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:
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

UCFSD is Hiring - Summer Custodial/Maintenance Help

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)


*Subject to Budget Decisions & Board Approval

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

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

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

Friday, March 10, 2017

UCFSD Has Several Job Opportunities!

The UCF Human Resources Department is excited to announce new job opportunities with our district.


Physics Teacher - LTS
Unionville High School
Required Certification: Physics 7-12
Available 2017-2018 School Year - First Semester

Applicants must submit the following documents as part of their on-line application:
Cover letter and resume
Pennsylvania Department of Education Certificate
Unofficial copy of transcripts undergraduate and graduate
Three state mandated clearances dated within one year
Three letters of recommendation dated within one year

Employee must have clearances from the state and federal government:
Act 114 Federal Criminal History Record
Act 34 Criminal Record Check
Act 151 Child Abuse Clearance
Act 168 Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure

P-I Learning Support Paraprofessional
Patton Middle School
5.25 hours x 182 days (7:45 am - 1:30 pm)
$13.27/per hour
Available Immediately

Personal Care Assistant Specialist Floater - Autistic Classroom
Hillendale Elementary School
6.5 hours x 182 days
$15.29 per hour
Available March 24, 2017

Personal Care Assistant -Emotional Support
Patton Middle School
6.5 hours x 182 days
Salary $13.27 per hour
Available Immediately

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Congratulations to Chirag Choudhary on his Amazing Accomplishment!

Chirag Choudhary picture

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins, CTY contributes to the university’s mission by preparing and nurturing the bright young people who will go on to make significant contributions to our world.

CFPMS student, Chirag Choudhary has been invited to become a member of Study of Exceptional Talent (SET) at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Chirag's exceptional performance on the SAT awarded him the opportunity to become part of the CTY program that supports and encourages academic talent and achievement.

Congratulations Chirag!