UDPC Conducts Strategic Planning

At its October 2013 meeting, UDPC identified three areas of focus for its non-partisan advocacy efforts: achievement, funding and community/safety.


A Conversation on School Safety
The first UDPC initiative to stem from the strategic planning was the November 18 forum, “A Conversation on School Safety.” UDPC co-hosted the event with the District to facilitate dialogue between community members and District administrators. For a parent’s recap of the event, or to view the recording of the event, visit safety-event-video




NewsImg-200x150-meehanAppropriate funding relies on Federal and State support
Members of UDPC continue to schedule meetings with our State and Federal legislators. Recently, UDPC members met with Congressman Meehan. 

A summary is available here.


NewsImg-200x200-reportElementary report card and reporting schedule revised
UDPC is advocating for a clear, easy to read report card with information communicated to parents in a timely manner. A District Report Card committee, which will include parents, will convene beginning in January. The District has made available an explanation of its current elementary progress report here.


District Governance
Reports from the December 2, 2013 School Board meeting:

School Board meeting schedule for 2014:

Royal highlights: UDSD press releases
Two UDSD students fill two slots for elite Grammy Camp


DHMS and Stonehurst students Thanksgiving Day Parade
Answering a call from the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Drexel Hill Girls’ Ensemble and the Stonehurst Hills Select Choir jumped at the chance to participate in the nation’s longest running Thanksgiving Day parade.

Local News Media reports:

103011-brent-celek-400Eagles bring “Financial Football” to UDHS
Engaging students in financial literacy received a big boost with the assistance of Eagles player Brent Celek. philly.com/finance_game

Understanding college gap for immigrants
With students from 59 countries speaking 77 languages, Upper Darby High may be the region’s most multicultural school. Why do immigrant children attend college at a dramatically lower rate than their American-born classmates, even while the parents of foreign-born students are slightly better educated than the parents of the U.S.-born kids? Many_nations__one_dream

Five Points Café
More than a coffee shop, Five Points Café, located on Long Lane in Upper Darby, is helping provide access to college by providing SAT tutoring for high school students for English Language Learner high school students. delconewsnetwork.com/

Shop owner Steve Bowman helps a customer.  The shop opened last summer.

Shop owner Steve Bowman helps a customer. The shop opened last summer.
– Photo courtesy of delconewsnetwork.com

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