Newly renovated QVMS welcomes community – Jan. 26
The Quaker Valley School District invites the community to experience the newly renovated Quaker Valley Middle School during an Open House Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The middle school is located at 618 Harbaugh Street in Sewickley.
“The newly renovated middle school provides us with excellent resources to do amazing things with our students,” Sean Aiken, Quaker Valley Middle School principal, said. “We look forward to the opportunity to showcase these fabulous amenities to our community during the Open House Celebration.”
In addition to touring the school, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy numerous student vocal and instrumental performances; a juggling demonstration; a student art exhibit; as well as numerous subject area demonstrations including family and consumer sciences, pre-engineering, film, science and physical education.
Members of the Middle School Cadets and Student Council will serve as guides throughout the event.
Refreshments will be offered in the cafeteria and lunch will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the FRIENDS OF QUAKER VALLEY SCHOOLS Education Foundation, which provides financial support for programs such as the afterschool art and robotics programs, wellness center, community youth worker and student scholarships.
The following performances and activities are planned for the event:
- All Day – Science Classroom, room 308
- All Day – Studio Life Art Exhibit, cafeteria
- 10:00 a.m. – Vocal selections from Little Mermaid Jr., room 222
- 10:30 a.m. – Strings Ensemble, room 221
- 11:00 a.m. – Gala Concert Preview, room 223
- 11:30 a.m. – Juggling Club Demonstration, auditorium
- 12:00 p.m. – Family & Consumer Science Demonstration, room 126
- 12:30 p.m. – Pre-Engineering Demonstration, room 128
- 1:00 p.m. – Film Production Demonstration, room 124
- 1:30 – Fitness Center Demonstration, Fitness Center
Built in 1926, the new and improved Quaker Valley Middle School underwent a $26.5 million renovation. In addition to a major ovehaul of the heating, plumbing and electrical systems, the project included three additions to accommodate a new auditorium, wellness center and an integrated arts wing that encompasses instrumental and vocal music, art, technology as well as family and consumer sciences.
The middle school project was initially bid in April 2011. However, bid proposals exceeded initial estimates by 30 percent. Rather than greatly increase the cost of the renovation, school board members opted to refine and re-bid the project. Although it delayed completion from fall until after winter break, the district saved approximately $4 million by rebidding the renovation project.
Construction began in the summer of 2011. Throughout the renovation students in grades 7-8 were relocated to Anthony Wayne in nearby Ambridge while sixth graders remained at Osborne Elementary School. Substantial completion of the building was achieved in December 2012. Students are scheduled to begin classes in the newly renovated middle school on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.