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Thursday, 20 February 2020 12:07

Indiana Youth Survey

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This spring Warsaw Community School students will be participating in an online, statewide survey of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs use (the Indiana Youth Survey). Students in grades 7-12 are scheduled to participate. 

● Lakeview Middle School will administer the survey on Thursday, March 5, 2020, during the student homeroom period. 

● Edgewood Middle School will administer the survey on Thursday, March 9, 2020, during the student history class.

● WCHS will administer the survey on Thursday, March 5, 2020, during the student Enrichment period.

The survey is conducted by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC), School of Public Health, Indiana University-Bloomington. The information regarding the survey (i.e., sample questionnaires, reports, etc.) can be viewed at http://www.inys.indiana.edu/

The purpose of the survey is to have accurate knowledge of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug usage from the youth in our community. The information will be comparable to both state and national data. The school system will get a report back that indicates usage by grade level. The outcomes of the survey assist us in planning curricula and programs to address alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use prevention.

The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete and is voluntary, confidential, and anonymous.

If you would prefer your child does NOT participate in the survey, please complete the request below. Students not participating in the survey will be dismissed to an alternate location.

Please feel free to contact Gina Courtois if you have any questions at 574-371-5098, or by email at gcourtois@warsawschools.org.

Complete the Google form at the following link only if you do NOT want your child to participate in the survey. Please complete this opt OUT by March 2, 2020.

Google Form Link: https://forms.gle/VrgMJg9WTonPP7LX8


Thursday, 01 August 2019 21:38

District Map

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To determine your school of residence, please visit our Transportation page.


To determine which district you live in and who represents you, download and reference the following map:
icon Download Full-Size WCS District Map

Board Members:
District 1: Mike Coon, Board Member
District 2: Heather Reichenbach, Board President
District 3: Elle Turley, Board Member
District 4: Randy Polston, Board Secretray
District 5: Jeremy Mullins, Board Member
District 6: Jay Baumgartner, Board Member
District 7: Bradley Johnson, Board Member


Wednesday, 31 July 2019 16:10

HSE (Formerly GED) Testing

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The state has changed who supplies the high school equivalency test in Indiana, so that was known as the GED is now called the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion™). It is a state-of-the-art, affordable national high school equivalency assessment that assesses five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. It measures examinees’ levels of achievement relative to that of graduating high school seniors, and career and college readiness, as outlined by the Common Core State Standards. We just call it the high school equivalency, since that is the diploma you will receive when you pass it.

The TASC, or HSE, test is given once a month at Warsaw. The test takes place at Gateway Educational Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Beginning time is at 9:00. Each session could take up to 3 hours.

The tests are on-line and follow this schedule:
  • Mondays: Math and Science
  • Tuesdays: Reading and Social Studies
  • Wednesdays: Writing
Upcoming testing dates are:
August 26, 27, 28 - 2019
September 23, 24, 25
October 21, 22, 23
November 18, 19, 20
December 9, 10, 11

January 27, 28, 29 - 2020
February 24, 25, 26
March 23, 24, 25
April 27, 28, 29
May 18, 19, 20
June 15, 16, 17

To sign up for the test visit Krystle Chavez at the Gateway Educational Center at 201 N. Union St or call her at 574-371-5019.

If you will need testing accommodations you may want to visit this website: http://www.tasctest.com/accommodations-for-disabilities-for-test-takers.html for further information.

For more information about the test itself, go to:
http://www.tasctest.com/taking-tasc-test.html

Dr. David Hoffert, Superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools (WCS), is kind of a homebody. While not lacking an adventurous spirit, David maintains an affinity for the familiar as well as a certain connection with the past – and for good reason. Combine a fond nostalgia over his hometown upbringing with a continuing enthusiasm for history, and it’s no mystery why he relishes the past. Yet, in both his professional as well as his home life, David also welcomes the endless possibilities of the future.

David expresses a deep gratitude for having grown up in the community of Warsaw. “I am a 4th generation Warsaw resident,” David proudly notes of his family history. “My great Grandfather moved to Warsaw right after the Spanish American War and his service in Cuba. He built one of the first houses on Market Street,” he discloses. Even after leaving for a time to begin his career path, David felt an assurance that he would eventually return to Warsaw. “I have always loved this community,” David admits. “It was always my dream to return home and raise my family in this community.”

A proud 1998 Warsaw Community High School graduate, David went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Anderson University. “I had a number of teachers and coach who impacted my life while at Warsaw Community High School,” he shares. And, in 2002, David accepted a US history teaching position at WCHS, also signing on as the boys head track coach. “That started a whirlwind career, full of many unexpected turns, leading to my current position as the Superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools,” David notes. David continued to achieve a master’s of education degree from Olivet Nazarene University, received his principal licensure from Indiana Wesleyan University, and earned education specialist and PhD degrees from Indiana State University. Before settling into his role as superintendent, he gained valuable experience in the field, first as Principal of Northfield Jr./Sr. High in Wabash, IN and then as Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer for WCS, both positions serving well to prepare David for his current title.

David has held his position as Superintendent since 2014, steering WCS in the mission of “inspiring and equipping all students to continuously acquire and apply knowledge and skills while pursuing their dreams and enriching the lives of others.” He maintains a vision for the future, seeking to continually meet the needs of an ever-developing community. For his work in advancing STEM-based education and pursuing industrial partnerships, David was recognized at the White House as a top 100 Future Ready Superintendent. David continues to help shape and pursue various education initiatives, acting on behalf of his hometown school corporation at the local, state, and national level. He also serves as an adjunct professor for the Indiana State University Doctorate of Educational Leadership program and serves on multiple PhD dissertation committees. David contributes to numerous service, civic and professional organizations, continually investing his time and skillset to a variety of causes.

David admits to having a strong support system along the way. Kindred spirits from the get-go, he remembers an immediate connection with his wife, Rachael. The couple met during their freshman year at Anderson University. As Rachael had just been diagnosed with mononucleosis, their first date almost fell through. Fortunately, Rachael did not pass up the opportunity, though she was not feeling well. “It was a great date that started a forever relationship,” David recalls. “No first-date kiss though,” he says with a smile. Of the development of the relationship, David comments, “It was easy to see right away how well we connected. We would talk for hours about future plans, careers, travels and family.” He confesses, “From the moment we started dating, there was no one else.”

David asked for Rachael’s hand in marriage, choosing Center Lake Park as the location for his proposal. “I asked Rachael to throw a penny in the fountain and make a wish,” he recalls. “As she did, I got down on one knee and proposed,” he continues. Confident that their lifelong connection was undeniable, it seemed David was banking on Rachael’s acceptance. For, to add to Rachael’s surprise, he had invited both sets of parents to join in their celebration that day, giving her an immediate opportunity to show off that engagement ring. Prior to their senior year of college, the couple wed in Rachael’s hometown of Grandville, MI. “It was simply a beautiful night with family and friends,” David remarks of the ceremony. “All went according to the script and we started our wild and crazy adventure together.”

From the start, David and Rachael meshed well as a couple and shared a common vision. “We both had the same passion for education and taking calculated risks to change the world, even if one child at time,” David shares. While David started down his own career path, Rachael served first as an elementary teacher for both Goshen and Warsaw Community Schools and then became a district-wide literacy coach. “Rachael is a passionate advocate for public education,” David comments. Currently working towards her doctorate, with plans to finish over the next year, Rachael also begins the 7th year in her current position as an education professor at Grace College. In addition, Rachael is pleased to hold the role of Vice President for the Baker Youth Club board.

“Rachael is my best friend, biggest supporter and super mom/wife,” David remarks of his bride. The couple not only share a vision for education, but also for family. Their family became a threesome with the birth of their first son, Ryun – 12, a 7th-grade student at Edgewood Middle School this year. Both a history buff and a running aficionado, like his dad, Ryun has participated in cross country, track and student council. At a national competition held recently in Washington DC for National History Day, Ryun took part in an award-winning presentation of Pearl Harbor, his group gaining the opportunity to present their findings before the Office of the Vice President, Senator Todd Young, and Congressman Jim Banks.

One of the most significant chapters in the Hoffert family story occurred in 2007, as David and Rachael determined to adopt internationally for the first time. It all started with a church sermon entitled “Big World, Little Me” that resonated with both, continuing to linger in their thoughts and conversation long after the service. “The next day we drove to an adoption agency in Michigan and 9 months later we found ourselves in Ethiopia,” David shares. Fairly new at the time, the Ethiopia adoption program lacked many of the precautions that are currently in place. “We were asked if we wanted to travel the country to find out more about our son’s heritage in Alaba, Ethiopia,” David reveals. The Hofferts accepted the opportunity, venturing for two weeks to even the farthest ranges of the country, close to the Sudanese border. During their journey to villages whose inhabitants had never laid eyes on Americans, the Hofferts spent their nights under mosquito nets, encountered the threat of an armed hijacking, and noted how drought and disease had ravaged the country. “We came back to American with the blessing of our son Robinson and the understanding of how thankful we are for the United States,” he recalls.

And so, the threesome became four. Robinson - 10, is a 5th-grade student at Eisenhower Elementary this year. He has participated in track and field for Eisenhower and has also played in the WCS Flag Football League. “Robinson is one test away from obtaining a Black Belt in taekwondo,” David remarks, taking pride in his son’s accomplishments. The Hofferts eventually grew to become a family of five, after a second adoption and the addition of their third son. Roose, short for Roosevelt, was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. And, at five years of age, he enters kindergarten this year in the Spanish Immersion Program at Eisenhower. “Roose is full of energy and life,” David fondly notes. “He loves basketball, swimming and any other high energy activity.”

Of their family dynamics, David comments, “We believe that family is much more than blood.” He continues, “Each of our children came from very unique circumstances. It is a trait that makes them and our family so special. Each has taught us as parents new lessons, understanding and empathy for others.” The Hofferts truly appreciate the home they share, located in the Park Ridge subdivision. “It is our dream house in a thriving and growing neighborhood. We never want move!” David remarks. And the Hofferts continue to welcome others into their home, whenever an opportunity arises for them to do so. “Our family has a heart for hosting students with various needs for extended periods of time as temporary parents,” David shares. “This has led to many wonderful experiences and a way to give back to our community,” he notes.

The Hofferts consider their annual post-Christmas trip to Florida to be a favorite family vacation. “It has become a family tradition each year to spend a week in the warmth and at least a Day at Disney World. It is just a magical place for our family.” he discloses. While some aspects of travel can be a bit less “magical” than others, they are memories in the making nonetheless. “This last year was especially memorable as we were driving out of town and one of the kids threw up all over the van,” David recalls. “The rest of the trip we called it the “puke van” and nobody was allowed to eat for the next 24 of the trip.”

The Hoffert family expresses a continued love and appreciation for their surrounding community. “This is a community of love, caring, community values, and programming to meet a diversity of interests,” David recognizes. “It is the ideal place to raise a family,” he concludes. The family attends Mission Point Church, where David notes, “We have a collective passion to advocate for the needs of orphans and children in crisis.” And, in the purest form of lifelong “Tiger Pride”, David admits, “I am excited that all my boys will be WCS future Tiger graduates.” The family regularly attends a variety of the local sports, arts and academic events hosted throughout the school corporation.

The family appreciates physical activity as well, favoring a run and walk on the Winona Lake trails. David, whose love of running had taken somewhat of an interlude, returned with gusto to his sport of choice last year. David can be found running around town during the early morning hours, joined by friends and fellow runners. He has qualified and participated in the 2017 New York Marathon as well as the 2018 and 2019 Boston Marathons, marking the accomplishment as a family celebration.

The Hofferts see themselves as lifelong learners, regarding life as a beautiful journey. “The U2 song City of Blinding Lights has become a motto to both Rachael and myself,” David shares, relating to the lyrics:

The more you see the less you know
The less you find out as you go
I knew much more then than I do now
(U2 – City of Blinding Lights)

“We are continually learning each day,” David comments. “We believe that God continues to open up doors in our lives to impact others around us,” he adds.

Saturday, 20 July 2019 16:23

Transportation

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Welcome to the Warsaw Community Schools Transportation Page

Phone: (574) 269-1750


Information for New Parents
We provide several tools to help you identify your school of residence and bus route.

District Map:

Open the map below to see a district map for each elmentary school. Student enrolled in the following elementary schools will attend Edgewood Middle School for 7-8 grade: Madison, Eisenhower, Washington, Claypool. Students enrolled in the the following elementary schools will attend Lakeview Middle School for 7-8 grade: Harrison, Leesburg, Jefferson, Lincoln. All students in the Warsaw Community School district will attend Warsaw Community High School for 9-12 grade.

District Transportation Map

Bus Routes:

Additionally, you may type in your address in VersaTrans eLink to determine the school of residence and route information.

The username is: guest
The password is: guest

VersaTrans eLink

Downloads:

Other Resources:

Local Realtor Directory
Search for Properties
Kosciusko County GIS
Keeping Kids Safe on the School Bus
Friday, 19 July 2019 11:45

Our Community

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Friday, 19 July 2019 11:44

About WCS

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 16:28

Delay and Cancellation Information

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Warsaw Community Schools Guidelines for School Delays and Closings Due to Inclement Weather:  

Beliefs:  
  • Weather conditions are both variable and extreme in Northern Indiana.
  • WCS believes due to the large geographical size of Warsaw Community Schools, it is understood differing weather and/or road conditions could be present within the district. Due to this factor, on days with possible inclement weather WCS will complete the following steps.
    • Dispatch multiple transportation officials to the differing quadrants between 4:30-5:30 a.m.
    • These transportation officials will provide recommendations to the transportation director on the road/weather conditions.
    • The transportation director will also be communicating with city, county, and state road officials to evaluate road conditions by 5:30 a.m. along with evaluating forecast conditions.
    • Recommendations from the transportation department are then provided to the Superintendent.
  • Concrete rules do not exist for making decisions regarding variable and extreme weather, but these guidelines will serve as a reference for Warsaw Community Schools (WCS).
  • WCS believes the public expects schools to be open and to provide education, supervision, and other services (including meals) to its students.
  • WCS believes all parents are committed to keeping children safe and these parents will dress their children appropriately for the weather when sending children to school.
  • WCS recognizes that it is first and foremost a parental decision to determine if a child should attend school on inclement weather days.
  • WCS respects a parent’s determination regarding their child’s attendance at school during inclement weather. If school is open, or delayed, because of inclement weather, the school will respect the parent’s decision to keep their child at home. Parents are expected to contact the school and inform school officials of their determination. The student will be counted absent, per state code, and students will be given an opportunity to complete their academic work in the same manner as an excused absence from school.
Communication
  • On a normal day, it will be announced no later than 5:45 a.m. if we are delaying and/or closing.
  • On a PLC day, it will be announced no later than 6:30 a.m. if we are delaying and/or closing.
  • Following a delay, it will be announced no later than 7:45 a.m. if schools will be closing.
  • In the event of a delay on a PLC day, school will run according to the normal 2-hour delay schedule. 
  • In the event of a cancellation on a PLC day, the PLC day will not be transferred to another date. 
  • Following the district’s Twitter account, @WCS_district or checking the school website www.warsaw.k12.in.us are the most immediate means of communication for delays and/or cancellations.
  • Automated phone and text messages through PowerSchool contacts are sent within 15 minutes of a delay and/or cancellation. Please update PowerSchool settings and contact information to ensure correct notification and/or if you wish not to be contacted by the automated system. These updates need to be completed for each registered student. 
  • Additional media outlets are also contacted:
    • WRSW
    • WIOE
    • WNDU
    • WSBT
    • WPTA
Delaying or Closing School is Based on Multiple Variables
Freezing Rain
  • The most unpredictable weather variable is freezing rain/sleet. Freezing rain/sleet is temperature sensitive and fast occurring. It begins and ends with little notice. When freezing rain/sleet is predicted, the decision regarding school is delayed until the latest possible time in effort to observe the most current and local conditions. Such a decision will generally be made in the morning.
Snowfall
  • Snowfall is more predictable than freezing rain/sleet. Meteorologists generally give a 2-inch variable when predicting snow accumulation. Because of the variation in actual snowfall, when compared to predicted snowfall, the decision regarding school status is delayed until the snow accumulation indicated a need for action. Such a decision, except in extreme situations, will generally be made in the morning.
Extreme Snowfall Situations
  • When snow has accumulated to a significant level, or is at such a level with more snowfall predicted, then the decision regarding school may be made the previous evening. A significant level is one in which local authorities have indicated it is unlikely streets will be passable by the following morning.
Extreme Cold (See Chart Below)
  • Temperature prediction is increasingly accurate. WCS uses the hourly temperature predictions from its zip code from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa.gov). In addition, WCS uses the Wind Chill Chart from NOAA and the National Weather Service showing when frostbite becomes a concern if bare skin is exposed to frigid temperatures for varying amounts of time.
  • If air temperature is predicted by NOAA to be -10 degrees or below with calm wind (the starting point for severe wind chill concern) at 6:00 a.m. the school will consider a two-hour delay for the start of school. If the air temperature is predicted to remain at -10 or below at 8:00 a.m. with calm wind, the school will consider closing. Such a determination will be made as early as possible, including the evening before.
Extreme Wind Chills (See Chart Below)
  • Wind chill prediction is not as accurate as temperature prediction because wind speed is more variable by time and location. NOAA observation and predictions are based upon the open conditions. These conditions can vary from the actual weather within the Warsaw Community Schools district. Local observations of wind speed will affect the decision regarding delaying or closing school.
  • Using the Wind Chill Chart, severe wind chill concerns or frostbite emerge at a predicted wind chill temperature at or near -20 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • If wind chill is predicted by NOAA to be at or near -20 degrees or below and if local conditions are predicted to mirror predicted wind chill temperatures at 8:00 a.m., the school will consider closing. The variability of wind speed will likely cause this decision to be made in the morning unless the predictions indicate extreme conditions past the threshold of frostbite. 
    wind chill
    Receive WCS Information The Way You Choose

    To make sure that you’re receiving school news and alerts in the ways that work best for you, Warsaw Community Schools is launching a new communications app.

    Sign up for the FREE SchoolMessenger app today to:

    Set your communications preferences for calls, emails, texts, and more
    Receive all kinds of school messages (classroom and group updates, activity alerts, school and district notifications) in one single app
    Review your messages on any device – smartphone, laptop, etc.
    Go to http://go.schoolmessenger.com to download the SchoolMessenger mobile app for Apple and Android devices or use the web-based version from your internet browser.

    With the new SchoolMessenger app, parents and community members have 24/7/365 access to important school notifications such as weather and emergency alerts.

    In addition, the app can allow teachers and parents to directly communicate with each other, individually or in groups, all from within the same app.

    Get started with the SchoolMessenger app today. Go to http://go.schoolmessenger.com and sign up for your FREE account. 
Monday, 15 July 2019 11:44

Communication Expectations

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Our Board Expects:

Our Superintendent Expects:

  1. That board members will redirect inquiries from WCS staff members and stakeholders to the superintendent, and the superintendent will keep the board informed of subsequent follow-up.
  2. A regular communication from the superintendent on a monthly basis.
  3. To be notified via email and phone (if necessary) as soon as possible for:
    • School emergency (lockdown, fire, etc.)
    • Student emergency (arrest, injury, death, etc.)
    • Staff emergency (arrest, injury, death, etc.)
    • To receive board documents, via BoardDocs, the Wednesday before the scheduled board meeting. 
  4. That all board members will receive the same information: 
    • One member's request for additional information results in all members receiving or having the same access to the information.
    • Special communications are done for all board members.
    • That board members will treat each other and staff with respect.
  5. That the superintendent and staff will treat all board members with respect
  6. That reasonable requests for additional information will be satisfied in a timely manner.
  7. No surprises! 
  1. That board members will inform the superintendent when they are visiting the schools.
  2. That requests for additions to the agenda will be received at least seven (7) days before the meeting.
  3. The direction is given when a majority of the board* votes to give direction, or when there is a clear consensus from the board directing the superintendent.
  4. That board members will be respectful toward staff and be respectful of staff's time.
  5. That board members will read all supporting documentation before the board meeting.
  6. That board members will contact Superintendent or Board President with questions about agenda items or supporting materials by noon, Friday, after they receive Board Notes. 
  7. No surprises! 

* Majority is defined as 4 or more board members

Monday, 15 July 2019 11:44

Board Meetings

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Meeting Types

Regular board meetings open to the public and media, are held on the third Monday night of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Central Office.

Board work sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Work session topics and locations are determined by the board, and are advertised well in advance.

Executive sessions, used for discussion of sites, litigation, negotiations, and personnel are closed. No action is ever taken by the board in any executive session.

Board Meeting Agenda

The agenda serves as the framework for transaction of public business. Detailed information is provided by the Superintendent in advance of each meeting. The formal document, noting varied items of business is posted at the WCS Central Office, 1 Administration Drive, Warsaw, on the Warsaw Community Schools' website, and forwarded to media representatives prior to any scheduled session.

Business categories for the agenda include:

  • Business of Citizens Present: When a stakeholder uses the “Citizen Comment and Suggestion Cards” sign-up card (available on the table at the entrance to the meeting site) and submits it to the Board secretary at least five minutes in advance of the start of any Regular meeting, the stakeholder may address the Board for a specified number of minutes. Public Participation is the only time during a Regular meeting when members of the public may speak to the Board. 
  • Consent Agenda: This portion of the agenda is voted upon by the Board and contains routine matters related to the day-to-day operation of WCS.
    Reports: WCS staff members give reports about various topics to the Board that provide information and details.
  • Items from Board Members: Board may address other issues not covered. Action will not be offered at this time.

Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Regular and Special sessions include all formal Board motions and formal Board actions. When pertinent to Board action, data may be attached to the Minutes. After being approved by the Board, Minutes become official and are open for inspection by the public. Public can access the minutes during regular business hours (Monday through Friday) at Central Office or by visiting BoardDocs .

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Dr. David Hoffert
Superintendent
Email
1 Administration Dr
Warsaw, IN 46580
(574) 371-5098
(574) 371-5095
 
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