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Our focus at the high school is your student. Each day, our dedicated staff is working our best to provide your student the best education we can. Our high school teachers go above and beyond to ensure your student achieves academic success.

A Message From Our Principal

The school year seems to go by more quickly every year. We have just completed the first trimester, and by the time this newsletter arrives, Thanksgiving will be over, and winter break will be upon us soon. While we anticipate the holiday season and look forward to family gatherings and celebrations, this is also a time of difficulty. Family gatherings can be both enjoyable and stressful as the holidays may remind us of all the things we do not have or cannot give to our loved ones. As difficult as this can be for adults, it is even harder for our kids. Teenagers experience the same pressures and worries that adults do, yet they lack the coping skills and strategies that come with maturity and experience.

Here are a few suggestions from the Mayo Clinic to help ease the stress on ourselves and our children this holiday season:

  • Focus on treating yourself and family members with care and kindness. Set aside time for things like dance, music, watching a funny or feel-good movie, or going out to enjoy nature.
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle also helps. Even during the holidays, do not give up on following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep.
  • This suggestion may be the most important for our teenagers, but applies to adults as well: make a conscious effort to spend less time in front of a screen (television, tablet, computer, and phone) and more time relaxing and interacting with others. Many experts indicate, and through my own experience with students I concur, that there is an increase of youth insecurity, anxiety, and depression by overuse of social media and smartphones.

This is also the time of year to reflect on all the things for which we are grateful. As many of you know, I have announced my retirement, and this will be my last year as principal at University High School. I want you to know I am profoundly grateful for all the wonderful students and parents I have had the privilege and honor to serve these last twelve years. I am enjoying the academic and extracurricular accomplishments of our students more than ever, as I am cognizant of each milestone that marks my last year. Thank you for entrusting me to lead this wonderful school community.

    Holly Sample

    Holly Sample, Principal

    High School News
    Attention High School Parents and Students

    In January, students at University High School will be choosing classes for the 2018-19 school year. The High School Business department has a great opportunity for your student to receive college credit while in high school. The High School of Business™ nationally recognized program, developed through MBA research, allows students to take six project-based courses and receive nine credits at Aims Community College. Also, if a student completes all six classes in the High School of Business program, he/she can receive an elective three credits for Foundations of Business Thought (BA150) at the University of Northern Colorado. Aims concurrent enrollment credit options give three credits for Principles of Business (BUS115), three credits for Principles of Marketing (MAR216), and three credits for Principles of Management (MAN226). Students will take these courses on the University Schools campus and not on the Aims campus. BUS115 will transfer to any 4-year higher education institution. Students can also take two additional elective courses in Wealth Management and Leadership at the freshmen level.

    Students will take the six courses in sequence as outlined below:

    • Optional courses as freshmen or sophomores - Wealth Management and Leadership
    • Freshmen or sophomore year - Principles of Business and Business Economics
    • Sophomore or junior year - Principles of Management & Principles of Marketing
    • Junior or senior year - Principles of Finance and Business Strategies

    University High School is one of only 84 schools in the nation to offer this advanced program. Research has shown that the most desired major in college is business administration, and students will have the advantage going into a college business major having gained experience in project-based learning. Project-based learning develops a student’s group planning skills, critical thinking, collaboration, communication skills, decision making, and time management. Students also gain valuable skills that will help them in the workplace.

    If you are interested in participating in this great program, please talk to your guidance counselor to arrange your schedule to take these fantastic project-based courses. If you have any questions, please contact JoEll Matthews or Jessie Kern.

    High School Students Can Receive College Credit for Accounting

    Juniors or seniors at University High School can receive three college credits at Aims Community College (ACC101) for taking accounting while in high school. Aims is offering the class, taught by University Schools faculty, on the University Schools campus during normal school hours. Students can also receive University High School math credit for the accounting course. Accounting will help those students who plan on working in a business environment or plan on owning their own business and helps with learning how to handle personal finances. The accounting class also exposes students to what it is like to take a college-level course. If you are interested, please sign up during the class selection days in January. Any questions, please contact JoEll Matthews.

    Career Academy for 2018-2019

    University Schools wishes to offer vocational educational services to our high school juniors and seniors by providing them with a scholarship that will cover tuition, fees, books, and supplies for specific certificate programs at Aims. Vocational programs include automotive collision repair, automotive services, welding, graphic design, audio and radio production, and med prep. We have a limited number of scholarships. Qualifications include a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and an excellent attendance record. We will give extra consideration to financial need. These programs are for the 2018-2019 school year. We encourage current sophomores and juniors to apply. Interested students should meet with their counselor for the application. The deadline to apply is February 2, 2018. If selected, there will be an orientation workshop on February 16, 2018, at Aims.

    New York City Business Trip with Junior Tours

    The H.S. Business Department will be taking another trip to New York City from May 29 through June 2, 2018. We are seeking High School students and adults to go on a 5-day guided tour. We will stop at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, 911 Memorial, see a Broadway show, tour Times Square, visit Wall Street and the financial district, Rockefeller Center and the NBC studios, Central Park, 5th Avenue, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Empire State Building, Museum of Natural History, Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum, Chinatown and United Nations. We are traveling with Junior Tours, which is a reputable tour company. The cost per person with quad occupancy will be approximately $1400. Fundraising opportunities will be available starting in September. An informational meeting will be held in September but please indicate if you would like to be included in this wonderful trip so updates can be sent to you. If you or your student is interested, please e-mail JoEll Matthews.