This week the first grade students have been reading, researching, and learning about snowflakes.  The Digital Learning Specialist, Mrs. Watters, had the students experiment with creating snowflakes in the lab as well as having them make their own snowflakes in the library's MakerSpace. 
Lakeview and Edgewood Middle Schools are celebrating their recent success at the NELMSC Geography Bee Competition. The event took place on Tuesday, Jan. 31, At Indian Springs Middle School in Columbia City. Both schools’ teams placed in the top three with Edgewood taking a second place victory and Lakeview earning third place.

There were eight rounds in the competition with a total of five schools competing. Topics ranged from classical Greece to Brexit and students tackled questions such as, “what mountain range divides Europe and Asia,” and, “what is the most well-known Neolithic monument?”

Edgewood’s team is comprised of Jacob Busz, Eli Demopoulos, Ivy Hall, Toby Harges, Carson Kerlin, Nate Lechlitner, Sam Lechlitner, Jonah Reichenbach and Tim Wielgot. Coaches for the Edgewood team include Richard Sellers and Susan Eberhardt.

Lakeview’s team members include Wyatt Walton, Kevin Fouts, Theo Cooke, Anna Gustafson, Sydney Leighty, Kendyl Silveus, Miles Burkholder and Abby Rahn. The team was coached by Betsey Vastbinder.

“The Lakeview team was a high-energy, light-hearted crew who got along fantastically as they added to their understanding of European geography,” explained Vastbinder. The Lakeview students had a great time and are already looking forward to next year!” “Edgewood's team worked well together learning new concepts and teaching each other,” noted Eberhardt and Sellers. “We are very proud of their accomplishments.”

Though the geography bee is a single event, the Academic Superbowl will soon begin, which allows students to compete on subject matter including math, science, social studies and English language arts. Many students involved in the geography bee also participate in the Academic Superbowl.

Photo IDs:

Lakeview Geography Bee Team. Back Row (from left) Wyatt Walton, Kevin Fouts, Theo Cooke, Anna Gustafson. Front row Sydney Leighty, Kendyl Silveus, Miles Burkholder, Abby Rahn, Betsey Vastbinder (coach)

Edgewood team: Coach Susan Eberhardt, Toby Harges, Ivy Hall, Sam Lechlitner, Jonah Reichenbach, Jacob Busz, Eli Demopoulos, Tim Wielgot, Carson Kerlin, Nate Lechlitner, Coach Richard Sellers.
On Saturday, Jan. 28, nine students from Warsaw Community Schools attended the Indiana Individual State Chess Tournament at Pike High School in Indianapolis. The event, hosted competitors from the elementary to high school level. All students played six rounds during the competition.

The results of the event are as follows:
  • Eighth grade and under championship (out of 16 players): Jacob Kissling, 15th
  • Sixth grade and under championship. (out of 32 players): Max Vinkemeier, fourth
  • Third and under championship (out of 66 players): Teddy Grandon, first; Ashlan Oliver, second
  • Twelfth grade and under JV (out of 59 players): Brandon Chan, 22nd
  • Sixth grade and under JV (out of 80 players): Kaitlyn Evans, third; Shruthi Muthiah, 19th: Subbu Muthiah, 21st; Theo Crabtree, 22nd; McKale Hagg, 43rd
Photo: (From left) Theo Crabtree, Ashlan Oliver, Max Vinkemeier, Teddy Grandon, McKale Hagg, Kaitlyn Evans, Shruthi Muthiah, Jacob Kissling. Not pictured: Brandon Chan.
Article by Melissa Sorensen,

WINONA LAKE — Even long after they have passed on, an individual’s words and character can still speak to people. That was the message of former Brooklyn Dodger baseball player Carl Erskine during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration event on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Manahan Orthopedic Capital Center.

During his time on the Brooklyn Dodgers in the late 1940s to the 1950s, Erskine pitched two no-hitters, and was on the team that won the 1955 World Series. Erskine had a hand in the integration in baseball when he was a teammate with Robinson.

Erskine spoke of the legacies that his former teammate Jackie Robinson and Dr. MLK Jr. built during their lives. He mentioned how the two propionates of racial equality made a difference just by living lives with integrity and character.

During the event, Erskine mentioned that individuals need to hear the “echoes” of the great man that DR. MLK Jr. was. “Mr. King, we hear your echo,” said Erskine.

Erskine talked at length about the need to be faithful in doing the right thing, even if it seems like the action is small. He attributed the continuation of the movements in racial equality to many people doing small things that have led to big changes. Erskine noted during Robinson’s entire baseball career, Robinson never lashed out at anyone, even when he may have been treated unfairly due to the color of his skin.

He noted that while the country has not reached the point of complete racial equality, it has made great strides. Erskine stated he has passion for the unification of races and is an advocate for individuals with special needs to have access to the same opportunities others receive. Erskine mentioned how he hopes to see individuals with special needs become more integrated into society.

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The students at Lakeview Middle School are focusing on improving their Lexile Reading Levels by taking part in the 5 Star Victory Reading program created by Teacher-Librarian Amanda Scroggs.  Each week during their library time Mrs. Scroggs has students select books using five strategies, which include variety, volume, visualization, verbalization, and vocabulary development.  She explained each aspect of this program, provided instruction and examples, and offers support to students as they select the books that they are going to read and eventually book talk to other students. 
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.”

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