“Seneca Valley is such a tight-knit community, and it is so unique you can find teachers, staff and students volunteering at almost every local fair, athletic event and fundraiser. I am truly grateful to be a part of the Raider Nation!”

KYLAN HILL, SV  ’12
OB/GYN resident, specializing in Maternal Fetal Medicine,
to focus on helping high-risk pregnancy patients

MESSAGE FROM DR. VITALE

Most of us can think back to a time or event in life that was positively transformational. These life-changing moments most certainly provided opportunities for tremendous personal and/or professional growth. A critical time of reflection, transformation is vital to the progression and evolution of any entity, and especially to the role of public education.

That is why my colleagues and I have been on a career-long quest to identify the best educational practices that more closely align Seneca Valley to today’s world while at the same time preparing students for an always-changing future. We want to do more than just put students on a successful path; we want them to thrive as global professionals and productive citizens.

My plans to achieve transformation have been taking place in various forms all across the District, including the districtwide adjusted school start time, the soon-to-be Seneca Valley Aquatic Center, a comprehensive 1:1 technology program, increased offerings in our Seneca Valley Academy of Choice, and new student opportunities like on-site workforce development and externships. The one item you will find at the top of the list is the design and development of a cutting-edge new K-6 school. I invite you to check our website regularly at svsd.net for the latest news and updates on these and more of our achievements.

It really is an exciting time to be at Seneca Valley, and I am so thankful to work with a team of Board Members, Staff, Students, Parents, Alumni and Community Leaders who are a vital part of these efforts.

I thank you for taking the time to review our 2019 information; we are not only “Proud of the Past, Committed to the Future,” we are proud to share our “Transformation by Redesign.”

TRACY VITALE, SUPERINTENDENT

2019 SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTORS

MR. JAMES NICKEL

BOARD PRESIDENT, CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP
WEST I AND WEST II, REGION 2

MR. ERIC DiTULLIO

BOARD VICE PRESIDENT, LANCASTER AND
FORWARD TOWNSHIPS, REGION 8

MS. LESLIE BREDL

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP EAST I AND II,
REGION 1

MS. SUSAN HARRISON

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP WEST III,
REGION 3

MR. TIMOTHY HESTER

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP EAST III AND
WEST V, REGION 5

REV. REID MOON

ZELIENOPLE BOROUGH, REGION 6

MR. FREDERICK PETERSON JR.

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP WEST IV AND VI,
REGION 4

MS. KATHY WHITTLE

EVANS CITY AND SEVEN FIELDS BOROUGHS,
REGION 7

MR. JEFF WIDDOWSON

CALLERY AND HARMONY BOROUGHS
AND JACKSON TOWNSHIP, REGION 9

Our Mission

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.

our academic leaders

district administration

DR. MATTHEW McKINLEY

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT,
7-12 INSTRUCTION

DR. SEAN McCARTY

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT,
K-6 INSTRUCTION

building administration

MRS. DEEANN
GRAHAM

CONNOQUENESSING
VALLEY ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

MS. LAURI PENDRED

EVANS CITY ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

MR. TIMOTHY EILER

EVANS CITY MIDDLE
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

MS. KRISTEN WHITE

HAINE ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

MS. ERIN WILCHER

HAINE MIDDLE SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL

MS. NANNETTE
FARMAR

ROWAN ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

MR. ANTHONY BABUSCI

RYAN GLOYER MIDDLE
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

MS. DENISE
MANGANELLO

SENECA VALLEY ACADEMY OF CHOICE PRINCIPAL

DR. MATTHEW DELP

SENECA VALLEY
INTERMEDIATE HIGH
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

MR. ROBERT CEH

SENECA VALLEY SENIOR
HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

To view assistant principals and administration office department personnel, please visit svsd.net.

breaking new ground

“I think the wide variety of classes and sports help students get a well-rounded experience. Seneca Valley will prepare you for life as a college student and working in any field. If you get to know your teachers and allow yourself to become involved in the community, you will have countless opportunities to learn and grow.”

DAN WETHLI, SV ’14
A recent graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with an Asian Studies and Philosophy double major, Mr. Wethli is also a Fulbright research award winner.

“Seneca Valley will always hold a special place in my memories. The staff and instructors were very caring and took a highly personal interest in students’ success. Seneca Valley is a school with a long history of quality education and caring staff members.”

DALE STREYLE, SV ’76 (Class Valedictorian) is now retired after 40 years with the Coast Guard as an officer and federal civilian employee

inspire

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:

  • Autistic Support
  • Blind-Visually Impaired Support
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support
  • Emotional Support
  • Learning Support
  • Life Skills Support
  • Multiple Disabilities Support
  • Speech and Language Support

2019 Special Education Programs included the following:

  • Community-based vocational training
  • On-campus vocational training:
    • Raider Roast coffee shop
    • Raider Gear spirit wear kiosk
    • Seneca Square smoothie shop
  • Shopping
  • Banking
  • Community-based travel instruction
  • Independent living room
  • Best Buddies

meeting student needs

 

GIFTED EDUCATION

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.

meeting student needs

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:

  • Autistic Support
  • Blind-Visually Impaired Support
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support
  • Emotional Support
  • Learning Support
  • Life Skills Support
  • Multiple Disabilities Support
  • Speech and Language Support

2019 Special Education Programs included the following:

  • Community-based vocational training
  • On-campus vocational training
    • Raider Roast coffee shop
    • Raider Gear spirit wear kiosk
    • Seneca Square smoothie shop
  • Shopping
  • Banking
  • Community-based travel instruction
  • Independent living room
  • Best Buddies

 

GIFTED EDUCATION

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.

grand opening

SENECA SQUARE AND RAIDER GEAR OPEN TO LONG LINES

The Seneca Valley School District Special Education Department held a grand opening for Seneca Square, a smoothie and beverage shop in the intermediate high school, in fall 2019. Run by exceptional students in the District, this endeavor is the third such studentdriven retail shop at SV. Students and staff line up daily to get some of the tastiest beverages found anywhere in the area. Smoothies in a variety of flavors, including strawberry-banana, mango-pineapple, green watermelon and blue raspberry, can be found on the daily menu. Other cold and hot beverages, along with breakfast breads and muffins, are also available.

However, before the smoothie came the sweatshirt. The SV Special Education Department organized its second venture, a kiosk selling SV merchandise, in early 2019. Senior high school students looking to up their spirit wear game need to look no further than the Seneca Valley Raider Gear kiosk located across from the Raider Roast coffee shop (the first of these three ventures) on the first floor of the senior high. In addition to sweatpants and sweatshirts, Raider fans can purchase long and short sleeve shirts in a variety of sizes and styles while waiting on their hot beverage order. All of the retail shops are open daily for students and staff.

“The hard-working young men and women running these ventures aren’t just exceptional students,” explained Special Education Director Gerald Miller. “They are young business entrepreneurs learning valuable workforce and communication skills. We are extremely proud of them. I am also incredibly grateful to work with a dedicated team of educators who help to organize these programs and mentor our students.”

“I wish that people knew that Seneca Valley offers so much more than just an academic program. The school is a great creative outlet for students to explore their passions and meet others with similar interests. There are always going to be obstacles to success; SVSD teaches students how to work hard and cooperate with others to overcome those obstacles and achieve their goals.”

ZANE LATESS, Class of 17
Student at Georgia Tech

enrich: competitive edge

0
TOTAL ATHLETIC TEAMS DISTRICTWIDE
0
STUDENTS IN ATHLETICS (748 BOYS, 604 GIRLS)
0
PERCENT STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN ATHLETICS
0
TOTAL HONORS ATHLETES (96.8%)
0
HONOR ROLL ATHLETES (26.92%)
0
HIGH HONOR ROLL ATHLETES (16.94%)
0
HIGHEST HONOR ROLL ATHLETES (52.81%)
0
ESTIMATED HOURS ATHLETES INVEST IN SPORTS WEEKLY

enrich: getting involved

0
EXTRACURRICULAR CLUBS
AND ACTIVITIES
0
STUDENTS PARTICIPATING
IN EXTRACURRICULAR
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
0
PERCENTAGE OF
STUDENTS PARTICIPATING
IN EXTRACURRICULAR
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
0
STUDENTS WHO ARE PART OF A CLUB THAT SERVES OUR COMMUNITIES
0
STAFF MEMBERS WHO
SERVE AS ADVISORS FOR
EXTRACURRICULAR CLUBS
AND ACTIVITIES

portrayal of excellence

SENECA VALLEY ACADEMY OF CHOICE (SVAOC) BY THE NUMBERS

Full-time cyber students 87
Students taking one or more cyber courses 1,500+
Cyber courses offered 235
Number of districts that offer cyber courses through the Seneca Valley Outreach Program of Technology (OPT) 56

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< Seneca Valley Academy of Choice (SVAOC) Dance student Veridy Treu was named the senior division winner of the 2019 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP).

Members of the Seneca Valley Jazz Ensemble perform during one of the many concerts hosted by Seneca Valley Academy of Choice (SVAOC).

Seneca Valley Academy of Choice (SVAOC) Dance student Veridy Treu was named the senior division winner of the 2019 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP).

portrayal of excellence

SENECA VALLEY ACADEMY OF CHOICE (SVAOC) BY THE NUMBERS

Full-time cyber students 87
Students taking one or more cyber courses 1,500+
Cyber courses offered 235
Number of districts that offer cyber courses through the Seneca Valley Outreach Program of Technology (OPT) 56

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Members of the Seneca Valley Jazz Ensemble perform during one of the many concerts hosted by Seneca Valley Academy of Choice (SVAOC).

sv proud

CVE EARNS DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL RECOGNITION

Connoquenessing Valley Elementary (CVE) School was named a 2018-19 Distinguished School under the federal guidelines for Title I Schools. CVE is among the 158 Title I Distinguished schools from across the Commonwealth to receive the designation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and now joins the top 5% based on composite scores for math, English and language arts on state achievement exams.

SENECA VALLEY STUDENT NAMED TOP YOUTH VOLUNTEER

Student Corbin Edge was named one of Pennsylvania’s top two youth volunteers of 2019 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED

The Seneca Valley (SV) Academic Decathlon Team raised the bar with their 2019 placement at the national level. The team placed 13th out of 82 teams globally, 11th out of 50 U.S. schools and fifth in the Large School Division at the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) National Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE

When Ryan Gloyer Middle School student council members set a goal, they achieve it. The goalsetters were recognized as 2019 National Student Council of Excellence winners. The National Student Council of Excellence is a national recognition for middle level and high school student councils that provide quality leadership activities and service to their schools and communities.

HAINE ELEMENTARY TEACHER NAMED FINALIST FOR TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Paolo Tolomeo, a fourth-grade teacher at Haine Elementary School, was named a finalist in the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year competition as hosted by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year Organization. Mr. Tolomeo is one of only a dozen teachers chosen for finalist recognition and ultimately represents the more than 122,000 teachers from across the Commonwealth.

‘THINKING KIDS’ EARN NATIONAL ACCOLADES

SV students excelled in local Academic Games tournaments throughout the 2018-19 school year, resulting in 57 students (grades 6-12) attending the 54th National Academic Tournament. Several of these individuals brought back national championship titles and top-place finishes.

SKILLED STUDENTS

Two SV students came out on top at the SkillsUSA District 10 Conference, a program offered through the Butler County Vocational Technical School. Seniors Kylee Ackerman and Zack Zirkle each placed at the conference held in Hershey.

Follow #SVProud to see more remarkable achievements and accolades from SV students and staff!

taking bold steps

Seneca Valley School District was named one of the five finalists in the nation – and the only school from Pennsylvania – in the 10th annual Vans Custom Culture competition. Seneca Valley High School art students’ creation of two sculptural shoes were selected out of 500 schools nationwide.

Their “Off the Wall” theme grew from the idea that Vans shoes have always been a shoe company for creative types: artists, skateboarders, surfers, etc. All pieces were original and handcrafted by Seneca Valley’s artistically diverse students. The “Local Flavor” concept was designed around the theme of “Stronger than Hate.” Seneca Valley Senior High School Art Teacher Jason Woolslare and his students created a design to symbolize the coming together of all of Pittsburgh’s ethnic groups that shape the rich culture found within the city. The SV Secondary Art Department won $10,000 for their outstanding efforts.

by the numbers

2019 ENROLLMENT TALLY

Half
K
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 School
Total
CONNOQUENESSING VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Male
Female
TOTAL
77
78
155
81
84
165
71
78
149
78
80
158
63
71
134
370
391
761
EVANS CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Male
Female
TOTAL
53
39
92
60
45
105
66
53
119
65
52
117
73
46
119
317
235
552
HAINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Male
Female
TOTAL
97
77
174
86
84
170
97
85
182
99
75
174
79
77
156
458
398
856
ROWAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Male
Female
TOTAL
52
55
107
70
50
120
48
38
86
57
41
98
46
51
97
273
235
508
EVANS CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL
Male
Female
TOTAL
131
118
249
117
137
254
248
255
503
HAINE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Male
Female
TOTAL
164
145
309
160
161
321
324
306
630
RYAN GLOYER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Male
Female
TOTAL
285
269
554
302
265
567
587
534
1,121
SENECA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOLS
Male
Female
TOTAL
300
278
578
301
302
603
276
319
595
261
307
568
1,138
1,206
2,344
TOTALS:
Male
Female
Total:
279
249
528
297
263
560
282
254
536
299
248
547
261
245
506
295
263
558
277
298
575
285
269
554
302
265
567
300
278
578
301
302
603
276
319
595
261
307
568
3,715
3,560
7,275

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2019 Seneca Valley Staff Induction Day
2019 Seneca Valley Staff Induction Day

STAFF POPULATION

Professional Staff 610
Administration, Teachers, Classified/Other Staff 251
Total District Employment 861

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2019 SAT DATA

ERW Math Total
Seneca Valley 573 578 1,151
State 545 537 1,082
National 531 528 1,059
* ERW is Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

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To view a collection of school progress measures, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has a website that highlights a range of assessments for Seneca Valley and the 499 other school districts across the Commonwealth. To view the site and learn more, visit futurereadypa.org.

2019 PSSA DATA

Seneca Valley State
English Language Arts 78.7% 60.9%
Mathematics 61.1% 42.4%
Science 83.3% 68%
*Pennsylvania System of Scholastic Assessment Results (PSSA): Percentages represent the students who tested proficient and advanced

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“When I tell people I graduated with over 500 people in my class, they usually assume it was a gigantic, impersonal group of strangers. By no means am I going to pretend I knew everyone in our class, but in no ways did I ever feel like just a number. I made lifelong connections in those hallways. I found mentorship in teachers who continuously went above and beyond to support me. To this day, I remain grateful for the education I received at Seneca Valley. Whether you are interested in art, theatre, music, athletics, or all of the above, Seneca Valley makes it possible for you to pursue those activities while still encouraging your academic development.”

LIZ BUECHELE, SV ’12
Works in the non-profit world and continues to lead The Smile Project that she created when she was a senior at Seneca Valley

first day of school

financials

2018-19 revenue/fund balance use

REVENUE
Local Revenue $92,098,760 70.01%
State Revenue 35,507,403 26.99%
Federal Revenue 924,000 0.70%
Fund Balance Use 3,026,860 2.30%
TOTAL REVENUE $131,557,023 100%

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 above right).

2018-19 budgeted expenditures

EXPENDITURES
Instruction $82,860,694 62.99%
Instructional Support Services 34,951,649 26.57%
Non-Instructional Support Services 2,013,533 1.53%
Facilities Acquisition & Improvement 230,000 0.17%
Debt Service 10,001,147 7.60%
Budget Reserve | Contingency 1,500,000 1.14%
TOTAL EXPENDITURES $131,557,023 100%

Instructional Services account for more than 60% 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 include guidance and pupil health in addition to transportation and facilities maintenance. 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 svsd.net/1819Budget.

2018-19 SENECA VALLEY BUDGET

The Board of School Directors unanimously passed the 2018-19 general operating budget for the Seneca Valley School District in June 2018.

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, curriculum improvements and updates to our district facilities.

The development and final adoption of the budget is a very detailed and complex process for which the Board of School Directors is responsible by state law.

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.

2018-19 FINAL BUDGET GENERAL INFORMATION

ESTIMATED REVENUE: $128,530,163

  • Increase of $3,764,104 over 2017-18
  • Real estate millage held at 126 mills
  • Value of a mill collected increased to $592,635, a 2.7% increase over 2017-18
  • Other local revenue lines adjusted to reflect current trends
  • Basic Education and Special Education subsidies adjusted to reflect current information provided by the state
  • Transportation subsidy decreased due to impact of increased local property values on subsidy formula
  • Decreased rental subsidy (state share of debt) as reimbursable bond issues are paid off
  • State subsidy for social security and Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) increased to reflect 50% of budgeted expenses

BUDGETED EXPENDITURES: $131,557,023

  • Increase of $4,647,226 over 2017-18 (3.66%)
  • PSERS increase from 32.57% to 33.43% – rate increase of 2.64% accounts for approximately $1.2M
  • No budgetary increase to health care
  • Overall benefits increase 4.
  • 25%Average wage increases of 3.97%
  • Includes contractual increases for cleaning, snow removal, utilities, etc.
  • Includes additional amounts for transportation
  • Tuition to charter schools increased to reflect formula change
  • Interest and principal payments adjusted to reflect current debt schedule plus estimated new bond issue payments; principal decreased, interest increased
  • Contingency increased to $1.5M
  • Planned transfer to Capital Reserve fund included in the amount of $5M to prepare for future construction
2018-19 SENECA VALLEY BUDGET

The Board of School Directors unanimously passed the 2018-19 general operating budget for the Seneca Valley School District in June 2018.

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, curriculum improvements and updates to our district facilities.

The development and final adoption of the budget is a very detailed and complex process for which the Board of School Directors is responsible by state law.

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.

2018-19 FINAL BUDGET GENERAL INFORMATION

ESTIMATED REVENUE: $128,530,163

  • Increase of $3,764,104 over 2017-18
  • Real estate millage held at 126 mills
  • Value of a mill collected increased to $592,635, a 2.7% increase over 2017-18
  • Other local revenue lines adjusted to reflect current trends
  • Basic Education and Special Education subsidies adjusted to reflect current information provided by the state
  • Transportation subsidy decreased due to impact of increased local property values on subsidy formula
  • Decreased rental subsidy (state share of debt) as reimbursable bond issues are paid off
  • State subsidy for social security and Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) increased to reflect 50% of budgeted expenses

BUDGETED EXPENDITURES: $131,557,023

  • Increase of $4,647,226 over 2017-18 (3.66%)
  • PSERS increase from 32.57% to 33.43% – rate increase of 2.64% accounts for approximately $1.2M
  • No budgetary increase to health care
  • Overall benefits increase 4.
  • 25%Average wage increases of 3.97%
  • Includes contractual increases for cleaning, snow removal, utilities, etc.
  • Includes additional amounts for transportation
  • Tuition to charter schools increased to reflect formula change
  • Interest and principal payments adjusted to reflect current debt schedule plus estimated new bond issue payments; principal decreased, interest increased
  • Contingency increased to $1.5M
  • Planned transfer to Capital Reserve fund included in the amount of $5M to prepare for future construction

“Seneca Valley gave me the foundation I needed to succeed. I treasure my memories from there. I live in California now, and it’s a very different environment. I wish my kids could have the experience of school at Seneca because I believe they would have a much more solid foundation.”

DAWN FOREMAN, SV ’85
Coordinator of marketing, communications and community
engagement for the Cambrian School District in San Jose, CA

up-and-coming

GRADUATING CLASS OF 2019
POST-SECONDARY PLAN # OF STUDENTS PERCENTAGE
2-Year College 68 11.5
4-Year College 421 71.4
Apprenticeship 10 1.7
Career/Technical School 25 4.2
Employment 49 8.3
Military 13 2.2
Missionary 2 0.3
Undecided 2 0.3
TOTAL STUDENTS IN THE CLASS OF 2019 590 100%

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“The path ahead of each of us will take us many different directions, but one thing is certain—our potential in this very moment is infinite. Class of 2019, in the decades looming before us, our country and our world will need leadership and innovation more than ever. And though generations before us doubt our capability, our motivation and drive, our ability to communicate and our vision for the future, know that we will be the ones to overcome gridlock, solve the diplomacies, tackle climate change and right the course of human history. Some might call us crazy, and they might be right. But those of us who are crazy enough to think that we can change the world will be the ones to actually do it.”

RISHIN SHARMA, SV ’19 VALEDICTORIAN
A SAMPLING OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES CHOSEN BY OUR 2019 GRADUATES

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

BUTLER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

CARLOW UNIVERSITY

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY

JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY

INDIANA UNIVERSITY AT BLOOMINGTON

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

OHIO UNIVERSITY

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE

SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY

THE CITADEL, THE MILITARY COLLEGE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY

WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE

movers & shakers at seneca valley

Katherine Bablak, Victoria Beck, Jacob Geil, Ryan Lipscomb, Scott McElhinny and Rishin Sharma (all SV ’19) were named semifinalists and then finalists in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program held by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Tiffany Eaton, Bradley Hartman, Jarrett Johnston and Sneha Padamati (all SV ’19), were named National Merit Scholarship Qualifiers.

Additionally, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships, including several now-graduates from Seneca Valley:

Scott McElhinny was named a National Merit University of Pittsburgh Scholarship winner.

Rishin Sharma won a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship.

Jacob Geil won the National Merit Mary E. Beyerle Scholarship.

Storm Harvin (SV ’19) earned a national gold medal and a national American Visions Award in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition. Miss Harvin won for her mixed media piece titled “American Delicacies: Fast, Cheap and Easy,” developed to highlight the over-saturation of fast food culture in America.

Ben Hess (SV ’19) was recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and was awarded a $20,000 college scholarship as a winner in the program. Mr. Hess is one of 150 selected from 95,715 initial applicants from across the country to receive this scholarship. Victoria Beck, Jacob Geil and Rishin Sharma were named 2019 semifinalists in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

Seneca Valley School District had three students who were named 2019 Carson Scholars, one a graduate and two who are students today:

Hiruni Herat (SV ’19) renewed her Carson Scholar status.

Coryn Ferguson, Seneca Valley Senior High School student, was one of 505 students across the nation in 2019 who received a $1,000 college scholarship award and the coveted honor of being named a Carson Scholar.

Kate Lipscomb, a Seneca Valley Intermediate High School student, renewed her Carson Scholar status.

Over 100 students at Seneca Valley High School earned 2019 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board’s AP Program provides willing and academically prepared 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.

Over 115 SV students attended the Butler County Area Vocational Technical School in 2019 with several students earning regional and state accolades, and several attending Skills USA Championships, a competition created to showcase vocational excellence.

movers & shakers at seneca valley

Katherine Bablak, Victoria Beck, Jacob Geil, Ryan Lipscomb, Scott McElhinny and Rishin Sharma (all SV ’19) were named semifinalists and then finalists in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program held by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Tiffany Eaton, Bradley Hartman, Jarrett Johnston and Sneha Padamati (all SV ’19), were named National Merit Scholarship Qualifiers.

Additionally, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships, including several now-graduates from Seneca Valley:

Scott McElhinny was named a National Merit University of Pittsburgh Scholarship winner.

Rishin Sharma won a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship.

Jacob Geil won the National Merit Mary E. Beyerle Scholarship.

Storm Harvin (SV ’19) earned a national gold medal and a national American Visions Award in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition. Miss Harvin won for her mixed media piece titled “American Delicacies: Fast, Cheap and Easy,” developed to highlight the over-saturation of fast food culture in America.

Ben Hess (SV ’19) was recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and was awarded a $20,000 college scholarship as a winner in the program. Mr. Hess is one of 150 selected from 95,715 initial applicants from across the country to receive this scholarship. Victoria Beck, Jacob Geil and Rishin Sharma were named 2019 semifinalists in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

Seneca Valley School District had three students who were named 2019 Carson Scholars, one a graduate and two who are students today:

Hiruni Herat (SV ’19) renewed her Carson Scholar status.

Coryn Ferguson, Seneca Valley Senior High School student, was one of 505 students across the nation in 2019 who received a $1,000 college scholarship award and the coveted honor of being named a Carson Scholar.

Kate Lipscomb, a Seneca Valley Intermediate High School student, renewed her Carson Scholar status.

Over 100 students at Seneca Valley High School earned 2019 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board’s AP Program provides willing and academically prepared 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.

Over 115 SV students attended the Butler County Area Vocational Technical School in 2019 with several students earning regional and state accolades, and several attending Skills USA Championships, a competition created to showcase vocational excellence.

“The faculty and staff of Seneca Valley are ALWAYS working to become more innovative and adapt to today’s world to benefit the students.”

 
ALISSA HILL, SV ’14
Medical school student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

staff excellence

classrooms without borders

“I will use this opportunity to point out how the community I built at Seneca Valley made my time there such a wonderful experience. I made countless friends and joined various clubs as a result of the influx of students from other areas. I assure you that, if you look in the right place, there are new friends waiting right around the corner.”

COLTON BOTTA, SV ’16

Junior at North Carolina State University

seneca valley foundation

As you may know, the Seneca Valley Foundation (SVF) is in its ninth year as a private 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Throughout the years, the SVF’s fundraising efforts have greatly benefited students and staff by providing extra – extra supplies, extra learning opportunities, extra support.

As you also may know, the District’s budget is focused on high-quality education, safety and other essentials, and does not always allow for “extras.” However, having supplemental activities and equipment is vital to ensuring our students and staff are exposed to new experiences, bigger challenges and brighter futures.

Here is a glimpse of a few of the amazing “extras” the SVF funded in 2019:

MINI-GRANTS FOR HIGH-INTENSITY STEM PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

EDUCATIONAL GRANTS – IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CLASSROOMS WITHOUT BORDERS (CWB) OF PITTSBURGH – TO PROVIDE ONE-OF-A-KIND EDUCATIONAL TRIPS FOR STAFF

MINI-GRANTS FOR CLASSROOM ENRICHMENT PROJECTS

PROGRAM SPONSORSHIP FOR THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE DISTRICT’S ALL-STAFF FIRST DAY MEETING

PROGRAM DONATION TO ASSIST WITH THE DESIGN AND SUPPLY OF CONNOQUENESSING VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S MULTISENSORY ROOM

PROGRAM FUNDING FOR THE SENECA VALLEY GENETICS LABORATORY, HOUSED IN THE SENECA VALLEY INTERMEDIATE HIGH SCHOOL

The Seneca Valley Foundation (SVF) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to encouraging excellence and innovation in the Seneca Valley schools. The Foundation achieves this by seeking donations and patrons to facilitate new district, building or classroom projects, programs and/or grants/scholarships. Its board members consist of stakeholders from local business leaders, community leaders and school leaders. As a non-profit organization, the Foundation is also utilized as a vehicle by which memorial and other charitable donations may be made to the Seneca Valley School District.

We thank our many donors for their support in the 2018-19 school year.

FOUNDING MEMBER ($1,000+)

Fun Fore All
Mr. David Cashdollar
Mr. Randy Hart
Mr. Jim Pearson
Dr. Tracy & Mr. Greg Vitale

FOUNDATION FELLOW LEVEL ($500-$999)

Ms. Lynn Burtner
Ms. Heather Lewis
Mr. Jack McDermott
Mr. Fred & Mrs. Cecelia Peterson
Mr. David Silvester
Ms. Linda Starosta
Valley Lines, Inc.
Ms. Claire Zovko

FOUNDATION PATRON LEVEL ($100-$499)

Ms. Elizabeth Allen-Boyle
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Ms. Mary Boburczak
Ms. Maria Brooks
Ms. Trisha & Mr. Ron Butschle
Ms. Darlene Carmack
Ms. Corrin DoVidio
Dr. Mallory Eyles
Ms. Lisa Fornadel
Mr. Steven Fortunato
Gunton Corporation
Ms. Amanda Kile
Ms. Megan Lizewski
Mr. Joe Logsdon
Mr. Mark Macedonia
Ms. Bridget Miller
Mr. Mike Manipole
Ms. Dana Nicklas

Ms. Lauri Pendred
Mr. Jeffrey & Ms. Debra Roberts
Dr. Rebecca Rockey
Ms. Leslie Rymer
Ms. Linda Starosta
Ms. Maggie Tkatch
Ms. Kelly Weston
Ms. Kristen White
Ms. Joan Widdowson
Ms. Elizabeth Williams
Mr. Stephen Wolfe

FOUNDATION FRIEND LEVEL ($50-$74)

Ms. Kelly Skwortz

ADDITIONAL DONORS

(UP TO $49)

Ms. Kristin Henry
Mr. Michael Henry
Ms. Jenifer McMurray
Ms. Tracy Richards
Ms. Kathy Wilson

INVESTING THROUGH EITC PROGRAM/DONATIONS

LOCAL BUSINESSES SUPPORT SVF

In 2018-19, the Seneca Valley Foundation (SVF) received generous donations from local businesses totaling more than $35,000 through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program grant.

A statewide program, EITC enables businesses to make donations to organizations they choose from a Commonwealth-approved list. EITC is a statewide initiative enacted by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development in 2001. EITC enables eligible businesses to apply credits against their tax liability for the tax year in which they make a contribution to support education in Pennsylvania.

• NexTier Bank – $22,500

• The Buncher Company – $5,000

• Waste Management – $4,111

• Farmers National Bank – $4,000

Specifically, EITC donations will benefit Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classes at Seneca Valley.

The SVF continues to collect EITC tax credit donations for this important academic investment and encourages any business that is interested in donating to the Seneca Valley Foundation. If your business – or a business you know – participates in EITC, please encourage them to dedicate EITC funds to the Seneca Valley Foundation. For more information or if you have questions, please call Ms. Annie Mersing at 724.452.6040 or by email at mersingam@svsd.net.

student wellness

“Seneca Valley offers students the opportunity to become who they want to become. Between several different sports and classes that are geared toward any occupation such as art, health care, math, teaching, and so much more, Seneca Valley encourages the growth of every student.”

SUE KUSHNEREIT, SV ’77
Assistant Vice President of Marketing at NexTier Bank

district directory

SENECA VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
124 SENECA SCHOOL ROAD • HARMONY, PA 16037 • 724.452.6040

CONNOQUENESSING VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GRADES K-4)
300 SOUTH PITTSBURGH STREET • ZELIENOPLE, PA 16063 • EXT. 6000

EVANS CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GRADES K-4)
345 WEST MAIN STREET, REAR • EVANS CITY, PA 16033 • EXT. 7000

EVANS CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 5 & 6)
345A WEST MAIN STREET • EVANS CITY, PA 16033 • EXT. 7500

HAINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GRADES K-4)
1516 HAINE SCHOOL ROAD • CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA 16066 • EXT. 4000

HAINE MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 5 & 6)
1516A HAINE SCHOOL ROAD • CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA 16066 • EXT. 4500

ROWAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GRADES K-4)
8051 ROWAN ROAD • CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA 16066 • EXT. 5000

RYAN GLOYER MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 7 & 8)
122 SENECA SCHOOL ROAD • HARMONY, PA 16037 • EXT. 3000

SENECA VALLEY ACADEMY OF CHOICE (GRADES K-12)
126 SENECA SCHOOL ROAD • HARMONY, PA 16037 • EXT. 1015

SENECA VALLEY INTERMEDIATE HIGH SCHOOL (GRADES 9 & 10)
126 SENECA SCHOOL ROAD • HARMONY, PA 16037 • EXT. 2000

SENECA VALLEY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (GRADES 11 & 12)
128 SENECA SCHOOL ROAD • HARMONY, PA 16037 • EXT. 1000

Our Vision

Seneca Valley School District will continue to foster academic integrity, offer advanced educational opportunities and serve as an innovative leader in education while preparing all students to be productive members of society.

previous annual reports

2018 Annual Report PDF  (Size 48.1 MB)

2017 Annual Report PDF  (Size 10.8 MB)

2016 Annual Report PDF  (Size 13.8 MB)

2015 Annual Report PDF  (Size 10.5 MB)

2014 Annual Report PDF  (Size 8.1 MB)

2013 Annual Report PDF  (Size 7.8 MB)