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Celebrate CV

The Chartiers Valley community came together en masse at the Middle School on March 15, 2018 for the second annual Celebrate CV! event.



Celebrate CV! Videos

Leading up to the event we profiled nine of our outstanding employees in videos speaking about what makes Chartiers Valley and their jobs here special. Links to each of the videos are provided below.

View profile of second grade teacher Matt Talotta on CV YouTube >>

View profile of Middle School teacher Renee Bridges on CV YouTube >>

View profile of district plumber Bill Bane on CV YouTube >>

View profile of chorus teacher/director Lana Kipp on CV YouTube >>

View profile of High School teacher Lisa Trainor on CV YouTube>>

View profile of MS custodian Dona Gaudio on CV YouTube >>

View profile of Intermediate School secretary Kelli Brown on CV YouTube >>

View profile of Middle School teacher and basketball coach Cate Gannon on CV YouTube >>

View profile of Primary School special education teacher Symphony Vaughn on CV YouTube>>


No Place for Hate Banner Ceremony

The Chartiers Valley School District is the only school district in the Western Pennsylvania region to have all schools within the district recognized as “No Place for Hate” schools by the Anti-Defamation League. For the third year in a row, the Primary School, Intermediate School, Middle School and High School completed the required steps to be recognized as “No Place for Hate” schools. OmarMedina from the Anti-Defamation League attended Celebrate CV to present each school with their banner.



Community Resources and Outreach

More than thirty school groups and community organizations attended the event to share information about the events, programs and resources they offer the members of the Chartiers Valley community. 


Anti-Defamation League

Bridgeville Borough / Public Library

Boys and Girls Club

CARR – Community Assistance & Refugee Resettlement

Chartiers Valley BookStop (Gym

Chartiers Valley Education Foundation

Chartiers Valley Odyssey of the Mind

Chartiers Valley DECA

Chartiers Valley Middle School Student Council

Chartiers Valley No Place for Hate Committees

Chartiers Valley School Resource Officers

Chartiers Valley PS PTG

Chartiers Valley IS PTG

Chartiers Valley MS PTSG

Chartiers Valley Colt Leaders – MS Tours

Collier Township

Girl Scouts of America Troop 46719

Girl Scouts of America Brownies

Head Start & Pre K Counts

Heidelberg Borough

Hello Neighbor

Immigrant Services & Connections (ISAC) Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Kirwan Heights Emergency Services


Scott Township

South Hills Jewish Center

The Nutrition Group (Food line)

Turkish Cultural Center




The event also included demonstrations of Arabic writing, Chinese characters, Henna body art, and Turkish marble art by Chartiers Valley students.



The Chartiers Valley Global Scholars presented information about their club and how it helps prepare students to function in a global society.



Chartiers Valley Art Show and Community Art Project.

Artwork from K-12 students was on display in the art rooms and second floor hallways. High School students worked live on digital drawings, paintings and pottery pieces throughout the evening.



Middle School art teachers created a community art project that all event attendees had the opportunity to contribute to – a drawing, coloring, or sketch on a small circular palate. The individual palates will be strung together and displayed in the Middle School.



Student Presenters

Several students did a wonderful job sharing their cultural experiences at Celebrate CV! Thanks to presenters Nuha Ghannameh, Humeyra Kacar, Prisha Thumar, Srushti Chavan, and Sebnem Ozturk. Click on the students name to view a copy of their compelling presentations detailing the difficulties of learning a new language and adjusting to a new culture and how their teachers have helped them along the way.



Middle School Tours

Student Leaders at the Middle School escorted interested guests around the building to show off their brand new learning facility.



STEMx Demonstrations

STEM-related activities from K-12 took place in the gym with demonstrations from the High School and Middle School Robotics Teams and Manufacturing and Product Development classes.  Primary and Intermediate School students also demonstrated what they’ve learned in through STEM activities, while Mrs. Natale shared STEM-related literacy and book lessons from the elementary schools. In addition, some Odyssey of the Mind participants performed their competition skits.




The Chartiers Valley High School Orchestra Ensemble performed on the 2nd floor throughout the evening. Student stage performances, announced by Master of Ceremonies Eddie Kovach included a Shakespeare Scene and Monologue recitation by Leah Rau, Allie Cottom, Ava Spring, Olivia Tobiacyk, Owen kagle, Ellie Perkowski, Lauren Bailey, and Eddie Kovach, vocal performance by Nina DiBacco, solo dance by Elena Vitale, and dance duo by Ashley Collura and Tara Flohr. A Ukranian dance group also performed on the commons stage.



Food and Refreshments

Ricci Minella, Chartiers Valley alumnus and owner of the Burgh Bites food truck, was there to offer an array of delicious food to event attendees. You can follow his food truck or visit his brick and mortar location in Heidelberg.

The Kona Ice truck served shaved ice for dessert as did the The Sewickley Confectionery, which  served $1 scoops of ice cream and donated all proceeds to CVSD.



Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to help make Celebrate CV! a success. The event wouldn’t have been possible without you. We’d also like to thank everybody who attended the event. We are so glad you could be a part of our community celebration!


View photos from Celebrate CV! on Flickr >>




Celebrate CV! 2017

The Chartiers Valley School District debuted our “Celebrate CV” video at the Celebrate CV event. The video featured Primary, Intermediate, Middle and High School students sharing their perspectives about what makes our school district great.



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