Superintendent’s Message

November 15, 2016

From the desk of the Superintendent

Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

It is American Education Week and we invite parents and guardians to help us celebrate the excellent education program that we provide for all students in Upper Dublin! If you have not yet scheduled classroom visits and lunch dates with your children in their schools please contact the school and arrangements will be shared. We are justifiably proud of our schools and recognize the investment of our community and strong support of our families. We have talented and dedicated teachers, staff and administrators, and a Board of Directors focused on meeting our vision that all UD students will achieve the post-secondary outcomes for which they and their families strive.

To that end I am pleased to share the following updates with our community.

The 2016 School Performance Profile was recently released by the PA Department of Education and I can report growth in both our overall UDHS score and in our progress toward closing the achievement gap as evidenced by the growth measures for our Historically Underperforming Subgroups. We are beginning to realize the positive results of our focused improvement efforts. A full report on our student achievement data will be presented during the Education Committee meeting on December 5 at 6:00 PM in the Cardinal Room at UDHS.  

Our District website now features updated links to our Curriculum, providing program descriptions and course sequences. Please click here to view. I encourage parents and community members to visit the site for information pertaining to our redesigned standards based curriculum.

Recommendations from the Sandy Run Middle School Scheduling Study report will be presented to the Board of Directors next month. The committee has been deeply engaged in researching various scheduling options that can improve our instructional program, and members have conducted site visits to view those options in practice. We look forward to receiving the recommendation as an important element of our continuing improvement planning.

Dr. George Giovanis has been hired as the Interim Principal at Fort Washington Elementary School. Dr. Giovanis is an experienced elementary school principal who will focus his work on supporting both the educational program and the school culture while our search for our next principal continues. We have garnered a number of applicants and first round interviews of candidates are scheduled. Mrs. Hultquist will remain at FWES through next week and will work with Dr. Giovanis to facilitate the transition. We will miss the leadership that Mrs. Hultquist provided at FWES as Principal for the past four years, and wish her well as she moves to a principalship in her home school district.

This week I joined our Directors of Curriculum/Instruction/Assessment and Technology at a Future Ready conference where we benchmarked our technology device rollout and use of Google Apps for Education against best practice in transforming schools through effective use of digital learning strategies.  Mrs. Morrison, Mr. Vinogradov and I reviewed the report that analyzed the findings of our technology integration self study and will be utilized in our District comprehensive planning. Our progress in integrating technology as an instructional tool has become effective and efficient; we will continue the forward momentum as an element of our continuous improvement efforts.   

The Board of Directors will hold their next Legislative Meeting on December 12, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. in the Cardinal Room at UDHS. All members of the community are encouraged to attend. Members of the public may access agenda and documents through the District website. Go to the Calendar and click on the meeting listed on the appropriate date. Agendas and materials will be available 48 hours before the meeting.

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 dwheeler@udsd.org . Follow me on Twitter @UDSDSupt.

Sincerely,

Deborah S. Wheeler, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools