The Wawascene was created by Dr. Mark Stock, former Superintendent of the Wawasee Community School Corporation. Due to its local popularity, Dr. Stock has left the blog site to future Wawasee administrators.
Monday, December 05, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
- You can receive notifications regarding information on delays and closings by signing up at weareclosedtoday.com. Click on the Community Members link, the Register Free Account link, and then follow the instructions.
- If we would need to delay on a Wednesday, there would be no SMART Start. The two-hour delay would follow the two-hour delay schedule of any other day of the week.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
On Wednesday, October 19, in the Wawasee High School lecture room at 2 p.m., the team will present an exit report to the board of school trustees noting things we are doing well and also giving us some things on which we need to work.
The following team members will be with us:
- Dr. Steve Oborn, lead evaluator, is a former school superintendent.
- Mary Mickelson, vice-chair, is an adjunct instructor at Indiana Wesleyan University.
- Bruce Jennings is principal at Bremen High School.
- Rebecca Vaughan is a sixth grade English teacher at Hebron Middle School.
- Gloria Ritchie is a retired educator from Alexandria, Louisiana.
- Seth Helfers, Junior - 2nd Place Individual
- Jessica Wilson, Senior - 3rd Place Individual
- Kaeli Long, Sophomore - 4th Place Individual
- Zach Bussie, 2011 Graduate - 6th Place Individual
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
- Jr Academic Coach 7 years
- Sr Academic Coach 5 years
- 5 time Academic Super Bowl State Finalist
- 2011 Academic Super Bowl Social Studies State Champion
- Demonstrating teamwork at events
- Level of representation of company employees at events
- Designing a Tiki torch that represents your company and using this in opening ceremonies
- Team mascot present at the opening ceremonies
- Involvement of Superintendent in at least one event
- Having matching t-shirts at all events
- All members of a team having face painted for at least one event
Monday, October 03, 2011
- Wawasee High School - Monday, October 3, 3:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- Milford, North Webster, Syracuse - Thursday, October 6, 3:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- Wawasee Middle School - Thursday, October 6, 3:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 05, 2011
- Being introduced to a program Wawasee Academic Monitoring Package that has the capabilities for teachers to be able to see student data and look at in terms of a classroom as a whole or as an individual student in order to better make instructional decisions for students
- Collaborating on curriculum in an effort to put curriculum in a format that can be put online where eventually parents and students will have access to the information and so that teachers will be more consistent in what is taught across the district
- One of the following (all schools will cover each in the next five months): studying and discussing assessment data specific to their building, collaborating on special education issues specific to their building, learning vocabulary instruction tools to better help limited English proficient students along with studying the assessment data for their limited English proficient students, learning additional math instructional strategies, learning additional reading instructional strategies
Each school has made arrangements for students to be supervised whose parents need to drop them off at school at the same time they do the rest of the week. For information specific to your student's school, please call the school's main office.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Wawasee Community School Corporation is implementing SMART Start Wednesdays for the 2011-2012 school year. SMART stands for Staff Members Acquiring Relevant Training.
Each Wednesday, school will begin thirty minutes later for students in order for teachers to collaborate and participate in staff development. Buses will run thirty minutes later each Wednesday. Some staff members will be available in buildings in case students are dropped off by parents at school at the same time as the other four days of the week.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
- Online registration for the 2011-2012 school year will open on July 18, 2011. You can access the online registration by going to http://www.wawasee.k12.in.us/ and clicking on the ONLINE REGISTRATION link on the left hand side. If you do not remember your Harmony WebID, you can click on Request a Harmony WebID, and the information will be emailed to you.
This year, textbook rental and fees along with school lunch payments can be made online. You can begin paying online on August 1, 2011.
2011-2012 textbook rental and fees for kindergarten through grade 5 are as follows:
- Kindergarten: $88.95
- First Grade: $110.60
- Second Grade: $115.10
- Third Grade: $124.35
- Fourth Grade: $116.40
- Fifth Grade: $112.60
- Textbook rental and fees for students in grades 6-12 are based upon each student's class schedule.
If you do not have access to a computer to complete online registration, you can go to a school in the corporation to register as schools will have a computer lab open during the following times:
- Milford School, North Webster School, & Syracuse School: August 4 & 8: 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
- Wawasee High School: August 8 & 9, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
- Wawasee Middle School: August 9 & 10, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Backpacks with food on weekends have been distributed to needy Syracuse Elementary School youth since last May. PTO Officer Connie Geer is heading up the Boomerang Backpack program. Assistance comes from fellow PTO members, Wawasee High School business teacher Kerry Murphy and his students, WHS football coach Tom Wogoman, area service clubs, and supportive community businesses and individuals.
Grants are anticipated to allow the Boomerang Backpack program to expand to both Milford and North Webster elementary schools next year.
Congratulations to Connie Geer and the Syracuse Elementary School PTO!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wawasee Community Schools Going Digital
Technology changes are heading our way and at a rapid pace. To help our students prosper in tomorrow's job market, technology skills are a necessity. Our corporation vision includes that we ensure our graduates possess:
- Life and Career Skills
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Information, Media, and Technology Skills
- Core Subject Skills with 21st Century Themes
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The administrative team and the technology staff understand that buying mobile devices is not going to be the answer to solving all student learning problems. But we do know that students are engaged by using these devices. However, if they are not used or not used properly, they are a waste of valuable resources. A successful 1:1 program requires that we begin to change the way that educators teach and help students invest in their own learning. Individualizing instruction, collaborating, problem solving, and creating products can all be done easier with the use of technology. We do not expect this change to be made overnight. It will be a gradual process over a period of years beginning by changing a few lessons at a time. Every lesson and homework assignment does not need to be digital. There needs to be a blend to better engage all students. Home Internet access will not be required to complete activities like homework. Homework can be downloaded while in school and synced when at school the following day.
We would like parents and students to:
- Take an honest and open approach to this change
- To give their best effort
- Share their opinions in a constructive manner
- Help shape this change to make Wawasee Community Schools the best learning environment it can be for all students
Infrastructure: Wireless survey complete and access points purchased for Wawasee High School. Wireless surveys are in progress for all other school buildings.
Devices: We have been contacting and visiting other school corporations that have already begun this 1:1 process. We are looking at various models of laptops, netbooks, and tablets. We are also examining different operating systems. Major considerations include the ability to create products, security, online testing, and battery life.
Professional Development: We are planning summer training opportunities for digital curriculum resources including Build Your Own Curriculum, Moodle, Google Apps, and Gmail. These trainings will be continued throughout the school year.
Also, there will be training in the care and use of the digital devices.
Timeline: We cannot afford to give every single student a device next year. The school board has granted us permission to pilot this program with the incoming 9th grade students. Our plan would be to continue adding devices at the 9th grade level and in the second year of this plan, add 5th grade students. We are planning on a 4 year life span for these devices. So over a 5 year time period, every student grades 5 - 12 will have a device. Each year we do not adopt new hard copy text books, more text book rental money will be available to help purchase these devices. Also, during this time period, we will be piloting devices with classrooms in the K-4 grades.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
If you are interested or just want someone to talk to, call Marti at (574) 658-4475 or email at email@example.com.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
For the state to fully-fund full day kindergarten in the same manner as grades 1-12 would require an additional $2000 per student. We presently ask parents to contribute toward our full-day program, based on a sliding scale. Free lunch students pay $10 per week, reduced are $20, and other students are $30. Even though any of those amounts are lower than day care for 1/2 day, we have had to go to small claims court to attempt collection for some uncollected fees. With current state along with parent payments, Wawasee runs an annual deficit for full-day kindergarten.
Although our extra 1/2-day program is a financial drain, no direct student instructional intervention is more effective than full-day kindergarten. Currently, almost half of Wawasee kindergarten students attend full-day. We are increasing full-day kindergarten classes by one at each elementary school. At that level, 75% of our kindergarten children will attend all day. The educational benefits will be great, though we will have to cover a larger financial drain. This is an investment that will pay large dividends for student learning now and in the future.
There are and will be some kindergarten parents who want a 1/2-day program. One AM kindergarten class at each elementary will remain to accommodate those requests.
No facility changes/projects will be needed to accommodate our additional full-day children.
Please feel free to contact me if you should have questions or comments about our full-day kindergarten program.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 04, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, May 16, for the February 1st cancelation
Friday, June 3, for the February 2nd cancelation
Monday, June 6, for the February 22nd cancelation
Tuesday, June 7, for the February 24th cancelation
*Any future cancelations will be made up at the end of the school year
Monday, February 21, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Monday, February 07, 2011
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Friday, February 4 for the cancelation on January 19
Monday, May 16 for the cancelation on February 1
Friday, June 3 for the cancelation on Febrary 2
*Any future days will be added to the end of the school year beginning on June 3, 2011.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete, and parents and community members should take the survey for a particular school in our district. You are welcome to take the survey again for another school, especially if you have students attending more than one school. Each survey can be completed in English or Spanish. Individual responses are anonymous. Since the survey is online, you can complete the survey anywhere you have Internet access.
Instructions for Completing the Survey
- Go to www.keysonline.org and click on Take the Survey.
- Type in the school name or zip code of the school for which you are taking the survey: Milford School (46542), North Webster Elementary School (46555), Syracuse Elementary School (46567), Wawasee Middle School (46567), or Wawasee High School (46567).
- Choose the school for which you are taking the survey.
- Click on Take the Survey.
- Choose English or Spanish.
- Select Staff Survey, Parent Survey, or Community Survey.
- Click Start.