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Unionville Marching Band Boosters (UMBB) is holding our annual Mum Sale from August 22 - September 20. We are offering beautiful and healthy mums in a variety of colors from a local nursery. Mums come in 8-inch pots, with a plant head size of approximately 18 inches, and an approximate bloom time of 5 to 6 weeks. The cost for each mum is $8.50 with the option of delivery (within the district only) for an additional $10.You can order by completing the attached form or through Sign Up Genius if you want to pay by credit card (service fees apply). Order pick-up is Wednesday, October 2, at UHS – on the road connecting UHS and Patton (3:30-7 PM).  At-home delivery will also take place Wednesday, October 2, and must be ‘in district’ addresses only. Email Christina Hack at hackstiller92@gmail.com with any questions.

Hey Patton Hawks!! Do you like to code? All middle and high school students from the PA-06 Congressional District are invited to participate in the 2019 Congressional App Challenge! This competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students' creativity and encourage their participation in STEM fields. You may use any programming language, such as C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, "block code", etc. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four, as long as two of the teammates are eligible to participate in our district. Students are encouraged to register online by the end of September, before submitting their app by the November 1st deadline. For additional details, you can visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us.

The invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly was discovered in Berks County in September 2014 and has since spread to 13 other Pennsylvania counties. It is native to China, India, Vietnam, and was introduced to Korea where it has become a major pest. This destructive insect threatens $18 billion worth of Pennsylvania products including apples, grapes, peaches and hardwoods.

To continue to raise awareness of the danger of Spotted Lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Education today announced a 2020 youth calendar contest for students across the state in grades 1 through 8. The purpose of this contest is to educate students and their families about what they can do to help stop the insect’s spread.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) encourages all Pennsylvania students in eligible grades to participate in this year’s contest, which will run through October 31, 2019. Entries will be judged in four divisions: first and second grade; third and fourth grade; fifth and sixth grade; and seventh and eighth grade. Artwork must be original, include one fact about Spotted Lanternfly and be designed on an 11” x 17” poster.

Students are encouraged to use a combination of media such as crayons, paint, acrylic, watercolor, markers, etc. Digitally produced images and collages are not permitted. A completed contest submission form must be taped to the back or emailed with the poster. The grand prize winner will be recognized during the 2020 Farm Show.

Contestants can enter by sending their completed artwork to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Communications Office, Room 210, 2301 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, Pa 17110 or emailing it to ra-agslfcalendars@pa.gov. All submissions must be postmarked by October 31, 2019. For additional details regarding Spotted Lanternfly, please visit www.agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly.

Last year’s calendar contest was a huge success. PDA received 800 entries from 72 schools in Pennsylvania. Teachers were able to include the contest in their curriculum to excellent effect. We would love your support and participation again this year.

Congratulations to Patton 7th grader, Varoon Joshi, on being named one of the Top 300 MASTERS in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public. This honor places these students among a select group of 300 MASTERS named from over 2,300 entrants throughout the United States. To see a complete list of the 2019 Top 300 MASTERS, please visit student.societyforscience.org

The next step in the Broadcom MASTERS takes place on September 18, 2019 when 30 finalists will be selected from the Top 300 MASTERS.  Finalists and one parent or guardian will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to attend the Broadcom MASTERS Finals Week competition from October 25-30, 2019.  Finalists will present their research and compete in hands-on challenges for top prizes, including funds to attend a STEM summer camp and the Samueli Prize of $25,000.

September’s Art After School is “Service Before Self” - Public Art for Patton. Start the new year off by volunteering your time to make Patton more beautiful! Clay totems for Patton’s flower garden and painted globes for the new library! Tuesday, Thursdays in the Art Room starting this TUESDAY. Download a registration form here or see Mrs Ferron!

Ms. Ballard wants to thank Kim Hisler and Colleen O'Neill and their students for their help in making a difference in the lives of first graders in a Maryland school. Former student, Megan Bittle, purchased books and had them delivered to have our students inscribe them. Over 40 students wrote encouraging messages on the inside cover of the elementary school readers. The books were given to the students on their first day of school and were delighted by the messages. For some, this may be the first book they have ever owned and they will be learning to read with them. One boy was so thrilled that he said he hoped the students would write to them again and maybe even become pen pals. Patton gives back and proves that we believe in service above self!!!


 

Transition Camp for all incoming 6th grade students on Wednesday, August 14th from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Transition Camp provides students exciting team building and exploratory activities designed to make students more comfortable in the middle school setting. There will also be a presentation for parents on Chromebooks, Canvas and PowerSchool from 11-12. Register today!

We were once again thrilled to be invited by the Brandywine River Museum of Art to exhibit our student's work, and x our young musicians perform on June 5 as we opened "Imagine Brandywine" at the River Museum. Thank you for your support of the arts in our community, A big shoutout to art teachers Mrs. Ferron and Mrs. Schultz and music teachers Mrs. Leahy, Mrs. Stratton and Mrs. Dice for making this great event possible!!

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