Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The UCFSD Wellness Committee Presents: iGen Book discussion & Author Visit

iGen Picture

Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and
What That Means for the Rest of Us

The UCFSD Wellness Committee is working to create awareness and conversation around the topic of the "iGen" generation. iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality.

A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me.

Learn more about Dr Twenge and iGen at http://www.jeantwenge.com/

Find the book on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/
Hardcover - $15.51
Kindle - $12.99 

SAVE THE DATE - Dr. Twenge will be visiting UCFSD April 12-13, 2018.
More information to come.

SCREENAGERS - Growing up in the Digital Age


Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

Avon Grove School District has invited UCFSD families to a private viewing of SCREENAGERS December 19, 2017 - 6:30pm at the Jennersville YMCA, West Grove, PA   

Register here
**Not recommended for children under 10 **

Watch the trailer here -  https://www.screenagersmovie.com/trailer/

Monday, November 6, 2017

Half Day Schedule for the Week of November 20th

Please Note Half Day Schedule for the Week of November 20th

K-8th half days Nov 20th - 21st

Pre-1st-12th half day 22nd
No Kindergarten on the 22nd

Am Session 9:10AM - 10:40AM

  PM Session 10:55AM - 12:25PM

Elementary (1st-5th) 9:10AM - 12:25PM

Middle & High School (6th-12th) 8:00AM - 11:10AM

No School November 23rd and 24th

Monday, October 23, 2017

Annual UCFSD Coat Drive

Please consider donating clean coats, hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots to the Annual UCFSD Coat Drive. All sizes and styles, infant through adult are needed. 

Donated items can be dropped off in the lobbies of any UCF district school starting on October 23rd and ending on December 7th
Items should be clean and in good condition. New items and monetary donations are also gladly accepted.
Collected items will be distributed in December to over 500 families in need in our area.
See flyer here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Title-1 Reading Support Parent Information Night

Steve Dissinger Educational Kiosk

This morning after our Tuesday running club session we dedicated the Steve Dissinger Educational Kiosk. This dedication was made possible because of the Eagle Scout project for Michael Iacocca. He designed and built this amazing kiosk and decided to name it after Mr. Dissinger because of his passion and commitment to Hillendale and to the creation of the Hillendale Trail. To view the ceremony please click on the link below.

Steve Dissinger Educational Kiosk Dedication

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Early Intervention Parent Night - for the 18-19 school year

Early Intervention Parent Night
Welcome to Unionville-Chadds Ford School District!
WHO: Parents of students with disabilities who will be enrolling in kindergarten in
UCFSD for the 2018-19 school year.  Students welcome to attend.

WHAT: An opportunity to meet with UCF administrators, elementary principals,
psychologists, and speech therapists to gather general information, ask questions, and schedule your child’s Early Intervention Transition Meeting.

WHERE: UCFSD District Office, Public Meeting Room #14
   740 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348

WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:00PM

*Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

HETV Set To Broadcast

Get ready HES community...HETV is back and ready to start another year of student led broadcasting. The 5th graders are excited to get things going on Tuesday, September 5th. If you're interested in watching the broadcast please check out our live stream starting around 9:10am each school day. The link to our streaming site is below.

We'll also be using this site to stream school wide events such as concerts, student competitions like our spelling bee, and many other exciting events. Look for announcements here on our website and on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017/2018 Student School Start Times

This past Spring our School Board approved a change in the UCF school start times. Research shows there are many benefits from later school start times, including decreases in teen depression, car crashes, behavior problems, discipline referrals, absenteeism, and tardiness.

The UCF new school start times are as follows:

Elementary  - 9:10 AM - 3:40 PM

High School/Middle School - 8:00 AM - 2:43 PM

 A list of all schedule changes and FAQs are available on
The School Start Time website.

The communications team is here to help - please forward your questions to communications@ucfsd.net

 AM Session
 PM Session
9:10 AM – 11:45 AM
 1:05 PM – 3:40 PM
Two Hour Delay
(modified Schedule)
11:10 AM – 12:55 PM 
 1:55 – 3:40 PM
Early Dismissal
 9:10 AM – 10:40 AM
10:55 AM – 12:25 PM

Elementary (1st-5th)

Two Hour Delay

Middle School (6th-8th)

Two Hour Delay

High School (9th-12th)

8:00 AM
Two Hour Delay

Monday, June 5, 2017

Attention 5th Grade Parents and Students - Patton Middle School Required Summer Reading 2017

Summer Reading Logo

“Students’ relationship with reading during the summer is a pretty good window into what the relationship will be once they leave our classrooms for good. We have an opportunity with summer reading to open that window to individual passions and interests and at the same time prevent the loss of achievement that months without practice bring.”
Penny Kittle, Book Love

Each incoming 6th grade student is expected to read a minimum of 3 books this summer. Our expectation is that incoming 6th graders will make mature choices regarding grade appropriate material. Although students are invited to read any three books of their choosing, we recognize that having some recommendations from school may serve helpful. In that regard, we have included:

(1) Recommended Author List for Each Grade
(2) “The Summer Reading List that Speaks to the Middle School Experience”
(3) The 2017-18 Chester County Reading Olympics Middle School Booklist

Parents are asked to sign off on their child’s summer reading. These resources, lists and the sign-off form can be found on The Patton Middle School Library webpage

For information on any given author or title consult Goodreads.com.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Important Parent Presentation

Dear Hillendale Families, 

I hope you can join us for an important parent presentation to be held at Hillendale Elementary School - LGI on Monday evening, May 8, 2017 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

I had the privilege of watching this presentation a few months back during an administrative meeting and it was phenomenal. Here are the details:


Are you ready for your child to transition into the teenage years?
Do you know what a typical Unionville-Chadds Ford student's behavior look like?

Learn how to prepare for the transition from Elementary School to Middle School. This hour long presentation will cover what a typical Unionville-Chadds Ford student's behavior looks like, risk and protective factors, and tips to positively impact your child during the transition.
Pennsylvania Area Youth Survey (PAYS) data specific to Unionville Chadds-Ford School District will be presented. PAYS data measures several different areas in regards to Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, and Gambling use and access, risk and protective factors, antisocial behavior, social and emotional health, attitudes and perceptions, and school climate and safety.  PAYS data serves as a phenomenal resource for parents and caregivers to gain insight into their child's life.

WHEN: Monday, May 8, 2017
TIME: 7:00PM - 8:30PM (with time for questions)
WHERE: Hillendale Elementary School - Auditorium, 1850 Hillendale Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
WHO: Parents, Caregivers, Teachers, School Administrators, Coaches, Community Members, etc.
PRESENTED BY: Kathy Collier - Prevention Specialist, Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services

Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 HES Oldies Dance Assembly

Click here or the photo to view the video.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Matt Phelan - Author Visit

Author & illustrator Matt Phelan is visiting Hillendale on January 31st. In addition to student assemblies, students have the opportunity to purchase one of his books and it will be autographed. Book orders are due by January 23rd and can be sent into school or placed online through the PTO Store. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

MLK Day of Service

Dear Hillendale Families,

MLK Day of Service is right around the corner…  On January 16, 2017 our community will gather together on MLK Day and make soup, sandwiches and cookies to be delivered to a local shelter for disadvantaged families.  We also send homemade placemats and special cards to send with the soup and sandwiches.  
We will also be partnering with La Comunidad Hispana (a community center located in Kennett Square dedicated to empowering immigrants and low-income residents of southern Chester County).  As part of our partnership with La Comunidad Hispana we will, once again, be hosting the "Backpacks for MLK's Dream" Project.  It was a big success last year and we are excited to help again this year.
Leading up to our Day of Service, we will be asking the Hillendale community to collect school supplies, gently used books and backpacks to support the "Backpacks for MLK's Dream" Project.  The HES children will help stuff the backpacks full of donated supplies during our Day of Service program.
There are many ways that your family can contribute to the MLK Day of Service and/or the "Backpacks for MLK's Dream" Project.
#1) make a donation via check (written out to HES with subject line "MLK day of service" - these donations will be used to purchase additional backpacks and/or food for lunches)
#2) make a donation of a NEW backpack
#3) make a donation of school supplies.  These donations will be organized by grade level and are as follows:
  • Kindergarten - Number 2 Pencils
  • First Grade - Markers
  • Second Grade - Crayons
  • Third Grade - Glue Sticks
  • Fourth Grade - Folders
  • Fifth Grade - Spiral Notebooks
#4) make a donation of any new and/or gently used books
#5) attend the MLK Day of Service and help us prepare all of the donated supplies
Boxes will be set up outside of the office for all donations.  We hope the children get excited to see just how much Hillendale cares as they see the donation piles grow and grow.
We are excited about this event.  However, we are also aware that families are asked to give many times throughout the year so participation is optional.
In addition to the "Backpacks for MLK's Dream" Project, Hillendale will be offering other volunteer opportunities on MLK Day of Service.  These opportunities will be provided in two sessions:
  • Session #1 9:00 -10:00
  • Session #2 10:15 - 11:15
We need volunteers for the following activities during each session:
  • Cook Soup   
  • Bake Cookies
  • Make Snack Mix
  • Make Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches               
  • Make Placemats
  • Make Cards        
  • Decorate Bags
  • Prepare Backpacks
We really hope you will join us on January 16 for our MLK Day of Service!