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On a cold winter day in December 2015, Dr. David Hoffert spoke to Lincoln Elementary students about the vision and dream of a new building for them. The students then broke ground to symbolize the start of the building project. On Jan. 11, that dream came to fruition as Lincoln Elementary was officially opened for student and staff use.
 
Those who visited the facility in the morning could feel the excitement clearly visible in the expressions and voices of students, teachers and staff as they made a ceremonial walk from the old building into the new facility. “We are extremely grateful to the community for providing us the opportunity to build and open a new Lincoln Elementary,” stated WCS Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert on opening day. “We know that today is just the first of many great days in this new building. We are excited to see our students flourish in this new facility. A big thank you goes to our teachers and support staff for the transition into the new building mid-year.” "The completion of this project is more than just the opening of a new building. The new Lincoln Elementary is the culmination of much dreaming, planning, hard work, and dedication of our resources - all on behalf of our children,” shared Heather Reichenbach, WCS board president.

"The WCS School Board of Trustees sincerely thanks our staff, students, parents, and community for continuing to provide for excellent education through safe and conducive learning environments. This opening is a celebration - for our community, for our students and for our future." Warsaw Community Schools would like to especially thank the Warsaw and surrounding communities as this endeavor would not be possible without their support. “It’s About Kids” and “Building Our Future” have been themes throughout this project and this morning it was evident how this building project will impact the learning environment with innovative and creative spaces carved into the building. It will be a showcase for this community for years to come.

“It is not often you get to see the look on kids’ faces when they get to go into a new school building for the first time,” noted WCS Building Project Manager Jim LeMasters. “It is a great feeling to be able to give the kids a new building and I am proud of the work completed by staff and construction crews alike to ensure Lincoln was completed on time, on budget and in the best way possible with the dollars we had to work with.”

Congratulations to the members of the Edgewood and Lakeview Middle School Band who were selected to participate in the All- Region Honor Band. 

The honor band will perform a free concert at Dekalb Middle School on Sunday, Nov. 13. 

The students are: (from left) Ian Peloza, Michael VanWormer, Ian Sutton,Emily Collins, Ivy Hall, Hannah Hopkins, Brennan Cox and Jonah Brinkerhuff.

 
Third grade students at Leesburg Elementary celebrated their third annual book character parade. The third grade team uses this fun time of the year to teach their students how to write a summary. This includes finding a book's problem, solution and important events. Each student chooses their favorite book, writes a summary about the book then dresses up as that book character. During the parade, the students read their book to kindergarten partners and then march around the school.

The 2016 Indiana State K-12 Chess Championships were held Saturday, Nov. 5, at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Warsaw Community School was represented by players from Lincoln and Washington this year.

Pictured (from left) are the participants that attended: Charlie Norton, Ashlan Oliver, Landon Ryser, Ted Grandon, Aidan Shepherd, Nate Anderson, Max Vinkemeier and Drew Ryser.

The participants competed in their grade levels against surrounding Indiana chess players. A total of 160 students competed from grades K-12. Each player played five pairings to determine the winners.

Warsaw Community School brought home many trophies from the tournament. In the second grade, Landon Ryser (Washington) won third place. In the third grade, Ted Grandon (Lincoln) won first place, Ashlan Oliver (Lincoln) won third place and Charlie Norton (Lincoln) won fifth place. In the fifth grade, Max Vinkemeier (Lincoln) won third place and Nate Anderson (Washington) won fifth place.

Coaches for Lincoln Elementary include Melinda Oliver and parent helper Stefani Vinkemeier. Washington’s team is coached by Jay Bolduc.


“Every tournament, I feel like the intensity on the kiddos' faces gets deeper and more focused,” noted Coach Oliver. “I am so proud to see all Warsaw Schools players grow and learn new strategies as they win or lose at these tournaments. But what I am most proud of is the amazing attitudes these kids are displaying at the events towards other teammates and other schools. I believe those great attitudes are going to help them excel and succeed to the fullest of their abilities.”
WARSAW — Final numbers are in from the Feed My Starving Children event that took place over the first week of October at Grace College’s Recreation and Fitness Center.

Last year the event saw almost 6,000 volunteers and packed 1,065,312 meals. This year, event organizers set and achieved a goal of packing more than one million meals. Although the event saw less volunteers than last year, 4,478 people volunteered and prepared 1,073,088 meals for children in need. The prepared meals will feed 2,939 children for an entire year.

For this year’s event, FMSC partnered with Allowing Christ to Shine, an organization dedicated to helping children in Haiti. Hurricane Matthew made land contact with Haiti as a category 4 hurricane on Oct. 4, leaving over 500,000 people without homes. Of the meals prepared, 272,160 were sent directly to Haiti for Hurricane Matthew relief.

Over 1,800 Warsaw Community School students volunteered to pack meals. Other area schools also participated in the event.

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WARSAW — A Warsaw High School Student was chosen to be one of the eight 2017 Riley Champions.

On Sept. 2, Teachers, facility and family visited Mason Metzger while he was in one of his classes to announce that he had become a Riley Champion.

Metzger was excited to hear the news and stated this opportunity is, “Just another way to shine my light into the world, which is part of my mission statement.”

Metzger says that at first glance, some people might underestimate him. But once the 17-year-old shares his story, he hopes others are inspired by his humor, positive attitude and accomplishments. Mason was born two months prematurely, began receiving therapy at three months of age and was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy at one, thus beginning a long relationship with the Cerebral Palsy Program at Riley Hospital for Children. Mason continuously pushes himself to the boundary of his comfort zone. He’s dreamed of becoming a motivational speaker since eighth grade, and he’s recently made it happen. Since 2014 he has spoken to nearly 30 groups about perseverance, hope and purpose.

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