GVMS Weekly Update

September 6th, 2019

Garnet Valley Middle School

Achieving our best through creativity, compassion, and community.

GVMS School Community

We have completed the first week of school and our first cycle of classes in our new master schedule! Our entire faculty did a great job helping the students navigate through the hallways and helping our students "understand and live" in this new middle school schedule.


This past Wednesday we held our grade level meetings to discuss and review building and district procedures and student expectations. During each assembly, the students were extremely attentive and respectful. Please use the link below to access the presentation we shared with our 6th grade students. We used this same presentation for our 7th and 8th grade students, but we removed one or two of the slides that discussed the schedule.


6th Grade Beginning of the Year Assembly


Our procedural and discipline manual is located on our website, but you can also use the link below if you would like to view the document.


GVSD Procedural/Discipline Manual


We are excited to have our students back and look forward to an amazing 2019-2020 school year.



Sincerely,


Lisa Stenz, Principal

stenzl@garnetvalley.org


Gerry Weinhardt, Assistant Principal

weinhag@garnetvalley.org


Rick Martin, Assistant Principal

martinr@garnetvalley.org

Flock to Wawa on Rt. 202 and Naamans Creek Rd. to try this limited time offer!

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Mathcounts Tryouts

The tests will be given on Thursday,September 19, 2019 and Wednesday, October 2, 2019. All tests will be given in the cafeteria at the Middle School. Testing will begin promptly at 2:30 and end at 3:30. Students need to bring a pencil and a calculator. Students must take both tests to have their scores considered.

Any student in any grade at the Middle School can take the tests.

Details can be found on Schoology:

Please join the course !!

The course code is J6KKB-V484X


Please direct questions to Mrs . Sohail at sohails@garnetvalley.org

Young Adult Library Access

The GVMS library's book collection is continuing to grow! If you would NOT like your child to check out books from our YA (young adult) section please fill out this form.


https://permission.click/eZbYA/us


If you have any questions or would like further clarification, please contact Mrs. Cleary at clearye@garnetvalley.org.

Community Partnership - GVMS and Wawa

This past Thursday, four former GVMS students were highlighted at Wawa on Rt. 202 and Naamans Creek Road in Chadds Ford. These four students collaboratively researched, marketed, and, ultimately presented their own unique recipe to Wawa executives. The group of students took ingredients Wawa already sells and made the unique, Chicken and Waffles recipe.


Click the link below to access more information and footage taken by GVSD:


https://www.garnetvalleyschools.com/blog/One.aspx?portalId=23561362&postId=24273249&portletAction=viewpost




Click the link below to watch the NBC10 story of this impactful event:


https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/business/Limited-Edition_-Wawa_s-Chicken-_-Waffles_Philadelphia-559464302.html

GV Technology Support

We will have technology support staff available during both our Back to School Nights, which will be held on September 17th and 18th. Our technology staff will be available to answer any questions you may have in regards to Alma, Schoology, SNAP, or any of the other technology we utilize here at GVMS.

School Counselors

With the addition of a fourth school counselor, we had to re-evaluate our system for creating counselor caseloads. Our main focus throughout this process was balance. Our new structure is a little more detailed than our previous structure, but it provides each school counselor with approximately the same number of students. Our school counselors are excited to see familiar faces, but are also looking forward to meeting their new students.


2019 - 2020 School Counselor Caseloads


  • Marisa Mahon - Last names beginning with A-Em
  • Wendy Xanthopoulos - Last names beginning with Ep-Ler
  • Madison Rogas - Last names beginning with Les-Rom
  • Christy Francart - Last names beginning with Ros-Z

Alma Access

All students should have access to their Alma account. Alma is our online student information system, which is where students can go to access their course schedule. Please let us know if your child is having issues logging into their Alma account. We can reset a student's Alma password, which would generate an email to their Gmail account with further instruction.


To access Alma, click the link below:

https://gvms.getalma.com/home


For more information on Alma, click the link below:

https://sites.google.com/garnetvalley.org/gvsystemssnapshot/alma

GVMS Morning Drop-off Procedures

We encourage all families to utilize our transportation services for safety and efficiency purposes. However, if you need to drop your student off below are our AM Drop-off procedures:


  • Parents entering from Station Road will travel to the GVES and GVMS shared parking lot by taking a right and making a loop to the GVMS drop off location. Parents will exit back to Station Road.

  • Parents entering from Bob Mench Drive (Passed the Rachel Kohl Library) will travel to the left of GVMS and take a right and make a loop to the GVMS pool drop off location. Parents may exit to the right or left on Bob Mench Drive.

  • Parents may not park in the front parking lot and walk students across the BUS ONLY LANE into the school between 7:00 and 7:30. This poses a safety risk.

  • ALL BUSSES will be entering the campus from Station Road and enter the BUS ONLY LANE for Student Drop Off. The BUS ONLY LANE for Student Drop Off will only be for busses, so no other traffic will be allowed to go through. ALL busses will continue past GVMS and make a right onto Municipal Drive and exit onto Temple Road.

  • This traffic pattern will be in place from 7:00 to 7:30 during all school days.

We appreciate your cooperation in following all established traffic patterns.

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GVMS Afternoon Pick-up Procedures

We encourage all families to utilize our transportation services for safety and efficiency purposes. However, if you choose to pick your child up in the afternoon, below are our PM Pick-up procedures:


  • Parents can only enter from Station Road and will travel to the GVES and GVMS shared parking lot by taking a right and making a loop to the GVMS drop off location. Parents will exit back to Station Road.

  • Students who miss their bus will call and notify you that they missed their bus. Any student who misses the bus will remain in the office until they are able to be picked up.

We appreciate your cooperation in following all established traffic patterns.

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Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #1

Statistics are taken from the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey results for Garnet Valley - 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.


Did you know? 80% of 6th graders who used a Vape/Juul pen had no idea what they were inhaling but used it anyway. Vapes (e-cigarettes) are not safe even when they do not contain nicotine or other drugs.

Recently, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill exposed human lung cells to 13 e-cigarette flavorings. Exposures lasted either 30 minutes or a full day. Five of the flavorings — hot cinnamon candies, banana pudding, kola, vanilla and menthol tobacco — affected the cells. Sometimes the treated cells no longer could replicate (reproduce) at normal rates. At high doses, these flavorings even killed the cells. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/vaping-may-be-worse-for-your-lungs-than-you-think




Call to action… Treat Vapes/Juuls (e-cigarettes) the same way you would treat any substance that is harmful for children and youth. Get the facts by clicking below.

https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/getthefacts.html

Garnet Valley Middle School

Achieving our best through creativity, compassion, and community.

Science Olympiad Tryouts - Ms. Kunze and Ms. Abes


Science Olympiad is a team of 6th, 7th and 8th graders that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from October to April. The team competes in four day-long science tournaments and hold our own tournament in January.


Join the Science Olympiad Schoology page for more complete information. Access code: 5NXDN-ZM4SV

Go to “My Courses” then “Join a Course” and use the code.


There are four mandatory parts to the tryout:

  1. Teacher Recommendation, due Friday, Sept. 27

  2. Online Survey, due Friday, Sept. 27

  3. Ornithology “Meet Sheet,” due on tryout test day.

  4. Tryout test: in Room 226, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm:

    • Wednesday, September 25th (6th & 7th grade)

    • Thursday, September 26th (8th grade only)


Please contact Ms. Kunze by Friday, Sept. 20th, if you cannot make your scheduled test time. Email Ms. Kunze with any questions at kunzec@garnetvalley.org.