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Author John O'Sullivan to Speak at Unionville about his Bestseller: Changing the Game

changing-the-game-by-john-osullivanchanging-the-game-by-john-osullivanChanging the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids is a national bestselling book by John O'Sullivan. In his book O'Sullivan asserts that parents and coaches criticize performance and put too much pressure on their kids to be better, to win games, and to land sports scholarships.

Only 2% of high school athletes win scholarships (of these, the average is less than $11,000.) "This is the race to nowhere," O'Sullivan adds. 

Join John O'Sullivan September 23rd at 7:00PM in the Unionville High School auditorium. Although it is not required, we encourage you to read Changing the Game before attending. The event is open to the public and neighboring school districts and communities are welcomed to attend. 


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Posted by curtisj  On Sep 18, 2019 at 12:18 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles are Swooping in to Garnet Valley on September 20th


The Philadelphia Eagles will celebrate their fans and commemorate the National Football League’s 100th season with a series of special events, initiatives, innovative programming, and prizes during Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season. The weekend festivities will start with Garnet Valley High School hosting Radnor High School on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7pm for a primetime high school football matchup with elements of Eagles Fantennial incorporated into the game day experience at Garnet Valley’s Moe DeFrank Stadium.

On display outside of the entrance to Moe DeFrank Stadium will be a miniature set up of the Eagles’ Headhouse Plaza. They will be setting up Eagles assets throughout our entranceway and will also have vendors on site. Included in the activations will be opportunity for autographs from Eagles Alumni, photo opportunities with Eagles marketing assets and much more! All of the aforementioned activities will be available through halftime.

The Eagles cheerleaders, pep band, and Swoop will be on hand to support each team’s cheerleaders and marching bands. Eagles alumni will serve as honorary captains for each football team and deliver pre-game speeches to the players. The Philadelphia Eagles will “Eagle-ize” Moe DeFrank Stadium with signage, stencils, and rally towels. Spectators can enter Moe DeFrank Stadium beginning at 6pm.

Tickets for all football games are $5. Please try to have exact change to keep the lines moving. Below are the expectations for spectators who attend athletic events at Garnet Valley's Moe DeFrank Stadium.

· Bags and backpacks are NOT allowed into the stadium during athletic events. Small purses or clutch bags are
acceptable but are subject to search. Spectators will not be admitted with a bag or backpack.
· Outside food and drink is prohibited. Bottled drinks and food should be discarded prior to entering the stadium.
· No abusive or unruly behavior.
· No throwing of objects or any projectile in the stands or on the hill.
· No use of any prohibited items (artificial noisemakers, unauthorized signs, etc...)

We appreciate your help with these expectations and rules to ensure student safety while giving our fans the opportunity to completely enjoy our events.

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.


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Posted by curtisj  On Sep 16, 2019 at 3:07 PM

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Wawa is searching for the next 8th grade class to participate in the Food Scientist Program! Get your applications in now!

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Posted by curtisj  On Sep 06, 2019 at 12:08 PM



Garnet Valley Middle School Students Debut Limited-Edition Chicken & Waffle Recipe benefiting Philabundance After Learning about Food Science in the Wawa Innovation Center

Wawa, PA (Thursday, September 5) – Wawa and Garnet Valley Middle School teamed up this past Spring for the inaugural Future Food Scientist Program where a class of 8th grade students spent a half-day in the Wawa Innovation Center learning about careers in food science through four interactive stations educating youth on nutrition, sensory, food safety and marketing. After the field trip, students were challenged to apply what they learned in developing recipes to pitch to Wawa culinary experts for a chance at being featured for a limited time in a Wawa store in their community.

On Thursday, September 5, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., the students with the winning recipe will debut their Chicken & Waffle special at their local Wawa Store, located at 721 Naamans Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA, giving the community a first-taste of this limited-edition recipe, available at this for one week, with a portion of proceeds up to $1,000 benefiting Philabundance with funds benefiting programs serving our neighbors in need in Delaware County.

The event will also serve as an official kick off to the search for the next 8th grade class to come to the Wawa Innovation Center for the Future Food Scientist Program in October. Schools are encouraged to apply through Friday, September 15 by visiting:

“Wawa is proud to continue its commitment to the community by inviting local students into our test kitchen to have hands-on, innovative experience as they explore potential careers in food science," said Mike Sherlock, Chief Marketing Product Officer. "This program enables us to Fulfill Lives in new ways by sharing our values and commitment to quality food, while enriching the curriculum of our local schools.”

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About Wawa’s Future Food Scientist Program:

In May 2019, Wawa launched the Future Food Scientist Program to continue its promise of Fulfilling Lives in the community by opening our doors to our friends and neighbors from Garnet Valley Middle School to learn about careers in food science. The program offered 30 students a unique, behind-the-scenes look at how fresh quality food and beverages are made at Wawa through interactive activities, engagement with product development specialists and lab manual materials with key information.

About Wawa, Inc.

Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for freshly prepared foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services and surcharge-free ATMs. A chain of more than 860 convenience retail stores (over 600 offering fuel), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C. The stores offer a large fresh foodservice selection, including Wawa brands such as custom prepared hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, specialty beverages and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks. In 2018, Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of The Best Employers for New Grads and one of The Best Employers for Women, and as the Top-Rated Workplace for Veterans by Indeed. In 2019, Wawa was designated by Forbes as a Best Employer for Diversity.


#GVFeeling #GVLearns #GVMS #GVMSJags #WAWAChickenNWaffles #StudentInspired

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Posted by curtisj  On Sep 04, 2019 at 7:34 PM

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
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