Warsaw Community Schools recently welcomed Thomas Franklin to share his journey as an award-winning photographer, multimedia journalist, documentary filmmaker and college professor.

Franklin is best known for his iconic flag raising image taken at ground zero of the World Trade Center immediately after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. This widely recognized photograph was featured on the United States Postal Service’s heroes fundraising stamp. Proceeds from these stamps have generated over $10 million dollars for those affected by 9/11.

A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2002, Franklin’s image was cited by Life as one of the “100 Photographs That Changed the World.” The photo has become part of a permanent collection of the library of congress, the Newseum and the National September 11 Museum.

Franklin first met with students of Warsaw Community High School during a special convocation honoring veterans in the Warsaw Performing Arts Center. The event featured the presentation of colors by the WCHS JROTC program; the performance of the “National Anthem” by WCHS select choral as well as the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” by the WCHS choir.

Franklin shared his experience as a multi-media journalist at the scene of the World Trade Center and the incredible effect his photos had not only on his life, but the lives of others. 

Following the Veterans Day program, Franklin met with high school photography and journalism students to share tips and advice for students interested in multi-media communications. Approximately 86 students had the unique opportunity to engage with Franklin in a classroom setting to learn more about his techniques and the artistic process behind “making a photo.” A question and answer session followed this presentation with an opportunity for students to take a group photo with Franklin at the close of the session.

Franklin concluded his visit with a presentation to Warsaw Community Schools' fifth grade students in the Warsaw PAC. During this presentation, Franklin encouraged students to pursue their dreams and goals while enriching the lives of others.
Warsaw Community High School students met Monday, Nov. 13, to present a check to the K21 Kosciusko Cancer Care Fund totaling $3,087.80.

The donation follows fundraising done by students and staff during the annual breast cancer awareness pink out game. Though WCHS played against Wawasee High School, both schools worked together to help raise funds before and during the game for the cause.

“WCS students participated in an annual fundraising competition with Wawasee High School on Sept. 29 to raise awareness and funds for the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund,” noted Troy Akers, principal of WCHS. “The competition was highlighted by all WCHS administrators having their hair dyed pink for the school day and the game. Over $3,000.00 went from Warsaw students and patrons to assist those in need. Great job Tigers!”

Fundraising activities prior to the pink out game included various spirit days and events such as a staff jeans day, the sale of pink t-shirts and collections held in the cafeteria.

Photo caption: (from left) Hayley Campbell, senior; Abigail Federico, senior; Jennifer Stewart, K21 Cancer Care Fund; Zach Riley, senior; Tristan Larsh, senior; Alyson Grindle, senior; Emily Oler, senior.
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Leesburg Elementary recently returned from visiting multiple dual language immersion schools in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

DLI offers 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 English, one Spanish. Students in dual language immersion enjoy the advantages of two caring, qualified teachers. 

This trip, which was paid for by the Indiana Department of Education’s DLI grant Leesburg received in the summer of 2017, allowed the principal and a group of teachers to observe different programs and collaborate with teachers, principals, and Utah's Department of Education's DLI program directors. 

The trip allowed the group of educators to develop a stronger understanding of Utah's DLI model, which is the model Warsaw Community Schools will continue to follow for their DLI programs.  

Leesburg's DLI program will begin in kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year. Leesburg Elementary will be looking for fluent Spanish speaking teachers and paraprofessionals for the upcoming year. If you are interested in learning more about the program, or interested in getting your child on the waitlist, please call the school at 574-453-4121.   

Photo Caption:

Nathan Polston, principal of Leesburg Elementary, and a group of Leesburg teachers visit a school in Utah with Carolyn Schubach, Utah DLI administrator director, and Lois Lovell, Utah DLI English director.
Warsaw Community Schools had the opportunity to honor and celebrate the 100th birthday of a former teacher. On Thursday, Nov. 2, WCS Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert visited Florence Horn, a lifetime Wayne township resident, to pay tribute to her many years shaping lives of students in the community.

Horn, a Grace College graduate, began her time with Warsaw Schools at Claypool Elementary, where she taught for nine years. She continued her tenure with WCS at Jefferson Elementary, where she helped shape the minds of kindergarten and first grade students for seven years. In 1984, Horn retired with 16 years of experience at Warsaw Schools.

When asked what tips she could share to live a long and happy life, Horn noted she has always worked hard and has continued walking a half mile every day to stay active. She plans to celebrate her 100th birthday with a special birthday lunch with her daughters.
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Warsaw Community High School’s drama department invites you to join a magical night with “Mary Poppins.” The play is a musical adaptation of the stories of PL Travers and the Walt Disney film with original music and lyrics as well as new numbers sure to delight the whole family.

The production will begin on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. with additional showings at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. All performances will take place at the Warsaw Performing Arts Center.

Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students. Pre-sale tickets are available for reserved seating. Contact the box office at 574-371-5040 to purchase your tickets today.
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