SVMS Redesignated as 'Schools to Watch' in Pennsylvania
Seneca Valley Middle School (SVMS) is 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 is receiving this honor as a second PA STW redesignation after receiving the initial recognition six years ago. The first redesignation was awarded in 2014.
“We are very fortunate,” said Bob Ceh, Seneca Valley Middle School Principal, upon learning of the redesignation. “Our staff works extremely hard to lead and guide our students in a supportive, caring and educational atmosphere. We are honored to be recognized and selected through this rigorous process by the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch Committee.”
SVSD placed on AP District Honor Roll for significant gains
Seneca Valley School District is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being 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 these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
“I am so proud of how far we have come in both the number of Advanced Placement course offerings for our students and the way in which we prepare students for college,” said Dr. Tracy Vitale, Seneca Valley Superintendent of Schools. “Almost four years ago, we sat down with our teachers and school counselors to discuss expanding our AP offerings, as well as to examine the ways in which we could encourage more of our students to take AP classes. AP level classes challenge student thinking and advance necessary 21st century skills.”
Water Safety Day wins State Excellence Award
Seneca Valley School District’s Water Safety Day, in part with Cranberry Township, was held in early June 2016 for elementary students (grades 1-4), and was recently nominated to Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Inc. (PRPS) and selected as a 2016 Excellence in Recreation and Parks Award Winner.
This honor was conferred at the Awards Banquet at the PRPS Annual Conference at Seven Springs on March 15. As part of the banquet ceremony, PRPS featured a slideshow presentation, which included photos from SV’s award-winning submission in addition to information about the Water Safety Day program.
The Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) is the principal state organization promoting quality recreation and park training, networking, and leadership opportunities for those working and volunteering in the field. Members include professionals who manage municipal recreation and park systems and state parks, therapeutic recreation specialists and activity coordinators at health care institutions, college and university professors and students, staff of privately operated recreation facilities, and citizen members of recreation and park boards and commissions in communities across the Commonwealth. PRPS is a non-profit, 501.c.3 membership association with over 1,700 members statewide.
Haine Elementary School receives RAMP designation
Haine Elementary School was named a national American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs, ASCA officials announced in January 2015.
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 550 schools have been designated as RAMP since the program’s inception in 2004.
“I am so proud of the staff at Haine Elementary School. Without their recognizing the importance of the impact the school counseling program has on our students, we would not have received this recognition. It truly was a team effort,” said Ms. Rozann Lamberto, Haine Elementary School Counselor (now retired) and RAMP application author.
RAMP applications are reviewed once a year by school counseling professionals, who assess a school counseling program in 12 different
areas of program expertise.
Haine Elementary School Principal Mandy Toy stated, “It is an honor to have Haine Elementary School’s Counseling program recognized by the American School Counselors Association. This award demonstrated Ms. Lamberto’s ability to align our counseling program to meet the specific needs of the Haine Elementary students, whether teaching a whole group lesson or meeting with a small group of students to help them learn important organizational skills. We are excited to be recognized for this elite award.”
Jill Cook, ASCA assistant director and RAMP coordinator, said the 2014-15 recipients are to be commended for their dedication to serving all students and demonstrating how effective school counseling programs can make a difference in students’ lives.
“RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” Cook said. “This designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to continue to strive for success.”
Seneca Valley Cyber Program Named #1
The 'Cranberry Eagle' announced that the Seneca Valley Academy of Choice, has been chosen as the Best Cyber School by readers. Congratulations SVAOC!
Seneca Valley Middle School Named National Blue Ribbon School
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 269 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels, and Seneca Valley Middle School was on that list; the only school in Western Pennsylvania and one of only eight in the state, to achieve this elite designation for 2012. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement.
“I am especially proud of our students, staff and parents for their efforts in attaining such a prestigious honor,” said Dr. Tracy Vitale, Superintendent of Schools. “I hope they savor this moment and never forget how sweet the rewards taste when the process of getting there is filled with hard work and challenges. I am especially pleased with the National Blue Ribbon honor because it demonstrates the kind of academic excellence that is my goal for this entire district.”