Fort Wayne Community Schools Big Birthday Kickoff - August 18, 2006

Record Number: 2570
Displayed from: Aug 18, 2006 , until: Aug 25, 2006

It will be cake, ice cream, lemonade and lots of balloons for FWCS students, staff and parents on Sunday, Aug. 20, at Headwaters Park. The event marks the official beginning of the FWCS celebration of its 150 years educating the youth of the community. Party is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Patty Martone, former FWCS assistant superintendent, will interview graduates and current students alike on camera at the Birthday Party. Resulting video footage will be put into DVD format along with other interviews conducted throughout the coming school year to create an Oral History of the school corporation. Theme for the year's celebration is: Creating Futures for Generations. FWCS plans to gather oral histories from local multi-generational families that attended FWCS as well as from current students, parents, and staff. Two Memorial Park jazz bands, both under direction of Donna Sepkovic, will entertain the group as will two Kekionga Steel Drum bands, under direction of Mike Horan. George Fields, FWCS administrative aide/homeless liaison coordinator, will DJ the event. At the face-painting station, grade-school students will be made up to look like Smarty Pants, the logo of the birthday celebration. Youngsters may also get a fun-too washable tattoo in the shape of Smarty. Youth and parents will have an opportunity to paint a quilt square with a school memory or portrait of a favorite teacher. A number of quilts will be fashioned from the squares. In addition, merchandise bearing the logo of the birthday celebration will be available for purchase. Among other items will be T-shirts, school supplies, and water bottles. At 2:30 p.m., Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson will open the celebration officially and then join the Smarty Pants in leading the group in singing Happy Birthday. Representatives from both FWCS Student Services and Health Services will be available with information on school choice, transportation, or other related school questions. The nurses will be on the lookout for any youth (or adults!) who might get a bee sting or scraped knee. A variety of programs will be featured throughout the school year, ending with an official closing event at the Grand Wayne Center in April 2007. All events of the 150th Birthday Celebration are funded by donations from community businesses, organizations, and citizens. Public tax dollars are not used to fund events.

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.