Seneca valley school district
2022 ANNUAL REPORT
A Message from Dr. Vitale
The 2022-23 school year was filled with incredible achievements and new beginnings! Not only is this a nod to the opening of our innovative new K-6 school, Ehrman Crest Elementary/Middle School, but it’s also a reflection of the continued growth, evolution and progress that has taken place across our District.
We saw our largest number of new teachers join the SV family and many students earned accolades for their academic, creative, musical and athletic talents.
Our future is bright here at Seneca Valley, and I’m honored to lead this District as we help prepare our students as they step out into the world to embrace life’s journey.
There are many goals that we as educators have for our students. Among those goals, we strive to Inspire. Connect. Excel.
Seneca Valley is a place where our students, faculty and staff inspire one another, connect with community members and ultimately excel inside and outside of the classroom.
We’re proud of our many partnerships that elevate our communities, and most especially our family partnerships, which allow us to authentically build strong connections. These connections include invaluable student and parent resources like mental health and wellness programs.
We hope that you enjoy the 2022 Seneca Valley Annual Report and will join us in our commitment to inspire, connect and excel in everything we do. As Aristotle said, “Excellence is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities."
Our future is bright here at Seneca Valley, and I'm honored to lead this District.
Ms. Leslie Bredl
Cranberry Township East I and II, Region 1
Mr. Eric DiTullio, 2022 Board Vice President
Lancaster and Forward Townships, Region 8
Ms. Susan Harrison
Cranberry Township West III, Region 3
Mr. Timothy Hester
Cranberry Township East III and West V, Region 5
Mr. Mike Jacobs
Zelienople Borough, Region 6
Mr. James Nickel, 2022 Board President
Cranberry Township West I and West II, Region 2
Mr. Frederick Peterson Jr.
Cranberry Township West IV and West VI, Region 4
Ms. Kathy Whittle, 2023 Board President
Evans City and Seven Fields Boroughs, Region 7
Mr. Jeff Widdowson, 2023 Board Vice President
Callery and Harmony Boroughs and Jackson Township, Region 9
School board meeting information, agendas and minutes can be found on the school district website at www.svsd.net/school_board.
In collaboration with family and community, the mission of the Seneca Valley School District is to provide a nurturing and safe environment with academically challenging opportunities, emphasizing digital citizenship, innovation, and global awareness in order to prepare our students to be productive and contributing citizens.
Ehrman Crest Elementary/Middle School
WE EXCEL - Ehrman Crest Elementary/Middle School opened in August 2022. This state-of-the-art K-6 facility was designed to be a learning tool and provides a vast array of dynamic and unique learning environments. TIME publishes an annual list highlighting the most impactful new products and ideas from around the world and Ehrman Crest was recognized as one of the Best Inventions of 2022! Ehrman Crest was the only school on the list and was chosen based on originality, efficacy, ambition and impact. We are incredibly proud of this designation and the learning opportunities the school provides.
Photo credit: Bill Paterson
Photo credit: Laura Peters/CannonDesign
More than 160 student teams, clubs and organizations in academics, arts, athletics, leadership, service and STEM
100 - Advanced Placement, Honors and College in High School Courses
109 - Seniors in National Honors Society
263 - Seniors with Highest Honors Roll –GPA 4.00 and above
1 - National Merit Finalists
83% - 2022 Graduates planning education beyond SV
American Indian/Alaskan Native: <1%
African American: 2.1%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander: <1%
2022 marked the largest teacher induction class in SV history with the hiring of over 50 new teachers.
1 Service Dog
School Nurses – 12
School Psychologists – 6
Coordinator of Collegiate and Career Affairs – 1
School Counselors – 20
Elementary Schools: 4
Middle Schools: 3
High Schools: 2
Cyber School: 1
Technology Device Ratio in Grades K-12
Safety and Security
School Resource Officers (secondary campus, grades 7-12)
Police Service Agreements (all elementary buildings, grades K-6)
Enrollment - Seneca Valley Academy of Choice
Full time - 200
Hybrid – 2,000
19K Total Views
53.8K Watch Time Minutes
5,400 downloads total
Total miles traveled per day:
• approximately 12,000 miles/day
• over 2.1 million miles annually
Total number of buses utilized per day: 142
Number of meals served
Lunch – 643,368
Breakfast – 275,093
Top three favorite entrees:
2. Pasta & Sauce
3. Breakfast for Lunch (French Toast Sticks)
Best School Districts in Butler County
Best Middle School, Pittsburgh Area, Haine Middle School
Best Places to Teach in Butler County
Best School Districts in Pennsylvania
The Seneca Valley School District’s Special Education Department is committed to meeting the needs of
students with disabilities and helping them reach their potential. The Seneca Valley School District offers a continuum of services and placement options to meet the needs of each student. Services include but are not limited to:
• Autistic Support
• Blind-Visually Impaired Support
• Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support • Emotional Support
• Learning Support
• Life Skills Support
• Multiple Disabilities Support
• Speech and Language Support
In addition, services for eligible students may also be provided by Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV (MIU-IV). Services provided by MIU-IV may be provided in the district by itinerant MIU-IV staff or in multi-district programs.
Special Education Transition Programs included the following:
• Community based vocational training
• On-campus vocational training:
– Raider Roast coffee shop
– Raider Gear spirit wear kiosk
– Seneca Square smoothie shop
– No Cost to Shop store
• Community based travel instruction
• Independent living room
• Unified Bocce
If a student demonstrates a potential need for gifted services, a multidisciplinary evaluation is conducted to determine if the child is in need of special programming. The evaluation process may be initiated by school staff or by a child’s parent, who may do so by contacting the building principal.
The amount and type of gifted support to be received by a student is determined on an individual basis annually by the child’s Gifted Individualized Education Program (GIEP) team, of which the parent is a very important member
Athletics and Activities
82 – Total number of athletic programs (male and female combined)
83 – extracurricular clubs/activities for grades 7-12
1,705 – students who participate in athletics (968 boys, 737 girls; grades 7-12)
36.59 – Total percentage of students who participate in athletics (grades 7-12)
1,372 – Total number of students who participate in extracurricular clubs/activities (grades 7-12)
39.19 – Total percentage of students who participate in extra-curricular clubs/activities (grades 7-12)
1 – Number of PIAA Team State Champions:
• Seneca Valley Boys’ Swimming & Diving Team
2 – Number of PIAA Team State Finalists:
• Seneca Valley Boys’ Soccer Team
• Seneca Valley Girls’ Softball Team
Honor Roll Athletes:
Honor Roll Athletes = 372 students (29.04%)
High Honor Roll Athletes = 272 students (21.23%)
Highest Honor Roll Athletes = 525 students (40.99%)
Total Athletes who made Honor Roll (Honors + High Honors + Highest Honors) = 1,169 students (91.26%)
Total number of students who participate in sports (grades 7-12) = 1,281
20 – estimated hours athletes invest in sports weekly
248 – students who are part of a club that serves our communities
82 – staff members who serve as advisors for these extracurricular activities
190 – staff members who serve as coaches for athletics teams
Teacher Appreciation: A 'Work of Heart'
We asked a few teachers to participate in a Teacher Recruitment video for the District. What they didn't know was that this was actually a Teacher Appreciation video dedicated to them. Watch their surprise as they receive the best gift from their number one fans.
We are grateful for our military service personnel past and present, and the families who support them. This tribute video features footage from the 21st annual Seneca Valley Veteran Recognition event that was held in September.
Seneca Valley has the second largest number of Butler County students attending Butler County Area Vocational Technical School. Students can choose from 16 areas of study. More than 100 students currently attend.
Excelling in Academics
National Merit Scholarship Winner
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that Daniel Spear (SV ’22), was offered a National Merit Purdue University Scholarship.
Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provided between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. College- sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,500 high school seniors who received National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth nearly $28 million.
The Seneca Valley Academic Decathlon placed tenth in the nation and earned three individual national medals at the (virtual) United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) National Competition which was held April 22, 2022.
The following students won national competition awards:
Ava Stewart (SV ‘23) - Bronze Medal Science Honor, Highest Scoring Team Member
Rayan Ghaffar (SV ‘22) - Silver Medal Essay Scholastic
Katherine Hilling (SV ‘23) – Silver Medal Interview Varsity
Seneca Valley students competed against approximately 1,200 other students from schools all over the country in the Academic Games National Championships April 22-25, 2022. Players from all around the country in grades 5-12 gather and compete in several academic games to see which are the best teams and who are the best individual players.
Artistic Talents Shine Through
Many SV students attended the 2022 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Pittsburgh Arts Region Competition.
The following students were announced as Gold Key winners:
Phung Do (SV ‘22), Camryn Kotula (SV ‘22), Julia Lingenfelter (SV ‘22), Lauryn Priester (SV ‘22), Isabel Woolslare (SV ‘22) and Ashlyn Gianfrancesco (SV ‘23).
Miss Gianfrancesco was also announced as a 2022 National Key Winner for her ceramic sculpture “Up, Up and Away.”
AD of the Year
Heather Lewis, Seneca Valley School District Athletic Director was named 2022 Region IV Athletic Director of the Year by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association (PSADA)
Zach the Service Dog
Read how Zach the Service Dog is Spreading Joy and Paws-itivity at CVE
PBIS Fidelity Recognition
Congratulations to Ehrman Crest Middle School (ECMS) on meeting the criteria as a Tier 1 School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) program on behalf of the Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support (PAPBS) Network.
A sampling of colleges
and universities chosen
by our 2021 Graduates:
Butler County Community College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Community College of Allegheny County Duquesne University
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Fashion Institute of Technology
Grove City College
Institute of Culinary Education - NYC Kent State University
Michigan State University
North Carolina State University
Ohio State University
Penn State University
Pittsburgh Technical College
Point Park University
Robert Morris University
Savannah College of Art and Design Slippery Rock University
University of Kentucky
University of Pittsburgh
West Virginia University
Youngstown State University
2021-22 Financial Information
2021-22 Revenue/Fund Balance
|Fund Balance Use||4,220,172||2.90%|
The primary sources of Local Revenue for Seneca Valley are real estate and earned income taxes. Also included in Local Revenue are federal funds that pass through our intermediate unit, as well as funds generated when Seneca Valley provides cyber services to outside school districts. We are cognizant of the significance – and take very seriously – the responsibility that comes with spending revenue from local sources (see expenditures below).
|Instructional Support Services||36,291,283||26.30%|
|Non-Instructional Support Services||2,273,858||1.56%|
|Facilities Acquisition & Improvement||170,500||0.12%|
|Budget Reserve / Contingency||2,500,000||1.72%|
Instructional Services account for more than 60 percent of the expenditures budget and provide educational services for regular, special and vocational education. Our Instructional Support Services provide logistical support to further enhance and facilitate instruction, and includes guidance and pupil health. We are committed to maintaining an expenditures budget that provides the tools necessary for maximum student success.
To view the budget in its entirety, visit www.svsd.net/2022Budget.
As we prepared to close Evans City Elementary/Middle School at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year, we asked teachers and students to share their favorite memories to commemorate the more than 80 years the school has been open.
Seneca Valley Foundation
The Seneca Valley Foundation (SVF) is committed to encouraging academic excellence and innovation throughout Seneca Valley Schools. Over the past 10 years, the SVF has proudly raised over $1 million for a variety of projects and programs across the district.
As we continue to support students and staff, we thank SV employees, school board, families, community members and businesses for their support of our mission. With the incredible generosity of the Seneca Valley community throughout 2021-22, the SVF has proudly supported 24 initiatives throughout the district totaling over $87,000! Those initiatives included teacher-inspired and district-wide programs including “Rewarding Readers” incentives at the elementary schools, revitalization of the courtyard at the Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, STEM mini-grants, international educational seminars for staff, and updated equipment in the Seneca Valley Center for Biotechnology Research.
The Seneca Valley Foundation (SVF) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to encouraging excellence and innovation in the Seneca Valley schools. The Foundation achieves this by seeking donations and patrons to facilitate new district, building or classroom projects, programs and/or grants/ scholarships. Its board members consist of stakeholders from local business leaders, community leaders and school leaders. As a non-profit organization, the SVF is utilized as a vehicle by which memorial and other charitable donations may be made to the Seneca Valley School District. To learn more, please visit www.svsd.net/svfoundation.
Thank you to the following donors who contributed to the Seneca Valley Foundation in the 2021-22 school year. We are so grateful for your support
Annual Support Campaign
Mr. Jim Pearson – In memory of Katherine Pearson
Dr. Mallory Eyles
Ms. Amanda Mallin
Ms. Annie Mersing
Mr. Randy Miller – In memory of Carolyn Klaum
Dr. Marie Palano
Ms. Lauri Pendred
Mr. and Mrs. Fred and Cecelia Peterson
Mr. Russ Sarver
Ms. Amy Seelbaugh
Ms. Linda Starosta
Mr. Dean Walker
Ms. Kelly Weston – In memory of Ted Neill
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy and Melissa Womer
Ms. Claire Zovko
Ms. Susan Baker
Ms. Janet Becker
Ms. Margaret Beggy
Ms. Mary Boburczak
Ms. Megan Bonistalli
Ms. Rebecca Bosco
Ms. Carolyn Bromberg
Mr. and Mrs. Ron and Trisha Butschle
Ms. Melissa Cornibe
Ms. Whitney Corrigan
Ms. Valerie Damiani
Dr. Matthew Delp
Ms. Corrin DoVidio
Ms. Nicole Eaton
Ms. Jennifer Exler
Ms. Rebecca Finch – In memory of Ted Neil Ms. Lisa Fornadel
Mr. Steve Fortunato
Ms. Lisa Graham
Ms. Kristine Hart
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff and Jodi Hassen – In honor of Tracey O’Toole – outstanding chemistry teacher
Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Kristin Henry
Ms. Darlene Howley
Ms. Lindsey Kisucky
Ms. Bria Koch
Ms. Kristen Kress
Ms. Holly Lingenfelter
Mr. Joseph Logsdon
Mr. Mike Manipole
Mr. Barry Marcella
Ms. Pamela McCarthy – In memory of Rosanne Chovan
Ms. Sarah McKissick
Ms. Jenifer McMurray
Ms. Carrie McNally
Ms. Bridget Miller – In honor of Kendra Bertoti
Ms. Lisa Mislan
Mr. Rick Morgan – Print King
Ms. Faye Nelson
Mr. and Mrs. Jason and Megan Oldenski
Ms. Ashley Pattison
Mr. Michael Pelloni
Mr. Scott Phelps
Ms. Christine Roe – In memory of Ashley Roe-Snyder
Ms. Kristin Schlemmer
Ms. Phoebe Schoenewis
Ms. Heather Sibeto
Ms. Sara Snyder
Mr. Andrew Teti
Anonymous – In honor of SV Marching Band Directors
Ms. Erin Wilcher
Mr. Stephen Wolfe
Ms. Chrystal Zinkham
Major Gifts and Fundraising
Parag and Urmi Batavia - $10,000 – Dedicated to the SV Robotics Program and S.W.E.E.T. (Seneca’s Women Engineering Exploration Team)
Eileen and Jim Wrubel - $7,000 – Dedicated to the continuation of “Raider Space” Summer Camp for Exceptional Students
Gift of Hope Golf Classic: $33,589
Neighbors for Neighbors “Five Days to $5K” Fundraiser: $5,839.43
General Fund Donations - $17,605.70
Blackbaud Giving Fund on behalf of New York Life
Ms. Melissa Bonicky
Ms. Jill Czar - In memory of Jamie Thomas Eckles Construction Services
Mr. and Mrs. Mike and Kirstian Jacobs
Ms. Amanda Kile
Mr. Rick McGarry - In memory of Jamie Thomas
Cathy Mowery – In honor of Jason Wehrle’s 51st Birthday
MPLX Regional Giving Group
Mr. and Mrs. James and Karen Nickel
Mr. and Mrs. Fred and Cecelia Peterson
Dr. Stephanie Rhoads – In memory of Jason Wehrle
Mr. Terry Shulsky
Mr. Nicholas Siliano
Mr. David Sylvester
VMware Foundation – In honor of Oliver Nowak
Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program Contributions
In 2021-22, the Seneca Valley Foundation received generous donations from local businesses totaling more than $47,500 through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program grant. We sincerely thank the following businesses for their continued generosity. These donations directly benefit Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classes at Seneca Valley.
Nextier Bank - $27,500
Waste Management - $10,000
The Buncher Company - $5,000
Farmers National Bank - $5,000
For additional information about this program and how your business can receive tax credits for your donations to our non-profit, please visit our webpage.
SVF was named a 2022 Community Champion by the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The Seneca Valley Marching Band was named Grand Champions in the 2022 Norfolk North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Festival’s “Parade of Nations” in Norfolk, VA.
Seneca Valley School District
124 Seneca School Rd., Harmony, PA 16037
Phone: (724) 452-6040
Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School
300 South Pittsburgh St., Zelienople, PA 16063
Ehrman Crest Elementary School
2070 Ehrman Road Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Ehrman Crest Middle School
(Grades 5 & 6)
2070A Ehrman Road Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Haine Elementary School
1516 Haine School Rd., Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
Haine Middle School
(Grades 5 & 6)
1516A Haine School Rd., Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
Rowan Elementary School
8051 Rowan Rd. Cranberry Twp., PA 16066|
Ryan Gloyer Middle School
2019-20 PA Don Eichhorn Schools: “Schools to Watch” (PA STW)
(Grades 7 & 8)
122 Seneca School Rd., Harmony, PA 16037-9134
Seneca Valley Academy of Choice
128 Seneca School Rd., Harmony, PA 16037
Seneca Valley Intermediate High School
Accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools
(Grades 9 & 10)
126 Seneca School Rd., Harmony, PA 16037-9134
Seneca Valley Senior High School
Accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools
(Grades 11 & 12)
128 Seneca School Rd., Harmony, PA 16037
SENECA VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
124 Seneca School Road. Harmony, PA 16037
Photo credits: Bill Paterson with additional photos by the SV Communications Department.