UPDATE: WCS preparing students for the April 8, 2024 Solar Eclipse with a variety of activities

Warren City Schools will prepare students for the 2024 solar eclipse with a variety of activities centered around the April 8 historic event.

For starters, all students and staff will receive a complimentary pair of eclipse glasses so they can watch the sky safely as the moon passes between the earth and the sun.

Parts of the Mahoning Valley are in the path of totality, with Trumbull County in the direct line of passage.

The district, in anticipation of the solar eclipse, announced school will be dismissed two hours early on Monday, April 8.

But before they leave for the day, students will have a variety of opportunities to learn as much as possible about the eclipse. Activities will vary based on the students’ grade bands/pods.


  • Grades 3-8: Students will use ultraviolet beads to discover why we wear eclipse glasses during an eclipse.
  • Grade K-2: Students will make models of an eclipse to understand the pattern of the moon, earth, and sun.
  • HIGH SCHOOL GRADE LEVELS: Using the PASCO wireless weather sensor and the SPARKvue app, Suzette Jackson, Warren City Schools Assistant Curriculum Director, Grades 6-12, will gather data during the eclipse, including temperature, humidity, illuminance (the amount of light spreading over a given surface), and wind speed. At a later time, high school students will take the qualitative data, such as the darkness and the cooler temperature that they experience during the eclipse, and connect it to the quantitative data the weather sensor will gather.
  • ALL GRADE LEVELS: Students will make a pinhole projector that they can take home and use during the eclipse to indirectly see the moon covering the sun.

Prior to April 8, students will receive literature to take home so they can learn more about the eclipse over spring break.

Students in grades K-2 will read the book Total Solar Eclipse: A Stellar Friendship Story.

Grade 3-5 students will read the book Eclipses.

About the Monday, April 8, 2024, Solar Eclipse:

  • Eclipse start: 1:59 p.m.
  • Totality: 3:13 p.m., with maximum effect at 3:15 p.m.
  • Totality ends: 3:17 p.m.
  • Eclipse ends: 4:29 p.m.

Here is a link to a live stream of the eclipse. 

Lincoln PK-8’s Reading Cafe serves up some books & dinner to students & families

Books and dinner were on the menu Tuesday, March 20, 2024, at the Lincoln PK-8 School’s Reading Cafe during parent-teacher conferences.

It was all part of Warren City Schools’ Reading Raider Program.

All guests, along with their children, were invited to enjoy a meal. Families then had the opportunity to read a book together.

More than 200 meals were served and dozens of books were read, and families had some comfortable space where they could read.

The United Way joins Reading Raiders: Staff & Volunteers read to students in all 4 PK-8 schools

Lindsay McCoy, news anchor at WFMJ TV 21, reads to some Lincoln Reading Raiders.

The United Way of Trumbull County has partnered with each Warren City Schools PK-8 School – Jefferson, Lincoln, McGuffey and Willard – to provide guest readers.

The special guests visit classrooms and support the school district’s Reading Raider Program. The special guests are visiting one school, one day each week.

Warren City Mayor Doug Franklin reads to a classroom of Lincoln Reading Raiders.
Christine Cope, president/CEO, United Way of Trumbull County, reads to Jefferson students.

Jefferson ‘cafe’ gives some Reading Raiders the opportunity to expand their taste in books

Students at the Jefferson PK-8 School learned about different genres during a recent book tasting event.

The family event helped expose students to different kinds of books. Students and their families spent some time at the “Book Cafe” where they “sampled” various books on the “menus” they had in hand.

Parents helped their children retell the story in the books they received for the day through the WCS’ Reading Raider Program.

Before families left, they also got to sample a strawberry banana smoothie and got the simple 3-ingredient recipe to take home. All of this while wearing a chef hat of course! Go Readers!

McGuffey guest brings Reading Raider ‘Balto’ experience to life for students

Third-graders and staff at the McGuffey PK-8 School welcomed the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland Tuesday, March 12, 2024 as part of the Warren City Schools’ Reading Raider Program.

The students learned about sled dogs and the supplies and tools mushers use when driving sled dogs. The highlight of the visit came when Siberian Husky Flint entered the gymnasium, where the presentation was held. Students had the opportunity to pet Flint and see a sled dog up close.

Additionally, as their book for the day through the Reading Raider program, students received “Balto,” a book about the Alaskan Husky that achieved fame when he led a team of sled dogs driven by Gunnar Kaasen on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which diphtheria antitoxin was transported using sled dogs.

Later, Balto lived the Cleveland Zoo until his death on March 14, 1933, at the age of 14. He body remains on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Harding student-athletes commit to the next level of their educational careers

Nine members of the Warren. G. Harding High School Raiders Football team on Thursday, March 7, 2024, made formal commitments to colleges and universities where they plan to study.

Family, friends, school leaders and community members rallied in support of the student-athletes during a signing day inside the school library.

These students intend to continue their education at the following institutions:

  • Nehemiah Alexander: Judson University
  • Nysier Coleman – Erie Community College
  • Jake Daugherty: Youngstown State University
  • Devonte Ellis: Sienna Heights University
  • Antonio Smith: Judson University
  • Javonte Jones: Erie Community College
  • Nau’Jeat Jones: Erie Community College
  • Bryan Powell: Erie Community College
  • Ryan Powell: Eastgate Prep
  • Juan Wade: Erie Community College

WCS kicks off districtwide Reading Raiders program

The Warren City School District on Friday, March 1, 2024, kicked off the new Reading Raiders program with a variety of activities including assemblies and visits from special guests. But the highlight of the day was when each student in attendance received a book.

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.

The program was launched on the heels of the announcement at the end of January that the Warren City School District had reached a major milestone by no longer having any type of adverse federal designation for any building. This is 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 announced the Reading Raider Program taking place for students in the month of March.

Read more about the Reading Raiders Program HERE.

WCS FAMILIES: Don’t forget to register for kindergarten!

Kindergarten registration is starting in the Warren City School District for the 2024-2025 school year.

Please sign up to register. Registration will take place on the following days at these schools:

  • Tuesday, March 5: McGuffey
  • Wednesday, March 6: Willard
  • Tuesday, March 12: Jefferson
  • Thursday, March 14: Lincoln

For questions, please call 330-675-4320.