The Scoop

University High School and Preparatory Academies

Welcome to the January Scoop!

Dear UHS&PA Families,

Happy New Year UHSA Family!

The University High School and Preparatory Academies staff hopes everyone enjoyed the

winter recess. It was a time to rest, renew and reflect. Every end marks a new beginning. With enthusiasm, we look forward to the end of the first semester. Your sons and daughters have been diligent; they have studied, collaborated, researched, created and presented. The end of the first semester is the perfect moment for a fresh start. It is the time to revisit goals, celebrate successes and plan ways to end the school year on a strong note.

Start the New Semester on the Right Foot

1. What went right last semester? It’s easy to focus on what went wrong and where you

want to see improvements. However, it’s also important to step back and recognize

achievements mad during the first half of the school year.

2. Re-set SMART Goals

3. Establish a clear plan for studying and finishing homework. Check to make sure it is

correct and put it away in the right place so it can be turned in the next day.

4. For high school juniors, increased emphasis on SAT and ACT preparation is encouraged.

5. Foundational skills were introduced, developed and applied during the first semester.

Second semester, students will continue to develop and apply those skills. If there are

weak areas, they should be addressed now.

6. Clean out binders! Take out materials that won’t be needed for the new semester and

store them in a folder at home.

7. Evaluate the academic support system that was in place for the first semester. Perhaps

your son/daughter had a study partner, met with a teacher or tutor. Evaluate whether

the system was adequate. Also would your son/daughter benefit from other support, or

is he/she ready to be more independent? Contact Counselor Abraham or Counselor

Slevin for tutoring suggestions.

This is the time of year when preparations begin for high school graduation and eighth grade promotion. Equally important, the counseling and administrative teams prepare for the 2016-2017 master schedule. In the near future, your son/daughter will select courses for next school year. Be on the lookout for course selection sheets and correspondence from our Counseling Department.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead,

Dean Williams

Announcements & Acknowledgements

Congratulations to Mrs. Maas! She earned funding from for a classroom project called “Chromebooks in the AP Classroom.” In addition, Mrs. Maas has been selected by the College Board to be an AP Seminar Reader.

The National Honor Society is pleased to recognize Jackie Wheeler for her outstanding work in directing the NHS Induction ceremony.

Veronica VanKosky and Autumn Davis-clarinets are MSBOA District IV Honors Band Nominees. The following students earned OCCRA (Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association) Awards:

Blake Colman: MVP for UHSA

Brandon Rucker: Honorable Mention UHSA

Ryan Arnold: Honorable Mention UHSA

The semester one exam schedule is attached below for your convenience. Please remember January 25, 26, and 27 are half days of school. Students are dismissed at 11:45 am. The building will close at 12:00 pm.

Please support StuCo's fundraiser on Wednesday, January 27th - this is one of 2 fundraisers to assist us with raising money to attend our annual State Conference. Please spread the word to your various clubs/organizations. It's $20 for 2 hours of jump time. Friends, family, and neighbors are welcome. No advanced payment necessary, but upon arrival, they should identify they're supporting UHSA.

January 28, is Records Day. Students do not Report.

January 29, is a district-wide professional development day. There is no school for students.


Please join our special guest, Superintendent, Dr. Lynda Wood at our January 19, PTA Meeting. The PTA meeting begins at 6:30 pm in room 211.

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2016 Helps a Family in Need

Several Class of 2016 board members from University High School Academy purchased and donated Christmas gifts for a local family through Orchards Children’s Services in Southfield. The family, which includes a mother and three children, received clothes and toys from the Class of 2016.

Orchards Children’s Services is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian child welfare agency licensed by the state of Michigan and nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Children and Families (COA). As the Southeast Michigan Region’s premiere foster care, child welfare and adoption agency Orchards is dedicated to providing high quality professional services to children, youth and families in Michigan.

The Testing Corner

AP Exams: Are They Really Worth the Cost?

When you take an AP course and score successfully on the AP Exam, you can save on college expenses. Most colleges offer college credit for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits will allow you to save thousands on college tuition. You can check a specific colleges' guidelines on accepting AP scores for credit and placement by searching the AP Credit Policy Database. Additionally, the AP Bulletin for Students and Parents, which was sent home before break, provides more information about AP Exams. If you did not receive a copy, you can download it here.

AP Exam registration opens on Monday February 22 and concludes on Friday March 11. Students must first sign up on Mrs. Maas' Testing Site by completing the registration form. Once you are registered online, you may bring in payment to Mrs. Maas in room 205.

Exam fees are as follows:

AP Seminar $139

All other AP Courses $92

If you are eligible for free or reduced lunch, be sure to complete the Sharing Information With Other Programs Form. This form will entitle you to a $39 discount on each exam. Forms can be picked up from Mrs. Maas in room 205 or downloaded here.

The Counselor Corner

On Thursday, December 17, our student seminar leaders conducted a school-wide seminar lesson about Smart Goals. You can watch the video, by clicking here. All UHSA students created a Smart Goal during this lesson. Students set goals related to their academic performance, test preparation for the SAT, and/or greater involvement in extracurricular activities. Greater performance in these three areas will benefit them when they are ready to apply for colleges and search for scholarships. Please ask your child to show you his/her goal, located in their College Readiness Google Classroom, and assist them as they work to achieve it.

As we approach semester two, our Senior Class of 2016 has applied to a wide variety of colleges and the students are now busy searching and applying for scholarships. Colleges and scholarship committees are often looking for involvement in extracurricular activities both inside and outside of school. We encourage students to get involved in something for which they feel passion whether it be community service, Class Board, and/or Art Club.

We recently inducted an outstanding group of students to our National Honor Society chapter. In addition to having excellent grades, students had to be involved in significant community service outside of school as well as organizations within our school in order to be selected for membership. Please talk with your student about their school/community involvement and support them as they seek to become more involved.

Madrid & Barcelona

April 1, 2017 - April 8, 2017


Round-trip airfare, all transportation, sightseeing tours and site visits, all hotels with private bathroom, breakfast and dinner daily, full-time multi-lingual tour director.

All-inclusive insurance is available.

Click on the link for more information & check out the flyer below.

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