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Record Number: 4260
Displayed from: Aug 13, 2008 , until: Aug 18, 2008
Fort Wayne Community Schools will begin the 2008-09 school year on Monday, Aug. 18. Each school will be visited by an administrator or school board member to welcome students and staff back for another year. Events happening on the first day include: Students at Anthis Career Center will hear a presentation by wood carver Ryan Frauhiger, who spent 200 hours this summer carving an eagle with a 5-foot wing span out of a pine log. Frauhiger will talk to the students at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. about reaching their potential despite challenges that may arise. He will exhibit some of his work and perform wood carving with a chainsaw on stage. Harrison Hill Elementary will start the new school year with a ribbon cutting at the front door. Indian Village Elementary will participate in the national First Day of School celebration. Firefighters handing out special pencils will greet students and their parents at the front door. Parents will also receive an invitation to "skip" work to spend the first 30 minutes of the school day with their child and enjoy some refreshments. Lane Middle School students will head to "Boot Camp" on the first day. Basic training throughout the week will introduce students to the procedures in the building, including homeroom procedures, behavior expectations, dress code, how to act when guests are in the building, extracurricular opportunities and much more. Students at Washington Elementary will receive book bags filled with school supplies donated by Emmanual St. Michael Church and the Downtown Rotary Club. Rotary is also providing six books to each child. Students will get to work on their writing skills the first day by writing thank-you notes to the two organizations, and throughout the week, they will decorate "treasure boxes" to keep and protect their books. Weisser Park Elementary will celebrate the first day with the theme, "Laughing Matters" as the school focuses on building a joyful learning community. Theatrical arts teacher Bruce Hancock will start the day with laughter and music during the morning announcements at 8:40 a.m.

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.