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PLTW Attends National Summit

Students from Spring Valley High School’s Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Pathway to Engineering (PTE) program were invited to be part of the 20th Annual PLTW National Summit in Orlando, Florida October 22nd -25th.  Hunter Donahoe, Nancie Harmon, Freja Karlander, and Diana Kim were made part of the Engage Expo which featured 18 high schools from about the nation selected for their accomplishments.  These four students presented on behalf of Spring Valley High School, Wayne County, and West Virginia focusing on the Simulated Workplace Initiative.  The students shared details about last year’s Big Hearts Give Tiny Homes Project and how the project ties in to Simulated Workplace with the over 2,000 summit participants at the Orlando World Center Marriott, which included fellow students, teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs, and decision makers from all over the country who came to share their success and ideas.
These students participated in various workshops and exciting sessions that helped them to connect with other students who are committed to their studies within STEM related fields. This was an engaging an unparalleled learning opportunity for these four students who were exposed to best practices from those dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills they will need to succeed in college and their careers.
In the workshops, students were asked to provide input about the classes that they are involved with, in order to institute meaningful change in how PLTW is run and how students receive information.  Their insight will be considered and utilized to better grow the effectiveness of the PLTW courses. Every second was exciting and engaging.  Each course had something to offer the student, teacher, administrator, and investor.  We are all a little better for having attended this summit.    Hunter, Nancie, Freja and Diana have returned to their school with a rejuvenated view of PLTW and STEM education.  They have a new perspective of a farther reaching goal meant for them and their peers.  They have been given the power to inspire and seek more from their education.
Student were accompanied by PLTW Teacher James Coble, Assistant Principal Hugh Roberts, and CTE Director Velvet Kelly.
Special thanks to sponsor Braskem, Project Lead the Way, Wayne County Board of Education, and Dr. Kathy D’Antoni’s office at the West Virginia Department of Education for making this experience possible.

Teaching Timberwolves Attend Minority Business Expo

Spring High School’s Teaching Timberwolves Simulated Workplace participated in the West Virginia Minority Business Expo in Charleston on October 25th.   Teaching Timberwolves is the company name for the Careers in Education program, taught by Ms. Sherri Ross.
Students did informational presentations on how Simulated Workplace is structured in their classroom, including the leadership roles held by students.  In additional to sharing their story with business leaders from around the state, students also heard presentations from local and national business leaders.
Students attending the event included Beth Perry, Shannon Coleman, Erica Ramsey, Destiny Shultz, Kayla Stephens, Brooke Smith, Caitlin Null, Haleigh Kuhn, Jennah Smith, and Taylor Ruark.

Tiny Home Project

Big Hearts Give Tiny Homes


Students at the Spring Valley Career and Technical Education Center are working to finish a project to help a family who lost their home in West Virginia’s historic flooding.  Their goal is to build and furnish a tiny home for a family that was devastated by the flood.


The houses may be tiny, but what these students are doing for this family is huge.


Donations Needed for Completion:

·        Full Size Sheets

·        Full Size (Comforter/Quilt)

·        One lamp

·        One alarm clock

·        Four kitchen towels

·        Silverware

·        Silverware organizer

·        Set of Four Dishes (plates, glasses, bowls, mugs, etc)

·        Pots and Pans

·        One small trash can

·        Ice Cube Trays

·        Can Opener

·        Small Kitchen Rug

·        One broom and dustpan

·        One compression shower rod

·        One 32 inch shower curtain and liner

·        Four bathroom towels

·        Four bathroom washcloths

·        One toilet bowl scrubbing brush

·         Toiletries (bath soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc)

·        Small fan



·                  One Swiffer and pads

·                  Cleaning supplies (cleaning wipes/Windex/trash bags, etc)

·        Health and personal care items (bath soap, shampoo, lotion, etc)

·        Toiletries (toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, etc)

·        Welcome mat (for outside the door)

·        Smoke detector

·        First Aid Kit


If anyone would like to donate any of these items, please feel free to deliver them to the Spring Valley CTE Center on or before Friday, Dec. 16th.  


School officials said the houses will be picked up Dec. 19. They will be transported to the National Guard’s hanger at Yeager Airport in Charleston. They will be delivered Dec 20th .

Congressional Art Awards

Congressional Art Awards

Art students from Spring Valley High School participated in the annual Congressional Art Competition held at the West Virginia Cultural Center.  The competition is sponsored by congressional members and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.       Three congressional districts were represented with a total of 111 works of art submitted.

Dakota Sanders, a junior, won the Congressional Art Award for District 3.  His artwork will be on display for one year in Washington, D.C.  Dakota will be honored in a ceremony with other congressional district winners this coming summer.  Dakota also received a $100 gift certificate from Dick Blick.

Natalie Daugherty, a sophomore, was one of five second place winners out of the entire exhibit.  She was awarded a $50 gift certificate from Dick Blick.

The awards were presented by Kay Goodwin, secretary of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.  The District 3 message was delivered by Chad R. Story, field representative for Congressman Evan Jenkins.

Spring Valley’s art teachers are Cheryl Alley and Tess Hager.


Braskem Provides Sustainability Training

Braskem provides sustainability training to local high school students

Students from Spring Valley participated in the course as part of Project Lead the Way


Kenova, W. Va. (February 23, 2016) – As part of Braskem’s continuing efforts to support STEM education, the company recently had the opportunity to provide sustainability training to students at Spring Valley High School in Huntington, W. Va. This training was part of the high school’s Project Lead the Way Environmental Sustainability class. This class is new to the high school and was made possible through a grant provided by Braskem. Project Lead the Way is the leading provider of K-12 STEM programs in the U.S.

During the training, students learned about Braskem’s sustainability strategy, which focuses on developing more sustainable operations and resources, creating increasingly sustainable products and finding solutions for a more sustainable life. Gary Rabik, one of the company’s chemical engineers who leads Braskem’s sustainability program in the U.S., also taught the students about the presence of plastics in their lives, the life cycle of plastics and how plastics help improve people’s lives.

Mr. Rabik challenged the students to think about their day-to-day lives and every object they encounter.  The class was impressed by the number of plastic objects they encounter and appreciated learning about the life cycle of plastics and how they can recycle those products to do their part in being more sustainable. The students were also encouraged to problem solve and share their dreams and ideas to develop solutions to protect the environment.

“Braskem is committed to health, environment and safety with regards to our operations, team members and local communities. We believe in operating in a safe and effective manner, reducing waste, creating sustainable solutions and supporting STEM programs to help educate our neighbors in living a more sustainable life and learning about how plastics and chemicals help improve lives,” said Rabik.



Braskem is one of the world’s leading plastics and chemical companies with 40 industrial plants in Brazil, the United States, Germany and Mexico – the company’s newest industrial complex is a joint venture with Idesa, which represents a $5.2 billion investment.

Braskem is the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and the leading producer of biopolymers in the world, creating more environmental-friendly, intelligent and sustainable solutions through chemicals and plastics. Known for innovative solutions such as I’m green Polyethylene™ made from renewable sugarcane and UTEC®, the company’s own trademarked Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene for high performance applications, Braskem’s products and technologies enable the automotive, packaging, healthcare, and construction industries to produce goods that enhance quality of life for people around the world.

Braskem America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Braskem S.A. headquartered in Philadelphia. The company is the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States, with five production plants located in Texas, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and an Innovation and Technology Center in Pittsburgh. For more information, visit

National Athletic Trainers Association Safe Sports School Award

In partnership with Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall Sports Medicine Institute, Spring Valley High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers Association Safe Sports School Award.  The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes.  The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.

In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, Spring Valley athletic programs must do the following:

  • Create a positive athletic health care administrative program
  • Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
  • Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
  • Plan for selection, fit function, and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
  • Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
  • Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
  • Provide or facilitate injury prevention
  • Create and rehearse a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
  • Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
  • Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports, as well as their responsibilities

JROTC Wins Riverside Raider Competition

Congratulations to the Spring Valley High School JROTC Raider Team “A” for winning 1st Place Overall out of 13 teams at the Riverside Raider Competition this past weekend.  The “A” Team took 1st Place in the 5K run, One-Rope bridge, obstacle course, litter carry relay, knot tying relay events and 2nd place in the physical team test and logistics relay.  Individual honors go to Syerra Wilson for finishing 1st place female and Cesar Ventura for finishing 2nd place male in the Ultimate Warrior Competition.

raider team

National Award Earned by SkillsUSA State Officer

As secretary for SkillsUSA West Virginia, Shyanna Hatten attended the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI).  WLTI was held in Washington, D.C. on September 19th through 23rd.

WLTI focuses on leadership training for state SkillsUSA officers.  In addition to training sessions, WLTI included opportunities for tours of various monuments and memorials, including the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Pentagon 911 Memorial.  The West Virginia delegation also toured the Holocaust Museum and took a tour of the U.S. Capitol.  Recreation activities included a picnic at the SkillsUSA national headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia, as well as a dance and social event on the last night.

SkillsUSA WLTI participants had the honor of participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.   This experience included observing the honored ceremony of the Changing of the Guard.

The highlight of the event was the opportunity for SkillsUSA West Virginia officers to speak to Senator Joe Manchin and his staff, as well as Senator Shelly Moore Capito’s staff.  State officers discussed funding, support for Career and Technical Student Organizations, and other areas of concern for Career and Technical Education.   Senator Manchin also posed questions to students, including asking their position on the minimum wage.

The capstone for WLTI is the coveted WLTI Statesman Award.  Shyanna, as well as the other six state officers, demonstrated the necessary leadership skills and completed the required activities to achieve their WLTI Statesman Award.  The award ceremony concluded the WLTI event on the morning of September 23rd.

The leadership skills from WLTI will be put to work by the state officer team as they lead the SkillsUSA West Virginia Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) at Cedar Lakes on October 21st through 22nd.   Career and Technical students who are interested in attending joining SkillsUSA or attending the FLC need to contact Mr. Roberts.   SkillsUSA holds regular meetings during club time on Tuesdays.


Members of Spring Valley High School’s JROTC were the Color Guard for the Cincinnati Reds game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, July 22.  Participating cadets received free admission to the game and were able to interact with the players and team mascots.