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ASV VOICES #94 / HOLIDAY EDITION / THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2016

Happy Holidays!


The President of ASV, the Board of Governors, the Administration and Faculty want to wish a happy holidays to all of our school community. We hope you have a wonderful time and a joyous new year 2017. Classes will resume on January 9, 2017.

Innovation at ASV highlighted on the annual supplement Colegios Innovadores

 
El Mundo - Valencia published last week the annual supplement on innovative schools. An article on page 8 highlighted the big leap done by American School of Valencia by implementing the Apple Technology Program in Kinder and 1st through 6th Grades, alongside the use of Google Apps to work, learn and keep connected the school community. Other activities promoting student international mindedness were mentioned. The IT Coordinator, Mr. Samuel Landete, contributed with some comments which can be read on the three opening articles.
Read the digital version of Colegios Innovadores here.

ASV Delivered the Holiday Donations for Pasalo Puzol


On behalf of the ASV community a group headed by our Community Activities Coordinator, Mr. Marc Boyer, visited Pasalo Puzol on Monday afternoon and handed out the holiday baskets prepared by ASV students as well as other donations collected by our families. As it was done one year ago, these baskets were nicely decorated and contained personal messages for each assigned family. In addition to these items, general donations included food, toys, books, and clothes that Pasalo Puzol volunteers will distribute according to the specific needs of each family. We appreciate your extraordinary contribution to this campaign.

ASV App. Let's Reach 1,000 Downloads


The ASV mobile app is a practical tool to stay connected to all the school activity. Sometimes it is really useful to share service information on weather conditions, bus delays and other incidences. Do you have it on your devices? Download it from the iOS App Store or Google Play and help us to reach 1,000 downloads during this Holiday season.

Released the ASV Calendar 2017


Last week families received one copy free of charge of the new ASV Calendar for 2017. If you want more for friends or relatives, please let us know by filling this online form.

Holiday Spirit  in Preschool


All of the Preschool groups had Holiday-inspired activities during the last day of classes. Here is PK2 White preparing a Christmas Tree made of rice flakes! Kinder made greeting cards and cookies. Children in Nursery learned Holiday songs. / Find more photos on Facebook.
Santa Visited Preschool on Tuesday, bringing some presents to our youngest students!

Holiday Spirit in Elementary School


Drawings, greeting cards and other projects contributed to enjoy the Holiday spirit in Elementary School. 1st and 2n graders designed these nice cards with Ms. Mila, the Spanish teacher, and their homeroom teachers planned special arts and crafts for Wednesday. 

 

3rd through 5th grade had similar activities but these groups were excited with the Spirit Day sponsored by the Student Council, in which students were invited to wear pajamas, bring a teddy bear or wear their clothes backwards.

English Park Time: How Is It Going?


You may remember that this month we started the activity “English Park Time” with 1st and 2nd grade. Every Wednesday, during the lunch recess, additional staff in park A teach playground songs and games in English in order to increase play spontaneous vocabulary. Students are rewarded with stars when they interact in English, putting these stickers on a grid paper when the go back to class. When all of the grids are filled, there will be a Pajama Day in their hallway. Although some days we had to reschedule the activity because it was raining or park was wet, children are excited with the idea.
Yesterday, a large group of 5th Graders was in Preschool helping to set up the mattress for bed time (siesta) in Preschool. Thank you for being involved with their youngest schoolmates!
Table of Excellence (December 20, 2016). Here is Ms. Sarah Sadler with some 1st and 2nd Graders.
This week we had a new Parent Delegate Meeting. Review the presentation on the Parent Resources Google Site. (Please, use your ASV Google Account).

Spirit Week organized by the Student Council


High School students were invited to celebrate the upcoming holidays by participating in the traditional Spirit Week organized by the ASV Student Council. Among other activities, there was a classroom door decoration contest, pajama day on Monday, Secret Santa, and two special concerts for grades 6th-8th and 9th-12th grades.

Holiday Homework

 

The balance to maintain high student achievement and teaching students the value of downtime, family time and extracurricular activities is a constant conversation. According to a recent article, the reality of learning is that students do regress in their learning over holidays. Research shows that students are likely to score lower on standardized tests after a long holiday break, such as summer vacation than they are before. Students who have learning disabilities are also more likely to experience some degree of learning regression over holiday breaks. High levels of regression amongst certain student groups make it all the more important to find ways to get students to exercise their minds over holiday breaks.

In an effort to find that balance, we have put the following guidelines in place.

For students in grades 6-10, follow the links have been created for homework for each grade level. All homework is due on January 16th. Any tests original scheduled the week of January 9-12 have been postponed until the week of January 16th.  

Grade 6 Coordination Sheet

Grade 7 Coordination Sheet

Grade 8 Coordination Sheet

Grade 9 Coordination Sheet

Grade 10 Coordination Sheet

For students in grades 11 and 12, please adhere to upcoming deadlines related to your diploma program.

Grade 11 Coordination Sheet

Grade 12 Coordinations Sheet

As always, our goal is for students to learn to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Effective home-school communication is important. If ever a student feels the workload is unmanageable, they should immediately report that to the teacher(s) involved, their advisors, or administrators. We are always here to help them through any situation. These situations are easy to resolve when they occur and they provide valuable feedback for future planning.

Staff updates


    

Ms Amanda Bird: 7th and 8th grade Language Arts

We wish Ms Amanda Bird well as she heads on maternity leave. We anxiously await the return of Ms Emily Barker. Ms Barker was with us Spring Semester as a student teacher in Art. As a result, she already has a relationship with the 7th and 8th grade students she will be teaching. Even though her primary focus is Art, she is well qualified for the English Language Arts position. 

She is graduating from the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to her degree in Art and minor in Spanish, she is certified in Teaching English as a Second Language, Spanish, and Bilingual/Bicultural Education K-12 teaching endorsements. 

She has received a number of honors from her University and is trained backward design, standards-based curriculum planning as well as social justice-based leadership and mentorship of diverse student populations. She has completed internships in English, she has published her own poems and essays, and she is active in local and international service programs.

We are pleased to welcome Ms Barker back to ASV in January. She is waiting on her Visa documentation. Should be be delayed beyond January 9th, Ms Isabel Garcia, a regular substitute at ASV will be with the class. Both Ms. Barker and Ms Garcia have been working in the classroom with Ms Bird in the past few weeks to prepare and all three are planning together to ensure a smooth transition. Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Beam or Mr Frechina with any questions. 

Mr Miguel Aquas: French

Mr Aguas returned to ASV on Tuesday, December 19, 2016 after a prolonged medical leave.

Preparing for THIMUN


Senior students registered for THIMUN conference  have been preparing and practicing here at school.  They are ready to participate at the the largest Model United Nations conference in the world.  It will be without a doubt a very rewarding experience for all as they discuss and debate the real issues facing the real nations of the world with hundreds of students from around the globe. 

Parents and students are invited to attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 3:50 in the main Dining Hall. MUN coordinators will offer important information about the conference and the trip to Amsterdam and The Hague.
 
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Alumni Talk. Studying Abroad


The High School Guidance team organized a special Alumni Talk focused on studying abroad. Students from 9 to 12 attended an encounter with four members of the Class of 2016 and one from the Class of 2014:  Mar Hernandez, Jaime Brizuela, Julia Murphy, Carlos Ruano and Bilal Aboutari. These graduates are studying at Queen Mary University (UK), Imperial College (UK), Erasmus Rotterdam University (Netherlands), Buenaventure University (USA) and the American University of Beirut (Lebanon).

Each student summarized his/her experience and described their campus and the city where they are living now. Life on campus is exciting but also requires matureness and responsibility to follow a schedule which combines classes, self-study time, and, in case of student-athletes, training and competitions.

All of them recommended to take the IB Diploma, if students have a strong decision on studying outside Spain, and shared fun anecdotes about living in London, Beirut and Rotterdam.

Parent Talk: Summer Programs in the US


Ms Katherine Matles from EducationUSA will explain how to research summer programs and camps in the USA. She will also provide information about scholarship opportunities for summer programs at US university campuses tailored to international students who are considering pursuing undergraduate studies in the USA.

Parents in High School are also invited to read this document on Education USA's Competitive College Club. CCC is a club for outstanding Spanish high-school students interested in studying an undergraduate degree in the USA. Its aim is to help make students more prepared to study in the USA and to assist them with the university application process. 

Date: Friday, January 13, 2017. 15:50 h.
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SAT / ACT / Subject Tests in 2017

 

If your child is planning to do the SAT/ ACT/ Subject Tests next year, please check the deadlines to register online:

  • The SAT and Subject Tests are in: January, May and June
  • The ACT exams are in: April, May and June
Subject tests are one hour long and they test on specific subjects such as Math, Physics, Chemistry, Spanish, etc. There are only a small amount of universities that request these tests and it also depends on the subject you want to study.

Curious to know whether a university requires the Subject Test?  Here's a good link to check out to learn more.  As you will see, it's a list of mainly highly selective universities that require these.

Please contact Ms. Verónica Cinosi very soon if you are planning to take any of the above college admissions tests! 

Latest Sport Activities outside school time


Last week we were happy to welcome the British School of La Cañada for some Basketball and Soccer matches involving students from Grade 6,7 and 8. The games were played in excellent spirit with ASV working really hard and coming out, convincing winners in all of the matches. Well done to all involved.

Form for Car Changes and other Important Announcements on Transportation

 

As of January 2017, in order to communicate that a student will be picked up by car, please fill out the form that you will find in the following link:  Car Change

In relation to bus changes, please follow this link to the ASV Transportation Policy and take into consideration the following information:

1) The school’s transportation service must guarantee that the trip is to and from the students' home of record. The school is not obliged to provide transportation to extracurricular activities or other appointments that students may attend after school hours.  Obviously, the school is aware of its geographic location outside of the city limits of Valencia, and to date has been authorizing some bus changes based solely on the available capacity of the requested bus and route. Nevertheless, any requested bus change is contrary to the ASV Transportation Policy and bus change requests are not guaranteed nor are they an obligation of the school.  

2) Although the school has authorized certain bus changes on a few routes, no bus change requests will be considered under any circumstances for the following routes:
 
Route 1 - Route 3 - Route 5 - Route 8 - Route 12.

This implies the immediate non-authorization of any bus change request to one of these routes, affecting both the morning and afternoon itinerary routes.  We regret not being able to be more flexible regarding the authorization of bus changes on either a daily or regular basis for the above routes.  

3) Authorized regular changes imply that there is no possibility of subsequent or further changes between the assigned routes as an inherent condition. Consequently, returning to the initial route would mean a cancellation of changes granted to other students, which is not feasible and causes the immediate denial of such a change request.
 
For all the above mentioned, please read carefully and abide by the stipulations in the ASV Transportation Policy to request any transportation change.  We wish to thank you for your understanding and support in our daily task to ensure the smooth and efficient transportation of all of our students.

Lunch Menus for January 2017 available


Download from the Parent Resources Google Site or check them out on the ASV mobile app.

Carlos Vicente (Grade 11), Runner-up with Denia Tennis Club in the Regional Tournament

Congratulations to our student in 11th Grade, Carlos Vicente, because earlier this month he was runner up in the Regional Tennis Championship with his team, Denia Tennis Club. The final tournament against C.A. Montemar Alicante combined single and double matches.

Books for Kapita School


Thank you to all the parents and students who have bought books in the book fair last spring. With the credits  that  English Wooks gave to ASV for the book fair purchases, ​we were able to choose 230 euros of books for Kapita School. The books will be well used and appreciated by all the students. 

All the ASV+ team wants to wish all our ASV community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

ASV+ & Winter Concerts

We wanted to congratulate all of our ballerinas and dancers, you have worked very hard and all the rehearsing time has payed off. Great job girls, we are very proud of all of you! In the ASV+ Google Site families can all find the ASV+ ballerinas and dancers performance in the Winter Concerts 2016.

New Pictures & Videos

In the ASV+ Google Site you will find new pictures and videos from October and December inside the Pictures and Videos section click in your child's grade level and chose October to September. We hope you like them!

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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.  The school will study all request to authorize or deny all of them based on the  ASV Transportation policy

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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