March 21, 2016
From the desk of the Superintendent
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,
As we begin the District’s Spring Recess, I have several brief items for our education community.
I am pleased to announce that on March 16, the SRMS Grade Alignment Task Force unanimously agreed to recommend to the Board of Directors maintaining 6th grade at the middle school level. A sincere “thank you” to those Task Force members whose insights, garnered from participation on the original task force, proved to be invaluable and to those members of our community who volunteered to serve on the current task force. I believe that the benefits from the current work are threefold for the District. We completed the task presented by the last committee through our review of the updated enrollment projections and facilities reports. Secondly, we added to our knowledge of anticipated residential development (proposed and potential) which will inform short term District decisions about use of the school buildings and revenue projections. Finally, we presented information to our constituents about our evolving practice of moving one time revenues into our capital improvement and debt service funds as a way of preparing for our needed facilities improvements.
UD Proud! Our Upper Dublin High School swimmers excelled at the PIAA State Championships last week with the boys team following their District One championship by taking the podium as State Runner-Up to LaSalle College High School. Michael Jensen was recognized as “Swimmer of the Meet” for his outstanding achievement. Our girls team finished the meet 14th overall. Congratulations to our UD swimmers for an outstanding season. Full coverage of the 2015-2016 Cardinal swimming & diving season can be found at www.udswimming.com.
Blog Post Image: UDHS 2016 States Team – just before leaving “The Cardinal’s Nest” (L to R): Boys head coach Geoff Scheuer; Alex Flynn, Girls head coach Pat Redican, Ogden Leyens, Saemmi Yoon, Abbie Amdor, Michael Jensen, Rebecca Pendleton, Wyatt Amdor, Jenna Johns, Jake Easton, Megan Paris, Scott Luttmann, Devon Polak, Boys assistant coach, Brandon Pierce.
Here is a link to an interesting commentary published in Education Week about the potential of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2016 (ESSA) which recently replaced No Child Left Behind (2001) as our federal education legislation. Briefly, ESSA is presented as an opportunity to leverage significant improvement in school reform efforts as much responsibility for decision making is now returned to the states and local levels. The key question posed by the author is compelling: “Will policymakers use this opportunity wisely?” The connection to our work in UD is the identification of the “most critical in-school factor” linked to student success as classroom instruction, which has been the focus of our District professional learning activities for two years. Through our commitment to developing our teacher-leaders we are moving slowly but purposefully toward expanding our learning environment in which non-evaluative peer feedback is valued and sought. You will hear much more about this as our District initiatives in learning walks, peer coaching and embedded technology evolve over the coming school years.
We are happy to announce the 2nd annual Asian-American Parent Night on April 5th, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the UDHS Cafeteria. We invite Asian-American parents to come out for this important event. We invite you to fill out the following survey to help prepare for the evening. SURVEY
Our work toward finalization of the proposed 2016-2017 budget continues. The Board will engage in discussion of the proposal during upcoming Legislative and Finance Committee meetings. Please visit the District website for dates and agendas for all Board meetings. The Board of Directors will hold their next Legislative session on April 11, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the Cardinal Room at UDHS. The Finance Committee will meet on April 21, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. also in the Cardinal Room. We encourage all members of the community to attend Board meetings to hear the discussions and ask questions. Approved minutes from Board meetings may be accessed on the District website.
As always, I invite interested members of the Upper Dublin community to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have. I can be reached at 215 643-8802 or through firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow me on Twitter @UDSDSupt.
Deborah S. Wheeler, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools