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Principal's Corner
 
Mr. Patrick A. Sasse                                                           Asst Principal
Mr. Patrick A. Sasse, Principal                                                                 Ms. Maggie E. Hoerburger, Assistant Principal
 
This is Mr. Sasse’s first year as Schuylkill Valley High School principal. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Albright College in 2002 and his master’s degree in education with a focus on classroom technology from Wilkes University in 2009. Mr. Sasse earned his administrative certification from Cabrini College in 2010 and now teaches graduate education courses for Cabrini in an adjunct capacity. 
 
As a former English teacher, Mr. Sasse has a passion for reading and discussing literature. He also coached football and lacrosse, and advised many clubs and extracurricular activities. As a building leader, Mr. Sasse will strive to help all students meet and exceed their potential, and he will work alongside the talented SVHS staff to ensure a quality educational experience and new opportunities. Outside of school, Mr. Sasse spends time with his wife, Tara, and daughter, Maeve, and in November 2013, the Sasse family will welcome a second baby girl to the world. In addition, Mr. Sasse enjoys reading, supporting Philadelphia sportsteams, running, and playing lacrosse.
Ms. Hoerburger has joined Schuylkill Valley High School as an Assistant Principal.  She attended DeSales University, and graduated in 2007 obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a dual certification in Special Education.  She achieved a Master’s Degree in Education with a Reading Specialist emphasis from Cabrini College in 2010.  In 2012, Ms. Hoerburger graduated from Penn State University with her second Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an Administrative Certification.

Prior to joining Schuylkill Valley, she was a Special Education Teacher and a Dean of Students at Louis E. Dieruff High School in the Allentown School District.  She is extremely excited to be a part of the Schuylkill Valley School District, and is lookin
g forward to helping support their comprehensive academic and extensive co-curricular programs!

      Welcome to Schuylkill Valley High School, home of the Panthers, a grade 9 through 12 high school of over 660 students. Our high school curriculum offers over 150 courses in 11 departments. Students are challenged at their appropriate level of achievement with honors, academic, and general levels of courses. Rigorous courses, including 12 advanced placement courses, 18 weighted courses, an academic enrichment program, and college courses are available to meet specific the needs of the most talented academic students. Special education and learning support classes are available to students identified through an individualized education program to meet their specific needs. A variety of elective courses enable individual students to tailor their course selections to meet their own career needs for a future in college, vocational-technical school, military, or the world of work. Our excellent and highly educated faculty stays current with educational trends and challenges our students to succeed at the highest level. We are proud of our Pennsylvania State System of Assessment (PSSA) test scores, as we are among the top five in Berks County over the past four years. We have received state incentive money over the past two years totaling almost $50,000, due to our outstanding student achievement on the PSSA tests. Our staff is dedicated to assisting our most important community asset, our children, as they progress throughout high school.
 
      Schuylkill Valley High School also has an extensive co-curricular program that provides opportunities for interested students outside of the classroom. Activities divide into three main areas: athletics, clubs, and musical programs. Our athletic program includes 23 athletic programs with teams at the varsity, junior varsity, and junior high levels. Our sports teams are directed by an outstanding coaching staff and are very competitive in their respective leagues. The club and activity program offers 24 opportunities for students to exhibit individual skills, leadership, and competitive skills in a specific area of interest. The musical program consists of a variety of instrumental and vocal musical groups as well as an annual school musical. An excellent staff directs the musical programs, and they provide opportunities for students to showcase their musical talents in various venues. To conclude, our co-curricular programs in athletics, clubs, and musical programs are first-rate, and many students take advantage of the variety of opportunities afforded to them beyond the regular school day.
      In summary, Schuylkill Valley High School offers a comprehensive academic program designed to meet a variety of student needs and interests and an outstanding staff of educators and support personnel student-centered in their approach delivering the curriculum. An extensive co-curricular program consisting of athletics, clubs, and musical activities supplement the program and provide opportunities outside of the classroom. A typical high school student takes an academic schedule and is involved in three or more co-curricular activities. Involvement seems to be the key word to describe a Schuylkill Valley student. “Catch the Panther Pride” at Schuylkill Valley High School!