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The University City Education Foundation is looking for nominations for a new Board member.  The UCEF is one of the top volunteer opportunities in our District.  Members of the Board are assigned to committees and work in partnership with District administration to forward excellence in education and experiences for students in preK-12th grade. 

If you or someone you know would be interested in serving on the Board, please fill out a nomination form here.

Peggy Halter Honored With 2019 Herskowitz Teacher Award

From left to right, UCHS Principal Michael Peoples, UCEF representative Antoinette Green, 2019 UCHS graduate Rowan Hoel, and award recipient Peggy Halter. 


Peggy Halter, a University City High School (UCHS) teacher of Pre-AP American Literature, is the 2019 recipient of the Herskowitz Teacher Recognition Award. The award is sponsored by the University City Education Foundation (UCEF). Halter will receive $1,000 and an additional $500 to be used for supplementing teaching materials in her classroom.

Antoinette Green of the University Education Foundation presented the check to Halter on May 29, 2019 during an end-of-year luncheon held for high school staff. She was nominated for the award by 2019 UCHS graduate Rowan Hoel.

“This class has made me realize my own love of literature to the point where I will be continuing my pursuit of literature and language in college,” Hoel wrote in her nomination essay. “The ability to create such a devoted interest is absolutely unique to Ms. Halter, and is the direct result of her engaging and fruitful classes.”

According to her students, Halter makes Shakespeare entertaining, engaging and digestible. She also encourages students to look for the symbolism in "Crime and Punishment," or reflect on the stylistic artistry of Charlotte Bronte’s writing in "Jane Eyre."

It was an accomplished senior year for Hoel as well. She is headed to highly selective Pitzer College in Claremont, California this fall. In addition to writing a four-page heartfelt nomination for Ms. Halter, she was also a part of the school’s Women Empowerment Club. Hoel, along with classmate Leah Zukosky, organized a silent march on the one-year anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. It was held on February 14, 2019, on the front steps of University City High School. The silent march received extensive local media coverage and was also seen nationally on Fox News.

“After my friend and I completed a protest outside of the school, she [Ms. Halter] almost teared up telling us how proud she was, said Hoel. “The day I was accepted into my dream college, Ms. Halter literally jumped for joy.”

The Herskowitz award is named for Dr. Ira Herskowitz, a University City High School 1963 graduate and 2003 Hall of Fame Inductee. The late Dr. Herskowitz was a top research geneticist and an esteemed professor of Molecular Biology at the University of California – San Francisco. Herskowitz was a pioneer in the effort to learn how genes can influence a person’s response to drugs. At his request, his family established a yearly award to recognize and reward outstanding teachers at University City High School who positively impact students by contributing inside and outside the classroom to the intellectual and personal growth of students, and who emphasize the value and importance of teaching as a professional career.

 To help support the continuation of the Herskowitz award, contact UCEF at (314) 290-4037 or   

Memo of Understanding Signed with District - what does it mean?

Recently, the District and the Foundation signed a historic agreement to expand the relationship as the District begins a more strategic effort around fund development. The School District of University City has benefitted greatly from the support of the University City Education Foundation since 1996. 

“ UCEF is a valued partner and I am excited about formalizing our partnership,” said Superintendent Sharonica Hardin-Bartley. “Together we will be able to craft a strategy that supports development on a larger scale to meet the growing needs in the District,” she said.

The University City Public Schools Education Foundation, Inc., was established in 1996 to enhance the educational program in the School District of University City. The organization’s mission is to be “an agent for excellence in the University City public schools, stimulating innovative, exciting approaches to education, with measurable results, that can be broadly applied. The Foundation will accomplish this by raising and distributing private funds, engaging the community in school issues, and collaborating closely at each step with our public schools.” 

UCEF, through its annual competitive grant program and Pride Projects, has awarded more than 240 grants for more than $195,000 since 1997.

The District began preliminary discussions in 2016 around strategic giving to support major initiatives. UCEF was also having discussions around expanding their ability to support the District beyond the teacher grants it has provided for years. Those discussions led to the agreement recently signed.

UCEF president-elect, Stacy Clay described the memorandum of agreement as: "A leap forward in the maturity of the relationship between UCEF and the school district." Beverly Brandt, president of UCEF said that: "This agreement will help both organizations better focus on funding needs and goals. It is the clear next step in developing the relationship between the foundation and the district."

Board of Education and members of UCEF signing MOU