FWCS Celebrates Veterans Day - November 09, 2012

Record Number: 9296
Displayed from: Nov 09, 2012 , until: Nov 16, 2012

Fort Wayne Community Schools will honor and celebrate Veterans Day with activities and events at every school in the district. Because Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, most schools will celebrate on Monday, Nov. 12, but some will celebrate on other days. Schools will honor veterans in their families, perform patriotic music and participate in assemblies with local veterans groups. Monday, Nov. 12 Early Childhood Education Centers

  • Bunche Montessori – During the morning, all classes will read a story about military personnel. Students have also had the opportunity to work on a Veterans Day nomenclature lesson.
  • Whitney Young – Teachers will read stories about veterans to students, and Building Coach Sarah Dick will share Army memorabilia from her father and grandfather, including their uniforms. Elementary Schools
  • Abbett – Students will gather at 10 a.m. for a presentation from the United States Marines under the command of Gunnery Sergeant Bowser, who will present the flags and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. He will then speak to students about what Veterans Day means to him and what it means to be a proud and respectful citizen.
  • Adams – At 10:30 a.m., the school will honor local veterans with patriotic songs followed by a reception.
  • Arlington – The Arlington PTA will continue with its long-standing tradition of hosting a Veterans Day assembly. All family and community members who are currently on active duty or a veteran are invited to attend the assembly at 10 a.m. Students will sing patriotic songs learned in music class and express their gratitude through speeches and videos. The school will also present a slideshow of Arlington students and their family members who have served in the military.
  • Brentwood – Students and staff will participate in an assembly at 10:30 a.m. Students were invited to bring a picture of their family members to display as part of the Veterans Wall of Honor.
  • Croninger – Students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue for the day. In the morning, students will hear a patriotic poem read by a student during the announcements. At 3:10 p.m., students will line the hallways for the reading of another poem and to sing “This Land is Your Land.” Students also collected six boxes of household and toiletry items to donate to homeless veterans.
  • Forest Park – Family members who are veterans are invited to the school for breakfast at 8:55 a.m. They are invited to stay after breakfast and read to students. Veterans’ pictures are on display in the Wall of Honor.
  • Glenwood Park – Each class will have individual activities focusing on Veterans Day.
  • Irwin – Video resources will be used to help students understand the importance of honoring veterans. To contrast the celebration of the veterans, students will quantify the fallen heroes by engaging in a counting task that will be multiplied by the total number of students and staff. The task will include quantifying the soldiers lost in Afghanistan and Iraq, and then projecting it out to the total number of service men and women to get an understanding of just how many people serve the country.
  • Northcrest – Students will honor veterans in a program at 2 p.m., which will include the fourth- and fifth-grade choir and the ROTC Cadets.
  • Price – Students will participate in a variety of activities throughout the week, including reading stories about Veterans Day, making cards and pictures for the VFW and American Legion, and singing patriotic songs. The events will culminate on Nov. 12 when veterans visit the school to read with students.
  • Scott Academy – Students will learn about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as a school. Individual classrooms will then follow up with activities.
  • Study – Each teacher and/or grade level has planned their own special Veterans Day activities. We have guest readers including our secretary who is a past veteran as well, visiting the school on Monday. Later in the week, a member of American Legion Post #82 will teach fourth-graders about Flag etiquette as a kick-off to the Legion’s national essay contest.
  • Washington – At 2:45 p.m., students will gather in the gym for an assembly. The celebration will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by students who know sign language, followed by the singing of the National Anthem, led by fifth-grade girls. Family members who are veterans will attend and be introduced by their student and share their military service. Students are also collecting items to send to soldiers in Afghanistan.
  • Waynedale – Students will participate in a flag raising ceremony and will read passages and act out plays about veterans’ contributions. Students will also watch videos to learn about different branches of the military and write thank-you letters to veterans, which will be sent to hospitalized veterans and the VFW. Some classrooms will have service men and women as guest speakers.
  • Weisser Park – Each classroom will study and discuss veterans and why Veterans Day is significant. Students will also learn about Veterans Day through the morning announcements. Intermediate School
  • Towles – Members of the U.S. Army Reserves will perform a Flag Folding Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. After the ceremony, students will sing patriotic songs. Students are also making posters with information about family members who are veterans for the school’s Honor Wall. Middle Schools
  • Jefferson – The Jefferson band will perform patriotic music and the National Anthem during a flag raising ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Veterans, active service members, local police and firefighters as well as emergency medical personnel, will be honored. When students return to class, they will spend much of their day in learning activities with a Veterans Day theme. Throughout the day, students will study the history and significance of Veterans Day in social studies classes.
  • Lakeside – Teacher John Zurcher, who is currently serving in the military, is bringing in video and pictures from his deployment as well as some of his gear. He will share his stories with students throughout the day. Students will also focus on non-fiction writings about veterans and Veterans Day.
  • Memorial Park – Students will write letters to veterans in some language arts classes, and morning announcements will include information about veterans and Veterans Day.
  • Miami – Students will discuss what Veteran’s Day means throughout the day.
  • Northwood – CTV will highlight veterans during the morning show with two veteran staff members speaking to students. Students ho have parents serving in the military will share writings on Veterans Day. Social studies teachers will have an enrichment activity in their classes related to the holiday.
  • Shawnee – Students will be encouraged to wear patriotic colors. They will also study Veterans Day in social studies classes and write letters of appreciation to veterans. During the morning announcements, a teacher who has served in the military will read about the importance of Veterans Day, and “Taps” will be played during the moment of silence. High Schools
  • New Tech Academy – Teachers will share two short videos with students to introduce the significance of Veterans Day. After the videos, the classes are invited to discuss the importance of recognizing those who have sacrificed and share about those they know currently serving. Students will then write thank-you letters to someone they know in the military or a veteran selected by the USO (United Service Organizations). For every thank-you sent out through the USO website, they will donate a dollar to the Wounded Warrior Project. After celebrating a hero across the nation, students will hand write a thank-you to a local hero, either someone they know or someone identified through the VFW.
  • Northrop – Students will learn about and discuss Veterans Day in their social studies classes, with announcements made in the morning throughout the week regarding the holiday. Students will also write letters to Veterans or soldiers currently serving and will collect money throughout the year to send another WW II veteran to Washington D.C.
  • North Side – Throughout the day, students will learn about the importance of family, loyalty, honor and remembrance. Events throughout the day including patriotic songs performed by the Choir and readings of historic and patriotic texts.
  • Snider – The day will start with a flag-raising, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence and information about Veterans Day over the public address system. Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to watch a video regarding veterans of the wars of the 20th Century.
  • South Side – The school day will begin with a live playing of “Taps” and a message from staff member Ron Holmes, who served several tours in Vietnam. Throughout the day, students will learn about Veterans Day and its importance, and students will have literacy activities focused on veterans. Tuesday, Nov. 13
  • Bloomingdale – Students, staff will honor local veterans with a program at 10:30 a.m. Students will participate by singing and dancing to patriotic songs and reading poems describing why Veterans Day is celebrated.
  • South Wayne – Students will perform patriotic songs in a program at 2 p.m. A reception with cookies and punch will follow the program. Wednesday, Nov. 14
  • Lindley – Veterans from the community are invited to a celebration at 9:30 a.m. Students will learn about the history of the song, "You’re a Grand Old Flag," prior to third-graders performing the patriotic song. The Boy Scout Color Guard will perform, and the American Legion will show students the proper way to fold the American Flag.
  • Lane – Students and staff will gather for an assembly at 9 a.m. A reception for local veterans will follow at 9:30 a.m. Date to be determined
  • Portage – Students created an Honor Wall made up of pictures of veterans from their families. Local Korean War Veterans will visit the school and share their stories with the students. Schools that have already celebrated Veterans Day Elementary Schools
  • Franke Park – Students celebrated Veterans Day Nov. 5-8 by bringing in pictures of a family member who is a veteran or an active service member. The pictures will be displayed on the "Wall of Honor." Each day, the school-wide Pledge of Allegiance was lead by a veteran or active member of the military.
  • Haley – Family members of Haley students and staff who have served or are serving in the military were honored at a special program Nov. 8. The program included singing patriotic songs, reading poems and essays on "I am thankful we have veterans because…" and a reception for veterans and their Haley students. Following the program, veterans visited classrooms to talk with students and answer questions.
  • Harris – Korean War Veterans were the special guests at the Veterans Day Program Nov. 8.
  • Holland – Students presented a musical tribute Nov. 8 to veterans who are family and friends of Holland students and staff. Korean War veterans shared brief stories of their military experiences. Pat Miller made a brief presentation honoring veterans speaking directly to the students about the importance of honoring veterans. Honored guests were able to view the Wall of Honor on which pictures and biographical information about veteran family members, including Principal Mike Caywood, were posted.
  • Indian Village – From Oct. 1-Nov. 1, Indian Village collected household items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and clothing for homeless veterans and military families in crisis as a way to recognize the sacrifices veterans make to protect our freedoms. Two Men and a Truck organized the project and will deliver the items on Veteran’s Day. Middle Schools
  • Blackhawk – On Oct. 10, the school had an All-American Assembly, which included patriotic readings, students singing the National Anthem and a baton twirling performance. Representatives of the Korean War Veterans Association, Indiana Chapter One, were in attendance.
  • Kekionga – All staff, parents, grandparents and other relatives who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces will be honored at a Veterans Day breakfast at 7 a.m. on Nov. 8.

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.