Friday, May 19, 2017

Police Presence at UHS

Good afternoon,

Earlier this afternoon, parents arriving after school, or students on campus after school, would have noticed the presence of the Uxbridge Police on campus. In keeping with our procedures, we notified Uxbridge Police Department upon the report of suspicious persons in the parking lot after school hours, as well as a vehicle that was unknown to our students or staff. In following with safety procedures, we asked Uxbridge Police to investigate, as we considered that the persons in that vehicle may have had a conflict out-of-school with one or more of our students.

The vehicle left before the arrival of the police, but we were able to work with Uxbridge Police to identify the persons and the vehicle itself, and, not knowing if there were an imminent threat to anyone, we felt it best to involve our police partners and not handle this internally, particularly where we believed the persons to not be UHS students. We appreciate the vigilance of our staff, students, and families for reporting suspicious activity, and we also are grateful for our relationship with the Uxbridge Police, who responded immediately, professionally, and efficiently in addressing a potential concern.

While we do not believe that the campus as a whole and students at large were ever in any danger or harm’s way, please know that we will always take steps to ensure the safety and security of our entire community. When the situation calls for it, the police are notified, as it is better to act on the side of caution in these challenging and uncertain times.

Thank you for the support.

Michael D. Rubin, Principal

Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekly News and Notes

Good afternoon,

We have a few updates from UHS this week.

SENIOR WEAR- CLASS OF 2018

Senior Wear 2018 order forms were given to Juniors today.  Additional order forms are available in the Main Office and Guidance Office.  Order forms are due back to Mrs. Wise or Mrs. Robertson by Friday, May 19th.

SENIOR EXAM SCHEDULE

The schedule for senior class exams (for the Class of 2017) can be found here. Seniors are obliged to be on campus only during those classes for which they have an examination.

UNDERCLASS EXAMS

We know that the underclassmen are looking for their exam schedule as well. Right now, it looks like final exams will be following this schedule:
2016-17 Semester 2
Final Exam Schedule
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
7:30 - 8:50am (80) G Block Exam
8:50 - 9:03am Break
9:05 - 10:25am (80) F block Exam
10:30 dismissal -- students stay in class of last exam until dismissal

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
7:30 - 8:50am (80) E Block Exam
8:50 - 9:03am Break
9:05 - 10:25am (80) D block Exam
10:30 dismissal -- students stay in class of last exam until dismissal

Thursday, June 15, 2017
7:30 - 8:50am (80) C Block Exam
8:50 - 9:03am Break
9:05 - 10:25am (80) B block Exam
10:30 dismissal -- students stay in class of last exam until dismissal

Friday, June 16, 2017
7:30 - 8:50am (80) A Block Exam
8:50 - 9:03am Break
9:05 - 10:25am (80) Makeup period (if needed)
10:30 dismissal -- students stay in class of last exam until dismissal

Monday, June 18, 2017
Students will go to each class.  Dismissal is at 10:30am.
For all exam periods, underclass students are obliged to report. Teachers who assign a project that is due the day of the exam will designate the exam period as either a time to present or review the projects.

A reminder that Town Meeting recessed last week and will resume this Tuesday at Uxbridge High School. Also, we want to thank our Student Council members who assisted with the childcare efforts on Tuesday, keeping more than 70 children active, awake, and well-behaved during the Town Meeting. Their efforts are appreciated.
We had sent out a couple of notifications to High School parents asking for feedback earlier this week, so please look through your in-boxes and take a few minutes to provide our School Council with some feedback as we move forward with some revisions to our School Improvement Plan and Student Handbook.
As always, thank you for your continued support.
Best,

Michael Rubin, Principal

Uxbridge High School

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spartan Showcase Video


Recently, Andy Kuros spoke with Mr. Rubin about some of the happenings around school, including the recent wellness fair, visits with Taft School, and ongoing initiatives of the School Council.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Financial Audit of UHS and Uxbridge Schools

Recently, the Uxbridge Public Schools underwent a financial operations review and audit. The results can be found by clicking here.

We are pleased with what we learned about our processes and procedures at Uxbridge High School, have already implemented many of the recommendations, and are taking steps to ensure that we remain in full compliance with all regulatory and statutory responsibilities.

Thanks to Student Council

Thank you to Student Council for its hard work last night in organizing child care for more than 70 school-age students, so that their parents could attend and participate in last night's town meeting. We appreciate the time and energy it took in coordinating the activities for the kids!


May Newsletter

Our May newsletter can be viewed below:


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Weekly News and Notes

We made it to April vacation! This stretch was busy, with MCAS, music performances, the end of the winter season, the start of spring sports, and the start of graduation planning. We have had our share of challenges, as we have navigated the budget process for next year, began our reaccreditation study, and identified some challenging student behaviors that require support. Additionally, this time of year often brings with it difficulties with all students, who see summer on the horizon and start to develop some bad habits academically - particularly if college acceptances have rolled in.

ACADEMICS: KEEP UP THE PACE

In terms of academics, we will be meeting with seniors immediately after the vacation if there is a possibility that they may not meet graduation requirements. Additionally, parents have been notified in writing with letters home from counselors. For underclassmen, this is a good time to rally or face the unfortunate reality of summer school or taking additional requirements next year - which could impact a four-year graduation date.

For most of our students, we ask that they keep chugging along, pushing themselves, and seeking out support when necessary. We love the grit and perseverance that many of our students show, even now in the home stretch.

SENIOR SERVICE DISTINCTION

Please make sure seniors  have registered for service distinction! If a senior has done more than 40 hours of community service in his/her time at UHS, please fill out this form so we can recognize the seniors at graduation.

We need to order those cords soon, so please fill it out by the end of the month. Thank you!

PSG QUESTIONNAIRES DUE


Just a reminder that the PSG Grad Night Event Permission Slip and Student Questionnaire are due by May 1.



They can be placed or mailed to the PSG address at UHS. Self-addressed envelopes were included in with the initial paperwork handed out at the 3/31/17 senior assembly.

OTHER CHALLENGES AT UHS

Across the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, schools and communities have reported an increase in incidents and comments motivated by prejudice or bigotry. At Uxbridge High School, we live by our core values, which includes the acceptance of new ideas and different ways of thought, and our teachers, students, and families frequently reflect these values in our academic work, our co-curricular program, and the conversations we have, both in and out of class.
Recently, our school has dealt with some conflicts between students that have been intentionally hurtful and based on factors over which students have little to no control. Clearly, we denounce any behaviors that show signs of harassment, discrimination, or racism, be it directed toward our minority or immigrant population, students of different sexual orientations, or students facing gender identity issues. At our core, we teach and value kindness, acceptance, and mutual respect; we may disagree at times, but our disagreements should never give rise to acts of hatred, regardless of the factors.
However, simply punishing students does not ameliorate the problem. By and large, UHS students are accepting, kind, and supportive, and, using that as a defining context, we will be reaching out to student leaders, knowing that they find such behaviors reprehensible. And, while we will issue consequences to those found to have engaged in such conduct or behavior, and we know that this message is heard and seen by students across the board, we hope to use these incidents as an opportunity to engage in dialogue, to make this an active conversation for both classrooms and dining room tables, and for people across our community to have an understanding of why some symbols or language generates such strong emotions. We do so to create a more empathetic perspective, understanding that our job is not to force a certain set of beliefs on anyone, but help our students to gain a better understanding of those around them, including the fact that words, comments, and feelings matter.

In closing, we at Uxbridge High School continue to direct students and staff to share responsibility for behavior, to respect others and one’s self, to exercise good judgment, and to accept that many disparate views exist. Please remind students to report signs of wrongdoing to any adult they may trust.  As we continue to work together to help students stay on the right path, we thank you for your support in addressing any signs of disrespectful or hurtful behavior that may arise in the context of conversations or in your interactions with our students, school, and/or community. We know that these goals are really the framework of a supportive society and community, one that links us all together as Spartans.

April Break
We wish everyone a restful and enjoyable April break. We are excited for the home stretch of the school year, particularly as we have so much going on in May and June!