Superintendent's Report

September 21, 2020

Blueprint for Resuming In-Person Instruction: A Living Document

Our Blueprint for Resuming In-Person Instruction is a living document, subject to change as we move forward. On this evening's agenda, the Board will consider a motion to resume in-person instruction for both kindergarten students and for students who spend their days primarily in our special education programs.

For the first time since the debut of the COVID-19 data dashboard provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the positivity rate in Montgomery County has declined. For the seven day period ending on September 17, 2020, the positivity rate for Montgomery County is 3.0%. Tomorrow's Touch Base Tuesday will contain full metrics.

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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.

Welcome to Mr. Prakash Patel, Director of Innovation & Technology

We are pleased to officially welcome Mr. Prakash Patel to Upper Dublin! Mr. Patel was previously the Director of Technology for the 21st Century Cyber Charter School where he was responsible for all facets of the technology department. By developing and implementing a strategic vision for his department, he effectively championed changes in curriculum design and instructional delivery while making sure that staff and students had access to the appropriate technology. Prior to joining 21st Century Cyber Charter School, Mr. Patel spent twenty successful years in the Quakertown Community School District where he taught both computer science and mathematics. He also supervised the District’s Virtual High School program. The sum total of his experiences will ensure Mr. Patel’s success in Upper Dublin, particularly at a time when we are expanding virtual learning in our District.

Mr. Patel’s appointment is instrumental in fulfilling our vision of furthering the effective use of technology in our instructional program - for ALL students, including the expansion of our virtual learning programs for students.

Progress at Sandy Run Middle School

The contractors continue to make great progress on the construction of the new Sandy Run Middle School. The pictures below show various facets of the new building. Click here for our latest drone footage of the construction site.
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