The WCHS Bands present Springscapes at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Warsaw Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature the Warsaw Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble and Symphonic Winds featuring music from classic to modern.

The ensembles are under the direction of Robert Brannock and Kyle Travis. The concert is a free event. 
The Warsaw Community High School dance department will be presenting their annual Spring Dance Concert at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14. the recital will display numerous student choreographed works.

Tickets will be $6 general admission seating. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting the Warsaw Performing Arts Center Box Office at (574) 371-5040. Donations will also be accepted after the performance if you wish to contribute to our continually growing program. All proceeds go directly into the dance program. Come join us for an entertaining evening of dance in celebration of a successful school year, and help us say goodbye to our ensemble seniors.
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It's hard to imagine after such a long winter that Spring is finally here. Our kids are outside exploring and with that comes the risk of tick bites.

Ticks can live in the tall grass, bushes, leaf piles and woods. Merely brushing by a bush with a tick on it can allow it to hitch a ride on your child's pant leg.

You can protect your children from tick bites and tick-borne disease by having them wear long sleeves and long pants when playing in the woods. Wear a repellant with at least 20% DEET

When your children come back in from playing outside be sure to check for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair. Ticks like to hide in the warm , dark areas.

If you see a tick, don't panic. Simply remove the tick with tweezers, squeezing it as close to the skin as possible and pulling upward with steady even pressure. Avoid using old folklore remedies such as salt, nail polish or gasoline. Removing the tick as soon as it is discovered is best. Be sure to wash the area as soon as the tick is removed.

Monitor for symptoms. Watch for a rash or fever up to several weeks after a bite. If a rash or a fever develop seek medical attention. Be sure to let the doctor know about the bite, when it occured and where the tick was acquired.

For more information on ticks visit the CDC website.

Get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather and be Tick Savvy.

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Warsaw Community High School announces the 2018 Fine Arts Festival from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 10.  This amazing celebration of the visual and performing arts in Warsaw will be held in the Performing Arts Center at Warsaw Community High School.

The 39th annual Tri Kappa Art Exhibit in the Black Box Theater will be open to the public from 6-9 p.m.  The Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa has provided financial support for this event for 39 years. Students will display visual art works created during this school year and senior studio artists will showcase their work from the past four years. Three local artists jury the show and monetary awards will be given to winners in 12 categories as well as a best of show and runner-up best of show.

Activities for the evening include: WCHS dance classes performing several exciting numbers; student produced video showcase on the big screen in the auditorium; WCHS jazz band; WCS strings ensemble; Tri Kappa juried art exhibit-sponsored by The Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa; potter’s wheel, stone carving and painting demonstrations; individual musical performances on the small stage in the lobby; STARR program student art exhibit; cultural art and craft displays from the world languages and family and consumer Services departments; Mike Kelly exhibit in the gallery on the curve; and culinary arts students serving their inventive appetizers and desserts.

The public is invited to attend. Please join the WCHS performing and visual arts teachers and their talented students for this evening of fun and celebration of the arts. All events are free and open to the public.
Warsaw Community Schools is proud to announce the continued partnership of Zimmer Biomet through a recent grant award. The grant, which totals $150,000, will be utilized to further STEM initiatives through expansion of STEM materials and personnel and the expansion of Warsaw Community Schools’ partnership network.

“We are so thankful and excited to partner with Zimmer Biomet on continuing to move STEM forward within Warsaw Community Schools,” noted WCS Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert. “Their continued growth of funding shows a strong commitment to our students, schools and community. These funds will be utilized to continue growth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, ensuring that WCS stays a leader in the field. STEM education is critical to our local and global workforce and WCS is thankful to Zimmer Biomet for partnering to create the next generation of industry leaders and workforce.”

Warsaw Schools have enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Zimmer Biomet, particularly in regards to furthering STEM curriculum for students of all ages. Over the past year, Zimmer Biomet’s support has provided numerous invaluable educational opportunities for students including support for the annual Elementary Robotics Showcase. The showcase provides a unique platform for student growth as well as community involvement by allowing over 200 students to demonstrate their knowledge in engineering and robotics.

In addition to furthering robotics, grant dollars provided by Zimmer Biomet have also provided solar eclipse glasses to all students in order to provide a safe, and educational viewing experience; Lego educational materials to assist in curriculum development; makerspace training for staff; partnership network development; consumable resources for the WCS WILL bus; and numerous other training opportunities for staff.

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees of WCS, we wish to express our gratitude to Zimmer Biomet for its investment in Warsaw Community Schools. We know that the giving of time, talent and resources is vital to the well-being of our community. Zimmer Biomet’s commitment to WCS enhances our community by continuing the advancement of WCS academic priorities in STEM curriculum and education, throughout all of our schools,” explained WCS Board of Trustees President Heather Reichenbach. “This investment will provide additional resources and expand opportunities to further inspire and equip our students with knowledge and build specific life and academic skills so they may enrich the lives of others in our community and beyond. We are exceedingly thankful for Zimmer Biomet’s support of these initiatives and excited for the future of our schools and community."  
Jefferson third grade classes had the opportunity to visit Pizza King for math class and learn about using fractions in the real world. In addition, Karis Miller's class participated in the Pizza King Persuasive Writing Contest. Students wrote letters to Pizza King in order to persuade the business to add their unique pizza creations to the Pizza King menu.   

The winner of the contest was Xavier Xique with the "Xavier Deluxe" pizza. Runners-up were Chloe McGillem with "The Cool Pizza" and Savannah Purdy with "The Italian" pizza. 

The "Xavier Deluxe" pizza will run on special during the month of April at the Winona Avenue Pizza King. A percentage of each pizza purchase will be donated to the Jefferson lunch-accounts fund.

Jefferson Elementary students and staff would like to extend thanks to Pizza King for enriching the lives of Jefferson students by providing a fun and interactive learning experience.

Pictured: Xavier Xique, winner of the Pizza King Persuasive Writing Contest, poses with his first-place award.

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