A Warm Welcome from the Director


On behalf of the faculty, staff and Board of Governors of the American School of Valencia, please allow me to welcome all of you to an exciting 2016-2017 academic year, especially our new students and families who will join our school from 27 different countries. There has never been a more exciting time to be a member of our international school community. 

Over the summer, our world-class staff has been working tirelessly to enhance the quality of the programs, services and facilities we offer to all members of our school community, and I am confident that our students and families will enjoy these upgrades, now and for many years to come.

In this issue of the school newsletter, ASV Voices, you will find an overview of what students experienced during the first days of classes, alongside some important reminders and notes  from the different areas within ASV.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back, encourage you to enjoy the privileges of being a member of such a vibrant ASV school community, and to thank you for all of your continued support. Have an amazing school year!

With all best wishes,

Michael L. Smith

It is great to see you here! Overview of the beginning of the academic year 2016-2017

Although each school division has its specific proceedings, this first two days of the school year the entire ASV faculty worked with a common goal: give a warm welcome to all of the students and make sure they start the school year full of excitement and joy.

Families with children in Preschool had their specific orientation meetings on Wednesday and, as it is usual, Nursery and PK1 are starting the school gradually.

Elementary students used the first day to get familiar with their new classmates and teachers. 1st and 2nd graders could see that their area significantly changed during the summer holidays! They also participated in a welcome assembly leaded by the new Principal, Dr. Ann C. Kox.

The first period for High School was addressed to meet their new advisory group and receive the lockers. After that, they started to work on their specific courses. Today they were invited to enjoy a scavenger hunt around the school campus.

Find more pictures on the school website:

ASV Ambassador Program

The orientation for new families held on Wednesday included a school tour guided by groups of High School students volunteering at the ASV Ambassador program. We appreciate the support they are offering to the new students! #ASVNewYear 

New ASV Values Poster

Students and teachers know what is the role of ASV Values in their daily life. These guidelines contribute to the success and the welfare of our school community and they are summed up in a new poster which also connects them with the ASV Profile of the Graduate. Take some time to read it.

Student-Teachers from American Universities

Once again, we are having undergraduate students from American universities who wish to spend a training time at the ASV. These are the student-teachers assigned during the first term:
  • Catherine Carmona (Florida State University). Collaborating with Ms. Rosemarie Lima (1B)
  • Alyssa Martínez (Florida State University). Collaborating with Ms. BethAnn Kornobis(4B)
  • Emily Barker (University of Northern Colorado). Collaborating in High School
Welcome to Valencia!

Upgrading Athletic Facilities

The athletic facilities are experiencing significant upgrades based on the ever increasing demand by our students for athletic activities and expanded dining services. As it was previously announced, we are enlarging and upgrading the athletic field, adding classrooms and new locker rooms to the Sports Hall, as well as adding a new dining facility for senior high school students. 

The athletic facility upgrades are on schedule with our timeline and our students will begin to enjoy the fruits of these efforts in a few weeks. 

2016 ASV Parent Nights will be held according to the following schedule:

Grades 3-5 on September 22 (calendar link)
Grades 6-12 on September 29 (calendar link)
PK2--Grade 2 on October 6 (calendar link)

This is the opportunity for parents to meet your child's teacher and learn exciting information about the upcoming school year. 

Swimming Lessons 

Weather permitting, Elementary students will have swimming lessons once a week during September. This is the schedule applicable as of Monday, September 12 2016.
  • Monday: 3B and 3W
  • Tuesday: 1B, 1W, 2W and 4W
  • Wednesday: 5B, 5W, 2B, and 4B
Students need need to bring one piece swimsuit or swimming shorts, flip flops, towel, goggles, and swim cap. Please, ensure they bring the PE uniform those days in order to take ordinary PE classes in case the  swimming lesson is cancelled.
To ensure success, all students in grade 11 and 12 need to bring a TI 84 Plus CET Calculator (find it on Amazon) to school each day as mentioned on the materials list sent in the July 29, 2016 edition of ASV Voices. 

Presentation for Families in Grade 6 and 7

Families with children in Grades 6 and 7 can review the presentation of the orientation meeting held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Please, visit the High School section of the ASV Parent Resources Site.

Swimming Lessons 

As of Monday, September 12, 2016, students from 6th to 8th grade will have a weekly swimming lesson as part of their PE class. This is the schedule:
  • Monday: Grades 6.1 and 8.2
  • Tuesday: Grde 7.1
  • Wednesday: Grades 7.2 and 6.2
  • Friday: Grade 8.1
Students need need to bring one piece swimsuit or swimming shorts, flip flops, towel, goggles, and swim cap. 

School Regular Fee

We would like to remind you that the ASV business office usually invoices the school regular fee during the first week of each month. However, due to withdrawals and registration of new students and the request of bus service, there is a necessary delay of a few days in September. We inform you that we expect to process that first invoice by next Wednesday, September 14, 2016. 

The school fees for the academic year 2016-2017 are publicly available on this section of the school website.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Continuity Insurance

We remind you that as of the school year 2015-2016, the Continuity Insurance is included in the regular school fee at no additional cost.

Non-automatic Payments

As of the school year 2015-2016, in order to speed up and streamline the payment process, we encourage every family to automate the payments through their bank. The non-automatic payments will have an additional charge of 2 euros per issued invoice. In the event of paying 50% or 100% of the school year, no additional cost will be charged.

If you wish to automate the payment, you may send a letter signed by the bank account’s holder or email attaching the scanned letter to Mr. Alfredo Querol at including the bank account details and account holder’s name. Please note that the holder must be the person who authorizes the charge in his/her account. 

Cash Payments

For security reasons the Business Office will not accept any cash payment made directly at the school office after 12:00 noon. Payments by credit card, debit card or checks will continue to be accepted in the afternoon. If you wish to pay cash after 12:00, you may make a bank transfer or deposit the cash into the school’s bank account. Our back account details will be provided upon request at

Remember that cash payments must fulfil some rules referred on this official note from the AEAT.
Yesterday we kicked off a new year with the 9-12 Graders, the sports had a Sport Assembly and Journalism and Hip Hop started planning for the school year. “It's amazing to have time during the day to train the sport you love” 12th Grade student.
Next week we start the ASV+ program for Elementary and High School. Please find a few important reminders in the ASV+ Google Site (schedules, material the students need, etc.)
American School of Valencia has released  a new school mobile app that provides important information on your mobile devices such as news, announcements and dates for all school events. Enjoy this new communication tool!

Parent Resources Google Site

Remember that we have  a new communication and information resource for our families: the ASV Parent Resources Site, a repository of school information for parents and students who are officially enrolled at ASV, with sections that show specific documents for each school division (Preschool, Elementary, High School) or department. 

Please be sure to login to your ASV parent account in order to access important information on it. 

In the event that you have forgotten your password, please  

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