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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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 [GLEN MILLS, PA] January 17, 2020

The Garnet Valley High School Band and Dance teams gathered in the gymnasium this morning to greet Bob Kelly and the Fox 29 news team as the first school to be highlighted on Bob’s newest segment, titled “Bob on the Bandwagon.”

CHECK OUT THE FOX29 LIVE SEGMENT HERE!

Bob on the Bandwagon will travel to different schools to highlight their music programs and the benefits they bring to the students and the school communities. Garnet Valley music program currently has over 250 students participating.

“I tell all incoming band members, you join the band instantly you’re in a group of 200 friends… we’re a big family!” - Stephen Selfridge, Band Director

GVHS FIGHT SONG FROM FOX29 COVERAGE!

Garnet Valley High School is proud to foster a music program that brings together so many happy and talented students that create such beautiful art.

Garnet Valley School District is a public school district based in Glen Mills, PA, within the Greater Philadelphia area. GVSD serves the town of Chester Heights, Bethel Township and Concord Township. Founded in 1959, it is one of the youngest school districts in Pennsylvania.

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Posted by curtisj  On Jan 17, 2020 at 12:37 PM
  

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The New Realities of Parenting is a special presentation for parents and guardians of K-12 children. The goal of this session is to heighten awareness for issues facing GVSD children, based upon concerns identified through the PA Youth Survey (PAYS). The more we know about the realities our children are experiencing, the more effective we can become at building strategies for our own families.

This session will offer a unique opportunity for all K-12 parents to learn, share, and support each other as a community. It takes a village to raise a child, and knowledge is power.

Please join us for this important discussion!
Sponsored by: Garnet Valley Communities That Care (GV CTC)

Wednesday January 8th, 2020
Garnet Valley Middle School
7:00- 8:30 pm

Free childcare provided!

VAPING: THE NEW REALITIES OF PARENTING
(Download this flyer for additional information)


We will engage parents and our school community in a 90-minute dialogue grounded in the results from the PAYS survey regarding issues that are affecting our student population. This evening’s presentations will focus on the various aspects of vaping. Anyone who is a parent or caregiver of a K-12 child should attend.

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED:
  1. Review of PAYS data
  2. Presentations by Vaping Experts
  3. Panel discussion on vaping
  4. Questions from our parents

Vaping Expert Distinguished Panel:

  • Dr. George Avetian, Delaware County Senior Medical Advisor
  • Medical implications of vaping
  • Judge Wendy Roberts, Magisterial District Judge
  • Legality of Vaping
  • Bridget Marley, Holcomb Behavioral Health
  • Vaping 101
  • Danielle Prescott, Vaping Prevention Specialist
  • Resources for parents
  • Carolyn Falcone, Garnet Valley School District
  • GV Trends on vaping

REGISTER NOW!
http://bit.ly/NROP-Jan8
Questions? Email us at GarnetValleyCTC@gmail.com


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Posted by curtisj  On Dec 16, 2019 at 8:34 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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Team Toyota of Glen Mills will be holding a
test drive event in support of Garnet Valley Mini-THON!

December 16th through December 21st 

For every test drive, Team Toyota will generously donate
$25 to Garnet Valley Mini-THON
to support them in their goal of raising $75,000 for Four Diamonds. 

Four Diamonds is committed to fighting pediatric cancer through research, treatment, and family support. 
Please consider test driving a car with Team Toyota this week!  FTK!


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Posted by curtisj  On Dec 11, 2019 at 1:36 PM
  

garnet valley hosts 3rd annual community connections breakfast

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 [GARNET VALLEY, PA] December 5, 2019
Written by Joanmarie Curtis

Today organizations from around the Garnet Valley School District and beyond, gathered at Garnet Valley High School for the 3rd Annual Community Connections Breakfast hosted by the school district. Companies and organizations from surrounding communities connected with administrators, teachers, and students, in some cases to strengthen the already growing relationships, and in other cases, to create a new connections to explore educational opportunities for Garnet Valley students.

Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent of Garnet Valley School District, had a goal to create a unified effort between the community and school district to better provide our students with real world learning experiences.

“Every year the connections breakfast evolves as more and more community partners get involved and as new ideas and relationships are established. It was so great to see the authentic and purposeful discussions taking place throughout the room, and I can't wait to see all of the great ideas put into action!” - Dr. Bertrando, Superintendent

The goal of the Community Connections Breakfast is to develop synergistic relationships between our District and our community providing students with authentic connections that will ignite passions, extend their learning, and ultimately prepare them for their futures.

Garnet Valley School District is a public school district based in Glen Mills, PA, within the Greater Philadelphia area. GVSD serves the town of Chester Heights, Bethel Township and Concord Township. Founded in 1959, it is one of the youngest school districts in Pennsylvania.

We would like to thank the companies and organizations in attendance this year:

JPMorgan Chase @JPMorgan @Chase
Action Potential Physical Therapy @ActionPotentialPT
Bethel Township's Honorable Wendy Roberts @DelawareCountyCouncil @DelcoCouncil
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. @MichaelMartinCS
Concord Township Board of Supervisors @Concordtwp @ConcordTwpPA
Corbett, Inc. @corbettinc
Creighton University @creightonuniversity @creighton
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce @DelcoChamber
Delaware County Intermediate Unit @DCIU25
Eastern University @EasternUniversity ...
Farmer's Insurance @FarmersInsurance
Ivy Creek Retirement Living @HawthornRetirement
Longwood Gardens @LongwoodGardens
Navy Yard NSWC Philadelphia Division @TheNavyYard
Neverland Virtual Reality @NeverlandVirtualReality
Newlin Grist Mill @newlingristmill
Rocky Run YMCA @RockyRunYMCA
Servpro Industries, LLC, Glen Mills @SERVPROWestChester
Tower Garden by Juice Plus @juiceplus.us
Widener University @wideneruniversity


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Posted by curtisj  On Dec 06, 2019 at 2:13 PM
  

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Please join us in congratulating the Garnet Valley Model UN team on the win of their first competition of the season!

They SWEPT the SASMUN conference at St. Andrew's School on November 3rd. A GV student was named Best Delegate in each of the five committees, and the full team was awarded the Best Delegation Award.

DISEC (Disarmament & International Security Committee)

  • Best Delegate - Max Foster and Ryan Walukonis - Brazil
  • Outstanding Delegate - Jacob Soskinsky and Michael Waetzman - South Korea
  • Honorable Mentions - Andrew Murray (Cuba) and Preetika Guruprasad (N. Korea)

SOCHUM (Social and Humanitarian Committee)

  • Best Delegate - Sarah Rossi (North Korea)

The Provisional Congress of the Confederacy (1861)

  • Best Delegate - Madelynn Lederer

Multilateral Summit on Nuclear Disarmament Between the US and DPRK

  • Best Delegate - Vikas Rana
  • Outstanding Delegate - Kushagra Gupta

Dispute over Sovereignty of the Spratly Islands

  • Best Delegate - Vishesh Patel
  • Outstanding Delegate - Aditi Sridhar

These rookies received Verbal Commendation within their respective committees :)

  • Johnathan Gilkin-Rizzo
  • Jackson McGeehan
  • Aggam Khurana
  • Songlin Li

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Posted by curtisj  On Nov 07, 2019 at 8:49 AM
  
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