Schools Celebrate Students as 2016-17 Year Comes to a Close

Record Number: 16508
Displayed from: May 12, 2017 , until: Jul 12, 2017

Students across Fort Wayne Community Schools will be recognized throughout the rest of the month. Schools also will honor students who have achieved success in a variety of areas over the course of the school year.

Schools will 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. High schools also have special events to wrap up the year honoring students.

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 16

  • Lakeside Middle School will have its awards program at North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd., at 7 p.m. All grade levels, as well as select staff members, will be honored.
  • Wayne High School, 9100 Winchester Road, will have an Academic Awards Night at 7 p.m. to present year-end academic awards, department awards and scholarships.


Wednesday, May 17

  • North Side High School will have its Senior Recognition Night at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.


Tuesday, 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 social gathering afterwards, sponsored by the PTSA, to enjoy punch and cookies in the cafeteria 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 token of their middle school years.
  • Shawnee Middle School will celebrate student achievements in academics, extracurricular activities and specialty areas at Awards Night at 6 p.m. at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road.


Wednesday, May 24

  • Indian Village Elementary, 3835 Wenonah Lane, will have an Honors Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
  • Fifth-graders at Lincoln Elementary, 1001 E. Cook Road, will be celebrated at an awards ceremony at 9 a.m.
  • Adams Elementary, 3000 New Haven Ave., will have a special brunch for fifth-graders and their parents at 10:30 a.m.
  • The North Side Athletic Honors Award Ceremony, which recognizes the academic and athletic achievements of student-athletes for the 2016-17 school year, will take place at 7 p.m. Student-athletes are given letters, plaques, scholarships and annual recognition awards during the ceremony.

Tuesday, May 30

  • Students at Waynedale Elementary, 7201 Elzey St., will be honored at an end-of-the-year recognition and awards ceremony. Students in third and fourth grades will be honored at 8:30 a.m.; first and second grades will be honored at 9:45 a.m.; and pre-K and kindergarten will be honored at noon.
  • At 9 a.m., students at all grade levels at Weisser Park Elementary, 902 Colerick St., will be recognized for their achievements during the 2016-17 school year.
  • Fifth-grade students at Northcrest Elementary, 5301 Archwood Lane, will be honored at the Promotion Celebration at 10 a.m. Families of the fifth-graders are invited to attend and stay for light refreshments following the ceremony.
  • Fifth-grade students at Arlington Elementary, 8118 St. Joe Center Road, will be honored individually during a Recognition Ceremony at 1 p.m.
  • Shambaugh Elementary, 5320 Rebecca St., will celebrate fifth-graders at 1:15 p.m. and wish them well as they move to middle school.
  • Families of fifth-graders at Study Elementary, 2414 Brooklyn Ave., are invited to celebrate the end of the school year with a recognition celebration in the gymnasium at 2 p.m.
  • Adams Elementary will have its final College Go Day-Picture Me in College event of the year at 2:15 p.m., which will include end-of-the-year awards.
  • Families at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, 1026 E. Pontiac St., are invited to celebrate the end of the school year with ice cream at 6 p.m. Student art and plants will be on display, and the Garden Club will sell starts of the plants they have been taking care of all spring.
  • Lane Middle School will host a recognition night at 6:30 p.m. at Snider High School. Students and their families will enjoy an evening of recognition for the students' accomplishments for the 2016-17 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 7 p.m. at North Side High School.

Wednesday, May 31

  • The Fairfield Falcons will assemble at 8:45 a.m. to send the school's fifth-graders off to middle school. Awards including the Kiwanis Terrific Kid award, top art student, top physical education student, top music students, as well as many others, will be given to students during the assembly at Fairfield Elementary, 2825 Fairfield Ave. Every fifth-grade student will be awarded with at least one award. A cake and punch reception will follow for the fifth-grade students and their special visitors.
  • Snider High School will celebrate its seniors throughout the day, starting with taking a senior panoramic picture at 8:30 a.m., followed by breakfast at 9 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., seniors will participate in the send-off parade around the building and through Glenwood Park Elementary. At 11:30 a.m., the Senior Nelson Awards will be given, followed by the senior picnic at 12:30 p.m. and then a senior activity in the auditorium at 1:30 p.m.
  • Indian Village will celebrate students in kindergarten through second grade in an Honors Awards Assembly at 8:45 a.m. Students in grades three through five will be honored at 9:30 a.m.
  • First- and second-grade students at Lincoln Elementary, 1001 E. Cook Road, will be recognized during an award ceremony at 9 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., third- and fourth-grade students will be honored.
  • Families of Study Elementary kindergarten students are invited to a recognition banquet at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate academic achievements throughout the year.
  • Towles Intermediate School, 420 E. Paulding Road, will celebrate the accomplishments of students in third, sixth and eighth grades in a Culmination Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. 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.
  • Fifth-graders at Abbett Elementary, 4325 Smith St., will be celebrated at a program at 10 a.m. The program will include songs by fifth-grade students, inspiring words by a special guest speaker and a cake and punch reception. Parents and families members are invited to attend.
  • South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St., will have its annual Ivy Day celebration at 10 a.m. Graduation 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.
  • Fifth grade students at Weisser Park will be recognized at 10 a.m. for some of their achievements during their fifth-grade school year. A reception will be held following the ceremony in their honor.
  • North Side will celebrate students in awards ceremonies. 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 11:15 a.m.
  • 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.
  • A special recognition and awards ceremony for Waynedale Elementary fifth-graders will be held at Wayne High School at 6 p.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.