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Chartiers Valley construction affects student pickups, drop-offs

| Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

Construction at the Chartiers Valley high school/middle school campus will prompt a change in student drop-off and pickup procedures.

High school and middle school students should be dropped off and picked up at door No. 16. High school student pickup begins at 2:45 p.m. Middle school student pickup is at 3:22 p.m. District officials said early dismissal for high school or middle school students should be made before 2:20. Parents will not be allowed to drive on campus between 2:20 and the scheduled pickup time for their child's school.

Event parking also will be affected. Signs will direct traffic.

For student parking, priority will be given to seniors whose extracurricular activity or employment requires arrival immediately after dismissal.

Academically, the high school will utilize Schoology for its learning management system. Schoology will replace Blackboard. The program enables teachers to share course information, lessons, homework and resources with students.

All “College in the High School” courses through Duquesne University can be taken for college credit, with the exception of AP Literature. The university made the change after reviewing the course.

Beginning this school year, Chartiers Valley will administer the PSAT to all juniors at no charge. Sophomores are encouraged to take the PSAT for a fee of $15.

The middle school will launch the 1:1 Chromebook initiative for all students in grades six to eight. Chromebooks will be kept at school, but students can log onto Google Chrome from any computer to access their work stored in Google Drive. Students will be assigned a Chromebook during the first few weeks of classes.

District officials have added more time for math instruction, primarily for students in grades six and seven. Superintendent Brian White said math is a core subject area, and the previous instruction time for math did not allow teachers to cover all the necessary material.

At the Intermediate School, teachers will implement a new science curriculum that includes Project Lead the Way hands-on lessons. Students will not be assigned a traditional letter grade in social studies. The district plans to use the descriptors “developing” or “satisfactory” to gauge students' progress.

With Project Lead the Way, students will use the engineering design process with the aid of technology to help them identify, understand and communicate their learning about real-world problems. An example could be building an apparatus to rescue a tiger at the zoo.

Project Lead the Way also will be used at the Primary School using problem-based learning through a STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — approach.

The Primary School will have a garden where students can learn and explore. Over the summer, students planted crops that will be harvested when they return to class.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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