FWCS sets up hotline for full-day kindergarten info - June 14, 2007

Record Number: 3247
Displayed from: Jun 14, 2007 , until: Aug 07, 2007

Beginning Monday, June 18, parents in the Fort Wayne Community Schools district who are interested in learning more about the new full-day kindergarten program can call a new hotline number: 467-2004. The hotline will be staffed between 8:30 am and 4 pm weekdays in an effort to personally answer questions and share information about the full-day program which begins in every FWCS elementary school this fall. "We've already had a lot of questions from parents about the curriculum and how it differs from a half-day program," says Dan Bickel, area administrator for elementary schools. "This is not simply adding lunch and extra rest or play time to the day," he explains. "It will be a full day of developmentally appropriate academics delivered in ways that we already know work best for kindergarteners." Indiana's academic standards are created based on a full-day program. "It's difficult to meet these standards in a half day's time," says Bickel. "We're looking forward to being able to provide our children with a full day of instruction and give them an even stronger start to their education. We want every parent with an eligible child to be able to take advantage of this great opportunity." As the first school district in the area to offer a district-wide full-day kindergarten program, FWCS administrators are meeting regularly throughout the summer to work out details of the program including curriculum, transportation, facility preparation, food service and staffing. The hotline will be open through the August 6 registration and will help answer questions such as: How do I enroll? What school is right for my child? What about bus service? How will the full day be structured? How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?

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.