Friday, December 6, 2019

Weekly News and Notes

Some updates from UHS this week:

Second Quarter Progress Reports...

...will be delayed a couple of days. They were originally due to be posted the end of next week and will be available the week of 12/16. The end of the first semester will be on January 24, with half-days for mid-year exams scheduled for January 21-24.

If we have additional inclement weather, the potential is there to change those dates.

Holiday Event on Friday

Be on the lookout for footage and pictures from our Holiday Party event, the annual toy drive that brings in literally hundreds of toys for the needy. Our students, staff, and partners have been working very hard on transforming UHS into a Winter Wonderland!

The event is held at UHS on Friday, December 6 (tonight) from 5:30-8:30. Donations of a new toy and/or food item for Adopt-an-Angel and the People First Food Pantry are appreciated. There will be food, games, prizes, crafts, and Santa!

Breakfast with Santa

Our Class of 2020 is hosting Breakfast with Santa next Saturday, December 14, from 8-11. All proceeds will benefit the Class of 2020.

Finally, in the next couple of months, we will be providing information about our Innovation Pathways, potential updates to the Program of Studies, and the return of the UHS Podcast, which we have not produced yet this year. Our hope continues to be to bring you as much information as possible, particularly as we shift toward some of the important dates and deadlines that come with the second half of the year!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Weekly News and Notes

Greetings! A few updates from UHS this week:

Vendor Fair

The PSG Vendor Fair is this Sunday in the High School cafeteria. Stop by throughout the day and get some holiday shopping done, and support the Class of 2020's PSG event!

Thanksgiving Football

The annual Turkey Day game with Northbridge will be played at home, with kickoff scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Please try to arrive early, and please follow the direction, particularly with departure. Access to the building will be limited, and dropoffs will be restricted to the cross-street by the press box area.

Winter Sports

Winter sports begin on Monday. If student-athletes have not registered by Friday through FamilyID, they will not be permitted to start practice. If anyone has questions about registration or the participation fee, please reach out to the Athletic Director.

Finally, in the spirit of the season, we want to take a moment and express our gratitude for the community, the families, the students, and the school we share. While we are not without our challenges or hiccups, we are especially thankful for all our collective efforts of individuals, entire groups, staff, students, and leaders for all they do. We wish everyone a fun, relaxing, and happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Weekly News and Notes

A few updates from UHS:

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thank you to everyone who participated in parent-teacher conferences. Of course, we understand that that the date, time, and length of conference can sometimes be limiting, so if you need some opportunities to meet with teachers or have questions, feel free to reach out to teachers directly to chat, or schedule a time through the counseling office.

Unified Sports!

Thank you to a number of our teachers and awesome students who participated in a Unified Basketball game at Douglas High School this week! We have some pictures of the event below as part of our Week That Was Video.

Fall Season Concluding

Congratulations to our boys cross country team for capturing the Central Massachusetts Division II championship last week at Gardner Country Club. The team was led by ninth grader Aidan Ross, who finished in the top five, as well as top-15 finishes from Stephen Sanches, Colin Caso, and Carl Gallawan. Thomas Burke placed 25th. The team's title was the first in school history!

Our girls soccer team bowed out at the district semifinal, dropping a heartbreaker in overtime to Millbury. Our cheer team has advanced to regionals following a third-place finish in the Southern Worcester County League.

Thanksgiving football tickets will be sold starting Wednesday, November 20. Advanced tickets are $5 or $10 at the gate. Please note that there is a limited supply of advanced tickets. The game will be played on Thanksgiving at 10:00 a.m.

Week That Was

See below for our Week That Was video:

Friday, November 1, 2019

Weekly News and Notes

Here are some updates from UHS:

First Term Grades/Parent Conferences 

In the next week or so, we will be sending information about parent-teacher conferences, which is scheduled for November 14. We use an online system for registration, and parents can sign up for five minute meetings. These are intended for us to have face time with as many parents as possible, and we are well aware that people feel constrained by the time limits.

If you find yourself needing more time, simply reach out to your child's counselor or the teacher for a follow up call, email, or conference.

First term grades are closing next week, so that will help provide some insight on conversations you may want to have come November 14. Do not feel obligated to wait, though, as teachers are in constant contact with many families and guardians beyond the formal night of conferences.

Our parent-teacher conferences can be accessed at:

The portal for registering for appointments will open on November 7 at 12:00 p.m., and it will close at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 14.

If you wish to schedule an appointment with a teacher but there is no time, or you are unable to make it on the 14th, 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:
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.
More detailed instructions can be viewed by clicking here.

Athletics in Postseason/Winter Registration

Our field hockey team plays Hopedale in the second round of the Division II tournament today (Friday) at 2:30, and our girls soccer and cross country teams will compete in the next week in their divisional tournaments. Football will play at Millbury on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with playoff brackets released early next week.

Winter registration for athletics is currently open via FamilyID; please make sure that student-athletes are registered!

UHS to Present at National Conference

Uxbridge High School Principal Michael Rubin and Assistant Principal Michael DiMeglio will be presenting at the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools Professional Learning Conference next week, sharing the successes of UHS in designing High Quality Career Innovation Pathways through partnerships with community and industry. UHS became a member of the NCSSS last year through a rigorous application process.
The NCSSS defines STEM schools as those that prepare students to be leaders in global innovation by engaging them in rigorous, relevant, and integrated learning experiences, with a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics focus and specialization that include authentic research and/or project-based focus school-wide. Member schools fulfill these criteria:
  • Have a science, technology, engineering and mathematics focus.
  • Require students to take advanced course offerings in STEM areas.
  • Include authentic research and/or project-based focus school-wide.
  • Maintain affiliations with local colleges/universities/research facilities/etc.
  • Students participate in external STEM related competitions.

Half-Day Next Friday

There will be a half day on Friday, November 8 and no school on Monday, November 11. There will be no Weekly News and Notes sent next Friday.

Week That Was

Here's a look back at the Week that Was:

Have a great weekend!

Sharing UHS With Governor Baker

A couple of weeks ago, we had the opportunity to share the work of our Innovation Pathways with Governor Baker at an event hosted by Representative Michael Soter. Happy viewing!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Evacuation at UHS

Good morning,

We just got back into the building following a fire alarm evacuation at Uxbridge High School. We had a smoke detector trigger the alarm, after which we subsequently evacuated, got to a quick accountability, and worked efficiently with our partners from Uxbridge Fire and Police to discern the reason and reset the building's routine. While we were in the lunch block, this was an atypical evacuation compared to our earlier drill, but we are pleased with how the staff and students responded, particularly given the unforeseen and sudden nature of the alarm.

We appreciate the cooperation of our staff and students, and we now resume our regular schedule; we have made some adjustments to lunch, but no lunch time was compromised, even if it were delayed a bit.

Thank you!

Mike Rubin, Principal
Uxbridge High School