ASV VOICES #73 / FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016

A Message from the Director

Recently, there was a report in the news about a person and blogger who was visiting schools across Spain and who is alleged to have committed child abuse.  

Firstly, I would like to inform all of our families at ASV, in a factual and emphatic manner, that this person did not nor has ever had any relationship or contact with our school or students.  As the Director, I made the decision that the school would not have any contact with this person, unlike some other schools. This is an incontrovertible fact.  

Secondly, all ASV staff and supporting staff, such as teachers, assistants, administrators, bus monitors, dining hall staff, lunch monitors, etc. undergo extensive background checks as required by Spanish law for any acts of a sexual nature.  Again, this is an incontrovertible fact.  

In closing, I respectfully ask you, as parents, to cease with any communications or rumors about issues where you are not completely knowledgeable or have all of the facts.  It is extremely challenging to address communications and rumors that have no basis in fact, and it is counterproductive to building a positive school community. Thank you for your cooperation and support.  

Michael L. Smith
American School of Valencia

Sharing the Experience of ASV on School Health Care 

The school nurse, Ms. Inma Requena, is invited to take part of the 3rd Regional Encounter on School Nursing, a professional conference that will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Segorbe. Organized by the official Nurse Association in Castellón, the event aims to highlight the role of school nurses. Ms Inma will offer an overview of her work at ASV, including the assistance of minor incidences, the collection of data for public institutions, the supervision of students and staff’s health, and the development of educational workshops. 

Extra Activities School Receipt 

We would like to inform you that we will invoice the final course trips in June 20, 2016. We cannot include those trips in the regular school receipt because we did not have the participants complete list. The activities are:
Grade 1 Trip Mas de Noguera
Grade 2 Trip to Alborache
Grade 3 Trip to Benicassim
Grade 4 Trip to Delta Del Ebro
Grade 5 Trip to Teruel
Grade 7 Trip to Calpe
Grade 8 Trip to Pirineos
High School High School Yearbook

Kinder Celebration

We will be holding our Kinder celebration on June 17th (Friday) from 14:30-16:00 in Park A.  There will be activities, photos and snacks so come help us celebrate your child leaving Preschool.
Please, complete this form if you plan on picking your child up that day.  It is really important for us to know if we need to put any children on the bus at the end of the day.  Parents who do not complete it will have students sent home on their regular bus. 
We look forward to seeing you on this special day!

6th Grade Announcements

Sixth graders are ready to promote to High School. Today the students had a guided tour visiting their future classrooms and other facilities. They also attended an orientation talk with Ms Isabel Castro, coordinator for grades 7 and 8.
The sixth grade celebration will take place on Friday, 17 June from 17:30-19:30.  The event will begin in Park C and end in the theater with the presentation of a end of the year highlight video. We look forward to seeing you there. 
Course enhancements for 2016-2017. Families with children in 5th Grade have been informed about some important changes that will take place in 6th grade in the 2016-2017 Academic Year.  We invite all of them to read the letter we sent on Wednesday.  Do not forget to complete the ASV Course Selection form and return it to your child’s current fifth grade teacher no later than Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

2016-17 Student Placement Process

As previously communicated in the parent delegate meeting notes, the student placement process for next year will prioritize the creation of balanced classrooms. Balanced classrooms will be established through the analysis of academic and behavioral data.
In order to ensure a fair and transparent data based process, requests for friends or specific teachers will not be considered. We trust that you will be very happy with your child’s placement next year as a result of this carefully implemented, detail oriented process.
Learn more on the criteria, by reading this table.

Three classes will have the end of year trips next week: Grade 1 (Mas de Noguera), Grade 4 (Tarragona), and Grade 5 (Teruel).

Students not going to the trips will have a special program including art activities, swimming pool, reading, and music, always supervised by an Elementary teacher or a Teacher Assistant. Please, do not forget to include swim suit and sunscreen.

Final Exams Information

Final exams are an important opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned. As you know they begin on June 17, 2016 for Grade 7 and 8 students and on June 20, 2015 for Grade 9, 10 and 11 students. We published on the school website important information about the Review Week, the final exams procedures, as well as some advices to face this stressful time for your child. Learn more by following this link and check the schedule and the rules and expectations document.

VIS Swimming Championship

A huge well done to swim team who competed in the Valencia International Schools Swimming Championship on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Caxton College.  Our team consisted of 32 students from grade 6 to grade 9.  As a team we finished in fourth place, only one point away from third place! The team were outstanding in terms of support and team spirit!

There were individual wins for Ismael Eltablawi (Grade 7), Alessandro Zupcic (Grade 7), Esther Alandi (Grade 9) and Victor Estela (Grade 9) while the senior girls medley relay team (Esther Elandi, Paula Ruiz,Maria Domingo and Teresa Garcia) provided one of the most exciting moments of the day as the came from behind to take first place.

The ASV team included three grade 6 girls (Candela Galíndez, Anna Julia Ortega and Lucia Peñarrubia)  who did a great job and integrated with the high school students excellently.
Calder Workshop

Students' Artwork at the IVAM

The Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, IVAM, has selected artwork made by ASV students for an upcoming exhibition result of the educational workshop Avant-gardes.  These pieces are sculptures inspired by Alexandre Calder’s work, created when students took part in that workshop. We cordially invite all of the ASV community to the official opening on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 18:00 to 19:30 h., at IVAM’s educational department.

Releasing the High School Yearbook 2016

This is the second year American School of Valencia is publishing the High School Yearbook. It offers an overview of the school life throughout photos and articles, as well as individual portraits of all of the students. If you want to get a copy please download and complete the authorization form no later than June 16.

Dress Code

As the weather has gotten warmer, the shorts have gotten shorter and in some cases way too short. Parents, please help by ensuring your child leaves the house each morning dressed in appropriate business attire. Short shorts and midriff shirts are not allowed. We appreciate your cooperation. 
ASV+ 2016-2017 Registration Process
On Monday June 13 we will Open the Registration form for ALL ASV students from 5th to 11th grade who want to join ASV+. Find out all the activities in ASV+ Google site. We will send an email to all ASV families with the link to the registration form, any questions please send an email to Ms Escarlata Casas.

The ASV+ registration form for Elementary and Preschool is now active, up until now we have 200 students enrolled!

Last Matches

Soccer 4-6 Grades. On Thursday June 9 our Soccer 4-6 Grade team played against Massamagrell FC. Our boys and girls played extremely well. Congratulations to all of you, you did awesome!!! 
Today our Basketball 5-6 graders played against Puzol BC in ASV facilities. 

Xàloc “Day of the Club”

All ASV Hockey families are invited to attend and participate in the Club Day of Xàloc at Tarongers. Find the schedule in the ASV+ Google site.

Progress Reports

Before the end of the school year all ASV+ students will receive a Progress Report with his/her progress, strong points and others to improve.
As part of the 35th anniversary of the school, ASV recently published a video summing up several milestones on our goal towards the excellence on international education. Watch it here or visit the school channel on You Tube.

You can find here some internal documents always available on Google Drive. Please, log in with your ASV account:

Estatutos del Colegio Hispano Nortemericano (link to Google Drive)

New ASV Board of Governors (web ASV)

Preschool (English / Spanish)
Elementary (English / Spanish)
High School (English / Spanish)

School Menus for June 2016
Preschool and  Elementary  /  High School 

We would like to remind you that the school only provides park supervision between 9:30 to 16:30 h. School parks close at 17:00 h.

We would like to remind you that any changes related to transportation must be requested by sending an e-mail to before 12:00 on the day of the change.

We remind you that Visions Café will be open during the following hours for students, parents and staff:

Mondays through Fridays    09:00-12:30
Mondays through Fridays    15:30-18:00

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