School news in the west suburbs: Chartiers Valley, West Allegheny

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Chartiers Valley

School directors voted Aug. 12 to hire Peter Schintz as science curriculum leader at the primary and intermediate school and Abby Swain as a special education teacher at the high school. Mr. Schintz will also teach fourth grade at the intermediate school. School director Wendy Huntoon was absent.

Mr. Schintz perviously worked as an elementary science coach in the Duquesne City School District and taught fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grade there. Most recently he taught fourth and fifth grade at Propel Charter School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in teaching from Chatham University.

“I have a background in science,” Mr. Schintz said, referring to his former position as science coach. “I expect that will help for sure.”

Ms. Swain has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, math from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in special education from Edinboro University. Prior to being hired at Chartiers Valley, Ms. Swain taught eighth-grade pre-algebra, algebra and geometry at Big Beaver Falls Area School District.

West Allegheny

During renovations to the administration building, departments will be relocated temporarily to accommodate construction. Visitors can call 724-695-3422 with inquiries.

■ Registration for preschool classes offered in the high school will be held online and by phone starting at 11 a.m. Sept. 17. There will be no in person registrations.

Information or to register, 724-695-5245 or

Registration is first come, first serve; online and phone registrations will be time stamped to ensure the first 15 children signed up in each class will be admitted. Parents will receive confirmation of admittance by Sept. 22.

Children must live in the district, be 3 or 4 years old, respectively by Sept. 1 and be potty trained. The fee is $75 for the three-year-old class and $125 for the four-year-old class.

Class sessions will be 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The four-year-old class will start Nov. 3 and the three-year-old class will begin Dec. 8. Both will end the first week in May (tentatively).

Family and Consumer Science teachers Amy Rocchio and Sara Ferko will supervise the lessons and are present in the classrooms at all times. They follow the West Allegheny Preschool Curriculum for Language Arts and Mathematics, which can be found on the website for both ages.

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