June 8, 2016
From the desk of the Superintendent
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,
This truly is a season of celebration across the District. On Monday evening, in an inspiring ceremony held under beautiful skies, the UDHS Class of 2016 became graduates. Our collective pride in these students was evident by the parents, grandparents, families and friends who filled the stands at Cardinal Stadium, by the participation in the ceremony of many K-12 administrators and teachers, and in the speakers’ remarks. The Guidance office reports that 299 grads plan to attend a 4 year college, 61 plan to attend a 2 year college, 6 will move directly to employment, 2 to the military, 3 to volunteer work, and 5 intend to take a “gap” year. Congratulations to our newest Cardinal alumni!
Additionally, promotion ceremonies will be held for our 8th graders on June 15. Promotion ceremonies for our 5th graders will also be held next week, with Maple Glen and Jarrettown celebrating on June 15 and Thomas Fitzwater and Ft. Washington on June 16. June 16 will also be the last day of the school year.
A gentle reminder that the first day of school for the 2016-2017 school year will be September 6.
UPDATE: Parents’ access to Home Access Center (HAC):
This summer we will use the Home Access Center (often referred to as the HAC) to streamline a significant portion of our beginning of the school year demographic data collection that in previous years required multiple paper forms. Having parents update this important information before school begins will allow the district to have accurate family contact information in a more timely manner, allow our PTO/PTAs to publish their directories earlier in the school year, and reduce the number of forms sent home in hard copy. Some required forms such as the District student health form will still be collected in hard copy to permit original signatures.
Families can now access the HAC to:
- Update contact information and emergency contacts for each of their children;
- Opt-in or out of having their child(ren)’s name and/or photo included in District publications (i.e. website, yearbook, etc.);
- Acknowledge acceptance of the District’s Acceptable Use Policy and Administrative Regulation #815;
- Opt-in to the school directory published by their school’s PTO/PTA and to customize what family/student information is shared in those publications.
Updated Information: Parents can access the Home Access Center from the Quick Links of the school website, which also contains a video tutorial for how to update demographic information. If parents require login/password information, they should contact the building secretary for their student.
We appreciate support for this improvement in communication between the schools and our families, and send a sincere “thank you” to our PTO/PTA/SPEAC/PAGE leadership for their suggestions and constructive feedback as we develop these improvements to the HAC.
The Board of Directors will hold their next Legislative Meeting on June 13, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. in the Cardinal Room at UDHS. All members of the community are encouraged to attend. 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