• Ms. Diane Taylor

    Posted by Communications Department on 2/16/2024 10:00:00 AM

    For the month of February, we are pleased to announce the newest member inducted into the SV All-Star Club, Ms. Diane Taylor, District Maintenance Team Member. 

    The SV All-Star Club is an awards program developed by the District to express our gratitude to Seneca Valley classified employees (administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, maintenance, cafeteria), bus drivers and security guards who are often the unsung heroes of our schools. We recognize a new member of this elite all-star club each month. 

    Mr. Randy Miller, Director of Buildings and Grounds shared, “I am very proud and honored to have joined with Ms. Heather Lewis, Athletics & Activities Director, in nominating Ms. Diane Taylor for the SV Allstar Club Award winner for February.” 

    Ms. Taylor has been with the District since January of 2020 where she began as a sub-custodian. In March of 2020 she was hired to a full-time position with the District. 

    “Diane is a such reliable, hard-working member of our staff that always maintains a positive attitude and willingness to help others at any time and always with a smile,” said Mr. Miller. “Diane can often be heard beautifully singing while she works her way through the senior high school.”

    Ms. Taylor currently works in the senior high school where is an integral part of the buildings & grounds staff but also is invaluable in assisting the Athletics & Activities Department by supporting the many events that occur in the evenings.  Ms. Taylor sets up equipment for various athletics events in the gym as well as meetings occurring throughout the high school.

    “There’s absolutely no way the Athletics & Activities Department could do what we do, particularly in this building, without having a great team and Diane is an invaluable and, in my mind, irreplaceable team member to assist myself, Mr. Sowa-Doku and Mr. Kurtz,” said Ms. Lewis. “The best thing about it is that Diane does it with a smile and a sense of humor that I truly appreciate; it helps us get through the nights and I just want to say thank you for that.” 

    Ms. Lewis added, “She is a tremendous artist with crafts and baking, and I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know and sharing the pictures of what you do for your kids and grandkids. In all seriousness, we can’t do what we do without you. I appreciate that all we have to do is ask, and I know we work all as a team together. It goes without saying that you are an invaluable team member and an absolute wonderful teammate to have and, I speak for all of us in Athletics & Activities, that we appreciate you and we value you.” 

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    Pictured top row from L - R: Mr. Eric DiTullio, Board President and Mr. Randy Miller, SV Buildings and Grounds Director
    Bottom row from L - R: Dr. Tracy Vitale, Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Diane Taylor and Ms. Heather Lewis, Athletics Director

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  • Ms. Patti Ristey

    Posted by Communications Department on 1/23/2024 12:00:00 PM

    For the month of January, we are pleased to announce the newest member inducted into the SV All-Star Club, Ms. Patti Ristey, technology support assistant at Ryan Gloyer Middle School (RGMS).

    The SV All-Star Club is an awards program developed by the District to express our gratitude to Seneca Valley classified employees (administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, maintenance, cafeteria), bus drivers and security guards who are often the unsung heroes of our schools. We recognize a new member of this elite all-star club each month. 

    Ms. Ristey, paraprofessional at RGMS, works in the tech lab and provides a tremendous amount of technology support for the school’s faculty, students, and staff members. Beyond her efficiency and invaluable knowledge in the world of technology, Ms. Ristey radiates positivity and always has a smile on her face.

    “It is my honor to celebrate this exceptional individual who plays a pivotal role in shaping our SV community,” said Ms. Trisha Butschle, Assistant Principal at RGMS. “In the intricate world of technology, our IT Department certainly stands out.  For individuals like me, who may encounter challenges with certain aspects of technology, Patti has an extraordinary talent for making the navigation of any digital complexity appear effortlessly seamless.”

    Ms. Butschle added, “Working in education is the best job in the world, and it becomes more fulfilling with individuals like Patti who choose to impact students’ lives daily with boundless positivity and grace.  Her kind and gentle voice resonates not just in the digital landscape but throughout the entire RGMS community. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Patti, not only for keeping us powered by technology but for embodying the spirit of our educational mission.”

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    Pictured from L - R: Ms. Trisha Butschle, Assistant Principal at Ryan Gloyer Middle School, Dr. Tracy Vitale, Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Eric DiTullio, Board President and Ms. Patti Ristey.

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  • Ms. Kate Rawson

    Posted by Communications Department on 11/8/2023 4:00:00 AM

    For the month of November, we are pleased to announce the newest member inducted into the SV All-Star Club, Ms. Kate Rawson, technology support assistant at Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School (CVE).

    The SV All-Star Club is an awards program developed by the District to express our gratitude to Seneca Valley classified employees (administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, maintenance, cafeteria), bus drivers and security guards who are often the unsung heroes of our schools. We recognize a new member of this elite all-star club each month. 

    Ms. Rawson started her journey at CVE as a special education classroom paraprofessional where she worked hand-in-hand with CVE teachers to create an inclusive and nurturing learning environment for students. After serving in this position for quite some time, Ms. Rawson transitioned to technology support assistant for CVE and continues to be an invaluable asset to the school, as her previous professional background includes working as an executive in IT.

    “It is with pride and admiration that I extend my deepest gratitude to Kate,” said Mrs. DeeAnn Graham, Principal at Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School. “Her dedication, kindness, and unwavering support have left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who have had the privilege of working alongside her.”

    Mrs. Graham added, “Kate is one of the most consistently happy, kind, and energetic people that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She has made a lasting impact on our school community, and we are forever grateful for her presence in our lives.”

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    Pictured from L - R: Ms. Kathy Whittle, Board President, Mrs. DeeAnn Graham, Principal at Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School, Ms. Kate Rawson and Dr. Tracy Vitale, Superintendent of Schools.

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  • Mr. Tom Buchanan

    Posted by Communications Department on 10/11/2023 10:00:00 AM

    For the month of October, we are pleased to announce the newest member inducted into the SV All-Star Club, Mr. Tom Buchanan, District Maintenance Team Member. 

    The SV All-Star Club is an awards program developed by the District to express our gratitude to Seneca Valley classified employees (administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, maintenance, cafeteria), bus drivers and security guards who are often the unsung heroes of our schools. We recognize a new member of this elite all-star club each month. 

    Mr. Randy Miller, Director of Buildings and Grounds shared, “I am very proud and honored to have joined with Ms. Heather Lewis, Athletics & Activities Director in nominating Mr. Tom Buchanan for the SV All-Star Club award.” 

    “Tom just celebrated his 12-year work anniversary with the District,” said Mr. Miller. “He is such a reliable, hard-working member of our staff. He always maintains a positive attitude, has a smile on his face and is willing to help others at any time.”

    Mr. Buchanan currently works in the senior high school where is an integral part of the buildings & grounds staff but also is invaluable in assisting the athletics & activities department by supporting the many events that occur in the evenings.  Mr. Buchanan sets up equipment for various athletics events in the gym as well as meetings occurring throughout the high school.

    “I want to congratulate Tommy on his recognition this evening,” said Ms. Lewis. “Our world in athletics is centered around teams, teamwork and teammates.  Without hesitation, I can say Tommy is a wonderful teammate to the athletics department.  He works tirelessly to make sure our events in the senior high are set up in a timely manner and he is always on-hand and willing to assist with anything we need.  A familiar phrase I hear from Tommy is his question, ‘Are you ok – anything you need?’  He is always looking out for us and always willing to offer a helping hand.  Even more important than his tireless work ethic, Tommy is genuinely one of the nicest human beings I know.  He is always so positive, and his humor is very much appreciated!  

    “Tommy is a valuable member of this District and a key piece in the success of all that we do in athletics and activities,” Ms. Lewis added. “While I know it does not do justice to how much I appreciate him, I want to thank him for everything he does for us and this District.”

    October 2, was National Custodial Workers Recognition Day. We want to give special thanks to all custodial workers and maintenance personnel who do such a wonderful job with the upkeep of our buildings throughout the District. 

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    Pictured from L - R: Mr. Randy Miller, SV Buildings and Grounds Director, Ms. Kathy Whittle, Board President, Mr. Tom Buchanan, Dr. Tracy Vitale, Superintendent of Schools and Ms. Heather Lewis, Athletics Director

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  • Ms. Carol Jamison

    Posted by Communications Department on 9/19/2023

    For September we are pleased to announce the newest member inducted into the SV All-Star Club, Ms. Carol Jamison, multiple supports paraprofessional at Ehrman Crest Elementary/Middle School. 

    The SV All-Star Club is an awards program developed by the District to express our gratitude to Seneca Valley classified employees (administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, maintenance, cafeteria), bus drivers and security guards who are often the unsung heroes of our schools. We recognize a new member of this elite all-star club each month. 

    Ms. Jamison worked as a learning support paraprofessional for many years. Last year, when a full-time position opened in the fourth through sixth grade multiple supports’ classroom, she applied for and accepted this new challenge. While she has always worked alongside neurodiverse students, she now helps to support the most neurodiverse and vulnerable population at Ehrman Crest.

    “Carol Jamison is a gem; she is beautiful, precious and rare,” said Dr. Bridget Miller, Assistant Principal of Ehrman Crest Middle School. “Carol gives 100% and would never consider giving anything less. She is affectionately known by her students as ‘Mrs. J,’ and she has an inner gentleness that is a rare find. Carol will speak up for what she believes in, yet she will listen before doing so. She is open to learning new things and will not back down from a challenge.”

    Dr. Miller shared, “When I think of ‘Mrs. J,’ this vivid image comes to mind of her standing in the pouring rain during bus dismissal last year when we all got caught in a torrential downpour.  I ran an umbrella out to her, and her response was ‘No thank you. The kids won’t have an umbrella, so I won’t have one either.’ She did not do this for praise, recognition, or martyrdom; she did this because this is simply who she is, someone who consistently and authentically models love.”

    “I am a better person because I work alongside Carol Jamison,” Dr. Miller added. “Our students and staff are better people as well.”

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    Pictured from L-R: Assistant Principal at Ehrman Crest Elementary School Ms. Tesin Amoscato, Principal at Ehrman Crest Elementary School Ms. Lauri Pendred, Ms. Kathy Whittle, Board President, Ms. Carol Jamison, Dr. Tracy Vitale, Superintendent of Schools, Assistant Principal at Ehrman Crest Middle School Dr. Bridget Miller and Principal of Ehrman Crest Middle School Mr. Tim Eiler.

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  • Ms. Tammy Tappe

    Posted by Communications Department on 5/24/2023 10:00:00 AM

    For May we are pleased to announce the newest member inducted into the SV All-Star Club, Ms. Tammy Tappe, kitchen manager at Ehrman Crest Elementary/Middle School. 

    The SV All-Star Club is an awards program developed by the District to express our gratitude to Seneca Valley classified employees (administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, maintenance, cafeteria), bus drivers and security guards who are often the unsung heroes of our schools. We recognize a new member of this elite all-star club each month. 

    “For those that know Tammy, the reason that she deserves this recognition is obvious,” said Mr. Nolen Fetchko, Director of Food Services. Tammy is a new manager, in a new school, adjusting to a new director. All of these, on their own, can be a challenge in and of itself, and she has taken on all three of these this year and done a phenomenal job.”

    Tammy is organized, meticulous and, most importantly, she always has a smile on her face. She is a wonderful manager, and her priority is always serving the students and staff members at Ehrman Crest.

    Mr. Fetchko added, “It's evident in the way she works, in the way she leads her team, and in the way that her team works, that their main goal is to make sure every staff member and student that comes to the cafeteria leaves having a better day than they were having when they walked in. For that, we thank her, and we’re grateful to have her on our team."

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    Pictured from L-R: Ms. Kathy Whittle, Board President, Ms. Tammy Tappe, Dr. Tracy Vitale, Superintendent of Schools and Mr. Nolen Fetchko, Director of Food Services.

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  • Ms. Tracy Vidnovic

    Posted by Communications Department on 4/26/2023 1:00:00 AM

    For April we are pleased to announce the newest member inducted into the SV All-Star Club, Ms. Tracy Vidnovic, front desk administrative assistant at the District Administration Office. 

    The SV All-Star Club is an awards program developed by the District to express our gratitude to Seneca Valley classified employees (administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, maintenance, cafeteria), bus drivers and security guards who are often the unsung heroes of our schools. We recognize a new member of this elite all-star club each month. 

    “It’s my honor and pleasure to nominate Tracy Vidnovic for this award, and in my opinion, she embodies the spirit of this award in every sense,” said Ms. Linda Andreassi, Communications Director. “As the front desk administrative professional, she is very often the first person to greet those interacting with Seneca Valley. Whether in-person or on the phone, she handles these calls and visitors with the utmost patience and professionalism. Since the start of her time with us, she has closely reviewed and updated protocols at the front desk. Doing so has allowed calls, in-person visits, deliveries and mail to be processed smoothly and with the utmost efficiency. She has also taken initiative to find better, more helpful ways in which to serve our public. She trains and keeps all other central office administrative professionals updated with front desk procedures and expertly manages work from several departments at once, including communications, student registration, special education and human resources.”

    In addition to her warm greetings and hospitality, Ms. Vidnovic also goes the extra mile to make her colleagues feel special. If there’s an event, a holiday or if it’s just been a long and busy week, she will send staff members uplifting notes, make and bring in food and write clever emails inviting the staff members at central office to gather. 

    For the Super Bowl this year, Ms. Vidnovic set up a lunch for everyone where she provided two different menus highlighting the best-known foods from Kansas City and Philadelphia. For March Madness, she created a “Meatball Madness” lunch. She also turned Thanksgiving into Turkey and Tacos Day and did it with a full taco spread. She always goes out of her way to help others and has also coordinated several denim day Fridays to help raise money for the Seneca Valley Foundation.

    In her free time Ms. Vidnovic enjoys spending time with her family and attending baseball games at PNC Park with her daughter. In fact, Ms. Vidnovic is a former Pittsburgh Pirate Pierogi. That’s right, she raced down the base lines as Jalapeno Hannah for two seasons. “Being a Pirates Pierogi was definitely my 15 minutes of fame, but the memories and conversations it provides will last a lifetime," said Ms. Vidnovic.

    Ms. Andreassi added, “Tracy is always giving to others with no expectation of anything in return, which is why it thrills me to give this to her today and to recognize her for being a valued employee who goes above and beyond in her role.”

    “I was overwhelmed with gratitude when I learned I would be presented with the All-Star award,” said Ms. Vidnovic. “The All-Star not only recognizes my efforts, but also acknowledges the collaborative environment in which I spend my days with the most knowledgeable and supportive team. Thank you for inviting me to join the All-Star club.”

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  • Ms. Patty Ruggerio

    Posted by Communications Department on 3/17/2023 2:00:00 AM

    For March we are pleased to announce the newest member inducted into the SV All-Star Club, Ms. Patty Ruggerio, special education paraprofessional at Haine Middle School. 

    The SV All-Star Club is an awards program developed by the District to express our gratitude to Seneca Valley classified employees (administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, maintenance, cafeteria), bus drivers and security guards who are often the unsung heroes of our schools. We recognize a new member of this elite all-star club each month. 

    “I first met Patty when I was a life skills classroom teacher; Patty was a paraprofessional supporting a student that began coming to my room,” said Ms. Ashley Pattison, Supervisor of Special Education. “Together, Patty and I have worked with the student to determine the student’s behavioral needs, rule out academic concerns and help the student become successful at school. In the 10 plus years I have known Patty, I have observed her supporting students in our learning support program, multiple supports programs, as well as supporting a student as his personal care assistant.  In every role Patty has possessed, I have seen her go above and beyond to support students with significant learning and behavioral needs. I have seen her implement behavior plans with fidelity, build relationships with students who are hard to connect with, and help her students be successful in their educational programming.”  

    “Patty is a remarkable asset to Haine Middle School,” said Dr. Erin Wilcher, Principal of Haine Middle School. “Her passion allows her the ability to see something special in every student she encounters. Every day she can be seen smiling, interacting, and supporting students within her special education classroom.”  

    Ms. Pattison concluded, “What makes Patty the most deserving of this award is her selflessness. We have never heard her say no to any supports or recommendations the team, including me, have asked of her. She puts students first, always. It is my honor and privilege to present this award on behalf of the student service department and Haine Middle school.”

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    Pictured from L-R: Mr. Jeremy Womer, Vice Principal of Haine Middle School, Ms. Kathy Whittle, Board President, Dr. Tracy Vitale, Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Patty Ruggerio, Ms. Ashley Pattison, Supervisor of Special Education and Dr. Erin Wilcher, Principal of Haine Middle School.

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  • Mr. Dennis Moyer

    Posted by Communications Department on 2/27/2023 7:00:00 AM

    For February, we are pleased to announce the newest member inducted into the SV All-Star Club, Mr. Dennis Moyer, site supervisor for Seneca Valley’s contracted security team. 

    The SV All-Star Club is an awards program developed by the District to express our gratitude to Seneca Valley classified employees (administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, maintenance, cafeteria), bus drivers and security guards who are often the unsung heroes of our schools. We recognize a new member of this elite all-star club each month. 

    Officer Jason Young, Seneca Valley Safety and Security Supervisor said, “I asked Dennis to become the site supervisor for our contracted security team shortly after I was hired by the school district. From that day, I’ve never had to second guess, ask or be concerned that an event wasn’t covered by security. Dennis is the type of supervisor that works with his team to ensure that every event from a Saturday SAT event to a 400-person wrestling tournament is covered with adequate security staff. Rarely will you ever see him during the school day in the office sitting at his desk. One of his sayings is ‘I won’t ask my team to do something I wouldn’t do.’ That could be an all-day swim meet or standing in the pouring rain to direct traffic.” 

    Mr. Moyer is an Army veteran who served in Panama and is a retired juvenile corrections officer that worked in several maximum-security juvenile detention centers for over 20 years. In his free time, Mr. Moyer enjoys kayaking and participating in mock combat tournaments.

    Officer Young added, “Dennis is well deserving of this recognition. He maintains constant foot patrols checking on each of his team multiple times to know their concerns as well as what’s going on in their lives.  He will humbly tell you the team makes him look like a good leader, and he has a great team. As an SRO, I have seen some great security teams and others just get the job done, but no one gels together quite like this group.”

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    Pictured from L-R: Dr. Tracy Vitale, Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Jason Young, Safety and Security Supervisor, Mr. Dennis Moyer and Ms. Kathy Whittle, Board President.

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  • Ms. Jane Casey

    Posted by Communications Department on 1/27/2023 2:00:00 PM

    For January, we are pleased to announce the newest member inducted into the SV All-Star Club, Ms. Jane Casey, bus driver for ABC Transit, Inc.

    The SV All-Star Club is an awards program developed by the District to express our gratitude to Seneca Valley classified employees (administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, maintenance, cafeteria) and bus drivers who are often the unsung heroes of our schools. We recognize a new member of this elite all-star club each month. 

    Ms. Casey is a proud SV alumna and has served the Seneca Valley School District for 14 consecutive years. She began her career with AJ Myers in 2008 then transitioned to ABC Transit, Inc. to continue her route where she serves all the schools on the secondary campus (Seneca Valley Senior High School, Seneca Valley Intermediate High School and Ryan Gloyer Middle School) as well as Connoquenessing Valley Elementary (CVE). 

    Mr. John Demkowicz, Director of Transportation said, “Ms. Casey continues to help with activity routes, athletics and school trips. She speaks with love and compassion of her experiences watching the children she transports grow from young children into adulthood.”

    Mr. Demkowicz has received numerous emails from parents about Ms. Casey’s generosity and kindness and how she goes out of her way to support students.

    One parent wrote: I wanted to take a minute to let you know how appreciative we are of Ms. Jane. For the last few years, she has driven my elementary school son to CVE and my older three kids to the SV high school campus. She is unfailingly kind, welcoming, and professional. She always greets the kids with a kind word and a smile when they get on the bus, and my daughter (currently a senior at SV) has mentioned how much she enjoys chatting with Ms. Jane in the afternoons as they're waiting in the bus line to drive home. Ms. Jane also helped my daughter identify a Senior Project and proudly informed me that the project is ready for review to fulfill graduation requirements.

    The parent went on to share: The reason I'm writing now is because of a recent event. My son, currently a sophomore, was in the fall production of The Addams Family at SV. Not only did Jane put up a playbill to help promote the show, she and her husband gave up some of their precious weekend hours to come see the kids perform. Her thoughtfulness and generosity in supporting our child like that means so much to him and to us. It was WAY beyond the call of duty and demonstrates how much Jane cares about her students and goes the extra mile to make them feel seen and to feel special.

    We are so lucky, grateful and tremendously appreciative of Ms. Jane and the care and compassion she shares with our Seneca Valley students. Ms. Jane is a wonderful person to have in the lives of our students. She keeps them safe, gets them to school reliably, and most importantly, cares about them.

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    Pictured from L-R: Mr. John Demkowicz, transportation director, Dr. Tracy Vitale, Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Jane Casey, and Ms. Kathy Whittle, Board President.

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