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A Message From Our Principal

    High School students and families,

    Happy April! Spring is a great time of year!

    For high school, it is a very busy time. Especially this year. 

    Following spring break we returned to our open campus lunch, and normal lunch schedule. Please remind your students to fill out the contact tracing form each day after lunch.

    We have schedule SAT tests for all juniors on Tuesday, April 13, at Island Grove. PSAT testing for all 9th and 10th-grade students will be on Friday, April 16. Freshmen will test at University Schools, and sophomores will test at Island Grove. Please watch for emails from Mr. Campbell with details. These tests are important for students who are applying to colleges, and as a way for us to know how they are doing along the way. Please contact the school with any questions or concerns you may have.

    Athletics and activities have been going strong since January. Boys and girls basketball and wrestling had very successful seasons including the girls reaching the Final Four in the state tournament and three University wrestlers going to the state tournament this year. Speech and Debate qualified students for the national tournament, and Knowledge Bowl competed in the state tournament over spring break.

    I hope you got a chance to see the musical. The Little Shop of Horrors was incredible, and a testament to the hard work of the talented cast and crew and Mrs. Bauer, Mr. Segal, and Mrs. Pendergast. Well done to all of you!

    Volleyball is in the middle of their fast and furious season, which will wrap up by the end of the month. Baseball, track, and girls tennis will start in May and extend through most of June this year.

    Senior Projects are wrapping up, and seniors will be presenting their projects with their advisors during the month of April. It is a wonderful thing to be able to celebrate all of the amazing work that our seniors have done in completing their projects over the past year. I encourage you to ask seniors what they have done, and what was most exciting and challenging about their projects.

    We have scheduled prom for May 15. The junior class officers have worked hard to plan a prom this year. Prom will be on campus, and they are working on creative ways to celebrate our first outdoor prom. Please keep an eye out for tickets and other information in your emails.

    Graduation will be on May 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the stadium. We will allow each graduate six guests who will seat altogether. If the weather interferes, we will hold it on Saturday morning, May 29. We are excited about the opportunity to celebrate our graduates this year!

    Every month as I sit down to write this article, I am thankful for the amazing community that we have the privilege to support. The resilience, ingenuity, perseverance, and excellence that we get to see at school, in various competitions or performances, and even on Zoom meetings is encouraging. Thank you for supporting all of our Bulldogs! 

    Go Bulldogs!

        Sincerely,

        Jeff Casey

        Jeff Casey
        High School Principal
        jcasey@universityschools.com

        High School News
        Tips for Allergy Season

        The approach to managing a child's allergies is similar to that of an adult, with some important differences regarding medication choices and dosing. In general, there are three ways to treat a child's allergies:

        • Avoidance of the allergic triggers
        • Use of medications
        • Allergy shots (immunotherapy)

        Avoidance of Allergic Triggers
        Avoidance of the causes of a child's allergy symptoms can often be the best way to prevent symptoms. There is essentially no cost, no medication side effects, and it is essentially a curative approach to the child's allergic problem. Examples of at least partially avoidable allergens include pet dander and dust mites. However, avoidance of allergens is often difficult and not always possible. For example, plant pollens and mold spores are part of the outside air, and short of keeping a child indoors all the time, it is impossible to avoid exposure to these allergens. Once allergy testing reveals the presence of allergic antibodies to various triggers, an allergist may recommend avoidance of these triggers.

        Use of Medications

        When avoidance measures fail or are not possible, many children will require medications to treat their allergy symptoms. The choice of medication depends on numerous questions to be answered by the parent or child's physician:

        • How severe are the child's allergies?
        • What are the child's allergy symptoms?
        • What medication can the family get (over the counter prescription)?
        • What medication will the child take?
        • Does he/she need medication daily or intermittently?
        • What side effects might the child experience from the medication(s)?

        Allergy Shots
        Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, treats allergies by reducing the child’s sensitivity to allergens. Although immunotherapy doesn’t work for everybody and may be only partially effective in some people, it does offer some severe allergy sufferers the chance to eventually reduce or stop using “rescue” medication.

        This therapy might work for your child if he/she suffers from severe allergies and cannot avoid the specific things he/she is allergic to. It is most successful when used to treat:

        • Those with allergic rhinitis
        • Those with asthma
        • If it begins early in life or soon after the allergy develops for the first time

        Work with your child's doctor to discover what will work best for your family and allow your child an active and joyful life.

         

        Teaching Children About Money

        Green sometimes gets a bad wrap. It is often associated with nausea, envy, and jealousy. On St. Patrick’s Day, if you are not wearing green, you will get pinched! But green also has its positive side. Take cash, for instance. Having a lot of green is definitely a good thing.

        Money is a huge part of our society, and there is so much to learn. Children need to be taught to spend wisely, distinguish between wants and needs, and use coupons, ads, and sales. They also need to learn how to save, and budget. Early life experience will prepare them for making financial decisions as adults.

        With so much to teach, where do we begin? And how can we help our children to enjoy the process? Learning about money can, and should be, fun. Teaching concepts through games helps children to learn practical skills in a challenging and entertaining environment. The Washington Department of Financial Institutions has compiled a list of financial education websites with games for children of all ages. TheMint.org also has compiled information for children about earning, saving, spending, and giving.

        Along with games, children need to see money in action. Allowing children to take an active role in figuring and maintaining a household budget will help them to understand the value of money, saving, and using a budget. If they earn money, encourage them to keep their own budget. A child’s budget form is available at womens-finance.com.

        Knowledge of money is a necessity. So give green, green knowledge that is. Help the learning process to be fun and exciting through games and challenges and by giving opportunities to see how money works in real life.