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UCF District News November 2019

STEM NIGHT AT UNIONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL WITH DUPONT

Thursday, November 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Students of all ages are invited to attend!

Careers in STEM fields are among the highest paying and fastest growing in the world today! Please join us for STEM Night at Unionville High School in coordination with DuPont. Hear firsthand from DuPont engineers and scientists what it's like to work in a STEM career field and how you can get there! Keynote Speech from Randy Stone, President, Transportation & Industrial at DuPont and a panel discussion with DuPont engineers and scientists!

Randy Stone is the President of DuPont’s Transportation and Industrial business (T&I), a $5.6B global business with leadership positions in transportation, electronics and industrial markets. In this role, Randy directs the business’ strategy and operations, working to drive strong growth through innovation, producing value-added products that meet customer needs. Randy is also the proud parent of children in UCFSD.

The DuPont STEM Panel Discussion will include: David Cordrey - Global Integrated Operations Leader, Alex Weber - Global Leadership Coordinator, Safety Business, Jen Sheran - Training & Communications Leader, Julie Reilly - Chemical Engineer, and Dan Poprik - Capital Project Process Leader.

STEM Night will also include the following Interactive Breakout Sessions: The DuPont Experience, DuPont Virtual Reality, Drone Challenge, Sphero Activities, VEX, Robotics Challenges, Coding Activities, DuPont STEM Challenge, 3D Printing, Laser Engraving, UCF Robotics Club, FTC League, Technical College HS, and Crime Scene Investigation.

BOARD MEETING RECAP:

November 18, 2019

Click here to view the full agenda and all documents.

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

Superintendent's Report

Dr. Sanville welcomed a room full of guests who were present in support of the outgoing board directors and a retiring bus driver.

Mr. Cochran and Ms. Wickersham both recognized retiree, Mr. Don Courson. Mr. Courson has been a bus driver with the District for 6 years.

Dr. Sanville used the rest of his report to recognize the departing board members and highlight the achievements of the school board over the past eight years. He concluded his remarks by introducing a video showcasing these accomplishments.

At the end of the report, Ms. Daniels, Mr. Dupuis, Mr. Lindner, and Mr. Sage were presented with a crystal apple in recognition of their service and dedication to UCFSD.

Student Representatives' Report

Ms. Evanko announced that UHS will be having their 2nd annual UFest, a creative scavenger hunt in which students may participate. She also shared that there will be a winter spirit week leading up to winter break.

Ms. Evanko also reported on fall sports achievements and announced that auditions for the UHS musical production of Into the Woods will start on Wednesday, November 20.

Ms. Elvin reported on the food drive that the UHS student council organized. On November 15, students packed up and delivered over 2,000 lbs of food to the Kennett Food Cupboard.

She also thanked the departing board members for each contributing to her personal growth as a student representative on the board.

Action Items and Committee Reports

Curriculum and Instruction

Ms. Anderson reported that the Board had received presentations on the five voting items during the Curriculum and Instruction Meeting held on November 11, 2019.

The Board approved a new Accounting II course at UHS, an International Club field trip to Europe planned for the summer of 2021, a World Language field trip to France, and the UHS Indoor Drumline’s participation in and travel to the 2020 WGI in Dayton, OH.

The Board also approved the contract with the Brandywine Virtual Academy to be the official cyber school option for UCF students. The BVA is offered through the CCIU and will allow Unionville students enrolled to receive a Unionville diploma. Additionally, it will allow the District to have more direct engagement in the academic rigor of the curriculum.

Facilities

Mr. Gregg Lindner reported that Mr. Whitesel, Supervisor of Facilities, provided the Board with the information pertaining to the five voting items during the Work Session held on November 11, 2019.

The Board approved a replacement work truck, a Facility Condition Assessment of the District’s elementary schools, an upgrade to the light fixtures in the UHS gymnasium and hallways.

The Board approved the deeds and additional costs associated with the development of the Deed of Right of Way between the District and East Marlborough Township.

Lastly, the Board approved the renovation of the Patton Middle School cafeteria and kitchen. This work was previously outlined as part of the District’s Long Range Facilities Plan.

Personnel

Dr. Simonson gave the personnel report. The Board approved several personnel items discussed in executive session. Dr. Simonson presented one additional voting item. The Board approved contracts with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center (SPARC) and Pediatric Therapeutic Services (PTS).

Additionally, Dr. Simonson shared that the Board completed evaluations for the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent per district policy. The Board has rated Dr. Sanville’s and Mr. Nolen’s performance as distinguished.

Communications

The 2019 UCF Holiday Card Design Contest was announced during the Communications report at the Work Session on November 11, 2019. Students are encouraged to submit their original artwork to the UCFSD District Office by December 2, 2019.

Finance

Mr. Day gave the Finance report and presented the voting items. The Board approved a service agreement with HealthEquity, Inc for a Health Savings Account.

The Board also approved an optional Qualified High Deductible Healthcare Plan through IBC.

Additionally, the preliminary budget for 2020-2021 was approved. This is the first draft of the budget, which will undergo several revisions before the Board will vote on the final version of the budget in June 2020.

Policy

Mr. Murphy presented several policies and administrative guidelines for Board approval including policy on foreign exchange students, nondiscrimination, and crowdfunding.

The Board also approved Policy 217 which will modify graduation requirements for future UHS graduates.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

  • Board Organization Meeting - December 2 at 7:00 pm
  • *Board Meeting (Limited Agenda) - December 2 (immediately following organization meeting)

* Achievement Report data from our six schools will be shared.

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

UCF SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION

The November School Board Meeting was the final meeting for four of the District’s nine school board directors. After spending several years on the UCF School Board, Carolyn Daniels, Vic Dupuis, Gregg Lindner, and Bob Sage have stepped down to make way for a new crop of board directors. During the meeting, the four outgoing members, who did not seek re-election earlier this month, reflected on their time spent serving on the board, recapped their proudest moments, and shared fond memories with their colleagues. The remaining members of the Board also shared remarks about each of their four departing colleagues. A common theme throughout the remarks was the spirit of collegiality among the group, which positively impacted their ability to work together, disagree agreeably, and provide transparent governance. The nine-member board has been together for six years (some for eight years) and during that time has accomplished quite a bit for the school district. Most notably, they approved a later school start time for our middle and high school students, added Lunch & Learn at UHS, re-created the student discipline policy, and purchased Chromebooks as part of a one to one initiative. The video below was shared during the November school board meeting and highlights the Board’s many achievements.

Thank you Ms. Daniels, Mr. Dupuis, Mr. Lindner, and Mr. Sage for your service and dedication to UCFSD!

This year's theme of Service Above Self can be witnessed every day in each of our schools. Take a look at some of our High school students putting service above self!

UHS students packaged and delivered 2,100 pounds of food & hygiene donations to the Kennett Food Cupboard! Way to go, UHS!

Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond?

Nominate them for the 2020 Citadel Heart of Learning Award, which recognizes local teachers who make a difference in our community, support students beyond the call of duty, and encourage full potential.

Last year's Citadel Heart of Learning award winner, Dave Lichter!

STEM NIGHT AT UHS WITH DUPONT | Join us on Thursday, November 21 at Unionville High School from 6:30- 8:30 pm! There will be activities for students of all ages. The evening will include a keynote speech from Randy Stone, President, Transportation & Industrial at DuPont and a panel discussion with DuPont engineers and scientists! Interactive Breakout Sessions: The DuPont Experience, DuPont Virtual Reality, Drone Challenge, Sphero Activities, VEX, Robotics Challenges, Coding Activities, DuPont STEM Challenge, 3D Printing, Laser Engraving, UCF Robotics Club, FTC League, Technical College HS, and Crime Scene Investigation. [SEE FLYER]

PATTON MINI THON | Join the fight against Childhood Cancer on November 23, 2019 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at UHS. Patton Mini Thon will have sports tournaments, art activities, games, food, a self-serve candy bar, a photo booth, a glow stick dance party with DJ Wes and more! For an extra $10, visit the VIP puppy room or inflatable obstacle course! [SEE FLYER] [REGISTER HERE] [DOWNLOAD: Permission Form + Important Reminders]

HOLIDAY CARD DESIGN CONTEST | The District is looking for holiday/winter themed original pieces of artwork created by our talented students. The winning artwork will be featured on the District’s official 2019 holiday card! The contest is open to all UCFSD students. The deadline for submissions is December 2, 2019. Submissions can be sent to the District Office, Attention: Communications Department or a high-quality digital photo of the artwork to ucfsdcommunications@ucfsd.net. [SEE FLYER]

HOLIDAY KACS FUNDRAISING CLINIC | The Boys Basketball Holiday Clinic will be on Saturday, November 30 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm! Open to grades K through 8! All gifts and donations go to Kennett Area Community Services! [SEE FLYER] [REGISTER HERE]

JAVA WITH JOHN | The next Java with John will be on December 2 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Chadds Ford Elementary School! Take advantage of this special location to sit down with Superintendent John Sanville for some coffee and conversation! [SEE RSVP & EVENT DETAILS]

UCFSD COAT DRIVE | Consider donating gently-used, clean (unstained) coats and hoodies to the Annual UCFSD Coat Drive. All sizes and styles, infant through adult, are needed! Donated items can be dropped off in the lobby of any UCF district school through December 2. New items and monetary donations are also gladly accepted! Collected items will be distributed to over 500 families in need in our area! [SEE FLYER]

Take a look at our Community Bulletin Board for new events and programs going on throughout the UCF community!!!

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

The District will once again be holding its annual Holiday Card Design Contest.

We are looking for holiday/winter themed original pieces of artwork created by our talented students. The winning artwork will be featured on the District’s official 2019 holiday card! The contest is open to all UCFSD students.

The new deadline to submit your art is December 2, 2019 by the end of the day! So spend some of your time off this Thanksgiving break getting creative!

Please send your submissions to the District Office, Attention: Communications Department. You may also submit a high-quality digital photo of the artwork to ucfsdcommunications@ucfsd.net. Don't forget to be creative and have fun!

Veterans Day Celebrations

Pocopson Elementary School

The Pocopson Patriots held their Veterans Day Program where they honored veterans with musical performances and words of recognition!

Unionville Elementary School

The UE Stars held their Veterans Day Program where students and staff honored their loved ones who have bravely served our country.

Hillendale Elementary School

The Hillendale Huskies and staff celebrated Veterans Day by recognizing family members who have served our country. The celebration included musical tributes and special gifts were presented to the veterans in attendance.

Chadds Ford Elementary School

Chadds Ford Chargers placed flags around the school in recognition of our veterans including CFES Nurse, Ms. Amy Nutter!

Excellence in Athletics

Postseason Highlights

Both UHS Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country teams made it to the State Championships! Both teams finished 6th in the state, with medalists including Ethan McIntyre (3rd), Cole Walker (4th), and Marcella Krautzel (25th).

The UHS Varsity Football team made it to the District Quarterfinals this fall!

Roy Anderson and Jack Cooley from the UHS Boys Varsity Golf team competed in the PIAA State Individual Championships. The UHS Girls Varsity Golf team made it to the PIAA State Team Championships, where they came in 5th place! Mary Dunigan competed in the PIAA State Individual Championships.

The UHS Girls Varsity Soccer team made it to states. And the UHS Boys Varsity Soccer team finished 6th in the district.

The Girls Tennis team finished as the District One champions and made it to the quarterfinals of states! Leah Walter competed in the PIAA State Championships for singles and Saanvi Garg with partner Faith Ilgner competed in the PIAA Doubles tournament.

The Girls Volleyball team made it to the PIAA State Quarterfinals. The volleyball team was also recognized as the Ches Mont League Volleyball Sportsmanship Award winners this fall!

The Unionville High School rowing team won medals in 6 of 13 entries at the highly-regarded Head of the Occoquan Regatta in Fairfax Station, VA. Boys JV4 showed off their focus, skill and team cohesion by taking first place in a boat they have never rowed before. Additionally, both Girls JV 4 boats took the Silver and Bronze medals.