Thursday, September 21, 2017

UCF to pilot MiFi hotspots to expand internet access for all students


Not all of our students have equal Internet access once they leave the classroom and the district has responded to meet this need in several ways.

Recently our director of technology, Justin Webb, successfully won a grant for us to provide MiFi access for these students by using Kajeet Smartspot technology.  The grant is for one year and we will use this year to evaluate the product's effectiveness.

“Students  do research at home, they participate in various after school activities and they increasingly do homework and submit assignments online,” said Justin Webb, director of technology, Unionville-Chadds Ford. “I want to help those kids in need.”





What is a Kajeet Smartspot?

○ The Kajeet SmartSpot is a portable, 4G LTE MiFi hotspot each student can take home to complete required assignments and homework. It supports the latest, most advanced security and it is compatible with all industry-standard Wi-Fi capable devices across all operating systems. The SmartSpot has a long battery life, providing up to 10 hours of use on a single charge. Each Kajeet SmartSpot comes fully kitted and activated, with a custom, padded carrying case, charger; and instruction manual.

● How will UCFSD use Kajeet?
○ Provide a set number of devices to both Middle and High School libraries for sign out.
○ Use our library check out system to keep track of the devices and the students who use them.

● Is Kajeet a solution for UCFSD?
○ Promote Solution through our Tech Integrators and Media Specialist at MS and HS.
○ Send surveys out to those students who used the device to get feedback.
○ Send out a technology survey to the district in regards to technology and access.

STEM Night at Unionville High School - Oct 4th

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UHS - Auditorium
10/4/17
6:30-8:30 pm

Our second annual STEM night at Unionville High School is on October 4, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 PM. Our school district is collaborating with the Chester County Intermediate Unit to provide this experience for our community.

Audience: The evening target families of middle school and high school students. Participants will learn about:

Careers in the STEM related fields
Real world experiences from professionals working in the field today
STEM education in action in our schools

Schedule:
6:30-7:30 Panel discussion
7:30-8:30 Breakout sessions

For details visit - http://www.ucfsd.org/stem/

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UHS - Yale Speech & Debate Invitational

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Twenty-one students represented UHS at the Yale Speech and Debate Invitational. The tournament had over 1,500 student participants from 212 school across the country. Our team results were as followed: 

Extemp: 
Ashwin Singh- semifinalist

Original Oratory:
Parik Radhakrishnan- semifinalist
Anna Li- octofinalist
Sophia Qureshi- octofinalist

Oral Interpretation: 
Suchi Jain- semifinalist

Congressional Debate:
Andrew Binder- semifinalist

Lincoln Douglas Debate:
Richard Shin- Top 64; 51st speaker award (out of 141)

Public Forum Debate:
Amit Pampati/ Alex Wang- Top 64
Amit Pampati- 27th place speaker award (out of 542)
Alex Wang- 34th place speaker award (out of 542)

Please join me in congratulating them on an outstanding job!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

UHS Flu Clinic - October 5th

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Flu Season is right around the corner! 

Come get your flu shot at Unionville HIgh School on Thursday,  October 5th.  The flu shot clinic will be held in the High School cafeteria from 3 PM - 7 PM and is open to the public.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A new school year arrives with smiles and hugs



In an email sent to parents on Aug. 25, school district superintendent John Sanville welcomed families to the new school year. “The first day of school is special whether your student is 6 or 16, so enjoy every minute,” he wrote. “Take plenty of pictures, give kisses and hugs, and wave goodbye. We will take it from there.”

click here to view the photo gallery and read the full article

Friday, August 25, 2017

Meet Our New Supervisor of Athletics - Pat Crater

We're very excited to have Pat join the admin team in the new role of Supervisor of Athletics.  The link below will take you to a 5 minute personal profile video on our You Tube Channel.


Welcome Pat!

Route 926 bridge opens in time for the start of the new school year

Route 926 to Open August 25
Ribbon Cutting Scheduled at 10:30 AM

It's official! After 7 months, the Route 926 Bridge over the Brandywine River will be open after work crews complete their final safety check.

A  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at 10:30 AM before the bridge opens. Parking for this event is available behind the Brandywine ACE Hardware store.

The project consisted of replacing the 79-year-old bridge with a new three-span structure built at a higher elevation; rebuilding and raising 1,700 feet of the roadway approaches to make them less prone to flooding; replacing the nearby culvert over Radley Run with an 84-foot twin arch concrete culvert; and realigning 800 feet of Creek Road at its northern intersection with Route 926 (Street Road).