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Record Number: 18702
Displayed from: May 22, 2019 , until: Jul 22, 2019

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.


Wednesday, May 22

  • Kekionga Middle School will recognize students for outstanding academic achievement at the Kekionga’s Awards Night at 6 p.m. at South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St.  

Thursday, May 23

  • Indian Village Elementary, 3835 Wenonah Lane, will have its Honors Breakfast for students in grades 3-5 at 7:15 a.m.

Tuesday, May 28

  • Miami Middle School will recognize eighth-grade students for their academic achievements at 6 p.m. at Wayne High School, 9100 Winchester Road. 
  • Indian Village Elementary students who have been on the Principals List, Honor Roll, or have had perfect attendance for the fourth quarter will be honored in their classrooms at 9:30 a.m.
  • Jefferson Middle School, 5303 Wheelock Road, will celebrate the accomplishments of students in award ceremonies. The evening will begin with sixth-graders at 6 p.m., followed by seventh-graders at 7 p.m. and eighth-graders at 8 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-graders receiving awards.

Wednesday, May 29

  • Irwin STEM Magnet Elementary School, 3501 S. Anthony Blvd., will have an Honor Roll breakfast at 7 a.m. to celebrate students’ academic achievements.
  • Indian Village Elementary will celebrate its fifth-grade class in a culmination program at 6 p.m. at South Side High School.
  • Shawnee Middle School, 1000 E. Cook Road, will honor students in grades 6-8 at the annual Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m.
  • Towles Intermediate School will celebrate the accomplishments of students in third, fifth, sixth and eighth grades in a Culmination Ceremony at 6 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; fifth- and sixth-graders will enter middle school at Towles New Tech; and eighth-grade students say goodbye to Towles as they venture into high school.

Thursday, May 30

  • Northcrest Elementary, 5301 Archwood Lane, will celebrate the Class of 2031’s completion of kindergarten at 10 a.m. Students will sing songs, receive kindergarten recognition awards and celebrate their achievements for the year.
  • Northwood Middle School will have end-of-year awards banquet for eighth-graders at 6 p.m. at North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd.
  • South Wayne Elementary, 810 Cottage Ave., will celebrate its fifth-grade class in a special program at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided following the program.

Friday, May 31

  • Northwood Middle School, 1201 E. Washington Center Road, will have end-of-year award ceremonies for students. Seventh-graders will be honored at 8 a.m., and sixth-graders will be honored at 9:30 a.m. A small reception will follow each event for students and families.
  • Miami Middle School, 8100 Amherst Drive, will recognize students for their academic achievements. Sixth-grade students will be honored at 8:30 a.m. followed by seventh-grade students at 10 a.m.
  • Arlington Elementary, 8118 St. Joe Center Road, will celebrate its fifth-grade students and their accomplishments at 9 a.m.
  • Lincoln Elementary, 1001 E. Cook Road, will celebrate fifth-graders in an award ceremony at 9 a.m.
  • Weisser Park Arts Magnet Elementary School, 902 Colerick St., will have an All School Recognition program at 9 a.m.
  • Indian Village Elementary will celebrate pre-K students completing their first year of school. The morning class ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the afternoon ceremony begins at 1 p.m.
  • Abbett Elementary School, 4325 Smith St., will celebrate fifth-graders at 9:30 a.m. as they complete their elementary school years. Lorenzo Suter, CEO of Dupont Hospital, will speak to students about the importance of education.
  • Northcrest Elementary School celebrates the Class of 2026 and all their hard work throughout elementary school. The fifth-grade ceremony at 10 a.m. will include a speech by the Student Council President, award certificates and a short musical program. Families are invited to stay for a short reception immediately following.
  • Jefferson Middle School will have its annual end-of-year Talent Show at 1 p.m. The Talent Show is a fund-raiser for Riley Children’s Foundation.
  • 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.

June 3

  • Memorial Park Middle School, 2200 Maumee Ave., will celebrate students and their accomplishments throughout the morning. At 8 a.m., sixth-grade students will be awarded honors for academic achievements; at 9:30 a.m., seventh-graders will be celebrated during an awards ceremony; at 11 a.m., special education students will be honored for their achievements.
  • South Side High School will have its annual Ivy Day celebration starting with breakfast for seniors at 8 a.m. At 9:15 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.
  • Indian Village Elementary will celebrate the accomplishments of students during the 2018-19 school year in a ceremony at 8:45 a.m.
  • Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road, will celebrate seniors with a walk through Lincoln Elementary and Shawnee Middle School in their caps and gowns. The visit gives younger students a chance to see where they will be in a few years, and the graduating seniors a chance to see former teachers and see how far they have come.
  • 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 exterior North Side in their caps and gowns. At 4 p.m., the winner of a car donated by Kelley Chevrolet will be announced. The winner is chosen from students who had exemplary attendance during the school year.
  • Weisser Park Arts Magnet Elementary School will be having a Fifth-Grade Recognition program on at 10 a.m. The program will be followed by a cake reception immediately following.
  • Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass, will celebrate its seniors throughout the day, starting with senior breakfast at 10 a.m. At 11:05 a.m., seniors will participate in the send-off parade around the building and through Glenwood Park Elementary and Lane Middle School. Following the senior walk, seniors will have a private lunch and the Senior Nelson Awards will be given out.
  • Irwin STEM Magnet Elementary School will recognize the fifth-grade class at 10:30 a.m. for all their hard work and excellence during the 2018-19 school year.
  • Jefferson Middle School will end the school year and say good-bye to retiring Principal Jeff King at a cookout at 11 a.m.
  • Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, 1026 E. Pontiac St., will have a special celebration at 1 p.m. for kindergarten students as they move 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.