Tuesday, March 5, 2013
About 20 Upper Dublin High School courses could be canceled for the 2013-14 year.
Although Upper Dublin School Board President Joseph Chmielewski kicked off Monday night’s meeting by saying the meeting wasn’t meant to be budget heavy, the board touched on some items that could certainly affect the 2013-14 budget. During the work session meeting, the board and administration read through a list of several high school courses that are recommended to be canceled for the 2013-14 school year due to lack of enrollment. They are: None of the classes listed above has more than 10 students scheduled for the following year, and five of the classes had no takers. In addition to the classes listed above, driver education and Verbal PSAT prep are also recommended to be deleted. (The PSAT prep will likely be combined with Verbal SAT …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The juried art show is currently exhibited at Arcadia University and features 28 Bucks and Montgomery county public high schools.
Fourteen Upper Dublin High School art students currently are showcasing their work at the 26th-annual juried “Touch the Future” art show, open now until March 14 at Arcadia University in Glenside. The annual exhibition consists of artwork from public high schools in Bucks and Montgomery counties, and features artwork of every creative medium. According to an article on Upper Dublin Patch, the Mideastern Region of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (MER/PSEA) and the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS) sponsors the art show, which began as a way to honor Christa McAuliffe, “the first teacher in space, who perished aboard the space Shuttle Challenger. McAuliffe’s motto was, ‘I touch the future … I teach.’” This …
The boys' lacrosse team will hold their fundraiser on April 16.
Monday, February 25, 2013
The Upper Dublin-based orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the new Upper Dublin High School Performing Arts Center, March 3.
The members of Independence Sinfonia, a Classical music orchestra, will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as a benefit concert for the Upper Dublin Education Foundation. The event will take place March 3, at 4 p.m., at the new Upper Dublin High School Performing Arts Center. The opportunity to perform one of Beethoven’s most powerful and beautiful compositions in the area’s newest and most state-of-the-art facilities has made members of Independence Sinfonia very excited. “The acoustics are beautiful in the Performing Arts Center,” Margery Hesney, an Independence Sinfonia violinist and member of the board of directors, said. “This will be one of the first public, major concerts of the center.” Hesney, an Upper Dublin resident, …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Ambler florist is helping to fund the Upper Dublin High School Post Prom Party.
It may be Valentine’s Day, but the Ambler Flower Shop is thinking about the end of the school year. The Ambler Flower Shop, at 107 East Butler Ave., is donating $5 from every order toward the Upper Dublin High School Post Prom Party, a safe, drug-free/alcohol-free party for seniors following the prom. The free party, which is open to all seniors, relies solely on the financial support of parents and community sponsors. Longtime Upper Dublin resident and Ambler Flower Shop owner Gene McGonagle said he wanted to support the “fantastic Upper Dublin School District” and all its programs. “I’m a member of the community and I got chatting with one of the parents on the post prom committee this year and we came up with this idea,” McGonagle said…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Upper Dublin senior and Fort Washington firefighter is enrolled in Eastern’s protective services program.
Thursday, February 7
William Mucker is the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology Student of the Month for February. At Eastern, Mucker maintains high grades and is actively involved in SkillsUSA and serves as the 2012-13 SkillsUSA protective services class vice president and treasurer. SkillsUSA is a national student organization that promotes good citizenship, student leadership, professionalism, teamwork and recognizes student achievement and excellence. For the past two years, Mucker has been a student presenter at Upper Dublin High School for Eastern’s Tenth Grade Career Expo presentation, in which he discussed the specifics of his program. Last May at Eastern’s awards night, Mucker was recognized for perfect attendance. Through Eastern’s protective …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Three students had perfect scores on the 2400-point test. Two others missed only one.
Wednesday, January 30
Five students at Upper Dublin High School have a lot to be proud of this year. The three juniors netted perfect scores on a recent SAT. Another two students missed only one. According to a report in the Ambler Gazette, Julie Baldassano, of Maple Glen, Benjamin She, of Ambler, and William Raynor, of Dresher all scored a perfect 2400 on the test, which is used as a standardized entrance exam for many colleges and unviersities. Alan Yang, of Dresher, missed only one math question when he took the exam. Emily Zauzmer, of Dresher, said she left one math question blank, making it her only "miss" on the exam. The five from Upper Dublin were happy with their performances. “I still don’t really believe it,” Baldassano told the Gazette. “I was …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Destiny Chase-Shim has not been seen since Friday.
- POLICE & FIRE
Sunday, January 27
Philadelphia Police are searching for Destiny Chase-Shim, 14, who was last seen on Friday entering Upper Dublin High School. According to a story on MyFoxPhilly.com, Shim was dropped off by her father at Upper Dublin High School on just before 10 a.m. Friday. She was reportedly seen with friends that morning. Chase-Shim lives in Upper Dublin with her mother. Her father lives in the Harrowgate section of Philadelphia, according to the story. "Her family said she was last seen wearing navy blue sweat pants and blue and white Nike sneakers with a brown waist-length coat," said Fox 29. "She was seen carrying a pink book bag." Chase-Shim is described as being 5'5" tall and weighing around 120 pounds with brown eyes and sandy brown shoulder …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
From patches to yearbooks, there are some unique finds on the online auction website.
Who knew? Upper Dublin Township is represented fairly well on the national auction website known as eBay. In a recent search for our township, some really unique products were easily found for the local area. Some fun finds include a Upper Dublin Township embroidered patch, and some yearbooks from 1955-56. A search on Thursday revealed editions of the venerable Mundockian yearbook from 1955, 1956 and 1958 up for sale. Each was around $90. A unique embroirdered patch for the township, with the slogan "Brotherhood, Health, Happiness" was available on eBay for $2 or $6. A beer stein from Fort Washington and a book on the Fort Washington and Upper Dublin areas, released by the Fort Washington Historical Society round out the list of unique …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The district will likely face 'broad and comprehensive' cuts, as well as a 3 percent tax increase.
The words “difficult,” “storm” and “cuts” were scattered all over yesterday’s Upper Dublin School Board meeting. In fact, Upper Dublin Superintendent Michael Pladus sent a letter to parents on Friday informing them of the district’s “own version of the fiscal cliff.” First, the budget. The district’s proposed 2013-14 preliminary budget is up about $1.8 million over last year’s — a 2.1 percent increase — to $87.2 million. Revenue, according to the proposed preliminary budget, is slated to come in at $84.6 million. To cover the gap, the school district is proposing the use of $2.6 million in fund balance (which would leave just over $8,000 in fund balance at the end of the fiscal year) and a 3.04 percent real estate tax increase. The …