USC High School
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BIG NEWS!! Important Learning Model Updates
More students will be welcomed back into the high school on February 16. According to MDE, students can be brought back on a rolling basis. With grades 5-6 coming back on February 1, the next group can be brought back two weeks later on February 16.
On February 16, USC High School will bring 7th and 8th grade students back AND our seniors. Bringing the seniors back with our 7th and 8th grade will allow most high school classrooms to remain at 50% capacity. Since three grade levels will still be operating in a hybrid learning model, it's important that we keep that 50% capacity for many of our classes.
Important Dates to Know
- February 16: 7th, 8th, and 12th grade students return to full in-person learning.
- March 1: 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students return to full in-person learning.
Thursday, Feb. 11 is a shortened distance learning day for all high school students, so follow the FRIDAY bell schedule.
Semester 1 and Quarter 2 have now closed
Let's Get Everyone Reading!!
Important Counseling Updates for February
by Kayt Klemek, USC High School Guidance Counselor
Grades 8-11 are in the middle of registration! All students have had their registration presentation and registration forms were handed out in class or mailed home. Registration forms are due back to Ms. Klemek by February 10!
CREDIT RECOVERY: USC will be offering after school credit recovery for this Spring starting February 9. Credit recovery is usually in Albert Lea, so this is a great opportunity to recover credits without the drive. Summer School may be back at Albert Lea. Applications are due to Ms. Klemek by February 5. Please email me with questions.
9th grade Career Navigator
This year, the Career Navigator program will be a virtual event where students will have the opportunity to explore different careers in each of the six career clusters. Mr. Neseth will be providing time in his American History classes for students to explore the world of work! This will begin the week of February 22.
Coming up in March:
Virtual Career Expo for 10th and 11th graders
Pre-ACT test for 10th graders (March 30)
ACT test for 11th graders (March 30)
Renaissance Senior Students of the Month
Congratulations to our Triple A Award Winner
Government Class Dives Into the Bill Process
The process for this was very fun. Mr.Rysdam introduced the class on how to pass a bill. It was
very interesting to see how the process had to go through so many people for it to even be
passed. I am glad I got this experience because it is another way for students to engage in
government and learn more in-depth about our government process. In addition, we as students
got to pass and veto bills that other students created. It was cool to be in the position of the
people who are passing and vetoing the bills. I think that doing this was very important. It is nice
to know more about the government than just the basics. It creates a new way to view things
and to appreciate the people who are in a government position. I really appreciated this
experience I got to have in government class. As hard as it was to try and get a bill passed
through, it was very fun and informational.
by Neveah Bathel
"The Bathroom Door" one-act play cast and crew.
VEX Robotics compete in a virtual competition
Students Read a Favorite Novel by Mr. Gorski
Seventh and Eighth graders in English class are finishing up the coming of age novel, The Outsiders. Most students are really enjoying the story of Ponyboy and his brothers trying to make their way through the world of 1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the novel, two groups of kids from very different backgrounds-the Socs and the Greasers- have conflicts, connections, and confrontations that change their lives. The movie version, directed by Francis Ford Copalla is quite good. A number of Hollywood stars got their start in the movie including Tom Cruise and Matt Dillon. Students will be watching the movie later this month and writing about the differences in a movie and a novel.
The novel remains a favorite of many, including my sister and Ms. Meyers (7-8 Math). The memorable, oft-repeated quote, “Stay Gold” comes from a Robert Frost poem that appears in the novel. A dying character wants to make sure his friend keeps the innocence and wonder of youth and can appreciate the beauty in the world. It’s a good thought, especially for middle schoolers, in this time of cold isolation.