Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UCFSD - MORE Foundation Shoe Re-Use Program

UCFSD Shoe Re-Use Program

The Green Initiatives Committee of the U-CF Education Foundation, with the support of the district, has launched a district-wide program to promote sustainability by collecting your used sneakers and fitness shoes. This program touches many facets of sustainability.  It keeps shoes out of the landfill and promotes re-use, as well as develops an environmentally and economically sustainable industry for developing villages.

1. Collected shoes from our district will be shipped to Runners Village, Ghana. There they are sold, and the proceeds go to setting up tree farms (fruit trees, trees used for buildings, etc.) in the village. The locals are trained to maintain them, creating a perpetual source of income.

2. The entire program is funded by the proceeds from the sale of the shoes.

3. The unusable ones (about 20%) go to Nike Grind, where they are ground up and used on playgrounds and other purposes.

4. The MORE Foundation, who executes this program, expects to take in about 300K pairs of shoes this year, helping 10 villages.

5. There is a box in either the gym or main lobby of every school in the district. Please drop off your old sneakers - any size, any condition.

Many people ask, “what happens to all the shoes?” The shoes are sold in major metro areas to vendors who in turn create jobs and help improve the quality of life in cities. The proceeds from the sale of the shoes provides training and tools to the poorest rural farmers. So many shoes sit in dark closets, forgotten and never worn, and then end up in landfills. Reusing these shoes further promotes the global efforts to reuse and recycle.

For more details on the MORE Foundation visit -

Two Hour Delay - Wednesday, Jan 17

Good morning,

All UCFSD schools and offices will operate on a two-hour delay today - January 17, 2018

Though main roads are mostly wet - a delay allows our municipalities the opportunity to treat secondary roads. The delay also brings students in after the rush hour and after most of the snow is though our area.

Office staff should also follow the two-hour delay.

Please travel safely. Ohh ... only 62 days till spring!

John Sanville

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

UCFSD Spirit of Volunteering!

Thank you John Chambless for the great Picture!

Millions come together to volunteer and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, who never stopped asking the question, "What are you doing for others?" The MLK Day of Service is a moment to work together to fulfill King's vision for a better America - it's a day "on" instead of a day off.

The spirit of volunteering inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King was overflowing in Unionville-Chadds Ford schools on Jan. 15, as full parking lots and jam-packed cafeterias showed how eager families were to donate their time.

Read more about our wonderful students and community at -  Chester County Press

FOCUS Parent Network discussion - When a child talks about suicide



Please join us for a FOCUS Parent Network discussion about what parents and peers can do to help when a child talks about suicide. This discussion will be led and moderated by Tara Dickinson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the CHOP Department of Child Psychiatry and a parent in UCFSD. 


Title:When a child talks about suicide -- What peers and parents can do to help
Date:Thursday Feb 8, 2018
Time:7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Patton Middle School Library

FOCUS is a special committee of the UCF Education Foundation in the Unionville Chadds Ford School District which provides information and education to parents, students, and the community through parent seminars and workshops, student assemblies, and educational materials.

The mission of FOCUS is to promote healthy choices and behaviors for youth while supporting and educating parents in our community.

The UCFSD Wellness Committee Presents: iGen Book discussion & Author Visit

The UCFSD Wellness Committee is working to create awareness and conversation around the topic of the "iGen" generation. iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality.

A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me.

Learn more about Dr Twenge and iGen at

Find the book on Amazon -
Hardcover - $15.51
Kindle - $12.99

SAVE THE DATE - Dr. Twenge will be visiting UCFSD April 12-13, 2018.
More information to come.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

UCFSD Outdoor Facility Master Plan Survey

UCFSD Community,

We are seeking input from the community as we begin the first phase of preparing an Outdoor Facility Master Plan. This survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete and your input is very valuable in this process. For those who take the time to complete the survey and give us the necessary contact information, your name will be included in a drawing for a Unionville Spirit Wear sweatshirt (5 to be awarded). We are asking for all responses by January 19, 2018.

Background -

The Unionville Chadds Ford School District is in the beginning phase of a Facility Master Plan for the athletic and other outdoor facilities at the High School/ Middle School and Unionville Elementary campuses. A goal of this master plan is to work in concert with the recently completed Long Range Facilities Plan which focuses primarily on District-owned buildings and building projects over the next ten years. Ultimately, at the conclusion of this effort, the School District will have a dynamic document outlining the current state of the outdoor facilities, and a plan which will guide the development and improvement of the two campuses over the next ten years in a comprehensive and fiscally responsible manner.

With your participation in this survey, we hope to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the High School/ Middle School and Unionville Elementary School campuses, and plan for the future evolving needs of the District and the community. We welcome your input in this process and we thank you in advance for your participation.

Click this link to see a layout of our current facilities at the High School/Middle School campus -

Click this link to see a copy of the Long Range Facilities Plan -

Click this link for more background information on why we feel this study is necessary -

Thank you for your feedback!
Rick Hostetler
Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds

To complete the Facility survey please click here - Outdoor Facility Master Plan Survey

Monday, January 8, 2018

January Board Meeting Rescheduled and Special Board Meeting Added

Due to weather conditions, this month's Board Work Session has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan 16 at 7:30 pm, preceded by the Curriculum Committee at 4:30 pm and Executive Session at 6:00 pm.

A Special Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 10th at 8:00 AM in the District Office Conference room.  The purpose of the special meeting is for the Board to take action on the preliminary proposed budget.  Click here to review this agenda item (available on BoardDocs).