Belief Statements

The Steel Valley School District believes that . . .

  • an educated citizenry is the foundation for a democratic society.
  • students, family, school, and community all share in the responsibility for education.
  • all people are capable of learning, and learning is a life-long process.
  • all individuals have equal intrinsic worth.
  • our Educational Program will foster enrichment, creativity, and a sense of self-worth.
  • education is the primary means through which individuals and society create and adapt to change.
  • the educational process requires active learning and innovation through the use of a wide variety of instructional methods and resources.
  • high expectations, positive attitudes, and concerted effort directly affect performance, and form the keystone for the entire education process.
  • role models are valuable because they affect behavior, learning, and achievement.
  • the respect of others is directly inter-related to the degree one respects oneself.
  • it is important for people to learn to work together because life is primarily interdependent.
  • a safe, stimulating, comfortable, caring, and attractive environment is conducive to learning.
  • effective governance and decision-making are based on mutual trust and respect and can be enhanced through a climate of open communications.
  • fiscal responsibility requires the judicious use of all available resources.
  • each person has his or her uniqueness, worthy to make special contributions.
  • education is the foundation for a democratic society to achieve.
  • all people are capable of learning in a variety of ways, at different times, but continually throughout life.
  • children are the most important resource for a community.
  • high expectations are critical for the success of education.
  • education should foster/enhance creativity.
  • the level of expectations has a significant impact on the level of achievement.
  • the respect of others is directly related to the degree that one respects oneself.
  • people need to get along with others.
  • people need self-esteem.
  • self-esteem is a basic need similar to food and shelter.

Recent News

Letter to Parent or Guardian

November 15, 2018

This is to inform you that a staff member in the high school / middle school building has been diagnosed with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). Our District practice is that anyone presenting with the signs or symptoms, or have been diagnosed with MRSA, must have a note from their health care provider to return to work/school. The Steel Valley School District has begun the process of disinfecting and using precautions to provide a safe clean environment for all students and staff members to the best of their ability. The county health agency has been notified and will advise us if any additional precautions need to be taken. MRSA is a type of bacterial infection commonly found on the skin. This common bacterium is a treatable infection that responds to specific antibiotics.

Munhall, Pennsylvania - October 9, 2018 – Steel Valley Middle School is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for the 2018 – 2021 for its innovative use of 1:1 technology in order to provide engaging educational experiences, focusing on creativity and 21stcentury skills.   Apple Distinguished Schools are centers for innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use technology to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative use of technology in learning, teaching and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishments.

Gavin's Mittens

November 9, 2018

Student Council will continue a very special service project this year called Gavin’s Memory Mittens. You may remember this service project from the last few years.  Please help us decorate Gavin’s tree in the high school lobby with donations of NEW mittens, hats, gloves, warm socks, and scarves.  All items will then be donated to children of the Steel Valley community who need them for the upcoming winter season. This operation is in honor and memory of Baby Gavin Thomas who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on 12/28/2007 at almost 3 months of age.  Gavin is  “forever in our hearts.” If you work in a building other than the high school or middle school and would like to donate some items for Gavin’s Tree, please send them to Beth McCallister via interschool mail. We will be sure to get them placed on the tree.