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WCSD students will see changes

Language classes, new staff coming

August 30, 2010
Observer Today
Warren County School District teachers and staff are ready for the new school year. Students will be arriving on Tuesday, and there are many new things in store for them. According to Amy Stewart, director of instructional technology/communication for the school district, for the first time, there will be a limited foreign language class for elementary students. Fifth-grade students throughout the district will be receiving five weeks of Spanish instruction from a certified Spanish instructor. There will be a new science curriculum for high school students with new texts and supporting materials as well as Smart Boards in the science classrooms. The Business Education program has also been revamped allowing students the opportunity to take classes singly based upon their interests or as part of a Career Center program. Some of the new classes include Sports Marketing, Leadership and Digitools. Five programs will be under new teacher leadership at the Career Center. The Building and Construction Trades shop area will begin construction on a house for Habitat of Warren County, which will be a two-year project for students. The Career Center will also host the Regional Competition for Skill USA in January in which students compete with other students in northwestern Pennsylvania in their individual areas of study. The dual enrollment program with St. Bonaventure University is growing and includes 33 students from the district. Classes offered will include British Literature, Composition, American Government, Astronomy, Physics, Calculus and Statistics. Middle school students are returning to the second year of a new program designed just for students between the ages of 11 and 15. They will benefit from advisory and exploratory classes as well as core classes that will remain one hour in length. The Warren County School District special education department recently implemented IEPPLUS, a special education web-based software program that will allow the district staff to manage the student evaluation process, track special education student records and use web-based forms to develop Individual Education Plans (IEP) for students with special needs. Extended School Year (ESY), a specialized education program that was provided to 59 special education students, was held during July. The program helps decrease any pattern of regression and recoupment that may be caused due to the summer break from school. The school district also provided transportation to and from Youngsville Elementary/Middle School for 50 students that attended Camp Connections, a summer program provided by the Barber National Institute for children and young teens with high-functioning autism or asperger syndrome. The Warren County School District has hired 15 new professional employees and five new support employees. Two professional positions and one support position still need to be filled and substitutes will be in place on the first day of school. Students at Youngsville High School and Sheffield Area Middle/High School will be greeted with new colored flooring in several of the classrooms and Beaty-Warren Middle School classrooms received a fresh coat of paint. Contractors have been replacing broken and uneven sidewalks at Sheffield Area Middle/High School, Eisenhower Middle/High School, and Beaty. Warren Area High School received improvements to its exterior and Russell Elementary received new flooring in the office and in some of the classrooms. Contractors are also finishing the new roof over the Sheffield Area Middle/High School library pod as well as new boilers at Youngsville High School. The Warren County Career Center’s repaving project will also be completed by Tuesday. The Technology Department has updated every computer in the district to the latest anti-virus and security settings and also installed new curriculum-based software. Servers have been updated with new security patches and more automated processes have been implemented to handle routine processes creating more efficiency across the district. The 51 Smart Boards that were installed over the summer along with projector mounts and over 400 computers that were brought online as replacements will be a welcomed addition.


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