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Last Call for Career Day 2021 Presenters!

Hello Garnet Valley,

gvms-looking-for-presenters-2021-career-dayThe GVMS counseling department is hosting a Virtual Career Day for our 8th-grade students.

Career Day has long been a great opportunity to allow students exposure to a variety of different fields and help spark career interests. While we are unable to host this event in person this year, we still hope that students will have the opportunity to learn more about the plethora of career opportunities that exist.

The counseling department is in search of volunteers to submit short video presentations for our Virtual Career Day. If you are interested in partnering with us, please complete the interest form below and our counseling department will contact you with more information.

Virtual Career Day Interest Form

 We are currently in search of volunteers to submit short video presentations showcasing their careers. The presenters will be creating a video on FlipGrid for our students to view. If presenters are not comfortable using the FlipGrid platform, they can email us a video instead. It does not have a be a formal presentation - it can be a quick glimpse into their daily work or even an interview format.

***We are asking for videos to be submitted by 5/20.***

Let us know if you have any questions, thanks for your help in spreading the word!

GVMS Counselors

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Marisa Mahon
School Counselor (A-Em)
(she/her)

Garnet Valley Middle School
601 Smithbridge Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342
(484) 823-0047
GVMS Counseling Website

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Posted by curtisj  On May 19, 2021 at 11:33 AM
  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE & PUBLICATION

Garnet Valley High School Student Council Earns National Recognition

[Glen Mills, PA] (April 10, 2021) — For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the Garnet Valley High School Student Council has been recognized as a 2021 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National of Student Council (NatStuCo). 

“Receiving a National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program,” said Ann Postlewaite,
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) student programs director. “NatStuCo applauds the work of the National Gold Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”

Student Council officers Sydney Pyon, Jada Dye, Stephanie Roberts, Alan Lehrfield, Samantha Loan, Magdalena Waters, and Gregory Lederdor are absolutely thrilled that all of Garnet Valley’s endeavors have been recognized at the national level. Pyon, President of the Council, expresses: 

“I am so incredibly proud of everything that our Council has achieved in this past year. Given the circumstances, we have had to come together more than ever and been creative with finding new ways to serve our community and people in need. I honestly think this is one of the most successful years yet for our Council, which is ironic, and it is so rewarding to see our accomplishments being recognized.”

The members of the Student Council are so grateful for this amazing acknowledgement and could not have done it without the encouraging support of Garnet Valley’s teachers and community, especially advisors Ms. Kimberly Griego-Boruch and Señor Glenn Abrams. Their flexibility and willingness to help mold the Council in a safe and positive environment is undeniable. Especially in a pandemic, our students were grateful to have the opportunity to participate in traditional Council events despite the challenging yet rewarding efforts made. Dye, vice president of the council acknowledges: 

“It is so exciting to have received this award for the third consecutive year! I am so proud of what our Council has been able to accomplish even while being in a pandemic. While gathering and having all of our normal events wasn’t as easy this year, we were still able to remain flexible and have just as much of a positive impact on our community. It truly shows that no matter what, we can make things happen!” 

To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, the councils have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community. Councils awarded the gold level of the award have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership. The Garnet Valley High School Student Council has received this standard not only once, but now for the seventh time in history. 

National Student Council (NatStuCo) provides and promotes professional development and leadership training to student council advisers who, in turn, teach leadership skills to student council members. NatStuCo is dedicated to preparing and empowering student leaders to better serve their schools and communities. For more information, visit www.NatStuCo.org.

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 May 11, 2021 at 2:07 PM
  

Undefeated season = ACHIEVED!

Bocce Jags win a nail biter 8-7 against Strath Haven to finish the season 4-0!!! Thank you to everyone who made this all possible! And congratulations to our GV Bocce Team!

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Posted by curtisj  On May 06, 2021 at 8:16 AM
  

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Don’t waste a good opportunity!

We’re excited to announce our shoe drive with the non-profit @Soles4Souls to keep shoes out of landfills and create opportunities for people in need instead.

Donate your new and gently-worn shoes to collection boxes outside the Main Office and Cafeteria from April 22-April 30 and help us reach our goal of 500 pairs!


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Posted by curtisj  On Apr 22, 2021 at 12:21 PM
  
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April 14, 2021 was our first ever outdoor signing day and the weather cooperated just enough.  The below link will take you to pictures from the event.  Our photographer today was Tommy Smith (T-Bone) who graciously donated his time to memorialize our event.
Congratulations to your kids and your families!
Go Jags!
Seth Brunner
Director of Secondary Athletics

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tbonesmith/albums/72157718942397217/


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Posted by curtisj  On Apr 16, 2021 at 1:46 PM
  
News-O-Matic, a children's news website, recently interviewed Bethel Springs's 4th grade teacher and GV Trailblazer's coordinator, Brian Quindlen about Bird Safe Philly and the Lights Out Program!

These programs are part of a nationwide effort to turn off city skylines during spring and fall migration to reduce bird collisions with buildings at night. Click the link below to read the full article and visit the site, which includes photos of birds taken at BSES under the “Slideshow” feature, along with other cool interactive features!
https://app.newsomatic.net/2021/3/31/lights-out-philly?language=English&reading-level=5-6&t=3f9bd013-0d58-444c-9389-c0e320cdc5bd


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Posted by curtisj  On Apr 08, 2021 at 1:05 PM
  

Do you know someone that has made a difference or overcome obstacles for the benefit of inclusion?

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9th Annual Making a Difference Awards

These awards are sponsored by Delaware County Right to Education Task Force and are to honor those individuals who promote the inclusion of students with disabilities within our schools and communities.  

Please consider nominating a teacher, parent, paraprofessional, bus driver, administrator, or student for this award!  Our community prides itself on being inclusive and there are so many wonderful examples to share!  

THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 11TH!

Your nomination should be well written and as detailed as possible - the competition is intense, as there are so many wonderful stories that are generated each year from our community.  

Thank you in advance for your consideration AND for always making a difference in Garnet Valley!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS



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Posted by curtisj  On Mar 03, 2021 at 3:25 PM
  

IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021

In April of 1960, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed Spelman College as a guest speaker at its annual Founder’s Day celebration. He inspired the women in attendance by sharing one of his most memorable quotes,

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

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These words continue to breathe inspiration into the generations that follow. 

2020 left so many community members lost in, what seems like, an alternate reality - left to scramble in the wake of a viral villain (disaster), that robbed us of the togetherness we so desperately need. Although it may seem like we are lightyears away from normalcy, we can continue to support those who continue to fight against the injustices that have plagued this world well before this virus held us hostage. 


We may not be able to embrace one another, but we implore our communities to fight for the day when we will be together again. Fight for that day to be a day that we will stand together as one and support both the equity and equality of all mankind.


February marks Black History Month, honoring the many men, women, and children that stood up to injustices, promoted peace and love, and encouraged our fellow Americans to embrace that same message of global citizenship that we share here at Garnet Valley School District.


This year we are asking our Garnet Valley Community members to join us in the #BlackHistoryChallenge. All through the month of February, we have been highlighting the many African American pioneers that have left a mark in history, and we are challenging you to share these posts - or create posts of your own, highlighting strong African American figures that have inspired you in an effort to continue to educate our communities. 


“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ~ Barack Obama


We would like you to meet...

Carter G. Woodson  •  Mary Eliza Mahoney  •  Ruby Bridges  •  John H. Johnson  •  Claudette Colvin
Susie King Taylor


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Posted by curtisj  On Feb 17, 2021 at 2:22 PM
  

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"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Garnet Valley School District is greater than an institution... We are a community built on strength and resilience - In memory of a man that stood for global citizenship, equity, and equality, may we all find a way to mirror his virtues by embracing people of all race, creed, and religion, seeking to learn more about one another, and standing together against the forces that dare to challenge what we know to be honorable. Let us be the change.


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Posted by curtisj  On Jan 18, 2021 at 8:29 AM
  

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GARNET VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

OUTSTANDING VISUAL ARTS COMMUNITY 2020

The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) is proud to recognize Garnet Valley School District for their outstanding commitment to visual arts education with the endorsement Outstanding Visual Arts Community 2020. PAEA empowers its members to transform their practices, students, colleagues, and communities to build a strong art education culture and citizenry.

Districts receiving this endorsement demonstrate the importance of their visual arts programs with:

  • Rigorous and Inclusive Programs: Arts programs demonstrate rigor using standards-based curriculum taught at every level by highly qualified and certified arts educators.
  • Highly Accessible Programs: Art programs are offered to all students at every level of education with a sustainable budget for the visual arts.
  • Highly Visible Programs: Schools and districts identify their programmatic accomplishments, curriculum for all levels, art staff, mission statements, and arts events using their school websites and social media.
"Your district's Visual Arts department is one of only 26 districts selected across Pennsylvania to receive the 2020 OVAC endorsement. PAEA commends you!"

Congratulations and thank you to all for bringing such outstanding commitment to Garnet Valley School District!


Mrs. Diana Stevenson, Mrs. Brewer. Mrs. Buchanan, Ms. Owens, Mr. Moyer, Mr. Wiggins, Mrs. Robertson, Mr. Carroll, Mrs. Buck, Ms. Esher, Mrs. Yerger


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Posted by curtisj  On Oct 15, 2020 at 1:04 PM
  
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