Superintendent’s Message August 18, 2017

From the desk of the Superintendent

Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

It’s that exciting time of year as we draw close to the first day of the 2017-2018 school year on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The calendar is on the District website and is being continuously updated.

Information on bus pick up and drop off locations and times will be emailed to families on Monday. Information regarding high school and middle school classroom assignments and schedules will be posted in the Home Access Center (HAC) on Wednesday afternoon. Additionally, parents are urged to update demographic data in the HAC. Demographic updates in the HAC streamlines a significant portion of our beginning of the school year demographic data collection. Updating information online allows us to communicate efficiently in cases of emergency starting from the first day of school. We ask that parents complete this by September 5. If you updated your information last year, you only need to open the registration update button for each student, and confirm there are no changes.

Directions can be found here. If parents have trouble with their HAC username or password, please contact the secretary in your child’s school.

 

Our custodians and other members of our Facilities and Technology departments have been working to prepare the schools for opening day, and their work has resulted in gleaming floors throughout the schools and new interactive boards in many of our classrooms. Our teachers and administrators have been working through the summer, continuing to update our curriculum, participating in professional development, and beginning to review our preliminary achievement data reports. I am pleased to share with our community that our initial analysis of the Spring 2017 PSSA and Keystone data demonstrates improvement in most of our tested areas, in our AP participation and scores, and in our discipline data. Full reports will be presented during Education Committee and Board legislative meetings following the release of the 2016-2017 SPP in October.   

 

New Vaccination Requirements:  a reminder to all families that effective August 2017 changes to the school vaccination requirements outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health will be in effect. On the first day of school unless your child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption he/she must have had at least one dose of the required vaccinations or risk exclusion from school.  Please see District website for a link to the Immunization document provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. If you have questions regarding immunization requirements, please contact your healthcare provider or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH for more information.  Questions pertaining to your child may be directed to your school nurse.

 

Chromebook information: Fifth grade students and students new to the District in grades 6-12 who have participated in the technology fee will be able to pick up their Chromebook August 25-31 at the front office of their school. Parents and students who would like a brief orientation to the device and program, can attend an optional orientation session at the Upper Dublin High School on August 22 (am and pm options) or August 23 (am option), picking up their Chromebook then. If you are interested in attending please RSVP here (please select only one option).

If you have not yet ordered your student’s Chromebook, you may learn about the program here. If you are looking for cover or case suggestions, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

 

The SRMS Project Review Committee has developed a recommendation to the Board in regard to a facilities improvement project. Briefly, the core recommendation has two parts:

(1) The committee advised that the District develop an updated long-term district-wide capital plan.

(2) As informed by that plan, when the District is prepared to take on a major project at the middle school, that project should be a new building on the existing site rather than a renovation.

The Board will hold a Community Forum to share information and seek feedback from the community on September 26 at SRMS. The Forum will follow the SRMS PTO meeting that evening and will be preceded by tours of the building. Specific times for tours will be posted on the District website. Additional forums will be scheduled throughout the next several months.

 

The District’s Excellence and Equity Steering Consortium is celebrating its fourth year. The consortium is comprised of seven committees of students, staff and community members who believe that the highest level of quality in research, teaching and service can only be achieved when diverse perspectives are engaged. If you would like more information click here. If you are interested in joining one or more of our committees, click here. This year we are beginning a #UDBetterTogether campaign to promote mutual understanding. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see how all of UDSD is indeed better together.

 

The Board of School Directors will hold their next Legislative Meeting on Monday, August 21, 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 BoardDocs on the District website. Go to the Board of Directors page under Board agendas tab 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