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WCS encourages parents to register on-line prior to the building registration dates to expidite the process in the buildings.


In-building Registration Dates and Times:

July 29, 2015        1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
July 30, 2015        8:30 a.m.  -  7:30 p.m.
July 31, 2015        9:00 a.m.  -  1:00 p.m.
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Warsaw Community Schools will be hosting 1:1 program parent & student meetings for students enrolled at Edgewood Middle School or Lakeview Middle School for the 2015-2016 school year.

For students entering 7th grade who participated in the 1:1 program last year as a 6th grade student, parents and students may attend from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. or from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2015.

For students who are new to the 1:1 program and will be a 7th or 8th grade student this year, parents and students may attend from 9:30-11:00 a.m. or from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

All meetings will be held at the Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center located at 1 Tiger Lane, Warsaw. Students will receive their iPad Mini at the meeting. Parents will also have the opportunity to purchase a product protection plan for twenty-five dollars to limit their liability for accidental damage. Parents wishing to participate will need to bring cash or a check made out to Warsaw Community Schools.

Parents and students who cannot attend either of the meetings may plan to have the student pick up their iPad mini from the Media Center during their first day of school. Students will not be permitted to take the iPad home until parents have signed the 1:1 program paperwork.

Parents of incoming 6th grade students for the 2015-2016 school year will be invited to attend one of several meetings in their individual elementary school in late August. More information will be released as those meetings are scheduled. 6th Grade students will use the iPad mini at school and will not bring them home until after Labor Day.
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Teachers and students have a lot of access to electronic resources through 1:1 learning and instruction.  Each school library offers several avenues for research and online learning through the use of databases, professional websites, and eBooks.  However, it is vital for both teachers and students to understand the importance of ethical use of these resources in order to protect themselves from plagiarism and copyright violations. 

Ethical Use: Images and Pictures


Each year students and teachers take part in creative projects online such as Prezi, Keynote, and PowerPoint presentations, blogs, and website postings.  Pictures and images are often included in these presentations.  It is important to understand the risks of using images and the vital role that the ImageQuest database plays in this process.  Our district pays a subscription to use the ImageQuest database.  This database houses thousands of pictures that teachers and students can use without violating copyright law.  Please click on the video link provided to learn how to access and use this resource: https://wcs.techsmithrelay.com/YuDl
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Destiny is a wonderful resource to use to support 1:1 learning.  It offers access to print books, eBooks, databases, and professional websites.  Destiny is located at http://destiny.warsaw.k12.in.us
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              

Warsaw, IN (July 14, 2015) – Warsaw Community High School is partnering with the Warsaw Education Foundation (WEF) to create an alumni directory which will include graduates from all schools consolidated into the Warsaw Community Schools district.  Harris Connect has been contracted to search for and contact all alumni requesting current information for the directory.  Harris Connect previously helped to create the 2003 WCHS Alumni Directory.

Dr. David Hoffert, Warsaw Community Schools Superintendent and 1998 Warsaw Community High School graduate, encourages all alumni to respond to the request to update their info.  “WCHS alums have gone on to become very accomplished since graduating and we’d like to share those achievements with our current students.  This directory will allow us to connect our future graduates with these alumni as examples of the possibilities of where a WCHS education can lead them.  It will allow alumni to reconnect with each other as members of the WCHS family as well as provide an historical document for Warsaw Community Schools,” stated Dr. Hoffert.

Harris Connect has provided a toll-free phone number, 1-800-659-3335, which will be open from July 13, 2015 through November 9, 2015 for alumni to call to update their information for the directory.  Printed WCHS Alumni Directories will be available for advance purchase through Harris Connect.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Barb Smolen

Executive Director

574-371-5098 X2410

bsmolen@warsawschools.org

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Life is what you make it. Everyday, kids are making choices that will impact who they will be for the rest of their lives: What type of friends should I have? Should I attend that party? Go on that trip? How do I pursue my dreams?

Kids need someone to mentor them along the path of uncertainty, which is why the SRO (School Resource Officer) program has existed for the last 26 years at Warsaw Community Schools. Four Warsaw city police officers are assigned to the school system to teach DARE classes, help with traffic, mentor students, and assist administration with safety procedures.

Sgt. Dave Morales, the officer at the high school, explained that the SROs are “an extension of the school, like another arm. Students often feel more comfortable talking to us about their struggles than another adult. And in this way we are living out the school’s mission and enriching the lives of others.”

Indiana is one of the top states for school safety because of this excellent program. SRO requires annual training and a 40-hour basic class on mentoring, related laws, and school policies. But the WCS program goes above and beyond.

“We do a lot of things that other schools don’t to stay ahead of trends. We incorporate cameras; conduct building searches and much more. The school is the safest place to be in the whole county,” Morales said.

Officer Doug Light, a DARE coach, added, “DARE stays on top of trends and makes curriculum changes when needed. Our newest one discusses topics like dealing with stress, friendship, and peer pressure. It’s not all about the drugs —though we do address tobacco and alcohol. But there will always be a diversity of tough choices kids have to make and bumps in the road. We help them learn how to deal with that.

“I always tell the kids, ‘I am going to give you all the tools, and it is what you do with the tools that makes all the difference.’ So if a kid makes a poor choice, it wasn’t because DARE failed, it was because they didn’t use the tools,” explained Light.

Light also noted, “A couple weeks ago we had a two-hour fog delay, and a gentleman came to see me down at the station. He said, ‘you had my son in DARE. He had some rough years, and I wanted to thank you for everything you did for him. I know it wasn’t easy, but I want you to know he has turned things around, and he just enlisted in the National Guard. I know that you played a big part in that.’ Those are the things that drive you. There have been times when promotions have been available, but I didn’t apply because I wanted to keep doing this. I love this job. For me it is about making that difference in a child’s life. That is the rewarding part about it, to see those impacts you have.”

Morales agreed, adding, “The thing about being a DARE officer is that you have to have that passion. You have to want to do it. You can’t just take any police officer and stick him/her in there and say ‘have at it.’ You truly have to have the heart for it, and that is really what makes it special. Every year, I get wedding invitations and baby announcements from former students. They remember that you cared, and they often want to stay in touch.”

This year’s sixth grade class will have a large DARE graduation at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on May 12. Previous events have included repelling police officers from the ceilings and funny videos. This year’s celebration, which included a motorcycle riding onto the stage, was just as entertaining.
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