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On Wednesday, Jan. 24, Warsaw Community High School and the Warsaw Area Career Center are holding the annual WCHS/WACC Academic Showcase from 5-8 p.m. This event is primarily meant for current WCHS students and their parents, as well as all incoming freshmen for next year in the class of 2022. This is a great chance to come tour the building and see all the wonderful opportunities that are available to students at WCHS and in the WACC. Every department throughout the school will be showcasing their talented teachers and previewing their available classes and curriculums. There will be fun and interactive activities, as well as informational flyers that will help students and families decide what courses they should take at WCHS.

To the parents of incoming freshmen (current eighth graders), there will be two opportunities to attend the informative meeting in the Performing Arts Center. The first Class of 2022 meeting is scheduled for 5-5:45 p.m., and the second will be held at 6-6:45 p.m. The meetings are the same information, and parents of incoming freshmen (Class of 2022) are encouraged to attend one of the meetings.

Click here for a full preview of each department's showcase.
Following a year of successful implementation during the 2016-2017 school year, Warsaw Community Schools has announced the first eLearning snow make-up day of the school year for Saturday, Feb. 17. Students will have until the following Thursday, Feb. 22, to submit assignments from the day.

For more information, read the eLearning FAQ included below:

What is an eLearning Day?

Currently, Indiana state law requires students to attend 180 instructional days. An eLearning day is an approved instructional day by the state of Indiana that can be used as a make-up school day through technology. A calendar including eLearning has been an area evaluated by WCS for several years. To ensure it could be implemented correctly under the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) requirements, significant work was completed in our 1:1 initiatives (ratio of 1 computer for each student), instructional practices with technology and technology infrastructure.

Why utilize eLearning Days?

A calendar including eLearning has been an area evaluated by WCS for several years. To ensure it could be implemented correctly under the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) requirements, significant work was completed in our 1:1 initiatives (ratio of 1 computer for each student), instructional practices with technology and technology infrastructure. We are pleased to announce that WCS has reached the point where implementation is now possible.

What does this look like for a Saturday?

The Saturday will be very flexible. Teachers will practice with students during a traditional day preceding the eLearning days to help students locate classwork, assignments and teacher availability for help during the day. Assignments will be posted by 9:00 am during the eLearning day.

What do the lesson plans look like for the day?

The IDOE requires that lessons are relevant to the current curriculum. Due to a guaranteed and viable curriculum throughout grade levels and content areas, many of these collaborative areas (Professional Learning Communities) will be able to share ideas and lesson plans for the day.

What do I do if a student cannot connect on that day?

It is understood that all students may not be able to attend digitally due to previously scheduled events or obligations. eLearning provides a great amount of flexibility. Students will have additional time to complete the e-learning lessons. eLearning assignments will not be due until the Thursday morning following the actual eLearning day. This will also provide for special services if required or needed for students.

Will we have computer labs open during the day?

Yes. We will have computer labs staffed during these days for students. Please watch for hours and locations to be established and communicated. Announcement will be made available through the WCS and building websites along with the Peachjar district notifications.

What will training look like for the parents?

The eLearning instructional staff along with our Equipping Families initiative team has developed parent help guides and instructions to assist with these days. These guides are available on the school websites prior to the eLearning days.

When will the work be due and how will attendance be taken?

Attendance will be counted with completion of the assignments. Assignments will be due on the Thursday morning following the eLearning day.

Will we have future eLearning days on the actual day of the cancellation?

This could be an option for the future. Currently, we are just in the beginning stages of the eLearning journey. At this time, plans do not include making up the days on the exact day of cancellation.
If you are an authorized office equipment dealer or distributor for the Elkhart/Kosciusko County areas please read below:

Public Education School Districts Request for Proposals
Three (3) Local school districts have combined a request for
Digital Copier MFP products!

Concord Community Schools
59040 Minuteman Way,
Elkhart, IN 46517

Warsaw Community Schools
1 Administartion Dr.,
Warsaw, IN 46580

Wa-Nee Community Schools
1300 N. Main St.,
Nappanee, IN 46550

The above mentioned school districts are accepting proposals for the replacement of 170 plus copier MFP products. There is a formal request process that needs to be followed.
To receive a copy of the Proposal Request Document with all the details please feel free to email 
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National Sunday Supper Month is an annual designation observed in January. The Sunday supper was once an opportunity after a hectic week for families to gather around the supper table to spend time together and share stories about their week. These days families are busy with after school activities, jobs and homework. Sunday supper has been a disappearing tradition around the country and the Sunday Supper Movement aims to bring families back together in the kitchen and around the dinner table one Sunday at a time. If you are finding it difficult to get together with your family at the dinner table, here is a little inspiration:

OBSERVE
Gather with family or friends & prepare a meal together
Savor each other’s company around the supper table
TURN PHONES OFF! And the TV, too! NO electronic devices allowed at the table!

MAKE IT FUN
Theme nights – try a theme night – try a taco bar, pasta night, or make your own pizzas – the possibilities are endless. It is also a great time to try out that new recipe.
Invite friends or family – reconnect with friends and family by sharing a meal with them. Make it a potluck and play some games.
Make it a moveable feast. Do a tailgate. Go on a picnic or eat in the backyard. Move the meal to Grandma’s house every now and then. What’s important is that your family is together.
Use conversation starters – talk about the best part of your day, where you would like to go on a vacation, or your most embarrassing moment. The most important thing is to interact with those sitting with you.

BENEFITS
Promotes healthier eating
Cheaper than eating out – save money by cooking your own meals
You control your portions – the average restaurant meal has as much as 60% more calories than a homemade meal.
Allows a family to focus on each other and to enjoy face to face interaction

Empower your family by nurturing them around the family table. Making a vow to eat together on Sunday evenings. Who knows? That may soon grow into more family meals shared with the ones you love.


www.sundaysuppermovement.com

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The Indiana Department of Education recently announced the finalized graduation rate for Indiana high schools during the 2016-2017 school year. After reviewing student data, Warsaw Community Schools is proud to announce its best graduation rate at 95.1 percent in the past 40 years. 

Over the past 4 years, WCS has made significant strides in its efforts to improve graduation rates. Equipped with the knowledge that students who graduate from high school are less likely to suffer hardships in life, WCS created a graduation cohort to examine current student data in order to intervene on behalf of students to ensure their success in meeting their graduation goals. The cohort constantly assesses best practices through data analysis and visiting schools who have shown a marked improvement in their own graduation rates.

“We are very excited about the high graduation rate and continual growth that has occurred in our graduation rate,” stated Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools. “It has been a collaborative effort between our teachers (kindergarten through senior year), administration, support staff, community organizations, parents and volunteers.”

In addition to strengthening successful practices leading to student graduation, Warsaw Community High School and Warsaw Area Career Center have also greatly expanded course offerings over the past few years. These offerings allow students a sense of engagement and relevance in their studies as well as pathways forward toward receiving not only their diploma, but college credit and workplace certifications.

Although the rigor of coursework and testing mandated by the state has increased over the years, Warsaw Community Schools students are meeting and exceeding these expectations through the commitment of students and staff alike. Warsaw Schools remains committed to inspiring and equipping all students to continuously acquire and apply knowledge and skill while pursuing their dreams and enriching the lives of others.
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Warsaw Community Schools Christmas break will take place from Monday, Dec. 25 through Friday, Jan. 5. School will resume session on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. 
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