FWCS schools use Halloween, fall harvest as teaching moments - October 26, 2010

Record Number: 6789
Displayed from: Oct 26, 2010 , until: Nov 01, 2010

Students throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will participate in various activities this week to celebrate Halloween and fall activities, but it will be more than eating candy and wearing costumes. Students today find fall themes incorporated into the work they do in the classroom. For instance, at Irwin Elementary, 3501 S. Anthony Blvd., second-graders will participate in "Bountiful Harvest Math Stations" from 9:15-10:35 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. Four stations will be set up for the second-grade mathematicians. They will predict weight and measure candy, estimate the number of candies in a jar while adjusting their guesses based on mathematical clues, practicing linear measurements with candy corn and creating and interpreting a graph with M&M's. These math stations cover several of the math standards second-graders are required to learn. Wayne High School students will focus on community involvement by hosting its annual community Halloween Part from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Neighborhood families and families from Wayne's feeder schools are invited to Wayne, 9100 Winchester Road, for fun, games and a safe trick-or-treat option. Students are encouraged to arrive in costume. Student organizations, including Student Council, ROTC and JAG, have organized games and will run the booths. On Friday, Oct. 29, students at Harrison Hill Elementary, 355 Cornell Circle, will participate in "Character Dress-Up Day" when students dress as their favorite storybook character. The dress up day for students who normally wear uniforms closes out a week of celebrating reading. During the week, the school hosted a book fair, and on Tuesday, Oct. 26, families were invited in for a Family Book and Jammies Night when teachers modeled for parents how to read to students so they get the most out of the story. Also on Friday, students at Arlington Elementary School, 8118 St. Joe Center Road, will cut open pumpkins, take out the seeds and count the seeds by tens. It is a messy, but fun, process that covers several math and science standards. And in third-grade students will be working on writing spooky stories. Learning different writing styles is part of the state's language arts standards. And while it doesn't specifically cover any state standards, some schools, such as Jefferson Middle School, 5303 Wheelock Road, will allow students to celebrate a week of learning with some fun. Jefferson is hosting an after-school fall dance, sponsored by the Parent-Teacher-Student Association, from 2:30-4 p.m. Friday.

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.