Weekly News & Notes

Week Ending September 30, 2022

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On Tuesday October 4th at 6pm via Zoom, Uxbridge SEPAC will be hosting Mass Advocates for Children (MAC) as they present on Anti-Bullying. This presentation would be appropriate for both parents and educators. See attached flyer for more information. The zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the event, please fill out this Google form: Google Form for Anti-Bullying Zoom Link

Yearbook orders are open!

Order the 2023 yearbook early for the best price!


The 2023 Spartan Yearbook is now on sale! Order by September 30 to get the best price of the year.

Cost:

  • $60 through September 30
  • $75 from October 1 - January 31
  • $100 from February 1 until we sell out

Two ways to order:
  • Online: Go to yearbookforever.com and enter the school name to purchase with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal.
  • In Person: Bring an order form and payment to the UHS library to purchase with cash or a check made out to Spartan Yearbook.

Emergency Responses at UHS

Every so often, we have a number of emergency responses that we need to put in place at UHS. We also are required to drill these, as we had a drill for lockdown procedures last week. From time-to-time, we have to engage these procedures, such as a shelter-in-place, when there are situations that arise. The definitions below help explain what these are and what are used for.



There are three types of drills that are required for all staff and students in all school buildings during the school year:

Evacuation/Fire Drill – is used when it is important to move away from the building to a secure location away from the building. These drills will take place at least four times per year under the direction of the Uxbridge Fire Department.

Shelter in Place – is used to protect staff and students from incidents and/or distractions that are taking place in the hallway. A hold in place implies that instruction should continue within the classroom, and that students should remain in the classroom until further notice. These drills will take place at least two times per year.

Lockdown – is used to protect staff and students from a threat inside the building. It is to be used when it may be more dangerous to evacuate the building than it is to stay in a secure classroom within the school and utilize tactics from ALICE training. These drills will take place in coordination with the Uxbridge Police Department.


We generally call for a shelter-in-place when there is a medical situation that requires confidentiality. We also will communicate the purpose and reason for these almost immediately after. We realize the temptation to text and call, but we will do our best to keep people as informed as possible.

News Briefs

1. We appreciate the families that brought to our attention the condition of the American flags outside. One of them had sustained some wind damage in the past couple of weeks. New flags are on the way!

2. Progress report grades for term one will be updated and should be available online early next week.

3. Next Friday, October 7, is a half-day for teacher workshops. There will be no weekly news published next week.

4. The Boys Cross Country Team ran its record to 4 and 0 on the season by defeating Grafton 22 to 33 and Southbridge 16 to 47 yesterday in Grafton. The Spartans swept the top 3 spots with Aidan Ross, Lincoln Schiller and Carl Gallawan. Max Deary placed 5th and Tyler Bergman was 11th to round out the scoring for the team. With the wins the team has reached the milestone of picking up their 50th and 51st consecutive Dual Meets!

5. In our latest podcast (linked at the bottom of this email), we chat with Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and State Rep Mike Soter, both of whom support our community!

Athletic Busing Challenges

September 2022


Dear Parents, Guardians, Supporters, Coaches, and Spartan Student-Athletes:


Earlier this week, we received information from our bus company that the bus driver shortage was going to create additional challenges for the Uxbridge Athletic Department. Earlier this year, we were given information that we would be allowed only two buses for athletics at 2:30 p.m., which created some scheduling challenges and necessitated significant work on adjusting game times with a number of our opponents. This week, we received word that, as of October 1, we would have access to a single bus at 2:30 p.m. and all other buses after 4:00 p.m.


The reasons for the bus driver shortage are consistent with what districts across the country are facing. For our bus company alone, dispatchers, mechanics, and management have all been driving buses, but the staff has been stretched incredibly thin and safety has been compromised, particularly as some buses have needed maintenance and crews have been on the road rather than working on the buses. Additionally, dispatchers, when on the road, are not in the bus depot, which compromises two-way communication in the event of road incident, accident, or other unfortunate circumstance. We appreciate that the bus company has been working on getting additional drivers certified, but the process is long and arduous, with many drivers who begin the process unable to finish it.


We have started the process of rescheduling, looking at school half days, later start times for fields that have lighting, and weekend dates. It is entirely plausible that we may be reaching out to families to consider car-pool efforts for games, which is the practice at some other local schools, particularly for middle and intermediate school athletics, as varsity competitions are prioritized. We are also looking to maximize our school vehicle fleet. Unfortunately, the options are scant and cooperation needed to make the best of the situation - particularly as the daylight hours start to reduce heading into the fall season.


We will do our best to keep families, coaches, and student-athletes as informed as we can. Please know that we will continue to do all we can to keep our programs viable, even through difficult circumstances beyond our control.


Tri-M Music Honors Society Induction!

Congratulations to the new members of the Tri-M Music Honors Society, inducted at this week's ceremony!

Pictured below:

Front row: Eleanor Kimball, Maren Anderson, Milla Mace, Sydney Danies, Sophie Ellenberger, Isabella Ristaino:

Back row: Ms. Penza, Chapter President Isabelle Nolan, Chapter Vice President Olivia Holden, Chapter Secretary Lincoln Schiller, Chapter Historian Sam Noel, Hunter Levesque

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