Extending Heartfelt Thanks

Wadsworth Warrior News

Penny War Challenge


Student Council would like to thank everyone that made the Penny War Challenge a success. The lead changed several times throughout the competition. Winning classes were declared during various points of the competition. Mrs. Sexson’s class, Mrs. Jarmula’s class and Mrs. Dykhuis’s class were in the lead at the predetermined points. They will be rewarded with an ice cream party. Mrs. Cary and the office staff gave the classes some tough competition, but they took a hard hit with over $200 in silver placed in their bin on the last day of the competition. Along with a donation from the PTC, a check for $2300 was presented to the family.


Thank you to everyone who helped support this Penny War Challenge. It is during times like these that you see how Wadsworth is truly a big family, helping and caring for one of their own during difficult times. Please keep the Horsley family in your thoughts as they battle their second round of cancer! They are absolutely an amazing, tough family that greatly appreciates all of your thoughts, prayers, and support!


To the Horsleys: We are in your corner, rooting for you every step of the way! You can beat this!!

News from the Office and Nurse

Updates from the Office


* Grandparents Day is coming soon. If your children's grandparents are planning on attending this event, they will need a background check. If they have not had one done, please call the office and request a form to be sent home.

* If your child will be absent, please call the office BEFORE 8:30 AM.

* If your child is off for more than 2 days, you may request homework for your child. Please call the office, and we will request it from your child’s teacher.

* There is a Drop Off Table inside the front doors. This is for students’ forgotten lunches, books, back packs, keys, gym shoes, etc. There will be sticky notes provided to put your child's name and teacher's name on their item. The office will deliver your students’ items to their classrooms.

* If you email your child's teacher about an absence or an early dismissal, please be sure to contact the office as well.

* If you are planning to take your child out of school for an extended planned absence, please contact the main office for an Extended Absence Approval Letter at least five days prior to the absences. Mrs. McClure needs to approve the absence in advance, and the classroom teachers will gather the homework for while your child is out.

Nurse Updates


* Please remember to send in updated immunizations for your child's health records, if they are still needing them. Please do this as soon as possible. EXCLUSIONS will be coming soon.

* Please make sure your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves for when they go out for recess. The children do go out when the temperature is 20 degrees or above.

Attendance Winners for the First Semester


We are proud to announce that Wadsworth’s attendance percentage for the first semester was 97.04%. The following classes received popcorn parties for earning the highest attendance rates at 98%:

Primary Hall

Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Dykhuis

Mrs. Largus

Mrs. Zahorsky

Mrs. Guy

Primary Hall

Mrs. Sexson

Mrs. Berzac

Keep up the good work!

Let’s get up to 98%!!

Lemons, Lemons Everywhere!


Many students have noticed the multiple lemons around the school and the lemonade stand outside of our library. Keep looing for clues to help you figure out the next exciting school-wide event that is going to take place at Wadsworth.

Classroom News

AR-Everyone is Reading!


Our AR program is up and running! Students in grades 2nd thru 6th are striving to earn individual goals along with class goals during third marking period. At the end of the year, the top AR point earners in each grade will get the opportunity to ride in a limo to go out for lunch with Mrs. McClure. Our AR Committee is currently planning other prizes and events for students that are earning their AR points! Continue to dive into AR books. If you are struggling to find a good book, stop by the showcase in the front lobby to see teacher picks! Student picks will be coming soon.

KDG News


The Kindergarteners had a very exciting day on January 22nd when they celebrated their 100th day of school! They spent the whole day doing activities that related to the number 100. They even ate a 100-piece snack during the celebration! The KDG teachers are so proud of them being 100 days smarter!

Just a reminder to keep practicing the 75 sight words. Everyone who knows all 75 at the end of the third quarter will get to attend the next ice cream party. So, make sure that you are practicing every day!

First Grade News

The first graders have been very busy this month. They have been as busy as bees making Venn-diagrams to compare and contrast. We all made our New Year’s resolutions and hope to keep them throughout the year. We celebrated our 100th day of school with learning activities all day. Some of these activities included 100 exercises, 100 snacks, stories about what we would do with 100 dollars, and making words with the letters one hundred. We learned a lot about Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he stood for. We read the story The Mitten and completed comprehension activities. We have been working on How to… stories as well. Look for our How to Make an Ice Cream Sundae stories next month! Yum!

An Interveiw with Mrs. McClure by the Fifth Grade

We have known Mrs. McClure for six months, and we wanted to find out more about her. We decided to interview her to find out more information. Read this interview to find out Mrs. McClure’s experience, family, and interests.

* What do you like about Wadsworth Elementary?
I love how Wadsworth Elementary feels like a family. The students and staff are so welcoming and will do anything to help out with events and fundraisers that are going on here at the school.

* What is your biggest concern being a principal?
My biggest concern as a principal is our students' safety. I worry about students getting to school safely, that they feel safe while at school, and that they leave school safely as well.

* What do you enjoy most about being a principal?
I love working with all of the students and staff in the building. I especially love getting to know the students during lunch time and learning about what they enjoy here at Wadsworth and outside of school.

* What made you want to be a principal?
I wanted to become a principal because I love helping all students learn. I love developing curriculum that will help students do their best and become successful young adults. I also enjoy helping students when they are dealing with problems by listening to them and providing them with guidance if I can.

* How is Patrol useful to our school?
Patrol is super useful to our school! I couldn't imagine operating arrival and dismissal without them! They are a huge help to our students as they are crossing Jay Street and the parking lot coming to and from school. They also help patrol our hallways in the morning and help students get to where they need to go. I especially love how they help our little guys and girls. They are great role models and truly represent what it means to be a Wadsworth Warrior!

* How many years did you teach and where?

I started teaching in 2003 in Grand Rapids, MI in a Pre-K through first grade building as a Reading Specialist. In 2004, I moved to Indiana and started teaching 7th grade math at Taft Middle School in Crown Point. From 2004-2015, I continued to teach at Taft as 6th and 7th grade science, language arts, and RTI teacher.

* What is your favorite subject to teach and why?

My favorite subject to teach is science. I love how science combines hands-on activities and experiments with reading, writing, mathematics, and history. I feel like it is the one subject that encompasses all subjects which makes it exciting!

* What is your favorite color?

My favorite colors are fall colors-oranges, reds, and golden yellows!

* How many children do you have and how old are they?

I have two daughters that are ten and four. I love them to pieces!

* Do you have siblings? How many?

I have one brother that is also a teacher. I have a family filled with educators!!

* Do you have any pets? If so, how many and what kind?

No…my mother in-law is severely allergic to animals, and we love to travel. If I could, I would love to have a dog!

We were very excited to learn more about our new principal and thought her life was interesting. If you would like to know more about Mrs. McClure, just ask! We are sure she would love to share more information!

News from Student Council

Student Council Collections

Student Council has two school wide collections that are taking place right now. The first collection benefits Riley Children’s Hospital. For this collection, students are to turn in pop tabs to their homeroom teachers. The class that collects the most pop tabs will earn a special treat!

The second collection will help our school earn a bench made of recycled plastics. We are in a competition with area schools to earn this bench. Students are to turn in pop caps and plastic lids to their homeroom teachers. Let’s work to earn our school a buddy bench!

Mark Your Calendars

PTC Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 3:30pm

600 North Jay Avenue

Griffith, IN

The meeting will take place in the library. All are welcome to attend!

Progress Reports Go Home

Friday, Feb. 5th, 2:30pm

600 North Jay Avenue

Griffith, IN

No School for President's Day Weekend

Friday, Feb. 12th, 8:15am to Monday, Feb. 15th, 2:45pm

600 North Jay Avenue

Griffith, IN

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Friday, Feb. 19th, 5-7pm

600 North Wiggs Street

Griffith, IN

Math Bowl Competition

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 5pm

601 North Lillian Street

Griffith, IN

ISTEP+ Window for 3rd-6th Grade Students

Monday, Feb. 29th, 8:30am to Friday, March 11th, 2:45pm

600 North Jay Avenue

Griffith, IN

Please ensure that your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast. Thank you for your help and support during this time!

IREAD-3 Test for 3rd Grade Students

Monday, March 14th, 8:30am to Friday, March 18th, 2:30pm

600 North Jay Avenue

Griffith, IN

Please ensure that your child gets a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast! Thank you for your help and support during this time!

Daddy Daughter Dance

Friday, March 18th, 5-7pm

600 North Jay Avenue

Griffith, IN

Spring Break-No School! Enjoy!

Friday, March 25th, 8:30am to Saturday, April 2nd, 11:45pm

Griffith, IN, United States

Griffith, IN