UCF District News FEBRUARY 2020

There is still time to submit your 2019/2020 Wall of Honor nominations! We encourage our community to send us stories of outstanding and inspiring alumni to be honored on the UCF Wall of Honor. If selected, the new inductees will be honored during a celebration on April 30th at UHS.



Please mail hard copy submissions to: Wall of Honor, Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, 740 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Nominees will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, religion, sex, nationality, disability, economic status or marital status. The award may be bestowed posthumously. The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Wall of Honor Committee retains the right to remove names from the Wall of Honor


To preserve our tradition of excellence and inspire current students, outstanding alumni are selected annually for Wall of Honor recognition. The purpose of this prestigious award is to recognize Unionville-Chadds Ford School District alumni for their lifetime achievements.

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District values the contributions its alumni make to the world after graduation. The Superintendent’s office and District Communications manage the Wall of Honor (WOH) recognition process. Anyone can nominate a candidate for WOH recognition during the nomination period. A nominating committee, appointed to a one-year term by the superintendent and comprised of representatives from the district and community, will review the nominations and narrow them down, while a voting committee will determine the winners (2-3) from the nominations. WOH winners will receive year-round recognition on an actual wall at the high school and in-person recognition during a celebration at Unionville High School.


February 18, 2020

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All board meetings are filmed and may be viewed on the District’s YouTube channel.

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. Sanville welcomed everyone to the meeting and congratulated student Board representative, Winter Elvin, on being named the Longwood Rotary Student of the Month. Ms. Elvin was recognized at a recent Longwood Rotary meeting for her outstanding dedication to service in her school and community. Dr. Sanville also reported on his recent attendance at the AASA conference, where he presented How Museum-District Partnerships Improve K-12 Education with the Science of Learning. He partnered with the Franklin Institute and Centennial Superintendent, Dr. David Baugh on the presentation. Dr. Sanville shared a video with the board that was produced for their presentation and included interviews from our Franklin Institute Master Educators.

Student Representatives' Report

Ms. Evanko reported on several events happening throughout the District. TEDx Unionville, the UHS PTO Book Sale and STEM Day at Patton will all be held on Saturday, February 22. The UHS musical production of Into the Woods will be on March 19-21. The MORP dance will take place on March 6. She also shared that UHS senior diver Hunter Smith broke the school record and qualified for districts.

Ms. Elvin reported that she will be sending out a student survey regarding Lunch & Learn. She also announced that they are beginning the process to find the next student on the school board (current Sophomore, rising Junior); this candidate will be voted on by our students.

Action Items & Committee Reports

Curriculum and Instruction

In Curriculum and Instruction, the board approved the UHS Choral Department field trip to Disney World planned for December 2020.


The board approved two carpet replacement projects at Chadds Ford Elementary and Unionville Elementary. They also approved the replacement of the existing track surface at the UHS stadium. The track work is slated to occur this summer.


Dr. Akki presented the bids for purchasing new school buses and vans. The board approved the bids as presented.


The board approved the creation of the Capital Projects Coordinator position. This position will assist the Supervisor of Facilities with managing the various capital improvement projects that are needed throughout the district. Additionally, the board approved the reclassification of Food Service Leads to Cafeteria Managers. This change will better assist the Food Service department in fulfilling the leadership roles needed to run the Food Service programs at each school.


The board approved two policies: Policy 004 Membership and AG-701 Project Change Orders.


Ms. Talbert shared that at the Work Session she gave a report of Governor Wolf's budget as it related to education. She commented that the topic of charter school funding reform is an area that is becoming increasingly important to districts throughout the Commonwealth. PSBA has called on its members to adopt a resolution calling for charter school funding reform. Ms. Talbert stated that this is not a referendum on school choice, but a call to have charter and cyber charter schools using funding formulas that are closely aligned with actual expenses, rigor, and accountability of brick and mortar schools.

She proposed that the Board give this resolution some thought and revisit at the March Work Session with a broader discussion.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Curriculum & Instruction Meeting - March 9 at 4:30 pm
  • School Board Work Session - March 9 at 7 pm
  • School Board Meeting - March 23 at 7:30 pm*

All meetings are held in the District Office's large conference room (DO-14).

*March 23 meeting will be held in the Chadds Ford Elementary School Gymnasium.

UHS SOFTBALL CLINIC | Get ready for the season by training with the Unionville High School Softball team and coaches! DATE: March 21, 2020 TIME: 12U/14U 8:30 am Registration 9:00-11:30 am Clinic 8U/10U 11:00 am Registration 11:30-2:00 pm Clinic [View More Details and Registration Form]

2020 MOONLIGHT MADNESS 3-ON-3 | DATE: Friday, March 27, 2020 TIME: 3:00 to 11:30 pm @ UHS Main and Auxiliary Gym Middle school players will be able to shoot in the gym from 3 to 3:30 pm and games will start at 3:30 pm. High school and adult games will start after 5:30 pm. [Register online and see more event details at www.uhsbasketball.com]

UHS PRESENTS INTO THE WOODS | Unionville High School presents the Tony award-winning musical Into the Woods on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 at 7:00 pm, and Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at Unionville High School. Online ticket sales begin on February 23. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 adults, $12 students/seniors at the door and $5 matinee on Saturday (door sale only). [TICKET LINK]

THE DANGERS OF VAPING | This is a presentation for parents by the Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition. The presentation will be held in the Pocopson Elementary School gymnasium on February 25, 2020 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. [SEE FLYER]

M.A.P.S. INDOOR PERCUSSION COMPETITION | 23 Ensembles and counting… Watch the best high school percussion talent in the area compete at Unionville High School’s M.A.P.S. (Mid-Atlantic Percussion Society) Indoor Percussion Competition! WHEN: Saturday, March 7, starting at 4:00 pm WHERE: UHS Gymnasium COST: Adults $12/Students & Seniors $8 Concessions will be available for sale! [SEE FLYER]

WALL OF HONOR - NOMINATION PERIOD | Nominations for the 2019/2020 Wall of Honor are now open! We encourage our families, staff and community to send us stories of our outstanding and inspiring alumni for our 2019/2020 Wall of Honor celebration. Recognize alumni by nominating them! Nominations will be accepted through March 8! Learn more about the Wall of Honor program and its past inductees here! [NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING ALUMNI HERE]

JAVA WITH JOHN | The next Java with John will be on March 2 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Hillendale Elementary School! Enjoy some coffee and conversation with Superintendent John Sanville! [RSVP HERE]

U-PRISE MEETING | The next U-PRISE meeting will cover the topic of Driving, Volunteer and Employment Opportunities for your child and will be on March 18 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the District Office Room #14. [LEARN MORE HERE]

Wellness Day at Hillendale Elementary

Inspired by the UCFSD Staff Wellness day this past November, the Hillendale Huskies had their very own Wellness Day to celebrate physical, social, and emotional well-being. The day included seven 50 minute periods and six staff teams who planned and ran a wellness-based activity. Students traveled as a grade level to each teacher station through the day and participated in the various activities. Overall both staff and student Huskies had a lot of fun and a nice chance to recharge for the second half of winter!

Physical Wellness

Students participated in yoga, dance lessons, martial arts, and a nature walk.

Social Wellness

Students learned different lawn and card games and had a chance to practice their new knowledge by playing against one another.

Service Above Self

Students made Valentines for the residents at Pocopson Home.


Dr. John Sanville partnered with Centennial School District Superintendent, Dr. David Baugh and the Franklin Institute to present on How Museum-District Partnerships Improve K-12 Education Practice with the Science of Learning. They delivered the presentation at the AASA conference on February 12 in San Diego, CA.

The video highlights one of the many important partnerships the District is proud to be a part of.

The partnership began when Dr. Sanville was looking for a place to host a retreat for administrators. Their exposure to what the museum teaches about the science of learning has grown into a lasting school-community partnership at Unionville-Chadds Ford. To date, several UCF teachers and administrators have have been trained as Franklin Institute Master Educators.

“Our partnership has made a meaningful difference for kids in the way that instruction is delivered.” - John Sanville

The museum’s professional development and master educator programs are extensions of its brain exhibit, which opened in 2014, and allow the District, in partnership with the Franklin Institute, to support learning for teachers and students in a unique way.

Watch the video below to learn more about how our teachers, students, and families are benefiting from this exciting partnership!

Student Chef-in-Residence Program

The first Student Chef-in-Residence program took place on February 13th and 14th at Chadds Ford Elementary School. The TCHS Student Chefs worked on food prep during the morning of February 13th and then executed their meal and participated in the lunch service on February 14th.

Their menu was Valentine's Day themed and included:

  • ❤️ Whole Grain Heart Branded Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • ❤️ Whole Grain Chicken Filets on Heart Branded Bread
  • ❤️ Very Berry Spinach Salad
  • ❤️ Fresh Fruit and Veggie Varieties
  • ❤️ Brownies with Heart Sprinkles
  • ❤️ Variety of Milk

Chadds Ford students were very excited to see the heart shape on their sandwiches, and they enjoyed the salad with berries and house-made dressing. The TCHS students served their brownies for dessert with a smile to the excited CFES students!

STEM Day at Patton

STEM Day at Patton was a huge success! The event was planned and coordinated by the Two Eyed Illuminati, one of District’s robotics teams. Volunteers from Chemours were also on hand to provide STEM activities and donated a $3,000 grant for the event.

UCFSD students of all ages attended and participated in several hands-on activities, multiple robotics demonstrations, and a STEM expo including representatives from DuPont, FMC, Accenture, JL Architects, Chemours, the University of Delaware, and West Chester University.

Thank you to the NHS high school volunteers who helped work the event. Students had lots of fun and learned a lot about the different fields they can consider if interested in STEM.

Unionville Bocce

Congratulations to the Unionville Bocce team for finishing 3rd in the Chester County Championship! A huge shoutout to the athletes, coaches, and fans who showed their support!

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