March 13, 2013

SVMS students take part in fundraiser

JACKSON TWP — Seneca Valley Middle School students recently held a fundraiser in support of Seneca Valley’s own Elexa White, a sixth grader at Evans City Middle School, who is the spokesman for the American Heart Association’s 2013 Open Your Heart Campaign.

Donations were collected for an entire week and everyone had the opportunity to participate in a version of the AHA program “Hoops for Hearts.”

Donations of $1 were given for three chances to make a basket in the hallway outside the school’s cafeteria.

In total the staff, faculty and students of SVMS collected $525.25 and raised awareness through their donation of time, finances and spirit.

School launches STEM Fems

JACKSON TWP — Seneca Valley Middle School is teaming up with local businesses and organizations to enhance Science and Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities for Seneca Valley girls.

Called STEM Fems, the middle school all-girls group was launched in December and held its second event Feb. 13 at the school. Girls were able to learn about the chemistry of cosmetics through the help of women scientists from Sonneborn, INC, Lenape Technical School and the Female Alliance for STEM Excellence (FASE). Using chemistry, the girls were able to make their own lip gloss, scented stones, and face scrub to take home with them.

The STEM Fems series will continue through the school year with hands-on, minds-on activities and guest speakers who will talk with the girls about how these STEM activities relate to their lives and careers.

The next after school event is scheduled for March 27, when undergrads and grads in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon talk about why/how they began studying the area, their current experiences, what computer science means to them now, and their future hopes and expectations.