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ASV Voices 316
Saturday, September 10, 2022

General Announcements

Academic Calendar 

Stay up-to-date on the key dates and the official holidays with this copy of the official ASV Academic Calendar.

Official Recognition of the ASV Infirmary

In July 2022, American School of Valencia received the recognition of “Health Center” for the ASV Infirmary. This is an official validation granted by the Generalitat Valenciana and the Conselleria de Sanitat that states that our school infirmary has the facilities and equipment required for medical care as well as that its operating protocols meet the standards of this type of service. 

ASV has been a pioneer school in Spain in the implementation of the school infirmary service. By the end of the 90s, ASV decided to have dedicated staff to provide immediate health care. The ASV Infirmary Office has grown up to have two specific spaces on campus (the infirmary and the isolation room), full-time staff, and professional management tools. Throughout the academic year, over 5,000 requests -mainly minor incidents and indispositions- are processed. The school nurses are also in charge of chronic illnesses protocols, control of allergies and food intolerances, the school health programs (hygiene, oral health, puberty...) or training of our staff in first-aid, and the use of defibrillators (as the school has three devices).

During the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years, the ASV Infirmary led the implementation of the COVID protection measures, the management of positive cases and the de-escalation and return to pre-pandemic normality.

The current ASV Infirmary team is made up of the ASV nurse, Ms. Inma Requena, and an additional nurse, Ms. Silvia Chamorro, who works for School Nurses, a new ASV partner. School Nurses is providing a valuable experience and new management tools for the service. The ASV Infirmary has also joined the Spanish Scientific Association for School Health.

We wish to thank the entire school community for their support and collaboration with our infirmary service team.

ASV New Parent Meeting

Thank you new families for joining the important orientation meeting the school hosted on Monday, September 5, 2022. Key information was provided about academics, health, and security, specific procedures by section, and how to get ready for the first day of classes.  If you wish to review the presentation or you were not able to attend, please use the following link:


ASV PE and ASV+ Uniforms

While completing the enrollment process, new families receive information about the ASV official Physical Education (PE) uniform.  In case you do not have the PE uniform yet for your child, we remind you that all of the athletic attire is available for online purchase through our supplier Svelto.

The attached documents describe the uniform, the sizes available, and how to order it:
PE and ASV+ Uniforms
PE Uniform. Purchase instructions
Size Chart

ASV Voices, the School Newsletter

This email you are reading is ASV Voices, the official newsletter of the American School of Valencia. Every Saturday during the academic year, ASV Voices is sent to the email address you provided during the enrollment process.  There are additional releases like the summer updates or the back-to-school editions. 

Please ensure that your email address does not block or filter ASV Voices as spam by adding the sender ( to your address book. If any family has changed their email address, please inform ASV by writing to

We look forward to sharing useful information, key events and dates, and stories of interest for the entire ASV community.  

Complete ASV Voices with the Mobile App

We invite you to download and install the ASV mobile app if you do not have it yet.  The app provides information and announcements previously included in ASV Voices, and has interesting features such as the events calendar, the document repository, and the teachers’ directory.  Additionally, the interface has been recently updated and the app looks fresh and clean.

When installing the app, we recommend allowing push notifications (you can choose specific categories) and keep English as the app language. This setting only affects menus as every message or post is shared both in English and Spanish. 

ASV App for Apple Devices
ASV App for Android Devices.
Video tutorial

Preschool and Elementary School

Back to School Information Meeting

Families of children in Preschool and Elementary School were invited to join a virtual orientation meeting with Dr. Yolanda Murphy (PS ES Assistant Director) and Ms. Rachel Rubio (PS ES Assistant Principal).  Useful information on academic standards, attendance requirements, student support and school services was provided.

The presentation used can be reviewed

Meet the Teacher Meetings

These small group sessions held on Tuesday and Wednesday provided a chance to meet the homeroom teachers and learn more about the learning goals for each grade level in 2022-2023.  The event replaces the virtual Parents Night organized in 2020 and 2021.

First Day of Classes

Classes began on Thursday, September 8, 2022. In Elementary School, teachers had a varied and fun schedule to give a warm welcome to all of our students. They included group introduction activities, class set up, special games and handicrafts and practice of the PBIS expectations. Regular lessons started on Friday. 

Grade 5 Celebrates a Special Year (the End of Elementary!) ⬇️
  • Opening the Classroom Library (pictures on top)
  • Taking a class photo with the “Learning is Fun” banner (pictures below)
Activities in other grade levels ⬇️

Middle School and High School

First Activities of the Academic Year

On the first day of classes, Middle and High School groups had a special schedule combining introductory assemblies, team-building games and revision activities on the PBIS framework and the ASV Values. Regular lessons started on Friday although specific periods were assigned to hand out textbooks and allow students to organize their lockers.  ⬇️

Renewed Middle School Facilities

Our school has renovated the Middle School facilities in order to accommodate the recent Grades 7 and 8 expansions. The construction started in July and has been focused on the lower atrium and two former changing rooms located next to Park B.   

After this work, students in Middle School and some High School classes are enjoying four new classrooms equipped with interactive screens, wireless internet connection, and flexible seating.  Classrooms 50 and 51 are accessible through the renovated atrium; classrooms 57 and 58 have their entrances in Park B and the second one will be our brand-new music classroom.  

Additional space in the atrium has been used to improve the Information and Technology Office and Ms. Isabel Castro’s office.

Middle School and Highs School Parents Nights

Families of students in Middle School and High School are invited to attend the Parents Night as follows:
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022: Middle School Parent Night
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2022: High School Parent Night
The event offers an overview of the academic goals in each grade level and the specific organization of each course your child is taking.  It will be held at the school campus.  

University Orientation

USA / Plan your child’s PSAT and SAT test dates:

An important piece of university preparation is taking college admissions exams.Follow this link to read the explanation of the different test options.  The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) / National Merit Qualifying Test is a practice test for the SAT and can also qualify grade 11 students with a U.S passport for National Merit scholarships. As it is an optional test at ASV, please fill out this form if your child in Grade 10 or 11 wants to take this test in October 25th, 2022 
Here are some links to practice for the test: It is a good idea to plan your testing dates with consideration for academics, activities, time for test preparation and taking the test a second time (statistics say that the majority of test-takers do better the second time). It is typically recommended to take the test at least once in the spring of Junior year and once in the Fall of Senior year (if necessary).

Discuss with Ms Veronica if you should take any of these tests and how they could benefit you.  
Sign up and prepare for the tests you've decided to take: 
SAT test dates at ASV:  October 1, 2022. December 3, 2022. May 06, 2023.

ASV+ Program

ASV+ Registration Updates

In May 2022, we launched the ASV+ Program for 2022-2023. ASV+  registration forms for PK2 to Grade 10 have been available since the beginning of this month.  
We are pleased to announce that the FIRST DAY of ASV+ for PK2, Grades 1-2 and Grades 6-7 will be Monday September 12, 2022.  While the FIRST DAY of ASV+ for Kinder, Grades 3-4-5 and Grades 8-9-10 will be Tuesday, September 13, 2022.
Given that this year there are not stable or bubble groups, we will be mixing children from different grades in the ASV+ Preschool and Elementary groups. Find below the activities´class lists. Please take a look if your child is registered so they know what team/group they are in.  
Middle School and High School students will have an Assembly on their first ASV+ session. Grades 6-7 on Monday and Grades 8-9-10 on Tuesday,  will have to be in the Theater at 2:00pm.
If you have not registered your child yet for ASV+ 2022-2023, information and registration are available in the following links; or in ASV parent resources (  
*Registration forms can only be accessed and submitted through an ASV parent email account. If you have any issues accessing the form, please watch this instructional video ( or email the IT Team (
Some ASV+ activities, such as STEAM (Grades 4-5), STEAM (6-7) and Creative Arts (Grades 3-4-5), already have a waiting list. 
If you want to know about the 2022-2023 ASV+ programs, please watch these informative videos:
COFFEE TALK Preschool and Elementary School (
COFFEE TALK Middle and High School (

ASV Alumni

Successful Admission Process of the ASV Class of 2022

Year after year, ASV graduates succeed in the process of selecting and applying for Spanish, American and international universities. The school invites each graduating class to stay in touch and let us know which university studies they are finally taking.  By September 10, we can proudly report that 24 members of the Class of 2022 have been accepted by international universities.  

If you know graduates who have not shared information about their life after ASV, please invite them to contact Ms. Veronica Cinosi, our University Counselor.

Alumni Achievements

Dr. Domingo Carlos Salazar (Class of 1999)

This biomolecular archaeologist is the main author of a recent study on funerary rituals in the 2nd and 3rd centuries in Barcino, the city established by the Romans in the current location of Barcelona. 

By applying advanced chemistry and molecular analysis to human bones and food residues, a team of researchers working on an archaeological site in the city center has been able to learn more about burials and funerary feasts practiced by all kind of social classes during the Roman Empire.
Dr. Juan Vázquez (Class of 2007)
This graduate is leading an innovative brain recovery unit at the Magdalena Hospital (Castellón). Dr. Vazquez and his team have developed a recovery process where patients receive a functional, effective and personalized training through a brand-new robot, the first of its class available in the Spanish public health system.

Office and Services

Business Office Reminders

The ASV Business Office would like to welcome all of you to the new academic year 2022-2023. We invite you to visit the Business Office section within the parent resources site where you will find interesting information related to the new school year :
  1. 2022-2023 ASV fees
  2. Billing policy for the 2022-2023 academic year. Notable aspects that have changed compared to the previous year:
    • New bus service costs for random use cases or for a few months.
    • Update of commissions for payments with credit/debit card
  3. Update of continuity insurance 2022-2023 coverage
  4. Different forms
The billing of the receipt for September 2022 will be made on September 13 and 14, 2022. The rest of the monthly payments will be billed on the first days of each month.

2022-2023 Bus Routes

Families registered to use the transportation service received the assigned route earlier in September.  The document containing all of the ASV routes is available on the following section of the ASV Parent Resources website:

School Services: Transportation

Bat on Route App

Remember that ASV offers BatOnRoute, a mobile app that provides useful and real-time information of the school bus routes. The web page mentioned above includes basic information on the use and links to the setting up process and the regular use. 

The app developer is going under an annual set up and maintenance process and it will be activated by the end of the next week.

Security Measures

School buses are considered a public transportation mean, consequently, students and staff members using it must follow the following COVID-19 protection measures:
  • Mask use: Required for staff members and Grades 1-12 students and highly recommended for PK1-Kinder children
  • Hand sanitizer: Available on all buses and required when accessing the vehicle.

September Lunch Menus

The September lunch plan is already available on this specific section of the Parent Resources Google Site. Our age-appropriate menus cover Preschool and Grades 1-2, Grades 3 through 5 and the Middle School and High School sections. 

Preschool and Grades 1-2
Grades 3 - 5 
Middle School and High School 
Special Diets (not available on the app)

Office Communication Form

Remember that you can use this Google Form for the most common requests. Student car pick up, pick up authorization, absence, early pick up, late arrival, temporary special diet, etc. must be communicated to the school office by using this resource

Find our mobile app and stay tuned to all of the ASV news by using your smartphone.
  Photo Credits  

Pictures and visuals: C. Minuesa, C. Pinto, E. Riaye, R. Lima, E Casas., D. Salazar, C. Sanitat
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