Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The new and improved Quaker Valley Middle School has reopen for classes to students in grades 6 through 8 after undergoing a $26.5 million renovation.
For the most part, Monday was business as usual for Quaker Valley Middle School students and staff--except that this wasn't your typical first day back to class. The new and improved Quaker Valley Middle School reopened for classes Monday to students in grades 6 through 8 after undergoing a $26.5 million renovation. Middle school principal Sean Aiken said the school day, including arrival and dismissal, went “very well” with the new walkway and new traffic patterns on Harbaugh Street. He estimated about 98 percent of parents followed the correct driving patterns. “We really increased our walking and car riding population over here in Sewickley. We see a lot of kids walking and getting dropped off. It went smoothly,” he said. Sewickley …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Tuesday is the first day of school for some Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy students.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Quaker Valley students in kindergarten through ninth grades will return to school today, while students in grades 10-12 return Wednesday. Sewickley Academy Senior School students are back in class today, while the Middle and Lower School students return on Wednesday. But whether it's the first day of kindergarten or the final year of high school, the first day of school is always a "Kodak" moment. So why not share your back to school pictures with Sewickley Patch? We want to see them and so do your neighbors! Uploading your pictures is easy, just click the upload photos and videos button o this article. We'll keep this article on the front page through Tuesday, so everyone can share his or her favorite back to school pictures. …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sewickley Learning and Advocacy is a new service that helps parents, children and schools bridge the gaps in education.
Parents who need help navigating through the school system don’t have to go it alone, thanks to two local moms. Anna Conley and Maureen Wheeler, directors of Sewickley Learning and Advocacy, LLC, are offering a new educational service that works to build a bridge between home and school. With the beginning of the new school year upon us, parents looking to give their kids a running start can use SLA to develop a success plan that fits their child's specific needs. “A lot of times a third party can be beneficial,” said Wheeler of Coraopolis. Conley of Edgeworth said sometimes just having someone sit down and better explain an education plan, such as the "Individualized Educational Plans," or IEP, can mean a world of difference. For some …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Here are some tips to help you get ready for the fall semester.
Hey parents: Is your son or daughter heading to college soon? “The start of the fall semester is an exciting time of year for incoming freshmen and returning students alike, but it can be easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of campus life and not be as vigilant about personal safety as we should be,” according to StreetSafe, a personal mobile security service that combines the GPS technology in smart phones with a 24-hour state-of-the-art call center. Regardless of if yours is a returning student or a recent Pine-Richland High School graduate headed to college for the first time, here are some helpful safety tips from Marcia Peot, a full-time police officer and chief safety officer at StreetSafe. 1. Let friends or roommates know where…
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Some say tax increases are inevitable; others say schools need to live within their means and make cuts accordingly.
Because many school districts throughout western Pennsylvania raised property taxes this spring to balance their budgets, the public spotlight on them is burning brightly. What is the answer to balancing a school district's budget as costs rise? As students prepare to go back to school within the next few weeks, Patch is asking what you think school districts should do. Budget deliberations are an annual affair. When spring rolls around in 2013, many of the same questions and issues will remain. What do you think should be done? How do you think cuts will affect the coming school year? Please tell us your thoughts by posting in the comments. This poll will be cross published on all Patch sites across western Pennsylvania. If you are …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Quaker Valley freshman report to class on Sept. 4 while grades 10 through 12 return a day later on Sept. 5.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
Friday, August 10, 2012
Parents of new students and incoming freshmen are required to attend "Out of the Box" training pertaining to the district's student laptop computer initiative. This mandatory training includes information regarding rules, regulations and proper care guidelines involved with having a computer. Two sessions are provided in the high school auditorium: Parents unable to attend either sessions must send a letter to the high school confirming they have viewed the web-based session "Laptop Presentation" slideshow found in the "Forms/Publications" section of the high school webpage. The presentation will be available on Thursday, Aug. 30. "Freshmen Orientation Day" at Quaker Valley High School is only for students entering ninth grade, …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
AccuWeather.com predicts storms this fall that will spawn more snow this winter.
With the new Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy school years rapidly approaching, students are likely already wondering how lucky they'll get with snow days. Good news for them (maybe not so much for school administrators) is that AccuWeather.com reports students will likely get more snow days this school year than they did during the last one. Last winter, at least nine of the country's snowiest cities had less than 60 percent of their average snowfall (according to USA Today). How is this intensity of this winter being measured? "The presence of El Niño or La Niña—and their strength—is used to project how active the winter season is going to be," AccuWeather.com reports. And AccuWeather.com long-range meteorologists are projecting a …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Tell us your lunch box memories in the comments section or explain what your kids are bringing to school on the first day.
I can still hear my sandwich, apple and thermos rattling around in that blue, plastic lunch box I brought to school each day in elementary school. The food would be making a deep clunking sound as I carried my Snoopy lunch box with my little backpack slung across my shoulders. Ka-clunck, ka-clunk, ka-clunck. My elementary school in Mt. Lebanon, just a couple blocks from the house, didn’t serve hot food, so we packed our lunches each day or walked up to the now defunct Chicago’s Pizzeria when we were old enough. The only thing I did buy each day was a half-pint of milk. But by the time we made it to junior high, we were too cool for lunch boxes and usually brown bagged it or ate that scrumptious cafeteria food (anyone remember those pizza …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
How will you spend those last precious days of summer?
As the calendar rolls over to August, it's time to start the countdown to that first day of school. Oh, no, you might say. Not yet. How could you bring it up so early? Well, back-to-school sales have started—a sure sign of the beginning of the academic year—and it's time to plan those remaining precious days of summer. When does school start? Depends on whether you're a teacher or student. The Quaker Valley School District's first day for students is Tuesday, Sept. 4. Teachers head back for in-service days on Monday, Aug. 27. But the schools' campuses will be busy before that. "Plant a Garden" for kindergarten is set for Thursday, Aug. 9, and kindergarten "Story Time" will be held on Monday, Aug. 20 to help incoming kindergarten students …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Quaker Valley families in need should contact the Sewickley non-profit.
Union Aid Society is offering a back-to-school program to help local families in need for the new school year. The Sewickley-based non-profit is again distributing gift cards for back to school shopping to eligible Quaker Valley School District families. If you live in the Quaker Valley School District and would like more information contact Union Aid Society at 412-741-9240 or email@example.com. Keeping up with news in the Sewickley Patch is easy—simply sign up for our daily email newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!