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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
  

March 17, 2020 - Garnet Valley, PA

Today, Garnet Valley team members, including volunteer bus drivers, principals, vice principals, and central office staff, gathered together to disinfect, load, and deliver over 1,000 devices to students in our community.



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Posted by curtisj  On Mar 17, 2020 at 7:31 PM
  

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GVPAA’s High School program presents Seussical the Musical, March 5th-7th!gvhs-seussical-gvpaa-tickets-salecindy-seussical-ghvs-gvpaa

Evening Performances @ 6:30pm
Matinee Performances @ 1:30pm

Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that lovingly brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Tickets available at the door and at www.gvpaa.org


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Posted by curtisj  On Mar 06, 2020 at 2:28 PM
  
"Shazzam6" is a family run team, made up of 6 children… from the same family!
T. Law - Captain, R. Law, R. Law, T. Law, K. Law - Mentor, J. Law - Mentor

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The team won 1st place in Robot run and came in 2nd place for the Project / Research Award on February 1, 2020, out of 48 teams!

FIRST LEGO League (FFL) teams conduct research projects and design autonomous robots specifically to carry out missions relating to the topic. FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ROBOTICS is a National competition with 1400 teams competing this year. It has three big factors to qualify. The same factors are considered for the Eastern Pennsylvania Championship, which took place on Saturday, February 1st.

Core Values - Being a good person to others and the world, sharing, and friendly competition

Project - Each year there is a project related to a theme that the team must accomplish and create according to what the subject is that season. This season theme was named "City Shaper" and the project was "How to help your community"

Robot Run - The robot they build and program should accomplish tasks on the Lego Board that coincides with the theme of the year.

At the area qualifier in December, there were approximately 28 teams and Team Shazzam won 2nd for Robot Run and 1st for Project Research. There were approximately 230 teams competing, and only 48 teams advanced to the Eastern PA Championship in Philadelphia.

Their project learned which post offices in the area recycle all of the paper they throw away, and their goal was to find a solution to help those that do not. They visited, interviewed, and toured nine post offices in our area.

Chester Heights Post office was one of the locations that did not recycle. They throw out approximately 90 pounds of paper a week.

The team then went to the monthly Chester Heights Borough (CHB) Council meeting to ask for their help to coordinate a recycling company to come and collect the paper. The Council liked the idea and invited the kids to a special meeting to discuss the details on January 27th, 2020.

The CHB Council accepted the idea and are moving forward with a plan to have Chester Heights Post Office Recycle!!

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“It started four years ago when my two oldest were doing robotics through the GV school. We realized that this year only, that 5 of our 6 children could be on a robotics team together. So we pulled them out and started our own team, Shazzam6, with the youngest being the mascot at the time (still too young to join),” says Mom, Kelli Law.

The two oldest children have aged out, but continue to mentor the team. Another son will be aging out at the end of this year.

Kelli reflected on the program and what it has done for her children, “I don't know if we will continue but it has been a Wild Ride. What FLL ROBOTICS has given my family and especially my children's life skills, from programming to creative projects, and especially how they can make a difference even though they are young, has been immeasurable.”

The children met with Senator Killion for photos, to give him an update on the team's Post Office Recycling Project, and to review the next steps for possibly expanding the recycling initiative at other Post Offices.

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Posted by curtisj  On Feb 06, 2020 at 3:04 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 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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*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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Dear School Community,

I wanted to update you on a significant change that took place at last night's School Board reorganization meeting. Rosemary Fiumara stepped down as President and was replaced by Scott Mayer, who has served the Board since 2010 and was most recently in the role of Vice President. Tracy Karwoski will move back into the role of Vice President going forward.

Scott Mayer and his wife Lori are the proud parents of two GVSD students, so he brings an important "parent lens" to his work as President. Additionally, Scott's experience and expertise as the Regional Vice President of Labor and Employee Relations for the InterContinental Hotels Group also gives the Board an important legal perspective. Scott has a strong belief in public education as his mother was a teacher, and his schooling prepared him for success as a graduate of Cornell University and Villanova University School of Law.

I am extremely excited to work more closely with Scott, and of course will miss my daily interactions with Rosemary. Serving as the President since 2012, Rosemary will continue as a member of the Board. She and I worked together for my entire career in Garnet Valley, and it is difficult for me to express how much I appreciated her leadership and friendship over the past 7 years. For those of you who do not have a great deal of interaction with the School Board, it's easy to underestimate the positive impact a great Board can have on a district. We are fortunate in Garnet Valley that through Rosemary's character, caring, and leadership, we have a Board, that philosophically and financially, supports our commitment to personalized student and adult learning, a safe and caring culture that prepares students for global citizenship, and provides our faculty and staff with everything that they need to provide the very best education for our students. If you see Rosemary, I ask that you take the time to thank her for all that she did and does for GVSD.

Have a great holiday season!!

Marc

Dr. Marc Bertrando, GVSD Superintendent

Posted by curtisj  On Dec 03, 2019 at 2:09 PM
  

Visit the Garnet Valley High School website for more information:
 https://www.gvhsmusic.org/post/gv-winter-concerts-2019-2020-all-invited

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Posted by curtisj  On Nov 25, 2019 at 3:01 PM
  
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