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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

    High School students and families,

    Happy May to our high school Bulldogs!

    May is a busy time in the high school, and it is great to be able to have all of the events and celebrations planned for this month. Please continue to watch emails for details of events.

    We are excited that May will bring back baseball, track, and girls tennis, all of which lost their entire seasons last year. Please come support your student athletes as they compete in May and June this year. The school year wraps up in May with seniors’ last day on May 20 and the last in-person day for all high school students on May 27.

    May 3 - Academic Awards
    We will be posting these as a virtual presentation again this year. As we finish up the school year, we want to make sure to recognize the incredible academic achievements of our students. Especially with all of the challenges of this particular school year, many students have worked hard to continue to achieve excellence in their academics. Before the pandemic started, we were working on better ways to celebrate academic achievement as our attendance at the awards ceremony had been steadily declining for some time. Please don't interpret the awards being virtual as a dismissal of the importance of these achievements. We just need to find a new and better way to honor academic award winners moving forward. For this year, we will be sending out a link to a presentation with all award winners.

    May 15 - Prom
    The junior class officers and Mrs. Pollard and Miss Wilhelm have continued to work hard on plans for prom. Please continue to watch emails for ticket information and other event details. Mrs. Weaver and I made the decision to use testing as our primary COVID precaution for this event in lieu of other measures. We continue to try to balance safety measures with providing experiences for students. By testing ahead of the event, requiring masks and holding it outdoors, we are able to allow students to attend without dividing them into smaller cohorts, allow out of school guests, and allow dancing (without social distancing). Even though dancing is considered a high risk activity, we feel that the testing allows us to have relative confidence that we will be mitigating the safety risks of a more normal event. Please stay tuned for details about testing at the school on the Friday before prom. (As an aside, I am a father of daughters, and I would prefer social distancing at all dances forever. It seems the students do not agree!)

    As we approach prom, the fact that we will be testing all prom attendees brings a bit higher probability of quarantines. If someone does test positive in the prom screening, it would require the quarantine of any close contacts for the two days prior to the test. If your student prefers to do classes online for the two to three days leading up to the testing event, please make sure to contact the office and let us know.

    May 28 - Graduation
    Graduation will be on the football field in the stadium again this year. We are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. that evening. If we have to cancel for weather, we will hold it the next morning at 9:00 a.m. Each graduate will be allowed six guests, and the ceremony will be livestreamed on the school website. At the ceremony we will wear masks and practice social distancing. Graduation practice will be on the same day at 1:00 p.m.

    Thanks for being Bulldogs!

        Sincerely,

        Jeff Casey

        Jeff Casey
        High School Principal
        jcasey@universityschools.com

        High School News
        Keeping Children Safe Around Water

        Now that summer is approaching, nothing sounds more appealing than a dip in the pool to cool off from the heat. However, when swimming pools, plastic kiddy pools, or bathtubs are involved, children need constant supervision. All it takes is two inches of water, and a child can drown.

        This is the time of year that you hear the unfortunate news of children drowning. According to Steve Eastwood’s article from About.com, around 90 people die in drowning-related incidents each year, and 75% of those deaths were children who were being watched by only one adult and were out of his/her sight for five minutes or less. If that is all it takes, there’s no excuse to leave your child alone for even one minute. If you need to go back inside or even walk out of the room while your child is taking a bath, take your child with you; or make sure that you have another adult watching him/her.

        Knowledge and preparation is the best prevention. The American Red Cross website offers classes to become CPR certified. Being prepared is extremely important. Look for a class in or around your area.  By being prepared, you can help save your child’s life or the life of another.

        Keep your kids safe during the summer this year. The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona is a group that consists of parents, health professionals, and business leaders who try to make aware the importance of water safety. The DPCA has a great website for those interested in getting involved in the cause against children drowning. It provides great tips and resources, from tips for lifeguards to grief resources for those who have been affected by or involved in drowning or near-drowning incidents. Summertime should be fun, so keep it that way by keeping your child safe.