Friday, May 24, 2013
A Chartiers Valley High School student has won one of 179 scholarships offered to Pennsylvania high school seniors.
A Chartiers Valley High School student is one of only 179 high school seniors from across the state to win a Comcast scholarship. Emily Breen received a $1,000 scholarship from the Comcast Foundation's Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. Students from Seton-LaSalle High School, South Park High School, Montour High School, South Fayette High School and Keystone Oaks High School also were awarded scholarships. The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides one-time $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to make positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as role models for their fellow students. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Chartiers Valley's grant-funded Digital Design Center puts a new spin on classrooms, and the classes taught there.
The classroom of the future isn’t far away, especially for students at Chartiers Valley High School. The school introduced a Digital Design Center this year, and it certainly looks different—soft chairs and round tables, colorful student artwork on the walls, design and video equipment not typically found in high schools. It’s the first year for the classroom, and for the Digital Arts Class it houses, and teachers say so far, both are paying off. “I feel a space like this can be a motivator in itself,” said Digital Arts teacher Chris McHugh. “This atmosphere has an effect on creativity. It’s a place people want to be because of the way it feels, with the understanding that there is serious work to be done.” The space is a move away from an…
Monday, May 13, 2013
Chartiers Valley High School received seven Gene Kelly Award nominations for "9 to 5: The Musical."
Chartiers Valley High School students worked "9 to 5" during their musical performance in March, and their work has been noticed. The high school received seven Gene Kelly Award nominations for the March performance of "9 to 5: The Musical." The awards, sponsored by Pittsburgh CLO, recognize outstanding high school musical performances. Chartiers Valley High School was nominated for "9 to 5" in the following categories: To see a full list of schools nominated, see the nomination page on the Pittsburgh CLO website. Pittsburgh CLO’s 23rd Annual Gene Kelly Awards will be held at the Benedum Center on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 7:30pm. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Do you know where to get decorations with your school's colors? Specialty cakes? Signs for the yard?
Graduation season is quickly approaching, and parents of high school seniors are already planning special parties to celebrate. Local bakeries, party stores and other businesses offer school-color cakes, signs announcing the graduation, balloons and sometimes novelties, such as a multi-serving sandwich baked into the shape of the school mascot. Eat'n Park has gotten into the act via SmileyCookie.com. The restaurant chain's famous sugar cookies can be ordered online decked out in Chartiers Valley Colts colors. So, tell us in the comments box below: Where have you found specialty graduation food or party supplies for your Colt? Or, if you have an idea to help make another parent's planning a bit easier, share your tips here! Like the …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Chartiers Valley High School was temporarily evacuated Tuesday due to a strong gas smell from the chemistry labs. No injuries or illnesses were reported.
No injuries or illnesses were reported Tuesday morning after Chartiers Valley High School was temporarily evacuated. Chartiers Valley Director of Communications Kara Droney said students were working with gas burners in a chemistry lab when the smell became strong. As a precaution, the high school and middle school buildings were evacuated. Students were allowed to re-enter the building at 9:30 a.m. Like the Chartiers Valley Patch Facebook page or sign up for our Daily E-mail Newsletter
Chartiers Valley students held a Digital Gaming Fair on Monday to showcase video games they designed and programmed themselves.
There was a day, not so long ago, when a computer game where birds crashed into little green pigs was just an idea. Many Chartiers Valley High School students probably have played that game, or similar ones. But it’s likely that few had set out to design a game of their own. That changed over the past school year, with the introduction of the Digital Art and Design class, and on Monday hundreds of students got to try their skills at computer games their classmates designed and built. “I’m always getting up on a soapbox and preaching that these things are tools,” said Digital Arts teacher Chris McHugh. “The tools are just things you can use, if you know how. If you make something mind-blowing, it’s because you did it.” The games are simple…
Monday, April 29, 2013
Chartiers Valley graduate Eric Kush was drafted to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.
A Bridgeville native and local graduate was selected in this year's NFL draft, and will go on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs. Eric Kush, a 2008 graduate of Chartiers Valley High School, was drafted Saturday by the Chiefs, according to reports from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and other sources. Kush played football for California University of Pennsylvania. To read the Post-Gazette's article about Kush, click here. The Pittsburgh Tribune Review and WPXI also reported information about Kush. Chartiers Valley Patch is working to get more details on this story, and will publish more information at a later date. Like the Chartiers Valley Patch Facebook page or sign up for our Daily E-mail Newsletter
Friday, April 26, 2013
U.S. News and World Report's annual high school rankings are out and Chartiers Valley High School didn't make the list.
Chartiers Valley Senior High School is unranked in U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of America's best high schools released this week. The number one high school in Pennsylvania is Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia. Nearby Upper St. Clair High School ranked No. 7 and Mt. Lebanon High School ranked No. 11. Schools are evaluated based on overall student performance on state tests, Advanced Placement tests and International Baccalaureate exams; rankings also take into account how well students educate black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students, according to a release from U.S. News. The rankings are designed to capture how well high schools educate all of their students and …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Other high schools in the area have honored their former student-athletes and coaches with enshrinement. Is it time for Chartiers Valley to have its own athletics Hall of Fame?
The Chartiers Valley School District has had its share of glory on the gridiron and in the gymnasium—not to mention on the ice, on the track and on a number of other surfaces—but there is no athletics hall of fame in the district. Meanwhile, neighboring Upper St. Clair School District honors an annual class in three Upper St. Clair High School Halls of Fame—Academics, Arts and Athletics. In sports-mad western Pennsylvania, many high schools at least honor former student-athletes of theirs. After all, the sports world lends itself nicely to various halls of fame. So why no hall of fame at CharVal? Is it time for one? If so, who should be in the inaugural class of the Chartiers Valley High School Athletics Hall of Fame? Leave your (…
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy invites students and families to attend the annual Academy Information Day at Chartiers Valley High School.
Students and families in the 18th Congressional district are invited to attend U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's annual Academy Information Day at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Chartiers Valley High School. Each year, Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair) nominates up to 10 outstanding high school students for open student slots at the nation's four military service academies: the United States Air Force Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy, United States Military Academy and United States Naval Academy. Students interested in attending one of the academies must receive a congressional appointment. The competitive process is open to students who display exemplary academic achievement and commitment to serving the community. Representatives from …