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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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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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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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*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
  

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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On November 22, 2019 students from Garnet Valley Middle School's Team Olympus, gathered to dish out a variety of foods to create a total of 115 meals that were to be donated to the homeless. 


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Posted by curtisj  On Nov 22, 2019 at 3:43 PM
  

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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
  


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Wawa is searching for the next 8th grade class to participate in the Food Scientist Program! Get your applications in now!


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Posted by curtisj  On Sep 06, 2019 at 12:08 PM
  

THIS JUST IN!... OFFICIAL WAWA PRESS RELEASE



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Garnet Valley Middle School Students Debut Limited-Edition Chicken & Waffle Recipe benefiting Philabundance After Learning about Food Science in the Wawa Innovation Center

Wawa, PA (Thursday, September 5) – Wawa and Garnet Valley Middle School teamed up this past Spring for the inaugural Future Food Scientist Program where a class of 8th grade students spent a half-day in the Wawa Innovation Center learning about careers in food science through four interactive stations educating youth on nutrition, sensory, food safety and marketing. After the field trip, students were challenged to apply what they learned in developing recipes to pitch to Wawa culinary experts for a chance at being featured for a limited time in a Wawa store in their community.

On Thursday, September 5, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., the students with the winning recipe will debut their Chicken & Waffle special at their local Wawa Store, located at 721 Naamans Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA, giving the community a first-taste of this limited-edition recipe, available at this for one week, with a portion of proceeds up to $1,000 benefiting Philabundance with funds benefiting programs serving our neighbors in need in Delaware County.

The event will also serve as an official kick off to the search for the next 8th grade class to come to the Wawa Innovation Center for the Future Food Scientist Program in October. Schools are encouraged to apply through Friday, September 15 by visiting: www.wawa.com/future-food-scientist

“Wawa is proud to continue its commitment to the community by inviting local students into our test kitchen to have hands-on, innovative experience as they explore potential careers in food science," said Mike Sherlock, Chief Marketing Product Officer. "This program enables us to Fulfill Lives in new ways by sharing our values and commitment to quality food, while enriching the curriculum of our local schools.”

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About Wawa’s Future Food Scientist Program:

In May 2019, Wawa launched the Future Food Scientist Program to continue its promise of Fulfilling Lives in the community by opening our doors to our friends and neighbors from Garnet Valley Middle School to learn about careers in food science. The program offered 30 students a unique, behind-the-scenes look at how fresh quality food and beverages are made at Wawa through interactive activities, engagement with product development specialists and lab manual materials with key information.

About Wawa, Inc.

Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for freshly prepared foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services and surcharge-free ATMs. A chain of more than 860 convenience retail stores (over 600 offering fuel), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C. The stores offer a large fresh foodservice selection, including Wawa brands such as custom prepared hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, specialty beverages and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks. In 2018, Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of The Best Employers for New Grads and one of The Best Employers for Women, and as the Top-Rated Workplace for Veterans by Indeed. In 2019, Wawa was designated by Forbes as a Best Employer for Diversity.

JOIN US FOR THE EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE WINNING STUDENTS AND THE EFFORTS OF OUR GARNET VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS THAT PARTICIPATED! VISIT OUR FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/451141292281594/


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Posted by curtisj  On Sep 04, 2019 at 7:34 PM
  
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