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Warsaw Community Schools has partnered with United Way of Kosciusko County to bring the Warsaw area the annual Kindergarten Countdown Camp.

The camp serves as an orientation program to kindergarten for children who have not had preschool experience. Students will be introduced to curriculum while also learning classroom, lunch and bathroom expectations.

Kindergarten Countdown is a free, 15-day summer class with certified teachers running from June 4-22. Free breakfast, lunch and transportation to and from school is provided. Some transportation limitations may apply. The camp will be held at Lakeview Middle School located at 848 E. Smith St., Warsaw.

Registration is required to be submitted no later than Friday, April 27. Assessments will be held May 2, at the WCS Central Administration Office. For more registration information please contact Jen Stafford at 574-371-5093 ext. 2429.

The next eLearning Day for 2017-2018 for Warsaw Community Schools will take place on Saturday, March. 24. This day has been scheduled to make up a school day that has been missed due to dangerous weather conditions. Making up lost instructional time in this manner allows students to be dismissed for the summer in late May as opposed to June.

eLearning Day Procedures

All student assignments for the eLearning Day will be posted by 9 a.m. on the district and school website. The district website may be accessed by visiting http://www.warsaw.k12.in.us and the school web site may be accessed by visiting http://yourschoolname.warsaw.k12.in.us (ie: http://claypool.warsaw.k12.in.us). All lessons will be organized by school and grade level. Each teacher’s page will provide specific instructions for the assignments to be completed as well as optional enrichment activities. If the teacher has included a parent signature form for student assignments, the parent or guardian will need to sign and return the form to school to verify lesson completion.

The assignments may be completed on the actual eLearning Day or may be completed and turned in any time prior to the start of school on the following Thursday, Mar. 29. Completion of the assignments will allow the student to be counted as in attendance on the eLearning Day. Any student who fails to turn in the assignments by the deadline will be counted absent for the eLearning Day.

On the eLearning Day, teachers may be contacted by email or other established means of communication with any questions about assignments. Additionally, a technology support line will be available for any general technology questions by calling 574-371-5088 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 Lessons by Building:
WCHS/WACC
Gateway Education Center
Edgewood
Lakeview
Claypool
Eisenhower
Harrison
Jefferson
Leesburg
Lincoln
Madison
Washington

Several Warsaw Community Schools elementary chess leagues recently celebrated success at the Goshen SCI Team Regional competition held at Goshen High School. The event, held on Saturday, Feb. 24, invited over 55 teams from all over northern Indiana to take part in the competition.

Warsaw Community Schools had a large number of chess players turn out for this event from Lincoln, Madison and Washington STEM. A total of 12 teams from Warsaw Community Schools competed at this close to 7-hour long event. 

Each team played a total of five chess rounds to earn points which determined the school's ratings. In the sixth and under section there were 29 teams at the tournament with the top 15 places qualifying for state. From Warsaw, in third place was Lincoln A, in fifth place Lincoln B, in eighth place Madison A, in tenth place Lincoln C and in 14th place was Washington A team. 

In the third grade and under section there were 23 teams competing. All third and under teams and qualifying sixth and under teams are invited to compete in the state competition, which will be held in Hammond, Ind., on March 24.

Caption: Madison Elementary A Chess Team

Warsaw Community Middle Schools recently celebrated success at the National History Day regional competition. The event, which was held in Fort Wayne on Saturday, Feb. 17, invited students to present history projects before a panel of judges from across the region. Students presented various mediums of projects including exhibits, documentaries, papers, performances and websites.

“A large contingent of students from both Lakeview Middle School and Edgewood Middle School competed in the Fort Wayne Regional competition of National History Day. Participants placing in the top three qualified to compete at the state level this April in Indianapolis, where they can qualify for nationals in Washington D.C. during June,” explained Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools.

WCS had a record number of participants qualify for the state level. Among the teams to advance to state was a team comprised of seventh grade students who advanced to the national competition the year prior. Keller Bailey, Geoffrey Hochstetler, Jason Benyousky and Ryun Hoffert, who previously presented on the subject of Pearl Harbor, selected a Warsaw-native, national author and Civil War hero for this year’s competition – Ambrose Bierce.

Bierce, born in 1842 in Ohio, spent his formative years in Kosciusko County, attending high school in Warsaw. A celebrated journalist and author, Bierce often wrote realistically of the horrors he experienced during the Civil War. Stories such as “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” “A Horseman in the Sky,” “One of the Missing” and “Chickamauga” are considered to be amongst the greatest “anti-war documents in American literature.” At approximately age 71, Bierce mysteriously disappeared without a trade in Chihuahua, Mexico.  He is remembered as a pioneer of the psychological horror story and for his grim and savage voice throughout his writings.

Eighth grade students advancing to the state competition in the group exhibit category include: Zachary Nicholas and Andrew Frush; Kaci Krebs and Tes Berelsman; Jennifer Tlahuextl, Elena Crawford, Ava Knight, and Tate VanHouten; Wini Barnett, Myah Ault, Aspen Wagoner, and Sydney Langhorn; Elana Sullivan, Hannah Shapiro, and Abby Rahn; Kaylee Ochoa and Rachel Doyle. Students advancing to the state competition in the individual exhibit division include Regan Brouwer and Bianca Jordan. In addition, Anastasia Kalikova will advance to the state level in the documentary division and Jessica Pogue will advance in the individual paper division.

WCS would like to congratulate all students on their impressive performance as well as commend the staff and parents who helped in preparing students for the event. The state competition will be held on Saturday, April 14.

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Warsaw Community Schools has scheduled additional eLearning dates in order to make up school days that have been missed due to dangerous weather conditions. Making up lost instructional time in this manner allows students to be dismissed for the summer in late May as opposed to June.

The additional eLearning days will be held on the following Saturdays: March 17, March 24; April 21; and May 19. These days will allow the last student day to remain as scheduled for Friday, May 25.

In the future, Warsaw Community Schools will implement eLearning days on the day of the cancellation. This change will begin during the 2018-2019 school year and allow added convenience making up school days for WCS parents, students, staff and community members.

All student assignments for the eLearning Day will be posted by 9 a.m. on the district and school web site. The district website may be accessed by visiting http://www.warsaw.k12.in.us and the school web site may be accessed by visiting http://yourschoolname.warsaw.k12.in.us (i.e.: http://wchs.warsaw.k12.in.us). All lessons will be organized by school and teacher. Each teacher’s page will provide specific instructions for the assignments to be completed or links to commonly used learning tools such as Canvas.  

The assignments may be completed on the actual eLearning Day or may be completed and turned in any time prior to the start of school on the Thursday following the eLearning day. Completion of the assignments will allow the student to be counted as in attendance on the eLearning Day. Any student who fails to turn in the assignments by the deadline will be counted absent for the eLearning Day.

On the eLearning Day, teachers may be contacted by email or other established means of communication with any questions about assignments. Additionally, a technology support line will be available for any general technology questions by calling 574‐371‐5088 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For individuals that do not have Internet connectivity at home, students may use the wireless network that extends out into the parking lot around all of our school buildings or use the free wireless Internet service and/or computers at the Warsaw Community Public Library. Computer labs will also be made available before and after school the week following an eLearning day.

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