Geometry students spent the past week designing and drawing their own cities, being sure to incorporate certain geometric concepts.

They then had to present and market those cities to their classmates. The students also had to do career research into what a real urban planner does and what is required for education. 

Caption: Students in Stephen Coble’s geometry class display their city plan.

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Warsaw Community Schools recently welcomed Congressman Jim Banks on Wednesday, Sept. 20, for a tour of several buildings alongside several WCS staff, administrator and board members. While at WCS, Banks had the opportunity to learn about the many unique programs WCS offers.

The tour began at Eisenhower Elementary, where Banks was invited to observe the kindergarten and first grade Spanish Dual Language Immersion classes. Banks DLI offers a rich, bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language.

The tour continued on to Washington STEM Academy. Banks had the opportunity to observe and engaged in a pollution awareness program provided by Sarah Baier from KC Recycling. The purpose of the program is to teach students about aquifers and how to protect our freshwater by
appropriate disposal of pollutants and poison liquids.

Dressed in waders, Banks joined a group of fifth grade Washington students in Eagle Creek. Students collected macroinvertebrates in order to determine the health of the creek. Through exposure to this program and information, students will be motivated to become responsible
stewards of freshwater resources.

Congressman Banks also had the opportunity to hear of the Warsaw Area Career Center's innovative programs focused on developing community partnerships, industry-based curriculum and entrepreneurship opportunities.

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Knights Community Closet, located at Claypool Elementary, is a school-based clothing store stocked entirely by community donations and ran by staff and student volunteers. The idea to create the store followed an observation that many students did not appear to have their basic clothing needs met.

Prior to the creation of the store, many students arrived at school without undergarments or socks. Others came wearing pants that were too big and were falling off or too small and were unable to be zipped. Torn shirts and shoes with the holes and the soles coming off were also observed.

Staff reported these clothing issues to be a distraction to the student and a deterrent to learning with several asking how a student can be educated if their basic needs are not being met.

In order to address these needs, staff and Claypool Principal Melissa Rees transformed the area behind the school’s stage into a clothing store. As community members became aware of the project, donations began pouring in. In addition to this support, seven racks of clothing were donated by Second Mile Missions. Claypool Student Counsel, the Claypool Bible Club and staff donated time, before and after school, during recess times and on weekends to get the store up and running.

After requesting teacher and staff referrals, a list of students that might benefit from the service was compiled and applications were sent out to families, explaining the store and requesting permission for their student to shop. Students were then given appointment times and escorted by a staff member to shop and fill a tote with the clothing they would pick out themselves.

After their shopping trip, students are given the opportunity to donate back to the store by bringing back items that they have outgrown. In teaching them the joy of giving back, even if it is just a small item, they are given accountability and pride in knowing that they are helping others which fulfills the WCS mission statement of enriching the lives of others.

After a successful first year of serving over 50 students, the Knights Community Closet is expanding into an empty classroom. The expansion will allow for more clothing racks, a portable changing room, more storage and the opportunity to provide for basic hygiene items such as shampoo, soaps, toothbrushes and more.

If anyone is interested in learning more about Knights Community Closet or would like to make a donation, please contact Julie Reed, Claypool Elementary School nurse at 574-566-2300. 
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Madison kindergarteners kick out stem education in style. In partnership with Science Central, students enjoyed learning about parts of a plant through dissection and reading activities. Later on, students were introduced to utilizing Madison’s Bee Bot technology. 

Every grade level will have the opportunity to dissect an organism through a partnership created with Science Central.

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Allergy season is apon us. Although we may not see ragweed and grass in full bloom yet, they are lurking! 
One of the ways our allergies can be triggered is via the food we eat. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) occurs when we eat certain foods that have similar proteins as pollen. You may get an itchy mouth or throat after you eat certain fruits, vegetables, or nuts. Some common cross-reactive foods include: 
  • Birch pollen: apple, almond, carrot, celery, cherry, hazelnut, kiwi, peach, pear, plum
  • Grass pollen: celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomato
  • Ragweed pollen: banana, cucumber, melons, sunflower seeds, zucchini
The reaction is usually mild and does not trigger anaphylaxis in most cases. If this reaction occurs it is best to avoid the food trigger, especially during high pollen season. 
You can reduce the chance of reaction by peeling the food, cooking the food or eating the food in a canned version. All of these techniques lessen the pollen like proteins on the food. 
Seek medical attention if the symptoms worsen or if you experience symptoms after eating the food cooked. 
To learn more about OAS (oral allergy syndrome) visit the Allergy Asthma Network website.

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Wednesday, two Warsaw Community Schools played against each other for a charitable cause. Lakeview and Edgewood Middle Schools faced each other at Fisher Field, located at Warsaw Community High School, while raising funds to support The Cancer Care Fund of Kosciusko.

The seventh-grade game began at 5:30 p.m. with guests invited to participate in the “pink out” theme. The eighth-grade game followed the conclusion of the seventh-grade game.

T-shirts were available for purchase at the game. All proceeds raised during the event will be donated to the Cancer Care Fund.
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