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Thirteen-year old Lee Barrera, left, looks over at the computer screen of classmate Sarah LoCastro, 14, as they work on creating digital presentations on Thursday at Towles New Tech school.
Education Notebook

New Tech gives project-based learning

Towles New Tech students work on their digital presentations about respect on Thursday.

It was a busy back-to-school week at Towles New Tech middle school as teams of students scurried to finish their first projects before their presentations.

As Fort Wayne Community School students headed back to school last week, more than 100 of the district’s seventh- and eighth-grade students entered the first STEM classes at Towles New Tech middle school.

Beginning this year, Towles New Tech, 420 E. Paulding Road, will use a project-based learning model that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM.

What that means for students is plenty of projects, one-to-one computing and team-building skills, said Tim Captain, the school’s director.

This year, the school has 73 students enrolled in the seventh grade and 49 students enrolled in eighth grade, Captain said.

Next year, he would like to see that number expand to 100 students per grade level.

Towles middle school students, many who come from a Montessori education background, will feed into the New Tech Academy at Wayne High School.

Towles New Tech is the first New Tech middle school in northeast Indiana, officials said.

On Thursday, students scurried around the room, busying themselves as they completed a project called “Digital Citizenship.”

With the help of their peers, students were tasked with drafting a contract about acceptable and unacceptable behavior for the new school year.

Aunzhanay Montgomery, 13, explained that their group had decided to focus on respecting their peers and being responsible.

“We had like five minutes to brainstorm about what was most important for the contract, and this is what we decided,” she said.

Captain said the group’s goals were right on target with the school’s culture of learning, which hinges on trust, respect and responsibility.

“And not just talking it, but living it,” he added.


•The Ecolab Foundation Visions for Learning program awarded 15 grants totaling more than $30,000 to teachers at Huntington County Community School Corporation.

•The Fort Wayne Community Schools board of school trustees approved the following administrative appointments on Aug. 12: Debora Krauhs, Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center principal; Anne Miller, Bloomingdale Elementary principal; and Michael Sullivan, middle school area director.

•Huntington County Community School Corporation welcomed four new administrators on Aug.14: Aimee Lunsford, Flint Springs Elementary School principal; Chris Tillett, Roanoke Elementary School principal; Jane Bitting, Huntington North High School assistant principal; and Chris Campbell, special education director for the district.


•Bishop Dwenger High School is offering an ACT/SAT prep course Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. from Sept. 17 to Oct. 31. The class fee is $195 and includes an ACT text and SAT text for the course. For more information, go to or call the high school at 496-4700.

•YWCA Northeast Indiana will host a discussion on mental health as it relates to youth as part of the Diversity Dialogue. The event will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the YWCA office, 1610 Spy Run Ave. The September Diversity Dialogue will be “Community Response to Returning Veterans” and October will be “Guns and Intimate Partner Violence: Is There a Connection?”


Drew Imel, a 2013 IPFW graduate, was recently named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar.

Cheryl Burick-Sorge, associate professor of nursing at IPFW, was recently honored with a Neuman Systems Model Education Academy Fellow award.

•Executive Woman International and IPFW’s Division of Continuing Studies will host four sessions in October designed to enhance the success of female leaders. The sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Oct. 3. Upon completion of the four sessions, participants will receive a professional certificate of achievement.

University of Saint Francis

•The University of Saint Francis will begin with an opening convocation and Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hutzell Athletic Center gymnasium on Leesburg Road.

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