Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Two newcomers in Region 3 will also vie for one seat in the general election.
Two newcomers and an incumbent won nominations for Quaker Valley School Board in Tuesday's primary election, while two others will vie for one seat in the general election. Quaker Valley alumni Daniela Sauro Helkowski and Jonathan Kuzma won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in Region 1 for Quaker Valley School Director. The two are endorsed by the Concerned Taxpayers of Quaker Valley, a group opposed to the district purchasing homes near the high school for construction purposes. Incumbent Sarah Heres, who ran unopposed, also won nominations from both parties in Region 2. Robb Bunde won the Democratic nomination in Region 3, and will face fellow newcomer Mary Ann Wagner, who won the Republican nomination. Municipal races In …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Six staff members were recognized at the annual ceremony.
Friends of Quaker Valley Schools Education Foundation recently awarded six Distinguished Staff awards. In keeping with tradition, the six staff members were recognized at a May 9 event at the Edgeworth Club in Sewickley. Honored staff members include: • Jessica Garavaglia, special education teacher, Quaker Valley High School • Samantha Hiller, cafeteria and transportation support staff, Quaker Valley Middle School • Jenielle Johnson, third-grade teacher, Osborne Elementary School • Corrie Nye, music teacher, Quaker Valley Middle School • Laura Piatek, fourth-grade teacher, Edgeworth Elementary School • Thomas Pipkins, paraprofessional, Quaker Valley High School Each honoree received a monetary award and an engraved paperweight to …
Students in seventh and eighth grades wrote the script for the trial.
Students from St. James School traveled to the Allegheny County Courthouse on Friday, May 10 to enact a Mock Trial in Judge Edward J. Borkowski’s courtroom. Under the direction of Mike Manko, communications director for the District Attorney’s Office, the seventh- and eighth-grade students wrote the script for the trial. The seventh-grade class served as the jury. According to school officials, the students did an excellent job and held their audience captive until the verdict was read. A special thanks goes to Karen Scully, language arts teacher, for making this possible. Have news you'd like to share? Email Patch editor Larissa Dudkiewicz at email@example.com Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Dressed in their best, students took to the stage for the annual promenade in the high school auditorium.
Dressed in their best, Quaker Valley students took the stage for the annual promenade in the high school auditorium before heading to the Embassy Suites in Moon to dance the night away at prom, which had the theme “A Night in Versailles.” Sierra Perlik was crowned the prom queen at the start of the promenade. This year's Mr. QV is Johnathan Roppo, who won the annual Mr. QV pageant held on Friday, May 10. Sewickley Patch was there Friday to capture photos of the gorgeously turned out guys and gals as they headed to the annual rite of passage, but we want to see your photos too. Please share your 2013 prom memories by clicking on "Upload Photos and Videos" on this article.
The grant will support planting fruit trees, building more garden beds, and purchasing rain barrels and other necessities.
Sewickley Academy was recently awarded a $2,000 grant for its Secret Garden through the Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Project. Funds from the grant will support planting two fruit trees, building five more garden beds, and purchasing two rain barrels and gutters for the garden shed to feed water into the barrels. The money will also support five work benches or picnic tables to allow the Secret Garden to become a true outdoor classroom and community center. “Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Project is thrilled to offer Sewickley Academy a School Garden Grant to support its garden project,” said Annie Nelson, marketing team lead from Whole Foods Market in Wexford. “The Secret Garden exemplifies a viable, sustainable, and well-…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Tell us which candidates you're backing in the May 21 primary.
There are four four-year terms up for grabs on Quaker Valley School Board this year. All of the candidates are cross-filed, which means they are running for the nomination of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Incumbent board members Debbie Miller and Kay Wijekumar are not seeking re-election in Region 1, and Danielle Burnette is not seeking re-election in Region 3. With the May 21 primary election on Tuesday, we want to know: Who are you voting for? And why? Sewickley Patch has profiled all of the school board candidates who will appear on the ballot: Region 1 (Bell Acres, Leet, Leetsdale), 2 seats, 4-year term P. Richard Warburton David V. Weicht Daniela Sauro Helkowski Jonathan Kuzma Region 2 (Sewickley), 4-year term, 1 seat …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A final vote on the spending plan is scheduled for June 18.
The Quaker Valley School Board voted Tuesday night to approve a proposed $41.174 million budget for next school year that doesn't increase taxes, but actually cuts the millage rate as required by county-wide reassessments. The 2013-14 budget proposal lowers the property tax rate from 21.25 mills to a projected 16.93 mills, a decrease that is mandatory as a result of new property assessment numbers by Allegheny County. The millage rate will be recalculated again before a final budget vote on June 18, after the county releases its latest tax assessment figures and processes more appeals. A projected $191,769 gap still remains between proposed revenues and expenses, but district officials plan to use reserve funds to balance out the budget. …
Sarah Heres is the lone candidate for one seat in Region 2, which represents Sewickley.
Sarah Heres is the only incumbent member of the Quaker Valley School Board seeking re-election. A Sewickley resident, Heres has served on the school board for five and a half years and on the Sewickley Public Library board of directors for three years. Heres graduated from Boston University with a bachelor of science in Business Administration. She is currently a "community volunteer" with years of experience as an active volunteer with local non-profits, including Quaker Valley, The Laughlin Center, and The Presbyterian Church, Sewickley, as well as chairwoman of the Cancer & Blood Disorder Auxiliary of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. Her past work experience includes professional fund raiser in higher education, college…
Rachel Smith will compete in NCAA Division II volleyball.
A Quaker Valley High School senior has signed with West Virginia Wesleyan. Quaker Valley senior Rachel Smith will compete in NCAA Division II volleyball for the Bobcats and plans to major in public relations. A three-year letter winner, Rachel earned all-section team honors in her junior and senior years as well as all-tournament team her senior year, according to Quaker Valley. In addition to volleyball, Rachel is a four-year varsity letter winner in basketball and a two-year letter winner in softball. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Robert Morris University held it 88th commencement ceremony on Friday and Saturday.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald offered three pieces of advice to approximately 220 Robert Morris University students receiving their master’s and doctoral degrees Fitzgerald was the keynote speaker at Friday's commencement ceremony in the Sewall Center Arena on the Moon Township campus. On Saturday, May 11, approximately 500 students received bachelor’s degrees at RMU’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, where Bob Rogers, president of Development Dimensions International, was the keynote speaker. Congratulations 2013 graduates.