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The Monthly Update–October

Superintendent’s Update:

Dr. Bertrando addressed several topics during his remarks, and they are as follows:

  • He congratulated the high school students, faculty, staff, and administration on a wonderful Homecoming weekend with special thanks to Kim Griego and Glen Abrams, Seth Brunner, and the high school administration for planning and facilitating spirit week, the pep rally, the parade, senior night, the game, and the firework display.  He also gave a special thanks to ValleyPoint Church for sponsoring the fireworks display.
  • He recognized the GVSD Education Foundation and the Hall of Fame Committee for another successful induction ceremony. Both organizations endeavor to support, promote and perpetuate the school district, and he felt that this year’s ceremony met all of the objectives. The Foundation promoted the district with the Induction ceremony that was attended by over 200 guests to celebrate five incredible graduates, it supported the district by raising over $8500 through the generous sponsorship and donations of our community members, businesses, and district vendors, and it perpetuated the legacy of excellence in the district by inducting five individuals who represented the type of extraordinary accomplishments that our safe and caring community nurtures.
  • The US Department of Education now requires that all school district websites meet the minimum accessibility requirements set forth in Section 508 of the American with Disability Act. The new mandate does not specify a date but the general consensus is that everything will go into effect by the start of next school year. This law will require many changes to our current site. In conjunction with this law, the Technology Department will also streamline and better organize our website to provide a better overall experience for all of our users. A lot of the work has already begun but we will be sending surveys out this month to gather feedback from all users.
  • The Pennsylvania Youth Survey will be administered on 10/26/17 at GVHS to 10th and 12th grade students (with an extended period starting at 9:00 AM).  The PAYS Survey will be administered on 10/30, 10/31, 11/1, 11/2 and 11/3 at GVMS to 6th and 8th grade students during their health classes.   This will be the third time the district has participated in the PAYS survey administration (beginning in 2013, every 2 years).  The information gleaned from the survey has been invaluable to our district as we plan for mental health and substance abuse education for students and parents.
  • He congratulated Dr. Citarelli who was in Arizona presenting at the American Association of School Personnel Administrators conference. His presentation titled “Teacher Hiring Practices:  What Practitioners Say Work” was selected out of hundreds of submitted presentation proposals.  This presentation comes directly from the research he conducted for his dissertation as well as the process that he has developed and implemented in two different school districts in the region.
  • He congratulated Pat Dunn, Anthony Gabrielle, and Sam Mormando who presented at this month’s Future Ready Conference. The conference was free to the district. Their presentation entitled Re-Engineering a Future Ready School District focused on the steps Garnet Valley took to make dramatic advances in the areas of culture, professional learning, technology integration, and curriculum and instruction. Their information was well-received and the team made some great connections. The group also hosted and presented at the DelCo Curriculum Coordinators’ Meeting with help of Christine Gumpert and Dave Pimentel.

Board Voting Update:

Information Items

The Board recognized 5 informational items during the meeting, and they are as follows:

  1. Congratulations to Anthony Gabriele, Curriculum Supervisor, who received the Best Practices in the Area of Professional Learning in the State of Pennsylvania Award, sponsored by the Learning Forward Pennsylvania Committee.
  2. Brianne Borcky and Braydon Morandini were recognized and congratulated as Rotary Students for the month of October.   Each month one boy and one girl accompany Mr. Brandt to a Rotary Club meeting.  These students were selected by the High School faculty.
  3. In compliance with State regulations, the Transportation Department conducted emergency evacuation drills on all buses on September 20, 2017.  The State regulations require that emergency drills be conducted in the Fall and Spring of each year.
  4. Garnet Valley School District participated in the Senior Citizen Expo on October 12, 2017 at the Brandywine Youth Club Gymnasium.  Dr. Citarelli and Marge Brown provided informational items about the district to the Senior Citizens.
  5. The Garnet Valley School District Education Foundation held its second annual Hall of Fame dinner on October 19, 2017 at the Concordville Inn.  This year’s honorees were: Steve Conrad Class of 1977, Dr. James Guille Class of 1983, Kirsten Seltzer Class of 1996, Eugene Botes Class of 1999, and Melanie Bergwall-Palladinetti Class of 2004

Education Items

The Board approved eight education items.  They are as follows:

  1. Approved the FIRST reading for Policy #123.1 Concussion Policy (new policy) and Policy #916 School Volunteers (revised policy). Policies were reviewed by the Policy Committee on September 26, 2017. Recommended by the Policy Committee, the Assistant Superintendent, Athletic Director, and the Superintendent of Schools.
  2. Approved the following conferences that entail overnight travel: Jessica Meers to NASP in Chicago, IL from 2/13-2/16/18; Claire Tierney and Kayla Flynn to the CLM Conference in Summerdale, PA from 10/25-26/17; Andrea Michaels, Brittany O’Shea, and Jenny Doyle to the HELIX Conference  in State College, PA from 11/13-11/15/17.
  3. Approved the acceptance of Science Books valued at $1,015.00 donated by Concordville Subaru to Concord Elementary School; iPads valued at $28,000 and donated by the GVES Home & School Association to Garnet Valley Elementary School; iPads valued at $12,000 and donated by the BSES Home & School Association to Bethel Springs Elementary School; and finally 2 Sets of Golf Clubs with Bag and Cart valued at $500 donated by Mrs. Marion Hardy to the GVHS Golf Team.
  4. Approved the overnight trip of the GVHS and GVMS Student Council Executive Board to travel to the Student Council Conference in Red Lion, PA from Thursday, November 02 to Saturday, November 04, 2017. 16 Garnet Valley HS students and 9 Garnet Valley MS students will travel at no cost to the district. Students will be chaperoned by Glen Abrams, Kim Griego, Nicole Abes, and Dawn Papa. Students will miss a day and a half of school.
  5. Approved the overnight trip of the GVHS Ski Club to travel to Vermont from Friday, January 26 to Monday, January 29, 2018. 40 students will travel at no cost to the district. Students will be chaperoned by Glen Abrams, Brian Dravuschak, Kristy Herman, Melissa Koch, and additional GVHS teachers if needed. Students will miss no school.  Friday is early dismissal day and teacher in-service (HS only) on Monday.
  6. Approved the overnight trip of the GVHS Ski Club to travel to Utah from Monday, March 26 to Saturday, March 31, 2018. 20 students will travel at no cost to the district. Students will be chaperoned by Glen Abrams and other GVHS teachers. Students will miss no school, spring recess.
  7. Approved the American Education Week Proclamation.
  8. Approved the Red Ribbon Week Proclamation.

Finance and Facilities and Personnel

All finance, facilities, and personnel items were approved.  If you are interested in specific agenda items, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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