Warsaw Community Schools book rental fees for the 2015-2016 school year.

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Teachers and students have a lot of access to electronic resources through 1:1 learning and instruction.  Each school library offers several avenues for research and online learning through the use of databases, professional websites, and eBooks.  However, it is vital for both teachers and students to understand the importance of ethical use of these resources in order to protect themselves from plagiarism and copyright violations. 

Ethical Use: Images and Pictures

Each year students and teachers take part in creative projects online such as Prezi, Keynote, and PowerPoint presentations, blogs, and website postings.  Pictures and images are often included in these presentations.  It is important to understand the risks of using images and the vital role that the ImageQuest database plays in this process.  Our district pays a subscription to use the ImageQuest database.  This database houses thousands of pictures that teachers and students can use without violating copyright law.  Please click on the video link provided to learn how to access and use this resource:
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Destiny is a wonderful resource to use to support 1:1 learning.  It offers access to print books, eBooks, databases, and professional websites.  Destiny is located at
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Life is what you make it. Everyday, kids are making choices that will impact who they will be for the rest of their lives: What type of friends should I have? Should I attend that party? Go on that trip? How do I pursue my dreams?

Kids need someone to mentor them along the path of uncertainty, which is why the SRO (School Resource Officer) program has existed for the last 26 years at Warsaw Community Schools. Four Warsaw city police officers are assigned to the school system to teach DARE classes, help with traffic, mentor students, and assist administration with safety procedures.

Sgt. Dave Morales, the officer at the high school, explained that the SROs are “an extension of the school, like another arm. Students often feel more comfortable talking to us about their struggles than another adult. And in this way we are living out the school’s mission and enriching the lives of others.”

Indiana is one of the top states for school safety because of this excellent program. SRO requires annual training and a 40-hour basic class on mentoring, related laws, and school policies. But the WCS program goes above and beyond.

“We do a lot of things that other schools don’t to stay ahead of trends. We incorporate cameras; conduct building searches and much more. The school is the safest place to be in the whole county,” Morales said.

Officer Doug Light, a DARE coach, added, “DARE stays on top of trends and makes curriculum changes when needed. Our newest one discusses topics like dealing with stress, friendship, and peer pressure. It’s not all about the drugs —though we do address tobacco and alcohol. But there will always be a diversity of tough choices kids have to make and bumps in the road. We help them learn how to deal with that.

“I always tell the kids, ‘I am going to give you all the tools, and it is what you do with the tools that makes all the difference.’ So if a kid makes a poor choice, it wasn’t because DARE failed, it was because they didn’t use the tools,” explained Light.

Light also noted, “A couple weeks ago we had a two-hour fog delay, and a gentleman came to see me down at the station. He said, ‘you had my son in DARE. He had some rough years, and I wanted to thank you for everything you did for him. I know it wasn’t easy, but I want you to know he has turned things around, and he just enlisted in the National Guard. I know that you played a big part in that.’ Those are the things that drive you. There have been times when promotions have been available, but I didn’t apply because I wanted to keep doing this. I love this job. For me it is about making that difference in a child’s life. That is the rewarding part about it, to see those impacts you have.”

Morales agreed, adding, “The thing about being a DARE officer is that you have to have that passion. You have to want to do it. You can’t just take any police officer and stick him/her in there and say ‘have at it.’ You truly have to have the heart for it, and that is really what makes it special. Every year, I get wedding invitations and baby announcements from former students. They remember that you cared, and they often want to stay in touch.”

This year’s sixth grade class will have a large DARE graduation at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on May 12. Previous events have included repelling police officers from the ceilings and funny videos. This year’s celebration, which included a motorcycle riding onto the stage, was just as entertaining.
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The US Department of Education and White House are celebrating 2 years of ConnectED Initiative. Last year, The White House hosted over 100 superintendents to launch a Future Ready program. Warsaw Community Schools was recognized as one of the top 100 Future Ready Schools at this event.

In a recent communication from Richard Culatta, (Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education) WCS was featured twice for its Future Ready accomplishments and was referred to as a “great example of innovation, powered by technology….”

Take a look at where you can find WCS’s stories on our 1:1 initiatives, EdTech Innovation, Community Engagement and Equity, and the Warsaw Inquiry Learning Laboratory.

As Superintendent Dr. Hoffert recently 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."
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PRIDE Magazine Volume 3, Issue 1 is now available as a PDF download!
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