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Warsaw Community Schools recently welcomed Thomas Franklin to share his journey as an award-winning photographer, multimedia journalist, documentary filmmaker and college professor.

Franklin is best known for his iconic flag raising image taken at ground zero of the World Trade Center immediately after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. This widely recognized photograph was featured on the United States Postal Service’s heroes fundraising stamp. Proceeds from these stamps have generated over $10 million dollars for those affected by 9/11.

A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2002, Franklin’s image was cited by Life as one of the “100 Photographs That Changed the World.” The photo has become part of a permanent collection of the library of congress, the Newseum and the National September 11 Museum.

Franklin first met with students of Warsaw Community High School during a special convocation honoring veterans in the Warsaw Performing Arts Center. The event featured the presentation of colors by the WCHS JROTC program; the performance of the “National Anthem” by WCHS select choral as well as the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” by the WCHS choir.

Franklin shared his experience as a multi-media journalist at the scene of the World Trade Center and the incredible effect his photos had not only on his life, but the lives of others. 

Following the Veterans Day program, Franklin met with high school photography and journalism students to share tips and advice for students interested in multi-media communications. Approximately 86 students had the unique opportunity to engage with Franklin in a classroom setting to learn more about his techniques and the artistic process behind “making a photo.” A question and answer session followed this presentation with an opportunity for students to take a group photo with Franklin at the close of the session.

Franklin concluded his visit with a presentation to Warsaw Community Schools' fifth grade students in the Warsaw PAC. During this presentation, Franklin encouraged students to pursue their dreams and goals while enriching the lives of others.
Leesburg Elementary recently returned from visiting multiple dual language immersion schools in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

DLI offers a rich, bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language. Instruction is divided between two high-quality, creative classrooms: one English, one Spanish. Students in dual language immersion enjoy the advantages of two caring, qualified teachers. 

This trip, which was paid for by the Indiana Department of Education’s DLI grant Leesburg received in the summer of 2017, allowed the principal and a group of teachers to observe different programs and collaborate with teachers, principals, and Utah's Department of Education's DLI program directors. 

The trip allowed the group of educators to develop a stronger understanding of Utah's DLI model, which is the model Warsaw Community Schools will continue to follow for their DLI programs.  

Leesburg's DLI program will begin in kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year. Leesburg Elementary will be looking for fluent Spanish speaking teachers and paraprofessionals for the upcoming year. If you are interested in learning more about the program, or interested in getting your child on the waitlist, please call the school at 574-453-4121.   

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Nathan Polston, principal of Leesburg Elementary, and a group of Leesburg teachers visit a school in Utah with Carolyn Schubach, Utah DLI administrator director, and Lois Lovell, Utah DLI English director.
Haley Archer and Jacob Baker, students in the Warsaw FFA Chapter, each received a blue corduroy FFA jacket as a gift from local organizations. Haley Archer received her jacket through Clunette Elevator and Syngenta via the Gift of Blue Jacket Program as a special project of the National FFA Organization.

The National FFA Foundation awarded a jacket to Jacob Baker in honor and recognition of Mr. Kip Tom’s time on the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees.

The jacket unifies members in a long-standing tradition and reminds them that they are part of something larger than themselves. The official FFA jacket is symbolic and an icon of an American tradition- instilling pride and responsibility on those who wear it. 

Agriculture programs prepare students for high-demand careers in innovative industries like biotechnology, renewable energies, engineering, food production and more. They also teach students how to be leaders and prepare them to take on the challenges of the next generation. 

The Warsaw FFA Chapter makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Image Caption: Warsaw FFA Officers congratulate Gift of Blue FFA Jacket Recipients (L to R) Ciara Stout (President), Reagan Rowland (Reporter), Valerie Messmore (Vice President), Haley Archer, Hunter Lane (Sentinel), Jacob Baker, Zach Howard (Treasurer), Morgan Smith (Secretary).
On Oct. 19, parents, staff, students and the community are invited to attend a STEM town hall meeting. The event will provide information on STEM education throughout the Warsaw Community Schools’ district.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center. Discussions will be led by a panel including Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of Warsaw Schools; Ben Barkey, principal of Madison Elementary and former STEM coach; David Burden, STEM instructional coach; and Tom Ray, Washington STEM Academy Principal. The panel will be moderated by David Robertson, WCS chief academic officer.

Please join us for an evening of discovery and discussion on STEM education inside of WCS.
This summer, a Warsaw Community High School sophomore had the opportunity to represent his school at the Congress of Science and Technology.

Keagan Rice attended the three-day experience featuring 28 different speakers ranging from some of the brightest scientific minds to motivational speakers. The event was led by Richard Rossi as he kept the enrgy up with his famous catch phrase "Energy Baby."

Demonstrations included Scott Flansburg (The Human Calculator), who showcased how fast he could calculate numbers, as well as Jim Kwik, an expert at memory and speed reading. Several presentations were also given on new breakthroughs in technology, including human-like robots and explanations of the company inventing the flying car.

“This was one of the greatest experiences of my life…Several motivational speakers such as Sean Stephenson and Bo Eason, a former football player, had a large impact on my life and helped me to realize that I want to follow in their footsteps to become a motivational speaker,” stated Rice.

“I had always teetered on the edge of what I had wanted to do as I grew up, but after hearing their life stories and hearing just how much they had changed people's lives, I realized that motivational speaking was my true dream. I will always remember the time I spent there and suggest that anyone who enjoys science and technology try and make it and experience it for themselves.”
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Warsaw Community Schools will hold Parent-Teacher Conferences according to the following schedule:

Elementary School Schedule

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, Grades K-6, Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, Grades K-6, Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Students Dismissed
Middle School Schedule

Edgewood and Lakeview Middle Schools will continue to hold conferences in the fall prior to Fall Break and an additional day of conferences during the spring semester. This additional day will give parents and teachers a time to meet in the spring to continue discussion around student achievement.

The dates and times for Parent-Teacher Conferences for BOTH middle schools are listed below:

Middle School Fall and Spring Conferences


  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 8:40 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Students Dismissed
  • Thursday, Feb. 15, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.


High School Schedule
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Students Dismissed
  • WCHS Teachers will be located in the Tiger Den and arranged alphabetically.
  • WACC Teachers will be in the Career Center Gym and arranged alphabetically.

Gateway Educational Center


  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Fall Break is scheduled on Oct. 26-27, 2017. School Dismissed for all students and school buildings will be closed.
All parents are encouraged to attend the Parent-Teachers Conferences.
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