Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The team of third-graders will head to the 2013 "Worlds Competition" later this month.
A team of local students have advanced to the Odyssey of the Mind “Worlds Competition” and are actively raising funds to support their trip. The seven-member team, coached by Jeff Christensen, will head to the 2013 finals May 22 to May 25 at Michigan State University. The team includes Lilly Capezzuto, Stella Christensen, Ilijana Hasak, Jhon Freddy Krebs, Owen Petronick and Taylor Retzlaff from Osborne Elementary and Isabella Bock from Montessori Children’s Community. The third graders placed first in regionals, and second in the state competition. The international educational program provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students to apply their creativity to solve problems. Thousands of teams from the United States and …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Pennsylvania Treasury's Bureau of Unclaimed Property lists schools, businesses and police/fire groups with money due them—and there might be some out there for you, too.
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property, including abandoned bank accounts, forgotten stocks, uncashed checks, certificates of deposit, life insurance policies, safe deposit box contents and recovered stolen property. Most of this unclaimed property is owed to individual residents (read below to find out how to search for yourself or a relative). However, there are a number of municipalities, school districts, fire and police departments, civic groups and other organizations that also have money waiting for them. The state website identifies the property as either "under $100" or "over $100" and the source of the property. A quick (and by no means complete) search of the state's website …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The group of students have advanced to the Odyssey of the Mind 2013 World Finals next month.
A team of Osborne Elementary third graders recently placed second in the Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind competition. The group of students, coached by Jeff Christensen, have advanced to the Odyssey of the Mind 2013 World Finals from May 22 to May 25. The team includes Isabella Bock, Lilly Capezzuto, Stella Christensen, Ilijana Hasak, Jhon Freddy Krebs, Owen Petronick and Taylor Retzlaff. The Osborne students completed a problem called, “Pet Project,” which required the team to build three vehicles, each of which had to use a different method of propulsion. Each vehicle had to successfully run their course three times, bringing with it a piece of a pet to an assembly area. Once all nine parts arrived, the pet was assembled, and the …
Monday, April 8, 2013
The district landed in the top rankings by the Pittsburgh Business Times.
Quaker Valley ranked 8th out of 105 districts in the region and in Western Pennsylvania, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. The region’s top five districts were unchanged from last year. Upper St. Clair was again ranked no. 1 in the area while Mt. Lebanon and North Allegheny retained the no. 2 and no. 3 spots. Quaker Valley was also unchanged in the eighth spot on the list. Across the state, QV ranked 27th this year, a drop from 24th last year. The newspaper develops the rankings based on three years of PSSA test scores in math, reading and science. Here are this year's top 15: What are your thoughts on the Pittsburgh Business Times' 2013 rankings? Tell us in the comments. Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter Check out some…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Searching for nice, cool prom looks? Check out the selection of dresses at Mak Studio in Sewickley.
With prom just around the corner, Mak Studio is offering a selection of formal dresses this season to fit your unique look. Jessica Kaye, sales associate, said the store typically caters to tweens, but is offering prom dresses for young ladies this season, a first for the store at 431 Beaver St. There are various colors, styles and lengths and Kaye said the prices are fairly reasonable. Kaye said store owner Kristen McCormack wanted to try it out to see if there was interest. For the girl looking for something truly unique, there are only 18 dresses available, and some have already sold. "Girls don't like to have the same dress," Kaye said. Sewickley Academy's prom is April 27 and Quaker Valley's prom is May 17. Did you find that perfect …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Assistant superintendent Heidi Ondek receives the award.
Quaker Valley's assistant superintendent Heidi Ondek has received the 2013 Distinguished Female Educator Award from the Tri-State Area School Student Council. The award honors school administrators leadership within their school districts. Ondek was nominated for the annual award by superintendent Joseph Clapper. Ondek was hired as assistant superintendent in July 2006 after serving as Quaker Valley's high school principal from 2004 to 2006. Prior to joining Quaker Valley, she served as an elementary principal at Northgate School District and as the director of special education, curriculum and staff development in the Fort Cherry School District. In 2011, Ondek participated in the China Exchange Initiative, a program that builds …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Four seats are up for election in 2013 on the Quaker Valley School Board.
The Pennsylvania primary will be held on May 21. The candidates for Quaker Valley School Board are as follows. Each candidate has cross-filed as both a Democrat and Republican, and will appear on both sides of the ballot, according to the Allegheny County Division of Elections. School director, region 1, including Bell Acres, Leet and Leetsdale. Two seats: P. Richard Warburton David Weicht Daniela Sauro Helkowski Johnathan Kuzma School director, region 2, including Sewickley. One seat. Sara Stoessel Heres, incumbent School director, region three, including Aleppo, Edgeworth, Glenfield, Haysville, Glen Osborne, Sewickley Heights and Sewickley Hills. One seat. Mary Ann Wagner Robb D. Bunde
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The plan is expected to decrease technology costs for the school district.
Quaker Valley School Board members approved a technology plan to purchase Dell laptops for high school students and Chromebooks for middle school students. The four-year technology plan is a part of the district's one-to-one laptop initiative. The district's current technology plan expires at the end of the 2014 school year. Elementary students will continue use of Apple computers. The school board approved the measure in an 8-to-1 vote Monday. District spokeswoman Tina Vojtko said the 2013-2014 plan will cost an estimated $559,500. In the next three years the annual cost is expected to decrease to $331,000. The current school year's cost is $592,000.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Quaker Valley students will compete against students from across the state in April at Juanita College.
Quaker Valley's high school and middle school teams will advance to the finals in the Pennsylvania Science Olympiad. Quaker Valley High School finished third among 28 teams on March 13 during the regional level of the competition, hosted at California University of Pennsylvania. Students competed in categories ranging from anatomy and physiology and technical problem solving. The middle school team placed fourth overall after competing among 21 teams. The teams will compete in the finals on April 26. High school team members are senior Julian Dech; juniors Axel Gross and Kaylene Kowalski; sophomores Michael Falcone, Addison Gould, Justin Green, Ricky Lagnese, Max Magera, Max Rom, Guillaume Shippee, Andrew Warburton and Caroline Westwood…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The Quakers beat the Mars Planets 5-1 in the Class A PIHL championship game.
Quaker Valley could not be stopped Wednesday night, cruising 5-1 past Mars to the PIHL Penguins Cup championship win, according to MSA Sports. This year’s game was a rematch for the defending QV champions after beating Mars in last year’s championships at Consol Energy Center. Kevin Quinn coached the team to victory. Now the Quakers (25-0) have their second consecutive Penguins Cup title against the rival Planets (19-3-2). The Quakers have one of the greatest all-time runs in PIHL history, appearing in six consecutive championship games, the Post Gazette reports. On Saturday, the team will play West Chester East in the state championships. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook Check out some of today's other top stories here.