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Friday, December 14, 2012

Comments from Dr. Edington

Dear Wawasee School Parents and Community,

The terrible tragedy which occurred at a school in Connecticut today saddens and scares us all. We hope that you sit down with your child, of whatever age, to talk about this random and senseless event. Then, give them a hug!

Our Wawasee School mental health therapists are developing a plan for primary, intermediate, middle, and high school teachers, administrators, and staff members to use Monday in helping our students (your children) deal with this tragedy. We'll review our school safety plans at Wawasee, talk about the need for locking school doors during the day, and work to reassure and instill trust that has been shaken by today's events.

It is so sad that we have to deal with yet another situation where innocent children and those who work with them are victims.

Tom Edington


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

School Board News, 12/12/12

School Board News

The Wawasee School Board met on Tuesday, the 11th.  A work session took place at 5:00 p.m. while the board toured the new culinary arts classroom at WHS.  Teacher Dan Bauer introduced some culinary students, conducted a tour of the room, gave a history of the fairly new program, and had snacks prepared for the guests.

At 5:30, the board met in the WHS Warrior Room in its regular session.  Good news items included a swimming program for special needs students, donated laundering service for the WHS student-led coat and blanket drive, donation of a shed and mower by the Syracuse Youth League to the school and its softball program, and a grant of $10,000 from the Kosciusko County Community Foundation to the coop welding program housed at West Noble High School.

Minutes were approved, people were hired, and bills were paid.

WHS Teacher Dan Bauer gave a report about the culinary program, WHS Assistant Principal Mike Schmidt and students Stephanie Camargo and Shelby Swartz informed the board of the upcoming coat and blanket drive, and WHS teachers Mike Malcolm, Nancy Rehling, Sallie Hoy, and Ryan Edgar reported with Dr. Bob Cockburn on the use of NWEA data to drive instruction.

Jim Evans, director of finance, reported on the levels of various corporation funds.  The board approved a tax anticipation warrant for 2013, renewal of property and casualty insurance, renewal of copier lease agreement, purchase of five school buses, and reappointment of Syracuse Public Library board member Diana Castell.

Superintendent Tom Edington reported on staff absences.  The certified staff attendance rate was 98% during the first trimester of the school year.

The next school board meeting date is January 15, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Warrior Room at Wawasee High School.

P.S.  Any past board agendas and minutes are posted on the Wawasee website.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Weather Make-Up Date

Wawasee Community Schools will be in session on Monday, January 28, 2013, to make up for the November 21st cancellation. 


Wednesday, November 21: Wawasee Schools are CLOSED due to dense fog.

Monday, November 19, 2012



The Wawasee Community School Corporation will be hosting an informational session on suicide prevention on Tuesday, November 20th from 5:30-6:15 PM in the Wawasee High School auditorium. Christina Bolden from the Bowen Center will be presenting. All patrons are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

"Stuff A Bus"

On November 12-17, WHS Key Club is having its annual non-perishable food drive benefiting the three local food pantries by "Stuffing A Bus" full of food and toiletry items. The bus will be in front of WHS on Monday, November 12 to Friday, November 16 during the hours of 7:15 am to 12:00 pm. Key Club members and the bus will also be at the following locations throughout the week:
  • Tuesday, November 13 - Dollar General in Milford from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 15 - New Market in North Webster from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 17 - New Market in Syracuse from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Please help us "Stuff the Bus" for our community!

Wawasee High School Key Club. We don't make keys, we make a difference!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Reply to Release of State School Grades

Wawasee Community Schools congratulate Wawasee High School for receiving an A grade for the 2011-2012 school year!

As a district, Wawasee Community Schools received a C grade from the state this year even though our test scores were very similar to 2010-2011.  Last year, Wawasee was an A school district.  What happened?
  •  Wawasee test scores were 1% lower in 2011-2012.
  •  Any dip in test scores results in a drop of at least a letter grade from the state.
  •  The state grading scale for schools changed to A=4, B=3.5, C=3, D=2, F=1. The grading scale we grew up with was A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.
  •  The state changed their grading scale and implemented letter grade deductions for dips in scores causing more schools statewide to have lower grades.
  •  Wawasee is teaching the common core state standards curricula used by over 40 states. Indiana is still testing over the old state standards curricula.
  •  Wawasee appealed state grades at every school except Wawasee High School. We remain uncertain withe the validity of the state's data. Two Kosciusko County schools dropped from A's to C's and had higher scores than a school which declined and remained an A grade. 

Reasons don’t matter to folks, though, when all of Wawasee Schools aren’t solid A’s or B’s.  As teachers, administrators, and staff members, we work hard to meet student needs.  There is a saying of “Work smarter, not harder.”  As Wawasee Community Schools move forward, we will commit ourselves to using student data and available resources to work smarter to reach our goals.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Meet the Candidates Night

You are invited to Wawasee Middle School's lecture room on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 7 p.m. for a chance to meet the candidates running for the Wawasee Board of School Trustees.  The Wawasee Community Educators' Association (WCEA) is hosting the event.  Candidates will be answering questions put together by the WCEA, and there will be time following those questions for the public to ask additional questions.

Candidates are vying for the two at-large seats.  Candidates are incumbents George Gilbert and Mike Wilson along with challengers Brandy Maney, Brent Robinson, and Heidi Rozow.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Homework Assistance

Does your child need help with math or science homework?
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology offers a free homework hotline for help with math and science homework for students in grades 6-12. They offer help Sunday-Thursday from 7:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m. (EST) at their toll free number 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673). You may also visit their website at

Thursday, July 19, 2012

School Registration

Online registration for returning students will open July 30, 2012. Parents will need a Harmony web ID and password. If you do not have a Harmony web ID and password, you can obtain one here.  For more information regarding Online Registration, please click here.

Registration for new students and for students without online access will be on the following dates:

Wawasee Middle School &
Wawasee High School/Wawasee Academy
Mon., Aug. 6 Noon – 7 P.M.
Tues., Aug. 7 Noon – 7 P.M.

Milford School, Syracuse Elementary, & North Webster Elementary
Thurs., Aug. 2 Noon – 7 P.M.
Mon., Aug. 6 Noon – 7 P.M.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Geothermal Update

Geothermal Technology May be Coming to Wawasee Middle School

In an effort to reduce energy costs and continue to save money in the future, the Wawasee Community School Corporation is looking into the possibility of utilizing the geothermal energy in the area. Geothermal energy is the heat contained within the earth and is a clean, reliable and renewable resource. It can be used as an energy efficient heating and cooling alternative. Information provided by the company, Performance Services, suggests that the location of Wawasee Middle School is likely to have significant geothermal potential. Recent upgrades to the heating and cooling system at Wawasee Middle School make that location ideal to best use this natural resource. The first step in the process is to drill a small test well.

Drilling a test well will provide data on both heat transfer and the type of geology at the site. This information will help determine if the site is suitable and aid in projecting the cost of installing a geothermal system. The test well will be approximately 6-8 inches in diameter and roughly 500 feet deep and it will not impact the soccer fields. The drilling of the test well is expected to take just a couple of days and the results reported back in a week or so. During the first two days of the project what will be visible is a truck-mounted drill rig. Once the well is drilled, the site will be fenced off and the area secured until the necessary data is collected. The test well site will either be fully restored or converted into a production well if the project is approved by the School Board. If approved, anywhere from 30 to 50 production wells would be installed in an open area just east of the tennis courts. Once installed, the wells are covered with top soil and are not noticeable. 

Building Trades Open House


WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The 2011-12 Wawasee Building Trades Project house was built for Brian and Kara Warren and is located at 9800 W Northshore Drive Kimmel Indiana 46760. Come view this beautiful 1750 square foot single story home with walk out basement. It boasts a sunroom, open concept living, dining & kitchen, 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms and a large sun deck.
Students involved in this build are:   Charles Bird, Allen Carson, Jacob Chalman, Dylan DeSomer, Kyle Flores, Josh Gohlke, Andrew Hepler, Luke Jackson, Henry Kidd, Cole Love, Jordan Schmitt, Scott Shepherd, Trenton Thornburg, Mario Torres, Kory Workman & Derek Zurcher

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Photo Courtesy of The Mail-Journal
Congratulations to the 2012 Education Program Essay Contest winner, Syracuse Elementary fourth grader Adrianna Clark. Adrianna's essay was selected out of nearly 1,000 entries from fourth graders across the state. She will receive a 500 Festival gift pack which includes four tickets to the IPL Festival Parade and the Indianapolis 500. Her teacher, Kristina Long, will also receive two qualification tickets as well as tickets to the parade. For more information and to read Adrianna's winning essay, please click HERE

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

WMS Natatorium Roof Supports Repair

Repairs to the Wawasee Middle School Natatorium roof supports are currently under way. On Tuesday, May 1, the Wawasee School Board members met at a special board meeting to discuss the options for repairing the roof supports. Please click HERE for to read the memo from Dr. Edington to staff, parents, and community members. Thank you!

Snow Make-Up Day

Wawasee Community Schools will be in session on Monday, May 14. This is to make up for the weather cancellation on February 23.

Friday, April 06, 2012

ISTEP+ Online Practice Experience

The Indiana Department of Education has asked schools to test online the top two grade levels in each building for the ISTEP+ Spring Multiple Choice Assessment.

At Wawasee Community Schools the following grade levels at each school will take the test online:
  • North Webster School: Grades 4 & 5
  • Syracuse School: Grades 4 & 5
  • Milford School: Grades 7 & 8
  • Wawasee Middle School: Grades 7 & 8
The state has provided an online practice experience which anyone can access. The online practice is very short and is really to get students use to what the system looks like along with practice using the tools within the system.

Each student involved in the online assessment will also be taking another online practice test during school hours the week of April 23-27. Wawasee students will be taking the actual test the weeks of April 30-May 11, 2012.

You can access the ISTEP+ Online Practice Experience by going to At the login screen, just click the Login button. You do not need an ID, Password, or Access Code.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Frogtrotter Basketball

Froggy 102.7 Charity Basketball Event

Join us for a fun-filled evening featuring the crazy antics of the Frogtrotters!

Monday, March 26, 2012

7:00 p.m.

Syracuse Elementary School

Syracuse, Indiana

FREE– Admission is by donation


All proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Please click HERE for more information!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Community Meth Workshop

On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., a Community Meth Workshop will be held at the Syracuse Community Center and is open to the public. This flyer has all of the information.

Position Statement - Head Lice

Head Lice Position Statement

Head lice rarely (if ever) cause direct harm, and they are not known to transmit disease from person-to-person. Thus, they should not be considered a medical or a public health problem. They are mainly acquired by direct head-to-head contact with an infested person's hair but may infrequently be transferred with shared combs, hats and other hair accessories. They do not jump or fly.

Our goal is to educate parents, staff and students regarding the scientific facts of head lice and to support and work closely with parents and their students who are found to have head lice. Parents are requested to focus on the education and proper treatment of their child should an incident of head lice occur. Parents are requested to notify the school nurse when head lice are found on their child.

It is our position that head lice should not disrupt a student's education or their school attendance. When the school nurse is made aware of live lice, she will address the situation with a parent contact and the use of an electronic lice comb. Our school nurses are a valuable resource to families, offering up-to-date head lice information.

Wawasee Community Schools Nurses

Monday, March 05, 2012

Theatre Production

Wawasee High School Theatre Department presents

Beauty and the Beast

Friday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Grade 12 and younger - $6
Senior Citizens (60 and above) - $6
Adults - $8

All seats are reserved. Contact WHS for more information and advance ticket sales.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Calendar Update

Please be advised to the following changes due to the February 23rd cancellation:

Friday, February 24 - No School
Monday, February 27 - Teacher Work Day, No Students
Tuesday, February 28 - End of 2nd Trimester
Wednesday, February 29 - Beginning of 3rd Trimester
Monday, May 14 - Snow Make-Up Day, School in Session


Thursday, February 23: Wawasee Community Schools are CLOSED due to dense fog and icy conditions.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

2 Hour Delay

Tuesday, February 14: Wawasee Community Schools are under a 2-hour delay with alternate Kindergarten schedule.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Nurses' Response to Concerns about Lice

Recently there have been questions about how head lice are handled within our schools. We regret that this has happened. We wanted to make sure you are educated as far as how we handle lice here at Wawasee, which is consistent with many schools across the state. Wawasee nurses follow the guidelines given by the Indiana Department of Education. The IDOE recommendation to schools is to follow guidelines which are based on science. At Wawasee we follow the Harvard School guidelines. A copy of those guidelines may be found on the corporation web site under Health Services.

As school nurses, we want to reassure you that we have and will continue to go beyond those guidelines and work with lice situations on a case-by-case basis. We address any lice we know about, as we aren't always told by parents. The great majority of parents pick up their children from school and address the situation at home. A few cases are handled by our school nurses. We have and loan out Robi-Combs for use by parents. Lice and live eggs are shocked and killed by the Robi-Combs. If properly used, the Robi-Combs allow students to return to class on the same day. Wawasee nurses also will use the Robi-Combs and treat students in the clinic prior to sending them back to class. Follow-up treatment by parents is expected, but can't be mandated. Our nurses conduct follow-up checks, just like we have always done. Extreme lice cases may be referred to the county board of health for assistance and/or child protective services for further action.

Please know that head lice are not a health issue. Lice do not carry or spread disease. Lice are a very emotional nuisance! Most children have an instance of lice sometime in their early childhood or elementary school years, meaning most of us reading this have some emotional memories about this topic. I'm guessing that most of us are scratching our heads right now just reading about lice!

At WCSC we are looking at and trying some options involving head lice. We are fortunate to have individual student lockers in our elementary schools for most students. The PTO in at least one school purchased household wastebasket liners to hold children's coats in common closets for those children who don't have individual lockers. Separating coats and personal apparel items helps, although most lice transmissions are head-to-head ones. A few individual student lockers at each elementary school are now available for use by children in classes that have only common coat closets. Use of those lockers will be worked out by the school nurse and parents. We are working with public health professionals to look at other options.

If you have questions about lice, please contact your school nurse. Our caring school nurses do a great job handling the many needs of our children. Any follow-up situations get referred to the head school nurse. We'll continue working together to keep an inevitable problem to a minimum.

Myra Alexander, RN
(for the Wawasee Nurses)

Friday, January 13, 2012

2 Hour Delay

Friday, January 13: Wawasee Community Schools are under a 2-hour delay with alternate kindergarten schedule.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

School Calendar Survey

Because of legislation that has been introduced in the past that would move decisions on the school calendar from the local school board to the Indiana Legislature, an Indiana public school superintendent developed a survey on school calendars and asked us if we would share it with our local community.

The data collection is open now until midnight on Friday, January 20, 2012.

Note: While we will receive the results from the survey, the results will not be broken out for how our local community members responded.

To access the survey, click HERE.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Indiana College Cost Estimator

The National Center for College Costs is presenting Indiana College Costs Estimator, ( This has been developed to bring comprehensive college selection, admission and financial aid information to Hoosier students and families. On Wednesday, January 11, in the Warsaw Performing Arts Center, you will get an opportunity to see the features of the Indiana College Costs Estimator. This event is open to ALL Kosciusko families. Please visit for more information.