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Record Number: 17141
Displayed from: May 21, 2018 , until: Jul 21, 2018

Students across Fort Wayne Community Schools will be recognized during the last two weeks of the school year. Schools will honor students who have achieved success in a variety of areas over the course of the school year and say good-bye to their fifth- and eighth-graders in recognition, culmination and award ceremonies. The ceremonies honor the work the students have accomplished in their current schools and celebrate the good things to come in their new schools. Many schools also celebrate the successful completion of pre-K or kindergarten, which for many students means finishing their first year of school.

Following is a list of the ceremonies happening before the end of the school year. All events are at the school unless otherwise listed.


Tuesday, May 22

  • Miami Middle School will recognize eighth-grade students for their academic achievements at 5 p.m. at Wayne High School, 9100 Winchester Road. 
  • North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd., will have its Athletic Awards Night at 7 p.m. in the By Hey Arena.


Wednesday, May 23

  • Blackhawk Middle School will acknowledge achievements by sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students during the All Awards Ceremony at Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass. Each grade level will have a separate ceremony with a PTSA-sponsored social gathering in the cafeteria after, where they will enjoy punch and cookies with family and friends. The first program begins with sixth grade at 6 p.m.; seventh grade will begin at 7 p.m.; and eighth grade will start at 8 p.m. The eighth-graders will have a special picture booth available to create a token of their middle school years.
  • Kekionga Middle School will recognize students for outstanding academic achievement at Kekionga’s Awards Night, 6 p.m. at South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St. The Kekionga Steel Drumz will perform 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the program.


Thursday, May 24

  • Indian Village Elementary, 3835 Wenonah Lane, will have its Honors Breakfast for students in grades 3-5 at 7:30 a.m. During the school day, the school will have its annual Peters’ Promise picnic lunch to celebrate all the hard work students did this year. Students will be treated to roasted hot dogs, chips and a drink.


Tuesday, May 29

  • At 9 a.m., students at all grade levels at Weisser Park Elementary, 902 Colerick St., will be recognized for their achievements during the 2017-18 school year.
  • Forest Park Elementary fifth-graders will be celebrated at their final elementary recognition night. The Forest Park staff will recognize all fifth-graders in a special ceremony at 5 p.m. at North Side High School.
  • Towles Intermediate School will celebrate the accomplishments of students in third, sixth and eighth grades in a Culmination Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at Wayne High School, 9100 Winchester Road, as the students prepare to transition into the next phase of their learning journey. Third-grade students will move into a new multi-age cluster classroom next year; sixth-graders will enter middle school at Towles New Tech; and eighth-grade students say goodbye to Towles as they venture into high school.


Wednesday, May 30

  • Fifth-grade students at Weisser Park Elementary will be recognized at 9 a.m. for some of their achievements during their final elementary year.
  • Families of fifth-grade students at Franke Park Elementary, 828 Mildred Ave, are invited to attend a special ceremony at 9:30 a.m.Fifth-grade students will be recognized by their teachers for their achievements and accomplishments throughout the 2017-18 school year.
  • Indian Village Elementary will celebrate students reaching special milestones. First, pre-K students will be honored with special ceremonies at the school. The morning class will celebrate at 9:30 a.m.; with the program for the afternoon class beginning at 1:30 p.m. In the evening, the fifth-grade culmination program will take place at 6 p.m. at South Side High School.
  • Shambaugh Elementary, 5320 Rebecca St., fifth-graders will have their end-of-year celebration at 1:30 p.m.
  • Brentwood Elementary will bid farewell to its fifth-graders in a special recognition ceremony at 5 p.m. at North Side High School.
  • Washington Elementary, 1015 W. Washington Blvd., celebrates the accomplishments of fifth-graders, who will soon be moving on to middle school. The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with an award ceremony followed by a cake reception.
  • Families at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, 1026 E. Pontiac St., are invited to celebrate the end of the school year with ice cream and popsicles at 5:30 p.m.
  • Memorial Park Middle School will have a year-end recognition at 6 p.m. at South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St., for eighth-grade honor students and others receiving awards.


Thursday, May 31

  • Miami Middle School, 8100 Amherst Drive, will recognize students for their academic achievements. Seventh-grade students will be honored at 8 a.m. followed by sixth-grade students at 9:30 a.m.
  • Washington Elementary celebrates the end of the 2017-18 school year with an awards celebration for kindergarten through fourth-grade students at 9 a.m. Representatives from the Fort Wayne Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club will be in attendance to present awards to students.
  • Snider High School will celebrate its seniors throughout the day, starting with a donut breakfast at 10 a.m. At 11:10 a.m., seniors will participate in the send-off parade around the building and through Glenwood Park Elementary. At 12:10 a.m., the Senior Nelson Awards will be given, followed by the senior picnic at 12:30 p.m.
  • Indian Village Elementary will celebrate students in kindergarten through second grade in an Honors Awards Assembly at 8:40 a.m. Students in grades three through five will be honored at 9:30 a.m.
  • South Side High School will have its annual Ivy Day celebration at 9:30 a.m. Graduating seniors will walk around South Side in their caps and gowns, followed by a ceremony to crown the Ivy Day Queen and continue the tradition of planting an ivy plant next to the building.
  • North Side High School will celebrate students in awards ceremonies and senior activities, culminating with the annual car give-away to a student with exemplary attendance. Ninth-grade students will be honored in an end-of-the-year program at 9:15 a.m. in the auditorium; sophomore students will follow at 10:15 a.m.; and 11th-grade students will be honored at 11:10 a.m. At 10 a.m., seniors will participate in a job fair in the By Hey Area followed by a senior cookout at noon. At 2:20 p.m., seniors will gather on the North Side steps for the annual senior photo – a tradition dating back to 1927. They will then walk around the outside of North Side in their caps and gowns. At 3:45 p.m., the winner of the car donated by Kelley Chevrolet will be announced. The winner is chosen from students who had exemplary attendance during the school year.
  • Washington Center Elementary, 1936 W. Wallen Road, will have a fifth-grade celebration at 1 p.m. to recognize student accomplishments as the students move on to middle school.
  • Whitney Young Early Childhood Center will have a special celebration at 1 p.m. for kindergarten students as they move on to first grade.
  • Kindergarten students at Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center, 1111 Greene St., will have a culmination ceremony at 1 p.m. to cap off their years at Bunche and celebrate moving on to first grade.

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.