News from the Nest

Cardinal Pride in the Upper Dublin School District

September 2020

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

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Virtual Town Hall Event: Elaborating on the Blueprint for Resuming In-Person Instruction in UDSD

On Thursday evening (9/17) at 7PM we will host a Virtual Town Hall to discuss the planning process for resuming in-person instruction on November 9, 2020 if the COVID-19 data supports doing so. The event will take place via Zoom, and registration is required. Please click here to access a FAQ document that will provide context and details on our plans to provide an option for in-person instruction beginning in November.

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.

Quick Clicks

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

Thirteen Upper Dublin High School students have been named 2021 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. The local students were among some 16,000 nationwide that were chosen from a pool of 1.5 million. Students who took the 2019 PSAT were automatically entered into consideration. From the pool of 16,000, some 7,600 will be chosen next spring as finalists.

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.

Continued Construction of the New SRMS

Significant progress has - and continues - to be made at the site of the new middle school. The pictures below will be part of an update to the Finance Committee of the Board on Wednesday evening (9/16). Each month we will release a formal update to the community about the progress being made as the new Sandy Run Middle School takes shape.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

Please bookmark our District calendar to stay up to date on the many exciting events taking place in Upper Dublin!