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Harrison Elementary will have its fifth annual Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. There will be over 40 vendors and crafters selling items. The event will also feature a bake sale with all proceeds benefiting students at Harrison Elementary.

Some items being sold include: Usborne books, Scentsy, Lula Roe, 31, It Works, Lipsense, Perfectly Posh, Mary and Martha, Party Lite, Origami Owl, Norwex, Everyday Beads, MW Studios, Young Living, Paparazzi, Sarah Jane’s Boutique, crochet items, blankets, illustrations and prints, wooden items, Kloset Boutique, and much more.

Please come support this event to raise money for Harrison’s Pride Paw Store to support positive student behavior.
Warsaw Community Schools invites you to attend the third annual Elementary Robotics Showcase from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10. The event will take place in the Warsaw Area Career Center Gym, located at 1 Tiger Lane, Warsaw.

The entire community is welcome to attend this free event, which will showcase the skills and knowledge WCS elementary students have garnered in robotics. The students have worked to learn the engineering and programming skills needed to maneuver the robots while also enforcing soft skills of problem solving, team work and perseverance. 

Events will include drag racing and capture the flag Lego robotics performances. Concessions will be available. 

The annual event is made possible through a generous donation from Zimmer Biomet, Warsaw, which allowed for each elementary school to be equipped with 12 Lego EV3 robots along with additional Lego equipment.

Warsaw Community Schools is proud to announce Harrison Elementary Principal Matt Deeds recent award of Elementary Principal of the Year by the Indiana Association of Student Councils.

Deeds is a graduate of Purdue University, where he attained his bachelor’s degree in secondary English

education as well as his master’s degree in educational administration and supervision. Bringing a passion for student success both in and out of the classroom, Deeds served as a middle school educator from August 2006 to July 2012. In 2012, he transitioned into his administrative roles at Lakeview Middle School before becoming principal at Harrison in 2016.

Deeds notes during the course of the past year, he worked closely alongside Student Council Sponsor Dan Graney to promote numerous philanthropic service projects while developing character growth and leadership with students.

In addition to his service to students through his career, Deeds also brings his talents to several school and community organizations.

Pictured are: (from left) Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of WCS; Addison Mehlberg, student council co-president; Matt Deeds, Harrison Elementary Principal; Elizabeth Vander Bie, student council co-president; Dan Graney, student council advisor.
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.
Warsaw Community High School students met Monday, Nov. 13, to present a check to the K21 Kosciusko Cancer Care Fund totaling $3,087.80.

The donation follows fundraising done by students and staff during the annual breast cancer awareness pink out game. Though WCHS played against Wawasee High School, both schools worked together to help raise funds before and during the game for the cause.

“WCS students participated in an annual fundraising competition with Wawasee High School on Sept. 29 to raise awareness and funds for the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund,” noted Troy Akers, principal of WCHS. “The competition was highlighted by all WCHS administrators having their hair dyed pink for the school day and the game. Over $3,000.00 went from Warsaw students and patrons to assist those in need. Great job Tigers!”

Fundraising activities prior to the pink out game included various spirit days and events such as a staff jeans day, the sale of pink t-shirts and collections held in the cafeteria.

Photo caption: (from left) Hayley Campbell, senior; Abigail Federico, senior; Jennifer Stewart, K21 Cancer Care Fund; Zach Riley, senior; Tristan Larsh, senior; Alyson Grindle, senior; Emily Oler, senior.
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.   

Photo Caption:

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.

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