WCS kick off districtwide Reading Raider Program: Schools set to distribute thousands of books to students in March

Superintendent’s Message regarding Reading Raider Program

February 29, 2024

At the end of January we announced at our Regular Board of Education meeting that the Warren City School District reached a major milestone by no longer having any type of adverse federal designation for any building due to academic performance as required for underperforming schools as defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  (Read more on the designations HERE.) In celebration of this significant achievement, the Warren City School District is announcing the Reading Raider Program for students in the month of March.

The Reading Raider Program is designed to get books in the hands of children, supporting and reinforcing the good habits and joy of reading as well as creating a home library for students attending the Warren City Schools.

Read Superintendent/CEO Steve Chiaro’s complete message here.

The school district will provide updates on events and activities, along with pictures, as they are implemented.

WGH track students qualify for state championships

Several Warren G. Harding High School students qualified to compete in the at the OAT&CCC Division I Indoor Track State Championships. The event is set for March 1, 2024, at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

The qualifying students are:

  • Savana Shipman: 4×200 relay and triple jump
  • Jameire Honzu: 4×200 relay and 60-meter hurdles
  • Trinity Breckenridge: 4×200 relay
  • She’Ayla Allen: 4×200 relay
  • Ariyoana Reese: (alternative for relay)

Perfect Attendance: Andy Armadillo makes stop at Lincoln PK-8 to celebrate

Students at the Lincoln PK-8 School who achieved perfect attendance for the second grading period had a special visitor recently.

The Texas Roadhouse’s Andy Armadillo stop by to say “Hi” and celebrate with the more than 100 students who met the school’s perfect attendance goal.

Students received special prizes and free meals from Texas Road House.

WCS to start Community Swims on Saturday, Feb. 24.

The Warren City School District is opening the swimming facilities at Warren G. Harding High School to the public for Community Swimming on Saturdays Feb. 24 through March 30.

Hours are Noon to 3 p.m.

  • Swimmers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Appropriate swimwear is required. The school district cannot provide swimwear or towels.
  • The cost is $3 a person; cash only. All pool rules must be followed.
  • Anyone breaking the rules will be prohibited from participating in future Community Swim Program dates.
  • Enter the pool from the backside of Warren G. Harding High School off Woodland Drive. You will need to pay admission to have access to the pool.

WGH’s WSCN studio gets upgrade with student-made desk

Students in Josh Earl’s Advanced Woodworking class are putting their skills towards helping their school and the community.

They’ve spent the past several weeks building a new desk for the WSCN (Warren Student Communication Network) studio at Warren G. Harding High School.

They delivered the desk for WSCN Sports to the studio Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024.

Kindness goes a long way at the ‘J’

Students at the Jefferson PK-8 School want to let everyone know about they’re increased awareness of kindness.

They’ve taken their commitment outside the school to the billboard across the street on Tod Avenue SE.

With the message “When we’re at the ‘J’ no harm comes our way … Kindness starts here!”, the students designed the billboard to get the message out about the importance of being kind.

WGH Senior Makes College Commitment

Warren G. Harding High School senior Jameire Honzu on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, signed her letter of commitment to Baldwin Wallace University.

Jameire said she’s considering studying psychology at the private university in Berea, Ohio.

She currently has the 4th fastest time in Division I Indoor 60-meter hurdles, and is the defending Trumbull County, AAC Conference, NEO District Division I and NEO Regional Division I Champion in the 100-meter hurdles. She has also been honored as Academic All-OHIO as a Junior.

Her teammates, classmates, friends, coaches, teachers, principals and other supporters joined Jameire for her letter signing.

WCSD Makes Major Milestone: Meets State’s Performance Standards

The Warren City School District has reached a major milestone in its work to offer students a high-quality education.

For the first time in more than 20 years, none of the district’s five schools falls into any of the federal designations defined by the Ohio Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. Meaning, none of Warren’s schools is designated as underperforming or needing state support for educational purposes. 

State Support Team Region 5 Director Michele Moore, in a letter to the school district, cited Warren’s intentional and systematic focus on continuous improvement as a key factor in reaching this significant achievement.   

“This intentionality has led to all of the schools being identification-free for the first time in 20-plus years. As a mid-size Urban school, this is especially commendable,” Moore wrote.  

Ohio has identified schools in improvement status since the early 2000s with the passing of the No Child Left Behind Act. ESSA provides each state with flexibility to designate and serve schools in need of support.

“Our District has moved all five schools’ data out of an underperforming status due to the commitment and dedication of the entire Warren City Schools community,” stated Superintendent/CEO Steve Chiaro. “Our work is nowhere near completion and is ongoing with our goal of making continued strides and success for all children academically and social emotionally.”

In January, the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce (DEW) released the latest ESSA designations. Based on federal accountability indicators, there are close to 400 schools across Ohio that are designated as underperforming.

“When we received confirmation that all of our district buildings were free from federal and state adverse academic designations, I sat back and took a deep breath,” said Patti Limperos, President, Warren City Schools Board of Education.

“I have had a front seat to all the work and dedication that our teachers, administrators, and support staff have poured into our students. Climbing this mountain, with always moving educational performance targets, has been a challenge.

“As a longtime parent, and member of the board of education for over 16 years, it was a defining moment to realize that as a school district, we finally accomplished the goal that was set over 11 years ago.”

Ms. Limperos credits Superintendent Chiaro’s leadership as key to the district’s success.

“Creating a team around him, that guides the work of the district, allowing our teachers to effectively implement the mission and vision of the Warren City Schools has been crucial,” she noted.

She said that under Mr. Chiaro’s guidance, the district has expanded its educational reach, not only locally but nationally by partnering with districts across the nation, sharing best practices and pivoting to make necessary changes to improve academic achievement.

“The rich diversity of our district challenges us to ‘meet each child where they are at’. We provide not only the academic component for our students, but also the social emotional, health and wellness, and connections with our community partners, that is so necessary for them to be successful,” she said.

“While we celebrate this achievement, we know that we are not done. There is still much work to do, and we will continue to strive and encourage our students to reach for greatness. Thank you and congratulations to everyone! Go Raiders!”