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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
  

Newsies streaming link is here! Missed the show? Watch it this weekend!

Click here or the image below to access the stream

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Posted by curtisj  On Apr 22, 2021 at 2:49 PM
  
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Posted by curtisj  On Apr 12, 2021 at 1:21 PM
  

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Written by Jessica Brewer
Class of 2021

I wrote this as part of a project for school and thought I'd share!
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Did you guys hear about Covid in the news?
I saw it's in China and on some cruise
I read it started from a guy and a bat
No way! I think I also saw some story like that
I just got a notification on my phone
It's the first Covid case in the US that’s known
Thats so scary but at least its not here
It’s not like we have anything to fear
Numbers are rising and it's starting to spread
We’re closing for a deep clean someone said
Then we get days off, that would be best
I know, right? We wouldn’t have to take this annoying test
Did you guys see the email that was sent out?
We have at least two weeks off, without a doubt
This is amazing! a super long spring break
Someone pinch me and make sure I'm awake
I’m kinda bored and ready to go back
Same, and I’m looking forward to lacrosse and track
Ugh, no spring sports and no junior prom
The rest of our year is on zoom dot com
At least we’re not seniors, I feel so bad
I know, I can’t imagine being a grad
Our senior year will be so fun
12 years of school all for this one
Well its September now and we’re still online
I thought for sure by now we’d be fine
I guess no Hoco or Friday night lights
No float dances or senior rights
Just get through this semester, we have the spring
I can’t believe this is all still a thing
I hate waking up and staring at the screen
This is supposed to be the year we remember as a teen
We should be walking the halls with joy and pride
Waving to old teachers, letting them know on which college we decide

We should be dressing up for the spirit event
And filling the yearbook with senior content
We should be with our friends that we have been beside
Since the 1st grade at the beginning of this ride
But instead we just stare at the names of these peers
That we may never see again after all these years
Now with only 4 months left for our class
We watch each week as monumental moments pass
In the time that remains, we look ahead
Hoping for memories beyond a zoom call from bed


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Posted by curtisj  On Feb 24, 2021 at 10:22 AM
  

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
  
Dear School Community,

Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing Garnet Valley High School tomorrow, Friday, March 13th for a deep cleaning. There will be no school or extracurricular activities for students on Friday and for the remainder of the weekend. Teachers and office staff are to work from home. Tonight we learned that one of our high school students was in proximity to an individual who tested positive for COVID 19. The high school administration is in communication with the family, and as of writing this email, I have a call and message into the PA Department of Health for further guidance.

As I've repeatedly stated, this situation is incredibly fluid, and I urge the school community to pay attention to their emails and check our website throughout the day tomorrow and for the rest of the weekend. As of tonight, our plan is to have a teacher inservice day on Monday, so there will be no school for all students grades K to 12.

I will also send a phone message in the morning, but I wanted to put out information tonight as well. I will be in touch with further information.

Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

Garnet Valley School District
Posted by curtisj  On Mar 13, 2020 at 6:11 AM
  
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MARCH 3, 2020 

Garnet Valley High School Hi-Q Team gathered in the high school auditorium, joined by administrators, teachers, and a sea of supportive fellow students, as they went head to head with the two semi-final winners, Haverford and Radnor. 

GVHS students finished strong in the competition taking the title of champions. They will soon be going on to compete in Nationals!
 
Congratulations to our competitors:
 
Aadarsh Balaji
Brandon Gorski
Kushagra Gupta
Anuirdh Jandhalaya
Zora Mardjoko
Harry Markel
Ryan Nagengast
Ben Nguyen
Vishesh Patel
Aditi Sridhar


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Posted by curtisj  On Mar 06, 2020 at 10:47 AM
  
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The Delaware Valley Science Council announced Garnet Valley students, Holly Crothers and Vikas Rana among the 2019 finalists in outstanding achievement in STEM fields. The high school seniors were all finalists in an earlier phase of the competition, having submitted exceptional applications for judging earlier this year, and sitting for interviews with area scientists this fall.

Vikas Rana finished top of the list with the Reuben Shaw Memorial award. Vikas will be attending Brown University after graduation. He will be pursuing a degree in Science. They offer an open curriculum and he will have the ability to shape his own education, he would like to approach science from a History standpoint.

Holly Crothers one of the recipients of the Excellence in Science Award sponsored by ASME Philadelphia Section, will be attending the University of Pittsburgh after graduation to pursue a degree at their College of Arts and Sciences. Holly would eventually like to go into public health, and was guaranteed a spot in their Graduate school.

We would like to congratulate both Vikas and Holly on this amazing accomplishment, it is a great recognition to the hard work that they have put in to their education.

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Posted by curtisj  On Feb 03, 2020 at 7:14 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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