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SEPT. 3, 2019 - Glen Mills, PA

It was a beautiful morning at Garnet Valley School District and with the sunrise, we greeted our first day of school for just shy of 4,500 students! 

The first to arrive were the students of Garnet Valley Middle School and Garnet Valley High School. GVMS Principal Lisa Stenz, Assistant Principals Gerry Weinhardt and Rick Martin, and teachers were there to greet and guide their middle school children as they entered the school. With smiles on their faces they were eager to start their first day!

At Garnet Valley High School, the students quickly navigated to their classrooms with the help of principal Steve Brandt, and Assistant Principals Dr. Greg Hilden, Dr. Joseph Kingsboro, and Lauren Hopkins, and many of the staff and teachers that littered the hallways. The high school embraces a new block schedule this year with the purpose to develop a flexible, student-centered schedule that would foster authentic and innovative learning experiences in order for ALL students to maximize their potential within Garnet Valley High School and beyond.

Last but certainly not least, our Elementary schools welcomed their students with open arms! Buses and cars filled the parking lots, and families gave their children one last big hug before watching their little ones take the hands of their new teachers and leaders for the 2019-2020 school year. Bethel Springs Elementary School students were welcomed with a rally of enthusiasm by Principal Steve Piasecki, and Assistant Tara Allen, and the wonderful teachers ready to kick off the new year. Concord Elementary School Principal, Dr. Adam Penning, and Assistant Principal, Ashley Leach, joined their teachers to offer the families and students a warm welcome as they entered the CES doors and hallways. And Garnet Valley Elementary School leaders, Dr. Jason Kotch and Caitlin Jones teamed up with their teachers and staff to welcome back returning students and offer a guiding hand to our new students as they learned the layout of the school.

On behalf of Garnet Valley School District, we would like to welcome ALL of our students and families with open arms - We invite you to embrace this next year and welcome those around you, make new friends, continue to learn inside and outside of school, and lead the way for global citizenship as a proud member of Garnet Valley School District.

#GVFeeling #GVLearns #GlobalCitizenship #GVSD #Back2School​


Posted by curtisj  On Sep 04, 2019 at 10:04 AM
Glen Eagle Square to Host Back to School Event August 28th, 2019!

Kick-off back 2 school at Glen Eagle Square with the community at a festive event with food, shopping discounts, giveaways, activities and live music!

***RSVP to receive a Back 2 School discount shopping pass to use during the event, from 5pm - 8pm***

Your shopping pass will give you discounts at participating brands across the center and let you know where you can enter to win raffles for free giveaways. Once you RSVP, bring your digital ticket to the event and pick-up a shopping pass at any retailer or resturant at the center.

SPECIAL FOR GV STAFF ONLY - Present your badge at the event between 5 & 8 pm and you can enter your name to win a complementary massage from Currie!

Stroll the square for face painting, balloon animals, get a fashion sketch drawn of yourself or your child, or take some time to make-your-own flower crown. Be sure to catch the live music on the patio at the main center entrance.

Restaurants on the square will be providing tastings on the sidewalks and will be available for reservations for indoor or outdoor dining.

All ages welcome!

Post your pics and use the tags below - Garnet Valley School District will be covering the event!

@GlenEagleSquare @GarnetValleySD @GarnetValleySchoolDistrict 
#GlenEagleSquare #GVFeeling #GVLearns #GVBackToSchool

Posted by curtisj  On Aug 26, 2019 at 4:02 PM
Garnet Valley Supports Young Lungs at Play
Pictured above (Back Row Left to Right: Barbara Siso, DCTFC Chair (Main Line Health); Thurman Brendlinger, DCTFC Secretary (Clean Air Council), Kevin Madden, Delaware County Council; Mark Manfre, Delaware County Department of Recreation; Katie O’Connor-Jenkins, Tobacco Prevention Control Services (Health Promotion Council); Gerry Gonzalez, DCTFC (Child Guidance Resource Center)
Front Row Left to Right: Dana Rachko, DCTFC (Delaware County Office of Behavior Health); Helen McGoohan, DCTFC (Delaware County Intercommunity Health Coordination); Lori Devlin, Delaware County Intercommunity Health Coordination); Michael Culp, Delaware County Council; Colleen Marrone, Delaware County Council, Vice Chair; Brian Zidek, Delaware County Council; John McBain, Delaware County Council Chairman; Susan Mclain, Public Health Program Administrator (Pennsylvania Department of Health); Carolyn Falcone, DCTFC (SAP Coordinator for Garnett Valley School District)

August 7, 2019 - The Delaware County Tobacco Free Coalition, Delaware County Council, the County's Department of Intercommunity Health, Parks and Recreation, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health gathered to announce the County's participation in the Young Lungs at Play Program. 

Established by the PA Department of Health, the Young Lungs at Play Program (YLAP) works to assist communities in creating tobacco-free parks, playgrounds, and recreational areas for children across the state of Pennsylvania.


There on behalf of Garnet Valley School District, was Carolyn Falcone, DCTFC, SAP Coordinator for Garnett Valley School District.

#GVSD #GarnetValleySchoolDistrict #GlobalCitizenship #GVFeeling #GVLearns #SafeandCaring

Posted by curtisj  On Aug 21, 2019 at 9:43 PM
Garnet Valley School Board members, Rosemary Fiumara and Bob Anderson, met with Governor Tom Wolf and members of the Penn-Delco School District, on behalf of the PA Schools Work, supporting public education with increased funding in 2019-2020.

Garnet Valley School Board members, Rosemary Fiumara and Bob Anderson, thanked Gov. Tom Wolf on behalf of the PA Schools Work Campaign for his leadership in supporting public education with increased funding in the 2019-20 state budget at a press conference in the Penn-Delco SD today - Celebrating Pennsylvania’s historic investments in education over the past five years.

“There’s no better investment we can make than ensuring our children get a quality public education,” said Governor Wolf.

PA Schools Work is a coalition of organizations from across Pennsylvania representing teachers and other educators; urban, suburban and rural communities; and parents and other community members working together to advocate for PA public schools, their students and the communities they serve.

#GVFeeling #GVLearns #GVSchoolBoard #GVSD #GlobalCitizenship #SafeandCaring #PasaSupts

Posted by curtisj  On Aug 21, 2019 at 9:10 PM


Assistant Superintendent & Director of Safety and Security

[GLENN MILLS, PA, August 13, 2019] Superintendent, Marc Bertrando, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Leslee Hutchinson, Ed.D., and Director of Safety and Security, Tony Sivo, gathered at the Media Courthouse today. With the help of Kate Meehan, they complete their induction into the Garnet Valley School District. Both Dr. Hutchinson and Tony Sivo, were sworn in by Judge Kathrynann W. Durham.

Dr. Leslee Hutchinson currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent in the Garnet Valley School District. She obtained her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2017 and Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Edinboro University in 2018. Prior to joining the team in Garnet Valley, she served as Assistant to the Superintendent in Wattsburg Area School District, principal and teacher in the City of Erie School District, and teacher in Rose Tree Media School District.

Anthony Sivo joined the Garnet Valley School District in January of 2019. Graduating from the Police Academy in 1993, Tony brings 25 years of experience with the Pennsylvania State Police, serving first as a Trooper and Corporal, then as Sergeant, Lieutenant, and completing his police career as a Captain. Tony has a variety of operational law enforcement training and has begun utilizing his training, education, and experience to create a safe and caring school environment for the Garnet Valley School District.

Garnet Valley School District is a public school district based in Glen Mills, PA, within the Greater Philadelphia area. GVSD serves the town of Chester Heights, Bethel Township and Concord Township. Founded in 1959, it is one of the youngest school districts in Pennsylvania.

#GVFeeling   #GVLearns   #GVSD   #SafeandCaring

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Joanmarie Curtis at 610-579-7313, or email

Posted by curtisj  On Aug 14, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Hello all,  I hope that everyone is having a relaxing summer.  
 I am very excited to let you know that the 16th Annual Garnet Valley Education Association Flea Market will be on Saturday, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019, 8AM - 2PM$15.00 a Space for all GVSD employees and GV student groups ($25.00 a space general public). The GVEA Flea Market has raised more than $10,000 over the last 15 years, all proceeds have gone to the GVEA scholarship fund and other educational programs.  

The Flea Market will be at the Garnet Valley High School, 552 Smithbridge Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342. You are welcome to begin setup at 6:00 AM.


***Online Sign up Form***


If you are a consultant vendor for Paparazzi, LuLaroe, etc., and will be joining us again please let me know by FRIDAY, AUGUST 9th, as I have others who are interested.


Please indicate if you will be handing out promotional information only from your space, in other words, you will not be selling actual physical items. These spaces will be smaller and will be discounted to $10.00($20.00). We will make every attempt to group these promotional vendors together.


****NEW THIS YEAR**** 
We will do our very best to be put all crafters together.  


All vendors please indicate your preference of having a space inside or outside.  Also, if you want the same space as last year please remind me of where that was by FRIDAY, AUGUST 9th and we will do our best to accommodate.

In the case of rain, we will put everyone indoors. 
You will need to provide your own tables and chairs.


If you are paying by check, I must have your payment by Friday, September 13, 2019. You may mail cash or money order up until Monday, September 23, 2019.




Confirmation will be sent out only after receiving payment. 

No refunds within 48 hours of the event. 


Please send a check made payable to GVEA, to 
(or you may drop off at this address)

Joel Lenderman
c/o Garnet Valley Elementary School 
599 Smithbridge Rd
Glen Mills PA, 19342

610-368-8471 - Texting will work very well!

Please include e-mail, phone and home address, home school building.

If you work with a Community Organization that is interested in connecting with Garnet Valley School District, visit our Community Connection Page and reach out to us! 

Posted by curtisj  On Aug 02, 2019 at 7:07 PM

With just over 100,000 Pennsylvania college and university enrollments in 2017, a staggering 6% of those students will pursue an Education degree, according to Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently reported, the number of undergraduate education majors declined 55% nationwide, since 1996. Since 2009, the number of newly issued in-state instructional teaching certificates dropped by 71%.
Pennsylvania went from issuing 14,000 licenses to just 4,412 in the 2016-2017 year. Mike Tony, a writer for the Herald-Standard (Uniontown, PA), published an article July 29, 2019, highlighting these drops and attempted to shed light on the students declining interests in the education field. Read the article here.

Although these numbers continue to drastically change, Garnet Valley School District perseveres, hiring the best and brightest. Since January of 2019, the school district has posted and filled 23 teaching positions and interviewed 1,025 candidates.

As we approach the 2019-2020 school year, we continue to leverage our resources by creating an online following through @GV_Hire on Twitter, aggressively networking at college and university job fairs, and building our Garnet Valley School District brand. In 2019, our professionals spoke out and we were awarded one of the Top Large Work Places by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Garnet Valley continues to grow and evolve as a great place to live, learn and work.

Posted by curtisj2  On Aug 02, 2019 at 6:13 PM

Bethel Springs Elementary School, GVSD - July 8 - 12, 2019

This week Garnet Valley School District's, Bethel Springs Elementary School, hosted the Homegrown Institute: Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP.) Teachers from our schools gathered all week to learn, share and interact with colleagues and instructors in an effort to provide our students with a personalized learning experience within the reading and writing studies.

Instructors Purnima Vohra and Kristin Smith worked closely with our teachers, during the ELA writing institute, using tools to enhance their methods of teaching in the classroom. Two groups, grades K-2 and grades 3-5, worked diligently as they learned how to plan and structure a lesson, develop their own method of teaching, and how to approach and implement a reading analysis.

We would like to say thank you to all of the teachers that participated in this week's workshops, we are grateful that our students will have access to the resources and structure they need to be skilled and successful in their literary and writing studies.

To learn more about the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, visit their website:

#TCRWP #GVSDHomegrown #GVJags #GVFeeling #GarnetValleyLearns

Garnet Valley School District is a public school district based in Glen Mills, PA, within the Greater Philadelphia area. GVSD serves the town of Chester Heights, Bethel Township and Concord Township. Founded in 1959, it is one of the youngest school districts in Pennsylvania.

Posted by curtisj  On Aug 02, 2019 at 6:13 PM
During the summer months, our administrative professionals come together to hear from our experts on various topics of interest, and technological platform advancements in an effort to continue their education and skillset so that their knowledge can become a reliable resource for our students.

This Professional Learning event was hosted by Director of Technology, Sam Mormando. He discussed and offered tips and tricks when using Google Gmail, Drive, and reviewed the features of our newer technological advancement, Schoology!

Posted by curtisj2  On Aug 02, 2019 at 6:11 PM

Interesting development at the state level regarding leveraging technology on snow days. We are fortunate that we have the technological capacity to take advantage of this change, and our team is in the process of learning more about the specifics of implementation–more to come!!!

Philadelphia Inquirer Article:

Posted by curtisj  On Aug 02, 2019 at 6:10 PM 2 Comments
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