Warsaw Community Schools announced Monday that Lakeview Middle School, its eight elementary schools and Warsaw Community High School/Warsaw Area Career Center have been recognized as 2020-21 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Gateway Distinguished Schools.

The eight elementary schools are Claypool, Eisenhower, Harrison, Jefferson, Leesburg, Lincoln, Madison and Washington STEM Academy.

Edgewood Middle School was announced as a PLTW Gateway Distinguished School on Wednesday.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of preK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S., according to a news release from WCS.

Dr. David Robertson, WCS assistant superintendent of elementary education, said, “We are so thankful for the hard work and dedication of our staff that this recognition represents. The team here at WCS continues to work tirelessly to ensure all students receive the highest quality education.”

Justin Weaver, PLTW teacher at Lakeview Middle School, said, "It's a great honor to be part of the PLTW program, and to be able to offer these sorts of exploratory courses at the middle school level. Each day, students are given challenging projects that require hands-on effort, creative problem solving, perseverance and teamwork, and ultimately leave with design skills they can apply in any career.”

Amy Sivley, principal at Lakeview Middle School, said, “Lakeview is honored to be named a PLTW Distinguished School.  Mr. Justin Weaver, PLTW teacher at Lakeview, does an outstanding job and he pushes students to very high levels. The PLTW classes offered at the middle school level give our students a solid foundation for future engineering courses. We are excited to offer the PLTW classes, as well as a variety of other elective classes, to our students while in middle school giving them the chance to explore different interests as they begin thinking about their future.”

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs.

“It is a great honor to recognize Warsaw Community School District for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the unusual circumstances and unique challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented to the educational landscape this past year,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose.”