UCF District News December 2019



Please join us at Unionville High School on Friday, February 7, 2020, to see the Harlem Wizards! The game starts at 7:00 p.m. and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. This event is being hosted by the UCF Education Foundation.

Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance. If available, tickets at the door will cost $20 for General Admission. The online box office for this event will close 24 hours before the event.

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us, the District would like to share this important reminder with our community...

Unionville Soccer Standout Named All-American, First in School History

Persistence, passion, and hard work. These are the things that Michael Hewes says made him the soccer player he is today. An All-American soccer player to be more specific.

On December 4, 2019, the United Soccer Coaches announced the association’s High School Boys and Girls All-America Teams for the 2019 fall season. Hewes is one of only 131 High School All-Americans (72 boys, 59 girls) selected for this honor. News of Hewes’s All-American designation came shortly after the completion of his final season with Unionville - a season in which he broke a 34-year-old school record and led the team to a 6th place finish in district playoffs.

“It means a lot,” said Hewes. “I have been putting in the work my whole life. To be recognized on the national stage has been one of the greatest recognitions I have ever received.”

This is the first time in school history Unionville Boys Soccer has had a player selected to the All-America Team. In order to be a candidate for the All-America Team, student-athletes must be voted in and present significant athletic achievements.

Last year as a junior, Hewes was selected for the All-Regional Team. That same year, Unionville made it to the state semi-finals. Additionally, over the years Hewes has built quite the athletic resume - 2018 and 2019 Pennsylvania All-State Selection, 2018 and 2019 All-Southeastern PA Selection, 1st Team Ches-Mont American All-League, 2nd Team Ches-Mont American All-League in 2017, 2018 Daily Local News 1st Team Selection, 2017 Daily Local News Honorable Mention, 2019 Daily Local News Player of the Year.

Hewes spent his Unionville career under the leadership of Coach Rich Garber, Head Coach for Unionville Boys Soccer. Garber has led the boys soccer program at Unionville for 20 years and has been a coach for the District for 35 years.

“This is a great honor for the program,” said Garber. “Michael is a testament to the program. His hard work is what got him there.”

Hewes also reflected that his hard work on the field and off-season training is what prepared him for a successful season.

“I think just training as much as I can really helped,” he said. “Me and my friends trained all summer, even before pre-season we were at the turf every day and that has contributed to my success as well as the team’s success this year and in past years.”


UCFSD is pleased to welcome four new school board directors who were sworn into office during the School Board Re-organization meeting held on December 2, 2019:

Dr. Rashi Akki from Region A — East and West Marlborough Townships

Dr. Akki has two sons who graduated from the district and a daughter at Patton Middle School. Before founding her own consulting firm focused on renewable energy, she held positions in central R&D, DuPont Titanium Technologies, Nonwovens, and Industrial Biosciences.

Dr. Victoria Baratta from Region B — Birmingham, Pocopson, and Newlin Townships

Dr. Baratta is an educational psychologist with five children currently attending Unionville High School. She worked for the Connecticut State Department of Education and was an adjunct professor at Widener University. She currently runs a special education consulting company.

Ms. Jen Brown from Region C — Chadds Ford and Pennsbury Townships

Ms. Brown is a Unionville graduate with two children currently attending Chadds Ford Elementary School. She has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including running her own consulting firm. She is a coach for the URA and an active volunteer in the District.

Ms. Erin Talbert from Region C — Chadds Ford and Pennsbury Townships

Ms. Talbert has two children in the district, one in middle school and one in high school. She has 20 years of business experience in marketing, change management, and communications. She now owns and runs an outdoor design firm and is an active volunteer in the community.


Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!

We had so many wonderful submissions in this year's Holiday Card Design Contest! We want to recognize all of the students who participated so in the video below, all of the artwork we received is showcased!

Thank you so much to the local artists, Dr. Sanville, and UCF Art teachers who all helped select our four winning designs!


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.

The nomination period closes on 12/31!


Congratulations to the creative students from Pocopson Elementary School whose tree design was selected to be on display at Longwood Gardens this holiday season. Art teacher, Ms. Sam Hage submitted the design proposal in the spring of 2019 to Longwood. She received the news that Pocopson was selected to have a featured tree over the summer, giving plenty of time for planning.

This year’s theme, provided by Longwood, was “Flowers and the Insects and Birds that Pollinate them.” Approximately 35 Pocopson students and a lot of parents stayed after school for work sessions in October and November to help make the ornaments. They mostly used recycled plastics, however, Longwood provided a budget of $50, which was used for Modge Podge, model magic, and copper-colored foil.

The students worked in grade groups; the younger students made the bees and hummingbirds while the older students made the copper foil butterflies embossings and larger flowers. Students worked on the tree decorations after school and during recess. This was the first time a UCFSD school has been selected to be a part of the program.


Math Madness is an online, team-based event that takes place during the Fall in which elementary, middle and high schools from across the country compete in leagues of weekly competition followed by a single-elimination bracket tournament. In 2019, over 700 schools and over 10,000 students from across the country competed in the online league, tournament and championship.

Students at Charles F. Patton Middle School have participated in this event for several years under the leadership of Mary Jo Knauer. The team consists of approximately 45 students from grades 6 - 8 along with a 4th grader currently enrolled in math at CFPMS. Points are accumulated individually on the top five players of each round. These players vary throughout the rounds, as Patton Middle School has so many talented students.

This year, the Patton students participated in five preliminary rounds before entering the elimination bracket in 1st place. The team of students thrived, winning each of the first 3 bracket rounds. Patton's win on Thursday, December 12, 2019, placed them in the final bracket round which was a close match as the opposing team accumulated points at a faster rate and ended with a score of 39. Patton students persevered and were able to score 40 points with six minutes to spare!

The final playoff match, for 1st place nationally, was held on December 18, in which Patton took the victory with a score of 40 to 37!

Currently, 3 of the team members are ranked in the Top Ten National Highest Scoring Players: Shivam Maheshwari (7th Grade), Arjun Suryawanshi (8th Grade), and Grant DeWilde (7th Grade).


The Technology and Engineering Student Association at Unionville High School handcrafted wooden dinosaur toys that were available at the Kennett Area Community Services’ Christmas charity event on December 14. Students worked on the toys during their tech and engineering classes, Lunch and Learn, and even after school!

We are so proud of our students for applying what they have learned in class to give back to the local community.

UCFSD Students Help Families in Need this Holiday Season

Annual Giving Tree at Patton Middle School

Students and staff at Charles F. Patton Middle School collected new, unused, unwrapped gifts for people of all ages as part of their annual holiday Giving Tree program. The Giving Tree program has been a Patton school tradition for over 20 years. The nearly 1,000 gifts collected this year were delivered to the New Garden Township Building on Thursday, December 12th. There they are being distributed to families in need of some extra holiday cheer this season.

While at the township building, Patton students also helped fill 600 food boxes in preparation for the Kennett Area Community Services’ Christmas charity event on Saturday, December 14. Families in need of a little help this holiday season were invited to attend the event, choose gifts from the hundreds of donations, and take home a box of donated canned and fresh food.

Annual Coat and Bike Drives

The annual UCFSD district-wide Coat Drive and Bike Drive, organized by the Unionville High School PTO, collected hundreds of warm coats and refurbished bicycles for families to “shop” from at the Kennett Area Community Services’ Christmas charity event on Saturday, December 14. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's drives! Nearly 1,000 warm coats were distributed!

Thank you to our amazing PTOs and parent volunteers for setting up the donated coats!
Hillendale Huskies Create Comfort Kits for HEADstrong Cancer Foundation

Fourth Grade at Hillendale Elementary wanted to give back to others this holiday season. As a class, they purchased items for comfort kits for the HEADstrong Cancer Foundation. Students raised over $750 and purchased the items requested for the comfort kits. They spent time assembling the boxes with a variety of goodies, including a small note of cheer. The students hope that the comfort kits bring a little cheer to those who benefit from the HEADstrong foundation.

Chadds Ford Elementary students collected 616 pairs of warm socks for students at their sister school Mitchell Elementary. What a great way for students to give back this holiday season!
Unionville Elementary students collected and wrapped presents for families in need this holiday season. Thank you to the 5th Grade UE Stars for helping with the loading and drop off of all the gifts!

ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME | Did you ever play basketball for a Unionville team? If so, come out to the high school on Saturday, December 21 at 10:30 AM to play in the second annual alumni game! Players receive a t-shirt (if you have one from last year, please bring it). Spectators are welcome! Post-game hoagies will be provided by Landhope Farms!

JAVA WITH JOHN | The next Java with John will be on January 6 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at the District Office in Room #14! Kick off the new year with some coffee and conversation with Superintendent John Sanville!

UHS PTO USED BOOK SALE NEIGHBORHOOD PICK UP | The UHS PTO Used Book Sale Neighborhood Pick Up will be on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Consider donating used books to this annual UHS fundraiser!

U-PRISE 4TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES FAIR | The U-PRISE Community Resources Fair is January 22, 2020, from 6:00-7:30 pm in UCFSD District Office Public Meeting Room (Room #14) and is open to ANYONE in the greater community who is interested in learning more about the camps, resources, and/or supports made available by the attending groups. There is no cost for this event. Children are welcome to attend with parent supervision.

HARLEM WIZARDS ARE COMING TO UCF | Please join us at UHS on Friday, February 7, 2020, at 7:00 pm to see the world-famous Harlem Wizards! The doors open at 6:00 pm


  • DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 1 | Winter Break
  • JANUARY 20 | No School/MLK Day

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