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Garnet Valley Mini-THON is hosting the Super Magical Brunch
on Saturday, November 16th from 9am-12pm!
 

Cost is $5/person or $15 for a family and all proceeds benefit Mini-THON's sole beneficiary the Four Diamonds Foundation.

The Four Diamonds Foundation is committed to fighting pediatric cancer through research, treatment, and family support. We hope to see you there for a morning of food, games, crafts, and the opportunity to meet some of your favorite princes and princesses!


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Posted by curtisj  On Nov 07, 2019 at 11:35 AM
  

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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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Dear School Community,

On Tuesday evening the School Board unanimously approved the 2020-21 and 2021-22 calendars.

Please click on THIS LINK to access them.

I wanted to highlight that students will start school on Tuesday, September 1. Beginning school prior to Labor Day represents a big change for Garnet Valley; however, although we will start before the holiday the next two years, it does not represent a new tradition. Instead, we will always approach the creation of the instructional calendar with the best interests of students, staff, and families in mind and make decisions accordingly.

As I stated in my last email, we wanted to give parents plenty of time to coordinate their family and school schedules; hopefully, you’ve found our new timeline helpful. If you are not able to access the link, the calendar is also posted on our website.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent


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Posted by curtisj  On Nov 07, 2019 at 8:47 AM
  

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The GVHS Band is hosting our first ever Band, Birds, Beef & Beverage event on Sun, Oct 27, 1:00pm at Barnaby's Aston.  Tickets are on sale now!   
Parents, alumni (over 21) and friends are invited to help support the band and enjoy an Eagles Game party.

-  The 3-hour event (for adults only) includes unlimited food and adult beverages during the Eagles vs. Bills game.
-  Additional Raffles, a 50/50 and more will be available at the event.
- Tickets are $35 per person.
- Must be 21 and older to attend.
-  Please be sure to include this form along with payment. Checks payable to “Quarter Note Club”.
-  Please contact the Quarter Note Club at qncboard@gmail.com for arrangements on how to order and receive your tickets.

***Forms and payment are due by Wednesday October 23, 2019***

Link to info sheet & order form: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/294183_f0b7857557d145378d6ed90e74a770f1.pdf

Send any questions to qncboard@gmail.com.  Thank you!

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Dr. Steve Selfridge
Band Director
Garnet Valley High School
selfris@garnetvalley.org

Posted by curtisj  On Oct 21, 2019 at 3:28 PM
  
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On October 3rd, the Garnet Valley Varsity Club joined Maris Grove in their walk for Alzheimer's!


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Posted by curtisj  On Oct 15, 2019 at 1:20 PM
  
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[GLEN MILLS, PA - October 14, 2019] Today, Garnet Valley Middle School principal, Lisa Stenz, surprised her teaching staff with coffee and cake to celebrate the progress of an initiative introduced just three years ago. Stenz proposed an idea that would offer teachers and staff the opportunity to seize their dreams and aspirations. She hoped to give them an opportunity to speak up about their unsung passions. Garnet Valley Middle School “Hopes and Dreams” was born.

“Hopes and Dreams” program offers teachers a chance to take a step out of their current position and explore an area of interest that they may not have initially chosen. Started in March of 2016, the Hopes and Dreams program was a suggestion brought up during a scheduling committee - three years later, more than a third of the staff has made a change in their professional committee.

“Everyone felt comfortable enough to talk about their passions and Lisa made that possible. Everything doesn’t have to stay the same because it has always been that way.” Eileen Stec, previous ELA teacher, now 6th grade Social Studies

“People will have time to figure out their professional passions and we have a team and the time to support their transitions.” - Lisa Stenz, Garnet Valley Middle School Principal

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 Oct 14, 2019 at 3:39 PM
  
garnet-valley-school-district-attends-senior-citizen-expo-concord On Thursday morning, Garnet Valley School District attended the Concord Township Senior Expo. The event offered local residents the opportunity to learn more about the organizations operating in their community. We offered the senior citizen residents an insight into the accomplishments of our students and highlighted the benefits of living in the Garnet Valley School District.

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Posted by curtisj  On Oct 11, 2019 at 12:05 PM
  
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Concordville Subaru partnered with Concord Elementary School in their "Subaru Loves to Learn" program this year. Books were displayed in their showroom and customers were given the opportunity to sign the books. Peter Lustgarten presented the book donation to Concord Elementary School on October 10th!


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Posted by curtisj  On Oct 11, 2019 at 11:43 AM
  

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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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