WGH Biology Students Set ‘Survivor’ Scene To Study Biomes

Students in Ashley Gammon’s biology class at Warren G. Harding High School recently recreated the TV series Survivor as part of their studies about biomes.

Like Survivor, which places participants an isolated location where they must provide food, fire and shelter for themselves, our Harding students were randomly assigned to one of 84 locations, and now, theoretically, have to “survive” in that biome for three months. They must figure out the biome they are in, consider the plants and animals they can use, and make plans for surviving within their biomes for three months. 

“They were really engaged and having a ton of fun with it,” Gammon said.  

A biome is a large area characterized by its vegetation, soil, climate, and wildlife.

There are five major types of biomes: aquatic, grassland, forest, desert, and tundra, though some of these biomes can be further divided into more specific categories.

Stuffed to the Brim! Nick Frankos Donates Dozens of Turkeys to WCSD Families

Thanks to the generosity of the Nick Frankos Memorial Scholarship Fund, Warren City Schools is once again able to provide turkeys to families of students at each of the district’s five schools.

Several years ago, Mr. Frankos contacted the principals at Lincoln PK-8 School to see if they would be able to distribute 40 turkeys to families of students there. Mr. Frankos delivered the turkeys himself and got to see some of the students whose families were to be recipients. One of the students came up to him privately and thanked him for the donation, telling him that if it weren’t for his kindness, his family wouldn’t be able to have turkey for Thanksgiving.   

That memory has stuck with Mr. Frankos through the years, and he has progressively grown his donation to include other buildings beyond Lincoln.  This year, through the extreme generosity of Mr. Frankos and the Memorial Fund, the district was able to coordinate efforts at all five WCS buildings.

Equity & Access: Students & families help WCS staff cut the ribbon at the new PK playground at Harding

Students and their families lined up Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, to help Warren City Schools staff cut the ribbon at the new preschool playground at Warren G. Harding High School.

The new playground is part of the district’s ongoing mission to provide equity and access to all students from preschool through 12th grade.

“The district saw the need for the preschool at Harding to have a playground to meet the needs of the whole child,” said Kelly Hutchison, the district’s preschool coordinator. “We are happy to see the joy that the playground provides while tending to the health and wellness of our early learners.”

The district’s 5-Star, state-rated preschool program serves over 300 students at five sites, including two classrooms at Harding.

The school district began looking at construction proposals in the spring of 2022. The materials were delivered to the district on Wednesday, Oct. 26, and the project was completed by Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

Making A Difference Together: WCS & Families Meet to Continue Community of Support for Students

Dozens of parents and guardians, and other family members, gathered at each of Warren’s five school buildings in October 2022 for family meetings hosted by district staff.

Discussions focused on social and emotional learning, and meeting the needs of the whole child; programs and services that have been incorporated to serve students and their families; and academics, with a closer look at the results recent state report card; among other areas.

Six Harding students chosen as Twenty Under 20, 2022 award winners

Six Warren G. Harding High School students – five seniors and one junior – have been selected for the 2022 Class of Twenty Under 20.

They are among the most impressive young leaders in Trumbull County, according to program organizers. Mia Bella Jones, a junior, and Nadia Petersen, Erina Ramsey, Kerrigan Riley, Chloe Williams and Madelynn Zuccaro, all seniors, will be honored at a special banquet in December. They will also be featured in a a special magazine set to be published Dec. 7

Twenty Under 20, now in its 10th year, is co-sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and Kent State University at Trumbull. The program honors 20 high-achieving individuals younger than 20 for their leadership skills through volunteerism, extracurricular activities and academic achievements.

Sue Shafer, community events coordinator for the Tribune Chronicle, said the program had a record number of nominations this year.

“We have had some incredibly impressive nominees in past years, but this year’s nominees are amazing,” Shafer said.

15 Outstanding WCS Students Shine As Our October 2022 Students of the Month

Warren City School District recognizes students across all five of our schools for their outstanding achievements and how they each have demonstrated the character traits outlined in the Warren Acronym:

  • Work Ethic
  • Accountability
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Effective Behavior
  • No Excuses

Along with being highlighted in our STUDENTS OF THE MONTH/OUTSTANDING STUDENTS publication, each is presented with a certificate of achievement, and a yard sign is placed at the student’s residence.

Warren City School District is proud to present our October 2022 Students of the Month.

Learn more about them here:

Warren City Schools Outstanding Students/Students of the Month October 2022.

Willard STEM students explore the ‘Ups’ & ‘Downs’ of roller coaster design, construction

Students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) class at the Willard PK-8 School took a closer look recently at what goes into designing and constructing roller coasters.

While building their own miniature roller coasters, the students explored common elements of the structures including the steep inclines and descents, the sharp curves, and the changes of speed and direction, along with the railway and the train that carries passengers along it.

Students enhanced their critical thinking, problem solving and team working skills.

WGH ‘Principles of Foods’ Students Display Principles of Kindness With Baked Goods Donations

October is an exciting time in the Principles of Foods cooking classes as they participate in “Make a Difference October.” 

Students spent time researching local nonprofit organizations in Warren, the missions of those organizations and the people who benefit from the services provided by each organization.   

The organizations were discussed. The ones with the most votes will receive the donations over the next few weeks as a way for students to give back and truly leave a positive mark on the Warren community. 

Each week throughout the month of October, the cooking students will prepare baked good items and then decide as a lab group how much of their baked goods to donate to the weekly nonprofit organization.  

On Wednesday, October 5, Virgol Ball, Zachery Fannin, Emma Rittwage and Cerenitie Wilson delivered 113 chocolate chip cookies, which were baked by all Principles of Foods students, to Warren Family Mission. 

Warren Family Mission received the most votes from the classes as many students expressed an understanding of the impact that Warren Family Mission has on Warren all year round.

Once again, the week of Oct. 12, in the WGH cooking classes, all groups were very eager to donate a portion of their group’s baked goods to a nonprofit organization in Warren.  Many students selected SomePlace Safe as their top choice this week to make a difference. Several students said they selected this nonprofit organization due to the mission of SomePlace Safe and the impact that the hard working staff members have had on domestic violent victims and their families in Warren over the years. 

On Oct. 11, 3rd-period students Sydni Strother, Sedona McQuaide, Gabby Moore, Ja’Mare Anderson and Leo Peterson represented all 66 WGH cooking students by delivering 172 beautifully baked and decorated cupcakes to this well deserving nonprofit organization.  The cooking classes truly made a difference to the loving staff as well as the residents of SomePlace Safe.

Food Functionality: Looking closer at the foods we eat

Harding biology students recently spent some lab time solving the hypothesis of which foods contain the following macromolecules: lipids, carbohydrates and proteins. 

Students were using indicators specific to each organic molecule. They worked with specific foods such as oatmeal, juice, peanut butter, triscuit crackers, apple sauce, milk and oil. 

The students also used water as a control to see what a negative test looked like in each scenario.  This helped to show that the structure of each macromolecule (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids) has a different, and detectable, structure that dictates its function in the different foods we eat.