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Quaker Valley students, staff return to class

| Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, 10:19 p.m.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Resting her head on a bench inside Edgeworth Elementary, kindergartner Natalie Degori, 5, watches students as they enter the building on the first day of school Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Edgeworth Elementary students exit the bus on the first day of school Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
(From left) Second-grader Hadley Hoehl and sisters Katherine Linge, a kindergartner, and Hope Linge, a third-grader, have their photo taken in front of Edgeworth Elementary on the first day of school Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Edgeworth Elementary gym teacher Kevin Quinn greets a students outside of the school on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Alice Ronk of Edgeworth gives her daughter Ellie Graham, a third-grader, a kiss while dropping her off on the first day of school at Edgeworth Elementary Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Camden Waldo, 6, a first-grader, has her photo taken by mother Lundy Waldo, at left with Camden's brother Jackson, 4, and grandmother Barb Ward at Edgeworth Elementary on the first day of school Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.

Monday kicked off the start of a new school year for most students in the Quaker Valley School District.

First-year high school students had a chance to acclimate to their new building alone. Sophomores, juniors and seniors headed back to the classroom Tuesday morning.

Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled at Quaker Valley, spokeswoman Tina Vojtko said.

The district's theme this school year is “Re-Imagine QV.”

With the theme, Quaker Valley will explore opportunities to re-imagine teaching and learning, the allocation of resources, organizational structures and its use of time.

“As the landscape of public education continues to change, our thinking about how we educate our students must evolve,” Superintendent Joseph Clapper said. “Quaker Valley's teachers, staff and administrators have a storied reputation for their willingness to think differently and to take measured risks on behalf of students. In order for Quaker Valley to not only maintain, but to improve quality educational opportunities for students and their families, we must be innovative and imaginative in seeking new solutions in our classrooms, schools and throughout our district.”

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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