WCHS Band/Wind Ensemble Concert

The Warsaw Community High School Band Department will present its annual "Showcase Concert" on Tuesday, April 21st, at 7:30 p.m. in the WCHS Performing Arts Center. The WCHS Concert Band and WCHS Wind Ensemble will each perform a program that they've prepared for Indiana State School Music Association competitions in the coming weeks. Admission to the Showcase Concert is free and the public is invited to attend.

The WCHS Concert Band, under the direction of Emily Mikel, will perform "Urban Dances" by Erik Morales, "Loch Lomond" - a setting of "Loch Lomond", "Danny Boy" by Frank Ticheli and "Tricycle", by Andrew Boysen Jr. The Wind Ensemble will perform "Gandalf" from the "Symphony No. 1 - Lord of the Rings" by Johann de Meij, "A Movement for Rosa" by Mark Camphouse - a piece honoring Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement and "Ride" by Samuel Hazo. The Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Mickey Ratliff.

The Concert Band will compete at ISSMA Organizational Contest at Elkhart Memorial High School on Saturday, April 25th. The Wind Ensemble will participate in ISSMA State Qualifications at Chesterton High School on May 2nd. If qualified, the Wind Ensemble will advance to ISSMA State Finals on May 9th. For more information, contact the Performing Arts Department at 371-5037.

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Warsaw Community Schools is proud to announce their summer schedule for Drivers Education. There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Edgewood Middle School Commons.
Interested students should attend with a parent or guardian. The updated program will include online instruction and in-car driving instruction. At this meeting they will review the appropriate online instruction sites, the process of applying for the learner's permit, and the steps needed to complete Driver's Education.

Any questions, please call Nick Walenga at Edgewood Middle School (after 3:30 p.m.) at 574 -253- 1780.
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Jefferson Elementary had some special visitors on Tuesday afternoon, March 31st. Warsaw Police Chief Scott Whitaker, father of Jefferson Spartans Mason, Jocelyn, and Addison, came to speak to some of our students. Chief Whitaker brought along the K-9 Unit to demonstrate how these working dogs serve our community. It was an exciting and informative presentation!

Photo 1: Students met Dax, a Belgian Malinois, and his handler, Officer Phil Reed.

Photo 2: Chief Whitaker and another Warsaw officer answered questions about the K-9 unit.

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April is Autism Awareness month. 11 WCS students were chosen to have their art work displayed at the Central Office. The display was created to bring awareness to the community through art, "Artism Awareness". Stop by to see their artwork and "Grow" your awareness about autism.
Thursday is Autism awareness day, wear blue. You may also support the day by lighting up your home with a blue light.

ARTism Awareness display at the Central Office! Mrs. Demopoulos and I had so much fun during set up! Come check it out!

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Twenty-seven Warsaw Community High School students are preparing to embark on the trip of a lifetime.

French students in Anne Slaughter and Christopher Hindsley’s classes will set out for Noirt, France on April 1 to visit students at Lycée Saint-André, a high school with a long-standing history with WCHS. According to Slaughter, the relationship between the two high schools began in 2009, after former WCHS French teacher David Chastain, who had been with the school system for 39 years, met Mr. Chartier-Michael DeLion, a former “superintendent” at Lycée Saint-André, while attending a student’s wedding in France. The two spoke of their respective schools and the idea to create a shared exchange program began to blossom.

Since 2009, students from Lycée Saint-André  have visited WCHS with WCHS French students returning the favor with a visit of their own. The program works in intervals of three years, with an entire class visiting each respective school one year, and two students staying for six week intervals the other two years. Students reside with host families and are immersed in each other’s cultures, eating local cuisine, visiting landmarks and attending courses.

Slaughter explained that this is the largest group of students to attend the trip yet, with attendance growing in both respective schools. Students eligible for the trip must have completed French II at WCHS.

Students will arrive in Paris where they will take a bullet train to Poitier where they will continue onto Noirt. After spending five days with their host families, students will return to Paris where they will see local landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Versailles.

French students Alexis Walton, Kendra Stutzman and Rebecca Carrillo expressed excitement for the trip, noting that they are looking forward to seeing the students who had visited WCHS in the fall. Though the girls noted they plan to “say yes to everything in order to enjoy new experiences” they stated they do have some reservations toward sampling escargot.
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Students in Sherri Johnson’s Advanced Art class at Edgewood Middle School assisted with the design of bowls for Empty Bowls. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Kelainey’s will display the pieces and customers may make a donation and purchase them in advance of the May 2 event, which will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Village of Winona pavilion. For a donation, attendees will receive a serving of soup, a piece of bread and a bottle of water. All donations will support food pantries in the county. The handmade ceramic bowls are a reminder of those who do not have enough to eat.
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