WCS BOE Welcomes John Fowley to School Board

Newly appointed school board member John E. Fowley took his oath of office and was sworn in on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the regular Warren City School Board of Education meeting.

Warren City School Board of Education: Seated from left, Vice President Patricia M. Limperos and President Regina Patterson; standing from left, Andre Coleman, John E. Fowley and Robert Faulkner Sr.
Warren City School Board of Education: Seated from left, Vice President Patricia M. Limperos and President Regina Patterson; standing from left, Andre Coleman, John E. Fowley and Robert Faulkner Sr.

The board selected Fowley to fill the unexpired term of former board Vice President John Lacy. Patricia M. Limperos was named board vice president.

Previously, Mr. Fowley served as president of the Garfield School PTO and the WGH Band Boosters. He also co-chaired four successful school levy-renewal campaigns. He was sworn in by Judge James A. Fredericka.

 

Volunteers greet students on the first day of school

The United Way of Trumbull County, Warren City Schools and Second Baptist Church of Warren partnered again this year to greet, encourage and cheer on our students on the first day of school.

On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the full group of volunteers helped students at Warren G. Harding High School kick off the 2019-20 school year their first day back to school before splitting up to go to one of the PK-8 schools to greet elementary and middle school students.

Volunteers gather at Warren G. Harding High School Tuesday, Aug. 20, to greet Warren City Schools students on the first day for the 2019-20 school year.
Volunteers gather at Warren G. Harding High School on Tuesday, Aug. 20, to greet Warren City Schools students on the first day of the 2019-20 school year.

Back To School Celebration

More than 1,000 people gathered Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Courthouse Square in Downtown Warren for our annual Back to School Celebration.                   Students and their families, along with school leaders and community members, helped kick off the 2019-20 school year with a celebration that included refreshments, games and various activities.

WCS Convocation: Welcome Back!

Superintendent Steve Chiaro, along with school board members, district administrators and community leaders, welcomed Warren City Schools staff back to class during the Aug. 16 district-wide convocation at Warren G. Harding High School. Keynote speaker Vincent Peterson reminded everyone of how important each one is in the lives of the students they serve.

Vincent Peterson, keynote speaker, talks to Warren City Schools staff staff at the Aug. 16 district-wide convocation.
Vincent Peterson, keynote speaker, talks to Warren City Schools staff staff at the Aug. 16 district-wide convocation.
Welcome Back WCS Staff!
Welcome Back WCS Staff!

Aligning SEL to the Fish Philosophy: A Brighter Future For ALL Children

Warren City Schools’ administrators spent two days of professional learning in August with Hector Montenegro, Ed.D., aligning the core concepts for Social-Emotional Learning to the Fish Philosophy.

Warren City Schools' administrators participate in activities to enhance SEL strategies.
Warren City Schools’ administrators participate in activities to align the core concepts of SEL to the Fish Philosophy.
Warren City Schools' administrators participate in activities to enhance SEL strategies.
Social-Emotional Learning in Action at WCS.

 

Montenegro is an internationally recognized keynote and motivational speaker who has appeared at conferences, conventions, universities, and schools around the world.

His time in Warren was devoted to providing technical expertise to further advance the science and practice of school-based social and emotional learning.

Lincoln 5th-grader scores 1st-place Challenge 24 trophy

Challenge 24 WinnerCongratulations to 5th-grader Maxwell Milton who placed first in his category at the annual Challenge 24 math competition.

Milton is a student at Lincoln PK-8 School. He was among the more than 180 students from across Trumbull County who participated in this year’s event.

The competition tests the math skills of students in grades 4 through 8. Categories are by grade level: 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th/8th.

The students look at cards containing four numbers of any combination of 1 to 9, and then use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to come up with the final number of 24.

Competitors may use each number on the card only once. Four students at each table compete to win the highest number of cards by the end of each round. The first student to come up with an answer taps the table and recites the steps he or she took to arrive at the number 24.

There are penalties for students giving incorrect answers.

Sponsors were the Tribune Chronicle, Trumbull County Educational Service Center and Cortland Bank. The event was at Warren G. Harding High School.

 

WCS Advances SEL, Equity Efforts

 

Warren City Schools has continued putting the                                                                      district’s Social and Emotional Learning efforts into action.

District leaders continued to develop their knowledge and action around Equity and SEL with a session for all members of the District Leadership Team. Teachers and administrators from all buildings were involved in the Oct. 3 session that highlighted different aspects of Equity and Privilege. In the near future, the Warren District Leadership Team will lead in the education and advancement of Equity issues in the school district, making this important topic a bi-partisan effort.

District efforts continued with an interactive roundtable at Warren G. Harding High School where teacher/administrative leaders led small student groups in discussions around hopes/fears – discovering student voice at all grade levels. Every staff member and student participated. Later, roundtable staff leaders and select students, facilitated by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) Consultant Linda Lantieri and building administrators discussed the process. As a result of that conversation, the group decided that the students would advise the staff on the next steps of the monthly roundtable process.

 

WGH’s Antwan Howard to perform with All-State Jazz Ensemble

The Warren G. Harding Band program is proud to announce that Antwan Howard, a senior at Warren G. Harding High School, has been selected to perform with the All-State Jazz Ensemble on Alto Saxophone.

Antwan, one of only two musicians selected for this position, was among a large number of students to audition for the 2019 OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) All-State Ensembles earlier this year. Students were required to prepare several selections and solos to record and submit by June 1 for evaluation. Professional musicians from across the state ranked the students.

WGH Senior Jordan Ringold was selected as an alternate member of the percussion section. In the event that a student is unable to perform, Jordan will step in with one of the All-State groups. Being selected as an alternate is quite an accomplishment considering the number of students who applied, explained Reid Young, Director of Bands at WGH.

Antwan was a student at Willard PK-8 School and is currently one of the drum majors for the ‘Raider’ Marching Band. Jordan was a student at McGuffey PK-8 and is currently the head drummer of the ‘Raider’ Marching Band. Antwan – and possibly Jordan – will to travel to Cleveland in late January to prepare for concerts featured as part of the 2019 OMEA Professional Development Conference.

 

UCLA’s Tyrone Howard discusses Equity, SEL with WCS’ staff

WCS Community Conversation on Equity
Dr. Tyrone Howard, UCLA professor, center, joins U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, right, and Warren City Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro for a Community Discussion on Equity and Social-Emotional Learning in the library at Warren G. Harding High School.

Dr. Tyrone Howard, a professor in the graduate school of education and information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), helped Warren City School District kick off its 2018-19 Equity Initiative for ALL students.

Dr. Howard spoke to hundreds of district employees Friday, Aug. 17, ahead of the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The day’s events included discussions on WCS’ foundation in Social-Emotional Learning.

Dr. Howard’s research examines culture, race, teaching and learning. He has published several bestselling books, including “Expanding College Access for Urban Youth” and is the director/founder of the Black Male Institute – an interdisciplinary cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members and policymakers at UCLA dedicated to improving the educational experiences and life changes of males of color.

Dr. Howard was named the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2016 and 2017, he was listed by Education Week as one of the 60 most influential scholars in nation.

He advised WCS’ teachers to empathize with their students, but to hold them accountable and set expectations high. He told those gathered inside the gymnasium at Warren G. Harding High School that it is important to recognize and be willing to openly discuss differences and similarities among various cultures and races.

Later in the day, Dr. Howard joined U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, and Warren City Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro for a Community Conversation in the WGH High School library.

Community volunteers welcome students to class

Joshua Guthrie, 6-8 Pod Principal at Jefferson PK-8, right, greets first-grade student Anton Blackwell the first day of school Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Members of 100 Community Men of Warren and volunteers from various organizations joined school leaders as they greeted and cheered for students the first day of school.

The effort, led by Pastor Todd Johnson of Second Baptist Church in partnership with the United Way of Trumbull County and Warren City School District, brought volunteers from various organizations to Warren G. Harding High School early the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 21. Volunteers then headed to the district’s four PK-8 Schools – Jefferson, McGuffey, Lincoln and Willard – to greet students attending those buildings.

This year marked the second for 100 Community Men of Warren to participate in the United Way’s ongoing effort help the district kick off a new school year.