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.