Towles Middle School - Highlights

Towles New Tech Students

Honored at May 14th

FWCS School Board Meeting

Academic Team

The Interdisciplinary Team are the 2018 state runner-ups!

Academic Team

The Social Studies Team tied for 4th in the State!


CANstruction Team qualified to be entered in THREE

International CANStruction Competition award categories!


Towles Students Awarded at 

Lincoln Art Contest


Isabella Nichols 2nd Place in the 6-8 Competition


Olivia Worthman 3rd Place in the 3-5 Competition


Priscilla Ramirez                                   Shi’airah Davis

Honorable Mention 6-8 Grade

CANstruction Structure:

The Sensational Sixties

Takes Home THREE Awards!

2018 CANstruction

The CANstruction team took home three nationally recognized awards in the annual CANstruction competition held at Glenbrook Square Mall. The team competed against 9 high schools and one other middle school. The Towles New Tech CANstruction team took home Best Use of Labels, Most Cans in Structure, and People’s Choice Award.

This year’s structure featured famous leaders, music, and events of the sixties decade.  Included on the outside of the structure was famous civil rights leaders John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Junior. Also featured is the album cover of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album. On the inside of the structure highlighted the Apollo 11 as the culminating event of the space race which transversed the decade.

Towles Academic Team

Indiana Academic Super Bowl

2018 Academic Team Collage

Top Left: 1st Place Science

Top Right: 1st Place Social Studies

Bottom Left: 1st Place English

Bottom Right: 1st Place Interdisciplinary

Not Pictured: 5th Place Math

This year’s academic team’s placed well in the state! The Interdisciplinary Team are the 2018 state runner-ups! The Social Studies Team tied for 4th in the State! At the Indiana Academic Super Bowl competition, the Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Interdisciplinary teams all won their divisions.

Appleseed Writing Project

Young Writer’s Showcase

Award Winners


Towles Students Receive Scholastic Awards

Mrs. Richardson Lahrman Accepts

NEA Foundation’s

National Teaching Excellence Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 9, 2018) – The NEA Foundation awarded Carissa Richardson Lahrman, a science and technology educator at Towles New Tech Middle School in Fort Wayne, Ind., as one of 38 public educators who will receive the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C.

The California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence awardees are nominated by their peers for their dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity, and advocacy for fellow educators.

“Through project-based learning instruction, I work to ensure that each of my projects has an authentic application to the student, school, and community,” says Lahrman.

Each year, the Salute to Excellence in Education Gala draws almost 1,000 supporters of public education, and thousands more online, to applaud these awardees. At the gala, the educators are truly the stars, celebrated throughout the night with music, performances, videos, and more. The evening gives educators well-deserved recognition for their hard work, personal dedication, and profound influence.

“These outstanding educators put heart and soul into supporting students and improving the profession,” says Harriet Sanford, NEA Foundation President and CEO. “We deeply appreciate California Casualty’s partnership in recognizing educators across the country.”

“We are glad to have the chance to show our respect and appreciation for the work of public school educators each year,” says Beau Brown, California Casualty CEO. “We applaud the great work of the California Casualty awardees.”

Mrs. Toy Named

Indiana Middle School  

Art Educator of the Year

The Art Education Association of Indiana will be holding its annual convention November 3rd-4th in Fishers, Indiana. Ft. Wayne resident Ashley Toy will receive the Middle School Art Educator of the Year award. Award recipients are nominated by their peers and are teachers who show outstanding artistic achievement and service in education.

Ashley Toy teaches middle school art at Towles Intermediate in Ft. Wayne, IN. She holds a B.S in Fine Arts from University of St. Francis.

She is a strong supporter of STEAM education incorporating stop-animation, digital photography, drafting, architecture and graphic arts in the classroom. She has been teaching Teaching Artistic Behavior (TAB) in an art classroom with a variety of centers ranging from fiber arts, painting, drawing to technology. Mrs. Toy has won many awards and was on the deans list from 2007.

Jody Nix, Asst Professor and Program Director of Art Education and Pre-Art Therapy says,”I was thoroughly impressed at my first introduction to Mrs. Toy at our summer program. Her classes were engaging, exciting, and extremely well organized. The art product her students leave with are exceptional and from their own curiosities and investigation. Never are they just an assembly line production. This allowance of such deep creativity comes intrinsically from her embracing her curriculum with TAB method, the nationally recognized
choice based art education approach.”

Tim Captain, Principal Towles Intermediate School, Ft. Wayne says,” Mrs. Toy is a sincere advocate for all students. She sparks an interest in art with each student and she helps each young artist improve his or her art skills. One could walk into Mrs. Toy’s classroom at any moment and find 100% of students engaged in rigorous and meaningful work. One would also observe Mrs. Toy moving throughout the room giving individualized and
specific feedback to each student.

Mrs. Toy is a teacher leader and collaborator in various capacities… Mrs. Toy collaborates with teachers of all grade levels and content areas to integrate art into cross-curricular projects and units.”

Ashley’s dedication to teaching children and colleagues, her hard work and tireless efforts, make Ashley very
deserving of the title “Middle School Teacher of the Year 2017”.

Mrs. Richardson Lahrman Named

Hoosier Educator of the Year

The Hoosier Educator of the Year was awarded to Carissa Richardson Lahrman for her excellence in teaching, advocacy for the profession, community engagement and leadership in professional development. Richardson-Lahrman is a seventh-grade science and engineering technology teacher at Towles New Tech in Fort Wayne. With more than 10 years of teaching, she is in her last year of pursuing National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Science.

Richardson-Lahrman has served on the Fort Wayne Education Association’s (FWEA) executive board, acted as an association representative and worked on discussion, compensation and Every Student Succeeds Act implementation teams. She also created and maintains the FWEA website. 

Her community involvement centers on education. Richardson-Lahrman administers the Fort Wayne Sister Cities Student Exchange Program.

"Carissa’s continuing dedication to public education and her students easily recommended her as this year’s Hoosier Educator of the Year," said ISTA President Teresa Meredith. "She gives back to her kids, school and community while also improving her teaching practice. She’s a shining example of what Hoosier public school educators accomplish daily."

The Hoosier Educator of the Year is presented in partnership with Horace Mann Educators Corporation.

Congratulations to our

Purdue University

Agriculture Award Winner

at the Hoosier State Science Fair!

University Agriculture Award Winner

We are pleased to announce that Logan Ross, one of our 8th graders, received the Purdue University Excellence in Agriculture Junior Division Award at the Hoosier State Science and Engineering Fair. This award came with a Certificate of Merit and a $75 cash prize. Please congratulate him when you see him!!!



Towles New Tech Recognized for Excellence (January 18, 2017): Check out the link to the article about Towles New Tech on the Journal Gazette website!

Towles New Tech Exemplary School

Towles New Tech has achieved Demonstration Site status in the New Tech Network for the 2016-17 school year. Congratulations to the staff and students of Towles New Tech for this fantastic achievement!


Letters to the Next President (October 28, 2016): In this project, 8th grade LASS students learned about the Three Branches of Government, Separation of Powers, Checks and Balances, and the Electoral College. They also researched the current presidential election. All students wrote a letter to the next president about a current issue that they would like to see changed/fixed at the national level. Each letter contained quotes, research, and facts about the chosen issue as well as the student’s opinion on the topic. Topics ranged from Gun Control, Immigration, Higher Education, Climate Change, and more. 20 of the top student letters were chosen to be published on the national website for the public to read. Currently there are 4,100 student letters on the site, and now Towles New Tech has put its mark on it!


Visit Fort Wayne (October 28, 2016): The 7th grade LASS students all participated in the Holding Down the Fort project during the month of September. All students were charged with the task of learning about the 4 major civilizations (Ancient China, India, Mesopotamia and Egypt). All of these successful civilizations had 8 characteristics in common: rivers, technology/innovations, religion, government, social hierarchy, culture, food supply, art & architecture. Students then researched the history of Fort Wayne and found that we had many similarities. Students wrote a comparative essay explaining how Fort Wayne is like a great ancient civilization. They then worked in teams to use this same argument to create a promotional video about the great civilization of Fort Wayne. These videos were reviewed and judged by Visit Fort Wayne and the two winners have their videos posted on Visit Fort Wayne’s blog.

WANE-TV (March 2, 2016): On Wednesday, March 2nd, 8th grade students at Towles were visited by WANE TV’s Chief Meteorologist, Nicholas Ferreri. Mr. Ferreri spoke to our students about weather and the field of meteorology and while on the News at 5 that night, he showed a picture of our students on the air.
TNT in the news

Journal Gazette (January 24, 2016): Towles competed in the Future City Regional Competition at IPFW on January 23rd.