News from the Nest
Cardinal Pride in the Upper Dublin School District
From Dr. Yanni's Desk...
Dear UD Community,
As we begin the second week of the 2020-2021 school year, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our staff, families, and community for coming together to support our students! Even in the midst of a pandemic, the Upper Dublin community has shown its dedication and passion for education. While virtual learning is new for everyone, our UDSD One Team (Administration, Board, and Staff) remain committed to positive outcomes for our students.
Over the course of our staff's professional learning days, we kept reiterating a simple statement: not reaching perfection does not equate to failure. As the Cardinal Academy became a reality on our first day of school we, collectively, began a journey together that will be filled with new learning and growth, successes and celebrations, obstacles and realizations. We realize that our adjustment to virtual learning will take time. We thank you for your patience and grace as we navigate this new territory!
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has updated the weekly COVID-19 data. Montgomery County remains categorized as a county with "moderate" transmission of COVID-19. Click here to see the latest data. Further, the graphic below is our "Blueprint for Resuming In-Person Instruction" in UDSD. As you will see, the blueprint articulates week by week plans that will support the option for students to return to school on Monday, November 9th if the COVID-19 data supports it.
Given that we are sharing our newsletter today, there will not be a Touch Base Tuesday this week. Our Touch Base Tuesday communications will continue next week.
Dr. Steve Yanni
Blueprint for Resuming In-Person Instruction
Virtual Town Hall Event: Elaborating on the Blueprint for Resuming In-Person Instruction in UDSD
Click here to register for the UDSD Virtual Town Hall, and you can submit topics you would like to hear discussed or questions you would like answers to by clicking here. Please consider submitting questions. We will make every attempt to answer all questions that were submitted. We will republish the FAQ document with updates shortly after the event.
The Virtual Town Hall will follow this tentative format:
- Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Review and Discussion of Blueprint Document
- Discussion of Submitted Topics and Questions
- Closing Comments and Next Steps
We hope you can attend the Virtual Town Hall. A recording of the event will be available on the website in the days following the event.
These links provide information and assistance that our students, families, and community members may find to be helpful during the virtual period of instruction! Please consider bookmarking these for future reference.
National Merit Semifinalists
Upper Dublin semifinalists include: Alanis R. Andrulonis; Jacob Fracht; Leo T. Herman; Ethan Junk; Shawn X. Li; Harrison C. Liu; Lillian H. Loi; James D. Peng; Oren Serafin; Eileen Xiao; Emma C. Yang; Anna J. Zhou; and Jane X. Zhou. We congratulate these students on this incredible feat!
To move onto the finalist round, students are judged based on an application covering their academic record, leadership abilities, employment, participation in school and community activities, and honors and awards received. Students must also write an essay recommended by a high school official. Over 90 percent of the semifinalists will be named as finalists for the scholarship. Of those finalists, about half will win a scholarship.