Friday, November 17, 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Weekly News and Notes

As we turn the corner into November, we thank everyone for their patience this week, having already experienced a weather cancellation and a disruption to our normal routine! We do have a few updates this week with some happenings from UHS.

GUIDANCE

Thanks to everyone who attended the Financial Aid Night on Wednesday. If families were unable to attend, we did send resources and the presentation home earlier this week, and we hope that parents will take an opportunity to contact Mr. Barry or Ms. Smith if questions arise.
Speaking of Ms. Smith, she will be with us until the holiday break in December, as Ms. Hampton remains out on her maternity leave. We mention counselors at the start of this update, as we head to the end of the first quarter and families will no doubt be looking for support in terms of college applications, post-secondary planning, or fixing any grading concerns that come up at the end of a quarter.
Finally, the next several weeks will see our counselors working in class with underclassmen, so be on the lookout for some of those resources and updates.

ACADEMICS

First quarter grades do close on Monday, and report cards will be posted. In addition to grades, teachers will report on student progress toward meeting schoolwide learning expectations. Those rubrics can be found online, and they are frequently measured against specific assignments by teachers. If parents see that students are “not yet meeting” or are “approaching” these standards, these become good conversation starters with teachers, as “meeting” and “exceeding” standards within the context of the class or department are measured backwards from the ideal traits of our graduates. We hope that these comments provide you with more context about the habits of learning than the “old” report card comments, of which many of you are familiar (i.e. “prepared well for class,” “cooperative,” and “could improve with more effort”).

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to our field hockey and cheerleading teams, which concluded their “competition” seasons this past week, the field hockey team taking Lunenburg to double overtime before falling 1-0 and the cheerleading team having a strong showing at the SWCL championships last weekend. Our boys soccer team advanced past Montachuset Regional Tech with a 2-1 win on Friday and will face Holy Name on Monday at 2:00; the girls soccer team visits Tahanto on Tuesday at 2:30. Finally, our football team narrowly missed the playoff round of Division 5 based on power rankings, but improved to 6-3 with a win over a very strong Oxford team on Friday. A reminder that we do host Northbridge in the annual Thanksgiving rivalry game, and information about ticket sales will be forthcoming. Finally, our cross country teams will compete in the divisional championship this week, having captured championships at the SWCL meet last year - the boys capping an undefeated season, and the girls surging past Grafton!
Winter registration has opened. Please make sure that student-athletes are registered through FamilyID.
Unfortunately, girls basketball coach Ed Healey had to resign this week due to family reasons. We thank Coach Healey for his hard work with our Spartans over the past two seasons, and an immediate search for his replacement has commenced. Interested candidates can forward cover letter, resume, and references to Mr. Calarese.

MCAS, AP, SAT Results

We recently posted and sent MCAS results to parents of students who took the MCAS last year. We are pleased with many of our MCAS results, and we have seen significant growth in some areas of the SAT. In the coming weeks, we will be articulating plans for the integration of additional college-level courses at UHS, and we are also researching ways that we can expand innovation andcareer pathways, based on the work that our school team completed on our recent trip to Nashville Public Schools, while working with the One8 Foundation and our higher education partners.

Finally, we thank you for patience with Monday’s cancellation. We know that cancellations and delays can wreak havoc with family schedules. In that spirit, just remember that there is no school on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans’ Day.

Have a great weekend,

Michael Rubin, Principal

Friday, October 27, 2017

Weekly News and Notes

Instead of the cursory update this week regarding "updates" and "events," I wanted to include a couple of notes that should make community members very proud. I hope you will take a minute to read this week's message.

Often times, communities like ours become places where it is easy to hear the rancor and discontent of a few people, and let that drown out the good. This week, we were able to enjoy so much of what makes Uxbridge a great place, and we share some of the reasons why our student-body and community can be such a source of pride.

I was able to speak with several students this week and receive a couple of emails from parents, regarding college acceptances and scholarship awards that have rolled in. For educators PK-12, and certainly for parents, the joy that comes in seeing that letter (or, as it is now, the update on the online application portal) is validating, exciting, and invigorating. It speaks to a process that started with first steps, sounds, and letters, and it marks the first step of a new experience and a life that is ready to soar. It is October - which means that we not only have many successes left to achieve this year and many more moments like these, but also can start feeling good about the process and the work so many of us do in support of the students.

At the same time, our school is simply buzzing with action. Walking through dozens of classes this week, our observations are of classes engaged in learning, with students solving problems, teachers structuring inquiry-based activities, and the learning happening in diverse ways. The vision many people would have had for the building, where disruptive behaviors are minimal, where educators are working to their fullest capacity, where our core values and learning expectations can be seen on display at any given moment - is starting to come to fruition. We know the results will come, and we are seeing improvements in many areas, all of which have significant impact on achievement.

Finally, today we hosted a building study team from Wahconah Regional High School and the Central Berkshire Regional School District, which is looking at UHS as a model school as it starts its feasability study. We know that UHS was not built in a day, that programs and facilities ought to be married in excellence, and that we have a place that should be a source of pride for anyone who lives in this town or calls UHS his or her alma mater. The remarks from people as they left today was that our school left them "inspired," that the "students are awesome," that "people are really happy and good to each other here," and, most importantly, that we "have a great place."

Buildings are brick and mortar and wires. Schools are about people. We have the makings of a strong culture here, where the lessons, the students, the activity, and the buzz are all worthy of the community's investment and trust. I will walk out of UHS today feeling validated in the work we are doing, proud of a staff that is shifting its mindset and enhancing the skills of students, and grateful for a student body that is pushing itself toward new standards, every single day.


MEFA Financial Aid Night

MEFA Financial Aid Night will be held on Wednesday, November 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Parents/guardians of seniors should attend.

Senior Play
The Senior Play, The Curious Savage, will be held on Thursday, November 2, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students and senior citizens, $5 for adults.

Football Can Drive
The football team is collecting canned goods for donation to the local food pantry. Please bring items for donation - there is a box in the main foyer of the building.

Finally, many thanks to our booster club parents, for their creation of signs for our senior student-athletes, who wrap up regular season play here at home this week. Playoff brackets will be posted next week, so stay tuned for updates of postseason play!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Winter Athletic Registration

Please register for winter athletics! Our portal is located at: https://www.familyid.com/organizations/uxbridge-public-schools or by clicking here. There is an option to pay the participation fee online as well, and there is no service charge for doing so. 
In order to register for a winter sport, please complete the registration, have a current physical examination on file with the school, and pay the appropriate participation fee. If any of those stipulations have not been met, a student may be denied participation. Note that a physical examination is valid for 13 months, so if a student had his/her examination this summer or fall, s/he is still eligible.
Please direct questions to the athletic director; questions regarding physical examinations can be sent to the school nurses, Ms. Schiller at UHS or Ms. Gauthier at MMS.
Finally, schedules for the winter season, including the availability of junior varsity programs, will be determined based on registration numbers. The portal will close on November 17, 2017. PLEASE REGISTER ON TIME.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Personal Post

I rarely take occasion to use this blog for anything personal, but every now and then, writing becomes a good mechanism/outlet for me to share my feelings. Call it therapeutic, call it self-indulgent, call it what you will.  The journalist in me resolves every now and then to scribe in the first person in the same voice as a one-time columnist, so I beg your forgiveness and indulgence for a few paragraphs.

There is a line in The Great Gatsby, one of my favorite texts to teach, that reads: "Let us learn to show our friendship for a man while he is still alive." It is for that reason that I often do not post things to social media after someone has passed away, why I don't go on paroxysms of emotion, why I tend to keep my thoughts to myself. Yet in the past week, I am breaking my rule, and sharing thoughts on someone who shaped and even defined my consciousness as a coach and leader.

I met Jerry Espinosa following a National Honor Society induction in 2003. I was a 25-year-old advisor who had just inducted his niece/adopted daughter, and he shared with me that he was impressed and inspired by my energy. Little did I know that this would be the start of a friendship and mentoring that would guide me through some incredibly successful experiences as a coach and formative years as a young(ish) school leader.

Jerry was a miracle man - he had survived a car-jacking, resolved his life to his Faith, and openly shared his Christianity with me in a positive, academic way. He believed in the inherent good in every student-athlete we coached. He volunteered thousands of hours to work with our programs at Dighton-Rehoboth: meets, coaches' meetings, practices, bus rides, weekdays, weeknights, weekends. He adopted me as another surrogate brother, and we spent hours on phone and at practice going back and forth about school, coaching, student-athletes, and practice schedules. I learned more about track and field from Jerry Espinosa than any other man on this planet - and it paled in comparison to what he taught me about living, about looking for the good, and about living in a godly way.  After a rough day as an assistant principal, when things seemed darker than dark, Coach Espo always made things better, because he knew what was good and right, and he could make me smile and turn a day around in the context of a simple long jump drill.

We were cut from different cloths in terms of our theology, but it didn't matter - we shared similar core values, and I loved our debates and conversations about Scripture. Simply put, he made me smarter, more learned, more empathetic, more cosmopolitan. One moment we could be talking about starting blocks and hurdling form, and the next about the Old Testament.

We wanted the best for our kids. We wanted them to earn the headlines that we had once enjoyed as student-athletes ourselves. We wanted to write a successful narrative. Each of those goals was met - a New England champion, at least 8 team league championships, a six-year stretch with more than 100 wins and less than 10 losses. More importantly, there were athlete goals met, lessons learned, and, above all else, a positive bend to every experience we had. His expertise and acumen in the sport were surpassed only by his humanity and altruism. I will never meet someone again who gave so much of himself to different groups of student-athletes, year in and year out.

When I got last week's phone call with the tragic news of Jerry's passing from Coach Moura, our fellow coach and my good friend who remains at Dighton-Rehoboth, we both vacillated from shock to sadness to guilt and back again. The portrait of fitness, the strongest "masters-level" competitor I ever met, one of the strongest men I ever had the privilege of knowing - taken all too soon, leaving behind a tremendous family whose void I cannot begin to process. Jerry and I had lost touch over the years, but never did I think I would not have one more opportunity to thank Jerry Espinosa for what he did for us, for our kids. For me.  Yes, it's a selfish response. Ironically, in the sadness for all of us who lost something with Jerry's passing was that I thought about how much he changed me for the better.

As a school principal, it can be challenging to see the good, to smile in the face of adversity, to persevere when there are difficult decisions to be made. But I think of what Jerry and I preached for all those years as partners on the track - that we don't get beat by things, that one more lap can make us stronger, and that everyone is capable of meeting lofty goals, so long as neither of us ever gives up.

I will miss my friend, even if it had been entirely too long since I reached out for one of his pep talks. I will forever be grateful for the fleeting time we spent together, for the sacrifices he made to make me better, knowing that there is a piece of his character in my administrative consciousness. When it seems like the odds are stacked, that the process is too much, that small victories and goals met are not enough, there will be Jerry's voice, powerful strides, and smile, clapping loudly and urging us toward one more finish line. For that, I'm grateful for his memory, even as I reconcile the joy and blessing of our friendship with the shock and anger over his premature departure from this earth.

For all the Falcons, Red Rocketeers, Sentinels, and countless others whose lives Jerry impacted- thank you is simply not enough. I only wish that we had all heeded the advice of Gatsby and shown that appreciation one more time. There is a quote from 1 Corinthians that I think is most fitting for my Biblical friend and colleague: "do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." I reconcile that with the words of the Hebrew, that yours will be an eternal memory that continues to grow.

My friend and mentor, hope I do that we honor your legacy with a crown that indeed will last forever, befitting your strict training. May I act with your same benevolence, compassion, and consideration. And may your memory be a blessing.  You will be and are already missed.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Weekly News and Notes

Some updates from UHS this week:

Endicott Survey
If you have not already done so, please take our reaccreditation survey! We need to get to about 50% of our parents having taken this survey. To do so, Please go to the website:   www.endicottresearchcenter.net

Enter the following survey code: P2071892 and click GO.  The survey only takes a few minutes to complete!

Athletic Photos Available

Our School Photographer, David Silverman Photography, has a portfolio online from our athletic events this year, with action shots and individual poses available for purchase. Click on this link to be redirected to the site!

Senior Play!
Click here to see information about our Senior Play, which will take the stage on November 2. It promises to be a fun night of play from our senior players in the drama company, so we hope they play to a packed house!

If you have not already registered for Parent-Teacher conferences, make sure you do so via uxyhs.schoolappointments.com! We also have the option of callbacks if there is not an available time.

As always, thank you for the support!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Parent-Teacher Conferences

We are excited to have Parent-Teacher conferences coming up on October 19. The portal for registering for appointments will open on October 12 at 12:00 p.m., and it will close at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 19.
If you wish to schedule an appointment with a teacher but there is no time, or you are unable to make it on the 19th, please select the "call back" option. We will attempt to make sure that all call-backs take place within a couple of weeks.
Even if you set up an account last year, you will have to set up a new account this year, unfortunately. It is easier to have everyone reset than to field calls for password resets, and we find that many of our users change from year to year. Sorry for any inconvenience.

School Appointments - Parent Instructions

1.     Go to our school appointments web site:  http://uxyhs.schoolappointments.com/
2.     Register for an account by clicking the "REGISTER" menu tab and filling in the on-line form.  Choose a user id and password for yourself and then click the "Register Now" button.
3.     Add your children into the system by clicking the "Add a Student" button.  Click "Insert New" button to add more children.
4.    Click the "date" icon beside each child's name to schedule appointments.  Select the staff you wish to book appointments with and the "View Calendars" button.  Use the "Ctrl" or "Command" key to select multiple staff to view at the same time.
5.     Click on available time slots to book your appointments and then click the "Book Appointments" button to save your bookings.

Weekly News and Notes

Just a few items from UHS in advance of the long weekend!

PSAT Next Wednesday
Our 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT® at school on October 11. This test is a chance to become a National Merit® Scholar, and it also offers these benefits:
1. Connect to scholarships. When students take the PSAT/NMSQT, they have an opportunity to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. The test also connects them to $160 million in scholarships from one of the largest scholarship pools in the country. Students should check “Yes” to Student Search Service® on the day of the test so that scholarship partners can find them.
2. Free, personalized SAT practice. The PSAT/NMSQT is great preparation for the SAT®. Your teen's score even unlocks a personalized SAT study plan on Khan Academy®. It’s completely free. Students simply go to satpractice.org, create an account, and link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to get a study plan based on their test results.
3. AP course recommendations. Student score reports will suggest AP® courses that are a great match for them. AP can give your teen an edge in the admission process and allows them to earn college credit while in high school, which could save time and money in college. 
There is a presentation from the College Board on the value of the PSAT linked here.

Senior Play November 2
See here for a flyer on the Senior Play, being held on November 2.

NEASC Survey
Please help us with the Endicott Survey, which should take about 5 minutes to complete. It will help us validate our Core Values, our Expectations for Student Learning, and the effort we have made to enhance education at UHS over the past couple of years.
Please go to the website www.endicottresearchcenter.net. On that page, you will see a link that says "Here to take a survey?" Enter the following survey code: P2071892 and click GO.  Again, it will only take a few minutes!

Finally, next week we will be sending instructions on how to register for parent-conferences, which are scheduled to be held on Thursday, October 19. We use an online system for registering for appointments, but if appointment times are not available, staff members will arrange to call or meet outside of the Conference date. Be on the lookout for that message!
Have a great weekend!
Michael Rubin, Principal

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Non-emergency Lockdown at UHS

We just concluded a non-emergency lockdown at Uxbridge High School, ending at about 9:55 a.m. We called the lockdown in order to provide some confidentiality for an individual who needed to be transported via ambulance due to a medical emergency. Whether making the decision to transport via ambulance for a teacher, student, staff member, or parent, we take the responsibility of maintaining confidentiality extremely seriously, so clearing hallways and eliminating witnesses protects everyone involved.

As we expected, our students were incredibly compliant and respectful of direction, as the lockdown occurred during our flex block, when many students were not in class. Once again, we had an opportunity to see how our community models so many of our core values!

We reiterate that there was no threat of any kind, which can sometimes be misconstrued when people hear the word "lockdown." Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the day. 



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fall Athletics Highlights

Check out these highlights of some of our fall sports' first month of action, featuring the hard work of producer and commentator Joe DuBois!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Senior Guidance Presentation

Our presentation for senior parents can be seen below!


Weekly News and Notes

Weekly News and Notes

Endicott Survey

Next week, we will be sending the Endicott Survey to parents and guardians, which is a critical part of our reaccreditation process. As Uxbridge High School enters its evaluation year, we will need the results of the survey to help guide some our action items and recommendations.
We have been focusing our efforts this year on ensuring that students and parents are both aware of our core values and cognizant of our schoolwide learning expectations. Over time, we expect these to become more part of the academic and civic culture of Uxbridge High School. Earlier this year, we published our schoolwide report on student achievement, relative to our schoolwide learning expectations. All of that information can be found at this page or by pasting this link: https://sites.google.com/a/uxbridge.k12.ma.us/the-uxbridge-high-school/schoolwide-learning-expectations.


Friends of Music Mattress Sale

A reminder that the UFM will host the 3rd Annual Mattress Day Sale this Sunday, October 1st,  from 10 AM to 5 PM at the UHS Cafeteria!  Please come and bring family and friends to check out our mattress sale showroom!  This is a great way to save $$ on new brand name mattress sets, while helping to support the music programs in our schools. Layaway and delivery are available, and arrangements have been made with Berkowitz Trucking to have your old mattresses picked up at a nominal fee.  You can download and share the attached coupon or get one at the sale on Sunday.  (Write a music student’s name on the coupon and they will get credit towards upcoming activities, as well).

PSAT Day: October 11

The school administration of PSAT will be October 11. Juniors and sophomores will be taking the PSAT in full in the morning. During that time, grade 9 students will participate in an orientation to Naviance and learning styles assessments with Guidance.

For seniors, October 11 will be designated as a college and career exploration day. Students who come to school will have time to work on college applications/essays, work individually with teachers, or even attend classes, particularly in the afternoon, but the plan would be for seniors to spend the day visiting colleges, scheduling interviews, or attending a job site. In the coming weeks, senior seminars will take place, so you can use the day wisely, particularly if you are planning to visit specific schools this fall.

Students not present on site that day will still be eligible for interscholastic athletics and after school activities.

Senior Guidance Night

Thanks to many of the parents who attended the Senior College Night on Thursday, September 28. The presentation from the evening is linked here. Many of the seniors will be reaching out to counselors for appointments in the coming days, so please reach out with any specific questions that you may have.

Half Day and Full Day Next Week

Next Thursday is a half-day; next Friday will be a full day off. There is no school on Monday, October 9 for Columbus Day. There will be no Weekly News and Notes sent next week.

Have a great weekend,

Michael Rubin, Principal




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Friday, September 22, 2017

Weekly News and Notes

Good afternoon,
It has been a busy week at UHS. First, thank you to everyone for your support during what was, at times, a challenging week. We realize the strength of our community comes through in its core values: respectful, responsible, empathetic, nurturing. Our Student Council coordinated a terrific Homecoming Spirit Week that will culminate tomorrow with a number of home sporting events, and we have seen so much school spirit, camaraderie, and community pride.
We have some announcements:
SENIOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS DUE OCTOBER 1
Submission Requirements
  • If you had your senior portrait taken by the school photographer, David Silverman Photography, you are all set! If you are submitting a photo taken by anyone else, you are responsible for getting your photo to the yearbook staff.
  • Our preferred format is a high-resolution digital photo. Please submit your photo in JPEG format, and send us a copy that is at least 640 x 800 pixels (.8 aspect ratio) in size so that we can print it at good quality. You can email your photo to yearbook2018@uxbridge.k12.ma.us.
  • If you received your photo on a CD or only have prints, you can also submit your photo by bringing the CD or print to the yearbook adviser, Ms. Charpentier. Once yearbook has a copy of your photo, the CD or print will be returned to you.
  • All portrait prints or digital files must be submitted before or on October 1, 2017. Submissions after this date may not be accepted. If you do not submit a photo to the yearbook staff to use as your senior portrait, we will use your school photo.
Photograph Requirements
  • Head and shoulder portraits, close-ups, and 3/4 length portraits are all acceptable.
  • Plain backgrounds in natural colors are preferred, but outdoor photographs will also be accepted.
  • The layout for the senior pages uses a portrait orientation, not landscape, for photos. If you submit a landscape photo, we will crop it to fit the layout.
  • We will accept color or black and white photos.
  • The yearbook is a school publication; please make sure that your outfit complies with the school dress code.
  • Props are permitted in photos; however, pets and fellow humans are not considered props.
If you have any questions about senior portraits, please contact the yearbook adviser at yearbook2018@uxbridge.k12.ma.us.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION
Registration is now open for Destination Imagination.  Please see the attached flyer for additional information and the registration form.  Completed forms should be submitted to your child’s school by October 2nd.  There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:15 p.m. at the Uxbridge High School library.  You can also contact the DI coordinator, Kris Holt, for additional information at krisandjackholt@gmail.com or 508-274-8938.

HOMECOMING DAY SCHEDULE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
9:00 a.m.: Field Hockey vs. Blackstone-Millville
11:00 a.m.: Boys soccer vs. Blackstone-Millville
1:00 p.m.: Girls soccer vs. Blackstone-Millville
3:30 p.m.: Football vs. Holy Name
7:00 p.m.: Homecoming Dance

Parking and Traffic Patterns
At the end of the day, we are going to be working with the students and bus company to do a better job with student dismissal. From the side lot, no students will be permitted to leave until the buses leave. Parents, please, as you enter the campus, do not block the road along the football field side of the lot. We need to leave space for an emergency vehicle to enter the campus if needed. If parents can move toward the student lot and the entire length of the faculty lot in front of the building, that would be appreciated.

As always, we thank you for the support. Please reach out with any questions.

Michael Rubin, Principal
Uxbridge High School



Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekly News and Notes

Good afternoon,

Thanks to everyone who attended last night's Open House/Meet the Teacher Night. For those who didn't make it, we are sorry we missed you, and hope that you take advantage of the opportunity to connect with teachers throughout the year, certainly as needed. 
Some notes:
College Fair Today
Our juniors and seniors enjoyed meeting with more than 70 representatives from post-secondary schools, colleges, and military at today's College Fair. Many thanks to Ms. Robertson and our entire guidance staff for its work in both organizing the day and preparing the students for the event. We hope the students had their questions answered and learned something about a number of schools in the process.
Senior Portraits are due to the yearbook staff by October 1!

Submission Requirements
  • If you had your senior portrait taken by the school photographer, David Silverman Photography, you are all set! If you are submitting a photo taken by anyone else, you are responsible for getting your photo to the yearbook staff.
  • Our preferred format is a high resolution digital photo. Please submit your photo in JPEG format, and send us a copy that is at least 640 x 800 pixels (.8 aspect ratio) in size so that we can print it at good quality. You can email your photo to yearbook2018@uxbridge.k12.ma.us.
  • If you received your photo on a CD or only have prints, you can also submit your photo by bringing the CD or print to the yearbook adviser, Ms. Charpentier. Once yearbook has a copy of your photo, the CD or print will be returned to you.
  • All portrait prints or digital files must be submitted by October 1, 2017. Submissions after this date may not be accepted. If you do not submit a photo to the yearbook staff to use as your senior portrait, we will use your school photo.
Photograph Requirements
  • Head and shoulder portraits, close-ups, and 3/4 length portraits are all acceptable.
  • Plain backgrounds in natural colors are preferred, but outdoor photographs will also be accepted.
  • The layout for the senior pages uses a portrait orientation, not landscape, for photos. If you submit a landscape photo, we will crop it to fit the layout.
  • We will accept color or black and white photos.
  • The yearbook is a school publication; please make sure that your outfit complies with the school dress code.
  • Props are permitted in photos; however, pets and fellow humans are not considered props.
If you have any questions about senior portraits, please contact the yearbook adviser at yearbook2018@uxbridge.k12.ma.us.

Performing Arts
The Performing Arts Department is off to a great start!
There are 64 students in our two performing ensembles and 84 students have expressed an interest in participating in our drama productions.   Auditions for the fall Senior play have been held and the students are excited to be presenting “The Curious Savage” on November 2nd.  Auditions for the One-Act Play Festival will be held September 19th after school.
The Pep Band sounds great with our new freshmen, and will be performing at the home football games this semester on September 16 and 23, and October 21 and 28.   
The Uxbridge Friends of Music are raising funds this year to purchase new band uniforms!  Upcoming events include the “Recycle for Music” Day on September 23rd and the annual Mattress Sale on October 1st.  Please come out and support the music students in our community!

Our fall sports season is underway, with our football team hosting St. Peter Marian on Saturday; soccer, golf, field hockey, and cross country have already home contests, so we hope you have many opportunities to cheer on our Spartans.
Have a great weekend,

Michael Rubin, Principal
Uxbridge High School

Homecoming Week!

Homecoming week is approaching fast! This great event will take place September 18-22 (next week), followed by the dance on Saturday, September 23!! Each day has a different theme, and these themes are:

Monday - Pink Day
Tuesday - Dynamic Duo Day
Wednesday - Dress Like a Teacher Day
Thursday - Decades Day
  • Seniors - 1980s
  • Juniors - 1990s
  • Sophomores - 1970s
  • Freshmen - BC
Friday - Spirit Day

The theme for the homecoming dance is Hogwarts houses!!! The themes for the walls are:
  • Seniors - Gryffindor
  • Juniors - Slytherin
  • Sophomores - Ravenclaw
  • Freshmen - Hufflepuff

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September Newsletter

Check out our September newsletter! Remember, you can use control-+ and control-(hyphen) to zoom in and out of the newsletter!


Guidance Newsletter: September!

This year, we are planning on releasing a monthly Guidance Newsletter, with important topics and updates from the Counseling Department. Thanks to Senior Emily Fernandes for helping coordinate and design as part of our Internship Program!


September Spartan Showcase

Mr. Rubin and Joey DuBois spent some time discussing the start of the school year in our first Spartan Showcase of the year!


Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11 Announcement

At 8:46 a.m., we read the following announcement, commemorating the tragic events of September 11, 2001:


We would like take a moment to recall the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  

 On this date in 2001 beginning at 8:46 am, a series of terrorist attacks destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center, severely damaged the Pentagon, and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.  Commercial airplanes were hijacked and flown directly into the three buildings, with a fourth plane crashing in that field in the midwest.

There is a poem by English-American poet WH Auden, entitled “September 1, 1939,” written on the occasion of the outbreak of World War II. The last stanza reads:
Defenceless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame.
Today, as we consider those around the nation who sacrifice and serve so that we can live in freedom, we ask all of you to affirm the flame, consider how we can make the world a better place, and join each other in observing a moment of silence at this time in the honor of those who protect, serve, and sacrifice for us.


Thank you for your attention, for honoring the memories of the fallen, and G-d bless America.