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Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Chartiers Valley will offer its Virtual Academy to students looking to get ahead or catch up this summer.

Students who failed a course during the 2013-14 school year can make up the course online through the Virtual Academy. In addition, the Academy is open to students who want to accelerate through required match classes.

Recovery classes available are English 7 – 10, American Literature, World Literature, pre-algebra, algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, integrated sciences, biology, geography 7, civics and government, American cultures 9 and 10 and world cultures.

Courses will run from June 23 through July 14. A mandatory orientation is scheduled for 8 a.m. June 23 at the high school. For students from other districts, the orientation is at 10 a.m.

Students wishing to enroll in accelerated courses must have prior approval from the teacher and have completed any pre-requisites for the course. Courses available are algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry and a Keystone preparatory class.

Accelerated courses will run from June 16 to August 15.

A mandatory orientation will be at 8 a.m. June 16 at the high school.

Students are responsible for having a computer and internet connection, completing and passing assignments and the cost of the course. Courses are $125 per course for CV students, $175 for non-students and $75 for free/reduced-lunch students.

For more information, visit or contact Ronald Yasher at 412-429-2248 or


The Great American Duck Out will be held 6 p.m. May 31 to benefit the Crafton Pool.

The event will be a reverse raffle: Each duck is numbered. If your duck is pulled out of the water, you're out. The longer one's duck is in the water, the longer participants have to win the $500 grand prize, said interim borough manager Jamie Beechey.

Participants whose duck has been pulled will have the opportunity to buy back in and get their duck back in the water. When the raffle is down to the final few ducks, those participants who are left will have the option to negotiate and split the grand prize.

“It gets pretty interesting at the end, seeing if people are willing to risk it til the end or negotiate the prize,” she said.

It also will include music, games, food and “duckeritas” for those 21 and older.

A single duck costs $5. A Quack Pack – five ducks plus one free – is $25. For a Grand Pack of 20 ducks plus five free, the cost is $100. Charitable donations are also accepted.

The money raised will go toward pool renovations. The borough plans to begin $1.2 million in pool renovations next year.

For more information visit or contact Beechey at 412-921-0752, ext. 16.

Green Tree

The Green Tree Summer Concert Series schedule has been released and begins June 12.

Each concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m. every other Thursday throughout the summer. All are held at the Green Tree Park Gazebo at 985 Greentree Road. All concerts are free.

For more information, visit

The schedule:

June 12: Nina Sainato (

June 26: Sputzy (

July 10: Tony Janflone (

July 24: Jamie Wright (

Aug. 14: Peter Hewlett & Scott Anderson (

Aug. 21: AG3 Acoustic Guitar Trio (

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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