Fort Wayne Community Schools will host its annual Showcase from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road.
Showcase gives families an opportunity to learn more about the variety of educational options available within FWCS, including how technology is integrated with instruction at all grade levels and in every building. Students are able to demonstrate that technology isn’t just using high-tech toys; technology enhances instruction from teachers.
New this year to Showcase will be a musical instrument “petting zoo,” where participants have the opportunity for a hands-on experience with one of a variety of musical instruments. The “petting zoo” is courtesy of Mynett Music.
Showcase is a free event featuring the district’s elementary, middle and high schools, including FWCS’ seven magnet schools, high quality neighborhood schools and Programs of Study at the high schools. At the event, parents can receive information and ask questions about how to choose and apply for the program that best suits their children’s needs. While all students are assigned a school based on where they live, for decades, FWCS parents have been able to apply to have their child attend one of the magnet schools or request an intra-district transfer to attend a different school within the district.
FWCS offers the Montessori curriculum at Bunche Early Childhood Center (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten) and Towles Montessori Elementary School (first through sixth grades); New Tech is offered at Towles Middle School for seventh- and eighth-graders. The arts magnet program is offered at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten), Weisser Park Elementary School (first through fifth grades) and Memorial Park Middle School (sixth through eighth grades). Croninger Elementary School offers a magnet program focusing on communications, and math and science are a special focus at Irwin Elementary School. Magnet schools have no boundaries and draw students from throughout the district.
Each high school will have information on their Programs of Study: Project Lead the Way-Engineering at Northrop; Global Studies/World Languages and Early College at North Side; Project Lead the Way-Biomedical at Snider; International Baccalaureate at South Side; and New Tech Academy and Early College at Wayne.
Parents wanting to request that their child attend a different school must have their school assignment application submitted by Friday, Dec. 15. Applications will be available at Showcase, at schools and online at www.fortwayneschools.org. If there are more applicants than spaces available at any of the schools, the school lottery will be Jan. 19 at 9 a.m., to determine admittance.
There will be special appearances at Showcase by Star Wars characters (including a presentation on the building of an R2D2 droid) and Johnny from the Fort Wayne TinCaps. This year there will be a carnival, free face painting by Northrop cheerleaders and the United Way of Allen County will give away free books; cosmetology students from the FWCS Career Academy will offer free haircuts and manicures.
Attendees can register for an array of door prizes, including picnic tables made by construction trades students at the FWCS Career Academy or an iPad, sponsored by school PTAs.
Showcase is sponsored by Sodexo and ProFed. More information on the schools, FWCS departments, entertainment and sponsors can be found at www.fortwayneschools.org.
Additionally, FWCS schools will offer Tuesday Tours from mid-November to mid-December. These special tour times allow parents to visit any of the schools to see their inner workings. This year, Tuesday Tours will be Nov. 14, 21, 28 and Dec. 5 and 12. Times for elementary school will be 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m.; for middle schools, 8 to 10 a.m.; and for high schools from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bunche and Towles will offer tours from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Of course, the schools are always available for tours, simply by calling the office of the school in which you are interested.
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FWCS Seeks Community Input On Future
Fort Wayne Community Schools is inviting parents and community members to participate in a community engagement project designed to determine what measures should be used to gauge school success and to identify what FWCS is already doing well and where the district has opportunities to improve.
Board members are leading the remaining sessions in November to gather input from the community.
The remaining community meetings will be on the following dates. All meetings will be from 5:30-7 p.m.
- Nov. 14 – Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass
- Nov. 16 – South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St.