UCF District News September 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

The September meeting was hosted by the high school, therefore Dr. Sanville yielded his report to Mr. Conley, Principal at UHS. Mr. Conley shared stories from the high school that reflect growth. Several student groups were present to be recognized for various achievements, but also to showcase some examples of positive growth at the high school.

Mr. Conley first recognized the group of 22 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, the largest group in school history. He then had representatives from the Girls' Golf team discuss how they have grown the program and share their recent accomplishments as a team. The Speech and Debate team also presented on their tremendous team growth as well as the community they have built at UHS. Lastly, Mr. Conley recognized TEDx Unionville as an initiative at the high school that has been a huge success and continues to grow in its second year.

Student Representative’s Report

Molly Evanko provided the school board with an update on Lunch and Learn. She shared that Lunch and Learn has been a success and that students are happy with the new schedule. She added that students are enjoying the hour to be able to talk to teachers if they need extra help or have an early dismissal for sports forcing them to miss that class.

Ms. Evanko also shared that USAC hosted a teacher appreciation BBQ at last Friday’s football game against Kennett. She pointed out that the student section has been packed this year at home games and has been a positive experience for all students.

Lastly, she mentioned that next week is Spirit Week leading up to the pep rally and homecoming game. During Spirit Week, Student Council is organizing a service project to collect sanitary goods for a local shelter.

Action Items and Committee Reports

Curriculum and Instruction

In Curriculum and Instruction, the Board approved the contract with Compass Mark for our Student Assistance Program (SAP). They also approved the Extended School Year (ESY) dates for the summer of 2020.


Mr. Linder presented one voting item which was presented to the board by supervisor of facilities, James Whitesel during the September work session. The Board approved the proposal for the engineering design and bid services for the replacement of the existing wastewater treatment plant at Chadds Ford Elementary School. The existing plant is approximately 60 years old and in need of significant renovations and upgrades in order to meet current DEP regulations. Options were reviewed including: replacement with a pump station and pumping to an offsite treatment plant, renovations of existing plant, and complete replacement. The most efficient and economical option was to replace it with a new packaged treatment plant facility.


Mr. Day gave the Finance report and presented one voting item. The Board approved the use of the Reschini Group to complete the District’s 2019 IRS forms for Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting. ACA requires employers that sponsor self-insured health plans and large employers with 50 or more full-time employees to report certain information to the IRS about the coverage that was offered to their employees.


Ms. Anderson reminded the public about Changing the Game author, John O’Sullivan’s presentation on September 23 at 7 PM in the UHS auditorium. Invitations have gone out to neighboring districts and the event is free and open to the public. Mr. Hellrung added that Mr. O’Sullivan is a top-notch speaker and he hopes to see many from our community in attendance on Monday night.


Mr. Murphy gave the Policy report and presented one policy for board approval. The Board approved modifications to Policy 216 Student Records. The following addition in italics was added to the policy: Transferring education records and appropriate disciplinary records to other school districts, with the understanding that the District will not disclose disciplinary records to post secondary schools, unless a parent/guardian or applicable student with rights under FERPA requests that the disciplinary record be shared.

This topic was thoroughly discussed during the September work session.


  • Curriculum & Instruction Meeting - October 14 at 4:30 PM
  • School Board Work Session - October at 7:00 PM
  • School Board Meeting - October 21 at 7:30 PM (Unionville Elementary School Auditorium)

Unionville High School Celebrates Record High National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced that 22 Unionville High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. This is the largest group of semifinalists to be recognized at Unionville High School.

“We are so proud of the 22 students who have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists,” stated Mr. Jimmy Conley, UHS Principal. “Through their efforts over the past four years, these young men and women have distinguished themselves as leaders in the classroom, as well as in all facets of life at Unionville High School. These talented 22 Seniors are a great example of the kind, hard-working, and dedicated young people which comprise the Class of 2020.”

Approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships in which students are entered by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) - one that serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year.

Finalists typically represent 1% of the total initial entrants and are chosen based on their test scores, academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received.

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees:

Lyndsey Barrett • Casey Baughan • Philippe Doucette • Evan Dougherty • Arion Farhi • Rachel Folmer • Nicholas Hall • Christina Hastings • Andrew Haung • Anna Iacocca • Isabelle LeCloux • Crystal Li • Victor Li • Kevin Liao • Megan Murray • Angelica Shen • Jorik Stoop • Colton Walker • Evan Wang • Margaret Wu • Emily Yao • Hanley Yin

UMBB ANNUAL MUM SALE | This is your LAST CHANCE to order beautiful, healthy mums in a variety of colors from a local nursery! Orders are being accepted until Friday, September 20! [SEE DETAILS AND ORDER NOW]

UHS MARCHING BAND USED MUSIC INSTRUMENT SALE | The very first UHS Marching Band Used Instrument Sale will give students and the community a chance to purchase instruments on September 22 from noon to 3:00 pm [SEE FLYER]

JOHN O'SULLIVAN VISIT | Author of this year's Community Read, Changing the Game, will be speaking on September 23 at 7:00 pm in the UHS auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. [LEARN MORE]

GET VACCINATED AT THE UCF FLU CLINIC | Chester County Health Department will offer flu vaccinations to the UCF community at the flu clinic on Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 3 - 7 pm at Unionville High School! [LEARN MORE]

UNIONVILLE COMMUNITY FAIR | The fair will take place October 4 to 6. There are many events going on leading up to this year's fair including the Queen and Princess Pageant which will take place on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 pm. [SEE ALL EVENTS]

JAVA WITH JOHN | Superintendent John Sanville invites parents to sit down with him for some coffee and conversation on October 7 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the District Office, Room 14. [LEARN MORE & RSVP]

UCFSD BIKE DRIVE | The Unionville District-Wide Bike Drive needs your gently used bikes! The last Collection Day will be on October 12 from 9 am to noon and Clean Up Day will be on October 26. [SEE FLYER]

MARCH ON THE BRANDYWINE | The Unionville High School Marching Band proudly presents: March on the Brandywine, one spectacular night with 15 amazing marching bands! The event will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 6 pm at the UHS Stadium. [SEE FLYER]

UHS ART GALA | The UHS Art Gala will take place on Friday, November 15 from 6 - 9pm and Saturday, November 16 from 11 am - 4 pm. Learn more about the UHS Art Gala and how you can help at this exciting event! [VIEW FLYER]

MILITARY & FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION NIGHT | Join us this Friday, September 20, for Military & First Responders Appreciation Night at the Unionville Football Stadium! Active and retired military and first responders will receive free admission plus a complimentary hotdog, Band Fries, and water! [SEE MORE EVENT DETAILS]

HOMECOMING GAME | September 27 at 7 pm

Our Community Bulletin Board and News page are great resources for staying up-to-date on UCFSD events, programs, fundraisers and more!

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 elementary school students putting service above self!

[LEFT] Chadds Ford students continue to collect pop tops for Ronald McDonald House Charities. [RIGHT] Pocopson 5th graders help raise the flag in the morning.

Over the last couple of months, UCFSD has encouraged parents, coaches, staff, and leaders in our district to participate in a book read of Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids.

If you haven't read Changing the Game yet, you can still support this exciting wellness initiative! We are inviting everyone to join us on Monday, September 23 at 7:00 pm in the Unionville High School auditorium as we welcome John O’Sullivan, author of the national best-seller, Changing the Game. He will discuss how parents can help their child perform their very best while maintaining a high level of enjoyment in what they are doing. You don't want to miss this important conversation. We hope to see you on September 23! See the special message from John O'Sullivan below!


Congratulations to Patton 7th grader, Varoon Joshi, on being named one of the Top 300 MASTERS in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS® program. The Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS were selected from a pool of 2,348 applicants from 47 states, DC, and two US territories. These competitors were evaluated by a panel of distinguished scientists, engineers, and educators and judged on creativity and originality of their science fair project, their ability to engage in analysis of data and understanding of STEM principles as they relate to the real world.

Varoon's project is titled "Correlating Birth Order to Parent Perceptions of Various Child Qualities." He studied the influence of birth order on individuals' personalities. He utilized a confidential survey to gather and statistically analyze the parents’ perception of their children on thirteen personality characteristics and analyzed responses on 276 children from 144 parents.


The Unionville High School Chorale performed the National Anthem at Citizens Bank Park on August 30, before the Philadelphia Phillies game! Watch their performance!


Unionville High School teachers Ms. Burslem and Ms. Sager kicked off this year with a community-building project for the Freshmen they teach. During the first week of school, students met in the library and worked together to create murals. These murals were designed to represent the Class of 2023. Ms. Burslem and Ms. Sager prompted the students by asking them...when you walk across the stage at graduation, what do you want to be remembered by, what do you want to have accomplished, and what do you need to do to get there?

Students were challenged to identify their brand and how the idea of service above self might impact their brand. They took a deeper look at service and what that looks like for them and their class. The end result, beautiful murals that expressed to the community what collectively the Class of 2023 can do to help others.

To create the murals, students were asked to collect pictures and items from home and online that speak to their identity. Then they selected words to accompany those images to depict individuality and their core values. After a week of collaboration and celebration of the class’s uniqueness and diversity, the completed murals were displayed in the library.


Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 3pm to 7pm

Unionville High School has partnered with Chester County Health Department to serve as one of their Flu Vaccine Clinics this year. The UHS Flu Clinic will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Unionville High School. All families and members of the community are encouraged to attend and receive a flu vaccine from the Health Department. No appointment is needed. The #1 way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year. The Chester County Health Department recommends that every family member (aged six months and older) annually receive a flu shot.

CONSENT FORMS: Vaccine consent forms will be available onsite the day of the clinic. Consent forms can be completed ahead of time and can be found in English here and in Spanish here. Forms must be completed prior to the clinic in cases where the legal parent or guardian will not be present for the vaccination of their child (6 months to 17 years). Examples of this may include high school students whose parents would like them to receive a vaccination before leaving school or going to practice, or if a grandparent will be bringing a child to the clinic.

COST: Individuals with private health insurance should bring their cards for billing. For those without insurance or with insurance that does not cover the flu vaccine, a regular 4-strain flu shot will be provided at no cost. Children with Medical Assistance insurance plans will also receive the vaccination at no cost.

For more information, visit www.chesco.org/flu or contact the Chester County Health Department at (610) 344-6252.



There is one week left to complete this year's form to be included in the 2019/2020 PTO Directory. The annual PTO Directory serves as a resource to families all across the district and helps foster connections throughout the UCF community.

To be listed in the 2019/20 PTO Directory, click the button below and complete the form!


The annual PTO Directory is a service (and a UCF PTO tradition) we are pleased to offer that helps foster connections between families. This year, to increase its usefulness (and save a few trees) we will be providing a digital version of the directory. The digital directory is free and will be available in PowerSchool in the Parent Portal. Please complete the form by September 25. 2019. Directories will be available on October 1, 2019.

Follow us on social media to stay updated on what's happening around the district!

Tag us using the handles above or use #UCFProud or #UCFCares to have your image featured in the next District Newsletter!