Issue 3 | Volume 5 | December 2019
Uxbridge High School
300 Quaker Highway
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Extended Community:
We have had a number of successes at UHS over the past few weeks, as we have charged forward despite some interruptions and in spite of some challenges. While hopeful that Mother Nature does not impact us too much, we have adapted to the two cancellations, and will be sure to communicate anything further if more inclement weather impacts the end of the term/semester exams, which are currently scheduled for January 21-24.
As a school, we are not immune to societal challenges that face students. We recall messages about a number of these damaging behaviors, from drinking and driving, to smoking/tobacco, to drug use, to distracted driving. We are now facing the issue of vaping technology and its ugly head with greater frequency. While outlawed of late by the Baker administration, students still have their ways to find these substances and, worse, to bring them to school. Beyond the impact to health and the obvious impact to school, we find ourselves imposing consequences, and the possession or use of these substances result in out-of-school suspensions and exclusion hearings, which is law. We hate these meetings, but we try to use these as learning opportunities and ways to support student needs. We have a number of resources at UHS geared toward parents and families regarding vaping technology, so if you need assistance, reach out to the nurse or counseling office.
In the coming weeks, many teachers will be pushing toward the end of the semester, particularly for classes that have finite end times, including half-year classes. Coupled with interruptions for weather, the start of cold and flu season, the holidays, school vacation week, and the end-of-semester, we can imagine some stressors impacting students as we move toward the end of the semester. To that end, we hope you will keep our counselors and teachers informed, and we will do the same as we continue to help students persevere and grow. Likewise, if family circumstances change, or there is information that would be beneficial to know, please reach out to counselors or administration.
As we turn the page to 2020, we will start providing more information about our course selection process for next year, the work we are doing in class with students regarding counseling and post-secondary planning, and efforts as a school to better support social-emotional learning. In addition, this newsletter has information regarding our Pathways, so that students can make the best decisions around course selection, enabling them to be prepared either for school or work, since many of the Pathway courses support industry credentials.
On behalf of all of us at UHS, I wish you a joyous holiday season and all the best for a happy and healthy 2020!
Yours in black and orange,
Michael Rubin, Principal
A great start
Uxbridge HIgh School
UHS SHARES Work with Governor Baker
Issue 1 | Volume 1 | 2015
State Representative Michael Soter, who represents Uxbridge, recently had a gathering for his constituents at which Governor Baker was a featured speaker. UHS Principal Michael Rubin presented Governor Baker with a small token of gratitude that was designed and produced entirely at Uxbridge High School using equipment purchased through the Governor's Workforce Skills Capital program, through which UHS has already earned more than $300,000 of funding!
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Michael Rubin (co-chair)
Martha Ann Rolandelli
The School Council is established as a decision-making body for schools in Massachusetts. Comprised of students, staff, community members, and parents, and chaired by building principals, the organization helps drive the school agenda, designing and approving the school improvement plan, and providing guidance to School Committee in matters such as budget and school critical needs.
At our December School Council meeting, we will be convening an impressive team that includes not only our School Council members, but also some important members of our extended community, including many of our workforce partners for our Innovation Pathways. We will be looking forward to creating more opportunities for students with our extended community!
The following pages have details of our Pathways.
Goals for 2019-20
School council 2019-20
- Updated curricula and review cycle for fine arts, social sciences, wellness
- Piloting of standards-based grading in some courses
- Integrating additional early college and career learning opportunities for students
- More effective use of data through teacher collaborative time
- Piloting and implementation of social emotional learning curriculum
- Enhancement of cultural proficiency and growth mindset with staff and students
Innovation Pathway at UHS
Students who enroll in the Innovation Pathway at UHS will complete a three-course technical sequence in engineering and manufacturing, at least two courses that align for college credit, and either a senior project/Capstone or an internship placement with one of our industry partners. Some students will be contacted by counselors in the coming weeks about their eligibility, but if you have interest or questions, please reach out to your student's guidance counselor!
Students who enroll in the Innovation Pathway for Digital Media/Information Science at UHS will complete the equivalent of two full years of digital media classes, at least two courses that align for college credit, and either a senior project/Capstone or an internship placement with one of our industry partners. Some students will be contacted by counselors in the coming weeks about their eligibility, but if you have interest or questions, please reach out to your student's guidance counselor!
Students who enroll in the Biomedical Science Innovation Pathway at UHS will complete a two-course technical sequence in biomedical science, at least two courses that align for college credit, and either a senior project/Capstone or an internship placement with one of our industry partners. Some students will be contacted by counselors in the coming weeks about their eligibility, but if you have interest or questions, please reach out to your student's guidance counselor!
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The Uxbridge HIgh School music program has had an extremely busy and musically rewarding few months!
The Pep Band performed at five home varsity football games including the Thanksgiving game and brought a lot of spirit and excitement to the games. They are gearing up for the basketball season now which is always a lot of fun!
The Marching Band and Flag Squad performed in both the Veterans' Day and First Holiday Night Parades. They sounded great and looked amazing in their new uniforms! Many thanks to the Uxbridge Friends of Music for purchasing them. Twenty-two members of the Marching Band attend the annual UMass Band Day at UMass Amherst for the first time on November 2nd. They rehearsal with student musicians from about 60 different schools all morning and performed during the halftime show at the UMass vs. Liberty football game in the afternoon. In all, there were over 1,000 students on the field! It was an incredible experience.
The UHS music students as well as students from the Whitin school attended "Multibands" at UMass Amherst on October 17th. This amazing showcase of talent by the music students at UMass was incredible. 16 different ensembles performed and our students were inspired. Thanks to the UFM for helping with the transportation costs.
We are proud of the nine UHS students auditioned for the Central District Music Festival on November 16th. Clarice Stumpf and Xavier Hicks were accepted to the Central District Chorus and Nathaniel Holden was accepted to the Concert Band. Both Nathaniel and Xavier received recommendations to audition for the All-State Music Festival. If accepted, they will perform at Symphony Hall in March! We wish them luck!
The Tri-M Music Honor Society members held a "Faculty Feud" fundraising event in November, performed at the Toys for Tots Holiday Party on December 6th and will be providing entertainment for the residents of Lydia Taft House on December 14th. We love performing for the senior members of our community. The Spartones a cappella group performed for the annual Thanksgiving luncheon at the Senior Center and everyone enjoyed their performance.
The Winter Concert is being held on December 10th at 7:00 PM. Featured ensembles will be the UHS Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Spartones, Concert Band and Symphonic Band. The concert will conclude with a sing-along featuring all UHS music students with audience participation. The ladies in the ensembles will be debuting our new black gowns that were purchased by the UFM. The ladies in the gowns and the gentlemen with their matching ties will certainly add to the performance!
We are looking forward to an exciting winter season and we wish everyone a happy and blessed New Year!
Annual Holiday Party
The annual holiday drive, benefiting Adopt-an-Angel and the People's First Food Pantry, raised thousands of dollars in donations through the work of our student and staff volunteers. UHS was transformed into a winter wonderland, with food, games, cookie decorating, and visits with Santa. Many thanks in particular to Mr. Silbor and Ms. Wise, who helped coordinate the event, as well as the dozens of students and staff members who volunteer their time for the night!
Spartan Winter Athletics
Underway for 19-20
Our winter season is underway and games will start this week! Coaches are listed below.
For continued coverage and to purchase some photos from our school photopgrapher, visit DSpics.com.
Boys basketball: Ryan Hippert
Girls Basketball: Jeff Lacure
Boys Winter Track: Dave Halacy
Girls Winter Track; Walter Berkowicz
Cheerleading: Casandra Knauer
More steps being taken to improve learning
As part of our continued school improvement efforts, our faculty has a series of periods dedicated to common planning time, sometimes referred to as Professional Learning Communities (PLC). During this time, educator teams work on common goals, curricular alignment, instructional practices, and looking at student work. In addition, we try to have our faculty meeting time be meaningful and opportunities for staff to weave ideas together.
Some of the work our faculty recently completed involved looking at some data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which helps us understanding potential factors that could impact post-secondary success or high school graduation. In addition, we have been examining student learning styles, models for social-emotional learning, and ways to best address challenges that come up as students present different challenges.
New student organizations piloting
We have had several students initiate new organizations this year. The headline above brings you to the Student Activities page of our website, with links to all the advisors. Most recently, we have published our first Spartan Scholastic, a student news publication, and in the coming weeks we are starting an after school group for Magic the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons. If students are interested, feel free to reach out!
School-wide Learning Expectations
Use technology as a resource to access, evaluate, and effectively apply information, as well as enhance communication
Communicate information clearly and effectively, with consideration of audience
Work independently and collaboratively to solve problems, think critically, and create original products
Value and demonstrate personal responsibility, character, cultural understanding, and ethical behavior
Become an active owner of his/her learning, demonstrating adaptability and independence.
As part of our reaccreditation process through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, our school will be examining our practices in terms of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as the ways our school interacts with the community, provides support to students, and demonstrates sound leadership practices. The foundation on which all of these are built is the statement of core values and our beliefs about student learning. Individual student progress toward meeting expectations is reported out on report cards, and school-wide progress is compiled twice per year.
& Learning Expectations
A member of the Uxbridge High School Community:
Shares responsibility for excellence and integrity
Perseveres through challenges and adversity
Accepts new ideas and thoughts
Respects self and others
Teaches effective communication, compassion, and balance
Accountable for a high standard of academics and behaviors
Nurtures personal independence and responsibility
Class of 2020: Mr. Lui
Class of 2021: Ms. Prior
Class of 2022: Ms. Durkin and Ms. Robertson
Class of 2023: Ms. Mason and Ms. Smith
Class of 2024: Ms. Bernasconi and Ms. Daverio
Mark your calendars
December 21-January 1: Holiday Recess
January 17: No School (Professional Development)
January 20: No School (MLK, Jr. Day)
January 21-24: Midyear exams
February 17-21: Winter Recess
February 28: Parent conferences (afternoon only)
For any student interested in playing or learning how to play Dungeons and Dragons or Magic the Gathering we have a new after-school club starting this month! Fantasy Game Club suits all gaming needs and anybody of any skill level can join and play. The group will be meeting in B104 every Wednesday to play either Magic: the Gathering or Dungeons and Dragons from 2:00 to 3:00. If you need any additional information, please contact either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also looking for a Dungeon Master, if you are interested in this, please contact either of the students.
Check out the Spartan Scholastic!
Our student newspaper made its debut this month! The Scholastic is available on our Student Activities page of the website.