Steel Valley School District News

A rendering of the new elementary school main entrance

The Steel Valley School District is thrilled to announce the construction of a new elementary school that will bring the district’s elementary students together for the first time and unite the entire K-12 student body on one campus. The Steel Valley School District Board of Directors formally approved the motion to award the general construction contract to Pittsburgh-based Rycon Construction, Inc. during its board meeting on Thursday, June 20. Construction is tentatively expected to be completed in August 2026 in time for the beginning of the 2026-27 school year.

Summer EBT Program

Summer Program

June 17, 2024

A new program called Summer EBT, or “SUN Bucks,” has been authorized by a bipartisan U.S. Congress to provide food dollars to low-income families with school-aged children over the summer months. For the summer of 2024, a household will receive $120 Summer EBT/SUN Bucks benefit (which equals $40 for each summer month) for every eligible child in the household. If multiple eligible students are in a household, the benefit will be combined into one issuance amount. The benefit will be issued to the family’s existing state EBT card (for SNAP or TANF) or on a new SUN Bucks card that is mailed, in most cases, to the household contact and address DHS has on file for that household.

Dr. Taylor Clementoni speaks during commencement

Her senior presentation in high school caused severe anxiety. Years later, Dr. Taylor Clementoni spoke with confidence in front of a much larger crowd as the guest speaker for the Steel Valley High School Class of 2024's commencement ceremony. The opportunity was a full circle moment for the Steel Valley alum, who shared more about her journey from prospective orthodontist to Director of Program Development at UPMC's Western Psychiatric Hospital.

The Class of 2024 tosses their caps into the air

The wind blew, storm clouds threatened, and rain occasionally fell, but as Steel Valley High School's 53rd annual commencement ceremony progressed at William V. Campbell Field in Munhall, the sun emerged. Though its appearance was brief, it helped keep the rain away and served as a beacon to usher the Class of 2024 into their future.

A collage of photos from senior breakfast

The annual Senior Class Breakfast took place on Thursday, May 23. The seniors had the opportunity to share a final social event together before rehearsals for their commencement ceremony. This year, the Senior Class officers chose “Blast from the Past” as the theme for the breakfast. Some seniors wore clothing like they had worn as youngsters and they even made Slime and used the Rainbow Loom to make friendship bracelets like they did when they were growing up.

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Bryan Macuga and Brian Plichta pose

The Steel Valley School District Board of Directors has hired Dr. Brian Plichta as Assistant Superintendent of Schools. The Board of Directors officially voted to approve Dr. Plichta’s hiring during its voting meeting on Thursday, May 23, 2024. Dr. Plichta will work with Superintendent of Schools Mr. Bryan M. Macuga to oversee the district’s curriculum, instructional strategies, professional development, and management of federal programs.

Two students perform on stage

The Steel Valley Middle School Drama Club was busy the last couple of months preparing a short program of scenes and monologues. On Thursday afternoon, they showcased those scenes during a brief performance in front of family and friends in the auditorium.

High school students stand in a jeep and wave in a parade

Mother Nature was very kind to the Class of 2024 and decided not to rain on their parade. Instead, we had warm temperatures, sunshine, and blue skies as the Steel Valley Class of 2024 enjoyed the annual car parade through the district Wednesday evening.

Barrett students perform during their spring concert

Whether it was appreciating the beauty of nature, the power of friendship, or the discovery of self, Barrett Elementary students shared a message of joy, love, and togetherness with their spring concert on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

The fifth and sixth grade choir performs

Tuesday night was the second half of the spring concert series at the high school and middle school. This time it was the chance for the fifth and sixth graders to shine and showcase how they've progressed over the past year.

Fourth graders walk down a school hallway on a tour

With less than two weeks left in the school year, fourth graders from Barrett Elementary and Park Elementary received a glimpse of what next year holds in store for them through the district's annual Step Up Day.

Letter home about iPad collection.

Middle school and high school students in grades 5 through 11 should return their district iPads on the specific days listed below. Please take a moment to read this letter that details the process to properly return this equipment.

Letter home about senior iPad collection.

Graduating seniors should return their district iPads on their last day of finals. Please take a moment to read this letter that details the process to properly return this equipment.

Kindergarten students sing during a spring concert

Park Elementary students brought a message of joy and togetherness with their selection of songs at the school's annual spring concert.

Students examine their hands under a black light

Fourth graders from Park and Barrett Elementary School donned their lab coats and strapped on their goggles to conduct a range of science experiments together on Friday, May 10. The joint program was courtesy of a program from Bayer and Best of the Batch Foundation called Making Science Make Sense.

The Middle School Forge Voices perform

The Steel Valley Music Department presented its spring program on Wednesday, May 8 in the Steel Valley High School auditorium. The evening featured the 7th-12th grade band, the Steel Valley Middle School Forge Voices, and the Steel Valley High School Concert Choir.

The SV logo

Please take a moment to read this letter from Superintendent Bryan M. Macuga that was sent home to district families on Thursday, May 9, 2024.

A collage of Steel Valley alumni

Personal connections play a role in every aspect of our lives. For stressed-out high school seniors, relationships and a family atmosphere are taking on an even greater importance during their college searches. To aid in the often rocky transition from high school to college, four recent Steel Valley graduates shared their personal experiences on adapting to college life, while a trio of college administrators provided some insight on what colleges are doing to attract students and help them feel comfortable on campus.

A digital representation of constellation Sagittarius

The Technical & Informational Science Department offers some pretty great electives at Steel Valley High School! Courses include Graphic Design, Coding & Application Design, 3D Design, Architectural Design, Robotics, Home Maintenance, and Entrepreneurship & Marketing. In addition, a Career & Technology course is a required course for all freshmen for the Chapter 339 Career & Technical Information Portfolio. Take a look at some of the projects students have completed recently.

Michayla Rager and Joe Nguyen

For the past four years, Michayla Rager and Joe Nguyen have had to delicately balance a rigorous academic workload with their extracurricular activities. From sports to community service, both have led very active lives. They have also been incredibly successful, as Rager has been named the Class of 2024 valedictorian, while Nguyen is the Class of 2024 salutatorian. The two students reflected on their time at Steel Valley and shared their plans for the future.

NOTICE:

May 3, 2024

The Steel Valley School District Board of Directors rescheduled the June 24th and June 27th meetings to June 17th and June 20th in the Senior High School Library. The Worksession Meeting on June 17th will start at 7:30 pm and the Voting Meeting on June 20th will start at 7:00 pm.  The public may attend the meeting in-person.

Richard Bazzy Scholarship Recipients

Eighteen Steel Valley seniors received a $5,000 scholarship from alumnus Mr. Richard Bazzy during the district's annual Dr. Lawrence A. Griffin Senior Honor Awards Ceremony at St. John's Cathedral Center in Munhall on Thursday, May 2, 2024. The large donation from Mr. Bazzy was one of 38 distinct scholarship awards granted to members of the Class of 2024. The annual award ceremony recognizes Steel Valley seniors who maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and who have been selected to receive a scholarship award from alumni, local businesses, community organizations, and philanthropists.

The Steel Valley Top 10

Meet the Steel Valley High School Class of 2024 Top 10. Congratulations to valedictorian Michayla Rager, salutatorian Joe Nguyen, Dalton Kraft, Ava Caiarelli, John Heddleston, Alaina Hartnett, Kacey Stoker, Haneef Capers, Shelby Novak, and Isabella Ruston.

An image of a letter announcing an FID day

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 will now be a Flexible Instruction Day (FID) This afternoon, the District was notified by Pennsylvania American Water that work would be done on the water lines beneath Main Street in Munhall. During this time, there will be no water in our District buildings.