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Record Number: 12948
Displayed from: Aug 05, 2015 , until: Oct 05, 2015

Students in five Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary schools got a head start on the new school year this week. In an effort to help students adjust to their new schools following changes in transportation availability, Forest Park, Harrison Hill, Maplewood, Northcrest and South Wayne elementary schools invited new students as well as student ambassadors to participate in a transition program.

Students attended class at their schools from 8:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Students participated in fun, educational activities, as well as spent time in art, music and physical education. The specific design of the program varied from school to school.

“With a number of changes taking place this year, we have many students returning to their neighborhood schools,” Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. “These transition days gave students a chance to see their new buildings, meet the principal and some of the teachers and get to know new friends before the first day of school.”

In addition to the new students, student ambassadors who are returning students also participated in the program to help new students learn each school’s procedures. In total, about 160 students attended the transition days.

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes all students back Tuesday, Aug. 11.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.