Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A completed reading challenge meant blue hair for Pleasant Valley Elementary's principal Mike Fisher.
At the National Blue Ribbon celebration this month, Pleasant Valley Elementary Principal Mike Fisher announced that PV students met 100 percent of their reading challenge. To honor the accomplishment, he promised he'd do something "silly." Last Friday, Fisher let two students paint his hair blue. During the school's televised morning announcements, Alexa Goldsmith and Zach Hymson did the honors. Goldsmith was the top reader in the two-week challenge—she read 210 books. Hymson's name was randomly selected from the participating students. Following his paint session, Fisher turned the tables on Goldsmith and Hymson and painted their hair blue as well.
Monday, January 23, 2012
School district officials, Steely McBeam and local government leaders were in attendance on Friday.
Last September, Pleasant Valley Elementary was named a Title I Distinguished School by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and awarded a National Blue Ribbon. Last November, PV principal Mike Fisher and teacher Traci Stunek traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive the building’s award. This past Friday, a celebration was held for students, parents, faculty and staff. Peters Township School Board President Cindy Golembiewski was in attendance, as well as vice president Lori Cuervo, members Bill Merrell and Sandy Gregg, and assistant to the superintendent Patricia Kardambikis. Superintendent Nina Zetty told the students how "humbling and honoring (it is) to see that the nation sees what we've seen all along. "PV is truly a National Blue…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A weekly roundup of the top stories in your region.
Here are the top stories from Patch sites in your area: Dormont Police Seek Info in Vandalism Spree North Strabane Man Will Stand Trial for Attempted Homicide Baldwin H.S. Architecture Wins National Outstanding Design Award 'Perpetual' Leads Speller to Victory CV’s Giving Tree Helps the Troops High School Students Build Hydroponics Garden to Teach and Feed
A few Peters Township High School juniors dug deep into a new project to teach Pleasant Valley Elementary students and feed its faculty.
Disney World—a place of imagination. It makes total sense that it would spark ideas among intelligent, envisioning students. In this case, it was Epcot. Peters Township High School juniors Cody Ondos and Austin Chappell left Epcot with newfound curiosity after visiting its hydroponics garden. “Individually, over the summer we both visited Epcot and saw its hydroponics system,” said Ondos. “Without soil, we thought it was cool and efficient. We researched online to see if we could get ourselves a small system. We found a place in Cranberry and soon after it was installed at Pleasant Valley Elementary.” High school counselor Judy Alexander said the elementary students, kindergarten through third grades, were quite interested as soon as the …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Through Jan. 31, you can donate a gently-used winter coat, a hat and/or a pair of gloves to benefit the Clarksburg Mission.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Looking to help a family in need? Participate in Pleasant Valley Elementary's January Giving Day. It's a gently-used winter coat, hat and glove collection for the people served by the Clarksburg Mission in Clarksburg, WV. The school is asking you consider donating an adult or child size coat, a hat and/or a pair of gloves. The mission in Clarksburg provides food, shelter and clothing to more than 85 people nightly. Annually, it provides 15,000 nights of lodging and 38,000 meals to make a difference in the lives of the homeless. Questions? Call school counselor Mrs. Rooney at 724-941-6220 ext. 1419, or email email@example.com. You can also contact PTA Community Service chairpersons Mrs. Cunningham or Mrs. Shilling.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Peters Township School District reports 80 percent of turf was installed as of New Year's Eve.
Monday, January 9, 2012
At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Peters Township Board of School Directors will hold a Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting. The agenda will be available online here in the afternoon for public viewing. An update regarding the Pleasant Valley Field Complex is also available here. The district is reporting major progress has been made and the fields at Pleasant Valley Elementary are nearing completion. As of Dec. 31, 2011, 80 percent of the turf was installed. Read the full report here.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
A public forum on the proposed Peters Township High School renovation will be held Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
Renovation of Peters Township High School, repair of pyrite damage to McMurray Elementary, were the main discussions at Monday’s school board meeting. Building and Grounds Committee Chair Lori Cuervo announced that a committee meeting will be held Nov. 1 to discuss responses from residents on whether to place a referendum question on the ballots to raise millage for the high school renovation. The board conducted a survey through its “Perspectives” newsletter and online to gauge the public’s opinion about increasing taxes to pay for the high school renovation, which is under consideration. If the public asks for a ballot question, it will be placed on the primary election ballots in May 2012. The deadline has passed to have the question …
Monday, October 3, 2011
Second grader Andrew Daube earned the national top spot on the website's weekly leader board.
Pleasant Valley Elementary second-grade student Andrew Daube has taken his "Ticket to Read" to the top! In just one week, Daube earned 24,675 points and was the top student in the nation on the website's weekly leader board. Pleasant Valley students have been using the "Ticket to Read" website to help build reading fluency, phonics and comprehension both in school and at home. Students read passages and do activities that earn them points to use within the website. Daube is a student in Mr. Tim Cirincione’s second-grade class. A big congratulations to Andrew from the Peters Patch team!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The school is one of 14 in Pennsylvania given the award.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education named Pleasant Valley Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon School. According to a release, this year, 304 schools were designated as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps. The department will honor the entire 255 public and 49 private schools with their awards at a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C. “On behalf of the Pleasant Valley family, we are extremely excited to be recognized as a Blue Ribbon School,” school Principal Michael Fisher said in a statement. “The success at Pleasant Valley can be attributed to our dedicated faculty and staff, supportive parents, community and past …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Superintendent Nina Zetty said she hopes to work with school principals to develop a transportation plan for students with half days or early dismissals.
Concern over the possible loss of bus transportation for students attending parochial and private schools attracted a number of parents to the Peters Township School Board meeting Monday night in hopes of having the service continued. A letter sent out last week from the district’s transportation department told administrators that bus transportation would be discontinued this year, prompting a large gathering of parents who wished to express their concerns. Their concerns were answered before the public comment part of the meeting when Superintendent Nina Zetty said that all transportation for parochial and private school students would remain as it was in the 2010-2011 school year. The announcement was met with a round of applause among …