Unionville-Chadds Ford School District • Fall 2021
UHS STUDENTS BUILDING & COLLECTING FOR TOYS FOR TOTS
UHS is also serving as a drop-off location. Collection boxes are located in the UHS main office lobby and in front of the Technology and Engineering Department. Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy. All toys are distributed right here in Chester County.
PATTON MINITHON - A HUGE SUCCESS
The UTHON committee leaders and members put on an awesome event for just under 300 Patton students. They have been planning for 3 months and experienced true service-learning while serving as positive role models for their peers, as well as the Patton students. Those Patton students, their teachers, families, and other community members banded together to blow through the $15,000 fundraising goal, raising $36, 730.15 in just 2 weeks.
This couldn’t have been done without the help of the Patton admin team, Colleen O'Neill, Laurie Palic, John Walsh, the Patton PTO, as well as the always exceptional custodial team at the high school. All helped provide proper and safe planning, supervision, food donations, and the result was a fantastic night that did the hearts good of all who attended.
As an extension of UTHON, Patton's incredible efforts have officially put them over $50,000 towards their overall goal of $100,000. AND IT'S ONLY NOVEMBER!!!!
UNIONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCES FEATURED STUDENT ARTIST
The Unionville High School Student Art Show Committee is pleased to announce that Josie Tucker has been selected as the UHS Featured Student Artist for 2021-2022. Additionally, Jessica Hall has been awarded 1st honorable mention and Mariel DiNatale has been awarded 2nd honorable mention.
Local artist and Student Art Show Committee Member Sarah Snyder-Dinsel says “I am constantly amazed at the caliber of artwork created by UHS students. It is a pleasure to view their work and our decision is never an easy one.”
Miss Tucker’s art will be featured in the UHS Student Art Show along with works by Miss Hall and Miss DiNatale, as well as other UHS art students.
Usually held in conjunction with the Unionville Art Gala fundraiser in November, this year’s UHS Student Art Show will be an in-person event in May 2022 at Unionville High School, due to the fact that the 2021 Art Gala was virtual.
CELEBRATING OUR DIVERSE COMMUNITY
Celebrating our diverse community includes sharing the stories of how our students, staff and community celebrate and recognize different holidays, months of recognition and awareness, and special cultural events featured on our DEI Calendar.
If you have stories, photos, recipes, video messages, or something that you would like to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured here!
Families, staff and community members have shared how they celebrated Diwali and the start of Hanukkah!
Learn more about the special days and months we are recognizing and see more content shared by our community on our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion website!
SHARING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT
In December, Dr. Sanville will be taking Java with John on the road to each of our schools to talk with our students! Sharing with the Superintendent is an informal session for students to sit down with Dr. Sanville for a casual conversation.
This is an opportunity for students to ask questions, share their thoughts, or just listen in on the conversation. All are welcome whether they have any questions or just want to listen to the latest update from Dr. Sanville. See the times and dates below for when Sharing with the Superintendent will be at your school!
RSVP TO LMILLER@UCFSD.NET
Please provide your student's name, grade, and school in your email.
**Space is limited - sessions are capped at 20 participants on a first-come-first-serve basis.**
UCFSD CELEBRATES VETERANS DAY
Students at Charles F. Patton Middle School recognized Veterans Day with a special Zoom assembly where Jeremiah Pauley from the Wounded Warrior Project spoke about his experience serving our country and serving others. Patton Hawks also reached their goal and sold all 500 WWP bracelets where every penny from the sales benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Hillendale Huskies gathered outside this morning to celebrate and thank special veterans in their lives. They expressed gratitude to all those who have served and continue to serve our country during their Veteran’s Day Ceremony.
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Pocopson Elementary School held their Veterans Day Virtual Assembly this morning where students learned about Veterans Day, performed TAPS, and recognized some of the veterans in their families.
Students and staff at Unionville High School have some special messages for our veterans today! (Video Credit: Elijah Schwab, UHS Student)
DOUBLE-TURF FIELDS - RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
TWENTY-ONE UNIONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SELECTED AS SEMIFINALISTS IN THE 2022 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced that 21 Unionville High School students have been named Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
“The Unionville High School community is extremely proud of the 21 Members of the Class of 2022 who have been named as this year's National Merit Semifinalists,” stated Dr. James Conley, UHS Principal. “While these students are being recognized for their academic prowess, what is most commendable about this year's recipients, however, is their integrity, service, and resilience. Over the past 18 months, the leadership demonstrated by these students to improve our school community is exemplary.”
Approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.
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 program entrants each year. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. This includes providing information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees:
Jack B. Blackadar, Chirag Choudhary, Alenka O. Doyle, Saanvi S. Garg, Emily T. Harper, Simon A. Hjaltason, Kriti Kalary, Jamie R. Keglovits, Andy Z. Li, Juliann B.Muntz, Aniruddh Mutnuru, Nandhini Parthasarathy, Ansh R. Patel, Ibraheem W. Qureshi, Michael J. Scali, Meera Sehgal, Arnab Sircar, Sivani Srinivasan, Brandon S. Tsai, Robert Want, and Emma X. Yin.
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK
UCFSD LIFE SKILLS & PO-MAR-LIN FIRE CO.
HALLOWEEN AT UCFSD
UHS GIRLS TENNIS COMPETE FOR STATE TITLE
UNIONVILLE CREW BOYS 4+ DOMINATE AT THE HEAD OF THE CHARLES
The Unionville High School Crew team returned home after an intense weekend of competition at the largest regatta in the world: The Head of the Charles, in Boston, Massachusetts.
All three boats competing for Unionville successfully finished the race, with the Men’s Youth 4 dominating their event. Starting the race as 58 out of 84 boats, the crew flew down the course to finish with the 5th fastest time. This medal-winning crew included coxswain and Captain, senior Alenka Doyle, who steered a flawless line through the course. In the stroke seat was senior Dylan Huffman, followed by junior Ryan O’Leary, senior Sam Duncan, and junior Captain, Will Kolman.
As a head race, rowers compete against the clock after being released in 15-second intervals. The course is three miles (4,800 meters) long and stretches from the start at Boston University's DeWolfe Boathouse near the Charles River Basin to the finish just after the Eliot Bridge and before Northeastern University's Henderson Boathouse. The course is renowned for being challenging for crews to navigate without incident or penalty. The course contains six bridges to safely navigate.
After an entire year off the water due to Covid-19, rowing on ergs (stationary rowing machines) in the parking lot of Unionville High School, the team has been intensely practicing for his prestigious race. There are far more entries than accepted boats. A finish in the top 50% of entries guarantees an entry the following year, so the team will be returning next year to complete.
As a sport dominated by club teams and private and boarding schools, a public high school program performing and placing this high is a notable achievement. Starting in 2014, and now in its 7th year, the club has steadily grown to a roster size of 60 athletes.
Also competing and spotted at the Head of the Charles, was Unionville High School and Drexel University Alumnus Justin Best, who rowed for the USA at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.
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