Thursday, April 18, 2013
Here's why you might hear poetry as you shop in Malvern stores.
You might be surprised to overhear children reciting poetry in local stores this weekend. Think of it as an arts-based Halloween in April. The verses are part of Poem in Your Pocket Day—a program that General Wayne Elementary School launched last year. The 'Day' is a bit of a misnomer, this year's program actually stretches from April 18 to 20. General Wayne students are encouraged to visit these businesses to share a poem and receive a treat from store owners, according to a press release from Great Valley School District: This year's participating stores aren't listed on the school's website, but you can see which businesses participated in last year's program here.
Friday, April 12, 2013
The classes are designed for adults and begin April 22.
Great Valley School District will host English as a Second Language classes for the family of students in the district. The classes are being provided as a collaborative effort between the school district and Delaware County Community College. "Funds for this program come from Title III, so there is no cost to community members who want to participate," GVSD Communications Director Jenn Blake said. "[Students and] teachers from the high school are volunteering to support the class and provide child care for participants with children." Babysitting is available for children ages 3 and older at no cost for class participants. Classes are held 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, from April 22 to June 17. For more information, contact …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
An op-ed by Immaculata University professor Col. John Church was published Monday on Philly.com.
"Some suggest there is a fine line between motivating and bullying, demonstrating leadership and throwing a tantrum. I disagree." Those are the words of Immaculata University English professor John Church Jr., a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. In an op-ed piece published Monday on Philly.com, Church contrasts intense military training with the behavior for which Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice was recently fired. Rice was seen on video physically assaulting players and screaming homophobic language at them. The missing element in Rice's situation, Church says, is respect: Read the full article: Clear line between leading and bullying
Friday, April 5, 2013
Great Valley High School and Middle School students are hosting a walk event at the high school track to benefit The Foundation at Great Valley's Spring Campaign.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Proud parents (and students) can get the word out whenever they want, via Malvern Patch's homepage and daily email newsletter.
Your kid's finishing high school and has chosen a college, maybe even a major. It's big news in your household, obviously. And it's news here, too, at Malvern Patch, where every item in our community Announcements section is posted by Patch users with something to share. Sometimes it's a college enrollment, or an all-star team selection, or a hiring, promotion, retirement, birthday or anniversary. Pretty much anything goes, and it couldn't be simpler to post. Once you've submitted your announcement, a Patch editor will be automatically notified, at which point it can be featured on the homepage and in the next morning's daily Patch email newsletter. You may see it linked on Malvern Patch's Facebook and/or Twitter, too. If you have any …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The command structure is represented in flow-chart form.
Ever wondered how exactly Great Valley School District is structured? The chart above lays out the organizational structure, from the Board of School Directors to the high school's student services coordinator. Use the zoom and full-screen functions to more easily view the chart. The chart is available on the website (PDF) via the district's policy manual.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Keystone Exams are a new standardized test implemented by the state for the first time this year.
At the Monday night Great Valley School Board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Dan Goffredo reviewed the district's performance in the first-ever round of Keystone Exams. He summarised the results in an email to Malvern Patch: Each exam is comprised of two separate modules, and many Great Valley students passed one module but not the other, which Goffredo described as promising news leading into the May retests. Since this is the first year of the Keystone Exams, juniors are taking the biology test one-and-a-half years after taking a biology course. In the future, they'll be able to take the test sooner after studying the material. Several students took the Algebra 1 exam despite being currently enrolled in Algebra 1. "We wanted them to …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Jamie Moyer will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters when he speaks at the school's graduation ceremony May 19.
Former Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer, a Montgomery County native, will speak at the May 19 commencement ceremony of Immaculata University. The IU website describes the longtime baseball player—who is currently the oldest player in the major leagues—as a father, teacher and philanthropist. He will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the school in recognition of his charity work: Moyer played for Philadelphia from 2006 to 2010. The Immaculata site goes on to list his numerous professional accomplishments, such as having "the most wins, losses, and strikeouts of any active major league pitcher." The commencement ceremony is invitation-only and not open to the public, according to the school's communications office.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Eighth-grader Damon Caron won a Neumann Scholarship, which will pay for his tuition to Bishop Shanahan High School.
Saint Patrick School eighth-grader Damon Caron was recently presented with a four-year scholarship to the Archdiocesan school of his choice, according to Saint Pat's principal Patricia O'Donnell. The scholarship is worth $25,000. Damon, 13, he plans to attend Bishop Shanahan, where he hopes to play saxophone in the band and join the robotics club. He said his parents were very happy when he told them he'd won the scholarship, and his mother cried. Emily Riley, from the Connelly Foundation presented Damon with the scholarship at a recent ceremony in front of the fifth through eighth grades. The Connelly Foundation has offered the scholarship since 1995: [T]his scholarship program identifies academically talented eighth grade students …
Monday, March 18, 2013
But that date could change, depending on a decision by the state.
The last day of school for Great Valley students is June 14, but it could be bumped to June 12. A reader raised the topic raised the topic on Twitter recently: Great Valley School District Communications Director Jenn Blake explained in an email that the two additional days are due to Hurricane Sandy. The district's online calendar was updated Monday—changing the final day for students from June 12 to June 14. The two new days are marked as "Hurricane days."