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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

    Dear High School Families,

    Happy April Fool’s Day!

    As we navigate this challenging time, I am grateful for the wonderful community, students, and staff that we have at University.

    For the duration of this school closure, please communicate any concerns and feedback to us so that we can work to improve as we go. Teachers are working hard to plan and deliver meaningful education to students in our new environment, even as we wait for a return to normal schedules and processes. Many of the details are being worked out and adjusted as we go. Your patience, grace, feedback, and support are greatly valued as we work through these things together.

    During the closure, all school events are cancelled. As soon as in-person classes are restored, we will be making plans for whatever we can through the remainder of the school year. Several of our teams and groups had heartbreaking cancellations. Knowledge Bowl, Speech and Debate, FBLA, FCCLA, band, baseball, track, and tennis have all lost key competitions, state competitions, or entire seasons. Prom, senior projects, senior boards, concerts, and other events have been cancelled as well. We know that these are important parts of the high school experience for many students.

    We will work with students – especially graduating seniors – to minimize the effects of the disruptions and to understand individual situations where necessary.

    As you are working with your students at home, please know that we want to continue to support them despite the nature of remote learning. Our counselors and support staff are still working, checking in with students, and available, if needed. Teachers are offering a variety of ways to be in touch with them. Sources of Strength and student leadership will be working to provide ways to make positive connections with one another and stave off the isolation. Mr. Campbell and I are also available for students or parents as needs arise.

    Again, I am thankful for the wonderful people we get to work with at University. The ways in which our community has responded has been awesome in pulling together and supporting one another.

        Sincerely,

        Jeff Casey

        Jeff Casey
        High School Principal
        jcasey@universityschools.com

        High School News
        Minimize First Day Jitters

        The start of the school year is an exciting and sometimes scary time for children. Not knowing what to expect that first day often leads to nervous stomachs and sleepless nights before the first day of school. Advance preparation can help relieve some of your child’s anxiety.

        • If possible, visit the school before the first day of school, either at a scheduled event or by appointment. Even if your child is a return student, it’s been a whole summer since he’s walked the halls, and a little refresher doesn’t hurt.
        • Talk about your child’s fears and expectations in the weeks before school starts. Recount some of your memories as a child. While it’s best to focus on the positive, a funny story or two about your past struggles could help put things in perspective too.
        • The week before school starts, work on getting back into a routine. Set your child’s alarm each morning, and have him get up and go through the school-morning rituals. This will help reset his body clock and get him ready to get moving in the morning.
        • Check out the school supply list, and make sure your child is prepared.
        • Get everything ready the night before. Prepare your child’s lunch, set out backpacks and outfits, and decide what will be on the breakfast menu. Then, send your child to bed early. He’s sure to have trouble falling asleep, so some extra quiet time may help settle his nerves.
        • Get your child up a little early that first day to alleviate some of the stress of rushing through the morning routine. Leave the television off to ensure your child keeps moving.
        • After school, talk to your child. Kids are notorious for one-word answers, so ask open-ended questions that require a longer response. “Tell me what you did today.” “What is your teacher like?” and “What was the best part of your day?” are some great starters.

        We hope your child is looking forward to his return to school. Some advance preparation is sure to help! Most of all, send him to school rested, prepared, and ready to tackle the year ahead.