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Dear School Community,

On Tuesday evening the School Board unanimously approved the 2020-21 and 2021-22 calendars.

Please click on THIS LINK to access them.

I wanted to highlight that students will start school on Tuesday, September 1. Beginning school prior to Labor Day represents a big change for Garnet Valley; however, although we will start before the holiday the next two years, it does not represent a new tradition. Instead, we will always approach the creation of the instructional calendar with the best interests of students, staff, and families in mind and make decisions accordingly.

As I stated in my last email, we wanted to give parents plenty of time to coordinate their family and school schedules; hopefully, you’ve found our new timeline helpful. If you are not able to access the link, the calendar is also posted on our website.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent


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Posted by curtisj  On Nov 07, 2019 at 8:47 AM
  
garnet-valley-school-district-attends-senior-citizen-expo-concord On Thursday morning, Garnet Valley School District attended the Concord Township Senior Expo. The event offered local residents the opportunity to learn more about the organizations operating in their community. We offered the senior citizen residents an insight into the accomplishments of our students and highlighted the benefits of living in the Garnet Valley School District.

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Posted by curtisj  On Oct 11, 2019 at 12:05 PM
  
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Concordville Subaru partnered with Concord Elementary School in their "Subaru Loves to Learn" program this year. Books were displayed in their showroom and customers were given the opportunity to sign the books. Peter Lustgarten presented the book donation to Concord Elementary School on October 10th!


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Posted by curtisj  On Oct 11, 2019 at 11:43 AM
  

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Dear School Community,

Although we are only one month into the new school year, we are already beginning work on the 2020-21 and 2021-22 calendars. Wanting to give parents plenty of time to coordinate their family and school schedules, we started the calendar building process much earlier this year. Additionally, we are now building our calendars two years in advance to give our parents even more time to plan. This “process” change was motivated by the inquiries we receive about vacations, camps, and family events, but it was also prompted by the fact that Labor Day falls so late in September next year. Although we typically start after the holiday, maintaining this tradition while still following state law and maintaining winter holidays, spring break, and an early June closing is becoming increasingly difficult. Nevertheless, we are going to weigh the multitude of complexities and present draft versions of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 calendars to the Board by the end of October. This email is intended to make sure that parents are aware that starting school prior to Labor Day next year is a possibility.

Some Factors the Calendar Committee Must Consider

Labor Day falls on September 7th next year, which means that if we begin on Tuesday, September 8th, there are only 16 school days in the month. This fact is important when considering that PA School Code requires that school must be in session for a minimum of 180 days each school year. Code also requires that instruction be provided for a minimum of 900 hours for grades 1-8 and 990 hours for grades 9-12 during each school year. Starting after Labor Day, therefore, would necessitate changes in some of our traditional vacation/inservice days or extending the school year into the third week of June–excluding the impact of weather closings.

Beginning before the holiday would give us at least four additional days for added flexibility and the four days prior to the holiday could also be used for the schools’ organizational needs, allowing our teachers to jump right into the learning when students return.

At the high school level, over 600 of our high school students are involved in fall activities that start next year on August 10th. One, consequently, could argue that for these students, the school year has already begun.

Also relevant to the high school, since we already begin later than most schools, an after Labor Day start puts our Advanced Placement teachers behind other schools in preparing their students for tests which are always in the first half of May.

Approximately 50% of our community prefers to keep the school year starting after the holiday. Many families’ vacation plans depend on this tradition as do the work responsibilities of some of our students.

A later start gives our administrators, faculty, and staff plenty of time to prepare classrooms, buildings, and buses for our students.

For our families with older children, the later start allows parents to get their college aged children settled prior to the added burden of having their younger children in school.

These are only a few of the many issues that must be discussed by our district calendar committee. We realize that it is impossible to please everyone, especially when we consider that when we surveyed parents on this topic a few years ago, the data was evenly split for and against a post- Labor Day start. Regardless of our decision, we want to let parents know that we are working on the issue and plan to have a definitive recommendation for our Board of Directors by the end of October.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

Garnet Valley School District



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Posted by curtisj  On Oct 03, 2019 at 2:20 PM
  

Garnet Valley Students Collect Astounding Amount for 2019's Pennies for Patients Campaign 

[GLEN MILLS, PA - September 24, 2019] 

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Presenting the check to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society from left to right: Rosemary Fiumara, President of the Garnet Valley School Board, Sara Thurber, Campaign Manager, and Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent of Garnet Valley School District.

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Posted by curtisj  On Sep 25, 2019 at 2:53 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.


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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!

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Posted by curtisj  On Aug 26, 2019 at 4:02 PM
  

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With just over 100,000 Pennsylvania college and university enrollments in 2017, a staggering 6% of those students will pursue an Education degree, according to Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently reported, the number of undergraduate education majors declined 55% nationwide, since 1996. Since 2009, the number of newly issued in-state instructional teaching certificates dropped by 71%.
Pennsylvania went from issuing 14,000 licenses to just 4,412 in the 2016-2017 year. Mike Tony, a writer for the Herald-Standard (Uniontown, PA), published an article July 29, 2019, highlighting these drops and attempted to shed light on the students declining interests in the education field. Read the article here.

Although these numbers continue to drastically change, Garnet Valley School District perseveres, hiring the best and brightest. Since January of 2019, the school district has posted and filled 23 teaching positions and interviewed 1,025 candidates.

As we approach the 2019-2020 school year, we continue to leverage our resources by creating an online following through @GV_Hire on Twitter, aggressively networking at college and university job fairs, and building our Garnet Valley School District brand. In 2019, our professionals spoke out and we were awarded one of the Top Large Work Places by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Garnet Valley continues to grow and evolve as a great place to live, learn and work.


Posted by curtisj2  On Aug 02, 2019 at 6:13 PM
  
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During the summer months, our administrative professionals come together to hear from our experts on various topics of interest, and technological platform advancements in an effort to continue their education and skillset so that their knowledge can become a reliable resource for our students.

This Professional Learning event was hosted by Director of Technology, Sam Mormando. He discussed and offered tips and tricks when using Google Gmail, Drive, and reviewed the features of our newer technological advancement, Schoology!




Posted by curtisj2  On Aug 02, 2019 at 6:11 PM
  
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Interesting development at the state level regarding leveraging technology on snow days. We are fortunate that we have the technological capacity to take advantage of this change, and our team is in the process of learning more about the specifics of implementation–more to come!!!

Philadelphia Inquirer Article: https://www.inquirer.com/education/snow-day-cyber-pennsylvania-work-remotely-20190717.html



Posted by curtisj  On Aug 02, 2019 at 6:10 PM 2 Comments
  
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