News from the Nest

Cardinal Pride in the Upper Dublin School District

January 2019

A Message from Dr. Yanni...

Each year in January we celebrate School Director Appreciation Month. During this month, we celebrate each of our School Directors who give countless hours of their time in support of our students, staff, and community. Each of our School Directors participate in Committee and Legislative Meetings and focus on supporting the processes that will make the Upper Dublin School District truly exceptional.

Upper Dublin Board of School Directors 2019

Art Levinowitz (President)

Amy Francek (Vice President)

Vanessa Good, Robert Kim, Joan Ryder Ludwig, Stanley J. Ropski,
Sara Johnson Rothman, Titia Scherpbier, Mark Sirota

Please join us in thanking our Board of School Directors for their service to the Upper Dublin Community!

With wishes for a happy, healthy, and productive 2019!

Steve Yanni


School Board News - Budget Preparation

One of the most important jobs that our School Directors do is to set a budget for the District. At their December Legislative meeting, our School Directors passed a resolution indicating that they will not raise taxes above the Act 1 Index, which has been set at 2.3%. Our administrative team is working diligently to construct a budget that is both educationally and fiscally sound.

News and Notes from Our Secondary Schools

Ultra Violet Team's Colonial Wonderland

Personalized learning - and learning across the curriculum - have taken off at SRMS! Observing our 8th grade Ultra Violet students developing and designing plans over the past months has been a true testament to the benefits and significance of project-based, personalized learning. The collaborative nature of the Colonial Wonderland amusement park project permitted students to gain knowledge by rising to the challenge of creating an authentic and engaging project. Kudos to Dr. Parkin, Mr. Mellor, Ms. Mutart, and Mr. Miller for leading the team and to the District for supporting this student-centered pedagogy and to the teachers who work indefatigably to ensure that students are actively exploring real-world challenges.

Congratulations to the SRMS S.H.I.N.E. Award Recipients for December!

The S.H.I.N.E. award recognizes and celebrates the importance of good character. We congratulate the following students for demonstrating the traits of Selflessness, Humility, Integrity, Nobility and Empathy: Noela Carlo, Evelyn Gallagher, Marin Huttie, Abby Miller, Emilie Derbyshire, Gabriella Ginaldi, Gus Platt, Craig Caruth,Veronika Medvedeva, and Jenna Rovner.

Social Media Safety - An Informational Evening for Parents/Guardians and Educators

Social media has become an integral part of our culture. It is a powerful medium for community organization, the democratization of information, building personal and organizational brands, and connecting family and friends. As with any public space or forum, social media platforms are subject to abuse and education is the most effective way to protect against potential pitfalls. Please join us in this presentation from the Office of the Attorney General on best practices for safe engagement with social media. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

UDHS Students Excel in Academics, Activities, and Athletics

Upper Dublin High School strives for excellence in academics, activities, and athletics. As the 2018 calendar year came to a close, we were very proud to recognize students who achieved in each of those three areas while also celebrating a remarkable demonstration of character through our annual miniTHON.

This year’s senior class includes 16 National Merit Semifinalists and 21 Commended Students from the 2019 National Merit Program, a staggering number from UDHS. Only 50,000 students throughout the country are recognized for their exceptional academic promise from among the more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students designated as Semifinalists are Allen Cai, David Cai, Allison Chang, Aaron Dorsey, Robert Frazier, Michelle Furmansky, Benjamin Helzner, Belinda Jin, Rose Listman, Connie Liu, John Palmer, Mario Petushi, Amelia Shaddinger, Ardyn Solomon, Hannah Xiao, and Judy Zhong. Those honored as Commended are Matthew Breslin, Jackson Confer, Andrew Duan, Zachary Duthie, William Entrot, Joshua Hong, Jacob Kerprich, Brian Klammer, Rachel Krekstein, Annabelle Laughlin, Ruochen Li, Jacob McCauley, Elizabeth Medvedeva, William Pastor, David Randall, Aidan Reed, Eric Siegel, Alexander Wallack, Jason Won, Normen Yu, and Kevin Zhu. All of these students were recognized at the December School Board Meeting for their academic excellence.

UD AP Scholars are students who have completed 4 or more AP Exams and have earned an average score of 4.5 or greater on those exams. Students who are designated UD AP Scholars have their names engraved on a perpetual plaque and their photos displayed in the main lobby of the high school for the duration of the school year. Please click here to see the list of noteworthy scholars.

The Upper Dublin Marching Cardinals finished their distinguished competitive season on November 10 by earning a bronze medal in the Liberty Open division of the Cavalcade of Bands. The band competed against 27 other ensembles throughout the tri-state area. Congratulations to the students, Mr. Horn, and his staff, and all of the parents who have worked for countless hours to this program.

For the second time in four years, Coach Stover and the Flying Cardinals football team took home the District One trophy to bring their unforgettable season to a fitting close. With minimal fanfare from the media in the preseason, the young men fought hard in every contest and provided many exciting Friday nights for the home town fans. Thanks to everyone who cheered the squad on and braved the elements in support of our student athletes.

UDHS students and the community raised over $53,000 in the fight against pediatric cancer and research for all cancers. The following students were on the Executive Board of MiniTHON 2018 and played a significant role in raising those funds for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Medical Center: Gari Beidner, Ben Ford, Talia Kepniss, Jessica Cheifetz, Danny Gaffin, Eden Astorino, Ardyn Solomon, Sammy Dratch, Aidan Hopkins, Sarah Bachman, Julia Reardon, Brianna Freeman, Carly Blitzer, Naomi Kaufman, and Sam Spirt. Ms. McNamara and Ms. Sachson once again provided the leadership and opportunity for Upper Dublin High School to demonstrate its excellent character and community service.

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