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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
  
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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GVPAA’s High School program presents Seussical the Musical, March 5th-7th!gvhs-seussical-gvpaa-tickets-salecindy-seussical-ghvs-gvpaa

Evening Performances @ 6:30pm
Matinee Performances @ 1:30pm

Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that lovingly brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Tickets available at the door and at www.gvpaa.org


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Posted by curtisj  On Mar 06, 2020 at 2:28 PM
  
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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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Dear School Community Residents,

As many of you realize, Delaware County is conducting a court-ordered reassessment of all the real estate within the county, and residents are receiving their tentative property assessment values. The reassessment was ordered in 2017 to address what the court found to be inequities between and among property owners and communities that had developed since the previous assessment two decades ago. Ultimately, the purpose of the reassessment is to distribute the property tax equitably among properties based on current fair market values.  All reassessed property values are generated by Delaware County and not the Garnet Valley School District, and at this time the District does not possess any information with regard to the proposed reassessed values. 

It's important to note that the reassessment cannot legally be used by the county, by any school district, or municipality to generate more tax revenue. Following the reassessment, millage rates will be adjusted accordingly to ensure no additional revenues are collected as a result of an overall increase in market values. However, while the overall impact on a community is designed to be revenue neutral, individual property owners may see their taxes decrease or increase. The new assessed value of your property will take effect beginning on January 1, 2021. We caution you not to apply the current millage tax rate to your new assessment, as the result will be inaccurate. The new millage rate will be determined by your Municipality, County, and School District for the 2021 tax year.

If you have further questions or need more information, you can access the following links:


Sincerely,

Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

Garnet Valley School District


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Posted by curtisj  On Mar 04, 2020 at 12:03 PM
  
"Shazzam6" is a family run team, made up of 6 children… from the same family!
T. Law - Captain, R. Law, R. Law, T. Law, K. Law - Mentor, J. Law - Mentor

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The team won 1st place in Robot run and came in 2nd place for the Project / Research Award on February 1, 2020, out of 48 teams!

FIRST LEGO League (FFL) teams conduct research projects and design autonomous robots specifically to carry out missions relating to the topic. FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ROBOTICS is a National competition with 1400 teams competing this year. It has three big factors to qualify. The same factors are considered for the Eastern Pennsylvania Championship, which took place on Saturday, February 1st.

Core Values - Being a good person to others and the world, sharing, and friendly competition

Project - Each year there is a project related to a theme that the team must accomplish and create according to what the subject is that season. This season theme was named "City Shaper" and the project was "How to help your community"

Robot Run - The robot they build and program should accomplish tasks on the Lego Board that coincides with the theme of the year.

At the area qualifier in December, there were approximately 28 teams and Team Shazzam won 2nd for Robot Run and 1st for Project Research. There were approximately 230 teams competing, and only 48 teams advanced to the Eastern PA Championship in Philadelphia.

Their project learned which post offices in the area recycle all of the paper they throw away, and their goal was to find a solution to help those that do not. They visited, interviewed, and toured nine post offices in our area.

Chester Heights Post office was one of the locations that did not recycle. They throw out approximately 90 pounds of paper a week.

The team then went to the monthly Chester Heights Borough (CHB) Council meeting to ask for their help to coordinate a recycling company to come and collect the paper. The Council liked the idea and invited the kids to a special meeting to discuss the details on January 27th, 2020.

The CHB Council accepted the idea and are moving forward with a plan to have Chester Heights Post Office Recycle!!

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“It started four years ago when my two oldest were doing robotics through the GV school. We realized that this year only, that 5 of our 6 children could be on a robotics team together. So we pulled them out and started our own team, Shazzam6, with the youngest being the mascot at the time (still too young to join),” says Mom, Kelli Law.

The two oldest children have aged out, but continue to mentor the team. Another son will be aging out at the end of this year.

Kelli reflected on the program and what it has done for her children, “I don't know if we will continue but it has been a Wild Ride. What FLL ROBOTICS has given my family and especially my children's life skills, from programming to creative projects, and especially how they can make a difference even though they are young, has been immeasurable.”

The children met with Senator Killion for photos, to give him an update on the team's Post Office Recycling Project, and to review the next steps for possibly expanding the recycling initiative at other Post Offices.

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Posted by curtisj  On Feb 06, 2020 at 3:04 PM
  
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Congratulations are in order! Multiple Garnet Valley AP and creative writing students have won awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest. A panel of teachers, writers, literary professionals, and University of Pennsylvania graduate students selected their exceptional work from over 1,100 submissions submitted by peers in the Philadelphia region, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

Gold Key works from across the country, will also be forwarded for national adjudication of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New York City! Gold Key Winners will be also be honored by the Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership (PAEP) at the awards ceremony and reception at the School District of Philadelphia on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Gold Key Winners
Holly Krug
Christine Palmer
Griffin Young
Lauren Linnet
Bindiya Patel
Madelynn Lederer
Christina Douglas
Afrah Riaz
Chenai Kaminsky
Ryan Walukonis

Silver Key Winners
Peter Zekonis
Clayton Bromley
Connor Moschella
Evan Fenster
Lauren Dorf
Vikas Rana
Yash Patni
Reece Gabrielle
Drake Schultz
Lauren Condrasky
Amy Townend
Atena Gutierrez
Madison Kodis
Nicole Ng
Lauryn Beale
Aidan Zipf
Marie moyer
Harry Markel
Brent Nevy
Varun Sundar
Holly Crothers
Catherine deSantis
Mackenzie Conway
Caroline Amen
Claire Wolf
Misato Shimizu
Ben Bennet
Vishesh Patel
Maggie Herron

Honorable Mention
Katy Donaghy
Keith Cressman
Luke Taylor
Derek Brown
Sonia Kumar
Mahika Kapur
Jillian Boettler
Jon He
Abigail Bromley


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Posted by curtisj  On Feb 03, 2020 at 7:45 PM
  
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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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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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