Friday, December 11, 2015

District & Community News and Events
December 2015

School Board Updates
Around Our Schools
Around Our Community
Upcoming Events
Fun Facts

School Board Updates


+Reorganization of UCFSD Board Members
+UCF Continues to be Recognized as a Top School District in the State and Country

Reorganization of UCFSD Board Members


This month's Board meeting was a short reorganization session. Victor Dupuis was reelected as President and Jeff Hellrung was elected as the new Vice-President.

The full Board is comprised of:

Elise Anderson-East Marlborough Region A
Dr. Michael Rock-Birmingham- Region B
Robert Sage-Pocopson- Region B
Dr. Steven Simonson- Pocopson- Region B
John Murphy-Pennsbury -Region C
Gregg Lindner- Chadds Ford -Region C
Carolyn Daniels- Chadds Ford- Region C

Committees will be organized at the next meeting in January.

Board meeting schedule:

UCF continues to be recognized as a top school district in the state and country

The annual Niche review of school districts was recently updated for 2016 and once again UCF was recognized as one of the top districts (#5 in the state, #31 nationally).  Niche rankings go beyond test scores to also include factors that can lead to improved student outcomes such as; teacher quality, student and parent reviews and more.

Around Our Schools

Technology and Engineering Toys for Tots Featured in International Journal 

In the December issue of the Technology and Engineering Teacher Journal,not only is our Toys for Tots program featured starting on page 14, UHS student Mia Prantil made the cover! This is the flagship publication of the International Technology and Engineering Association (ITEEA).
Special thanks to past and present Tech and Engineering teachers and students for their hard work and to the UHS PTO for their annual funding allocation, which makes this program possible. Thanks as well to Dr. McNamara and Dan Lipowitz for their editing and support.

Patton Middle School Renovations Update - What a little change in lighting can do (has done)

 Before and after shots of a classroom where the lighting had been upgraded last year (part of phase I) - a remarkable difference.
All the little things that go into developing the best possible learning environments!

Highlights of Last Year's Phase I Accomplishments
Replaced all lighting throughout the building 
Added windows in main office to view lobby area 
Full outdoor court basketball area with benches (Fundraiser money and PTO) 
Outdoor beautification projects 
50s café

The Hour of Code is coming to Charles F. Patton Middle School

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago. That’s why Patton is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13. Our Hour of Code is a statement that we're ready to teach these 21st century skills! See for details!

Around Our Community
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UCFSD Community Service project   


The Patton Middle School's Holiday Giving Tree-November 30th-December 16th
For details visit:UCFSD Community Bulletin Board

The UHS Technology and Engineering Department is collecting new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots which will be donated in time for the holidays. Toys can be dropped off in the collection box in the UHS lobby or in any Technology and Engineering classroom. Thanks for your support.

Holiday Fundraisers

**The Unionville high school boys’ lacrosse team is doing a Yankee Candle fundraiser for the holidays. They also have wrapping paper, popcorn, and other gift items. If you are interested,go to and use the code 990087426 ​to place an order and they will give 40% of your total sales back to the team.Orders are shipped directly to you (or you can ship directly to others for gifts).

**UHS Ice Hockey Club is sponsoring a “Holiday Greens Fundraiser”. Our hope is to raise money to support ice time and league fees moving forward and also to ensure that any child within the Unionville Chadds Ford School District that desires to play the great game of hockey can afford to do so. In order to do this we need your help! This year the club has decided to keep the fundraiser simple. All sales are processed online via our personalized and secure fundraiser website. There are a number of beautiful items to choose from including holiday wreaths, centerpieces, greens and other accessories. Shipping is included in the price you see online and you can choose your ship date to ensure you receive the freshest
products delivered right to your door. The best part is the club will receive 20% of every purchase made. Just click on the link below to make your purchase!

Upcoming Events

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UHS Choir Concert 7:30-8:30
For details visit: UHS Music Department
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Brandywine Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
For detailed dates and tickets visit:

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Fun Facts

Holiday Fun Facts  

  • The first president to decorate the white house Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce.
  •  Germany made the first artificial Christmas trees. They were made of goose feathers and dyed green.
  • Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.
  • "It's a Wonderful Life" appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.
  • "Rudolph" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion. The rest is history.
  • "Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.
  • Contrary to common belief, poinsettia plants are non-toxic.
  • The first state to recognize the Christmas holiday officially was Alabama.
  • Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.
  • Eggnog first became popular in England where it was considered a drink for the upper class.

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