Monday, May 15, 2017

UCF This Week

 
 


This Week…

in the News


+School Board Meeting Tonight, May 15 at 7:30pm
+FIRST Robotics Information Session

+Congratulations Mrs Bakes - Citadel Heart of Learning Award!
+UHS to Host the Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala
+Message From the UCF Transportation Team

+U-PRISE Community Resources Fair
+Extended School Year (ESY) Student Volunteers Needed

+Save the Date Events



School Board Meeting Tonight, May 15 at 7:30pm

Join us at 7:30 at Pocopson Elementary School, or watch online

The meeting will be streamed live on the  district website
View tonights agenda- ​​​ Board Agenda

We hope to see you there!


FIRST Robotics Information Session

The Flaming Phoenix FTC robotics team from Unionville High School will be hosting an information session about FIRST robotics including FIRST Junior Lego League, FIRST Lego League (FLL), and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) on Wednesday May 24th from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the Hillendale Elementary School LGI. 

These programs provide excellent STEM opportunities for students from Kindergarten through Seniors in High School.  We will be discussing the programs and starting to form teams for next year.  This information session is intended for both students and parents.  Note that this program is 100% parent driven, so if you want to guarantee your child is involved, come to the meeting to find out more about how to start a team.

If you are unable to attend, contact Cliff Warner at ucf.first.robotics@gmail.com for more information.



Congratulations Mrs Bakes - Citadel Heart of Learning Award!


Congratulations to our own Megan Bakes, the 2017 Citadel Heart of Learning Award recipient for UCFSD. A very deserving honor for an amazing teacher!


 #HeartofLearning and tag @CitadelBanking!



UHS to Host the Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala

The Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala will be held on May 21st at 4:30pm at Unionville High School.

The Greater Philadelphia Cappies is an organization that allows student critics to enjoy high school's productions in the area and vote for award recipients. Eligible shows must perform between mid-October and mid-April, with voting taking place soon after. After votes are tallied, schools nominated for Best Musical, Best Play, and Best Song are asked to prepare material to present in front of the entire region during the season's award ceremony, The Cappies Gala.


For more information visit - Philadelphia Cappies


Message From the UCF Transportation Team

The transportation department needs your help.  We need to make sure that your address in PowerSchool is correct.  Starting soon and continuing for the next few months we will be working with industry consultants to reevaluate next year's bus routes and it is important to have correct addresses.

We are doing this as an outcome of community and Board comments from the School Start Time initiative.  We will be evaluating opportunities to optimize routes and reduce run times, with a special focus on our longest runs that require students to be picked up before 6:30.

Over the next few days we will be sending out an email asking you to please verify your address.

If your address is NOT correct please respond to our registrar, Noelle Nocera  nnocera@ucfsd.net - email with your corrected information.  If you have moved recently the registrar will contact you to collect additional information needed to update your records.

If the address is correct there is no action needed at this time.

We thank you for your help and cooperation.



U-PRISE Community Resources Fair

May 24 - 6pm to 7:30pm at the District Office. Representatives from local community resources that offer programs for our Special Education families will be present. Learn what opportunities and activities are available for you and your child right here in our area.

For details and to RSVP please visit - U-PRISE Resources Fair



Extended School Year (ESY) Student Volunteers Needed

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District offers an extended school year program, referred to as ESY, for students with disabilities served by Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) who need instruction over the summer.  This summer, ESY will run from June 26 through August 8 (six weeks), Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 12:00pm at Unionville Elementary School.  Students who participate in this program have disabilities that require them to receive instruction in academics like reading, writing, and mathematics, but students also have goals in the areas of social skills, sensory skills, and communication skills.  Additionally, the program is promoting a different theme each week with a corresponding activity day filled with authentic learning opportunities such as field trips, special visitors, and exciting activities.

This summer in order to best support our ESY students' needs, we are looking for peers of varying school ages to volunteer to participate in ESY for all six of the one-time per week activity days. Research suggests that both students with disabilities and students without disabilities greatly benefit from these inclusive opportunities.
 
If your child is interested in participating in this unique program, please complete the google survey using this link or by going to https://goo.gl/forms/oeAnynnvDeKtgqaa2

For details about the ESY program visit - Extended School Year (ESY) Program



Save the Date Events

  • Please Support the After Prom - Fundraiser at Floga Bistro - May 15-2 -Mention UHS AFTER PROM and they will generously donate 20% of sales to our event! Offer good for DINE IN, DELIVERY, or TAKEOUT - OFFER also includes PARTY TRAYS

  • UHS Marching Band Ice Cream Social - Wednesday, May 17th 2:45 - 3:30 in the UHS Band room. Band informational meeting for all 8th grade and UHS band members interested in the Marching Band: Winds, Color Guard and Drum Line

  • Last Day of School Reminder -On days when school is cancelled, a make-up day is utilized per the District Calendar. Please note, the school cancellation that occured on February 9th due to snow will be made up on May 16th. The snow days that occured on March 14th and 15th will be added to the end of the school year. The last day for students is now June 14th.



This Week's Highlights

**UES Spring Family Portraits Fundraiser
**Check out our list of Great Summer Camps!
**Heroes Youth Baseball Tryouts
**2017 Baccalaurate
**Community & Trails Celebration Day

For more listings and details, check out the Community Bulletin Board






Patton Student Runs 50th State Marathon To Save the Eyesight of Kids in Need

When he crosses the finish line in Springfield, Vermont on Tuesday, 14-year-old Nikolas Toocheck will be completing a three-year quest to run a marathon in each of the 50 U.S. states – and he's running for a cause. He is raising money for the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides critical vision care to people in need around the world.

Read about Nikolas's amazing accomplishments - UCF Facbook



Take the Zero Waste Challenge

In support of World Environment Day on 5th June, ISS is challenging you to take action to produce less waste. This could be one small change (like using a ceramic mug instead of a disposable one), or you could go the whole day without producing any rubbish.

The aim is to get as many people around the world to take up the challenge, with thousands of small changes contributing to a bigger, global effort to prevent and reduce waste.

So, get involved and make a difference! Commit as an individual or on behalf of your team and see just how well you can do without your disposable coffee cups, paper hand towels and plastic water bottles.

Together, we can help ISS reach its target of 10,000 people signing to take part.

To sign up visit - https://iss-uk.me/zero-waste/


 

 




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Monday, May 8, 2017

UCF This Week

 
 


This Week…

in the News


+CET Committee/Board Work Session Tonight, May 8
+Get Ready for the Teen Years - Special Presentation
+UHS to Host the Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala
+U-PRISE Community Resources Fair
+Extended School Year (ESY) Student Volunteers Needed

+Last Day of School Reminder



CET Committee/Board Work Session Tonight, May 8

The Curriculum and Educational Technology Committee will meet today at 4:30pm.
The work session meeting will begin at 7:30pm

Join us at 4:30 at the District office.
View tonights agenda- ​​​ Board Work Session Agenda

We hope to see you there!


Get Ready For The Teen Years - Special Presentation

Learn how to prepare for the transition from Elementary School to Middle School. This hour long presentation will cover what a typical Unionville-Chadds Ford student's behavior looks like, risk and protective factors, and tips to positively impact your child during the transition.

Presented by: Kathy Collier - Prevention Specialist, Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services

Join us - Monday, May 8th at 7pm - HES Auditorium Details Teen Presentation



UHS to Host the Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala

The Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala will be held on May 21st at 4:30pm at Unionville High School.The Greater Philadelphia Cappies is an organization that allows student critics to enjoy high school's productions in the area and vote for award recipients. Eligible shows must perform between mid-October and mid-April, with voting taking place soon after. After votes are tallied, schools nominated for Best Musical, Best Play, and Best Song are asked to prepare material to present in front of the entire region during the season's award ceremony, The Cappies Gala.

The Unionville Players received 13 Cappies nominations for Antigone, the Fall Play. "This honor is a tribute to all the hard work and dedication of each actor and every member of UHS' outstanding tech and stage crew," said Daniel Lipowitz, the play director.  "I am very pleased that the range of nominations comprises every facet of our Fall production, both on-stage and behind the scenes."
The Cappies
Outstanding 10th-grade critics: Emily Lewis, Grace Willey
Marketing and Publicity: Jack Sweeney, Hannah Bailey, Lauren Hughes, Courtney Smith
Costumes: Marina Khazana
Sets: Megan Belgam, Victoria Vaughn
Choreography: Cameron Cofrancesco
Creativity: Eric Folmar, Harrison Bass 
Best Ensemble : Chorus A and B: Maxine Adams, Emily Lewis, Margaret Wu, Tessa Haldeman, Rachel Boorse, Haley Crawford, Kate d'Arcy, Hayden Prein, Adyson Moreno, Giselle Wagner, Soren Sheckells, Varshika Mandalupu, Mark Jankowski, Rachel Tierney, Alex Koran-Hogue, Sean Stewart
Featured Actor: Ashwin Akki
Featured Actress: Grace Willey
Supporting Actor: David DeMarco
Lead Actor: Alex Kallis
Best Play: Antigone

For more information visit - Philadelphia Cappies



U-PRISE Community Resources Fair

May 24 - 6pm to 7:30pm at the District Office. Representatives from local community resources that offer programs for our Special Education families will be present. Learn what opportunities and activities are available for you and your child right here in our area.

For details and to RSVP please visit - U-PRISE Resources Fair



Extended School Year (ESY) Student Volunteers Needed

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District offers an extended school year program, referred to as ESY, for students with disabilities served by Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) who need instruction over the summer.  This summer, ESY will run from June 26 through August 8 (six weeks), Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 12:00pm at Unionville Elementary School.  Students who participate in this program have disabilities that require them to receive instruction in academics like reading, writing, and mathematics, but students also have goals in the areas of social skills, sensory skills, and communication skills.  Additionally, the program is promoting a different theme each week with a corresponding activity day filled with authentic learning opportunities such as field trips, special visitors, and exciting activities.

This summer in order to best support our ESY students' needs, we are looking for peers of varying school ages to volunteer to participate in ESY for all six of the one-time per week activity days. Research suggests that both students with disabilities and students without disabilities greatly benefit from these inclusive opportunities.
 
If your child is interested in participating in this unique program, please complete the google survey using this link or by going to https://goo.gl/forms/oeAnynnvDeKtgqaa2

For details about the ESY program visit - Extended School Year (ESY) Program



Last Day of School Reminder

On days when school is cancelled, a make-up day is utilized per the District Calendar. Please note, the school cancellation that occured on February 9th due to snow will be made up on May 16th. The snow days that occured on March 14th and 15th will be added to the end of the school year.

The last day for students is now June 14th.


This Week's Highlights

**UES Spring Family Portraits Fundraiser
**UHS Girls Soccer Camp
**3rd Annual Unionville Crew Fundraiser
**2017 Baccalaurate
**Community & Trails Celebration Day
**
Gerrymandering-Why Fair Districts Matter to You

For more listings and details, check out the Community Bulletin Board






UHS Student Sophie Wilks Wins Chester County Sports Hall of Fame High School Scholar-Athlete Award.


Read more about Sophie's award at - UHS Facebook


Adopt a Garden at Patton this Summer

An exciting opportunity for the UCFSD students and their families!! Save Money, get fresh vegetables and help others in need this summer! 

The Family and Consumer Science program at CFPMS built 22 raised beds and constructed 2 greenhouses all with grant monies raised by the FCS department. The beds will be planted in the coming months, but when summer comes we will need YOUR help to maintain them and get us ready for this coming school year. Adopt our Garden Beds for a week or more and help us water, harvest and deliver to the Food Bank. 

It is a win-win proposition for all. Work with your families while helping those who are less fortunate!! For more information please contact Kim Hisler at khisler@ucfsd.net

 

 




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Monday, May 1, 2017

UCF This Week

 
 


This Week…

in the News


+Public Budget Hearing Tonight, May 1 at 7pm
+UCF Technology - Parent Webinar Tonight - May 1st - 6:30 PM
+The Patton Spring Carnival
+UHS Indoor Percussion 7th Best in the World!
+
Annual UCFEF Community Yard Sale Fundraiser
+Get Ready For The Teen Years - Special Presentation
+
Unionville Run for our Sons Thank You!
+The School Start Time Recommendation was Approved

+Save the Date Events



Public Budget Hearing Tonight, May 1 at 7pm

The public Budget Hearing will be held tonight, Monday May 1st in the district office at 7:00 PM.
May 2nd and 3rd are reserved as additional hearing dates to be used if needed

Budget Hearing documents - posted here.

We hope to see you there!


UCF Technology - Parent Webinar Tonight - May 1st at 6:30 PM

Please join us for our May parent webinar tonight, May 1st at 6:30 PM.


The May webinar will focus on Windows 10 and the new features included in the operating system. Further, we will highlight a few differences between Windows 10 and Windows 7.

Please RSVP to Jon Mall at jmall@ucfsd.net for invitation details.

Also, please visit http://www.ucfsd.org/technology/parent-technolgy-webinars.html to join the meeting on May 1st.



The Patton Spring Carnival

ITS THAT TIME AGAIN!! The Patton Carnival is on Friday, May 5th from 2:30-7pm at Patton Middle School so get ready to have some fun!

Is your teacher going to be in the dunk tank?? I hear Mr Hoffman, Mr Beaver and Mr Dutkiewicz will be getting dunked!

New games this year include hungry hippo bungee challenge and velcro soccer! Lots of food, raffle baskets, face painting and more.... Join the PTO fun with family and friends!



UHS Indoor Percussion 7th Best in the World!

Unionville High School's Indoor Percussion Ensemble returned from the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio as the 7th best in the world in the Scholastic A Division. Unionville competed against 64 groups from around the country in the preliminary round to advance to the semi-final round against 32 groups, and then to the finals against the best 15 groups in the country. This was Unionville's second trip to the World Championships and their first as a world finalist.

As a testament to their musicianship and performance ability, Unionville is also ending their season as the Mid Atlantic Percussion Society Scholastic A Champions and the WGI East Power Regional Scholastic A Champions. Their award-winning show "The Drought" was filled with excitement and artistry.

Read more at - UHS Indoor Percussion


Annual UCFEF Community Yard Sale Fundraiser 

May 6th 8am-12pm Unionville Elementary

The Yard Sale benefits all UCFSD schools by supporting programs, classroom grants, and scholarships for students.
Donations needed for the sale:  Household items, antiques, sports equipment, furniture, good condition toys, outdoor items, etc. We cannot receive clothing donations, stuffed animals, scanners, printers, box TV's, copiers, mattresses
Donation drop-off is at Unionville Elementary on the following dates
May 3rd 3:30-6:00
May 5th 3:30-6:00
Neighborhood pick up is also available from May 1st-5th 3:00-6:00 pm
Neighborhood donation collection is available for larger items or larger quantities, to make arrangements please email us your address and contact info at unionvilleyardsale@gmail.com
For additional details visit - UCFEF Community Yard Sale


Get Ready For The Teen Years - Special Presentation

Learn how to prepare for the transition from Elementary School to Middle School. This hour long presentation will cover what a typical Unionville-Chadds Ford student's behavior looks like, risk and protective factors, and tips to positively impact your child during the transition.

Presented by: Kathy Collier - Prevention Specialist, Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services

Join us - Monday, May 8th at 7pm - HES Auditorium Details Teen Presentation


Unionville Run for our Sons Thank You!

The 8th Annual Unionville Run for our Sons was another tremendous success!  As of today almost $49,000 was raised for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.  I am so humbled and grateful that this school community supports this cause that is so near and dear to my heart. 

There was a new team that joined us at the event this past weekend,  the Quattrochi family.  They live outside of Lancaster and their son Adam, who is 5 years old, was diagnosed with Duchenne last year.  While the last year has been a trying one, they were uplifted to see all of you there working together to end Duchenne.  I wish that I could tell them that the road with Duchenne gets easier, but it does not.  But what I can tell them is that they are supported here at UCFSD.  Again, I thank you all for your kindness and generosity.

There is still one last opportunity to support the event and put us over our $50,000 goal!
Our online silent auction ends on Saturday 4/29 at 9pm.  Please visit http://bidpal.net/unionvillerfos to see some great items and support a worthy cause.

Hope to see you next year!
Warm regards,
Joanna


The School Start Time Recommendation was Approved

The school start time recommendation was approved by a vote of 8 to 1. Research shows there are many benefits from later school start times, including decreases in teen depression, car crashes, behavior problems, discipline referrals, absenteeism, and tardiness. Given our students' compelling argument – the UCF Board asked administration to form a committee and conduct an exhaustive review of our school start times. The committee found that - though not without challenges - the benefits to student health and well-being were difficult to ignore.


The Board approved a change in UCF school start times beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. For next year the middle school and high school student day will begin at 8:00 and conclude at 2:43. The elementary student day will begin at 9:10 and end at 3:40. We understand that there may be questions about the transition and how it may affect you and your family.

For answers to a number of frequently asked questions please visit -

Click here to go to the School Start Time Committee website.
Click here to watch the video of the presentation.
Click here to watch/listen to Board questions and answers after the presentation.
Click here to watch/listen community comments.
Click here for Board comments and deliberations (focused on school start times).
Click here to watch the final deliberations and Board vote on this proposal.




Save The Date Events!!

  • UHS to Host the Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala - The Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala will be held on May 21st at 4:30pm at Unionville High School.The Greater Philadelphia Cappies is an organization that allows student critics to enjoy high school's productions in the area and vote for award recipients. Eligible shows must perform between mid-October and mid-April, with voting taking place soon after. After votes are tallied, schools nominated for Best Musical, Best Play, and Best Song are asked to prepare material to present in front of the entire region during the season's award ceremony, The Cappies Gala. For more information visit - Philadelphia Cappies

  • Adopt A Garden - An exciting opportunity for the UCFSD students and their families!! Save Money, get fresh vegetables and help others in need this summer! The Family and Consumer Science program at CFPMS built 22 raised beds and constructed 2 greenhouses all with grant monies raised by the FCS department. The beds will be planted in the coming months, but when summer comes we will need YOUR help to maintain them and and get us ready for this coming school year. Adopt our Garden Beds for a week or more and help us water, harvest and deliver to the Food Bank. It is a win-win proposition for all. Work with your families while helping those who are less fortunate!! For more information please contact Kim Hisler at khisler@ucfsd.net
  • U-PRISE Community Resources Fair - May 24 - 6pm to 7:30pm at the District Office. Representatives from local community resources that offer programs for our Special Education families will be present. Learn what opportunities and activities are available for you and your child right here in our area.For details and to RSVP please visit - U-PRISE Resources Fair

  • Last Day of School Calendar Change - Reminder - On days when school is cancelled, a make-up day will be utilized per the District Calendar. Please note, the school cancellation that occured on February 9th due to snow will be made up on May 16th. The snow days that occured on March 14th and 15th will be added to the end of the school year. The last day for students is now June 14th.



This Week's Highlights

**UES Spring Family Portraits Fundraiser
**UHS Girls Soccer Camp
**UHS Boys' Lacrosse - Unite for HER
**Kennett-Unionville Titans Registration 
**Community & Trails Celebration Day
**
Southern Chester County Soccer Camp

For more listings and details, check out the Community Bulletin Board






We Love Clay!!
6th grade students at Patton got really dirty last week with their newly purchased "Shimpo Pug Mill". They had lots of fun recycling clay to prepare for the upcoming Red clay house unit.

Check it out! Patton Facebook


UCF Education Foundation Shoe Re-Use Program

The Green Initiatives Committee of the U-CF Education Foundation, with the support of the district, has launched a district-wide program to promote sustainability by collecting your used sneakers and fitness shoes. This program touches many facets of sustainability.  It keeps shoes out of the landfill and promotes re-use, as well as develops an environmentally and economically sustainable industry for developing villages.

1. Collected shoes from our district will be shipped to Runners Village, Ghana. There they are sold, and the proceeds go to setting up tree farms (fruit trees, trees used for buildings, etc.) in the village. The locals are trained to maintain them, creating a perpetual source of income.

2. The entire program is funded by the proceeds from the sale of the shoes.

3. The unusable ones (about 20%) go to Nike Grind, where they are ground up and used on playgrounds and other purposes.

4. The MORE Foundation, who executes this program, expects to take in about 300K pairs of shoes this year, helping 10 villages.

5. There is a box in either the gym or main lobby of every school in the district. Please drop off your old sneakers - any size, any condition.


 

 




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