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The Delaware Valley Science Council announced Garnet Valley students, Holly Crothers and Vikas Rana among the 2019 finalists in outstanding achievement in STEM fields. The high school seniors were all finalists in an earlier phase of the competition, having submitted exceptional applications for judging earlier this year, and sitting for interviews with area scientists this fall.

Vikas Rana finished top of the list with the Reuben Shaw Memorial award. Vikas will be attending Brown University after graduation. He will be pursuing a degree in Science. They offer an open curriculum and he will have the ability to shape his own education, he would like to approach science from a History standpoint.

Holly Crothers one of the recipients of the Excellence in Science Award sponsored by ASME Philadelphia Section, will be attending the University of Pittsburgh after graduation to pursue a degree at their College of Arts and Sciences. Holly would eventually like to go into public health, and was guaranteed a spot in their Graduate school.

We would like to congratulate both Vikas and Holly on this amazing accomplishment, it is a great recognition to the hard work that they have put in to their education.

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Posted by curtisj  On Feb 03, 2020 at 7:14 PM
  
Dear School Community,

I wanted to inform you of a disturbing situation that occurred yesterday afternoon. There was an attempted child luring/corruption of a minor incident on Rebeccas Lane near Thornton Road in Concord Township. A male, driving a cream-colored sedan, described as Hispanic or Asian in his mid to late 40’s with short black hair, a baseball cap, and a beard, pulled his vehicle near the victim after she exited the school bus and proceeded to show her sexually explicit video on his phone. He then asked the victim if she would engage in sexual acts with him. Fortunately, this resourceful and courageous student did all of the right things and got home safely.

We are working in conjunction with the state police and are fully investigating the issue. All of our drivers are on heightened alert, and we ask that families reinforce their safety rules and expected behaviors with children this evening.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Pennsylvania State Police, Media Barracks at 484-840-1000 or 911 for an immediate issue.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

Garnet Valley School District


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Posted by curtisj  On Jan 22, 2020 at 10:32 AM
  

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The Super Smash Bros Doubles Tournament is ONE WEEK away!

Sign-up now for the first-ever, 2v2 eSports event, on Friday, January 24th.


You are not competing alone this time! For this event, you play with a friend vs other passionate super smash bros players across the GVSD community! Both high school and middle school students and staff, AS WELL AS PARENTS, are able to play this time around. Any combination of doubles partners is possible - middle school & high school - student & staff - parent & student.

Details are as follows:

Registration: Smash.gg/GVdoubles

  • For those who have already made a smash.gg account, you only need to click register for all of your information to be completed.
  • Since it is a doubles tournament, registration will require you to send an invite to your teammate before completing registration. 
  • Competitors who do not have a partner will be given one upon arrival; therefore, individuals can register too!

Date: Friday, January 24th
Time: Registration @ 3:30. Matches start @ 4:00.
Location: GVHS Library
Cost: $5 per player ($10 per team)
Discount: FREE play for players who bring in a Switch, Dock & Cables for tournament use. Unfortunately, only having a switch without the dock and cables will not help.
Updates: Follow @GVHSeSports on twitter for news, updates & all things GV eSports.


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Posted by curtisj  On Jan 21, 2020 at 3:34 PM
  
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 [GLEN MILLS, PA] January 17, 2020

The Garnet Valley High School Band and Dance teams gathered in the gymnasium this morning to greet Bob Kelly and the Fox 29 news team as the first school to be highlighted on Bob’s newest segment, titled “Bob on the Bandwagon.”

CHECK OUT THE FOX29 LIVE SEGMENT HERE!

Bob on the Bandwagon will travel to different schools to highlight their music programs and the benefits they bring to the students and the school communities. Garnet Valley music program currently has over 250 students participating.

“I tell all incoming band members, you join the band instantly you’re in a group of 200 friends… we’re a big family!” - Stephen Selfridge, Band Director

GVHS FIGHT SONG FROM FOX29 COVERAGE!

Garnet Valley High School is proud to foster a music program that brings together so many happy and talented students that create such beautiful art.

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 Jan 17, 2020 at 12:37 PM
  

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The GVHS Hi-Q team competed on Friday January 10, 2020 against Bonner/Prendie and Springfield High Schools in their second meet.

In an article written by Delco Times, Peg DeGrassa, she notes, "The Jaguars are determined to stay in first place for the chance to host the Championship in March. The team answered every one of their questions correctly on the first try along with securing 11 bonus points from other team’s missed questions for a perfect contest. Although Garnet Valley accumulated points quickly, Springfield was able to add 33 points to their first round score. Bonner & Prendie High School’s audience enthusiastically cheered on the home team throughout the historic contest. Final Scores: Bonner & Prendie: 16; Garnet Valley: 75; Springfield: 33"

Garnet Valley finished the competition with the highest score in Delco Hi-Q history at 75 points. The previous record was held by Haverford at 72 points.

Read the original Delco Daily Times article here.

"We are so very proud of the team and their accomplishments! The students have worked so hard for the entire season!," says faculty advisor, Sandra Dubnansky.

The team's final meet of the regular season will take place at home on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 9:45 a.m. in the high school auditorium.


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Posted by curtisj  On Jan 13, 2020 at 8:54 AM
  
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Garnet Valley Middle School introduced an Advisory Course with their new schedule - Providing students with a safe environment to bond with their peers, confide in a teacher, and create relationships based on kindness, trust, loyalty, and respect. The Advisory courses take place once a month and during this time, the students are encouraged to interact without pressure or stress.

Teachers are free to create a classroom environment that they feel would best encompass all of these. 

From letters and phone calls of gratitude to blind cupcake icing with friends, students put their trust in one another and open up on a personal level to create new relationships.

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Posted by curtisj  On Dec 19, 2019 at 3:45 PM
  

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The New Realities of Parenting is a special presentation for parents and guardians of K-12 children. The goal of this session is to heighten awareness for issues facing GVSD children, based upon concerns identified through the PA Youth Survey (PAYS). The more we know about the realities our children are experiencing, the more effective we can become at building strategies for our own families.

This session will offer a unique opportunity for all K-12 parents to learn, share, and support each other as a community. It takes a village to raise a child, and knowledge is power.

Please join us for this important discussion!
Sponsored by: Garnet Valley Communities That Care (GV CTC)

Wednesday January 8th, 2020
Garnet Valley Middle School
7:00- 8:30 pm

Free childcare provided!

VAPING: THE NEW REALITIES OF PARENTING
(Download this flyer for additional information)


We will engage parents and our school community in a 90-minute dialogue grounded in the results from the PAYS survey regarding issues that are affecting our student population. This evening’s presentations will focus on the various aspects of vaping. Anyone who is a parent or caregiver of a K-12 child should attend.

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED:
  1. Review of PAYS data
  2. Presentations by Vaping Experts
  3. Panel discussion on vaping
  4. Questions from our parents

Vaping Expert Distinguished Panel:

  • Dr. George Avetian, Delaware County Senior Medical Advisor
  • Medical implications of vaping
  • Judge Wendy Roberts, Magisterial District Judge
  • Legality of Vaping
  • Bridget Marley, Holcomb Behavioral Health
  • Vaping 101
  • Danielle Prescott, Vaping Prevention Specialist
  • Resources for parents
  • Carolyn Falcone, Garnet Valley School District
  • GV Trends on vaping

REGISTER NOW!
http://bit.ly/NROP-Jan8
Questions? Email us at GarnetValleyCTC@gmail.com


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Posted by curtisj  On Dec 16, 2019 at 8:34 AM
  

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*Pictured above left to right (top) Joe Kivlen, Chiara Bouchard, Kris LaFave, Heather Milito, Susan Andrechak, Connie Marchese, Renee Tracewell, Ron Anderson, Eileen Stec, Lisa Stenz (bottom) Karen Ferrari, Jen Cisco, Kim Kievit, Erin Cleary, Kate Bienkowski

GVMS School Community,


I am so happy to share with our GVMS school community that we have been Re-designated as a Schools to Watch for 2019. As you recall from my previous communication in October, Garnet Valley Middle School was officially recognized as a "School to Watch in January 2017. Schools to Watch is a program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. We completed the re-designation process at the end of October. Once again we have achieved state recognition for our best practices and our commitment to our students. This is a huge accomplishment and a direct reflection of our dedicated parent community, students, teachers, and staff.

Some of the highlights from the Schools to Watch report include:

  • Newly fluid master schedule with 57 minutes

  • School's shared vision

  • Maximizing our use of resources

  • Student's' expanded voice and choice in our classrooms and electives

  • Students' active engagement in classrooms

  • Mutual respect and rapport between teachers and students

  • Staff’s innovation and willingness to try new things in the classroom

Lastly, the specific strength associated with our parent community was represented in the following quote..."Parents appreciate the active and ongoing communication between home and school."

As you know, our school appreciates our parent community for their support and engagement.

In terms of our next steps for us as a middle school, the Schools to Watch team recommended that we continue to reinforce, expand, and grow our current practices such as...

  • Increase our use of cross-curricular connections across content areas

  • Expand our student goal-setting and student-led conferences that are turning the learning over to students

  • Increase opportunities to appreciate others' cultures

  • We wish all of you a wonderful holiday season.

Thank you again for your support.

Lisa Stenz, Principal
Gerry Weinhardt, Assistant Principal
Rick Martin, Assistant Principal
GVMS Faculty and Staff


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Posted by curtisj  On Dec 13, 2019 at 2:36 PM
  
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Team Toyota of Glen Mills will be holding a
test drive event in support of Garnet Valley Mini-THON!

December 16th through December 21st 

For every test drive, Team Toyota will generously donate
$25 to Garnet Valley Mini-THON
to support them in their goal of raising $75,000 for Four Diamonds. 

Four Diamonds is committed to fighting pediatric cancer through research, treatment, and family support. 
Please consider test driving a car with Team Toyota this week!  FTK!


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Posted by curtisj  On Dec 11, 2019 at 1:36 PM
  
Garnet Valley Middle School selects one student from each team within each grade that best represents the key elements of the GVMS mission. They are proud to announce this quarter's students, that were awarded for their excellence in Creativity, Compassion, Community, and Achievement.

6TH GRADE WINNERS 

TEAMS:


BRANDYWINE
Marissa Miczek - Creativity - Exhibiting creativity through originality in writing and class contributions.
Avery Lustgarten - Compassion - Including others while demonstrating empathy, respect, and kindness.
Michael Costa - Community - Being kind, inclusive, and friendly to all his peers.
Shreya Bose - Achievement - Achieving her best through diligence, perseverance, and effort.

CONCORD
Joshua Singh - Creativity - Expressing creativity in both writing and thinking.
Ava Sharp - Compassion - Her willingness to lend a helping hand to her classmates.
Camryn Schwartz - Community - Showing an interest in charitable endeavors.
Lucas Marchese - Achievement - Always working hard and showing incredible progress.

NEWLIN 
Sara Clow - Creativity - Exhibiting creativity through originality in writing and class contributions.
Owen Kabaloff - Compassion - Including others while demonstrating empathy, respect, and kindness.
Braedon Maitland - Community - Being kind, inclusive, and friendly to all his peers.
Catherine Oakes - Achievement - Achieving her best through diligence, perseverance, and effort.

THORNBURY
Marissa Gambol - Creativity - Exhibiting creativity through originality in writing.
Gemma Hay - Compassion - Makes a point to include and help others daily.
Jamie Berger - Community - Her insight which encourages others to think about different perspectives.
Owen Parker - Achievement - Achieving his best through diligence, perseverance, and effort.

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7TH GRADE WINNERS

TEAMS:

ACADIA
Hanalea Grimmelbein - Creativity - Exhibiting creativity through originality in writing and class contributions.
Ethan Yang - Compassion - Including others while demonstrating empathy, respect, and kindness.
Lauren Ricevuto - Community - Being kind, inclusive, and friendly to all her peers.
Madison Bulley - Achievement - Achieving her best through diligence, perseverance, and effort.

DENALI
Elia Bendezu - Creativity - Exhibiting creativity through originality in writing and class contributions.
Julianna Bilson - Compassion - Including others while demonstrating empathy, respect, and kindness.
Anthony Giribaldi - Community - Being kind, inclusive, and friendly to all his peers.
Latham Hutchinson - Achievement - Achieving his best through diligence, perseverance, and effort.

EVERGLADES
Ashlyn Timmons - Creativity - Exhibiting creativity through originality in writing and class contributions.
Adam McClintic - Compassion - Including others while demonstrating empathy, respect, and kindness.
Kaden Longo - Community - Being kind, inclusive, and friendly to all his peers.
Alex Bloodwell - Achievement - Achieving her best through diligence, perseverance, and effort.

SEQUOIA
Jamie Schumacher - Creativity - Exhibiting creativity through originality in writing and class contributions.
Ellie Doody - Compassion - Including others while demonstrating empathy, respect, and kindness.
Avalee McInnes - Community - Being kind, inclusive, and friendly to all her peers.
Justin Searl - Achievement - Achieving his best through diligence, perseverance, and effort.

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8TH GRADE WINNERS

TEAMS:

GALAPAGOS
Hannah Monroe - Creativity - Demonstrates creativity in artworks and stories across all contents.
Jude York - Compassion - Demonstrates a willingness to help any student who needs support.
Mason Kalman - Community - Actively participates in after-school activities and in the community.
Anh Vu - Achievement - Expands her learning in all areas and advocates well.

KOMODO
Evelyn Walls - Creativity - Exhibiting creativity in presentations.
Ava Wisham - Compassion - Including peers while demonstrating kindness and empathy.
Ava Yau - Community - Being kind, friendly, and inclusive to peers.
Emma Barrowclough - Achievement - Achieving her best through diligence, perseverance, and effort.

OLYMPUS
Alisyn Anton-Cautreels - Creativity - Exhibiting creativity through originality in class contributions and assignments.
Julianna Gambol - Compassion - Demonstrating empathy, respect, and kindness.
Mallorie Jeremiah - Community - A positive role model for others.
Evan Kaewvichien - Achievement - Achieving his best through diligence, perseverance, and effort.

SERENGETI
Anish Vakalapudi - Creativity - Provides a unique perspective to many common issues.
Suhaila Kamuloor - Compassion - Willing and eager to help a new student transition both to the school and the country.
Grace Vaughn - Community - Is a positive role model for others around her and stands up for doing the right thing.
Srilekha Mamidala - Achievement - Overall excellent achievement academically across the board.

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Posted by curtisj  On Dec 10, 2019 at 10:17 AM
  
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