Thursday, March 22, 2018

UCF will remain on 2-hour delay - March 22

After checking our roads and campuses - we will remain on a 2-hour delay. To be clear:
  • UHS and Patton MS students are on a 2-hour delay
  • Elementary students will not come in. This day will NOT be made up.
  • Elementary Parent-Teacher conferences will be held as scheduled. The exception is if you had an early morning conference - in those cases please contact your child's teacher and/or principal to check on status or reschedule.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Updated Schedule for Elementary School Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

Good afternoon,
I must admit that when we developed our 2017-2018 school calendar we did not anticipate the need for snow makeup days for our spring parent-teacher conferences! But here we are ... the following provides an overview of our plans and contingencies. Fundamentally we believe that face-to-face parent-teacher conferences are valuable and a cornerstone of our program. This plan is designed to honor this core value.
Even if your conference is/was not affected - you should closely read this email as the rescheduling of conferences will impact all K-5 families. 
Should you have questions please contact you child’s school and teacher for clarification. 
Conferences originally scheduled for March 21
- Are re-scheduled for Wednesday, April 4
April 4 is now a half-day for all K-5 students 
- Elementary principals and teachers will communicate directly with you regarding the conference scheduled for Wednesday, April 4.
IF we have a delayed opening on March 22
- School will be cancelled for all K-5 students 
- Conferences will be held as scheduled (they are all scheduled for the afternoon and evening)
IF schools are closed on March 22
- Conferences would be rescheduled for Thursday, April 5
April 5 would be a half-day for all K-5 students

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. 
John Sanville

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Schools and offices closed - March 21 - All afternoon and evening activities are cancelled.

Good evening Students, Parents, and Staff;

JetStream Jessie and I have been keeping an eye on the snow: she covers the outside – yard, fence line, squirrels and I have the inside - news, websites, and windows.  We both agree that it appears that a spring nor’easter is bearing down upon us!  Jessie and I concur - since we are in the 12”-18” region - no one should be out on the roads tomorrow.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 all UCF schools and offices will be closed. All afternoon and evening activities are cancelled.  Jetstream Jessie will be outside running in the snow. She loves it.  I have told her to give chase to any March lions she sees.  Jessie promises to keep an eye out.

I hope you will love what is likely to be the last snow day of this school year!  Put on your boots and parkas and mittens.   Make snow forts and snow people.  Shovel.  Drink hot cocoa. Read. Go sledding. Play games.   The best thing about spring snows is that they do stay around long…so enjoy it while it lasts.

Be careful. Be safe. Have fun.

Warm regards,
John Sanville

PS - This day will be made up on June 14

All UCF schools and offices will dismiss early today March 20.

With conditions changing by the minute, it is hard to make an educated guess about what will be happening in a few hours. With that in mind, I am going to err on the side of caution. I appreciate your understanding and flexibility. 

The schedule is as follows:
Elementary schools: Dismissal at 12:25
no PM kindergarten
Middle School and High School: Dismissal at 11:10
All afternoon and evening activities are cancelled

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

All Schools and Offices Closed - Wednesday, March 7th. All Evening Activities are Cancelled!

Good evening,
The March Lion is not finished…yet….and we want to get out of his way… so for tomorrow March 7 - all UCFSD schools and offices are closed.

During the Oscars last weekend Winston Churchill was prominent in two of the films - Dunkirk and Darkest Hour. Sir Winston is often referred to as the Last Lion and Lion of the Realm - it certainly seems as if March 2018 is channeling its inner Churchill. While Churchill inspired Britain to “never surrender” - I am hopeful that this years’ March Lion gives way to the lamb.

I come by my fondness for Winston Churchill honestly as both my parents were British and both fought in World War II. However, for a more local connection -- my bride Debbie would like you to remember that Winston Churchill's mother - Jennie Jerome - was a New Yorker!

The great thing about March snow is that it does not last very long - I hope... Stay warm, be safe, and enjoy the last roar (Again - I hope!) from the Winter Lion!

John Sanville

Friday, March 2, 2018

All UCF School Activities Canceled This Afternoon - Friday, March 2

Due to the inclement weather the district has made the decision to cancel all after school activities today - Friday, March 2.

Have a safe, warm weekend!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

UHS Hosts 20th Annual “Jazz Along the Brandywine”

Come Enjoy A Night of All That Jazz:

Unionville High School Hosts 20th Annual “Jazz Along the Brandywine”
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 5pm

Experience the sounds of booming brass, toe-tapping percussion and sultry solos at the 20th
Annual Jazz Along the Brandywine on Saturday, February 24th at Unionville High School in
Kennett Square from 5pm to 10pm. Twelve outstanding jazz bands will perform a variety of styles
from soul to swing to samba for an evening of delightful entertainment and fun for all ages.

This year's Cavalcade of Bands jazz festival will include more than 200 talented students from the
region’s local high schools and jazz groups: Avon Grove Charter, Avon Grove, CAPA,
Downingtown East, Marple Newtown, Penncrest, Penn Wood, Pottsgrove, Pottstown and Ridley.
The evening will also include and exhibition performance by the Unionville High School Jazz Band
and the C.F. Patton Middle School Jazz Band.

An awards ceremony will cap off the musical evening. The jazz bands will be judged on the
following elements: tone/blend/balance, interpretation, rhythm, precision, dynamics, intonation,
and improvisation. There are also awards for the three best soloists, and section awards for
saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm.

The Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Program emphasizes “education through music involvement” and
focuses on improvement from week to week. The season ends with Jazz Championships held at
several southeastern Pennsylvania schools in April.

Tickets for Jazz Along the Brandywine are $8 for adults; $6 for students and seniors. 
Concessions will be available for purchase.

WHEN AND WHERE: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 5pm – 10pm,
Unionville High School,
750 Unionville Road (PA Rt. 82), Kennett Square, PA 19348.