Article by Melissa Sorenson,

WARSAW — After a 40 year career in education, Madison Elementary Principal is retiring at the end of this school year.

Kline has worked with students of all ages, from those who are just beginning their education in kindergarten to students in college.

The principal says he began teaching because, “I didn’t know anything else.” His father was a teacher and basketball coach. The example of his father propelled him to follow in his footsteps and pursue a fulfilling career in education.

“I loved every minute of it,” said Kline.

Kline received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education from Hanover College. He received a Masters in school administration from Xavier College.

The first 20 years of his career were spent in Lawrenceburg, teaching middle school and high school. The next 20 years were spent at schools in the Warsaw area.

He has served in various roles such as principal and chief accountability officer at Lakeview Middle School. For the last five years, he has served as the principal at Madison Elementary.

The soon to be retiree says he has enjoyed working with all students no matter what their ages are, “You have to understand their age level.”

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Article by Roger Grossman,
Warsaw Community High School Sports Info Director,
Sports Director at Lake City Media

The Warsaw Community School Board has approved the hiring of Jonathon Hoover as head girls' soccer coach.

Hoover has worked in the coaching field as the lead assistant coach of the women’s soccer team at Grace College since 2008. He was the head girls’ coach at Lakeland Christian Academy in the fall of 2008.

In addition to his coaching history, Hoover has also worked with students as a physical education and health teacher at Edgewood Middle School since 2008. Prior to his time at Edgewood, Hoover worked as the youth and family director for the Kosciusko Community YMCA.

During his time on the field as an athlete, Hoover was a member of the Grace soccer squad from 1997-2001; a three-time Mid-Central Conference all-conference second team selection; and was named team captain three times. He went on to be the goal keeper for an FC Indiana side that won the US Open Cup State Championship. He was also a high school track star who graduated with school records in the 55m, indoor high jump, 4x100 relay and javelin.

Hoover takes over for Peter Lucht, who resigned in the winter. The Lady Tigers went 16-5 in 2016, finishing 6-1 in the Northern Lake Conference. 

Warsaw Community Schools is proud to announce the selection of Ben Barkey as the newest principal of Madison Elementary. Barkey follows the steps of Tom Kline, who will retire following 5-years of service at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year.

Barkey graduated from Manchester College with a bachelor’s degree in biology and an education endorsement. He continued his education at Ball State University where he earned his Master of Arts in Education degree in the field of educational administration and supervision. In addition to his degrees, Barkey has obtained an Indiana Administrative License in administration and supervision, K-12, as well as a teaching certificate for both biology and mathematics.

His experience at Warsaw Schools began in 2002, when he accepted a position at Edgewood Middle School teaching science, science plus and pre-algebra. In 2012, Barkey was selected to serve as the STEM instructional coach at Washington STEM Academy, where he acted as lead facilitator in transforming Washington into an Indiana Certified STEM School. Most recently, Barkey took on the position of assistant principal for the class of 2017 at Warsaw Community High School.

Complimenting his experience in the classroom, Barkey has been the recipient of numerous educational awards and grants, including the Charlotte M. Boener Award for Innovative Science Teaching (Middle School Science Teacher of the Year for Indiana) as well as the Bio-Crossroads Teacher of Champions award.

In addition to his work with students in the classroom, Barkey also helped shape student lives on the golf course. Serving as the Warsaw men’s golf coach from 2002 to 2016, Barkey led his team to eight conference titles, eight sectional titles and four regional titles. He was awarded the NLC Coach of the Year award seven times and Regional Coach of the Year award four times.

“I am incredibly thrilled to be joining the Madison family and I am looking forward to working with the students and staff next school year,” stated Barkey. “Madison has a tradition of excellence and I am honored to become their next instructional leader. As I prepare to depart from my current position, I cannot express enough gratitude and praise towards the faculty and students at WCHS.  

“We are very excited to have Mr. Barkey become the next principal at Madison Elementary School,” stated Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools. “Mr. Barkey is a WCHS graduate and has spent his entire career as an educator inside of the Warsaw system. He has been known as one of the foremost experts in STEM education and we are very thrilled to have his leadership working with our Madison staff, students and community.”

Congratulations to the Edgewood and Lakeview Band students that competed at the ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest. 

Students had the option to perform a solo or to be a part of an ensemble that was evaluated by a judge. They received many positive comments on how well they prepared and performed. Edgewood and Lakeview received 28 gold and one silver. Great job representing our middle schools with pride!

In addition, congratulations to the Edgewood and Lakeview Middle School Band on a wonderful concert. The month of March is designated as "Music in Our Schools." It is a time to celebrate the arts and the talented group of students that have music enriching their lives as well as the lives of others. 

The band will be competing at the ISSMA Organizational Contest on 
Friday March 17th at Paul Harding Jr./Sr. High School.  We wish them the best as they represent the Warsaw Schools with PRIDE!

Kindergarten students at Lincoln Elementary recently celebrated the union of two letters in matrimony.

For the past two years, students in Carla Milliman, Leah Kilgore and Shelby Beam’s classes have had the opportunity to combine phonics with lessons on etiquette and marriage.

“…I have organized with my kindergarten team (Milliman and Kilgore) a wedding around Valentine's Day for the letters Q and U. We use this as an opportunity to talk about marriage and the etiquette of a wedding. This a phonics lesson on the sound the two letters make when spoken, as well as the fact that the letter Q is always seen with the U,” explained Beam.

The wedding took place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. Special attire was welcomed with girls dressed in princess outfits and boys dressed as quarterbacks or wearing their favorite jersey or numbered shirt. The wedding was officiated by Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools. Dancing and a reception with punch (water) and treats followed.

In preparation for the event, students created a paper quilt as a gift for the bride and groom, as well as creating aisle runners for the ceremony.

“This is a moment that we hope that the kids remember as a positive memory for the rest of their lives. We have had other teachers and parents talk about how they remember doing this as a kindergartner,” stated Beam. “First graders were a bit confused as they wondered why Q and U were getting married since they had done so last year. Several third graders were upset that they never had a wedding. It is a great chance for us to do something memorable and fun while still teaching the standards,” said Beam.

For a video of the event go to:

Warsaw Adult Basic Education (ABE) has helped 28 students earn their High School Equivalence (HSE) over the last few months. Here is a picture of a recent graduate of our program with teacher Annette Coenen, Director Brenda Utter and teacher Donna Bower.

If you know someone that needs to earn their HSE please refer them to Brenda Utter @ the Warsaw ABE, 574-371-5019 X 4010

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