Article by Miriam Hagg, SPO Junior Reporter
Dr. Hoffert has many goals and dreams for Warsaw Community Schools. With only one week under way, he is already thinking about the future. In 5 years, he wants to see WCS continue to grow. He wants to offer all of the classes that it takes for students to be able to pursue their dreams and be successful. In 10 years, he wants to continue on that path, by staying true to ourselves. Dr. Hoffert stated this, “[The most important thing to accomplish as a school corporation is] to continue to help graduation rates, inspire dreams and to continue our curriculum that inspires dreams.”
In the past, there have been thoughts of themed schools at WCS. Washington S.T.E.M. Academy is one example of what these schools will be like. Dr. Hoffert stated that WCS is currently in the investigating stage; finding out how themed schools benefit the community of Warsaw by Washington Elementary School’s example. Dr. Hoffert says, “Each school has a special personality that comes from the teaching staff. We will make sure the personality of the school matches the theme.” Even though the schools may be themed in the future, they will keep the same universal curriculum.
Another concept that WCS is enacting is bringing modern technology into the classroom. Each sixth grader this year has been issued an iPad Mini with their textbooks. They are trying to create a 1 to 1 technology influence and are starting with one grade to see what they can change in years to come to make the system as amazing as it can be. “Education is like technology,” he says. Every year, people will be coming up with new technology and teaching methods, and Dr. Hoffert wants to stay ahead by being innovative.
When asked about the aging schools in our school corporation, Dr. Hoffert stated that he is working with the school board on a 4-5 year plan that addresses the need for improvement, but added that Warsaw is blessed to have the buildings that we have.
In conclusion, Dr. Hoffert focused on his personal plan for the next five years. He wants to maintain a “wide-open door” and make sure that the community knows how much he cares. He knows that only through a strong school/community partnership will students be able to truly reach their dreams.