Most kids like to sit in the back of the bus—especially the “cool” kids. But that’s not the case on at least one WCS bus, where the kids pile into the front first—and you’ll never guess why.
Jefferson Elementary students enriched the lives of residents at Grace Village Retirement Community on Thursday, November 20, 2014, by delivering handmade turkey decorations during the lunch hour. The turkeys were constructed by the entire Jefferson student body as their November “Family Group” activity. Family Groups consist of one to two students per grade level in a blended K-6 “family” that meet together throughout the school year to build relationships and participate in special activities.
Pictured: Two Jefferson Family Groups, Mr. Kyle Carter (principal), Miss Jamie Gill (5th grade teacher)
David Robertson, chief academic officer for Warsaw Community Schools, recently stopped in to read to first-graders in Amy Swihart’s class at Madison Elementary School. He read several books, but the favorite was “The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak. That book happens to produce a lot of laughs, according to Swihart. Pictured are Cameron, Jake, Robertson, Lupe and Emma.
Gateway Education Center wants to add high-interest non-fiction books to its school library, but it needs the public’s votes to win a $2,500 grant.
When Wendy Kovach started three years ago as Warsaw Community School Corp.’s coordinator of library services, Gateway’s library had a limited number of books. They barely filled two shelves, and they were secondhand.
Five Warsaw Community Schools’ educators recently attended the INTESOL (Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Conference in Indianapolis. Keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Timothy Boals, co-founder and president of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment). WIDA standards are a framework for teachers to embed academic language into classroom instruction and learning. Dr. Boals states, “Teachers need guidance, tools and support for the teaching of language within school contexts to maximize language and content learning.”
Pictured (L-R) Brenda Herrera, Wendy Wildman Long, Dr. Boals, Jenifer Rafferty, Amber Hackworth and Jennivine Yu.
Recently, WCS Autism Resource Specialist Maria Demopoulos visited with Tricia Sloma of WNDU. Maria shared information to raise awareness of autism and to benefit autism programs in Kosciusko County.