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 …
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."
Friday, March 15, 2013
The school board is considering adopting the new map to balance out the populations of the three voting regions.
The Great Valley School Board will vote Monday night on whether to redraw voting map to more equally distribute the school district's population across the three regions. The new map was created by the Voting Region Realignment Committee, chaired by Ellen Behrle, and presented to the full board at the March 11 work session. The Daily Local noted some of the reasons the committee was formed in the first place and what the changes entail: Both the current map and the proposed realignment are attached to this article. For the best view, use the full-screen option and use the magnification tool to zoom in.
Friday, March 8, 2013
The production debuted Thursday, with shows left Friday and Saturday.
Great Valley Middle School will present The Wizard of Oz Friday night and Saturday afternoon and night. The show opened Thursday night, and according to the director and producers at the GVMS Musical Theater blog, things went well: Audiences have three more chances to take enjoy the classic story of Dorothy's adventures in Oz. Remaining performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door, if the shows are not sold out in advance. For more information, see the Patch calendar listing.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
La Salle University sophomore and Malvern resident Candice Schumann has been accepted into a course next month on Monte Carlo Methods in Artificial Intelligence sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Oregon State University (OSU)
Sunday, March 3, 2013
On March 18, 16 nations will be celebrated at the school's annual event.
Update 3/6/13, 2pm: Due to a severe weather forecast, the event has been postoned to Monday, March 18. Original story continues below Looking to try some exotic foods or take in a fashion show? K.D. Markley Elementary School will hold its annual heritage night Wednesday, March 6. See the attached flyer for the details. Here's the schedule: 6:30 pm—7:15 pm—Tour the country booths, taste food samples etc. 7:15pm-8:30 pm—Cultural Performances and Fashion Show Countries to be represented this year: India, Mexico, Greece, Hong Kong, China, Romania, USA, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Iraq, Haiti, Poland, Pakistan, Greenland and Bermuda.
Friday, March 1, 2013
The full impact of federal budget cuts is yet to be determined, but some local programs could be in jeopardy.
The federal budget sequester began March 1, but its actual impact on local programs is not yet clear. Here's a quick rundown of where things currently stand: Great Valley School District According to the district's business manager, Chuck Linderman, not much would be affected in the long-term, but the sequester could impact the 2013-14 school year. He wrote in an email: But what amount could be cut from those programs is yet to be determined. Linderman recommended this Education Week article as a good reference for understanding the sequester's impact on schools. Chester County County Commissioner Ryan Costello examined the impact of the sequester on Facebook Tuesday, and urged his constituents not to buy into alarmist rhetoric: Chester …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The dancers perform to songs like 'Footloose' and Gorillaz' 'Feel Good Inc.'
Editor's note: We had to mute the audio from the clip above for copyright reasons. Imagine the dancers performing to Feel Good Inc. Great Valley Dance Club and Company will host an "Evening of Dance" on Friday March 1, and Saturday March 2, at Great Valley High School. The information below comes from the Patch event listing: Saturday is the company benefit show at 7:30 PM also performed at the Great Valley High School for the Great Valley YMCA. The show is themed "High School" and has many numbers highlighting different aspects of high school life. $5 dollar admission, proceeds go to the Great Valley YMCA
Monday, February 11, 2013
The webinar will allow community members to ask questions about the school district budget.
Monday, February 11
Great Valley School District will offer an online forum on Feb. 27 to educate community members about the district's budget: The District is pleased to announce a new opportunity for community members to learn about the 2013-14 budget. Through a webinar being offered on February 27, community members can log in right from their computers. The online presentation will also include a live chat box where participants can ask questions. "We've never offered an online learning experience related to the budget before," said Superintendent Alan Lonoconus. "But we know that it may be difficult for some people to attend another evening event. This webinar allows those who are interested to log in from anywhere to participate." According to …