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.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

MEFA Financial Aid Night

Dear Parents of the Class of 2018,

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Uxbridge High School is hosting a MEFA Financial Aid Night at 6:30.  

Please take a few minutes and register for the event by choosing this link.  Even if you are unsure if you will attend, by registering you will have access to MEFA's College Planning Curriculum and important emails they typically send out.  Even if you do not register, you can still attend this seminar.

We look forward to working with you and your child as they begin the college application and financial aid process.

Thanks,
UHS Guidance Department

German Exchange Students

Have an International Experience in Your Own Home!!!  We are looking for families to host a student from Germany for 3 weeks while they attend Uxbridge High School.  Students will arrive October 14th and depart November 3rd OR October 22nd – November 11th.  International students have their own spending money and insurance.  Host families provide room and board and a welcoming family experience.  If you can open your heart and your home to a student from Germany for three weeks or have any further questions, please contact Mr. Rubin or the group’s area coordinator Sonja Maccaline at ausm213@gmail.com or call 508-902-8909.  International student exchanges provide enriching experiences for both the student and the host family and foster understanding between the US and other countries of the world.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

College Night: Senior Parents

Good morning,
The below message was sent to the students this morning. We are excited to invite parents to our Senior College Night, which will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the UHS Auditorium. Parents will get reacquainted with the college process, and we will review with families the steps taken with students in senior seminars this month, which built on the curriculum and activities from the spring semester of the students' junior years.
We hope you can join us, and feel free to reach out to Mr. Barry or Ms. Smith with any questions!
Best,
Mike Rubin, Principal

The time is near to start sending out your college applications.  Below are the dates that the Guidance Department will be meeting with seniors (grouped by alphabet) to discuss the application process, responsibilities, important dates, etc. so that this process can be as easy as possible.

Seniors ending in:
  • A-B meet Tuesday, 9/26 from 7:30am-8:27am (E period)
  • C-F meet Tuesday, 9/26 from 12:59pm-1:55pm (C period)
  • G-K meet Wednesday, 9/27 from 8:27am-9:24am (E period)
  • L-Mc meet Wednesday, 9/27 from 12:02pm-12:59pm (A period)
  • Me-R meet Thursday, 9/28 from 7:30am-8:27am (C period)
  • S-Z meet Thursday, 9/28 from 12:59pm-1:55pm (A period)
All meetings will occur in the Library.  Please be on time.  If you cannot make your designated time, then please attend another session.  After this seminar, individual meetings will be schedule (if not done already).

Also, on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 pm we will be hosting parents for Senior College Night here at UHS.

Lastly, you will be responsible for any classwork you miss during your senior seminar.

Student Activity Meetings

As we are at the start of the School Year, we have some student activities that are getting underway, including a couple of new activities. Part of our School Improvement Plan includes developing and enhancing opportunities for students to be involved, including co-curricular organizations, so we are pleased with these developments!

1. Science Olympiad: Science Olympiad is a club that allows students to compete against other schools in a number of science-based competitions. Interested students can meet with Mr. Lui after school on September 7 or email for more details.

2. Drama Club: There will be an informational meeting for all students interested in participating in the UHS drama program on Monday, September 11 during Flex Block. The meeting will be held in the auditorium. Email Ms. Penza for more details or information.


Also, be on the lookout for information regarding the development of an Art Club/Art Society, which will be forthcoming!

October 11: PSAT and College/Career Visit Day

Just for those who like to mark their calendars way in advance:

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. 

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

Please let us know if you have questions.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

School-wide Learning Expectations Report

Good afternoon,
We are pleased to share the whole-school progress in meeting our school-wide learning expectations. Many of you will remember from last year that our Report Card comments changed to reflect individual student progress in making progress toward meeting school-wide expectations, which is measured by our school-wide rubrics. As for the whole school's progress, this report shares our composite information, which is something we will compile twice per year.
Our reason for doing so is to help share and validate our core values and beliefs about learning, that our students are achieving the skills that we want to see in them before they graduate from UHS. This year, parents can expect to see feedback on multiple assignments in each discipline, and reporting of progress via report card comments and a whole-school report will occur at the midyear and end-of-year points.
All of School-wide learning expectation data can be found on the "Academics" tab on the high school website or by linking here.
Feel free to reach out to teachers, counselors, or administration with any questions.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Great First Day!

Good afternoon,

I'm so very pleased with the start of the year from here at Uxbridge High School. The energy this morning was positive and palpable, and, walking around the building, it was exciting to see our teachers start the year with our theme of helping students find and define their passions in action.

Over the past couple of days, and into today with the students, we have been asking our community to define their "why," not the "what." We have been trying to impress on students the idea that the how and why they learn is more important than the what, with an understanding that content and skills often get married. We are, without question, confident that our students will spend the year learning about themselves, defining their own passions, and working with our staff to refine skills that need enhancement and build on their successes. As we consider our core values, to Share, Persevere, Accept, Respect, Teach, Articulate, and Nurture, we saw them all on display today.

Personally, it was incredibly rewarding and validating to see our staff with all hands on deck, applauding students as they entered, and helping out at buses at the end of the day, particularly as many students start to find their way. Please help us with encouraging students to help take care of the building, ask good questions, and look for support when it is needed.

Again, we are so very excited about the coming year. We look forward to seeing many of you on September 14 at our Back to School Night or around campus at our many events.

As always, reach out with any questions, challenges, or feedback!

Sincerely yours,

Michael Rubin, Principal

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bus Passes

Bus passes will be available for pickup at UHS beginning on Monday, August 21 at 8:00 a.m. Any student who is eligible for transportation, registered for transportation, and paid the fee (when applicable) will be able to pick up the pass in the UHS office August 21-25, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Please be aware that students without a pass will not be permitted to ride the bus to or from school.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Lunch Prices

Lunch prices are going up slightly in the School District for the 2017-18 school year:


Middle / High School = $3.25
Elementary = $3.00
Milk = $.60
Breakfast - $1.50
Adult Lunch = $3.75


Also, there will be instructions and applications for free and reduced lunch being sent home with all students on the first day of school. Feel free to reach out with any questions.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Senior/Senior Parent Letter

Our guidance department has shared a letter for parents/guardians and students in the Class of 2018, as we set the stage for an exciting start to the school year.
The letter is linked here.

August/Summer Newsletter

Summer Newsletter can be viewed below!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Freshman Orientation Information

July 2017

Good morning,

We are excited to provide our incoming grade 9 students with information regarding the start of the school year, new student orientation, and other relevant steps that will take place in the next month. We know that summer often provides an opportunity for students to unplug from school, so we are hopeful that this message will “prime the pump” with respect to the start of the school year.

ORIENTATION
Grade 9 Orientation will take place on August 17, 2017, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Uxbridge High School. All incoming grade 9 students, along with their parents and guardians, are invited to attend. Students and parents/guardians will meet in the auditorium with students from 8-8:30; students will then meet with Peer Mentors, while parents will have a brief meeting with counselors and school administration from 8:30-9:00. Lunch will be provided for the students, and the day will conclude by 2:00, at which time families can pick up students.
At Orientation, students will receive their iPads. All students must register for iPads ahead of time, while the purchase of insurance through the district is optional. Both processes are done electronically, by following this link or by pasting this link into your browser: http://www.familyid.com/uxbridge-public-schools/uhs-grade-9-ipad-registration-2017
If any grade 9 parent is unable to attend on August 17, there will be additional iPad consignment/distribution days held the following week. We will be sending those dates and times out once we have them confirmed with our technology staff.
Copies of the iPad agreement and insurance forms are linked below; students and families sign for these as part of the UHS iPad registration online.

STUDENT REGISTRATION
Due to a change in school committee residence policy, all students entering grade 9 are required to submit residency forms. For students entering UHS from McCloskey Middle School, please submit Form E of the residency policy; some families may also need to submit form F. We will have hard copies of Form E on hand at orientation on the 17th. Please feel free to hand those in upon arrival for orientation.

ATHLETIC REGISTRATION
For athletic registration, our athletic registration takes place online. To register, follow this link (https://www.familyid.com/organizations/uxbridge-public-schools) to be brought to FamilyID, the same site used for iPad registration. We need all athletic registrations completed by August 14, so that we can make determinations about fall sports and scheduling.
Families that do not have internet access at home or who need assistance may come to UHS for assistance. Please call ahead, and we will have someone here to assist you.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out. We look forward to seeing many of you on August 18, and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Best,


Michael Rubin, Principal Michael DiMeglio, Assistant Principal

Monday, June 19, 2017

Final Report Cards and Summer Hours

Good morning,

This morning was the final day of school for the 2016-17 school year! We appreciate all that everyone did to help make this year a success at Uxbridge High School, including all of our parents, students, and staff. In general, we can chalk this year up to a number of successes, and, as we reflect this summer on the year gone by, we will certainly be ready to go come August for another great year.


  1. Final report cards will be posted this week, and a hard copy will be mailed home. Be advised that some students have some outstanding obligations, including money owed the cafeteria, books, or calculators. If those obligations are not resolved, we do not provide a student with his/her cap and gown or allow participation in graduation - and we do track these things from year to year!
  2. Also, the high school office is open from 7-3 until June 30. The office will be closed on June 30 and July 3, and then the regular hours for the building are 7-2 during the summer. The building will be closed completely during the week of July 24, and access may be limited.
  3. Guidance counselors will be reaching out to families and students who may need credits during summer school; we have several options, the best of which is frequently the online summer school, since it does not inhibit a student's ability to work a summer job or impede family travel plans. If a student has failed a class with a grade above 40, s/he may be eligible.
  4. Summer reading information has been posted to the website and is also linked here. Also, students enrolled in Advanced Placement classes can access summer work here.
  5. Student schedules are very close to complete, and we hope to have them released officially in early August. If something has changed because of course performance in the fourth quarter, please reach out to the school counselor, either Mr. Barry or Ms. Hampton.
  6. Athletic registration for 2017-18 will open on July 3 via FamilyID. The portal will close in early August, after which we will make determinations on programs that can and cannot be sufficiently run based on student numbers. Updated athletic physical examination reports can be uploaded into the student's profile on FamilyID, emailed to Ms. Schiller, our school nurse, or brought to the high school office. Please note that hard copy physical examinations may take longer to be processed, and the uploaded method is preferred.


Finally, we wish well both Ms. Amanda DeStafeno and Mr. Peter Hennessy. Ms. DeStafeno will be moving into the adjustment counselor position at the Whitin Elementary School for 2017-18, and Mr. Hennessy retires from teaching after more than 35 years in the business, the last 17 at UHS. Both will be missed, and we wish them well on their next adventures!

From all of us at UHS, best wishes for a happy, safe, and enjoyable summer.

Most sincerely,

Michael Rubin, Principal
Michael DiMeglio, Assistant Principal


Friday, June 16, 2017

Educator of the Year

Watch below the footage of our presentation of the Educator of the Year award to Ms. Kathleen Penza, our wonderfully talented music educator and co-drama advisor!


2017 Graduate Parade

Thanks to Uxbridge Cable for providing us with this coverage of the 2017 Graduate Parade, held on June 2. Enjoy the footage of our seniors as they make their way across the other schools!


Friday, May 26, 2017

UnderClass Awards

We were so proud to present underclass awards this morning following the 143rd visit of the Flying Squadron. We presented awards for Academic Achievement and Academic Commitment. Academic Achievement awards were presented to students for excellence and leadership in the classroom, and the academic commitment awards were presented for students who demonstrated growth, perseverance, or commitment in the department.

Additionally, a number of book awards were presented to members of the Class of 2018, some of which carry with them scholarship awards for students who attend those universities that sponsor the awards.

We are proud of all these achievements!

The Underclass Academic Achievement Winners were:
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
JUNIOR
SOPHOMORE
FRESHMAN
English
Jillian Sylvia
Alexandria Nowicki
Miriam Abdel Nour
ELL
Gurdeep Randhawa

Julia Jeronimo
FCS
Anna Breau
Caitlin Spencer
Ashley Greene
Student Services
Matt MacSween
Justin Morvan
Samantha Muse
Performing Arts
Cassie Lobe
Julia Parabicoli
Kevin Siefken
Visual Arts
Gianna Garille
Carrie Kraich
Danielle Healey
World Language
Riley Malone
Lucas Lawrence
Ashley Greene
Mathematics
Riley Malone
Lucas Lawrence
Nathaniel Holden
PE/Health
Marissa Allegrezza
Abigail Burke
Katelyn Jones
Science
Kayte Rooney
Lucas Lawrence
Ashley Greene
Social Studies
Riley Malone
Maddie Schleinitz
Meriam Abdel Nour
Technology Ed.
emily philbrook
Lucas Lawrence
Lindsey Moss

Academic Commitment Winners included:
ACADEMIC COMMITMENT
JUNIOR
SOPHOMORE
FRESHMAN
English
Russell Wise
Erika Dube
Danielle Healy
FCS
Liam Morawski
Darjahne McClam
Matt Stark
Student Services
Abby Bates
Maxine Cannalonga
Ashley Collins
Performing Arts
Chloe Gardner
Maggie Streichert
Daniel Klos
Visual Arts
Evan Wiencek
Maddie Arroyas

World Language
Wesley Mattson
Alexandra Jones
Joseph Bernard
Mathematics
Nicholas Hirtle
Hannah Callinan
Jenny Frick
PE/Health
Jason Kindl
Sean Morrissey
Nicholas Oliveira
Science
Ryan Paul
Ceara Graveson
Danielle Healey
Social Studies
Emily Lavigne
Sean Morrissey
Samantha Muse
Technology Ed.
Jack Schreiber
Alex Keeler
Brandon Bibeault

We also presented several book awards, some of which have scholarship money tied to them from specific colleges:
Harvard Prize Book Award: Riley Malone
St. Michael’s Book Award:   Olivia Burke, James Stark
Smith College Book Award: Marissa Allegrezza
Rensselaer Medal Award: Emily Philbrook
University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science:   Emily Lavigne
University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders: Kayte Rooney
University of Rochester Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award: Chris Matkowski