Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The school district is awarded the distinction by a national music education nonprofit.
Communities in the Quaker Valley School District rank among the best in the nation for music education, according to the nonprofit NAMM Foundation. The Quaker Valley School District is one of only 307 in the country to earn the distinction of "Best Communities for Music Education" from the foundation, according to an announcement form the school district. Schools that demonstrate efforts towards maintaining music education are considered for the ranking. In addition to Quaker Valley, 35 other Pennsylvania school districts are included on the list. In order to qualify for the list, school districts must submit to the foundation detailed information on funding, music class participation, instruction time and graduation requirements. The …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The QV boys basketball team lost 43-32 in a hard-fought game against Burrell.
Quaker Valley boys basketball came close, but fell short in overtime Wednesday night against the Burrell boys basketball team. According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Quaker Valley was defeated 43-32 in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at North Allegheny High School. Quaker Valley will now await its pairing for the PIAA tournament, the P-G reports. The Buccaneers will face No. 1 seed Beaver Falls at 1 p.m. Saturday in the WPIAL championship at Duquesne University's A.J. Palumbo Center. -- Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter Check out some of today's other top stories here.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Locally, student interest in wrestling is growing.
Quaker Valley's wrestling program continues to grow in popularity, something local coaches don't expect to change despite a recent decision to remove wrestling from the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee announced its decision last week to eliminate wrestling from the Games as of 2020. "As much as the decision to do away with wrestling as an Olympic sport is very disappointing, I do not think it will have an impact on our younger wrestlers interest and development," said Mike Mastroianni, director of athletics and activities. Mastroianni said he believes the energy and enthusiasm generated by the coaches and team at the developmental level will continue to move youth participation forward and keep them engaged in the sport. …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Local taxpayers are invited to serve. The committee will meet beginning in March.
More than 20 area residents have volunteered to serve on the Quaker Valley School District public budget committee. In its first year, the committee will begin meeting early next month to review revenue projections and expenses for the 2013-14 school year. The committee will also have discussions on everything from reassessments to the district budget and proposed millage rate. Tina Vojtko, district spokeswoman, said the budget committee is a great way to engage the community about school finance and provide background information most people aren't familiar with. The committee will meet three times at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 5, April 2 and May 7 at Edgeworth Elementary School. Administrators will be available to answer questions. There …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Rob Veltre, a junior at Quaker Valley High School, is organizing the second annual Brave American 5K Race/1 Mile walk to benefit the Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, which seeks to provide a safe, rural, therapeutic environment.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Is that old prom gown simply taking up space in your closet?
Those Quaker Valley proms are a memory now, but what about the gowns and tuxes and accessories that went with them? Where are they now? Stuck in the back of a closet? Project Prom is looking for those fashionable duds. They could make another high schooler happy by helping him or her get to the prom dressed in style. The initiative of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services is accepting public donations of formal attire for girls and boys at downtown and Bethel Park locations. The Project Prom Shop at Century III Mall will begin accepting donations March 5. All donations must be undamaged, clean and currently styled. For girls the following items will be accepted: formal gowns (if worn, please dry clean); formal purses and shoes…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Increased security measures are being explore to prevent thefts in response to recent attempts.
The Sewickley Public Library is exploring additional security measures that go beyond tracking overdue books and unpaid fines, according to a representative on the library board. Quaker Valley School Director Gianni Floro told the board last night that two attempted break-ins have prompted discussions about adding security systems, such as video monitoring. In one case, Sewickley-area police responded to the library for an alarm and found that someone pried open a door. No one was found inside the building during the November incident and police said everything appeared to be in order except for a door with noticeable pry marks. In addition to its inventory of books, DVDs and other materials, Floro said the library has some great artifacts…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
For the second day in a row, the academy will start classes later than usual.
Sewickley Academy has issued a two-hour delay for Wednesday due to the extremely cold temperatures. Quaker Valley School District also has announced a two-hour delay for Wednesday for all buildings. Local schools were also on a two-hour delay Tuesday due to the frigid weather. A wind-chill advisory issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 11 a.m. Wednesday. Temperatures also will be in the single digits to close to zero Wednesday morning, according to weather service. Click here for more on this week's forecast. -- Check back with Patch for updates. Like Us on Facebook | Follow Us on Twitter Read some of today's other top stories here.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
See the other area schools that made the list.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education released a list of high schools' average SAT scores for 2012 and Quaker Valley High School made the top 10. Out of 160 Quaker Valley High School students tested, the average verbal score was 532, the average math score was 535 and the average writing score was 523. Upper St. Clair High School topped the list with 343 students tested and an average verbal score of 568. The average math score was 583 and the average writing score was 576. Coming in right behind Upper St. Clair is North Allegheny High School. Out of the 572 students tested there, the average verbal score was 566, the average math score was 582 and the average writing score was 557. Third is Mt. Lebanon High School, where the average …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
The Quaker Valley youth wrestling team is doing well in its first season after posting strong results in several tournaments.
Quaker Valley Youth Wrestling kicked off its inaugural season with a bang. The team started with tournaments at Cleveland, Moon, Hopewell, Chartiers Valley and South Side and has posted strong results, particularly for such an inexperienced team, according to Coach Jason Richey. "We are off to an unbelievable start," Richey said. "I dont think any of the coaches thought we would have so much success so soon. We just need to keep the momentum going, have fun and prepare for our conferences, matches, and tournaments that will take place in early 2013." Here's a summary of the team's success so far. Cleveland—At the outset, seven Quaker valley wrestlers (six first-year wrestlers and one second-year wrestler) traveled to Cleveland, OH …