You've heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday but the most wonderful day of the year is:#GivingTuesday

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose:  to celebrate generosity and to give.

I am asking you to make your gift to the Warsaw Education Foundation.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 beginning on #GIVINGTUESDAY and ending December 31, 2015.  I am asking you to make a $25 gift to the WEF.

If 400 people each make a $25 gift, we can reach our goal.  If you know someone, a friend, neighbor, colleague, who knows how important education is, please forward this email on to them.

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The Performing Arts Department of WCHS will present their seventh annual HOLIDAY GALA on Sunday, December 6th at 2:30pm in the WCHS Performing Arts Center.     The GALA will feature the Band, Choir, Theater, Orchestra, and Dance programs performing seasonal favorites such as “Charlie Brown Christmas”, “Jingle Bells”, “Deck the Halls”, selections from the Nutcracker,  “Mary Did You Know” and many more.  All ages will enjoy the performance.   Admission is $5 per person, and tickets will be on sale at the ticket booth in the WCHS Performing Arts Center.  As attendees enter the PAC, they will be greeted with carols performed by the Jazz Band and the Select Chorale before the show. Please join us for the Holiday Gala and enjoy the wide variety of talent which will be shared! For more information, contact the WCHS Box Office at 371-5040.
The WCHS Choral Department will present their December Holiday Concert at 7:30pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in the WCHS Performing Arts Center.  The concert will feature all four high school choirs performing a wide variety of seasonal favorites as well as fresh new arrangements of classic pieces. The Select Chorale will be featured. The concert will close with the traditional singing of Silent Night along with sign language.  

 There is no admission charged for the concert but monetary donations will be accepted for local charities.   The groups are under the direction of Thomas Hall and accompanied by sophomore, Jonathan Harstine.
Come join us for the third annual Winter Dance Concert on Friday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC Auditorium.  Support friends and family in Dance Performance classes as they demonstrate grace and style from Hip Hop to Contemporary, even Tap and Ballet!  You won’t want to miss this debut performance of the Warsaw Select Dance Ensemble.  And for those of you who love to dance or just a good chance to stand in front of an audience, all audience members are invited to join us on stage for our last number, a traditional tap anthem called the Shim Sham!  Tickets are $5.00 general admission, and all proceeds go directly back to the dance program for the purchase of costumes and shoes for future dance students.
During the Fall 2015 Indiana STEM Symposium (Connecting K-12 Schools and STEM Businesses Regionally) held at the Project Lead the Way Headquarters in Indianapolis, Washington STEM Academy was recognized in front of many prominent Indiana STEM business representatives.

Special guests at the presentation included Melissa Moritz, Deputy Director of STEM, United States Department of Education; Steve Braun, Commissioner, Department of Workforce Development; and Vince Bertram, Director of Project Lead the Way.

STEM Coach Ben Barkey stated “Without the dedication of our staff and students, this recognition would not be possible. The STEM certification is an important piece in our schools growth to become a leader in STEM education.”

Principal Tom Ray and STEM Coach Ben Barkey also facilitated a break-out session as a highlighted model of business-elementary school STEM integration. Washington STEM Academy was among the inaugural cohort named STEM Certified Schools by the Indiana Department of Education announced in July.

“As the principal of Washington STEM, this validates the hard work of our staff. We are excited of being a model STEM program that we can share with others,” shared Tom Ray.

David Robertson, WCS Chief Academic Officer, expressed “Washington STEM Academy's recent recognition as a Certified STEM School is a testament to the planning, preparation, ongoing learning, and hard work of its teachers, staff, and administration. Mr. Ray and his team at Washington have made preparing students for our modern workforce a top priority. Through their work at Washington STEM, students are inspired and equipped to pursue whatever dream they wish!”
At the annual Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators (HECC) Conference, Brad Hagg, WCS Chief Technology Officer, was the honored recipient of the Technology Coordinator of the Year Award. HECC members strive to be a teacher resource for teachers using innovative technology in their classroom. The annual TCOY award distinguishes one individual in K-12 education for demonstrating commitment to leadership with technology and learning for students and staff.

Mr. Hagg has served the Warsaw Community Schools since 2012 having been involved with educational technology for the past seventeen years. In the nomination submission, WCS Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert stated, “Mr. Hagg possesses and daily portrays vision and action as one of the foremost experts in the field. His actions have transformed our technology department, and more importantly, student learning for the 7,200 within WCS. His positive attitude, innovative leadership and strong moral values create the ideal candidate for this award.”

Mr. Hagg has also been recognized as a National School Boards Association (NSBA) “20 to Watch”, served on the HECC Board, HECC Past President, CoSN CETL certified and exam question writer, conference presenter and a member of the DOE e-Learning Leadership Cadre.
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