This week in our school libraries there is a lot going on for students.  At the Leesburg Library the first grade students are conducting apple experiments with the Digital Learning Specialist, Mrs. Watters.  The first grade students are finding out how to keep apples from turning brown.  It looks like this group of first graders have figured it out!

The students at Eisenhower Elementary and their Digital Learning Specialist, Mrs. Boggs, got to SKYPE with author, Dan Gutman.  He is the author of several popular books including The Kid Who Ran for President, My Weird School, and Jackie & Me.  Prior to his visit the students worked with Mrs. Boggs on researching his books and the topics contained in the books, learned what it takes to be an author, and read several of his books.  It was an amazing visit, and the students got to ask him questions that they created from their research.

At the Gateway Library Mrs. Lewis's elementary students got meet with Mrs. Dani Barkey who taught them all about being an artist.  The students have been researching and learning about their dream jobs, and today they learned what it takes to be an artist and graphic designer.  Mrs. Barkey also took time to share and read one of her favorite books to the students. 
On Mondays right after school the students at Lakeview Middle School have the opportunity to take part in the Maker Club lead by teacher-librarian, Mrs. Scroggs, which takes place in the library's MakerSpace.  Students can explore, build skills, and take part in several maker activities including costume design, 3D printing, knitting, Legos, bike restoration, wood working and design, maker challenges and much much more. Don't miss out!  Come in and check it out!
The students in Mrs. Lewis's class have been learning and researching about their dream jobs in the Gateway Library.  Today the students had a very special visitor, Kerry Stogsdill, who taught them about being a firefighter.  Mr. Stogsdill explained the different types of jobs that firefighters do, the gear they wear, and the challenges of the job.  The students asked questions and also got a chance to try on the firefighting gear.  It was a dream come true!   Thank you Mr. Stogsdill!

Members of the Edgewood and Lakeview Middle School Band had the opportunity to perform with the 500 member DCI INPact Band on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium.

The students performed two wonderful concerts, attended clinics and watched 12 world-renowned drum corps.

"It was wonderful to watch our band students use their talents to entertain and inspire others," said middle school band director, Joseph Peloza.

After months of long and hardwork Washington STEM Academy students and staff are enjoying their updated facilities. Though work continues on throughout the district, take a look at some of the opening week moments at Washington.

Warsaw Community Schools is proud to announce the first student to receive his pilot’s license in the Warsaw Area Career Center aviation program.

Eric Baumgartner, a senior at Warsaw Community High School, received his ground school training from WACC and continued on to study at a Goshen flight school in a Cessna 152. The license was obtained after spending 20 hours with an instructor, 10 hours alone and 10 hours mixed. In addition, Baumgartner was required to have three night hours spent in a plane as well as eight cross-country hours in which he flew more than 50 miles.

The WACC aviation program is offered to students in grade 10-12 who are over 15 years old. The course spans two semesters and offers students two credits. Students are prepared for either a career in aviation or simply to pursue the license for business/pleasure. Those enrolled are familiarized with the Department of Aviation Technology and its curricula; a historical overview of the field of aviation; overview of current aviation environment as well as a look into careers and employment opportunities in aviation. The course prepares students to satisfy the mandatory requirements for passing the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Private Pilot written exam and oral exam.

Baumgartner is now able to rent a plane and plans to pursue a career in aviation to become a commercial pilot. With his private license, Baumgartner is able to fly in fair weather, and once he procures instument rating skills, he will be able to fly in more extreme weather conditions.

Baumgartner is the son of Jay and Deb Baumgartner and plans to attend either Purdue or Indiana State University.

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