Weekly News and Notes, 9/13
First, thank you to so many of our families for joining us at last night's Meet the Teacher night. It was great to see you interacting with our staff, and we look forward to partnering with you the rest of the year.
Key Dates for Fall 2019
Homecoming September 23-28
Progress Reports October 2
½ Day October 11
PSAT October 16
Financial Aid night TBD
First Quarter Ends November 5
Report Cards (1st Quarter) Week of Nov. 12 (11/14)
Parent Conferences November 14
German Exchange Program
As you may have heard, Uxbridge High will be hosting international students visiting from Germany. We believe the international student exchange will enrich the educational experience at Uxbridge High School and provide a unique opportunity for our students to learn about the culture of another country and share the culture of the United States.
During the 3 weeks that the international students are here (10/13-11/3) we need families willing to host them. The students do not need a private bedroom but do need their own bed. This could be a pull-out couch or air mattress in your child’s room. They have insurance and spending money; the host family is responsible for room and board. In addition to host siblings earning 30 service hours, for host families, the benefits of an international exchange increase greatly due to their immersion in the program – friendships develop, bonds are created, and lives are changed. As an added benefit, many American host siblings have visited their new friends in Germany over summer vacation.
It is no surprise that Uxbridge High families have responded generously to our initial request for host families. However, there are still nine international students (7 girls and two boys) in need of a host family. If you can open your heart and your home to a student from Germany, please contact Mr. Rubin or the group’s area coordinator, Maria Rodriguez, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-708-4759.
PSAT Day & College Visit Day: October 16
We wanted to reach out to parents, students, and families about the forthcoming PSAT administration at Uxbridge High School, which will take place on October 16, 2019. The PSAT for 2019 will be administered to all members of the sophomore and junior class. Given the changes that the College Board made to the SAT, we wanted to position our students in the best place possible, not only for their post-secondary planning, but also for planning ahead to the SAT. In years past, the PSAT was administered to the sophomores and only to a certain number of juniors based on a first-come, first-serve basis. We are changing that to allow all students in the junior and sophomore classes to have access to the examination and its opportunities. Where our sophomores and juniors will be tied up with that administration for the better part of the start of the day, our guidance counselors will be facilitating the first workshop of the year with the freshmen and 8th graders, as they will begin the introduction to the guidance curriculum before attending classes in the latter half of the day. For our seniors, we are encouraging them to use the day for college and career visits. Most seniors will take a day to visit a college campus, and others have reported a need to spend some time working on college applications and exploring career options. Thus, while our sophomores and juniors are taking the PSAT and the freshmen working with counselors on learning styles, seniors may visit colleges, spend a day in a job shadow, or interview with a prospective college admissions representative. Seniors who do not come to UHS on October 16 and visit a college on that day will be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities on that day. Using this opportunity as a “College/Career Visit Day” will help them plan with counselors into November and be less disruptive, since the rest of the building is going to be busy with other endeavors. We will outline more details for this day when counselors meet with seniors at the end of September. Again, we look forward to the opportunity that the events of October 16 will provide our students. Feel free to reach out to your child’s counselor if you have any questions.
There will be an information session for all students and parents interested in Destination Imagination on Monday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Our Science Olympiad team held signups this week with Mr. Lui. Interested students should contact him directly, and he is typically found in room B208.
Week That Was
Have a great weekend!