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A Message From Our Principal

April marks the beginning of a busy season of assessments, sports, activities and special events. Our Spring sports season is underway with baseball, track and girls’ tennis. Prom is early this year, on Saturday, April 8, at the Riverside Cultural Center in Evans.

Statewide testing will take place between April 11 and 14. The legislature has been making changes to align statewide tests with college-ready measures and to reduce the overall time spent on them. On April 11, Freshmen will begin the mathematics tests and Sophomores will take the PSAT in the Main building. Juniors will take the SAT at Island Grove and Seniors will be excused from school. Freshmen will take the English Language Arts tests on April 12 and Juniors will take the CMAS Science test on Friday, April 14.

On Thursday, April 6, we will hold a meeting for parents of Juniors to review Senior project requirements. The meeting will be in room 1408 (the High School choir room) in the Main building at 7:00 p.m. After this meeting, students who wish to get an early start on their projects may submit a letter of intent by April 28. Juniors who do not turn in an early letter will submit Senior project letters of intent in the fall.

On April 24, we will release school for 9th - 11th graders at 1:00 instead of 2:35. Seniors will be dismissed at 10:40 and will return in the afternoon to present their Senior projects to panels made up of teachers and community volunteers starting at 1:00 p.m. We are still accepting volunteers to serve on the panels. Email Denise Vaardahl at if you are interested in serving.

Information for seniors about the requirements for Senior Board presentations can be found on our website under Academics/Advising. Select Senior Project Packet on the right side of the page and see pages 26 - 29 for information about presentation requirements, a speech outline and a rubric. Senior project portfolios are due to advisors on April 14. The portfolio must be submitted in order for Seniors to be scheduled for a board presentation. Seniors must score “Acceptable” or higher on their presentation to meet the Senior project graduation requirement.

Students who miss the presentations due to unavoidable circumstances or who do not meet the standard will have an opportunity to make up the presentation at the end of April. Any student who does not pass a Senior Board presentation at that time will have one more opportunity to present to University Schools’ administrators (who will have the final say as to whether the project presentation meets requirements) in mid-May.

Our students have been doing an outstanding job this school year. We appreciate their hard work and I know they will step up to do their best on these assessments and presentations. Thank you for supporting their efforts to achieve excellence.

Holly Sample

Holly Sample, Principal

High School News
High School of Business is Open to Freshmen

We have some available spots open for freshmen to take the High School of Business Nationally recognized class at University High School. This series of six classes with two optional classes of Wealth Management and Leadership will prepare those students who are interested in pursuing business in college by participating in project-based learning. In 2015, 13.4% of incoming freshmen at four-year colleges or universities chose to major in business. That figure does not consider students who chose a business major at two-year colleges. (Source: The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2015, University of California at Los Angeles Higher Education Research Institute, [UCLA, 2015]). Unfortunately, only a small percent of students have prepared for college business administration programs through high school business education and marketing education programs. This offers us an opportunity to prepare students to excel in college business programs.

The high school of Business I class includes Principles of Business and Business Economics classes over two trimesters. The Principles of Business course allows students to have the option of receiving three credits from Aims Community College while in high school. The Business Economics class fulfills the Economics graduation requirement. If your student is interested in taking these classes for the 2017-18 academic year, please e-mail Donna Gonzales  or Melissa Stapleton. For more information contact JoEll Matthews or Jessie Kern.

Junior Tours New York City Business Trip

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.

Senior Boards Date Change

Seniors, mark your calendars. Please note that the date for senior boards has changed from Tuesday, April 18 to Monday, April 24.