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On Monday, Aug. 21, all of North America will be treated to a front row seat of a total solar eclipse. This eclipse has garnered immense national attention with millions planning to view the celestial event both as it unfolds and online, Warsaw Community Schools would like to remind both students and the community to be safe when gazing at the solar system’s largest star. The event will begin at approximately 12:57 p.m. with the maximum eclipse taking place at 2:25 p.m. Conclusion is estimated locally at 3:47 p.m.

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe for viewers’ eyes except during a brief total phase of an eclipse known as totality. Though Indiana will have a spectacular view of the eclipse, no location in Indiana will experience totality. Only those within a roughly 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina will be able to view the sun during totality safely without eye protection.

Those viewing the eclipse locally are strongly recommended to utilize eye protection when viewing the eclipse at any point during the event. Due to this, Warsaw Community Schools will provide solar safety glasses for all students. Due to the rise of fake and unsafe “eclipse glasses,” Warsaw Community Schools has purchased safety glasses from an American Astronomical Society approved vendor – Explore Scientific USA (see list here: https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.) These glasses use a special-purpose solar filter to protect eyes from the damaging effects of staring directly at the sun. NASA has recommended viewers only use lenses with a certified shade protection of 14.

NASA reminds those viewing the eclipse to not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device, Similarly, do not use any of these devices while wearing your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious injury.

No matter what recommended technique utilized to view the eclipse, NASA recommends not staring at the sun continuously and to continuously give your eyes a rest. In addition, NASA notes those viewing the eclipse should not use sunglasses as they are not sufficient protection for your eyes. 

Warsaw Community High School will hold freshmen orientation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, in the Performing Arts Center. All incoming freshmen students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend.  

Two presentation times will be offered to allow more flexibility to parents. Presentations will be held at 5:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Staff will share important information regarding the school year and parents will be invited to meet and hear from key school figures including the freshman class principal, Stephen Clark.

Parents do not need to attend both sessions as they will contain the same information. Students will also receive their iPad at this event and have an opportunity to tour the school and learn their class schedule.

This is an important evening designed to assist students in making a smooth transition into high school. WCHS looks forward to welcoming the class of 2021 and their parents during this event.
We are excited to announce that Warsaw Community Schools is in our second year of adopting CareDox as a tool for nurses to keep parents notified when your children visit the health clinic and for parents to provide us with accurate student medical information. All information is stored securely and is HIPAA and FERPA compliant. 

The benefits of CareDox include:
  • Streamlined medical information sharing, no more paper mail, faxing, or phone calls.
  • Real-time notifications when your child visits the nurse's office.
  • Accurate and portable vital information for daily and emergency use.
  • Fill out your child's health profile ONCE, and update any changes each year, ensuring it is always up-to-date.
  • Peace of mind that the school is fully aware of all medical conditions your child has, and you have an efficient way to communicate with the health department.
Warsaw Community Schools’ top priority is student safety & CareDox helps us ensure an efficient, streamlined means for coordinating the care of your child. 

For a step-by-step guide on utilizing CareDox, click here: Parent-Enrollment-Workflow--CareDox-2.pdf

Thank you,

Tracey Akers, BSN, RN
WCS Nurse Coordinator
Dear students, parents and community patrons,

On behalf of Warsaw Community Schools (WCS), I welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. This school year promises to be the greatest year yet in the long-storied tradition and history of WCS. Our mission is “to inspire and equip all students to continuously acquire and apply knowledge and skills while pursuing their dreams and enriching the lives of others.”

As WCS, we are proud to serve and represent our local community through many award-winning programs. Your local schools have been recognized nationally at the White House, as well as state-wide, as a leader in public education in the areas of robust curriculum, K-12 STEM education, a state-leading career center, trailblazing dual language immersion, technology integration coupled with extra and co-curricular excellence.

Our commitment is to continuing advancements to meet the future needs of our students and community. During the previous school year, WCS went through an intensive community input process of strategic planning focused on the future of student learning. Systematic advancements are being implemented to provide our 7,200 students a world-class education focused on their future dreams and career goals.  These unique accelerations include the expansion of STEM education, world language acquisition, the arts, educational partnerships with local industry, a focus on social emotional wellness of students and facility planning designed for safety and academic space needs.

Our Board of School Trustees, educational staff and administration wish to extend our gratitude for the community’s support as we open our doors to the start of a great year. WCS welcomes your visits, comments and partnerships in education.  Please feel free to contact us. We are here to serve and partner in our community’s education with you!

David Hoffert, PhD
Superintendent
Warsaw Community School
dhoffert@warsawschools.org
(574) 371-5098
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WCS Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 school year.  This year, we are excited to announce you will be able to complete the entire registration process online.  If you would still like to complete the registration process in person or to visit a school, we are hosting optional in-building registration hours:

Wednesday, July 26 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 27 from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 28 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Any parent wishing to pay for TBR fees via cash or set up a payment plan will need to attend registration on one of the dates above.

If you are completing registration online, you will need a valid email address. Free email accounts can be set up at https://www.google.com/gmail/about/

Online Registration Steps:
  1. Sign in to the PowerSchool parent portal at https://warsawschools.powerschool.com
  2. Select the student you wish to register along the top
  3. Select the InfoSnap Student Registration Icon on the left-hand menu for Returning Student Registration
  4. Agree to the terms and conditions
  5. Click Begin Forms
  6. Once you complete the process for one student, you can register the remaining students.  Information will be copied from the first student registration so you don’t have to enter it again.
If you are unable to recover your PowerSchool Parent logon using the log in page’s built-in functionality, please contact WCS Tech Support at 574-371-5088.

To complete registration, you will receive additional emails to:
  1. Pay your TBR Fees
  2. Complete your health information
  3. Apply for free or reduced lunches and/or put money into your child’s lunch account.
  4. Sign up for insurance for your student’s 1:1 iPad
Completing these steps finalizes the registration process.

For students new to the district, you will access new student registration here:

https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=10857&culture=en

or in Spanish here:

https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=10857&culture=es

For questions regarding how to apply for an out-of-district or within district transfer, please call the Warsaw Community School's Central Office at 574-371-5093.
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