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  • September


    HAPPY FOUNDERS DAY 2021-2022! On Friday, September 17, Valley School celebrated our inaugural Founder's Day. In an all-school ceremony, Head of School, Dr. Jonathan P. Strecker, talked about General Richard King Mellon and Mrs. Constance Prosser Mellon (pictured here), who, with pioneering vision, established Valley School in 1946. With gratitude, we honored our founders' generosity and commitment to whole-child education. Today, 75 years later, Valley School carries on General and Mrs. Mellon's legacy through our Valley Core Values: Cultivating Wellness, Seeking Wisdom, Embracing Integrity, and Building Community.
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    At Valley School, we are loyal to our mission:  "In an environment that is safe, challenging, nurturing, and disciplined, Valley School provides a balanced and strong program of study for a diverse group of children.  Our goal is to stimulate in each young person lifelong habits of moral behavior, seeking wisdom, and doing good works for others." Sometimes, living our mission comes in subtle forms--a friendly smile in a hallway, a good decision, or a quiet gesture of kindness. Other times, the work is more on Day of Caring!

    Recently, our Upper School students stashed their books in their cubbies and rolled up their sleeves to do some service work on and off campus. 5th graders spent the day raking gravel, spreading mulch, and blowing leaves here at school, while their 6th-grade peers weeded and landscaped for the Loyalhanna Watershed. Our 7th, 8th, and 9th grade whistled while they worked at the Waterford Volunteer Fire Company, where they cleaned, sanded tables, varnished outdoor furniture, and painted. We're so proud of how hard our students worked to lend a hand in our community, and are so happy to see them feel the satisfaction of helping out.
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    On Saturday, September 18, Valley School welcomed five regional schools for our annual Fall Tournament. As always, the emphasis was on hard work, preparation, grit, good sportsmanship, respect for others, and fun! We were so proud of how our student athletes represented our Valley Core Values on and off the fields.
    Thank you to our coaches, volunteers, facilities staff, and--most of all--our players from Valley School, North Allegheny, Pine Richland, Westmont Hilltop, Derry Area, and Mount Pleasant for a job well done, and a wonderful day, overall. Special congratulations to Pine Richland for dominating the field hockey competition, and Valley School for taking home the soccer trophy!
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    Welcome back, students, families, and faculty! This week was the official beginning of a very special Valley School year—our 75th anniversary! As we celebrate decades of providing exceptional education for children throughout the Laurel Highlands, we are looking back at our heritage, and honoring the mission and core values upon which Valley School was founded. In 1946, General Richard King Mellon and Constance Prosser Mellon believed in whole-child education, and knew that a balanced and strong program of study would “stimulate in each young person lifelong habits of moral behavior, seeking wisdom, and doing good works for others.” Ahead of their time, they created an educational environment in service of a diverse group of children and the betterment of our future world. Today, we are proud to uphold our founders’ vision, and we look forward to an exciting Valley School future. Happy anniversary!
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