Wednesday, March 29, 2017

UHS Varsity Academic Team in Championship!

Academic Team Picture

Academic Team Picture

The UHS Varsity Academic Team made it to the championship match for the Chester County Academic Team competition. They finished in second place, completing their season in second place out of the 24 teams from local high schools that participate in the program.  

Awesome Job!!

UHS Students Win Delaware Valley Science Council Awards

UHS Logo





Nick Yang, Brian Akins, Sagar Maheshwari and Harris Avgousti won awards with the Delaware Valley Science Council. These UHS students sat last October for two exams among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics and finalists were then interviewed by scientists and professionals in January.

For details visit -
http://delawarevalleysciencecouncil.org/dvsc-announces-2016-17-science-competition-award-winners/


Congratulations!!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Congratulations to Two UHS Band Concert Students!



The Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association held the Region VI High School Band Concert at Council Rock South High School on March 25th. 

Michael Dirnberger (Clarinet) and Casey Jennings (French Horn) represented Unionville High School at the festival. 

Congratulations to both students!

Weekend of First Place Wins For UHS Indoor Percussion and Indoor Color Guard

Percussion and indoor Color Guard Picture


UHS Indoor Percussion and Indoor Color Guard had a winning weekend in both of their divisions! 
 
With their first place win, Indoor Percussion was crowned Winter Guard International's East Power Regional Champion. They performed their show "The Drought" to a sell out crowd in Tom's River, NJ. Their winning performance places them as one of the top 4 teams in the country heading into the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio in April.

Indoor Color Guard came in first place at the Tournament Indoor Association Competition in Abington, PA, with an outstanding performance of their show "The Lair."  They are now ranked in first place overall in the Southeastern PA Region and are also heading to the WGI World Championships in April.

Congratulations to both Scholastic A division groups on their winning weekend and on their road to the World Championships!

Monday, March 20, 2017

UHS Speech and Debate Team States Results


This weekend, over 700 students from 100 schools across the state of Pennsylvania competed in the Pennsylvania High School Speech League State Championship at Bloomsburg University.

UHS had four students get 1st place in their event and take the title of reigning State Champions! Individual results were as followed:

Policy Debate: 
David DeMarco/Nick Yang- 1st place (State Champions- Undefeated)
Natalie Kelly/Jessica Liu- Quarterfinalists

Public Forum Debate: 
Noelle Lambert/Gaurav Sett- Quarterfinalists

Lincoln Douglas Debate: 
Damian Hunt- Quaterfinalist

Student Congress:
Andrew Binder- 1st place in Senate (State Champion)
David Kinane- 7th place in House
Dev Singh- Top Presiding Officer

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Jack Odom- 1st place (State Champion)
Ashwin Singh- Semifinalist

Extemp Commentary: 
Adarsh Gadagkar- Semifinalist

Prose Interpretation: 
Suchi Jain- 2nd place

Persuasive Speaking:
Anna Li- 4th place

Radio Announcing: 
Andrew Huang- Quarterfinalist

In addition, our team won 3rd place for Overall Tournament Sweepstakes. Please join me in congratulating them on a job extremely well done.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Three UCF Musicians Perform at the Regional Level



On Saturday, March 11, the Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association held its annual Eastern Region Orchestra Festival at West Chester East High School. Students in this ensemble previously made District Orchestra, and on the strength of their reaudition were invited to perform at the Regional level. Three Unionville-Chadds Ford musicians were members of this select group: Casey Jennings on french horn, Michael Dirnberger on clarinet, and Adam Kimmel on viola. The culminating concert featured music normally heard at the Academy of Music. Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 is a looming giant in the orchestral repertoire, known for its level of difficulty, not only in performance, but also in emotional complexity. This year's Regional Orchestra rose to the challenge and left the audience with an unforgettable experience.

The Unionville-Chadds Ford community is very proud to count these three fine artists as their own! Please join us in congratulating Casey, Michael and Adam on their tremendous accomplishment.

8th Annual Unionville Run for our Sons 5K Run or 1-mile walk

8th Annual Unionville Run for our Sons
5K Run or 1-mile walk
Saturday April 22, 2017
Race time: 9:00AM
Charles F. Patton Middle School
Register or donate at:  www.parentprojectmd.org/unionville
To Benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
In Honor of Elliott and Henry Johnson
For those who don’t know me, I am Joanna Johnson, a Spanish teacher at Unionville High School.  My two sons, Elliott (13) and Henry (10), were diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2007. Duchenne is a catastrophic muscle wasting disease that affects all the muscles of the body, including the heart and lungs.  Most boys with Duchenne lose the ability to walk by their teens.  This is followed by severe lung and heart complications.  Survival beyond age thirty is rare.  There is no cure.  Despite this catastrophic diagnosis, there is something that Duchenne can never take away from us and that is hope.  With the help of this amazing community hope is alive and well and we know a future without Duchenne is possible. We are proud to say that over the last seven years of Unionville Run for our Sons, we have raised over $360,000 for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy to support Duchenne research.  This is no small accomplishment and we are so very grateful.  

For years, I have longed to share good news about the progress being made with Duchenne research and finally I can.  On September 19, 2016, the Federal Drug Administration approved the first drug ever to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, eteplirsen, now known as Exondys51.  This was a historic moment for the community and something we all worked hard for and wanted desperately.  This is something we can all celebrate because it is a concrete example of how a community coming together has the power to make a change.  Every dollar donated, every mile run, every person that became educated or educated someone else about this rare disease- MADE AN IMPACT AND MADE A DIFFERENCE!
Unfortunately, the drug will not be a viable option for Elliott and Henry based on their genetic mutation. But the hope is that the Exondys51 approval will move approvals for other Duchenne treatments in a positive direction.  In fact, Elliott and Henry have been involved in a clinical trial for a drug called Translarna to treat their particular genetic mutation.  It is currently in the review process with the FDA.   

We need to continue the momentum to ensure that treatments are made available to all those that have Duchenne.  Once that milestone is reached, we will continue our work until a cure is found and we can say we have ended Duchenne once and for all.

We hope that you will join us in our fight on April 22nd.  Come to run or walk or bring the kids to enjoy the various activities available.  My family and I and all those affected by Duchenne thank you for your support.

Warm regards,
Joanna Johnson

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mary Poppins - this weekend at UHS


Don't miss the 2017 Unionville High School Musical

Mary Poppins!

March 16, 17, and 18
7:30 pm
UHS Auditorium

The classic tale of everyone's favorite nanny comes to life with unforgettable songs,
amazing dance numbers and a spoonful of magic!

Tickets on sale now at www.showtix4u.com



$12.00 online in advance, $14.00 at the door
($12.00 for students/senior citizens)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Rock Out At The Mid Atlantic Percussion Society Competition

UHS Percussion Picture
Hosted By Unionville High School

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 3pm to 10pm



Rock out to music, excitement and artistry as 22 of the finest indoor percussion ensembles from 3 states compete at the Mid Atlantic Percussion Society Competition at Unionville High School on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 3pm to 10pm.


Performing groups will use a broad array of percussion instruments including drums, cymbals, marimbas and sophisticated electronic effects to present their dramatic shows.  They are judged on marching and concert criteria with judges evaluating each group’s creativity, expression, performance quality and technical excellence.

The event is hosted by Unionville High School, whose Indoor Drum Line and Indoor Color Guard will perform their award-winning 2017 shows, “The Drought” and “The Lair” in exhibition. Also performing in exhibition will be United Percussion of Voorhees, NJ, an indoor percussion ensemble that has been a Winter Guard International World Finalist for the past 14 years.


The units facing off in competition will be from the following high schools and independent guard groups:  Rustin, Highland, Methacton, North Penn, Hempfield, Abington, Coatesville, Williamstown, Owen J. Roberts, Ridley, Southern Regional, Bayonne, Bensalem, Downingtown, Hopewell Valley, Upper Moreland, Upper Darby, Cab Calloway, Old Bridge, Spring-Ford and Pennsauken.


Tickets are $10 at the door and an extensive food menu will be available. Unionville High School is located at 750 Unionville Road (PA Rt. 82), Kennett Square, PA. More information regarding the schedule can be found at www.mapsdrumlines.org
 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

UHS Indoor Color Guard and Drumline

The UHS Indoor Color Guard and Drumline were both very active..

The Indoor Color Guard competed at the WGI - Winter Guard International, Mid-Atlantic Regional at South Brunswick HS in NJ. This was the groups first ever WGI competition. In the Scholastic A division, they place in 6th place in prelims, out of 18 groups and made the finals competition later that evening. They remained in 6th place and had a score of 72.24 in the finals competition. More information can be found at WGI.org Qualifying for finals in their first national level regional was a huge accomplishment for the color guard.

The Indoor Drumline attended their first competition of the season at Ridley HS on Saturday. The was a MAPS (Mid-Atlantic Percussion Society) competition. There were 17 Drumlines in the Scholastic A division. They placed in 2nd place with a score of 76.95. What a great start to their indoor season! For more information go to http://www.mapsdrumlines.org/

Both groups will be attending the WGI national championships in Dayton Ohio in April. 

We are hosting a MAPS Indoor Drumline competition at Unionville HS on March 10th at 4pm. 23 Drumlines will be competing and our color guard will perform in exhibition at this show.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Choir members represented UHS at the PMEA Region VI Choir Festival



This past weekend 9 Choir members represented UHS at the PMEA Region VI Choir Festival.  Two of our students, Karalyn Joseph and Dina Spyropoulos, will continue to the PMEA All State Choir in April.  Both Karalyn and Dina placed first in their sections.
Congratulation to all involved!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

UCFSD is Hiring - Summer Custodial/Maintenance Help

SUMMER CUSTODIAL/MAINTENANCE HELP
ALL BUILDINGS
June 19, 2017 to August 11, 2017 – MUST COMMIT TO FULL SCHEDULE
8-10 hours/day for 8 weeks – hours determined by supervisor
$10.25 per hour – Full Time
QUALIFICATIONS: The qualification requirements listed below represent minimum levels of educational achievement, training, skills and/or ability necessary.
Must be at least 16 years of age by June 1, 2017
Must be able to work full-time (40 hours per week)
Demonstrated aptitude for assigned responsibilities
Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English
Must be able to safely lift and carry up to 35 pounds a minimum distance of 10 feet
Must be able to climb and descend 10 steps on a stepladder, work on scaffold or lift
Must be able to stand and walk for up to 8 hours/day
Experience or willingness to learn
Be of good moral character (honest and trustworthy)
Skills to work with people – pleasant, positive, enthusiastic
Ability to read and comprehend manuals for minor repair tasks
Ability to use time effectively
Ability to maintain good personal hygiene and well-groomed appearance
Good organization skills – attention to detail
Ability to observe, assess a situation and problem solve
Ability and willingness to work as a team member and independently
Successful candidates will be required to obtain required clearances:
Act 151 Child Abuse Clearance
Act 34 PA Criminal Record Check
Act 114 Federal Criminal History Record
Act 168 Employment History Review (if over 18)
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

*Subject to Budget Decisions & Board Approval


Any questions, please contact Marie Lofe at mlofe@ucfsd.net or 610-347-0970, ext. 3304