Several Warsaw Community Schools elementary chess leagues recently celebrated success at the Goshen SCI Team Regional competition held at Goshen High School. The event, held on Saturday, Feb. 24, invited over 55 teams from all over northern Indiana to take part in the competition.

Warsaw Community Schools had a large number of chess players turn out for this event from Lincoln, Madison and Washington STEM. A total of 12 teams from Warsaw Community Schools competed at this close to 7-hour long event. 

Each team played a total of five chess rounds to earn points which determined the school's ratings. In the sixth and under section there were 29 teams at the tournament with the top 15 places qualifying for state. From Warsaw, in third place was Lincoln A, in fifth place Lincoln B, in eighth place Madison A, in tenth place Lincoln C and in 14th place was Washington A team. 

In the third grade and under section there were 23 teams competing. All third and under teams and qualifying sixth and under teams are invited to compete in the state competition, which will be held in Hammond, Ind., on March 24.

Caption: Madison Elementary A Chess Team

Warsaw Community Middle Schools recently celebrated success at the National History Day regional competition. The event, which was held in Fort Wayne on Saturday, Feb. 17, invited students to present history projects before a panel of judges from across the region. Students presented various mediums of projects including exhibits, documentaries, papers, performances and websites.

“A large contingent of students from both Lakeview Middle School and Edgewood Middle School competed in the Fort Wayne Regional competition of National History Day. Participants placing in the top three qualified to compete at the state level this April in Indianapolis, where they can qualify for nationals in Washington D.C. during June,” explained Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools.

WCS had a record number of participants qualify for the state level. Among the teams to advance to state was a team comprised of seventh grade students who advanced to the national competition the year prior. Keller Bailey, Geoffrey Hochstetler, Jason Benyousky and Ryun Hoffert, who previously presented on the subject of Pearl Harbor, selected a Warsaw-native, national author and Civil War hero for this year’s competition – Ambrose Bierce.

Bierce, born in 1842 in Ohio, spent his formative years in Kosciusko County, attending high school in Warsaw. A celebrated journalist and author, Bierce often wrote realistically of the horrors he experienced during the Civil War. Stories such as “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” “A Horseman in the Sky,” “One of the Missing” and “Chickamauga” are considered to be amongst the greatest “anti-war documents in American literature.” At approximately age 71, Bierce mysteriously disappeared without a trade in Chihuahua, Mexico.  He is remembered as a pioneer of the psychological horror story and for his grim and savage voice throughout his writings.

Eighth grade students advancing to the state competition in the group exhibit category include: Zachary Nicholas and Andrew Frush; Kaci Krebs and Tes Berelsman; Jennifer Tlahuextl, Elena Crawford, Ava Knight, and Tate VanHouten; Wini Barnett, Myah Ault, Aspen Wagoner, and Sydney Langhorn; Elana Sullivan, Hannah Shapiro, and Abby Rahn; Kaylee Ochoa and Rachel Doyle. Students advancing to the state competition in the individual exhibit division include Regan Brouwer and Bianca Jordan. In addition, Anastasia Kalikova will advance to the state level in the documentary division and Jessica Pogue will advance in the individual paper division.

WCS would like to congratulate all students on their impressive performance as well as commend the staff and parents who helped in preparing students for the event. The state competition will be held on Saturday, April 14.


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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Warsaw Community School nurses want you to know that there’s a lot you can do as a parent to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence.

About 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. One of the most important things you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids.

Take steps to make a difference:
  • Be a role model – treat your kids and others with respect.
  • Start talking to your kids about healthy relationships early – before they start dating.
  • Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school.
  • If you are worried about your teen, call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522.
You can help keep your loved ones safe and healthy.

For more information visit:

Teenage dating. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 27 Feb 2018.
Warsaw Community Schools has scheduled additional eLearning dates in order 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.

The additional eLearning days will be held on the following Saturdays: March 17, March 24; April 21; and May 19. These days will allow the last student day to remain as scheduled for Friday, May 25.

In the future, Warsaw Community Schools will implement eLearning days on the day of the cancellation. This change will begin during the 2018-2019 school year and allow added convenience making up school days for WCS parents, students, staff and community members.

All student assignments for the eLearning Day will be posted by 9 a.m. on the district and school web site. The district website may be accessed by visiting and the school web site may be accessed by visiting (i.e.: All lessons will be organized by school and teacher. Each teacher’s page will provide specific instructions for the assignments to be completed or links to commonly used learning tools such as Canvas.  

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 Thursday following the eLearning day. 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.

For individuals that do not have Internet connectivity at home, students may use the wireless network that extends out into the parking lot around all of our school buildings or use the free wireless Internet service and/or computers at the Warsaw Community Public Library. Computer labs will also be made available before and after school the week following an eLearning day.
In our world today, 925 million people are chronically hungry. Approximately 6,200 children die every day from hunger related causes. Warsaw Community Schools and the surrounding community have partnered with Feed My Starving Children since 2014 to make a difference in the fight against world hunger.

FMSC is pleased to announce the next Warsaw MobilePack event is scheduled for Oct. 17-20, at the Gordon Recreation Center on Grace College Campus. Over 5,000 community volunteers will have the opportunity to be involved, including over 2,000 Warsaw Community School students.

The Warsaw Mobilepack steering committee will hold an informational meeting on 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Warsaw Community Public Library Meeting Room AB. The committee invites community members, business leaders, church leaders and anyone affiliated with a club or an organization who wish to be a part of this great community event to attend. There are many ways to get involved.  Come and find out how your talents can be utilized. Mobilization packets will be provided to all attendees. 

Join us for this short informational meeting and see how you can help impact world hunger and make the 2018 FMSC Warsaw Mobilepack a success. For more information go to or contact event chair Megan Stone at Donations can be made online or mailed to Warsaw MobilePack, PO Box 272, Winona Lake, IN 46590.
The Indiana State Library and the Indiana Arts Commission announced Tuesday, Feb. 20, Joshua Fisher earned the honor of being named the 2018 Poetry Out Loud Indiana state champion. Fisher will compete against representatives from all 50 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, for the national Poetry Out Loud title on April 23-25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The event will be held at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. The semifinals and finals will be webcast live. The Midwest and South Central round, which includes Indiana, will be held on April 24, beginning at 1 p.m.

Fisher, a sophomore at Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, qualified for the national finals by winning the Indiana state Poetry Out Loud championship held on Feb. 17, at the Indiana State Library. He edged out 17 other competitors to win the state title. In addition to the Washington, D.C. trip, Fisher earned a $200 cash prize and $500 for his school to be used to purchase poetry books.

Fisher recited three poems to qualify for the trip to Washington D.C.: “Entirely” by Louis MacNeice, “The Author of Her Book,” by Anne Bradstreet and “I Remember, I Remember” by Thomas Hood.

Now celebrating its 13th year of national competition, Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high school students across the country. For more information, visit the Poetry Out Loud website.

The Indiana State Library is dedicated to serving Indiana residents, leading and supporting the library community and preserving Indiana history.

Photo: Sophia Delgado (left), Poetry Ourselves winner, and Joshua Fisher (right), Poetry Out Loud winner. Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Library.

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