June 2017 - SHS Teacher Wins Middle Level Educator Award
Springdale Jr-Sr High School health and physical education teacher Brett Slezak was honored with the Middle Level Educator Award from the Carnegie Science Awards program. Slezak won the award for “redefining, in a very innovative way, what health and wellness means to middle school students.” The Carengie Science Awards program was established in 1997 to recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania. More than 500 individuals and organizations whose contributions in the fields of science, technology, and education and who have impacted the region’s industrial, academic, and environmental vitality have been honored.
May 2017 - SHS Senior Named Merit Scholar
Senior Matt Alese was named a Merit Scholar through the National Merit Scholar Program. The program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Students enter the program by taking the PSAT/NSMQT test, which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year. The program recognizes Commended, Semifinalists, Finalists, and Merit Scholars. Only about 7,500 Merit Scholars are selected.
December 2016 - AP© District Honor Roll
The Allegheny Valley School District has been named to The College Board's 7th Annual AP© District Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognized 433 school districts in the United States and Canada that have increased access to AP coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.
October 2016 - Allegheny Valley Awarded Safe Schools Grants
Allegheny Valley was awarded Safe Schools Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the amounts of $40,000, to fund a School Police Officer position for the District, and $25,000 to help support the PATHs program for the elementary buildings, staff development and student programs at the high school, and to develop a Special Needs component of the District's Emergency Management Plan.
June 2016 - Grant Awarded
Through a $10,000 grant from Infosystems Foundation USA, the high school will be developing an area where all students can go to work with their teachers to create projects. Over time, the goal is to have students able to use digital tools, crafts, electrical components, fabrication tools, and other items for project-based inquiry and learning.
June 2016 - ALCOA Grant
Acmteonia Elementary School was awarded $15,000 for its Create U classroom. The grant will enable the school to begin a mobile component. Equipment carts will be developed to take concepts, materials, and technology into the classrooms for teachers to incorporate into and support the curriculum. Create U is a MakerSpace at Acme that integrates STEAM into the Elementary grades
June 2016 - First Place Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Competition
Sophomore Brogan McCutcheon participated in the state Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Competition finishing in 1st Place at the Pennsylvania State University. McCutcheon's experiment investigated the impact of classroom discussion has on elementary students who are learning new content.
May 2016 - First Place Congressional Art Show
Junior Alyssa Marsh won 1st Place in the 2016 Congressional Art Show sponsored by Congressman Mike Doyle. Two other students received Honorable Mentions in the program. The winning artwork will hang in the Rotunda in Washington, DC for one year.
April 2016 - National Latin Examination Gold Medal
Matt Alese was congratulated for his Summa Cum Laude performance on the National Latin Examination and was awarded a gold medal. The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a 40-question, multiple-choice test with a time limit of 45 minutes, offered to students on seven levels.
April 2016 - U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools Bronze Medal
Springdale Jr-Sr High School was awarded a Bronze Medal in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools. The group ranked more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia and awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals based on state proficiency standards and how well schools prepare students for college. The top 31% of schools were honored with award medals.
February 2016 - WPIAL Swimming Champion
Junior Kevin Kondrit won the WPIAL Championship in the 200-meter free-style event with a time of 1:41.64. This same student won 3rd Place in the 100-meter freestyle. A second Junior student won 3rd place in the 100-meter breaststroke event
December 2015 - Create U Wins District of Distinction Award
Acmetonia Elementary School’s Create U project was awarded with a District of Distinction Award from District Administration magazine. The publication awards national recognition to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work. The publication looks to recognize established initiatives that are yielding quantifiable benefits and that could be replicated by other districts.
June 2015 - First Place Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Competition
Freshman Brogan McCutcheon and grade 7 student Marina McCutcheon earned 1st place awards at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition. Held at The Pennsylvania State University’s main campus, over 3,000 students from around the state in grades 7-12 designed and conducted experiments then conveyed their findings in 10-minute presentations with 5-minute question and answer sessions.
April 2015 - U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Silver Medal
Springdale Jr-Sr High School was awarded a Silver Medal in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools. The group ranked 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia and awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals based on state proficiency standards and how well schools prepare students for college.The top 24% of schools were honored with award medals.Springdale High School was ranked 42nd out of 690 schools in Pennsylvania.
June 2014 – Center for Creativity Grant (Grable/Benedum Foundations)
A $20,000 Grable/Benedum Foundations grant will allow Acmetonia Elementary School to implement Create U, a large multi-discipline area that will support STEAM education in the building. Create U will enable students to explore, create, and express original ideas.
April 2014 – U.S. News & World Report Best High School’s
Springdale Jr-Sr High School was awarded a Silver Medal and ranked 42th out of 690 high schools in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School’s in Pennsylvania. The group ranked 19,400 schools across the nation and awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, how well schools prepare students for college, and other factors.
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