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 

Meet Ms. B

WES Buzz reporter Will Clark sits down for a chat with Ms. B, aka Ms. Borrine, his 5th grade teacher.

When did you start at WES?

My official start date at WES was September 1, 1999.

Did you always want to work at WES?

I never imagined working at a school like WES. My dream was to work in a school where the community needed a ton of TLC and someone to come in and turn the neighborhood around starting with the school, as Joe Clark did in the movie “Lean on Me.”

The cover art from the famous movie “Lean on Me.”

I thought that meant I had to work in a school that did not have financial resources. I did not understand that just because there was an affluent area, hard-working, dedicated teachers are still needed and an important part of the community. I wanted to teach, be a school counselor, then become principal in a school in a low socioeconomic area. Dreams change. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. I knew that Radnor had the highest per pupil expenditure in the state when I came here and did not know much else about Wayne Elementary or the community. I was hired because of my compassion, high-expectations, dedication, and math experience. Here I am twenty years later. This was a long answer to your question. 

What’s your favorite part about being a WES teacher?


My favorite part about working at WES is that I feel like I make a difference. Whether you are working in one of the poorest parts of the city or one of the richest areas of the state, hard-work and dedication are needed by all students and their families. 
 
This answer probably sounds cliché, but my favorite part about working at WES are the relationships I’ve built in the WES community, professionally and personally.  

2019 PTO Trunk or Treat Delivers Again

By Leah Zhang

Have you ever been to Trunk or Treat? Well, it’s super fun, and if you weren’t there this year, then you came to the right WES Buzz story! Let’s begin.

First, let’s see what you had to do if you were setting up a trunk. It starts at 6:30, and you would be recommended to set up the thing first, and then take it to school to do the finishing touches, getting a certain number and place to park, but they wanted you to turn off the engines and don’t waste the car battery. But once it was in, it was in. They also recommended for them to bring the candy in a bowl or bag, but someone had to hold it, and limiting the candy so that it won’t run out. Trunk or Treat also ends at 7:30.

Next, I’m going to tell you about what I did. The effort was great, and everyone wanted to win! Of course, I went in order, and LOVED the hand hospital one. (See pictures!) I voted that for spookiest!

Then my friends and I went to each other’s trunk. Number 28, the Lan family who won last year, was trying to win again, &andI liked the singing pumpkins and the spiders moving with the candy, so I voted most spirited for them. I don’t remember who I voted for fanciest though, but here are two pics.

Fifth graders Reece, Gracie, Sam and the author Leah at the main event.

HANDS DOWN the Spookiest trunk, the Hand Hospital.

Now, there was a candy corn contest up at the front, counting how many pieces of candy corn that there was in the jar. I didn’t participate, only knowing at the last second. 😅 Answer: 157 pieces I think, and the winner of that was off by 4 pieces!

Then they announced the winners. Spookiest goes to the Rust Family, the one that I voted on! Most spirited to Gill Family, the baby shark! and lastly, fanciest goes to the Rickmond Family! (Harry Potter World)

The entry to the Rickmond’s trunk, the winner of Fanciest with their Harry Potter’s World display.
Another shot of Harry Potter World.

If any family would like to add their pictures to the story, email them to galebmorrison@gmail.com.

VSCO Girls : Good or Bad?

           

 By Reece Brown, Nancy Wible, and Maddie Flynn  

 Are you a VSCO girl? Do you even know what VSCO means? People are considered VSCO when they wear over-sized sweatshirts, scrunchies, drink from hydro flasks, wear crocs and Birkenstocks, take pictures with Polaroid cameras, drink out of metal straws to save the turtles, wear puka shell necklaces and Pura Vida bracelets. Some people consider VSCO girls bad, others disagree though.

Where does VSCO come from? VSCO is also an editing app where you post pictures, kind of like Instagram, except you can’t comment and like pictures.  Instead, you ‘re-publish’ their pictures on your account to show that you like the photo.

Where did the words come from VSCO girls? Though VSCO girls have a lifestyle made up of scrunchies, Hydro Flasks, and metal straws, they also have a sort of language produced from viral memes and internet expressions. This language is not new, though, because it came from the way teenagers talk online, before it was later embraced by the VSCO girls.

What do VSCO girls look like? VSCO girls wear their hair in messy buns. They also wear oversized t-shirts, Crocs or Birkenstocks, and have scrunchies and Pura Vida bracelets all along their arms. They also hold Hydro Flasks with stickers on them and metal straws in the bottle. They  wear puka shell necklaces around their necks. They can be seen with Polaroid cameras also.

What do VSCO girls do? VSCO girls try to save the turtles by using metal straws instead of plastic ones. They also post photos on VSCO. VSCO girls also make string bracelets on the handle of their Hydro Flask.

What do VSCO girls say?  This is what VCSO girls say: “Oh this, this is just my hydro flask. Do you want one? And I oop and I oop sksksksk. What, you don’t have a scrunchie? Here, take mine! And I oop and I oop sksksks. OMG! Is that a plastic straw? Save the turtles!”

What do people think about VSCO girls? Will Clark, 5th grade, said, “I dressed up as a VSCO girl for Halloween because I thought it would be funny and my friends did it too.”

So, our overall question is, are VSCO girls good or bad?   Take this form to vote: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=1COYe7ypJUWfFB0OD2Bc95Yb8wDo8tNOr5qMsiqwCIBUQTdSUkFUWjBXTUdCSzJCWlVLRzBTWEdKQy4u


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