FWCS welcomes 9th-graders to high school - August 10, 2007

Record Number: 3268
Displayed from: Aug 10, 2007 , until: Aug 24, 2007

Fort Wayne Community Schools' six high schools will welcome their newest students Wednesday and Thursday for orientation. The events during the two days are designed to transition students from middle school to high school, which can be a challenging time for students. During the two days, students will participate in team building exercises, go through their schedules, practice using their lockers and get acclimated to their new and much larger buildings. Addressing some of the technical parts of high school eases some of the anxieties students may feel on their first day. With those issues out of the way, students can focus more directly on academics from day one. The two-day events also give students a chance to meet teachers, administrators and other students. It provides an opportunity to make friends and build relationships even before the school year begins, another important aspect of having a successful high school career. This is all part of the 6-12 reinvention FWCS is working on to improve academic achievement of middle and high school students and to make their education more relevant to life after graduation. At Snider and North Side high schools, local entertainer Ethan Birch, who goes by the stage name Six 8, will perform during the two days. He will be a guest host during the two days of orientation at Snider, and will put on free concert for FWCS freshmen from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at North Side.

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.