entrance to the school. The school is located at 420 E. Paulding Road. Principal is Tamara Lake. Media is invited. (See Fact Sheet for more details about Towles.) Following are highlights of other school visits on Monday. Media is invited at these as well: Board President Geoff Paddock will also visit Scott Elementary School, 950 E. Fairfax Ave. from about 8:40-9 a.m. Principal is Crystal Thomas. He will visit Adams Elementary School, 3000 New Haven Ave. from 9:30-10 a.m. Principal is Brenda West. Then he will visit Washington Elementary School, 1015 W. Washington Ave. beginning at 2 p.m. Principal is Linda Martin. Board Vice President Kurt Walborn will visit Elmhurst High School, 3829 Sand Point Road, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Principal is Barbara Gentry. Board Secretary Kweku Akan will greet staff and students as they arrive at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. The high school day begins at 8 a.m. Principal is Barbara Ahlersmeyer. Board member Robert Armstrong will visit Portage Middle School beginning at 8 a.m. then head to Elmhurst High School around 9 p.m. Portage is located at 3521 Taylor St. Principal is Jeff King. Board member Carol Coen will greet staff and students at Northwood Middle School at 7:45 a.m. The school is located at 1201 E. Washington Center Road. Principal is Matthew Schiebel. Board member Stephen Corona will visit South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St. at 8 a.m. Principal is Thomas Smith. Board member Jon Olinger will begin the day with staff and students at 8 a.m. at North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd. Superintendent Dr. Robinson will also visit the following schools on Monday: (Times are approximate.) Wayne High School, 9100 Winchester Road, 9-10 a.m. Principal is Joselyn Whitticker. Miami Middle School, 8100 Amherst Dr. 10-11 a.m. New principal is Hal Stevens. Maplewood Elementary School, 2200 Maplewood Road, 11 to noon. New principal is Kathy Hurni-Dove. Lincoln Elementary School, 1001 E. Cook Road, 2:30-3:20 p.m. Principal is Craig Martin.
Media is also welcome at the following first-day highlights: * Weisser Park Elementary School Principal Carolyn Sleet will welcome teachers, students and staff in costume! What the costume will be is a secret, but the opening day theme is Writing is Music to Our Ears! All of the students at Weisser Park have parental permission to be photographed. The school is located at 902 Colerick St. Students will begin arriving at about 8:30 a.m. for their 8:50 a.m. start time. * Washington Elementary School will kick off the third year of its unique partnership with the Downtown Rotary Club when Rotary volunteers serve up a special cake and ice cream party to students beginning at 2 p.m. at the school, 1015 W. Washington Blvd. Principal is Linda Martin. Rotary Club members have also donated books and book bags to students in the school. * Indian Village Elementary School, 3835 Wenonah Lane, is participating in the First Day of School Holiday, a national program aimed at bringing children and their families together on this most important day. At Indian Village, parents were given information at registration to pass along to their employers excusing them from work during this time so they can accompany their children to school and get them settled in for the new year. Representatives from the Fort Wayne police and fire divisions will be at the doors officially greeting families. Coffee and a pastry will be waiting for parents. Students will begin arriving at about 8:30 a.m. Principal is Stephany Bourne.

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.