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The first eLearning Day for 2017-2018 for Warsaw Community Schools will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17. This day and March 17, have been scheduled to make up school days that have been missed due to dangerous weather conditions. Making up lost instructional time in this manner allows students to be dismissed for the summer in late May as opposed to June.

eLearning Day Procedures

All student assignments for the eLearning Day will be posted by 9 a.m. on the district and school website. The district website may be accessed by visiting http://www.warsaw.k12.in.us and the school web site may be accessed by visiting http://yourschoolname.warsaw.k12.in.us (ie: http://claypool.warsaw.k12.in.us). All lessons will be organized by school and grade level. Each teacher’s page will provide specific instructions for the assignments to be completed as well as optional enrichment activities. If the teacher has included a parent signature form for student assignments, the parent or guardian will need to sign and return the form to school to verify lesson completion.

The assignments may be completed on the actual eLearning Day or may be completed and turned in any time prior to the start of school on the following Thursday, Feb. 22. Completion of the assignments will allow the student to be counted as in attendance on the eLearning Day. Any student who fails to turn in the assignments by the deadline will be counted absent for the eLearning Day.

On the eLearning Day, teachers may be contacted by email or other established means of communication with any questions about assignments. Additionally, a technology support line will be available for any general technology questions by calling 574-371-5088 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lesson Plans by School:

WCHS/WACC
Edgewood
Lakeview
Claypool
Eisenhower
Harrison
Jefferson
Leesburg
Lincoln
Madison
Washington
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.
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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.
On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Warsaw FFA Chapter will host their 14th annual Community Appreciation Supper & Member Workers’ Auction in the WCHS Cafeteria. The evening will begin with a free chili and hot dog supper that will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. FFA members will be serving supper to show their appreciation for the support local businesses and community members have provided to the chapter over the years.

FFA members volunteer four hours of community service in return for a monetary donation to our chapter to support activities throughout the year. Some of the activities include state and national conventions, career development events, leadership contests, supplies and materials for those contests and monthly chapter activities.  This annual event is a great way to support your local FFA chapter and impact its members.

All community members and businesses are invited to join the Warsaw FFA for an evening of good food and fun.

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Back Row: Katie Wood, Reagan Rowland, Zach Howard, Jacob Baker, Hunter Lane, Katie Zorn, Ayden Ault, Kyleigh Dove, Haley Archer, Morgan Smith. Front Row: Ciara Stout, Valerie Messmore, Dallasen Fulk, Katilyn Bays, Allison Heinrich, Reese Rowland.
As the fall colors come into full view, being outside during the school day provides students an even better learning experience. 

Claypool Elementary has started a three-year plan to bring a network of trails and learning centers to the students and staff. The woods north of the school building will be home to several hundred meters of nature trails along with outdoor classrooms and observation points.

Year one of the plan is nearing completion with a trail leading along the pond, through the woods and down to the creek. Approaching the creek, the trail widens to an outdoor classroom, complete with seating and a whiteboard.

Darci Zolman, a representative from the Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation, provided valuable knowledge and resources to help get the project going. According to research presented by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, school performance increases with outdoor learning opportunities.  

 Students’ attitudes toward school, test scores and behavior all see a marked improvement as well. Other notable influences on students include a positive sense of self, creativity and empathy towards others. Many of the Claypool teachers have already taken advantage of the trail and outdoor classroom. Students are eager to continue outdoor learning opportunities and look forward to the additions that the next two years will bring.

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