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    On Friday, September 30, Valley School celebrated the life of alumnus Srinvasa Prasad Gutti '96 (affectionately known as “Vasu"), who passed away in May of 2004. In a ceremony commemorating Vasu's unparalleled passion for south Asian performing arts, Dr. Strecker announced the dedication of our auditorium stage—now renamed the Vasu Gutti Performing Arts Stage—and unveiled Vasu's portrait and plaque. After brief remarks, Valley School students and faculty—along with Vasu's family and several classmates—watched a video of Vasu dancing, as well as a series of live performances of Indian music and dance. One highlight was a flute composition written and performed by alumna Krishna Lakkimsetty '20.
    Following the dedication and performances, our Valley School community enjoyed a delectable lunch catered by the Taj Mahal Restaurant. Students were thrilled to dine on authentic chicken tandoori, channa masala, samosas, and gulab jamun. Our Upper School students even learned how to make naan in a tandoor oven!

    Thank you to the Rao family for sharing Vasu’s enduring legacy with our students of today and tomorrow.

    Basketball season has officially begun! After three weeks of daily practice and preparation, our teams readily took the floor on December 7th for their first game against Saint Edmunds Academy. Our student-athletes are equipped with three different motion offenses and a combination of zones on the defensive end. Basketball skill acquisition and teamwork are at the core of our athletics program’s foundation; progressively adding to their game-specific knowledge and experience. We are looking forward to continued success on the hardwood, and ultimately, lasting friendships and memories for all of our athletes and coaches. Go, Owls! Hoot! Hoot!

    Our talented 5th- and 6th- grade classes took to the stage last night for their Winter Concert, a two-part production featuring a festive orchestra repertoire and a debut musical theater performance. Instrumental numbers included the holiday classics Up on the Housetop and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, among others. This portion of the evening was followed by the hilarious musical, A Year with Frog and Toad, the story of two best friends—cheerful Frog and apprehensive Toad—as they hop, sing, and dance their way through a year of adventures. As the seasons change from spring to winter and back to spring again, these beloved characters learn lessons about life and the importance of friendship. Multiple cast members shared the starring roles of Frog and Toad, and were supported by the musical talents of an assortment of colorful hopping, crawling, and flying woodland companions. Every member of our 5th and 6th grades participated in the musical, and the group was thrilled to host a standing-room-only crowd. The evening ended under the twinkling bulbs of Valley School’s inaugural Light-Up Night, which was complete with hot cocoa, kettle corn, and Christmas cookies. A very merry evening for all!

    Yesterday, under a dramatic sky, 130 supporters of Valley School took to the greens at Laurel Valley Golf Club for the 18th annual Friends of Valley School Golf Tournament & Auction. This important fundraiser enhances the daily education experiences of all our students by generating resources by which we purchase classroom materials, maintain and update facilities, implement new programs, and provide professional development opportunities for faculty. Thank you to our event committee and the many generous sponsors, donors, and participants who made the day a wonderful success!

Valley School of Ligonier

Address: 153 Lupine Lane, Rector PA 15677
Mail: PO Box 616 Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: (724) 238-6652  Fax: (724) 238-6838
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.
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