Weekly News and Notes
As we prepared for the winter/February recess, our attention was definitely pulled in a number of directions this week. Fortunately, we had a five-day week devoid of weather issues, which allowed our teachers to build a little bit of momentum. The next stretch is a tough one - between February and April break - and we know that it will be a time for us to get most of our academics in line for the stretch run in the school year!
Guidance counselors have been working diligently with students on course selections. Our freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have all picked their courses for next year, including alternate electives, and in the couple of weeks after break, we hope to do the same with the rising 8th and 9th graders. In time, we will commence with analyzing conflicts and determining what courses, if any, do not run. For now, we are on schedule!
University of Michigan Study
Uxbridge High School has been selected to participate in a nationwide study of 12th graders, entitled Monitoring the Future. The survey is funded by the National INstitutes of Health and tracks changes in attitudes, opinions, and behaviors of 12th graders, and has been offered for 42 years. The results are widely reported and used by many organizations to develop better programs and policies that affect today’s youth. The survey only takes about 40 minutes, and responses and results are kept confidential. Our staff is not involved in the survey at all, and we receive access to the composite report for the next three years. Permission for seniors to participate will be on an opt-out basis, meaning we will send a notice home to families regarding survey administration, and students will return a slip only if they wish to not participate.
Our boys basketball team faces Maynard in the Clark Tournament on Sunday. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Hope many of you can make it!
Mr. Smutok’s Principles of Engineering course was featured in this month’s Project Lead the Way monthly newsletter! The students built trusses that had to withstand certain weight-bearing loads! Very cool recognition for our program!
Basketball Senior Night
It was a bittersweet event on Thursday, as we honored senior basketball players Morgan McCarty, Scott Kaeller, Joey DuBois, and James Stark before their final regular season home games as Spartans. The senior members of the pep band and Spartones were also recognized for their support of the teams, including Jordan Washington, Riley Malone, Jenna Rosado, Russell Wise, Cassie Lobe, Alicia Nelson, Chloe Gardner, Olivia Burke, and Kayte Rooney. We thank them all for their contributions and commitment!
Have a great week!