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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,

    It is hard to believe we are already finishing the first trimester of the year. Thank you for your participation in conferences, supporting our students in academics, athletic events, arts events, and for all the work you do as parents. There is no more important job than parenting children. Thank you! It is our privilege to partner with you in their education. Please let us know if there are ways we can better communicate and support students, or parents, through this high school journey.

    A few updates and reminders…

    • Sources of Strength is a new program we have started this year. Peer leaders and adult advisors will be doing a campaign to get the word out to students about the program this month.
    • Second trimester begins soon. Please remind students about the importance of good attendance and turning in all their work in every class.
    • We have had some discussions about the late start for the next school year. It appears that we will continue to keep the start and end times close to the middle school and elementary for several reasons. We are working on the possibility of rearranging the order of the staggered times to allow high school to start last instead of first. This would be a change of about 20 to 25 minutes from our current schedule.
    • Please remind your older students to keep checking the FYI from the counseling office for scholarships, college visits, and college application information.
    •  Life and schedules can get crazy around the holidays. Please communicate with the school about absences, homework, and any ways in which we can support your student at school.
    • Senior projects are in full swing, and there are some great things happening with this group of seniors. If interested in volunteering for senior boards in the spring, please contact Denise Vaardahl to sign up.
    • If you are looking for a way to help your student prepare for upcoming SAT tests, we recommend using the Khan Academy program and linking it with your college board account to build a personalized plan to prepare for the test in April.
    • Math tutoring is available after school Tuesday through Thursday in Mrs. Parker’s room until 5:15 p.m.
    • Homework help is available in the library after school as well.

        As always, please feel free to contact the school about any concerns and suggestions you may have. We enjoy working with you to help these young men and women build a successful path toward their futures. Have a great month of Thanksgiving and thanks for sending your students to University!

        Sincerely,

        Jeff Casey

        Jeff Casey
        High School Principal
        jcasey@universityschools.com

        High School News
        Tech IQ

        Please take a moment to review our monthly tidbits about the effects of electronics on students.

        Question: Is there such a thing as video game addiction?

        Answer: It depends upon who you ask, but more and more people are saying 'Yes'. 

        In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) added Gaming Disorder to the ICD-11. While many studies seek to show the benefits of video games (such as those used in the classroom), other studies refer to the release of dopamine while playing video games as the link to possible addiction. Either way, experts say it is best to balance the use of video games with other mind-engaging and physical activities.

        For more information on gaming disorders please read the entire WHO report. You can also visit the Video Games Addiction Symptoms and Treatment website for additional information.