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A Message From Our Principal

    Dear High School Families,

    Happy December!

    High school events continue to roll along. The first trimester is complete, and we are proud of all our fall sports and how they finished, as well as the musical put on by the theater department in November. Great job to all our participating students. By the time you get this, winter sports and activities will be in full swing, with state competitions for cheer and dance and regular season for Knowledge Bowl, wrestling, and boys and girls basketball. The music department’s SnowShow! is coming up quickly as well. We encourage you to come out and support these students as they represent our school in a variety of venues.

    As we get into the middle of the second trimester, I encourage you to work with advisors and teachers if you have any questions about how things are going here at school. Remember that the holiday break is a great time to work on things like senior projects, job shadowing, community service, and internships so that students stay on track for graduation. For those of you who are new to the high school, we will have a modified schedule on December 21 (the last day before break) to allow advising groups to celebrate together before they leave. Start and end times remain the same, but we have moved advising to lunch time to give them more time together as a group that day.  

    Thank you for all you do to support our school. We have an amazing group of students and faculty here at University. Student leadership students are continuing to promote a positive message this year with encouragement notes to each student, a campaign they are calling Umatter, and reminding us all that each day is a good day to be a Bulldog! It is a privilege working with such a great group of people each day, and I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring. It is great to be a Bulldog!

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Casey

    Jeff Casey
    High School Principal
    jcasey@universityschools.com

    High School News
    Activities to Beat the Winter Blues

    As the short days and long nights of winter roll into February, both parents and kids start feeling bored by the old standbys for family entertainment. If you can quote the lines to all your favorite videos, and your best games don’t excite you anymore, it's time to try some new activities to chase away the doldrums and make winter your new favorite season.

    Design Your Own Fun
    Design your own fun with a creative art project. You probably have leftover art supplies from other school years, and now is the time to put them to good use.

    • Create self-portraits. Try the old light-and-shadow trick in which you use a lamp to cast a shadow of your child’s profile onto a sheet of paper taped to the wall (make sure that your child is between the lamp and the paper). Once you have drawn around the profile, let your child decorate the profile with paint, markers, or crayons. Yarn makes great hair that your child can either glue or staple on.
    • Make paint stamps out of erasers or cut-up chunks of potatoes. Simply dip the carved surfaces into washable acrylic paint, and stamp away onto sheets of paper!
    • Create 3D collages by pasting elbow macaroni, spaghetti, or oatmeal onto paper; after they are dried, paint them.
    • Collect all those short little pieces of crayons, peel off the paper coverings, and then put them into a muffin tin (cupcake paper is optional). Bake in a 250 degree oven for about 15-20 min., swirl with a toothpick, and then let it cool completely. You have now created some new round crayons that will change colors based on what you put in it!

    Drown Out Boredom
    If your child needs more action, try drowning out the boredom with bubbles or noise:

    • Bubble machine: Make your own bubbles. Since there are different approaches to this, check out pinterest.com and type “bubble solutions” in the search box for recipes to create small, large, huge, and unusual bubbles. You could be a hero with this one!
    • Percussion instruments: Save up some empty water bottles, and put in a few inches of various types of beans and rice. By adding some cornmeal, you can change the tone. Be sure that the lid is either twisted or taped down tight to prevent spillage. You have now created a percussion section!
    • Play some festive music: Use a spoon as a baton to conduct the music while encouraging the children to dance and/or use their shakers. Plan a parade route and march around to the music.
    • Make up your own songs: Make use of whatever instrumentation you might have around your home, and have your children suggest topics on anything from airplanes to ice cream. Make up silly lyrics and tunes, record them, and then enjoy the laughter when you play them back.

    With a little forethought and planning, you can be ready for those days when your children need to stay inside. Let these fun activities become special memories for them in the years to come.