Pictured are incoming sixth-grade students at Edgewood Middle School. Photo Provided.
Pictured are incoming sixth-grade students at Edgewood Middle School. Photo Provided.
Recently, Edgewood and Lakeview middle schools held parent nights for incoming sixth-graders and their families. Both buildings had a large turnout of parents and students, and they welcomed a new class of seventh-graders for the 2023-24 school year.  

Future Lakeview Tigers from Eisenhower, Harrison, Leesburg and Lincoln gathered on Feb. 9 in the auditorium to hear courses and scheduling for next year, as well as opportunities such as Project Lead The Way (PLTW), National History Day, STAND Club and Maker Club. Lakeview highlighted their Quarterly Celebrations and Academic Honors Recognitions which help to promote and recognize the academic and behavioral achievements of LMS students, according to a news release from Warsaw Community Schools.

Todd Braddock, principal at Lakeview Middle School, said, “We appreciate all the families who attended the sixth-grade parent nights last month. The event was well attended and we are excited to welcome a new cohort of students to Lakeview Middle School next year.”  

The night prior, incoming Dual Language Immersion (DLI) students also learned about course selections specific to DLI.  Maria Burns, previous DLI kindergarten teacher and Spanish high school teacher, has been hired to teach the seventh-grade DLI courses at Lakeview Middle School. Maria was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and taught there for 10 years before moving to the United States.  She has been teaching Spanish in Warsaw for eight years; first at the High School, then in 2016, she was hired as a Spanish kindergarten teacher in the DLI program.

Burns said, “Helping kids develop their potential and become competent, loving, ethical individuals while teaching them about cultures is something that I have enjoyed for as long as I can remember. That’s the reason why I decided to become a teacher.  I am so excited to continue sharing the DLI experience with all of my students, and I am looking forward to a great school year.”

Edgewood Middle School hosted their Parent Night on March 7.  Future seventh-graders from Claypool, Jefferson, Madison and Washington gathered in the cafeteria to hear about course offerings, clubs and scheduling. Some unique opportunities include EMS Robotics Club, GoBabyGo! and the Manufacturing Club. JoElla Hauselman, principal at Edgewood Middle School said, "It was an exciting evening introducing Edgewood Middle School to our incoming families.  We had a tremendous turnout and the parents and students enjoyed having the opportunity to tour the school and meet some of the elective teachers."

Having recently applied for STEM certification, Edgewood is excited to continue offering STEM opportunities through 21st Century skills; cross-curricular collaboration; and College and Career Readiness.  Throughout the past year, Abbi Richcreek, PLTW teacher, has helped to oversee project-based learning training for Edgewood teachers. Richcreek is an engineering/technology teacher at Edgewood Middle School who teaches many Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses.  Richcreek is a certified Project Based Learning Trainer from Ford Next Generation Learning and has been teaching STEM related courses for the past 18 years.  Abbi has earned awards from state and international professional associations for her efforts in promoting STEM fields inside and outside the classroom. Her vast experiences have prepared her to support Edgewood’s move towards STEM certification.

As shared at a board meeting earlier this year, Edgewood and Lakeview Middle Schools have worked together to create a common curriculum and a plan to implement it. It allows the two schools to offer similar opportunities and classes, regardless of which school a student might attend.  

Tracy Horrell, WCS assistant superintendent, said, "Edgewood and Lakeview are excited to have the new seventh-graders in their buildings. Students will receive a high-quality education from teachers passionate about middle school students.”