Weisser Park Elementary School expands arts program - March 13, 2007

Record Number: 3048
Displayed from: Mar 13, 2007 , until: Apr 13, 2007

Weisser Park Elementary School, Fort Wayne Community Schools' only elementary fine arts magnet school, will expand its day to provide additional time for arts and academic curriculum classes. Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, classes will begin at 7:45 a.m. instead of 8:50 a.m. for students in grades one through five. Like all schools, Weisser Park is focusing on different strategies to raise student academic achievement, said Carolyn Sleet, principal. We believe that strong fine arts programs make strong students, so we are expanding our arts program while allowing more class time for reading, math and science. All ensemble arts classes will be offered from 7:45 to 8:40 a.m. Included in these enrichment arts offerings are pottery, textiles, puppetry, photography, choirs, bands, chimes, and jazz and ballet dance. Currently, these are offered during the regular school day in modules. The expanded day will allow the creation of a curricular arts block at the same time each day for each grade level, providing consistency in the schedule for academic instruction. Weisser Park's program feeds in to the fine arts program at Memorial Park Middle School. Memorial Park Principal Brian Smith said, I look forward to Weisser Park offering a combination of more fine arts and at the same time more core academic curriculum minutes. This will only improve the well-rounded education the Weisser Park students already get. Memorial Park also offers an expanded school day, beginning at 7:40 a.m. Other middle schools start the day at 7:55 a.m. The proposal to expand the school day came from Weisser Park arts teachers. Arrangements with FWCS transportation and the YMCA day care services have been made to support the new schedule. Parent information meetings will be held in the cafeteria at Weisser Park Elementary School, 902 Colerick St. on the following dates and times: March 27 at 6:30 p.m. and April 17 at 6:30 p.m. For further information, contact Carolyn Sleet, principal, at 467-8875. Members of media may contact Debbie Morgan, Public Information Officer, at 467-2022.

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.