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    The Cougar Fam
    ily Carnival
    July 26th - 30th
     The Annual Cougar Family Carnival will be held July 26th thru 30th, at the John F. Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium in Peckville.  Midway rides and games provided by S & S Amusements will be featured along with many food items and basket raffles.

    The carnival is open to the public and will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday - Friday and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free; pay one price wristbands available everyday.

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  • Valley View SD Welcomes
    Dr. Tom Quinn, Superintendent
     
    Please click on the following link to read Dr. Quinn's welcome letter to the Valley View Community.
     
     
     
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  • Valley View School District Adopts Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Program to Better Prepare Students for Future Success
     

    Archbald, PA -- Dr. Tom Quinn, Superintendent, announced today that Valley View School District has adopted Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) high school engineering program for the 2016-2017 school year school year. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers, and Valley View joins more than 8,000 schools across the U.S. in offering PLTW programs to students.

    Please click the following link to read the full press release:

    Press Release to Announce Project Lead The Way (PLTW) 

     

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  • District-wide Summer Reading Program

    VVSD would like to encourage all students to participate in our new District-wide Summer Reading Program.  Research suggests that as little as 15 minutes of reading daily can lead to significant academic growth.  The summer is a great opportunity to read.  We believe that students who participate in this program will be better prepared for success next school year. 

    Please see the following links for more information: 

    Letter to Parents

    VVSD Recommended Reading List

    Reading Log

    Required Minutes Chart

    BAM Fundraiser

    Honors Summer Reading Program

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  •  Summer Math Program

     Get ready to experience math all around you this summer! Just as students should continue reading throughout the summer in order to solidify and retain reading skills, they should also give the same attention to mathematics. Continued practice over the summer months with problem solving, computation, and math facts will maintain and strengthen any math gains made during the school year. This summer math calendar was created to present your child and your family with assorted math activities to investigate this summer.

    Click on the links below for additional information and to access the Summer Math Calendars.

    Grades 3 - 5

    Grades 1 & 2

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  • The last School Day for Students and High School Graduation is Thursday, June 16, 2016

     

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  • SPP Image  
    Valley View High School’s School Performance Profile (SPP) has recently been released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Due to significant changes to the PSSA, which is administered in grades 3 through 8, only secondary schools are receiving an SPP this year. An important aspect of this resource is that it allows us to acknowledge our strengths while also identifying areas where we can enhance student performance. We are pleased to announce that our High School’s score is among the highest in the county and the area. We saw many highlights including strong academic growth and improvements in advanced achievement. We would like to acknowledge the hard work of our teachers and most especially our students and parent/guardians for this accomplishment

    It is the focus of the Valley View School District to ensure all stakeholders are fully informed in regard to our academic performance. 

    CLICK BELOW TO ACCESS THE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROFILE
     
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  • Exciting News about VVSD Academic Growth

    VVSD recently received its Academic Growth data, which is calculated by the Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS). Academic Growth measures student performance across time. Unlike Academic Achievement data that measures a single point in time (i.e. PSSA scores), Academic Growth has little or no correlation with student demographics and is considered by many to be a more accurate indicator of school and teacher effectiveness.   For the 2014-2015 school year, VVSD met or exceed the standard for PA Academic Growth in 14 of the 15 total PVAAS categories. Further, VVSD received the highest possible PVAAS rating in 11 of the categories. This is a tremendous District-wide accomplishment that is the result of the hard work of many especially our teachers, students, and parents.  

    Click here for additional information.

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  • 2015 PSSA CHANGES RESULT IN LOWER SCORES

    The Valley View School District would like to make students, parents, and community members aware of the fact that the PSSA has changed. In fact, the 2015 PSSA is considered a new test. It is the first PSSA that is fully-aligned with the PA Core Standards, which are considerably more rigorous than the previous academic standards. As a result, PSSA scores at Valley View and throughout the state are lower than they have previously been. The lower scores are a result of: the heightened difficulty of the PSSA, the increased rigor of PA Core Standards, and the limited time between final adoption and implementation of the new PSSA. 

    It is important to remember that our students have not changed; the assessment has changed. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has stated that it is not useful to directly compare students’ scores on the new assessments to previous scores. 

    Transitioning to new assessments and standards takes time. New curriculum must be developed, resources to support the new curriculum are needed, and educators need to be trained. The Valley View School District is working hard to accomplish this and remains committed to improving student achievement. 

    We encourage students and parents to consider the following resources:

     
     
     
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  • One-Year Moratorium on Use of PSSA Data to Calculate SPP

    The Valley View School District would like to make our stakeholders aware of an important recent announcement out of Harrisburg. The Governor and the Secretary of Education announced that the U.S. Department of Education approved their request for a one-year moratorium on using PSSA scores to calculate School Performance Profile (SPP) scores and teacher effectiveness ratings. This hiatus was brought on by the significant drop in student performance state-wide on the new 2015 PSSA, which marked the first PSSA to be fully-aligned to the more rigorous PA Core Standards.

    In practical terms, this means that only buildings that administer Keystone Exams will receive an SPP score this fall.

    Please click here to read the entire press release from PDE

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