The Journal Gazette
Monday, February 18, 2019 1:00 am

Education Notebook

Playful lesson in healthy living

Abbett students participate in learning party

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Students at Abbett Elementary School in Fort Wayne recently got a lesson about healthy living through a rockin' recess party.

Third- through fifth-graders attended the program, which was made possible through Managed Health Services, a managed care entity that has served Indiana for more than 20 years, and Playworks, a national nonprofit that helps schools create healthy play environments for children, according to a news release.

“This event is a fun and informative way to bring a healthy message to kids,” said Kevin O'Toole, Managed Health Services president and CEO. “It's another part of the MHS commitment to support Indiana schools through educational programming.”

Rosie's Rockin' Recess included activities and giveaways of educational books and prizes, the release said. RosieRoo is the name of the Managed Health Services mascot.

Dr. Eric A. Yancy, Managed Health Services chief medical officer and a practicing pediatrician, talked about the importance of staying active and benefits of healthy eating and presented the school with a financial donation, the release said. 


• Concordia Lutheran High School welcomed eight freshmen to the Honors Academy for this spring: Madi Dellinger, Andy Deng, Evan Droste, Mike Jessup, Nolan Labahn, Owen McConkey, Mackensie Neumann and Gwyndalyn Widener. Begun in 2014, the Honors Academy promotes exceptional academics, leadership and community service. Students are required to take Advanced Placement and dual credit courses; maintain a minimum 3.75 GPA; attend lectures and training for leadership awareness; engage in cultural growth and community networking; and complete community service hours annually. Upon graduation, these students will receive distinctive recognition and a special notation on their high school transcripts.


• The North Side High School Alumni Association, along with Purdue Fort Wayne's College of Arts and Sciences, will again host History Harvest events as part of an effort to create a digital archive of North Side memorabilia in honor of the school's centennial. Dates are Feb. 23 and March 23. All events will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Side, 475 E. State Blvd. Alumni and North Side supporters may bring artifacts – such as yearbooks, clothing, sports equipment and photographs – to be photographed. A team of Purdue Fort Wayne students and faculty will also interview the items' owners. Artifacts will be returned.

• High school students will have a chance to earn up to a half-ride scholarship during Talent Scholarship Day at the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts. It will be from 1 to 5 p.m. March 23 on campus, 2701 Spring St. Appointments are required. Scholarships are available in studio art, graphic design, music technology, animation, art education, pre-art therapy, art history, museum studies, marching band, color guard, choir, dance, and communication. Awarded scholarships are renewable for eight semesters if the required GPA is met. To schedule a music or band audition, contact Steven Kandow at 260-399-7700, ext. 8024. To schedule visual arts, communication or dance review, contact Molly McGowan at 260-399-8064. Sophomores and juniors are invited to receive reviews and advice in preparation for their senior year. Visit for more information.

Recognitions, scholarship

• New Haven Middle School and Southwick Elementary School are among 10 finalists in the nationwide Middle School Kindness Challenge. Nationwide, East Allen County Schools is the only school system that had districtwide participation in the Kindness Challenge, according to the district. Many East Allen buildings plan to participate again next year.

• Fort Wayne Museum of Art announced the regional recipients of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country's longest-running scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7-12. A total of 718 teens from northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio received regional honors. A complete list of Gold Key recipients is available at

• AWS Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne announced the first recipients of the AWS Foundation Scholarship fund: Kimberly Luke Scherer of East Noble High School and Jennifer Pose of Harris Elementary. Both were awarded a $2,500 scholarship to further their education in the field of special education. The scholarship provides assistance for certified teachers in northeast Indiana desiring to obtain additional special education certifications. Eligibility for the scholarship requires applicants to teach in the following counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. The scholarship application deadline for 2019 is 4 p.m. May 16. Get an applications at or by contacting Jenny Snyder at or Krista Arnold at 260-969-3307.

Summer meals

• The Indiana Department of Education is seeking new sponsors – especially eligible schools and qualified community organizations – to participate in the 2019 Summer Food Service Program, which provides meals to children 18 and younger. Participating organizations are reimbursed for their involvement. The application deadline for potential sponsors is April 30. Visit for details.


• Warsaw Community Schools' first session of summer school will run from June 3 to 21. The second session is July 8 to 26. Further details will be released later.

• Superintendent David Hoffert celebrated the 100th day of school by spending time with and reading to Washington STEM Academy first-graders.

Students and parents who have a favorite teacher can nominate the individual for Teacher Honor Roll. Send nominations to The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email

To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email at least two weeks before the desired publication date.

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