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People of WES: Mr. Ragusa

By Ben Rickmond 

Hello WES community! I was lucky enough to interview Mr. Ragusa, WES’ Technology Support professional. You may have seen him in the hallways or helping you take MAPS tests. He is also the go-to person to ask if teachers or students need help. I asked him some questions here.   

Q: What is your favorite part about working at WES? 

A: My favorite part about working at Wayne is working with the staff and students.  The students make me laugh and smile each day and I love talking about technology with them. 

Q:  What do you do for our school? 

A : At Wayne, I maintain all the tech in the building and assist staff/students with using it.  So I keep inventory of all the equipment, I troubleshoot and repair and I create network accounts for things like Compass Learning and Typing Pal. 

Q: What is your favorite tech company? 

A: My favorite tech company is Microsoft.  From Xbox to Office 365, Microsoft is creating a lot of cool tech. Also I like the vision of Satya Nadella [ the Microsoft CEO ], who has a great outlook on Tech and making it accessible.   

I’ll give you two examples: 

1. Xbox Adaptive Controller — Microsoft designed a controller that makes it accessible for anyone that can’t use a normal controller/keyboard.  Also, Microsoft made it open to other companies to build and create attachments for the controller. 

2. Office 365 is great for the ability to create/share on the internet  

Q: Where did you go to school? 

A: Montgomery County Community College and Delaware County Community College 

Q: Tell me about your family? 

A: My wife Kelly is a Hair Stylist. I used to get free haircuts but don’t really have a need for haircuts anymore!  My children are William, who is 4 years old, and Rosalie, who is 2.  William and Rosalie are a handful and already scare me with how quick they pick up on using technology. 

Q: What is your degree in? 

A: I split time between Montgomery County Community College and Delaware County Community College taking classes to be certified for Computer and Software Troubleshooting and Repair.  

Q: What is your favorite hobby? 

 A: Videogames. I love spending time with family and friends, especially to see if my skills still hold up in Mario Kart. 

Q: What is your favorite food? 

A: Lasagna  

Q: Have you always worked in tech? 

A: No, after graduating high school I planned on being an Electrician and worked 4 years for a contractor. 

Q: How do you keep our computers safe at school? 

A:  With our technology the safeguards are put in place at the Administration level for our network.  My job is to make sure our Tech is updated and stays connected to the network, so that the polices and safeguards then filter down. 

Q: Any advice for students who are interested in tech careers? 

A: Just be passionate for the tech career you want. Take advantage of what’s offered by the school and county, things like coding clubs, and courses as you progress through RTSD over the years.  Build up your general background so that you can get a feel where you want to specialize later on. 

Hopefully you guys learned a lot about our amazing tech helper. Remember to go to him if you need help. Thanks for reading and I will see you next time.  

Baseball Card Collecting: Wagner and Ruth

By Anand Palshikar

Over the years many rare baseball cards have taken the collection spotlight. Babe Ruths were popular in the ’90s but then the T-109 Honus Wagner baseball card took the spotlight. This card was canceled before more than 200 were made because they were sold with cigarettes and Wagner didn’t want to encourage kids to smoke. .

But recently the Babe Ruth rookie card has been popular because, well, Babe Ruth is pretty much the best player in the world and his rookie card is awesome. A Babe Rruth rookie card recently sold for $98,000 which is a new high so who knows what will come next? Maybe the Bryce Harper rookie card, (which I happen to have) will get the collecting spotlight soon. Nobody in the collection field knows what the future spotlights are, so the goal is when a card is a hit you already have it. So, the thing is, just get more cards. That is the goal!

Greek Myths: The Titian War

By Toby Kelsall

In the beginning there was only chaos. Gaea the earth goddess created Uranus the god of the sky. They married and gave birth to the 12 Titians, the Cyclops and the Hekatonkheires. Uranus was filled with disgust and fear of his children because he feared that he would be overthrown by them. So he sent them to Tartarus the world in Gaea where bad creatures go. Gaea loved all her children, so she unleashed her most ambitious child Kronos to overthrow his father.

After overthrowing his father, Kronos became the lord of the universe, but he only let free the other Titans, not the Cyclops and the Hekatonkheires. They were still in Tartarus so for that Gaea cursed Kronos saying, “As you overthrew your father your son will overthrow you!”

So when a Titan called Rhea gave birth to the first gods, Kronos ate them all except Zeus because Rhea had him sent to the island of Crete where Nymphs fed him ambrosia and nectar until he was old enough to fight Kronos.

Gaea told Zeus that his siblings were inside Kronos ́ belly, so he made a special potion to make him throw up his siblings. One night he went disguised as a waiter and poured the potion in the goblet with a mix of wine. As Kronos drank the wine he started to throw up his siblings (Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter and Hestia). The battle of the Titians began but the gods needed help, so Gaea told Zeus go to Tartarus and free the Hekatonkheires and Cyclops. When he got there, he had to battle Kampe the prisoner ́s guard and in the end Zeus won.

Zeus freed the cyclops and Hekatonkheires and for that the Cyclops made powerful weapon’s such as Zeus’ Lightning Bolt, Poseidon’s Trident and Hades ́ helm of invisibility. The Hekatonkheires helped with the battle of the Titians by attacking them with mountains and swords. The Olympian’s won the war and sent the Titians to Tartarus.

The gods now ruled in Mount Olympus.

Point/Counterpoint: Longer Recess

By Nancy Wible 

Tweet! Many students think the recess whistles are blowing too soon. There have been many petitions for longer or multiple recesses. Multiple recesses would be beneficial because you get to see more of your friends from different classes. Also, we don’t get much time to get exercise. Some students don’t play sports or get physical exercise at home. When we get short recess, these students don’t get an hour exercise a day which is what you are expected to get. Usually the only time these students will get enough exercise is when they have gym. Also, when you are in 2nd grade you have two recesses, so it is usually a huge jump when you get to 3rd grade and only have one. We also got new recess equipment this year which was a lot of money so what’s the point of it if we only use it for twenty-five minutes. The new playground is so fun, and a lot of students would agree that they would like more time on it. Another reason that we should have more recess is that students will pay more attention to class if they have energy and they would be relaxed. 

Reece Brown in forth grade Mrs. Crowe’s said, “We need more recess because we are awesome!” 

Maddie Flynn in fourth grade Mrs. Becker’s class said “I would want an extra 10 minutes for our second recess.” 

What do you think? Do you want more recess vote here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=1COYe7ypJUWfFB0OD2Bc95Yb8wDo8tNOr5qMsiqwCIBUREQ5REk5RjIwNzNPTUI5UDFDWVRMWFcwTS4u

All About Twitter

By Ben Rickmond 

A simple history of Twitter: Have you ever used or seen “tweets” on twitter? Well here is some info you might not know. Ex-Googler Evan Williams started a website called Odeo. He wanted to make a podcasting platform and got his friend Biz Stone, another ex-Googler, to help. Then Apple launched iTunes and trampled over Odeo. Jack Dorsey, a former Odeo employee decided to make Twitter. Twitter has been in business for about 13 years.  Their headquarters is in San Francisco. There are an average of 8,741 tweets per second. 

Twitter can create forums and you can have chats public/private. You can make announcements for companies and whatnot. For example, President Trump has created over 17,000 tweets. Apparently, Twitter ads are an auction-based system. Your ad budget comes into play when you want an ad.  So the first two can cost you $0.50- $4. But trendy ones can cost you $200,000. Twitter is also very addictive. 

Sadly, Twitter is a web site with a lot of abusive users posting inappropriate stuff. People have opinions about this. A lot of kids say (on Common Sense media) that you can have the app, but you need to supervise the content. Adults say it is horrible and not worth downloading. The recommended age is 15. However, you must be 13 to get an account. Yes, Twitter is a fun way to communicate, but you need to watch the content 

Thanks for reading! It is interesting to know more about social media companies!

Sources:

https://www.internetlivestats.com/one-second/#tweets-band

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-twitter-was-founded-2011-4

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-much-does-cost-advertise-facebook-twitter-youtube-mehrotra

https://fortune.com/2018/06/02/twitter-banning-users-13/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

Stock Price: 

TWTR (NYSE) $30.03 +0.23 (+0.77%) 
Nov 22, 4:03 PM EST – Disclaimer 

Point/Counterpoint: Less Recess

The Devil’s Advocate 

By Ben Richmond 

It is well known that everyone loves recess but there is a dark side! Recess can keep you from learning. 

Instead of playing outside, I know in your hearts you would rather do times tables and whatnot. Think of how easy it could be getting a job writing a math textbook when you know all of the stuff! Recess can rot your brains from running around and playing with balls. Too much fresh air may be dangerous? Are there any studies to confirm this? Think of all the time we waste lining up when we could be doing 4-paragraph essays. The teachers even agreed with me because it takes forever to line up.  Why run around wasting valuable time when you could avoid bad scores on your spelling quizzes! During recess sports, it is funny when one team wins and then they have to argue with the other team about why they should win. Less recess would mean less sports arguments! Think of all of the extra time you could be learning! I mean seriously, wouldn’t you rather play a Kahoot or a learning game then take the whole recess choosing teams for a soccer game? 

Real Reasons:  

Recess equipment is expensive. It was expensive to fund the new playground when it could have been spent on different learning activities. Also, sometimes (not at WES I think) there is bullying at recess. Less recess could mean that a child is not bullied on the playground. Recess could also be dangerous. Kids could get minor to major injuries on the playground/at recess. We don’t want our school to lose money if a parent sues the district for a major injury at recess. Recess can be very cold during Winter. Some kids don’t have or forget a jacket when it’s cold and they could get really cold. Test scores are important. Less time at recess could improve scores. Students could get exposed to animals (rarely). Kids and parents always complain about not having enogh time to eat lunch. That could affect growth issues and nutrition. There also is a risk of getting sunburnt or a tick bite! Did anybody out there think of all this? I bet no. Let’s hear what you think: take my survey and let’s find out. 

https://bit.ly/2XqPCod

P.S I do think recess should happen, but I get bored sometimes.

About Radnor Schools

By Ben Rickmond 

Hello everyone! Want to learn more about our school and district? You came to the right place!

The high school (RHS) was the first school in the district, established in 1893. IES elementary in 1963, WES elementary in 1971, RES elementary in 2001 and RMS middle bulit in 1923 and rebuilt in 2007. The 2018-19 budget was $98,306,000. The total enrollment (10/19) is  3,814. WES total enrollment is 579. RES is 660. IES is 507. RMS IS 862. And RHS is 1,206.  RTSD is also the 4th safest school district in America.

Let’s learn about RMS, our district’s middle school: founded in 2007. RMS has a varity of intramural after school sports and activities. Here are a few: 

  • Art Club 
  • Ultimate Frisbee 
  • Bake club 
  • Ski Club  
  • MPR Computer 
  • Homework Club
  • Color Guard 

The RMS Principal is Dr. David. M. Wiedlich. They also have two assistant Principals. 

Now let’s learn about RHS, our top-rated high school. RHS also has a varity of sports and clubs. RHS offers lots of events and programs for the enjoyment of students such as LM week and much more! RHS apparently has good college prep and is a very good school. 

Here is some info about IES: The principal is Dr. Tronya Boylan. They only have 507 students. They are the second best elementary public school in state. Their motto is “Ithan Cares”. 

How about RES? Their principal is Dr. Anthony C. Stevenson. They have a special “circus week” in October. The motto is “together we can”. They are PA’s first “green school”.

WES was founded in 1971. Our talented principal is Nancy Ferguson. We have a school wide positive behavior system. (#pbis). Students can earn “bee tickets” and cash them in for rewards. WES and IES added new wings in 2016. 

I hope you found the information helpful, for your knowledge. I made a quiz to test your knowledge. Go to https://bit.ly/2qnP5av I also have made a survey for students only to what you think is good about the district and what is not your favorite about the district. https://bit.ly/2NStmjY 

Cool Facebook INFO

BY:Ben Rickmond 

Hello WES! We are going to do a spotlight on Facebook, the popular social media company. 

Facebook was made by a group of friends at Harvard in 2004. Andrew McCollumMark ZuckerbergDustin MoskovitzChris HughesEduardo Saverin. Mark Zuckerberg made a website called “Facemash.” This website allowed users to objectify fellow students by comparing photos of their faces and selecting who they deemed as the most popular. Mark got in huge trouble from the college admin and barely escaped expulsion from Harvard. He and his buddies got together and started planning for what would become… Facebook.

So, what does Facebook do anyway? Well, on Facebook you can post photos, start chats, connect with people and get followers. Businesses use Facebook to advertise and show products on the web. Facebook IS engineered to be addictive. Our WES BUZZ leader (click here for more info) said a friend of hers in Silicon Valley, (click Here) that was one of the first Facebook employees said they were working to make Facebook an app where users “could not put it down.”

Facebook does have a bad reputation for cyberbullying and inappropriate content. You do have to be 13 and have a valid e-mail address. Common sense media says that the suggested age is 15 yrs. Facebook is a very good way to connect, but the ads will target you and there is questionable content. This company is a good example of a small idea that can turn into something huge! 

Current Stock Price:  

FB (NASDAQ) 

190.84+0.42 (+0.22%)  

At close: November 8 4:00PM EST   

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/facebook-when-started-how-mark-zuckerberg-history-harvard-eduardo-saverin-a8505151.html

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/fb/

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-facebook-3486391

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/facebook

https://www.theverge.com/interface/2019/11/8/20953623/facebook-leaked-court-documents-nbc-paranoia-switcharoo

5th Grade Reading Olympics

BY: Toby Kelsall

Hello everybody! The WES Buzz journalist, Toby interviewed Mrs.Dahlstrom, our school librarian about our 5th grade Reading Olympics program at WES. Fourth graders, you will have a chance to do this next year, but here is some info now!

How long has WES had Reading Olympics? Reading Olympics started in Delaware County 12 years ago. The surrounding counties had it for much longer. WES was the first elementary school in Radnor to have a team, 11 years ago.  Since that time, many WES teachers have been volunteer coaches: Ms. B, Mrs. Burhop, Mrs. Coppola, Mrs. Dahlstrom, Mrs. Goldberg and Mrs. Shuda. 

 Is Reading Olympics hard? No. The only thing you must do is READ!  and once a month you have a meeting at 8:00 am to talk about the books.  

How do I get started with Reading Olympics?  You fill out an application and return it to Mrs. Dahlstrom.  It costs $30 to join, but scholarships are available. 

How many books do I have to read? Generally, there are 45 books on the reading list. This year there are 43 books on the reading list. Students who join reading Olympics agree to read at least five books from the list during the year. There have been years when some WES students read ALL the books. 

What if I want to be with my friend, will you put me with them?  Teams are formed by asking each participant to list two friends that they would like to be on the same team with.  Students generally are on the same team with at least one of their friends.  What a great opportunity to get to know some other fifth graders! 

Do I have to go to every single event?  There are Reading Olympic team meetings every month.  We start the meeting with great snacks provided by parents.  Then we play a fun game.  After the game, we talk about favorite books and recommend books to other kids.  While you don’t have to attend every event, you will want to because they are really fun and it is a great opportunity to meet new kids. 

Are there stages for the club and the competition? In the beginning, students read any book from the list.  After we form teams, students need to be more strategic with what they read so that each team has read every book on the list at least once. 

What happens when you are at a competition?  At the competition, each team will be be asked 20 questions in three different rounds.  Each team gets a total of 50 of more points, each team will get a blue ribbon.  If the score is 40-49 points, they get a red ribbon.  If they score 30-39 points, they will get a white ribbon.  The real prize is participating in Reading Olympics comes from reading some great literature that you might not have discovered without the list.   

I Joined reading Olympics because I like reading books my favorite book is Capture the Flag because I like adventure and fiction. I totally recommend reading Olympics If you love reading

Company Spotlights in Wayne: Main Point Books

By Ben Rickmond 

The WES Buzz is starting to feature some locally-owned, businesses in downtown Wayne. Our first article will be our local bookstore Main Point Books. We are lucky to have a local book store. You can find this book-filled place at 116 N. Wayne Ave a few doors down from Christopher’s. I was lucky enough to ask some questions to the owner, Cathy Fiebach. 

Q:  How long has this business been going?  

A: Main Point Books has been in business for 6 years. We were in Bryn Mawr for three years and moved to Wayne three years ago. 

 
Q: What is your favorite book?  

A: I have a lot of trouble picking my favorite book because, I always hope that the next book I read is going to be the best book yet. That said, books that I have great memories of include From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler by E. L Konigsburg, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, Beloved by Toni Morrison and Circe by Madeline Miller. 

 
Q: What do you like most about running a store? 

A: I love owning a bookstore. One of the best things is when I help someone pick a book and they come back to tell me how much that they loved it. 

 
Q: When is the most busy day/time in your store?  

A: The busiest time of day varies by the time of year but we are particularly busy on Saturday nights. 

 
Q: Do you get more kids or adults? Why?  

A: We probably get more adults but since we moved to Wayne the number of kids and families has increased dramatically. I am planning on re-doing my basement which will double my space to make a much larger children’s section.  

Q: What books are the best selling?  

A: At the moment some of our bestselling books include, The Dutch House by Anne Patchett, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, Circe by Madeline Miller, The Dogman Series by Dave Pilkey, Guts by Raina Telgeimeir, Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell and The Mother Bruce Series by Bryan T. Higgins. 

Make sure to check out www.mainpointbooks.com for book findings and more! Thank you for reading! 

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