Education

Northwest Commission’s Greenways Block Grant applications accepted

Applications are being accepted for the Northwest Commission’s Greenways Block Grant (GBG) Program’s second round of funding for 2016-17. The GBG program leverages grant funds through the partnership of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Department of ...

Conservation District scholarships available

Warren County students looking to pursue education in areas related to the environment are eligible to apply for scholarships. The Warren County Conservation District (WCCD) will accept applications through May 1 for the Ralph G. Eckert Scholarship and the Warren County Council of ...

Student’s death stark reminder of bus safety

In light of a fatal crash in Erie County last week, Warren County School District officials are asking motorists to exercise caution around school buses. “The recent school bus tragedy in Wattsburg reinforces the need for drivers to remain observant when approaching school buses,” ...

Halls Of Ivy…

Warren Conty Christian School Merit/Honor Rolls from this past marking period include: MERIT LIST (3.0-3.49 GPA) 2nd Grade: Andrew Wagner 7th Grade: Gracia Clark 8th Grade: Connor Bailey Cammie Crouse 12th Grade: Kelsey Kelley Josiah Poindexter Marcus Root Allison ...

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From left are Brayden Toomey (third place), Jason Bonavita (first place), Kyra Wotorson (second place).

‘Tenaciously’

Ninety-seven words made up the contest between the county’s top spellers Thursday morning, but “scrumptiously” will be sending Beaty Warren Middle School eighth-grader Jason Bonavita to Pittsburgh. Bonavita won the top spot after 15 rounds of competition between spellers from ...

District spelling bee Thursday at Beaty WMS

Bee. Noun. A social gathering for a specific purpose, as to carry out a communal task or hold competitions. Example: The annual Warren County Spelling Bee will be held this Thursday at Beaty Warren Middle School. Beaty Principal Ann Ryan said that this year’s students would be coming from ...

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Head Start enrollees work with the smartboards that are installed in most Head Start classrooms throughout the county.

Head Start a federal Pre-K option in county

It’s recruitment month at Head Start. While it may seem early to start thinking about preschool for this fall, Warren and Forest Head Start Program Director Roxanne Carifo said it’s really not. Head Start begins enrollment efforts in February of each year — because it takes time to ...

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The Warren Area High School mock trial team at the Erie County Courthouse. The Warren Area High School mock trial team lost to Meadville and then beat Youngsville in an event held on Wednesday at the courthouse.From left are  Alex Dollinger, Sarah Roney, Haley Tuller, Haley Nelson, Paige McCullough, Derick Nowacki, Morgan Lemmon, Duke Lilja, Alaina Stewart, Simon Smith, Lucy Belleau, Austin Brenner and Ben Lobdell.

‘Working so diligently’

The Warren Area High School mock trial team lost to Meadville and then beat Youngsville in an event held on Wednesday at the Erie County Courthouse. Ben Lobdell, WCCC Protective Services instructor and WAHS mock trial advisor, said that the students started preparing back in November. That ...

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Jan Brett could be coming to a school near us.

WAEC leads charge (vote) to bring children’s author here

Jan Brett will go anywhere in the world to visit the winner of her ninth annual contest, said Rhalee Hughes of Rhalee Hughes Public Relations and Marketing. The contest, being held online, lets people from around the world vote for what school or library they’d like to see Jan Brett visit. ...

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Highmark provided the Warren County School District with a $50,000 grant to extend athletic trainer services for another year. Pictured at the check presentation prior to Friday’s wrestling match at Warren Area High School are, from left, Physicians Assistant Luke Hoffmeister, Dr. Simon Amsdell, Nina Ferraro of Highmark, WCSD Athletic Director Rick Gignac, School Board President Donna Zariczny, Karl McFadden of Highmark, Dr. P.J. Lattanzio, Dr. Mason Tootell, Athletic Trainer Andrea Shene, and WCSD Superintendent Amy Stewart.

Highmark grant ensures district an athletic trainer

For the second year, Warren County School District will have funding for an athletic trainer through a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield with assistance from Warren General Hospital. Trainer Andrea Shene was joined by Warren General Hospital staff members Dr. Simon Amsdell, Dr. P.J. Lattanzio, ...

FAFSA workshop set for high school, college students

The Warren-Forest Higher Education Council will be hosting a FAFSA workshop on Thursday, Feb. 9, for interested high school seniors and college students. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is the application students fill out in order to determine their ...

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Warren County school board members (from left) Arthur Stewart, Donna Zariczny, Tom Knapp, Jack Werner, Mike Zamborik, Marcy Morgan, and Paul Mangione, join Warren County Career Center Jim Evers (right) in looking at a student’s electronic portfolio in the auto collision shop Wednesday during a tour of the career center and Warren Area High School.

Building plans

The school board took a tour Wednesday of some of the projects it is working on. Seven members of the Warren County School District board — President Donna Zariczny, Vice-President Arthur Stewart, Tom Knapp, Paul Mangione, Marcy Morgan, Jack Werner, and Mike Zamborik — toured Warren ...

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Warren County Career Center SkillsUSA district level competition first place finishers (front row, from left): Desirae McMillen, Amy Strain, Zackary Ickert, Bryanna Hesslink, and Bailey Brucker. Back row: Phillip Passinger, Spencer Watson, Hana Blasco, Andrew Higby, Corry McCoy, Troy Johnson, Gavin Horner, and Caleb Eyler.

Jobs well done: District students achieve in Career Center programs

Those with high expectations for the Warren County Career Center cannot be disappointed with the results from the District level SkillsUSA competition a week ago. Warren County School District students participated in 21 of the 54 events offered at the district level. District ...

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Owls photographed by John Fedak.

‘Kittens with wings’

Saw-whet owls are “like kittens with wings,” said John Fedak. He’s been banding owls on the Allegheny National Forest for years. But not just owls. And not just on the ANF. Fedak, who’s taught from the elementary to the college level, has gotten students involved in all sorts ...

Policy, precedent in place in district for fan discipline

There is precedent and policy in Warren County School District for excluding individuals from attending sporting events. District administrators cited policy on disruptive spectators when asked if a fan could be kept out of events, but did not offer comment on any individual fan. “If the ...

District can create exceptions to 1-year expulsion for weapons in school

The standard penalty for having a weapon in school is a one-year expulsion. There are exceptions, but even having to go through the hearing to see if those exceptions should be applied can be traumatic for students, Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart said. According to ...

2-hour delay

The Warren County School District will follow a two-hour delay on Friday January 13th (www.wcsdpa.org). Boost Post

Warren County school registration

It’s time!  The first day of the next school year may seem a long way off, but the preschools, Warren County School District, and the non-public schools are already planning for your child or children to enter their classrooms.  A great deal of preparation is involved in creating the best ...

Transition services in full swing for students with disabilities

A new program is available to students ages 14 to 21 with disabilities and those receiving mental health or Section 504 services. Thanks to changes to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), which develops new and expands innovative strategies and programs to provide transition ...

School board can now attend electronically

Warren County school board members may soon find it easier to participate in meetings. At Monday’s meeting, the seven members present unanimously approved the first reading of changes to two policies related to electronic attendance at meetings. Currently, board members must be physically ...