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New faces, places and classes at Chartiers Valley this year

| Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, 1:24 p.m.

The 2018-19 school year will include new faces, the opening of a new high school and new courses in the Chartiers Valley School District.

Students headed back to class Aug. 22.

Marc Hubert, who served as the intermediate school assistant principal, becomes assistant principal at Chartiers Valley Primary School, said Mikaela Duckstein, director of communications and strategic partnerships. Anissa Rosenwald enters her second year as primary school principal.

“The elementary levels remain focused on building a strong foundation and providing an excellent core education for each and every student,” Duckstein said in an email.

At the intermediate school, Julie Franczyk takes over as principal.

Franczyk began her career as a special education teacher and behavior specialist, Duckstein said. Franczyk worked as assistant principal at North Hills Middle School in the North Hills School District and assistant principal at Bower Hill Elementary in the Peters Township School District before coming to Chartiers Valley.

Stephanie Faith, who had been assistant principal at the primary school, becomes assistant principal at the intermediate school, Duckstein said.

This will be the first full school year in the new middle school, which opened in stages during the 2017-18 school year. The middle school features “houses” where grade-level teams learn core subjects together, plus a large commons area and STEM and shop rooms.

The school will host the Pennsylvania Association of Middle Level Educators regional conference this winter, Duckstein said.

“At the middle school, we continue to examine the social, emotional and cognitive learning needs of our adolescent students and provide supports to help them thrive in confidence and academic abilities,” she said.

Middle school Principal Adrienne Floro, who is a fellow with the professional development program School Retool, received a grant this summer to attend the national conference Hacktivation Nation at Stanford University’s d.school, a design and thinking-based institute. Middle school teacher Alicia Guarnaccio also attended.

At the national conference, they learned how to make small changes that will lead to positive outcomes on instruction and learning, Duckstein said.

Construction of a new Chartiers Valley High School is on schedule, Duckstein said, and is set to be complete this winter.

The high school has a new principal this year. Patrick Myers worked in the district for 19 years and served as a school psychologist, special education coordinator, middle school assistant principal, intermediate school principal and high school principal of student supports, Duckstein said.

Board members last week approved the hiring of Tim Murray as a new high school assistant principal. Robert Butts continues in his role as assistant principal, Duckstein said.

“At the high school, we continue to strengthen our academic program of study with a specific focus on life-ready learning, providing experiences that will assist students in their learning after graduation,” Duckstein said in an email.

New courses at the high school include Advanced Placement research and biomedical innovation.

Even at the administrative offices, there are new faces.

Superintendent Johannah Vanatta will start her first full year in the district. She was hired by the board this spring and began in April.

This summer, the district hired Emily Eckman as director of finance and operations, said Duckstein, who herself started this summer.

Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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