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.


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.


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!


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.


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!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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.

Monday, April 10, 2017

BVEF Career Fair

Check out this video on the BVEF Career Fair, which we hosted last month, in conjunction with the Blackstone Valley Ed Foundation!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Weekly News and Notes

Some news and notes from UHS this week:

Senior Parent Letter
Parents and guardians for the Class of 2017: we sent home via hard copy an extensive list of the end-of-year activities this week. Please let us know if you have not seen it, and we will work on getting everything posted to the school website early next week.

Class of 2017 Fundraiser
The Class of 2017 will be hosting a DQ fundraiser  from 5-8 on Wednesday, April 12 at the Milford location. Mark your calendars, see you there - a portion of all sales will be donated to the class!

Health and Wellness Fair

Today, Uxbridge High School held its first ever Health and Wellness fair, with more than 35 organizations and nearly 100 volunteers from our school and extended community. All of our students were able to spend time with resources that support mental, physical, and social-emotional health. Our own student organizations and staff also provided information and presentations. Kudos to UHS faculty members Ms. Alison Dwyer and Ms. Christine Ahern, who have spent the better part of the past year organizing the event, enlisting the support of the community, school, and student body.
In addition, several student organizations and classes presented, including Ms. Dzivasen's culinary arts classes, School Nurse Ms. Schiller and Athletic Trainer Laura Collins, PRIDE club advisor Mr. MacKenzie and club president Krystal Gray, and our new Best Buddies chapter. We are so proud of their continued effort all day long!
Seniors Jessica Caffarelli and Tim McCrohan, who worked as interns with the teacher coordinators, were also instrumental in the planning of the event.
Some pictures of the event appear below, and we hope to share more with our newsletter later this month! 


BVEF Forum Award

Yesterday, I was humbled to receive a Blackstone Valley Education Foundation Forum Award for our support of the Foundation's mission and work, and for creating new opportunities and partnerships for students. In presenting me the award, Executive Director Paul Lynskey cited a willingness "to go the extra mile for students."
I accept the award really on behalf of our entire faculty and staff, knowing that the mentality we have here at UHS is to do what it takes to make our students successful. I am humbled and grateful for this award, which I really believe reflects on the great team we have here at UHS, and I continue to promise to do the very best for our students, who deserve nothing less.
Mr. Carney, Dr. Drolet, Ms. DeMarco and I were privileged to be joined by the Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito, State Representative Kevin Kuros, and Senator Ryan Fattman. The Lieutenant Governor actually presented the award, along with my colleague, Principal John Clements of Nipmuc. I appreciate those of you who reached out with congratulatory messages - I certainly and sincerely appreciate it!

Half-Day Next Thursday
Just a reminder that we have a half-day next Thursday, April 13, and no school on Friday, April 14 for Good Friday. The April recess will be April 17-21, and we will be back for the home stretch for our seniors on April 24!

Have a great weekend,

Mr. Rubin

Thursday, April 6, 2017

News/Updates from Guidance

AP Exams
AP exams fees are now due.  Student are asked to pay the guidance office before April 28.  Checks can be made out to "Uxbridge High School".  The fee is $93 per test.
  • For those who qualify as low-income students the fee is $53 per test in the following subjects:  English Language & Comp., English Literature & Comp. and US Gov't
  • For those who qualify as low-income students the fee is $15 for STEM subjects such as Chemistry, Statistics, and Calculus.

Financial Aid
Click on this link for the Guide to Paying for College - Financial Aid, Scholarships, Savings & Student Loans which is a useful resource regarding financial aid.

Book Club, Anime Club, and Yearbook News

Some news from Library, Anime Club, and Yearbook:


Spotlight on New Books

Here are a few of the newest books on the shelf - come in and check them out!
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (F McL)
Best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in trees.
We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash (F Thr)
When the Winship Academy mascot jumps off a bridge during a halftime show, she leaves behind a lot of questions, and two students who witnessed the scene firsthand are determined to find out what really happened.
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John (796.334 St. J)
American-educated Jordanian Luma Mufleh founds a youth soccer team comprised of children from Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkan states, and elsewhere in the refugee settlement town of Clarkston, Georgia, bringing the children together to discover their common bonds as they adjust to life in a new homeland.

Library Research Online

Has your class been to the library recently for research? All the databases and links Ms. Charpentier showed you in class are posted to the library blog for easy access! Just look for a post with your teacher’s name and class period.
Students: Do you have a book to recommend for summer reading?
We always want the summer reading list to include books recommended by current UHS students - you know best what you want to read! If you have a book to suggest, fill out this form.
Poetry Reading at the Uxbridge Free Public Library
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Uxbridge Free Public Library will be hosting an evening of poetry over April Vacation on Thursday, April 20, at 6:30. Members of the Uxbridge community, are invited to come and read a poem they have written or love, or to listen. If any students are interested, please RSVP to Ann at the public library at


Junior and senior guys, are you ready to compete for the title of Mr. UHS? Talk to Ms. Charpentier in person if you’re going to take the stage in this year’s Mr. UHS Pageant on Saturday, May 13. If you aren’t familiar with Mr. UHS, it’s an evening in the style of a traditional beauty pageant - but for the guys of UHS! One will be crowned Mr. UHS based on his uniqueness, charisma, nerve, and talent - save the date, it's an event not to miss!
Yearbook meets in the library on Mondays from 2:00 - 3:30. Experienced graphic designers, photographers, and journalists are welcome to join in, or come ready to learn how to yearbook gets built as we work on the spring supplement!

Book Club

Book Club meets from 2:00 - 3:30 in the library on the first Thursday of each month. Copies of the books selected by members of the Book Club for discussions are available in the school library during the month prior to each meeting, thanks to the Uxbridge Free Public Library. Join us for discussions of these books:
April 6: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
May 4: Fallen by Lauren Kate
Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.
Anime/Manga Club

Love anime and manga? Join Anime/Manga Club in April, when members will be exploring the action genre and start talking about club leadership and activities for next year!
Friday, April 7, 2:00 - 3:30 in the library
Friday, April 28, 2:00 - 3:30 in the library