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ASV Voices 315
Saturday, June 18, 2022

End of Year Message 

No academic year is without its challenges, and yet no academic year is without its many successes either.  For a large part of 2021-2022, ASV and schools around the world continually adjusted to the global pandemic, while also ensuring that students are well-prepared for their futures. 

While the pandemic is certainly not over yet, there are many optimistic signs that it is abating. This improvement, which we all hope will continue, affords many people the opportunity to reimagine a post-pandemic world and the lessons derived from it. For this generation, it was a historical moment that included loss, anxiety and radical changes in daily life.  However, it also forced us to reconsider what is truly valuable, how precious life truly is, and the role education,  educators, health and healthcare providers play in our world.  In my opinion, the world persevered in large part because of the adaptability, ingenuity and compassion of educators and healthcare providers, who in the depth of the storm, stayed the course and cared for children and families above and beyond the call of duty.  So, we owe an  immense thank  you to all of those who made a difference when everything was different.  

Gratefully, successes abounded as well throughout 2021-2022.  The 71 Grade 12 graduates of Class of 2022  are the living embodiment of what we hope our world will become: caring, responsible, respectful, and engaged global citizens.  This CARE ethos pervades the culture of ASV in so many ways and through so many school stakeholders.  

From the generous acts of elementary students raising funds to support disabled animals, to the Parent Delegates honoring faculty and staff during Appreciation Week, to the altruistic donation of 2,000 masks by a high school parent, to the dedication of the Board of Governors in supporting a wide variety of school improvement initiatives, to the support from the Athletics and ASV+ teams in earning the Middle States Association’s Program of Distinction in Athletics,  and to the selfless dedication of our school nurses who took care of all us day after day  . . . the list could go on and on with so many exemplary acts of our school community’s good will that collectively creates the “ASV Difference.”  

So, on behalf of all members of the ASV community, please allow me to express my most heartfelt thanks, appreciation and gratitude for the commitment that all stakeholders make in supporting  a world-class international school.  My commitment is to continually foster improvement, innovation, a spirit of caring and generosity, and the tireless pursuit of and commitment to excellence.  

Please enjoy a well-deserved, safe and enjoyable summer, and we look forward to welcoming our returning and new students back to ASV on September 8, 2022. Thank you again for a wonderful and successful 2021-2022!  

With all best wishes,

Michael L. Smith

General Announcements

Farewell to Our Students

Following a school tradition, faculty and staff waited for the bus departure and, standing nearby the parking gate and the street, said goodbye to our students when they left the campus for the last time in this academic year.

Summer Holidays. Dates to Keep in Mind

Next week, teachers and staff will hold the Spring Work Week from Monday, June 20 to Thursday, June 23, 2022. This event includes professional development and curricular planning for the following academic year.  

On Friday, July 1, our school will open for the ASV Summer Program. Over 450 children from many schools in the area will participate in this learning experience. The program will end on Thursday, July 28. The school will then be closed for summer holidays until August 29, 2022.

All classes and the return of students for the 2022-2023 academic year will begin on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Annual Parent Meeting

The Annual Parents' Meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 18:30-20:00  in the Athletic Center Dining Hall (Visions). Families of enrolled students are invited to attend and listen to an overview of the 2021-2022 academic year, as well as preliminary plans for 2022-2023 offered by the Academic Leadership Team.

Professional Development Activities Held this Week

On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, several discipline-specific vertical teams (teachers from K-12) were able to collaborate on designing Cornerstone Tasks, authentic assessments that evaluate our students’ progress toward each discipline’s Transfer Goals, to be implemented during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, several teams have collaborated to design interdisciplinary tasks that are scaffolded from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Examples of these interdisciplinary tasks include Mathematics with Physical Education, and English with The Arts. The purpose of these tasks is to provide opportunities for students to see the transfer of skills between disciplines and apply these skills to authentic, real-life situations.

Parent Questionnaire

It’s an exciting time for the ASV support team, we are currently reviewing our entire socio-emotional curriculum program in order to ensure that it is in line with our values.  In order to do this, we would like the input of all our community members.

Please complete this questionnaire in order to
provide feedback on SEL indicators and priorities.

ASV+ Program

ASV+ Closing sessions

This past week all registered ASV+ students received their end of the year-season Progress Reports with feedback on their performance.

From the ASV+ team we would like to thank all the families for their support and trust, as well as the opportunity to be a part of their child’s growth and development this year.

Many families have already completed the 2022-2023 registration process and 300+ students have already registered. We encourage all families to complete the registration form for their child as soon as possible in order to assure placement in your child’s chosen activity.  Several activities are already near capacity, so please do not miss this opportunity to ensure your child can participate in ASV+ activities.
If you have already registered your child for ASV+, please do not complete the form again. 
REGISTRATION for the 2022-2023 ASV+ is available in the following links; or in ASV Parent Resources  Site ( *Registration forms can only be accessed through an ASV email account. If you have issues accessing the registration form, please watch this video ( or email the IT Department (
If you want to know about the offer please watch these videos:
COFFEE TALK Preschool and Elementary School (
COFFEE TALK Middle and High School (

Have a wonderful summer!!!

The ASV+ Team

Preschool and Elementary School

Kinder and Grade 5 Graduation Packs

Congratulations to all Kinder and Grade 5 families for their last year in the Preschool and Elementary School, we hope they enjoyed the celebrations held on June 9 and 10, 2022.

Both ceremonies were recorded by a professional photographer and there were photos taken of the conferement of certificates.   Families can order these special Celebration Packs until Friday, June 24.  We will email you when your pack is ready to collect. Please, find the order forms below:

Classroom Activities

Teachers included in the last week plan special activities aimed to have an enjoyable transition to the summer vacation. These activities included art projects, handicrafts, team games, movies, and water! See some examples below.
Grade 1 Water Party.  On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the three Grade 1 classes had a fun time playing with water in Park A.
Crazy Hair Day in Grade 2 on June 13. A fun way to open the last week of classes!
Grade 4 - Graphic Novel and Outdoor Reading: Students finished the year transforming a part of their favorite novels into a Graphic Novel. “They presented their work Gallery style and the class was able to view and jot down what their favorite graphic novelist did well,”  Ms. Megan Rose describes. Also this week, these classes  enjoyed some reading time outside.
Grade 5, Summer Reading and Team Challenges: Ms. Amanda Bird, the ASV Curriculum Coordinator, visited Grade 5 to introduce the Summer Reading Project.  Complete the Summer Reading Project will familiarize students with the Reading Program in Middle School.  Also this week, Grade 5 Blue developed teamwork and collaboration throughout a vibrant challenge with paper cups.
Short Theater Performances for Grade 1 and Kinder: The Spanish Department organized a theater day in Grade 5. The activity took place on Wednesday in Grade 1 and on Thursday in Kinder. The students performed fun theater scenes for their young peers in those grade levels.

ASV+ Activities Final Days

All students registered in ASV+ have had an intense end of the year. While Team Sport’s students played a tournament involving all three sports in different teams, STEAM students finished up the year building robots and playing Minecraft for Education.

The ASV+ Tournament finished in very good spirits. All teams enjoyed and all student-athletes got a reward, an ice popsicle. The teams who won were the ones that not only got better results in the competitions but who also got the CARE extra points for being prepared, responsible, respectful and engaged.

In Grades 1-2:
There was a draw between the two first teams so we had two winners:
  • Grade 1 Team 1 (Blue). Captain: Dameli A.
  • Grade 2 Team 6 (White). Captain Joan G.
In Grades 3-4-5:
We had a clear winner who won every game and got all the possible CARE points, getting the maximum points available (14 points). And a Runners-up, following close with 13 points!
  • Grade 5 Team 10 (White). Captain: Jorge R.
  • Grade 3 Team 1 (Blue). Captain: Maria Y.
In STEAM while some of our students built up their dreamed robots, others were creating their dreamed world in Minecraft for education or making movies with stop motion.

It has been an intense and rewarding week. All the ASV+ team want to thank the families for their support and would like to wish everyone a wonderful summer break!

Middle School and High School

Spring 2022 Final Semester Report

The Spring 2022 Final Semester Report  will be emailed on Thursday, June 23, 2022 to all families having a student enrolled in Grades 6 - 11.  

Messages for Grade 12 Students

Spanish Baccalaureate Diploma

The Spanish Technical Director, Ms. Lucía Gómez, has received the homologation of the Spanish Baccalaureate Diploma earned by all of the Grade 12 students who successfully completed their studies at ASV.  Students will be invited to pick up the official document at the ASV office.

PCE and IB Results

The Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) is releasing the official results of the PCE Tests by June 22, 2022.  The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) will do the same for the 2022 IBDP External Exams on July 5, 2022. 

University Pre-enrollment

ASV graduates planning to apply for a Spanish public university may complete this procedure between June 28 and July 7, 2022.  Ms. Lucía Gómez has contacted all Grade 12 students offering instructions on how to do the pre-enrollent and inviting to come to the school in the event that they need additional information or help.

Yearbooks Distributed

Students in Middle School and High School who ordered copies of the 2021-2022 ASV Yearbook received them beginning on Wednesday.  Grade 12 students may pick up their yearbooks through a younger sibling in other grade levels or by picking it up at the school office between June 20 and July 28, 2022.

Class Activities

Grade 6: Special Lessons on Revolutions

This week, as part of their Humanities course, Grade 6 had a guest lecturer on Forging Nations Through Revolution: A Comparative Analysis of the American and French Revolutions taught by ASV Director, Mr. Michael L. Smith.  The lessons focused on compelling questions of “Why do revolutions take place?”, “What do all revolutions have in common?”, “What was the origin of these philosophical thoughts?” and “What historical progress has and has not been made?”  by applying the C3 Social Studies Framework, an inquiry-based learning model.
The Grade 6 Humanities course combines coursework from English Language Arts and Social Studies.

ASV Students at the Up Steam 3 Competition

Six Computer Science Students from Grade 10 (Iduna H., Zlatan C., Diego B., Grisha K., Ian B. and Dylan C.) qualified for the final stage of the Up Steam 3 competition organized by UPV among more than thirty teams. The goal of the contest was to promote Sustainability and to help transform Valencia into a Smart City. As part of this program, students had to use technology to improve the quality of life of people. The ASV students created a website that can calculate the carbon footprint of the ingredients in any meal, as well as recommend eco-friendly shops around you. Give it a try on 

University Orientation


June 20 to July 8th, 2022 June 20th to July 8th, 2022 opens the pre-registration for careers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia Pre registration explained by UPV
18 Junio 2022 a las 18 hrs

The Universitat Politècnica de València offers four new titles highly demanded by the business sector:


International Virtual Session by Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, Princeton and Vanderbilt
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 
6:00 AM Central Time (1 pm European Time)
Registration here

UK - Medicine and Dentistry entry exam

The Universidad de Sheffield offers a five-week virtual course to prepare for the UCAT exam (University Clinical Aptitude Test). From July 25 to August 26, 2022. Registration from June 6 to July 11, 2022. Registration here

Scholarships/ Fees reduction

Universities that offered reduced fees to EU Students
As of January 2021, EU students at UK universities are required to pay international fees. Below is a list of universities that maintain local (or reduced) fees for EU students. Please note  that universities may still ask for full international fees in the application form but the lower price is applied when registering. This list is not exhaustive and there may be other universities we have not spotted, so make sure to check university websites.

Community Achievements

Remarkable Golf Season for Alejandro D (Grade 5)

With only nine months of experience playing golf,  Grade 5 student, Alejandro D., is completing a remarkable season in the Kids Rank organized by the Valencian Golf Federation. This league includes local tournaments for U10, U12 and U14 players in a wide range of golf courses in Castellon and Valencia. The most recent one was the Costa Azahar Trophy, a 9-hole tournament. Alejandro was runner up only one stroke behind the winner. 

Qualifying for the Spain U18 Field Hockey Finals

A group of High School students who play for Xaloc Hockey Club won the sector juvenil, a qualifying tournament needed to access the Spanish U18 Field Hockey Championship.  The team includes the following members of our community: Oscar E., Manel O. and Rodrigo R. (Grade 12), Ismael M. (Grade 11), Gonzalo R (Grade 10) and José P. (Grade 9) and the qualifiers were held in Benalmádena (Málaga). 

The final championship will take place on June 23-26, 2022 in Barcelona. The team is confident to have Mateo T (also an ASV Grade 12) back to the roster after an injury.

Office and Services

 Invoicing Policy Update

By the end of each academic year, the Business Office updates the ASV Invoicing Policy documents.  As you know,  this document describes the billing and payment policy and conditions applicable to the payment of the regular invoicing and other school fees.

The new documents are ready in the B.O. Section of the Parent Resources website. The specific links are:
The 2022-2023 Invoicing Policy includes new conditions in the use of the transportation service (listing additional charges due to special services), changes in the continuity insurance, the use of credit cards and late payments.

Please, review this document carefully and remember that they are restricted to the ASV Community. Please, use an ASV parent account is required to access the Parent Resources Website.

Invoicing Issues

If you have any issue with the 2021-2022 school payments, please contact Mr. Alfredo Querol at the Business Office.

2022-2023 School Materials Fee

According to the School Fees and Payments document, the business office will invoice the 2022-2023 School Materials Fee by mid July.  The amount is different for each school division:

Preschool: € 329  // Elementary School: € 346 //  Middle y High School: € 497

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.


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Pictures and visuals: C. Minuesa, E. Casas, CHXaloc, S. Landete,
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