Is that George Washington in carbonite?! You bet it is! Congratulations to our 1st-place winners of this year’s Fort Days Parade Float Contest! We’re so proud of our students who conjured a super-creative theme this year and executed it whimsically and beautifully. The “Preserving Ligonier’s History” float reminds us that the past is always present. Bravo, Valley School! May the FORT be with you!
We’ve been back in school just over a month, and already Valley School has participated in numerous community service initiatives. Our service projects are shaped and driven by our students’ and faculty’s compassion, hard work, and devotion to making a positive difference in the world. Whether we’re cleaning a local volunteer firehall, doing yardwork for elderly neighbors, taking up a collection to support victims of Hurricane Dorian, volunteering at the Cannonball Dash, crafting bracelets for Miracles From Maggie, or collecting funds to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, we have a good time every time we give back.
Thank you to the golfers, sponsors, and volunteers who joined us on September 26th at Laurel Valley Golf Club for the 15th Annual Friends of Valley School Golf Tournament. After a rainy morning, the sun broke through, and provided a perfect afternoon on the greens. The participation of our extended community at fundraisers like this one enhances the everyday school experiences of all our students. We’re grateful for your support!
In preparation for the upcoming school year, Valley School faculty and staff spent several days in a professional development workshop with experiential trainer and author, Nate Folan (http://natefolan.com), who teaches techniques for facilitating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom and wider community. Teachers are especially interested in applying what they learned in their workshop to the process of introducing students to the Valley Core Values. The Valley Core Values represent the strategic common language for the concepts that our SEL programming and initiatives are aimed at developing in children.
This summer, Valley School sixth-grade teachers, Sarah Fichter, and Jessi Yates, traveled to Greece with Classrooms Without Borders (https://classroomswithoutborders.org) to explore ancient Greek and Roman ruins, learn about the how the Holocaust affected Greece and its citizens, and immerse themselves in contemporary Greek culture. They spent 20 days abroad and have returned excited about the ways in which they plan to incorporate their experiences into their classroom curriculums this year.
Mrs. Fichter shares a few reflections on her experience below…
Valley School science teachers, Carole Wright and Brandon Snyder, traveled to Wyoming this summer to participate in the American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS). Their attendance was made possible through the generosity of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Safari Club International. While nestled in the Granite Creek Canyon just east of Jackson, WY, Ms. Wright and Mr. Snyder learned alongside educators from all over the country. Workshops focused on outdoor skills, sportsmanship, conservation, and environmental science. As you can imagine, our two enthusiastic science teachers absorbed everything they could to bring back to students at Valley School. Both of them found the region inspiring, rejuvenating, and awesome! Their week was capped off with a rafting trip down the Snake River. Always in search of adventure, Ms. Wright and Mr. Snyder also checked out the Great Salt Lake before flying home to Pennsylvania. Next adventure: school year 2019-2020!
On Wednesday, seven students represented Valley School in the 2019 Junior High Quiz Bowl. The Valley School team traveled to Mount Pleasant where they competed against six other regional schools in a contest of knowledge covering math, science and nature, arts, literature, history, geography, music, and sports subjects. Coached by science teacher, Brandon Snyder, Valley School placed third, overall. Congratulations to all who participated!