The formative years. It seems like such an overly simplified way to describe a child’s K-12 education.
As an educator and leader, I have come to see with my own eyes that there’s much that happens during the many years we are preparing students. We start building a student’s educational foundation with vital rudimentary skills and finish with some of the most advanced opportunities that put our students on a clear path to success. In between, there are many engagement opportunities through activities, athletics, clubs and social events.
So much of the fabric of who our students and graduates are today is absolutely based on the influences they experience while in our classrooms, hallways and on our fields. Post high school educational institutions and workforce experiences certainly shape a student based on an academic major or specific interest; but a student’s future truly starts when they first set foot in our schools.
Our mission is to assist each of them as they discover the gifts and talents they possess, and then feed their desire to reach the next level. All of us work to steer students to a higher level of learning. It is our responsibility to reach children at this level, engaging them and igniting a spark as they move through the grades and schools that lead to their graduation, and as they plan for their next steps.
We take very seriously our role in teaching and reaching students while they are with us. In these pages are the results of our efforts. I have found there are the coveted times when students or graduates thank us, but we aren’t in the profession for the accolades. We choose to do it because we are drawn to helping children and because we know The Future Starts Here.
I’m proud and honored to be part of this district and to be your leader as we review the 2016-17 school year and strive to complete a successful 2017-18 school year.
Dr. Tracy Vitale
Superintendent of Schools
Lancaster and Forward Townships, Region 8
Cranberry Township West I and West II, Region 2
Cranberry Township West III, Region 3
Cranberry Township East III and West V, Region 5
Zelienople Borough, Region 6
Cranberry Township West IV and West VI, Region 4
Callery and Harmony Boroughs and Jackson Township, Region 9
Evans City and Seven Fields Boroughs, Region 7
Cranberry Township East I and II,
Ms. Lahm left the board in June 2017 due to relocation.
Appointed to replace Ms. Lahm
in June 2017 Elected to Board seat in Nov. 2017 Cranberry Township East I and II, Region 1
The agenda development (work session) meetings are typically held at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, and the regular action board meeting is typically held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. These meetings are open to the public and allow for public comment.
Meetings may be moved to accommodate a holiday. For more information, contact the board secretary at (724) 452-6040, ext. 1638.
If you require special accommodations to participate in the proceedings, please call Ms. Kyra Bobak, human resources director, at (724) 452-6040, ext. 1760 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found on the school district website at www.svsd.net/school_board. Please note that board meeting minutes must be approved at the next month’s meeting before they can be posted.
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Seneca Valley School District was one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to be honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, Seneca Valley School District had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching the goals demonstrates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
Seneca Valley School District is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds. Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP Exams, including world language and culture.
Seneca Valley routinely makes the “Best of…” lists as posted by Niche.com, best school districts in Pennsylvania, best place to teach, best elementary schools and more.
Seneca Valley Middle School (SVMS) was one of only 11 exemplary Middle Grades Schools in Pennsylvania to be named a 2017 PA Don Eichhorn Schools: “Schools to Watch” (PA STW) as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. The program is an elite partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Shippensburg University, Horace Mann Service Corporation, and Vibra Life. Seneca Valley Middle School received this honor as a second PA STW redesignation after receiving the initial recognition six years ago. The first redesignation was awarded in 2014.
State leaders selected each school for its academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. In addition, each school has strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement.
Seneca Valley earned four awards in the National School Public Relations Association’s (NSPRA) 2017 Publications and Electronic Media Contest and two awards in the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association’s (PenSPRA) “Excellence in Education Communications” 2016 Contest.
Seneca Valley School District’s “Proud of the Past, Committed to the Future” Video won an Award of Excellence, which is the highest recognition from NSPRA. In the video contest, there were 268 entries and SV was one of only four schools in their category to be nationally recognized. To watch the full video, visit our Annual Report “Bonus” section at www.svsd.net/Bonus.
In addition, the Seneca Valley communications department received an Award of Merit for the 2015-16 Annual Report #SV50Years, an Award of Merit for Seneca Valley’s opening day speech titled “Live Your Passion,” and an Award of Merit for Seneca Valley’s “2016-17 Review” brochure.
In PenSPRA’s Contest, the Seneca Valley Communications Department received an Award of Honor for the 2016-17 SV Calendar “Seneca Valley Art,” and an Award of Honor for Seneca Valley’s “2016-17 Review” brochure.
Evans City Elementary and Middle Schools, along with principals Lauri Pendred of Evans City Elementary School and Marie Palano of Evans City Middle School, were named winners of the 2016 Pennsylvania Principals Association Bob D. Schiller Memorial Cancer Research and Support Award, sponsored by Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc., for their annual STOMP Out Cancer campaign.
STOMP is an acronym for Saulle’s Teddy bear Official Memorial Parade. Over the course of eight years, the parade/walk has raised more than $120,000 with all proceeds going to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute for cancer research.
The association award is presented to schools and principals who have promoted programs that support cancer research or survivors of cancer. In addition to the award designation, Evans City also received a $2,000 check to put toward future STOMP events.
Haine Elementary School has been named a 2016-17 Distinguished School under the federal guidelines for Title I Schools. Haine Elementary is among the 179 Title I Distinguished schools from across the Commonwealth to receive the designation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and now joins the top 5 percent based on composite scores for math, English and language arts on state achievement exams. Haine Elementary also met measurable attendance objectives as outlined in the awards program.
Title I is a federally funded program that supports schools with high poverty levels who meet state performance standards. Haine Elementary qualifies for Title I targeted support, which allows specific children in grades kindergarten through third grade the opportunity to receive this intervention program. Title I instruction is delivered in a small group setting in addition to regular classroom instruction.
Evans City Elementary School has been named a national American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs. The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. Only 650 schools have been designated as RAMP since the program’s inception in 2004.
Evans City Elementary School Counselor Kayla Snyder led the application process and was recognized by staff during an awards celebration at the school that recognized her efforts to help students. RAMP applications are reviewed once a year by a panel of school counseling professionals, who assess a school counseling program in 12 different areas of program expertise.
Check out our many student achievements and accolades at www.svsd.net/RaiderPride.
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We are an established school district rich in tradition and academic excellence. We prepare our students for tomorrow in nine facilities that cover a total of 150 acres.
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Courses offered: 219
Grades served: K-12
School year students: 1,000+ K-12 students participated in full-time, hybrid* and blended** learning combined in 2016-17.
Hybrid learning is either courses are offered as traditional or cyber only. Students can take one or more online courses during the school day or in addition to the traditional school day.
Blended learning is cyber and traditional classroom work for one course. Students can take courses with the assistance of a teacher within the classroom
Partnering districts: 44
SVAOC Outreach Program for Technology (OPT) provides outside school districts to partner with Seneca Valley to save money and enable their district to provide current students cyber education. Students can utilize this virtual education to create a more flexible schedule, explore career options and ultimately earn credits toward graduation.
To learn more about SVAOC, visit: www.svsd.net/SVAOC.
In collaboration with family and community, the mission of the Seneca Valley School District is to provide a nurturing and safe environment with academically challenging opportunities, emphasizing digital citizenship, innovation, and global awareness in order to prepare our students to be productive and contributing citizens.
Students at Seneca Valley High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. At Seneca Valley, the increased course offerings in Advanced Placement, combined with a growth of interest on the part of students led the District to increase AP student scholars.The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams:
2 SV students who qualified as National AP Scholars, which is granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
35 SV students who qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
21 SV students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
44 SV students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.
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ELA - English/Language Arts
Not your ordinary cup of joe
Raider Roast, the senior high school coffee shop run by exceptional students in grades 9-12, had its grand opening on Feb. 9, 2017 and it was a tremendous success!
The goal is for students to develop and enhance vocational skills in order to obtain and maintain competitive employment in the local community.
Just as students would do outside of school, all employees must go through an interview process to work in the shop. Positions in the coffee shop include cashier, barista, prep, and customer service. Current operating hours are 7:34 - 10:45 a.m. There are 16 students who work each day with a total of 51 students that rotate through the schedule each week.
“It’s not just a coffee shop, it is so much more for them,” said Jess Pyle, Seneca Valley Transition Coordinator.
The goal is to take part in a supported learning experience so students can gain skills to take into the community. Not only do students improve their vocational training skills, their social skills are also enhanced through interaction with their peers.
The Seneca Valley School District’s Special Education Department is committed to meeting the needs of students with disabilities and helping them reach their potential. The Seneca Valley School District offers a continuum of services and placement options to meet the needs of each student. Services include but are not limited to:
In addition, services for eligible students may also be provided by Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV (MIU-IV). Services provided by MIU-IV may be provided in the district by itinerant MIU-IV staff or in multi-district programs. Multi-district programs include: Deaf/Hard of Hearing Support, Blind-Visually Impaired Support, Life Skills Support, Autistic Support, Speech/Language Support and Multiple Disabilities Support.
To read more about these program highlights, visit our Annual Report “Bonus” section at www.svsd.net/Bonus.
If a student demonstrates a potential need for gifted services, a multidisciplinary evaluation is conducted to determine if the child is in need of special programming. The evaluation process may be initiated by school staff or by a child’s parent, who may do so by contacting the building principal.
The amount and type of gifted support to be received by a student is determined on an individual basis annually by the child’s Gifted Individualized Education Program (GIEP) team, of which the parent is a very important member.
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The primary source of Local Revenue for Seneca Valley are real estate and earned income taxes. Also included in Local Revenue are federal funds that pass through our intermediate unit, as well as funds generated when Seneca Valley provides cyber services to outside school districts. We are cognizant of the significance – and take very seriously – the responsibility that comes with spending revenue from local sources (see expenditures).
Instructional Services account for more than 60 percent of the expenditures budget and provide educational services for regular, special and vocational education. Our Instructional Support Services provide logistical support to further enhance and facilitate instruction, and includes guidance and pupil health. We are committed to maintaining an expenditures budget that provides the tools necessary for maximum student success.
To view the budget in its entirety, visit www.svsd.net/Bonus.
The board has and will continue to focus on reducing spending and finding new revenue streams while pursuing cost avoidance efforts. The budget helps, in part, to support ongoing technology and curriculum improvements and maintains our district facilities.
The final document is a product that was developed with the cooperation and effort of the board, administration and staff. The process and final budget provides for the best education possible for our students as well as sensitivity to the burden of expense on the local taxpayer.
ESTIMATED REVENUE: $118,881,600
BUDGETED EXPENDITURES: $121,505,081
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A fundraising arm of the Seneca Valley School District, the Seneca Valley Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging excellence and innovation in all grades of the Seneca Valley Schools. The Seneca Valley Foundation is proud to say we are providing mini-grants for STEM initiatives (STEM Fair, Women in Engineering classes & travel expenses to the Creek Connections Symposium), early literacy support (purchased leveled readers for our elementary buildings) and financial support for extracurricular activities (donations toward much needed repairs to the Natatorium). The Foundation also helped Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School to unveil a Situated Multimedia Arts Learning Lab (SMALLab), also known as “Inspiration Station.” All good work. However, there’s so much more to be done. Join us in providing “The Gift of Hope, the Promise of Excellence.” Please visit www.svsd.net/SVFoundation.
Freshmen in honors biology classes at the intermediate high school had an opportunity that few high schoolers ever get to experience. They worked with a very rare and unique kit that allowed for precise gene editing in the spring of 2017.
The students conducted this laboratory investigation in both Thomas Lavelle’s and Jenifer McMurray’s classrooms.
“The CRISPR/cas9 lab is the type of laboratory investigation that generates student energy and enthusiasm,” said Mr. Lavelle. “Students want to experience the real story of science. They want to partake in meaningful investigations, not exclusively relics from bygone generations. They want to experience the thrill, energy, and wonder that comes when partaking in research at the cutting edge.”All funding for the genetic kits was provided by the Seneca Valley Foundation.
To read more about how SVF helps, visit: www.svsd.net/SVFoundation.
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Foundation Fellow Level ($500-$999):
Foundation Patron Level ($100-$499):
Foundation Partner Level ($75-$99):
Foundation Friend Level ($50-$74):
Additional Donors ($5-$49):
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Students interested in activities have a wide variety to choose from, including global leadership, outdoor adventure and pottery club, just to name a few.
To read more about all of the Clubs and Activities offered at Seneca Valley, visit: www.svsd.net/ClubsActivities.
Seneca Valley Athletics offers an exceptional student-athlete experience which complements classroom learning and enhances the overall development—academic, athletic, and social—of each of its participating students. Along with the pursuitof excellence, developing student-athletes into respectful, honorable, and responsible citizens of the community is a principle objective and a vital component of success.
To read more about the 2016-17 athletics season highlights, visit our Annual Report “Bonus” section at www.svsd.net/Bonus.
For more on Seneca Valley Athletics, visit: www.svsd.net/Athletics.
“While covering my first girls lacrosse game for Varsity Views last evening, I took the following photo (right):
It’s a rather benign, pre-game capture. I take this photo at nearly every event; it’s part of the story of the game.
But the real story of THIS photo struck a chord with me...literally.
The girls were waiting for the National Anthem to be played. There was an apparent glitch in the booth and the music never started.
After about thirty seconds of “awkward silence,” YOUR girls - realizing the music was not forthcoming - spontaneously began singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
It was rife with missed notes and bad harmony. And it was beautiful.
This impromptu tribute to the freedoms we all enjoy was as refreshing as it was touching. In a minute and seventeen seconds, the Seneca Valley Girls Lacrosse Team wonderfully represented the embodiment of both true sportsmanship and the student athlete. They didn’t need the victory to prove that they were all winners.
Please congratulate - and, moreover - THANK the girls for me.”
- Daniel A. Tarr, photojournalist
SV Graduates by States
Click the state, from the list below, to learn how many SV graduates live in that state.
Graduates Outside the USA
Read more about Seneca Valley alumni at www.svsd.net/WhereAreTheyNow.
Source: 2015 Seneca Valley Alumni Publication