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Voices, a Podcast from the Seneca Valley School District

Seneca Valley School District

Want to hear directly from the voices at Seneca Valley on the most current topics and updates?Join us in listening to Voices, a podcast brought to you by the Seneca Valley School District.This podcast interviews guests who share an inside look at what is happening at SV.

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Episode 61- Preparing for Fall with Mr. John Demkowicz
5d ago
Episode 61- Preparing for Fall with Mr. John Demkowicz
SHOW TOPICPreparing for Fall with Mr. John DemkowiczSPECIAL GUESTMr. John Demkowicz, Seneca Valley School District Transportation Director Mr. Demkowicz served as the Operations Supervisor of the Monark Student Transportation Corporation in Gibsonia followed by the Supervisor of Transportation and Custodial Services for the Quaker Valley School District. During his 12 years of Pennsylvania pupil transportation experience, he became well-versed in multiple transportation software suites, developed innovative processes for state reports and implemented strategic communication strategies with the District’s transportation system. He also has experience in coordinating and facilitating emergency responses impacting the safety of District facilities and community roadways. Additional experience includes his role as Director of Operations at Performer’s Academy where he developed new revenue streams and business strategies while also maintaining fiscal and administrative duties. He also successfully recruited exceptional candidates to fill positions during the growth of the company. During his six years at FedEx Ground, Mr. Demkowicz was a Trainer, Swing Driver and Courier. He planned and provided efficient pickup and delivery services while complying with all operational, security and safety policies over a large territory covering multiple states and service areas. IN THIS EPISODE, WE WILL REVIEWMr. Demkowicz's background and experienceGeneral goals for Seneca Valley Alternative Stop notification and other important notices regarding transportation USEFUL INFORMATION
Episode 61- Preparing for Fall with Mr. John Demkowicz
5d ago
Episode 61- Preparing for Fall with Mr. John Demkowicz
SHOW TOPICPreparing for Fall with Mr. John DemkowiczSPECIAL GUESTMr. John Demkowicz, Seneca Valley School District Transportation Director Mr. Demkowicz served as the Operations Supervisor of the Monark Student Transportation Corporation in Gibsonia followed by the Supervisor of Transportation and Custodial Services for the Quaker Valley School District. During his 12 years of Pennsylvania pupil transportation experience, he became well-versed in multiple transportation software suites, developed innovative processes for state reports and implemented strategic communication strategies with the District’s transportation system. He also has experience in coordinating and facilitating emergency responses impacting the safety of District facilities and community roadways. Additional experience includes his role as Director of Operations at Performer’s Academy where he developed new revenue streams and business strategies while also maintaining fiscal and administrative duties. He also successfully recruited exceptional candidates to fill positions during the growth of the company. During his six years at FedEx Ground, Mr. Demkowicz was a Trainer, Swing Driver and Courier. He planned and provided efficient pickup and delivery services while complying with all operational, security and safety policies over a large territory covering multiple states and service areas. IN THIS EPISODE, WE WILL REVIEWMr. Demkowicz's background and experienceGeneral goals for Seneca Valley Alternative Stop notification and other important notices regarding transportation USEFUL INFORMATION
Episode 60 - School’s Out, Camp’s In with Mr. Steve Fortunato
May 26 2022
Episode 60 - School’s Out, Camp’s In with Mr. Steve Fortunato
SHOW TOPICSchool’s Out, Camp’s In with Mr. Steve FortunatoSPECIAL GUESTMr. Steve Fortunato, Seneca Valley Senior High School Applied Engineering & Technology TeacherSteve Fortunato has been a public education teacher for eight years, starting his career as a full-time construction technology teacher at Pittsburgh Public Brashear in 2013. During his time at Brashear, Mr. Fortunato was apart of a small team who launched Startable, a non-profit summer camp for underprivileged high schoolers in East Liberty. Throughout this time, he developed his skills in community development, fundraising, cultural diversity, event organization and an over-all better understanding of non-profit organizations.He accepted his position at Seneca Valley Senior High School in 2015. Although this was quite a change, he wanted the opportunity to expand his learning and passion for education. Mr. Fortunato followed that initiative by completing his master’s degree in Applied Engineering & Technology with an additional STEM credit, as well as his K-12 Principal Certification in December of 2019. Throughout his time at Seneca Valley, he has created three new robotic programs, special education summer camps and solidified strong relationships with local industry and community members.IN THIS EPISODE, WE WILL REVIEWWhat Raider Robotics Camp and Raider Space Camp is at SV Who can attend, what can someone who signs up expect take place, cost, registration information, location, etc.How to continue with Raider Robotics after camp is overUSEFUL INFORMATION
Episode 51 - Good to Know: Safety and Security Information with Officer Jason Young
Dec 14 2021
Episode 51 - Good to Know: Safety and Security Information with Officer Jason Young
SHOW TOPICGood to Know: Safety and Security Information with Officer Jason YoungSPECIAL GUESTOfficer Jason Young, Seneca Valley School District Safety and Security Supervisor Officer Jason Young has previous law enforcement experience most recently as a Police Officer for Jackson Township, as well as eight years working as a Deputy Sheriff for Butler County where he presented the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program to numerous Butler County public and private schools; organized safety lectures for teachers on active shooters; and field trained new law enforcement deputies. He also worked for nearly ten years with the Saxonburg Borough Police Department where he started as a Patrolman and was later promoted to Patrol Supervisor. Additional service includes his first year as a Patrolman with the Fawn Township Police Department in Tarentum, Pa. His training highlights include Crisis Intervention Training (C.I.T) that focuses on mental health incidents and a Field Training Officer certification through Penn State University. Officer Young earned an Associates Degree in Emergency Services-Police Services Option from Butler County Community College and attended the Municipal Police Academy (ACT 120) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.IN THIS EPISODE, WE WILL REVIEW• What Crisis Intervention Training is and how it is beneficial to the District• What various law enforcement privileges are performed by this role• What areas of investigative technology are employed by the District to keep students and staff safe• Why building relationships with external groups is helpful in this roleUSEFUL INFORMATION