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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
        Volunteers Needed

        We need 30 community volunteers to help with senior board presentations on Monday, April 6, 2020, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Seniors will submit a portfolio and give a ten-minute presentation about their project. The board will rate the project according to a rubric. We will provide training, and each volunteer will serve on a board made up of teachers and volunteers. Parents are welcome to participate, although parents of seniors will not evaluate their own child’s project. This is a great opportunity for parents of younger students to get an inside view of what their student will experience when he/she becomes a senior. If you can help, please save the date and email Denise Vaardahl at dvaardahl@universityschools.com.