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Dr. David Hoffert - Superintendent

Dr. David Hoffert - Superintendent

Dr. Hoffert is a proud graduate of the Warsaw Community High School and a lifelong resident of the Warsaw Community. He began his teaching career in Warsaw Community Schools as a WCHS history teacher. He served as the principal at Northfield Jr./Sr. High in the MSD of Wabash school district. Dr. Hoffert returned to Warsaw as the Chief Academic Officer and Assistant Superintendent prior to his current appoint as the WCS Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Hoffert received his PhD in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University.

In this video, Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert recaps the successes of our Strategic Plan over the past 5 years, and looks forward to the next 5 years as we seek to meet the needs of our students and community.


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On behalf of Warsaw Community Schools, I welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. Our long-standing tradition of academic achievement, extensive curricular offerings, enrichment opportunities and extra-curricular activities awaits our 7,200 students. Our dedicated and highly qualified faculty and staff provide an educational environment for ALL students with a focus on development of future career dreams and enriching the lives of others through service to others and community. 

The 2015-2016 school year has been a year of building our future. Community partnerships and support have accelerated opportunities in STEM education, the arts, elementary robotics, world language immersion programs, health related curriculum and technology advancements. Major renovations have been taking place at Washington STEM Academy  and Edgewood Middle School. A new Lincoln Elementary is set to open its doors in January of 2017. 

In Warsaw Community Schools our mission is to inspire and equip all students to continuously acquire and apply knowledge and skills while pursuing their dreams and enriching the lives of others. As WCS continues to build our future and expand our corporation mission, we are dedicated to make 2016-2017 the best year ever in Warsaw Community Schools. It is an honor and privilege to partner with parents and the community in the education of our next generation. We welcome you to come and visit our local school or contact us at any time.  

We are here to serve you!

David Hoffert, PhD 
Superintendent of Schools
Warsaw Community Schools
dhoffert@warsawschools.org
(574) 371-5098


On behalf of Warsaw Community Schools, I welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. Our long-standing tradition of academic achievement, extensive curricular offerings, enrichment opportunities, and extra-curricular activities awaits our 7200 students. Our dedicated and highly qualified faculty and staff provide an educational environment for ALL students with a focus on development of future career dreams and enriching the lives of others through service to others and community.


The 2015-2016 school year has been a year of building our future. Community partnerships and support have accelerated opportunities in STEM education, the arts, elementary robotics, world language immersion programs, health related curriculum and technology advancements. Major renovations have been taking place at Washington STEM Academy and Edgewood Middle School.  A new Lincoln Elementary is set to open its doors in January of 2017.


In Warsaw Community Schools our mission is to inspire and equip all students to continuously acquire and apply knowledge and skills while pursuing their dreams and enriching the lives of others. As WCS continues to build our future and expand our corporation mission, we are dedicated to make 2016-2017 the best year ever in Warsaw Community Schools. It is an honor and privilege to partner with parents and the community in the education of our next generation. We welcome you to come and visit our local school or contact us at any time. 

We are here to serve you!


Dr. David Hoffert, Superintendent 
Warsaw Community Schools
Warsaw Community Schools Administration, the Warsaw Board of School Trustees and the Warsaw Community Education Association (WCEA) are pleased to announce the passage of a teachers’ contract effective for the 2015-2016 school year. While enrollment and state funding have stayed relatively flat for Warsaw Community Schools, all parties involved have actively and efficiently limited spending, thus creating the fiscal environment supporting this contract.

WCS has been under the new Indiana contract laws for three years. Indiana state code limits pay increase to only educators receiving an effective or highly effective evaluation rating during the 2014-2015 school year. For the eligible certified WCS teachers, the maximum increase possible will be $700 on the base salary or roughly a 1.5% increase on the current average salary.

WCS is still awaiting ISTEP results. These results partially account for teacher evaluation data as prescribed by Indiana law. Increases retroactive to the start of the 2015-2016 school year will occur once finalized data is provided by the Indiana State Board of Education. Initial timelines from the Indiana Department of Education estimate release of ISTEP data between December and April.
Dear Students, Parents, and Community Patrons, On behalf of Warsaw Community Schools, I welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year. Our long-standing tradition of academic achievement, extensive curricular offerings, enrichment opportunities, and extra-curricular activities awaits our 7200 students. Our dedicated and highly qualified faculty and staff provide an educational environment for ALL students. This year will be one of great promise as we continue forward living within our mission and strategic objectives.
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Warsaw Community Schools Guidelines for School Delays and Closings Due to Inclement Weather:  

Beliefs:  
  • Weather conditions are both variable and extreme in Northern Indiana.
  • WCS believes due to the large geographical size of Warsaw Community Schools, it is understood differing weather and/or road conditions could be present within the district. Due to this factor, on days with possible inclement weather WCS will complete the following steps.
    • Dispatch multiple transportation officials to the differing quadrants between 4:30-5:30 a.m.
    • These transportation officials will provide recommendations to the transportation director on the road/weather conditions.
    • The transportation director will also be communicating with city, county, and state road officials to evaluate road conditions by 5:30 a.m. along with evaluating forecast conditions.
    • Recommendations from the transportation department are then provided to the Superintendent.
  • Concrete rules do not exist for making decisions regarding variable and extreme weather, but these guidelines will serve as a reference for Warsaw Community Schools (WCS).
  • WCS believes the public expects schools to be open and to provide education, supervision, and other services (including meals) to its students.
  • WCS believes all parents are committed to keeping children safe and these parents will dress their children appropriately for the weather when sending children to school.
  • WCS recognizes that it is first and foremost a parental decision to determine if a child should attend school on inclement weather days.
  • WCS respects a parent’s determination regarding their child’s attendance at school during inclement weather. If school is open, or delayed, because of inclement weather, the school will respect the parent’s decision to keep their child at home. Parents are expected to contact the school and inform school officials of their determination. The student will be counted absent, per state code, and students will be given an opportunity to complete their academic work in the same manner as an excused absence from school.
Communication
  • On a normal day, it will be announced no later than 5:45 a.m. if we are delaying and/or closing.
  • Following a delay, it will be announced no later than 7:45 a.m. if schools will be closing.
  • Following the district’s Twitter account, @WCS_district or checking the school website www.warsaw.k12.in.us are the most immediate means of communication for delays and/or cancellations.
  • Automated phone and text messages through PowerSchool contacts are sent within 15 minutes of a delay and/or cancellation. Please update PowerSchool settings and contact information to ensure correct notification and/or if you wish not to be contacted by the automated system. These updates need to be completed for each registered student. 
    You may use the following instructions to update your preferences: SchoolMessenger-Parent-Instructions-1.pdf
  • Additional media outlets are also contacted:
    • WRSW
    • WIOE
    • WNDU
    • WSBT
    • WPTA
Delaying or Closing School is Based on Multiple Variables
Freezing Rain
  • The most unpredictable weather variable is freezing rain/sleet. Freezing rain/sleet is temperature sensitive and fast occurring. It begins and ends with little notice. When freezing rain/sleet is predicted, the decision regarding school is delayed until the latest possible time in effort to observe the most current and local conditions. Such a decision will generally be made in the morning.
Snowfall
  • Snowfall is more predictable than freezing rain/sleet. Meteorologists generally give a 2-inch variable when predicting snow accumulation. Because of the variation in actual snowfall, when compared to predicted snowfall, the decision regarding school status is delayed until the snow accumulation indicated a need for action. Such a decision, except in extreme situations, will generally be made in the morning.
Extreme Snowfall Situations
  • When snow has accumulated to a significant level, or is at such a level with more snowfall predicted, then the decision regarding school may be made the previous evening. A significant level is one in which local authorities have indicated it is unlikely streets will be passable by the following morning.
Extreme Cold (See Chart Below)
  • Temperature prediction is increasingly accurate. WCS uses the hourly temperature predictions from its zip code from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa.gov). In addition, WCS uses the Wind Chill Chart from NOAA and the National Weather Service showing when frostbite becomes a concern if bare skin is exposed to frigid temperatures for varying amounts of time.
  • If air temperature is predicted by NOAA to be -10 degrees or below with calm wind (the starting point for severe wind chill concern) at 6:00 a.m. the school will consider a two-hour delay for the start of school. If the air temperature is predicted to remain at -10 or below at 8:00 a.m. with calm wind, the school will consider closing. Such a determination will be made as early as possible, including the evening before.
Extreme Wind Chills (See Chart Below)
  • Wind chill prediction is not as accurate as temperature prediction because wind speed is more variable by time and location. NOAA observation and predictions are based upon the open conditions. These conditions can vary from the actual weather within the Warsaw Community Schools district. Local observations of wind speed will affect the decision regarding delaying or closing school.
  • Using the Wind Chill Chart, severe wind chill concerns or frostbite emerge at a predicted wind chill temperature at or near -20 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • If wind chill is predicted by NOAA to be at or near -20 degrees or below and if local conditions are predicted to mirror predicted wind chill temperatures at 8:00 a.m., the school will consider closing. The variability of wind speed will likely cause this decision to be made in the morning unless the predictions indicate extreme conditions past the threshold of frostbite. 
Please refer to the attached document to set up your preferences to receive phone calls, texts, and emails for delays and cancellations.
SchoolMessenger-Parent-Instructions-1.pdf

 


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