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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

Summer is here and in addition to activities and work, I hope that students and families can take time to rest and reconnect.

Summer is an excellent time for high school students to work on their experiential graduation requirements: community service, job shadows, and internships. Guidelines and forms are available on our High School Advising page. Students planning to earn community service hours or complete internships over the summer should review the guidelines.

In addition to fostering a sense of social responsibility by helping others, several studies show that community service benefits the volunteer’s health and well-being. To meet the credit requirement for community service, students should seek out opportunities to help community agencies, service organizations. These experiences must be verified by a member of the host organization, not by the student’s parent. Also, parents please remind students to document their activities and turn in paperwork to the University Student Services office at the beginning of the school year.

In addition to internships, many juniors will be conducting or beginning their senior projects over the summer. I congratulate them for their initiative and remind them to also get the parent consent form signed, obtain a mentor and document their fieldwork. Getting an early start on the senior project is a great way to reduce the workload and stress of senior year.

For administrators, summer is the time for updating handbooks, planning next year’s calendar and hiring new teachers. At the high school, Counselor Donna Gonzales has retired after 23 years of service to the University Schools community. Donna’s contributions to our school have been immense and her influence on Bulldog alumni, families, and faculty will be felt far into the future. Melissa Stapleton will step into the full time high school counseling position and Laura Hodgson will be our part-time high school and part-time elementary counselor. Our registrar, Sherry Winder has retired after 33 years with University Schools (known as the UNC Laboratory School back then). Michelle Ramirez will come from the middle school to serve as our registrar. Other teachers leaving for new opportunities include Mr. Justin Boyd, Ms. Anne Martinez, Ms. Myrna Remington, Mr. Troy Rivera, Ms. Marlen Salabarria and Ms. Fanny Vargas. We wish each of them well and thank them for their contributions to our students and our school. New teachers we are welcoming to the high school are Ms. Denise Anderson (Spanish), Ms. Deisy Galicia (Spanish), Ms. Carole Merriman (English language arts), Ms. Sarah Mildenstein (vocal music), and Mr. Louis Uribe (social studies).

Parents and students, thank you for choosing University Schools and best wishes for a rewarding and enjoyable summer. We look forward to seeing you in August.

    Holly Sample

    Holly Sample, Principal

    High School News
    Planning For College

    Save the date for our planning for college workshop on Thursday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. Topics will include college admission requirements, what your student should be doing the junior and senior years, the college application process, and financial aid and scholarships. Please contact Melissa Stapleton for more information.

    Benefits Of Free And Reduced Lunch For High School Students

    High school students can get more than financial assistance for lunch when they qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Seniors may qualify for a waiver of their college application fees if they have been approved for the program. Students may also get a fee waiver for the ACT and SAT exams and a significant reduction in the fees for the AP exam. These are great reasons to apply for the free and reduced lunch program, even if your student does not regularly eat a school lunch.

    Simply bring a copy of the approval letter to your high school counselor to receive a waiver or reduction of these fees. All information will remain confidential.

    The High School Of Business

    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 MBAResearch 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 which will allow for not rearranging a student’s schedule. BUS115 will transfer to any four year higher education institution. Students can also take two additional elective courses in wealth management and leadership which are available at the freshmen level.

    Students will take the six courses in sequence as follows:

    • Freshman or sophomore year - Principles of Business and Business Economics
    • Sophomore or junior year - Principles of Management and 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 which develops 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 have an interest 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 via e-mail.

    Freshmen and New High School Student Orientation

    We invite all freshmen and new high school students to attend our orientation on Wednesday, August 16 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the main building cafeteria. Students will eat breakfast, participate in activities, and receive an introduction to University High School. We encourage all to attend.

    High School Parent Open House

    We invite all parents to our high school open house on Wednesday, August 16 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Classroom visitation will take place from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. students and parents will meet with advisors to learn about the University High School commitments to, and expectations for, families. Please take this opportunity to meet your student’s teachers, see classrooms and find out more about what your student will be learning at University High School.

    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.