100 Men Greeting Helps WCS Students Start 2022-2023 on a Positive Note

Dozens of men from across the community were on hand Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, to greet Warren City Schools students on their first day of school.

The men, and in some cases a few women, waited outside the entrances of the district’s five school buildings for students to arrive Monday morning. They clapped for the students, cheered them on, shook their hands and high fived them.

The goal is to get students excited about the school year and show a positive influence through community support.

This year’s theme was “Dress for Success” as the group asked participants to arrive at the schools “Suited & Booted” to welcome WCS scholars to school for a year of scholastic success.

Convocation 2022: WCS’ Staff Welcome 2022-2023

The question of the morning was, “What is your why?”

Superintendent Steve Chiaro challenged the school staff gathered for the 2022 Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, to ask themselves why they “are here,” as in, why they work where they work and why they do what they do.

“For me, I am here for the students,” he said. “I believe we are all here for the students.”

Dante Capers, Associate Superintendent of Student Services, Student Wellness & Success, cited the progress the district has made while aggressively moving in the direction to meet the needs of the whole child.

He said the district has been embedded in the work of social emotional learning for a decade, but not because the state says to do so.

“But because we have long recognized a need to cultivate the skills that will help adults and students deepen their relationships with each other and the school community,” he said.

Mr. Capers reminded the staff that believing in their own abilities to have a positive impact on their students and colleagues “every single day” is crucial.

“All the resources in the world will not change the fact that what we bring to the table each and every day will be the ultimate difference maker in the experiences of our school community and our students,” he said.

Hundreds Gather for WCS Back To School Celebration 2022-2023!

Students, parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders gathered Downtown at Courthouse Square on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, for Warren City Schools Back to School Celebration.

The WGH Raider Marching Band played and Harding Football made a grand entrance as the Harding Cheering Squad greeted the 2022 lineup along with others at the square.

“This has been wonderful for the kids, whole families,” said Amanda Masula, whose sons attend Williard PK-8 School. “We really appreciate the schools and all of the effort that has gone into doing this for the kids, all of us really.”

Each of the district’s five schools was represented along with the school board and various school departments. Children received books and other gifts, participated in a variety of activities including face painting and enjoyed refreshments.

WCS’ Administrators, Staff Prep for 2022-2023 with new Weapon Detector Technology training

Warren City Schools had added an additional layer of security to the district’s daily operations as part of the ongoing efforts to keep students and staff as safe as possible.

District administrators and staff spent part of an afternoon recently learning how the district’s new weapon detector technology works.

“Our goal is to provide our students and staff with the safest learning environment we possibly can,” explained Chief Academic Officer Wendy Hartzell.

The district has installed the new technology that is designed to detect weapons such as guns and knives in district buildings in time for the start of the 2022-23 school year.

Tom McDermott from CEIA USA show district leaders how the technology works and what they, as well as students, can expect upon entering district buildings.

Welcome Back Letter

WCS Families and School Community:

We are about one week away from the start of the 2022-2023 academic year in the Warren City Schools and everything is coming together well for us to celebrate another successful start to the school year. Spending time around the WGH campus with students participating in the freshman academy experience, marching band members perfecting their routines and our athletic programs practicing are all signs that school is about to begin.

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Kick off 2022-2023 with WCS’ Back To School Celebration!

Warren City School District families are invited to kick off the 2022-2023 school year Aug. 17, 2022, during the district’s Back To School Celebration.

Students, parents, teachers and school administrators will gather downtown at Courthouse Square from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate the start of another successful school year in Warren City Schools.

Refreshments. Games. Raffles. Entertainment. Join us in celebrating Warren City Schools, our students, families and community!

Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 5-7

Ohio’s 2022 Sales Tax Holiday will run 12 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

During the holiday weekend, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:

  • An item of clothing priced at $75 or less;
  • An item of school supplies priced at $20 or less; and
  • An item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less.

Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday.

Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday. For more information about the sales tax holiday, please refer to the Ohio Department of Taxation’s Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have any additional questions regarding this information, please contact the Department at 1-888-405-4039.