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Education

Self-explanatory

Collage submitted to Times Observer It’s self-explanatory. Teachers at Sheffield Area Elementary sent their students a message, from left, by row, on Friday. They posted it on Facebook, but the Times Observer is sharing it as well as people are finding more and more unique ways to stay ...

St. Joseph School’s enrichment day

In the name of continuity of education, St. Joseph Catholic School families picked up materials from students’ desks on Friday. School officials set up a drive-up school resources pick-up. Workbooks, papers, and other resources were bagged and hand-delivered by personnel wearing gloves. ...

Seniors, still

We’re all aware of how much students are being impacted by the school closure. Obviously, education is first and foremost. But high school seniors are missing out on memories they will never get back, possibly their last prom, or graduation ceremony. WAHS Guidance Counselor Lori Hahn is the ...

WCSD committee meeting Monday online only

School board members will be back online at 6 p.m. Monday, April 6, for its Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Committee meeting, conducted via teleconference. The public may join the meeting online at https://wcsdpa.zoom.us/j/861899164, or via phone by dialing 1-301-715-8592. If ...

Special delivery

A Tuesday morning bus tour kicked off Phase One of the Warren County School District’s continuity of education plan. The district’s buses made their first runs in weeks - probably also their last runs for weeks. One driver said he was just happy to be back to work - even if only for the ...

Virtual full house: School board meeting reaches cap of 300 online

Officials at Warren County School District expected a good turnout. The cloud-based meeting platform they selected handled the 300 people who virtually attended Monday’s school board special meeting admirably. “I’m really impressed with the amount of people that are on,” board ...

Schools close indefinitely

School and non-life sustaining businesses throughout the Commonwealth will now be closed indefinitely. “Business and school closures will no longer have a set date to resume normal operations,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a Monday press briefing. “(I am) going to leave the date ...

WCSD calendar: ‘We just don’t know’

It’s too early to say for certain, but schools could be out for summer. One of the items on the agenda for Monday’s special meeting of the school board related to adjusting the Warren County School District calendar in response to COVID-19. During a discussion of the schedule, ...

Virtual Spirit Week invites photos

In case you didn’t know, Warren County School District students are celebrating “Spirit Week” this week through Friday. Virtual Spirit Week. “As we all continue to practice social distancing and self-quarantine within our own homes, the Warren County School District would like to ...

Sheffield seniors participate in Senator for a Day program

Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-21) is giving some students a look at what his job entails. During his annual Senator for a Day program in early March, Hutchinson invited students from the senatorial district, including most of Warren County, to Clarion University to experience some of the ...

District to distribute offline educational resources beginning Tuesday

Warren County School District will be distributing Phase One — Offline Learning Materials Packets — to all students on Tuesday. These materials will be distributed using the already-established school bus runs. School buses will be running on a two-hour delay schedule. The district ...

Eisenhower wants your vote

One thing is for sure, more and more people in the community are stepping up to pay it forward. Seventh-graders from Eisenhower Middle School are now asking for our help. All it will take is a couple of clicks on the computer to support these students. Eric Shotts’ seventh-grade students ...

Policy waived to hold virtual meeting

Monday wasn’t the first time Warren County School District board members have called in to a meeting. However, it was the first time a majority of them did so. The district has a policy regarding participation in meetings without being physically present. The policy limits that kind of ...

‘Extra special’

In a time of social distancing and school closings, kindergarteners of Youngsville Elementary found a way to wish their teacher, Barb McCluskey, a happy birthday. Youngsville Fire Department helped to escort parents with students in McCluskey’s class past her house on Yucha Street on ...

Paying it forward

Like many people his age, Warren Area High School senior Ben Hampson has some free time on his hands. What he’s doing with that time goes well above and beyond the norm. Hampson took it upon himself to design “Mask Mender,” a device to tighten and adjust face masks. It’s a ...

Teacher finding a more important way to use a coffee filter

Dan Passmore has been teaching at the Warren County Career Center for 25 years. Like other teachers, he’s being forced away from school due to the coronavirus, and has some time on his hands. He’s using that time wisely. “I hate when you feel like there’s nothing you can do,” ...

‘We miss you’: Drive-through parade held for St. Joseph’s

School has been out for two weeks so far and teachers at St. Joseph Catholic School were missing their students. On Friday, the teachers held a Drive-Through Social Distancing Parade. “We miss the children,” music and computer teacher Judi Danielson said. The entire staff — every ...

‘Phase One’: WCSD will provide educational packets next week

Warren County School District is rolling out the first phase of its education continuity plan. “Some families are anxious for educational materials and frustrated we haven’t provided them sooner,” Superintendent Amy Stewart said Friday. “We are thankful to all families for their ...

The teacher that made the difference

Believe it or not, I was the quiet kid in school. I was introverted and shy. I dreaded when a teacher called on me to read or answer a question. DREADED IT. But even the quiet, shy kid has a teacher or teachers that make a huge difference in their life. For me, it was Miss Dixie Clough at ...