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WARSAW — With June only halfway over, the Warsaw Community Schools’ summer food service program is already seeing a larger attendance than in years past.

While attendance can depend on factors like weather and other activities going on at the same time, according to WCS Assistant Director of Food Services Stacie Light, this has not seemed to deter kids from coming out and enjoying a free lunch.

The program is available at two locations: Winona Lake Park in Winona Lake and Bixler Park, Warsaw. Attendance at Bixler Park yesterday, Wednesday, June 15, was 114. By around noon today, Thursday, June 16, 121 students had eaten. The Winona Lake location had 178 students this Wednesday and 198 last Wednesday. Fridays are typically slower, Light said.

Meals are served at the following locations and times: 
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Bixler Park at Center Lake, 503 N. Detroit St., Warsaw
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Winona Lake Park, 1590 Park Ave., Winona Lake. 
The program lasts through Friday, July 29. There will be no meals served the week of Monday, July 4, through Friday, July 8. By state regulation, food may not be served before or after the above-listed times.

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Though many may suspect summer is a quiet time at Warsaw Community Schools, nothing could be further from the truth. Students and staff both are continuing educational efforts through both WCS’s annual summer school program, which is the largest summer school program in the state, as well as summer enrichment camps.

“Warsaw Community Schools is excited to provide a comprehensive summer learning program for our young people,” explained JoElla Smyth, summer school coordinator and principal of Edgewood Middle School. “We have a unique learning opportunity for students who are enrolled in kindergarten this fall, but have never attended pre-school.”

Through a generous partnership with United Way, WCS is helping young students who have not had experience in a classroom become acquainted prior to the school year. The program, titled Kindergarten Countdown, allows students to learn soft skills in a classroom setting that promotes a smooth transition into a learning environment.

“This year we have 60 students enrolled in this program,” stated Smyth. “We are thankful to the United Way for partnering with our corporation to make this opportunity possible!”

Students in kindergarten are also able to partake in a transitional course for first grade. This 17-day course offers a learning experience aimed to help boost student confidence while transitioning for the first time into their next grade level.

WCS is also offering a fun, reading-focused program which bolsters both student enjoyment and confidence while reading. The program aims to help students who may not have passed the third grade IREAD assessment succeed in the second round of testing.

“We offer two options for learning in the summer time for our students in grades four through seven,” noted Smyth. “Students can work on reading, writing and math during this summer session or they can 

Warsaw Community Schools is excited to announce Eisenhower Elementary has been selected as a recipient of the Indiana Department of Education Dual Language Immersion Pilot Program Grant.

Eisenhower, which will implement its first year of Spanish-English Dual Language Immersion at the kindergarten level this year, received a total of $66,200 from the grant. The school was one of eight schools in the state to be awarded funding for the program.

The Spanish-English dual language immersion program at Eisenhower seeks to enroll students of varying backgrounds and all abilities. Applications are open to all students entering kindergarten.

Students will be offered a rich, bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language. Instruction is divided between two high-quality, creative classrooms: one in English and one in Spanish.

Proven benefits of dual language immersion include development and proficiency of second language skills, improved performance on standardized testing, enhanced cognitive skills, increased cultural sensitivity and long-term benefits.

Dual Language Immersion Pilot Program grants provide for the establishment of new Dual Language Immersion programs as well as the expansion of an existing program. To qualify, a program must provide 50 percent of its instruction in English and 50 percent of its instruction in a second language and begin in either kindergarten or first grade.This is the second year of the two-year Dual Language Immersion Pilot program.  Today, five schools received funding to continue an existing program while three schools are receiving funding for the first time.
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