Friday, March 8, 2013
Offer your guidance as a volunteer with Upper Dublin Education Foundation.
It is a simple plan. Bring together the talents of local residents, and support area students. But, how can you help? The Upper Dublin Education Foundation seeks mentors to volunteer their services. Those from all backgrounds are welcome. According to the UDEF website, the goals of the program are fairly basic: Empowering students to use their potential Exposing students to options and opportunities Helping students focus on the future Assisting students in exploring realistic goals Helping students develop self-esteem Encouraging enriching experiences There are not particluar restrictions for those applying to mentor. "Mentors are adults who have an interest in connecting generations, as well as a respect for young people," said the site…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The 29th annual UD Medals are coming, but not before we see some nominees.
Upper Dublin Township is looking for a few good men (and women) (and businesses) (and non-profits). Simply put, the township is seeking the best of the community. The Upper Dublin Medal awards are upon us, but first, the residents of the area needs to suggest some potential winners. According to the township's website, nominations are sought for the 29th annual Upper Dublin Medal in three categories: 1) Citizen Award 2) Educator Award 3) Business/Non Profit Award "The Upper Dublin Medal is perhaps the most well known and prestigious of all local awards," said the township's site. "If you have someone you would like to nominate – especially a teacher or administrator deserving of special recognition – please consider submitting the easy to …
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 Upper Dublin School District receives a small amount of federal funding, and stands to lose some of it.
With sequestration pending, Pennsylvania stands to lose funding for many of its programs. But what about the schools? The Upper Dublin School District is in the middle of paring down its budget. Currently, the preliminary budget weighs in at $87.2 million, but it still needs to cut $2.7 million. Like almost all local school districts, the majority of the funds come from local revenue. In Upper Dublin’s case, it’s 84 percent, or about $71.2 million. The state contributes the next highest amount, 15 percent or $13 million; and the federal government chips in $385,000 — less than one percent. Upper Dublin School District Business Administrator Brenda Bray called the figure “paltry” at a January meeting. But what if we see sequestration? …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Sandy Run Middle School PTO will collect and count box tops next week.
Sandy Run Middle School Principal Denise Falconi urged students in a PTO email to collect and send in General Mills Box Tops and Campbell’s Labels for Education UPCs. Falconi said the PTO will be collecting the items and counting them next week. From the email: "In a time where the school district budget is tight, these Cash Back Programs are a great way to supplement the school's income," Falconi said. "If approximately half of our Sandy Run students, 500 students, collected just 5 Box Tops per month for a year and sent them in to school, Sandy Run would receive $3,000 from General Mills! Imagine how much we could earn if every family started collecting Box Tops and sending them in.” The Upper Dublin School District is facing a budget …
The Upper Dublin School Board will hold a budget-centric meeting at the high school.
The Upper Dublin School Board didn’t go into depth on the budget before it passed the district’s 2013-14 preliminary budget earlier this month, but residents will have a chance to weigh tonight. The Upper Dublin School Board will meet Monday at 6 p.m. in the Cardinal Room at the high school. According to Katie Braun, the school district’s assistant to the superintendent, the community will have a chance to voice concerns over the budget at the end of the meeting; the meeting will start off with a budget presentation from school district business administrator Brenda Jones Bray. See the proposed agenda in the pdf section. There will be another meeting focusing on the budget March 18 at 6 p.m. in the Cardinal Room. The school district is …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The advisory council, along with the Upper Dublin School District, will hold a forum showcasing resources to help students with math.
Tuesday, February 12
Upper Dublin School District math coaches Janet Blenheim and Brenda Ricci will hold "Helping Students in Math" on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at Maple Glen Elementary School. The event will help parents find enjoyable and easy ways to highlight math and will make sure parents are using all the resources available to them – in the district and beyond. Childcare is available on site, but space is limited. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Check out the agenda for the meeting.
Monday, February 4
UPDATE: The Upper Dublin School Board said it will host meetings that will focus on the budget on Feb. 25 and March 18. The school board president said the board is "very early" in the budget process. See the story here. -- According to the draft agenda, the Upper Dublin School Board will discuss: The school board will also likely recommend the approval of the 2013-14 preliminary budget. To see more about the school district's 2013-14 budget, click here. The school board will meet at 6 p.m. in the Cardinal Room in the high school. To see the entire agenda, see the attached pdf.
Appointments to begin in early April for 2013-14 new students.
Those Cardinals heading for the big yellow school bus for the first time need an appointment. Kindergarten registration is just around the corner for Upper Dublin School District. According to the district's website, appointments will be held on April 10, 16, 18, 23 and 30. Parents should contact their child's school to make an appointment. If you are unsure which child your child should attend, a boundary map is included with the article (see .pdf file at top right). Parents may also call the Registration Office directly at 215-643-8971 for information. The office is open from Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch). According to the district's site, the following information is required to register your …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Reductions in the music and arts programs are proposed for the 2013-14 school year.
On Monday, the Upper Dublin High School Marching Band Parent's Association held an open meeting to discuss the proposed cuts in the 2013-14 school year budget. Deb Carver, the Public Relations Secretary for the March Band Parents Association, say that the parents who gathered on Monday were there to "advocate for something that is near and dear to our hearts." Chris Dowdell, President of the Parent's Association, said, "The budget process is already underway, time is not on our side." He continued, "The stakes of tonight's meeting are high." The proposed budget, according to Superintendent of Schools Michael Pladus, as a $2.7 million dollar deficit and the school board can raise taxes to a maximum of 3.04 percent. "[We] cannot continue the…