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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
  
Click here to access the downloadable PDF.

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Posted by curtisj  On Jun 16, 2020 at 2:18 PM
  

Garnet Valley is announcing a fun project that they are sponsoring through a 501(c)(3), Little Hero Foundation (LittleHeroFoundation.org).

Garnet Valley Strong wristbands were created to remind everyone that we are stronger together. We hope the free wristbands provide a smile to Garnet Valley families while showing support for our awesome community! #GVstrong 💪

Our primary goal is that the wristbands bring joy to everyone at home missing their friends.

ORDER YOUR GARNET VALLEY STRONG WRISTBAND HERE!
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On the order form link: https://form.jotform.com/200862613662150
there is also a completely optional donation section. 100% of every optional donation received is divided between GV-CTC and the AI DuPont emergency families fund (to help families in the hospital pay for adult meals without having to risk unnecessary exposure during the COVID19 crisis by leaving isolation units).

To date, we have dispersed nearly 700 wristbands around the community and raised $1,200.00!

We currently have about 1000 more #GVstrong wristbands, and hope to give them out! Wristbands are free of charge, bagged in individual packages and delivered or mailed for sanitary purposes.

For those interested in receiving wristbands, here’s the order form link:
https://form.jotform.com/200862613662150

Best,
Maxx Barry

About us:

Our daughter Charlotte will begin Kindergarten in Garnet Valley this coming fall, and our son Ben is almost 2.

In early 2019, we had similar wristbands made for our friends and family when we were in isolation with our son Ben. He was fighting a rare pediatric liver cancer and was undergoing chemo treatment. While it was hard to not see our loved ones (aside from immediate family) through this time, it always made me smile when I would look down and see my happy band! Even more so, I loved seeing photos of friends and family sporting their Team Ben bands. It made me feel like we were not alone, and had a community of support.

I had the idea to make wristbands, as we navigate COVID19 and these uncertain times, to similarly bring a feeling of unity to our Garnet Valley Friends.

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Posted by curtisj  On Apr 20, 2020 at 4:40 PM
  
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