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There are several resources available to use to help educate students on online safety, online etiquette, digital citizenship, and cyberbullying.

MackinVia eBooks

Each library has access to eBooks through MackinVia.  Two eBooks that are available for use are:

1.  How to Beat Cyberbullying

2.  Play it Safe Online 

SafeKids.com

Kids' Rules for Online Safety
Grades: K-6

Tips for Strong Secure Passwords
Grades: 3 -6

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Learn with Clicky
Grades: K-6
(Note: The techs use the videos: Know the Rules, It's Ok to Tell, Password Rap, Bad Netiquette Stinks in the Tech Special) 

Tip Sheet - Your NetSmartz
Grades: 4-6

Cyberbullying
Grades: 4-6

Teens Talk Back - Cyberbullying
Grades: 4-6

Teens Talk Back - Offline Consequences
Grades: 6

Teens Talk Back - Social Networking
Grades: 4-6

Friend or Fake
Grades: 6

Profile Penalty
Grades: 5-6

Post to be Private
Grades: 5-6

Common Sense Media

Copyright and Fair Use
Grades: 2-6

Follow the Digital Trail
Grades: K-6

Pause and Think Online
Grades: K-6

Oversharing - Think Before You Post
Grades: 6

Discussing Digital Gossip
Grades: 6

Perspectives on Chatting Safely Online
Grades: 6

Ricardo's Story - Making Fun of Others Online (Cyberbullying)
Grades: 6

Perspectives on Social Media
Grades: 6

Nicole's Story: Copyrighting Creative Work
Grades: 4-6

Wise Kids

The Wise Kids Guide to Net Etiquette
Grades: 4-6

Safety Net Kids

Staying Safe Online
Grades: K-6

F.B.I.

Safety Tips
Grades: K-6

Nemours Foundation (Kidshealth.org)

Safe Cyberspace Surfing
Grades: K-6

Your Online Identity
Grades: K-6

Cyberbullying
Grades: 4-6

Online Safety Pathfinder

I have included a pdf document with all of the electronic resources listed above.

Online-safety.pdf

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Warsaw Community Schools sent a team of school district leaders to Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth, Illinois to participate in the Future Ready Regional Summit, June 15-16, designed to help district leaders improve teaching and learning through the effective use of technology. Warsaw Community Schools was recognized as one of the top 100 Future Ready Schools, hosted at the White House Nov. 19, 2014.

Warsaw Community Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert stated, “Warsaw Community Schools is extremely honored to be recognized as a national leader in preparing students for college and career opportunities. Warsaw Community Schools is one of the foremost leaders in STEM education, providing local community partnerships, implementation of cutting edge curriculum and technology infrastructure.”

Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert and his district leadership team are furthering Warsaw Community Schools commitment to becoming future ready by engaging in a series of workshops that showcases Warsaw Community Schools and offers expert collaboration to create or build upon an existing digital learning plan that aligns with instructional best practice. The plan is implemented by highly trained teachers, and leads to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities.

“Superintendents and corporation leaders provide critical knowledge to ensure that every child in their district benefits from what we know matters and what we know works for kids, said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The Future Ready Regional Summits will be a forum where local leaders can share knowledge with their peers, engage leaders from outside their region and better equip themselves with skills and tools necessary to provide students with what they need to be successful in life.”

While attending the Summit, the WCS Leadership Team will miss the Board of School Trustees’ Regular Board Meeting. In true future-ready technology format, they will utilize Skype to participate electronically from the conference site.
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Harrison Elementary Environmental Club was the very appreciative recipient of the Warsaw Kohl's AIA Grant Program. Harrison's E-Club with the help of Lee Ann Miner, Title 1 teacher at Harrison and Deb McClintock, 2nd grade teacher and E-Club sponsor applied for the grant to help rehabilitate an old multisensory herb garden. Five volunteers from the Warsaw Kohl's store came to Harrison to help dig outovergrown plants, bricks from the old Leesburg School, and lots of weeds to get the herb garden started again. Harrison was blessed with help from Kohl's AIA team members; Kim, Karen, Heather, Becky, and Romona. Along with all their hard work, wonderful attitudes, and servant hearts they donated $1500 to help finish off the project.

The purpose of the project is to enhance the use of the vegetables from the already established raised bed gardens that were installed last summer through a grant from KREMC. This last fall students in all of Harrison's classes were given the opportunity to snack on fresh vegetables grown in the gardens.
Adding fresh herbs offered to the students will give them a new reason to try some of their discovered favorites and try different vegetables in a new way. Each grade level has been given a portion of the gardens. The grade levels are invited to decide what type of vegetable is planted and to help plant the vegetables that they choose. The students in Harrison's E-Club participate in planting, harvesting, and
distributing the vegetables. The members are also offered the opportunity to help care for the gardens during the summer months.

Also working on the project and giving expert advice were members of the Town & Country Garden Club; Toshiko Gunter, Master Gardener and Peggy Stover, member and Harrison's Computer Technician. Harrison staff also added their support, Jo Burden, Speech Services;Pam Brail, 2nd grade;Deb Wiley, 2nd grade; Susan Ramsey, 4th grade; Stacey Mehlberg, Special Services; Lee Snider, Principal; Judy Kinsey, retired 4th grade teacher. Kerry Stover and Scott McClintock were also there pitching in to help. It was
a wonderful community effort! …moving our mission forward.


Pictured (L to R): Karen (Kohl’s), Kim (Kohl’s), Heather (Kohl’s), Peggy Stover (Harrison), Heather (Kohl’s), Romona (Kohl’s), and Jo Burden (Harrison).

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The Kosciusko County Community Foundation recently awarded a $50,000 grant to support “Kosciusko County Promise,” a pilot program sponsored by the Kosciusko Community YMCA to help students in kindergarten through second grade from throughout Kosciusko County aspire to pursue college or training after high school.
Kosciusko County Promise takes a three-pronged approach to helping young students and their families begin to plan for education beyond high school. Those prongs include tools to help build college discussions into kindergarten through second-grade classroom curriculum; an annual “Walk into My Future” event where kindergarten through second-graders visit and explore a local college campus; and a 529 college savings plan match (for first $25 saved by participating families) for all Kosciusko County students in kindergarten to second grade.
Annually, the Community Foundation’s board of directors selects one project to receive a proactive grant from community funds. The projects that are chosen are ones that help KCCF reach a broad segment of the community, demonstrate innovation and align with the foundation’s strategic goals.
“For the past several years, the Community Foundation has been looking at ways to support education, and in particular to help meet some of education’s most pressing needs in our county,” said Suzie Light, Community Foundation executive director. “We learned from bringing both Dr. Ruby Payne and Dr. Eric Jensen to the community, the importance of all children having a future story. We believe that Kosciusko County Promise offers some simple tools to help children from all socio-economic backgrounds develop their own future story that includes technical training or college.”
The Kosciusko Community YMCA is sponsoring Kosciusko County Promise. Chad Zaucha said, “Students who have their own college savings account are seven times more likely to attend college. However, this project is not just about saving for post-secondary education. This project is about instilling hope in our children, investing in the future of our community and ensuring that we are building a foundation where everyone believes they can achieve.”
For more information about Kosciusko County Promise, contact Brenda Faulkner at 574-269-9622.
Since 1968, Kosciusko County Community Foundation Inc. has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of the community. The Community Foundation is a public charity, and gifts made to the Foundation are tax-deductible. For more information about the Community Foundation, visit www.KCFoundation.org, call 574-267-1901, or visit the office at 102 E. Market St., Warsaw.
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The Magical Meadows, Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center for Adults and Children with special needs, welcomed the Functional Skills Class of Jefferson Elementary and Good Beginnings Preschool. The class field trips gave the special needs children the opportunity to experience a shortened version of equine assisted therapy.

The Magical Meadows also provided equine assisted activities during each ride to different stations which included tossing a football or playing basketball. Those waiting for their turn were treated to indoor activities and snacks sponsored by Toyota of Warsaw, Rice Ford Lincoln and Steve and Dian Cartwright of Warsaw.

The students donned cowboy hats, decorated tote bags and placed painted hand prints on one of the horses. The students also decorated cowboy hats for Dr. David Hoffert, Superintendent, and Mr. Kyle Carter, Principal of Jefferson Elementary.

Warsaw Community Schools is the second area school district to utilize The Magical Meadows in providing specialized field trips designed to offer every special needs student the opportunity to participate.

For more information on The Magical Meadows, please visit their website at http://www.themagicalmeadows.org/ or phone 574-265-3085.

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