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ASV VOICES #89 / SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2016

VALMUN 2016 Started


American School of Valencia started the Fourth Annual VALMUN conference on Friday, November 18, 2016. For three days, students from seven international schools will be in our campus debating on global issues following the official procedures and protocols of the United Nations. 
We are pleased to welcome for this activity:
  • American School of Madrid (coming with 13 delegates and 2 teachers).
  • The American School in London (19 delegates and 3 teachers).
  • Cambridge House Community College (12 delegates and 2 teachers).
  • Community School of Naples (8 delegates and 2 teachers who also are having this week their part of the Global Exchange Program with ASV).
  • International School of Luxembourg (12 delegates and 2 teachers).
  • Marymount International School, Paris (13 delegates and 3 teachers).
The ASV Delegation is made up of 26 students registered as delegates and 14 developing the role of chairs. 25 more students will be supporting the conference as admins. 

Activities started yesterday afternoon with the registration and time for lobbying. Each delegate had a short time for his/her opening speech. Today, the ASV theater is hosting the Opening Ceremony, featuring an invited speaker from the UN Global Service Center in Valencia, Ms. Katharina Ghidella. We invite all of our community to follow the live streaming on Youtube. Conference debates will take place in the High School area throughout the morning and the afternoon. Students will enjoy free time for sports and other activities as of 17:45 h., followed by the dinner and the dance party. The conference will finish on Sunday at the UN Global Service Center in Valencia.

Follow the conference by searching the hasthtag #VALMUN2016 on Instagram and Twitter, or by subscribing to the official event on Facebook. Watch the Opening Ceremony on Youtube.

Thanksgiving Break


Our school is celebrating this coming week the most family-oriented holiday in the United States: Thanksgiving Day. Although the official holiday is Thursday, November 24, 2016, ASV usually moves the celebration to Friday and students enjoy a day off while the staff has a Professional Development Day and a special lunch. 

Artwork and projects, specially in Preschool and Elementary explore the contemporary meaning of this celebration (give thanks for positive things and events in our life) and show the most popular iconography (the turkey, the cornucopia, native Americans and pilgrims as foundational characters…).

Implementation of the PBIS Program

This week ASV hosted Dr. George Sugai, professor at the University of Connecticut and one of the most preeminent scholars, researchers and trainers in the field of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. Dr. Sugai is helping ASV develop its own PBIS Team and Program. “We are spending two days working with the school leaders, and also made up a team of teachers and administrators to implement these structures and these practices,” he commented before offering a talk to all of the school staff on Wednesday afternoon. “It is a wonderful place to be because of you have a very cohesive staff and students who all know why they’re here. And they are very excited about enhancing what they are doing most that replacing what they are doing”, he highlighted as a conclusion of his time at ASV.

PBIS is an internationally-used preventative and responsive approach to positively support classroom, small groups and individual students to decrease disruptions, increase instructional time, and improve student social behavior and academic outcomes. “One thing we have learned is that when children are learning in respectful spaces and respect behaviour is displayed, the academic achievement also goes up,” Dr. Sugai pointed out when being asked about the main goal of the PBIS program.

As co-director of the Center of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports, Sugai has an excellent knowledge of the success of PBIS as educational tool in the United States and abroad: “In the United States we have about 24,000 schools that have implemented PBIS. We also have about 20 or so different countries in the world that have implemented what we call a framework approach to build positive cultures. The core features are the same: promoting social skills, creating a safe environment, merging academic instruction with social skills instructions… What is different is maybe the language, maybe the values of a given culture. “

Parent Delegates Meeting. Overview of Communications


Parents Delegates in all school divisions received an updated report on the diverse communication platforms ASV uses to share news and announcements. The presentations offered an overview of which type of contents are posted or drive throughout each tool, and when certain conditions (mainly, log in with the @parentasvalencia.org account) are required. The slideshow are available online now and delegates are invited to get feedback and comments on how the school may be more efficient on driving and receiving information from its families. 

Athletic Center Inauguration on November 30, 2016


We would like to take this opportunity to invite the ASV school community to the inauguration ceremony of the the new Athletic Center and Athletic Field.  Please join us on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 18:30 at the official opening of these new facilities. We are convinced that the enhancements are a significant upgrade for the school campus, now and for many years to come.  So, please join us for a guided tour of the new facilities. Refreshments will be served in the new dining hall after the tour.  

Biannual Meeting of the ECS Coordinators


Athletic Directors of international schools members of the European Sports Conference will meet at ASV on Monday, November 21, 2016. This is a biannual encounter where these schools share information and review their schedule of competitions and sport exchanges.. The ASV Athletic Director, Mr. Andy Ojelade, will offer a guided tour around our renovated school facilities.

CAS Activity in Favour of Pasalo Puzol

 

One of ASV´s core values is being caring and helpful towards other people. This coming Winter Holidays,  as we have successfully done on the previous years, we will help local families in Puzol by donating food and clothing to Pasalo Puzol.  

Through homeroom and advisors students from Kinder through to Grade 12 will be assigned an small item to donate to a specific family. We are also collecting staple food items and good quality clothes and shoes for the families.  These general donations may be placed a designated area in the atrium.
 
Thank you for your cooperation.
In December our PK2 and Kinder teachers are having individual conferences with their students’ families. As we did during the school year 2015-2016, Google Calendar will give us an easy and fast way to schedule meetings.
Before booking the time you want to attend, ensure you are logged into Google (either a personal or ASV account). After selecting your child’s teacher link, advance in the calendar to first available conference date. Open appointment times will be displayed and times that have already been reserved will not be visible. Be sure to include your child’s name when reserving a time.

Dates and booking links:
  • PK2 Blue - Ms. Cristina Alabau. December 1 and 2, 2016. Link: click here
  • PK2 White - Ms. Paula Goold. December 1 and 7, 2016. Link: click here.
  • Kinder Blue - Ms. Nicky Chakravarty. December 2 and 5, 2016. Link: click here.
  • Kinder White - Ms. Laura Rainey. December 5 and 7, 2016. Link: click here.

Extra activities in 3th and 5th Grade

Elementary students enjoy a variety of extra activities complementing what they learn in their courses. We wish to highlight:

  • The recent visit of 3th Grade to the Science Museum in Valencia. This museum is a reference point for interactive science and one of the most visited destinations in Valencia.

  • An upcoming theater play for 5th and 6th Grade. The group “La Tourné Teatro” will be at ASV on Monday, November 21, 2016, to perform a Spanish version of “The Sleeping Beauty”.

Student Recognition

Start Students in Grades 1 and 2! Here they are after their assembly.



Student invited to the Table of Excellence

Opening to the ASV Community the Middle School Assemblies

Grade 6, 7, 8 is when our students are at their most impressionable, they thrive on real life experience as they try to put what they learn into context. For that reason, our coordinator for these grades would like to invite members of the community to come in and share their experiences with our students at one of our assemblies.

We are particularly interested in the following themes:

  • International Mindedness: Any incredible travel stories or experiences that celebrate cultural and religious diversity.

  • Innovation: Can your research or work inspire the entrepreneurs of the future?

  • Caring: Are you involved with an NGO? can your experience enlighten and inspire our students.

Please contact Isabel Castro if you would like to get involved.

University Orientation


The students in Grade 11, the High School Principal, Dr. Kristy L. Beam, and the Guidance Counselor, Ms. Verónica Cinosi, traveled to Madrid on Monday, November 14, 2016, to take part in an orientation activity off-campus. First they visited Saint Louis University to get information about degrees, campus life, and transfer options to the main campus in Missouri. After this activity the ASV expedition visited the annual University Fair organized by the American School of Madrid, an event featuring representatives of over 100 universities in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. 

On-Campus Activities
As part of the regular talks and workshops on-campus, on Tuesday students interested in studying in Canada met representatives of the University of British Columbia.

Theater for 6th Grade


We are hosting this coming week a theater play for 5th and 6th Grade. The group “La Tourné Teatro” will be at ASV on Monday, November 21, 2016, to perform a Spanish version of “The Sleeping Beauty”. Thank you to the Spanish department for organizing this activity.

Puçol Bus Stop


The Puçol Town Hall recently extended the local bus service to Monasterios, setting up a new stop adjacent to the section of the street used by the school routes when they leave our parking lot. You may have seen an area delimited with yellow paint on the road and on the sidewalk.

We kindly request to our families that, if they come to leave or pick up their child and they need to park, do not use that area. Please consider that your car might block the pass of the Puçol bus and, probably, the exit of our own routes. 

We appreciate your collaboration.

ASV+ in the FDM League


This weekend, on Saturday November 19, our Varsity Basketball Boy’s team and our Junior Varsity Field Hockey teams will have matches. If you wish to come and cheer the schedule is as follows:

 

Date

Time

Home

Visitors

Facility

November 19, 2016

9:30

CDB Penya Roja

ASV Varsity Boys

Pabellón Polideportivo Nazaret

November 19, 2016

11:00

ASVJV  BLUE

Mare Nostrum

Colegio Público Vicente Gaos

November 19, 2016

13:00

Taurons

ASVJV  WHITE

Colegio Público Vicente Gaos

ASV+ Soccer and Basketball matches NEXT WEEK


Next week we are starting to play friendly matches both in Soccer and Basketball. All our school community is invited to come and cheer for our teams. The schedule for next week is as follows:
 

Date

Time

Home

Visitors

Facility

November 22, 2016

18:30

Varsity Girl's Basketball

Morvedre BC

ASV Athletic Center

November 23, 2016

18:30

JV Boy's Soccer

Massamagrell FC

ASV Athletic Field

Winter Concerts


On the day of the concert the dancers will get outfit to perform, which has no additional cost for our families.
All the ASV+ Dancers have filled in the Google Form. Thank you for your collaboration!!
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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 @parentsvalencia.org password, please contactasvtechnology@asvalencia.org.  

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

We started a new month. Find the lunch menus on this section of the ASV Parent Resources Google Site. 

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.


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