The deadline for all WCS Students to have immunizations completed and turned into their school nurse for the 2018-2019 school year is Aug. 14, the first day of school. According to IC 20-34-4-5, students in all grades are required to meet the minimum immunization requirements set forth by the Indiana State Department of Health, no later than the first day of school attendance.

Parents need to provide proof of their student’s immunization status, either as a written document from the health care provider who administered the immunization or documentation provided from the state immunization data registry.

In Indiana, exemptions are allowed for medical or religious reasons. Each exemption has specific rules for filing, so please check with the school nurse for the required annual documentation.

Parents of new students enrolling into WCS must provide the school with written immunization documentation. Each state can differ on their requirements, so please know that your student might require additional immunizations for school attendance.

The Immunization requirements for the 2018-19 school year are listed on the Indiana CHIRP and Warsaw Community Schools- Health Services websites. Please note that both 6th graders and 12th graders have additional immunization requirements.

Questions about immunizations can be directed to the school nurse in each building. They will be available starting Aug. 8. You may also contact Tracey Akers, Nurse coordinator at
Warsaw Community Schools will welcome students and staff back to the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 14. In preparation for the start of school, each WCS building will host a time for parents and students to visit and tour the buildings and learn more about their child’s school.

All WCS elementary schools will host an open house from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. Students attending the event are able to drop off their school supplies, see their classrooms and meet elementary administrative staff and teachers.

Middle school students will also have opportunities to visit their schools prior to the start of the school year. Lakeview Middle School will be open to families from 1-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. The school will host a back to school night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Students wanting to tour their schedule are able to visit the building from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2-9.

Edgewood Middle School will be open to families from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. Edgewood will host a parent and student meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Warsaw Community High School invites parents and students alike to a back to school event from 3:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. In addition, students are invited to visit from anytime between 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, to Thursday, Aug. 9, to walk their schedule, find their lockers and learn more about the layout of the building before the start of school.

In addition to these events, WCHS will hold Freshmen Orientation from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the Performing Arts Center. In order to provide added flexibility for parents and students, there will be two different presentation time slots at 5:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Parents need only to attend one of these time slots as the same information will be covered each time. These presentations allow parents to hear important information regarding the school year and meet and hear from key school figures including the freshman grade-level principal Matt Barrett.  Students will also receive their iPad at this event and have an opportunity to tour the school and learn their class schedule. All incoming freshmen students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend. This is an important evening designed to assist students in making a smooth transition into high school. WCHS looks forward to welcoming the class of 2021 and their parents during this event

Other class-level meetings will take place during enrichment periods on Thursday, Aug. 16, to provide further information for students in each grade level.
Please click on the following links for school supply lists for the 2018-2019 school year. Secondary school supply listings are course and student dependent. Suggested supplies for the secondary level are provided at the start of the school year.

Elementary School Supply Lists

Claypool Elementary
Eisenhower Elementary
Harrison Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
Leesburg Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Madison Elementary
Washington STEM Academy

OPEN BACK PACK WITH ASSORTMENT OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 13 Jul 2017.
Warsaw Community Schools is hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, at the WCS Central Administration Office. During the event, attendees are invited to meet with various WCS department leaders to learn more about open positions and their roles within the district.  

The fair will highlight full and part-time openings within various WCS departments. These positions include custodians, paraprofessionals, bus drivers and food services staff. Interested candidates are encouraged and welcome to apply during the job fair for open positions. Resumes are welcome but not required to apply.

For more information or questions, email For further details on job postings visit
Warsaw Community Schools' middle school band students recently concluded their summer band program. Both beginner and advanced students took part in practices, a band cookout, trip and concerts.

According to Band Director Joseph Peloza, students in the beginning band began their endeavors with their instruments through practicing out of their books. Peloza noted students made immense progress during their training.

“As a group of beginners just starting, I was impressed by the tone quality they displayed, enthusiasm, and their focus,” stated Peloza. “I heard many positive comments from parents after our concert. They enjoyed our dramatic opening to the concert as well as the students’ ability to follow my direction quickly. They could not believe that the students had only been playing for a few weeks.”

The advanced band students performed a concert that included a variety of musical styles. Their selections included Star-Spangled Banner, America, the Beautiful, This Is My Country, and music from the musical Cabaret. “They (the students) didan amazing job preparing for this concert. I am fortunate to work with a great group of students,” noted Peloza.

In addition to their practices, 66 middle school band students embarked on Saturday, June 23, to Deep River Waterpark, Merrillville.

“Our practices, band cookout, trip and concerts were enjoyed by everybody,” stated Peloza. “I had a great time working with the students this year and look forward to a great school year starting in August!”

Warsaw Community Schools invites parents to attend a night of free learning in the fields of digital learning and safety for youth and teens. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Monday, July 23, in the Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center.

Two guest speakers will attend the event to share information on youth and teen technology use. Speakers will include Adam Welcome, a champion of building classroom relationships with students in a digital age, and Dr. Lori Desautels, assistant professor at Butler University’s College of Education focusing on brain research in adolescents.

The event is free to the community and parents with students of all ages are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Snacks will be provided during the event. In addition, parents will be able to ask questions and receive information on the WCS iPad insurance plan. Sign-ups for insurance will not be available during the event. This event was made possible through the Summer of E-Learning grant award by the Indiana Department of Education.

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