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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.
Rose Love's project lead the way: biomedical innovations and sciences classes had the opportunity to hear from a special guest speaker on Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19.

Marti Pollnow, a cardiovascular technologist in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Goshen Hospital, shared her passion for her career with these students. Marti not only showed them what a day in the Cath Lab looks like for her but also taught them about the wide variety of cases she sees on a weekly basis.

The students were able to see and practice with some of the equipment she uses on her patients on a daily basis, as well. Marti then tested the students' knowledge of the cardiovascular system as they've been learning about heart disease and structures recently.

Special thanks to Mrs. Pollnow for taking time out of her busy schedule to invest in the lives of our students! 

(Pictured: Mrs. Love's fourth period class and Makylie Leek and Marti Pollnow practicing with cath lab tools.)

Warsaw Community Schools has partnered with United Way of Kosciusko County to bring the Warsaw area the annual Kindergarten Countdown Camp.

The camp serves as an orientation program to kindergarten for children who have not had preschool experience. Students will be introduced to curriculum while also learning classroom, lunch and bathroom expectations.

Kindergarten Countdown is a free, 15-day summer class with certified teachers running from June 4-22. Free breakfast, lunch and transportation to and from school is provided. Some transportation limitations may apply. The camp will be held at Lakeview Middle School located at 848 E. Smith St., Warsaw.

Registration is required to be submitted no later than Friday, April 27. Assessments will be held May 2, at the WCS Central Administration Office. For more registration information please contact Jen Stafford at 574-371-5093 ext. 2429.

The next eLearning Day for 2017-2018 for Warsaw Community Schools will take place on Saturday, March. 24. This day has been scheduled to make up a school day that has 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, Mar. 29. 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.

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Lakeview
Claypool
Eisenhower
Harrison
Jefferson
Leesburg
Lincoln
Madison
Washington

Dr. Lori Desautels, has been an Assistant Professor at Butler University since 2016 where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education. Lori was also an Assistant Professor at Marian University in Indianapolis for 8 years where she founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium. In its 7th year, and now sponsored by Butler University College of Education, educators, parents and the community learn to implement the tools to help our students be successful, feel a sense of purpose and connection as they walk into our classrooms. Because of her work, Lori has been able to attract the foremost experts in the field of educational neuroscience, trauma and adversity growing the conference from 60 participants to over 400.

Dr. Desautels’ passion is engaging her students through neuroscience as it applies to education by integrating Mind Brain Teaching, learning principles and strategies into her coursework at Butler. The Applied Educational Neuroscience Certificate, created by Lori in 2016, is specifically designed to meet the needs of educators, counselors, and administrators who work beside children and adolescents who have, and are, experiencing adversity and trauma. Lori has conducted workshops throughout the United States and Dubai on Mind Brain Teaching and Learning. She has created webinars for educators, clinicians, and administrators illustrating how educators and students alike must understand their neuroanatomy to regulate behavior and calm the brain. She has also authored a series of articles for “Inside the School,” an online publication providing strategies to administrators and educators alike. Lori’s articles are published in Edutopia, Brain Bulletin, and Mind Body Spirit international magazine. She also was published in the Brain Research Journal for her work in the fifth grade classrooms during a faculty in residence position with Washington Township Schools. Lori has met with over 30 school districts across the country, In Costa Rica and Dubai equating to more than 20,000 educators with much more work to be done!

Dr. Desautels taught emotionally troubled students in the upper elementary grades, worked as a school counselor in Indianapolis, was a private practice counselor and was co-owner of the Indianapolis Counseling Center. Lori was also a behavioral consultant for Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on the adolescent psychiatric unit where she learned that emotional and mental illness can be so challenging for youth, but the brain has the ability to repair and resilience through relationship is critical for emotional social and cognitive health.

You can find Lori’s work, presentation videos, and latest research on her website www.revelationsineducation.com. Her first book,"How May I Serve You, Revelations in Education" was published in March of 2012. Her second book, co-authored with educator Mr. Michael McKnight, entitled “Unwritten, The Story of a Living System” had been shared and used as a foundation to create curriculum across the country.

Lori graduated with a BS in Special Education from Butler University, an MS in counseling education from Indiana University and earned her Ph.D. in philosophy with an emphasis in early adolescence/ thought formation from Indiana University and American Institute of Holistic Theology.

Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, Michael. She has three grown children, Andrew, Sarah and Regan.
Adam has been an elementary school teacher, Elementary Principal, Director of Innovation for a district with 35,000 students and enjoys pushing the envelope to always do what's best for kids! 

Adam was Principal of the Year for his region, a 20 To Watch for the National School Board Association, guest blogger for EdWeek, NAESP magazine, and many other publications. Adam also consults and works with many education companies as a way to improve their product for others!

Adam is passionate about technology integration with all educators and a huge advocate of social media and connecting with other educators from across the country. Adam makes it clear that kids come first and has preached the message of Team Kid for many years. 

He is also the co-founder of Kids Deserve It with Todd Nesloney and the author of Run Like a Pirate.

Adam has an amazing wife (Stacy) and two young children (Greta and Tilden) that keep life at home exciting and active. Adam also loves to run and has completed 22 marathons.

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