PSAT for 10th & 11th Grade Students - October 13th

Dr. Conley sent the following email with important details about October 13th. Students and parents of all grades levels should review this information carefully in preparation for October 13th.

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, Unionville High School will be administering the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The PSAT/NMSQT assessment will be given to all 10th and 11th graders. This is an annual event that allows all of our students to take this important assessment twice during their academic career at UHS.

Due to our testing schedule on October 13, we will be unable to have regular classes that day. Ms. Lora Elfreth, School Counselor and PSAT Coordinator, will be sharing additional information regarding the PSAT/NMSQT with 10th and 11th-grade families. There will be no transportation that day for our students who attend the Technical College High School (TCHS). Attendance at TCHS on the 13th is optional.

The following is the schedule for each grade level on October 13, 2021:

9th Grade:

All 9th-grade students will report to the UHS auditorium by 8:00 am on October 13.

  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am Team Building activity/College and Career seminar
  • 10:10 am - 12:00 pm QPR Training/Study Hall
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch & Learn
  • 1:05 pm - 1:40 pm SHOC Activity - UHS Football Field
  • 1:45 pm - 2:43 pm Activities Fair - Gym

* 9th-grade students should bring their Chromebooks to school on this day as they will need them for the College and Career seminar, as well as for the study hall.

Please click the QPR Training link to learn more about QPR training. Our trained staff will be sharing this information with our students. This is a key part of our social-emotional learning program. Our current 11th-grade students were trained two years ago, as well as members of the UHS staff. We are excited to offer this important training to our 9th-grade students this year.

College and Career Seminar

This seminar will be led by Ms. Maggie Hunt, Assistant Principal, and Ms. Maribeth Lyles, Counseling Department Chair. They will outline activities available to students to plan for college and career opportunities after high school. Some of these activities are required during the student’s first three years of high school.

Team Building Activity

Mr. Buddy Meredith and Mr. Joe Herman from the PE Department will lead ninth graders through a variety of team-building activities. Students will get the chance to join with some current friends, reconnect with some old friends and maybe even make a few new friends. Activities will be designed to get students moving and engaging with one another outside. Please bring a happy, friendly vibe, and be sure to dress accordingly!

SHOC Activity

9th graders will meet with their student mentors in small groups to process their transition to UHS and to connect with their classmates.

Activities Fair

The Activities Fair is a school-wide event where students have the opportunity to connect with the student-run clubs and organizations throughout the school. Currently, we have 90+ clubs and organizations at UHS from Active Minds to Spread the Smile to Yearbook. Students will discover that there is something for everyone!

10th Grade:

  • 8:00 am - 11:45 am PSAT Assessment
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch & Learn
  • 1:05 pm - 1:45 pm Activities Fair - Gym
  • 1:50 pm - 2:43 pm College and Career seminar - Auditorium

11th Grade:

  • 8:00 am - 11:45 am PSAT/NMSQT Assessment
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch & Learn
  • 1:05 pm - 1:45 pm College and Career seminar - Auditorium
  • 1:50 pm - 2:43 pm Activities Fair - Gym

12th Grade:

  • 8:00 am - 11:00 am College and Career Planning - work on at home or report to the UHS LGI
  • 11:15 am -12:00 pm Senior class picture - Report to the stadium turf field
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch & Learn
  • 1:05 pm - 2:43 pm Activities Fair - Gym

*Seniors can use the morning to catch up on key deadlines related to college and career planning. The link above provides helpful resources to help students stay on track with these important tasks.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about our PSAT/NMSQT Day on October 13.


Attention AP students: Exam registration will start on Monday, October 11th, and end on Monday, November 8th. Instructions will be posted on the homepage of the Counseling Center website soon.


Remember to check out the College Planning Resources section of the UHS School Counseling website. In addition to the college visits happening at UHS, there are lots of college events happening on college campuses and virtually. Be sure to check out the List of College Events & Updates!

Chester County Virtual College Fair

High school students - are you searching for your next adventure after graduation? Join the 2021 Chester County Virtual College Fair on October 19th, and meet with over 100 colleges and institutions to learn about the postsecondary options that best fit your goals. Admission is FREE and you will have the chance to hear from many different colleges in just one day! You can choose which colleges you want to hear from by registering for their sessions. You and your family can ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations as well!

Attending the fair provides career readiness opportunities for students by ensuring that they have access to career exploration and preparation activities that are standards-aligned and evidence-based. This includes the development of career plans and portfolios that help students identify pathways and opportunities for postsecondary success. Student registration will open on September 30, 2021.

This year's fair is powered and hosted by StriveScan! As demonstrated this past year, StriveScan’s 6x6 Virtual College Fair format exposes students to a wide range of colleges in a lively and safe environment.

StriveScan has hosted virtual college fairs and other virtual college admission programs nationwide, with over 500,000 students and 2,000 colleges and universities participating. StriveScan creates additional opportunities for national and regional college representatives, as well as for students and families in Chester County and surrounding areas.

Learn more about the college fair by visiting: cciu.org/college-fair


Neumann University is offering FAFSA COMPLETION events for your students and their families/supporters on our campus on October 20 and November 16. At these events, students will have the opportunity to complete their FAFSA at a computer with our Financial Assistance staff available to assist! There are limited appointments, so please encourage students to register in advance.
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This month's topic for Longhorn Lessons by Lenny is all about Active Listening! Here is a great article provided by Dale Carnegie Philadelphia with some very important tips!

As technology continues to improve and evolve, the speed with which we get information increases as well. That creates noise and it shortens our attention span – and although you can listen to a podcast at 2x speed, you can’t listen to a person that fast, so you must be mindful in your approach to listening.

Listening is a skill. When performed correctly, it allows you to build trusted relationships. It also increases the likelihood that the communicator and the listener are on the same page, or at least understand each other (agreeing to disagree is ok).

  • Maintain Eye Contact – Put that phone down, turn it over, better yet put it in your pocket or bag. Give the individual talking your entire focus.
  • Non-Verbal Cues – Be sensitive to what is not being said. Observe body language for incongruent messages.
  • Practice Patience – Do not interrupt, finish the speaker’s sentence, or change the subject. Let the person talk and conclude their thought.
  • Listen with empathy & to understand – Act as if there will be a quiz at the end.
  • Clarify – Get confirmation on your understanding by rephrasing what you heard and asking if it sounds right to the speaker.
  • Practice pure listening – What did we say about that phone? Put it away and keep it away. Be mindful in your focus on the individual. Remove all distractions.
  • Attitude – Keep an open and accepting attitude by not jumping to conclusions or making assumptions. Let the person talk and finish their thought. Seek to understand.
  • Empathize – Try to turn your mind off. Be with the speaker and work to see things from their point of view.

Source: Dale Carnegie Philadelphia


The Voice of Democracy Program sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), is open to students in grades 9-12 (Oct. 31 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. We want to reach as many patriotic students as possible to compete for the National grand prize: $30,000 paid directly to the American college, university or vocational/technical school of their choice!

The Rules and Eligibility/Enrollment Forms for your review and to share.

  • 2021-2022 Theme: “America: Where do we go from here?”
  • Student Entry Deadline: October 31, 2021 (must be submitted by midnight to VFW Post 5467 in Kennett Square, PA)
  • Drop off Address: 704 W. Baltimore Pike Kennett Square, PA 19348
  • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 126 Kennett Square, PA 19348