Golden Bear News: September 8, 2023
September 8, 2023
Message from the Principal
September 8, 2023
Dear UAHS students and families,
We have had a terrific first several weeks of the school year. Thank you to all of our students, families, and staff members for making it happen. Having said that, the end of next week will mark the midpoint of quarter one. Please be sure you are checking PowerSchool to stay updated on individual progress. If there are any questions or concerns, please encourage your student to take on this responsibility by communicating with the teacher.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Andrew C. Theado
- Sep 12 ~ UAHS PTO Meeting, 8:30am-9:30am in the Foundation Room
- Sep 13 ~ Family Connection Webinar, 4:30pm (Link to join)
- Sep 13 ~ Senior College Planning Meeting, 7pm-9pm in the UAHS Performing Arts Center
- Sep 15 ~ Student Activity Fair, Period 4 & 5 on Golden Bear Boulevard
- Sep 18 ~ MIT Central Ohio Night, 7pm-9:30pm in the UAHS Performing Arts Center
- Sep 18-22 ~ 2023 Homecoming Spirit Days
- Sep 18-22 ~ Start With Hello Week
- Sep 20 ~ Early Dismissal at 1:30pm
- Sep 23 ~ Homecoming Dance, (tickets) 8pm-11:00pm at UAHS
- Sep 27 ~ Panorama Survey, Gold Period
- Sep 29 ~ Make-up Picture Day, 8am-1pm in the Field House
- Sep 30 ~ Summer Community Service Due for Grades 10-12
- Oct 8 ~ Suburban College Fair, 1pm-3:30pm at Otterbein Univ
- Oct 10 ~ Fall Choir Concert, 7pm-8:30pm in the UAHS Performing Arts Center
As part of our efforts to support student well-being and social-emotional development, the district administers the Panorama survey twice a year - once in the fall and once in the spring. The Panorama survey allows us to assess students’ perceptions of social-emotional learning, including the critical skills and mindsets as indicated in the Profile of an Engaged Learner. This online questionnaire encourages students to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning. Collecting and using this data to support students is vital information that we use to monitor and gauge key aspects of the district strategic plan.
The Panorama survey will be administered at UAHS on Wednesday, September 27, during Gold Period. It is our hope that all 9th -12th grade students will participate. As in past administrations, we will focus on areas that directly connect to our district’s mission to challenge and support every student, every step of the way. The focus areas are emotion regulation, self-management, sense of belonging, social awareness, supportive relationships, and equity and inclusion. Families of students in grades 6-12 may review the questions students will be asked here.
Our staff will review student responses while asking two key questions: What do our students want us to know? How can we support them? Building-level data, as well as focus-area aggregate results for individual students, will be visible to your student's building administrator, counselor, and teachers. They will use this information, as needed, to design specific supports for schools, grade levels and individual students.
Again, it is our hope that all 9th through 12th grade students will participate. If, however, you would like to opt your student out of the survey or if you have questions, please complete and submit this form by Thursday, September 14, 2023. Thank you for your ongoing support of our students and our school.
Peace Pole Dedication Event
Join Upper Arlington Schools, the City of Upper Arlington and the Upper Arlington and Tri-Village Rotary Clubs for dedication ceremonies on Monday, September 11 of two community Peace Poles, provided by Rotary International District 6690. The Peace Poles stand as a symbol of hope for peace on Earth and carry that message in multiple languages. There are more than 250,000 Peace Poles placed in locations around the world, now including the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center and Upper Arlington High School.
Upper Arlington High School ceremony: 5 to 6 p.m., with the ceremony beginning 5:30 p.m., Lisa Ingram & Greg Guy East Courtyard (just west of the tennis courts)
Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center ceremony: 6 to 7 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m., Tremont Road Parking Lot
Homecoming Spirit Days
Monday, September 18 ~ Groutfits (all gray)
Tuesday, September 19 ~ Adam Sandler Day
Wednesday, September 20 ~ Class Colors
- Seniors - White
- Juniors - Blue
- Sophomores - Black
- Freshmen - Pink
- Staff - Red
Thursday, September 21 ~ Soccer Moms vs. BBQ Dads
Friday, September 22 ~ Your Favorite Holiday
Note: Click HERE for more details about the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 23 and ticket information.
Start With Hello
Start With Hello Week is an annual celebration dedicated to making new social connections by engaging in conversation with one another to create a sense of belonging among young people. Start With Hello gives us an opportunity to celebrate the importance of inclusive connections.
This year, as part of the September Start With Hello week celebrations, Upper Arlington Schools will create a digital gallery of student work celebrating the themes of Start With Hello and honoring their commitment to a sense of belonging. Items featured in the gallery might include a piece of fine art, a structural design, a performance, etc., to lift up the themes of Start With Hello.
For more information about the gallery, including how to email your submissions, click here!
The STAND Project Fall Events
The Stand Project is committed to providing the UA community with resources, education, information and inspiration related to the prevention of substance abuse.
If you missed the Can You See Me Now? exhibit on GBB during the UAHS Open House, you have another opportunity on Wednesday, September 20 at the Hilliard Darby High School Performing Arts Center - free dinner is 5-6pm and the community presentation is 6-8pm. An awareness initiative by Hilliard HART (Healthy Awareness & Recovery Together), this free event allows community members aged 21+ to explore this simulated teen bedroom to identify potential warning signs of drug and alcohol use and risky behavior. It is worth the trip across the river!
This fall, The Stand Project will also offer programming for the community including Street Smart on October 26, Community Naloxone Training on November 9 and Book Club in a Bag. You can see this flyer for more details.
Photos for the 2023-24 Yearbook
ATTENTION PARENTS: The Norwester Yearbook Staff is starting off the year strong by designing and organizing content for the 2023-2024 yearbook. They would love to see photos of your students. A google document will be provided through our instagram account @uahsnorwesteryearbook. To submit photos simply upload photos from your camera roll, state the student’s name, grade, and image category (shown on google doc) and we’ll capture the best moments of Upper Arlington students in the yearbook! If you do not have an Instagram account and would prefer to email the photos, you can also do that. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you include the name and class year that they are in as well as some information that describes the photo. The staff will try to use all photos that are submitted. The editorial staff will decide what photos can be used depending on space availability. Please make sure photos are school appropriate.
Health and Well-being Guidance and Resource Site from the Ohio Department of Education
The information on this website is intended to provide practical ideas and easy steps to help support child (and adult) well-being.
Summer Service Hours (10th, 11th, & 12th Grade)
All 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students are required to complete six hours of community service to have been excused from school on August 16. As a friendly reminder, it is essential to record your service in x2VOL. Instructions on how to record your hours can be found on the community service page of the high school website. To ensure timely completion, please enter your hours online by Saturday, September 30. Failure to do so will result in the retroactive marking of an unexcused absence for Wednesday, August 16, and a potential Saturday School.
Youth at the Booth
Juniors and Seniors in good standing who will be at least 17 years old by Election Day have the opportunity to work the polls on Tuesday, November 7 through Franklin County’s Youth at the Booth Program. Participating students must commit to working all day and to attending training. Pay is $193 (or $223 with an additional optional training). Interested students can find the details on the Class of 2024 and Class of 2025 Canvas Pages. They can also reach out to Mr. Soccorsi (email@example.com) with any questions. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 22.
Family Connection Webinar Series
Consider joining us on September 13 at 4:30 p.m. for our first webinar. We will be discussing the academic supports we have to offer at UAHS, how to interpret the Ohio State Test results, and how to read UAHS's State Report Card which should be released late next week.
- September 13 - Link to join
OhioTechDay is a celebration of the people, companies, and ideas that make Ohio tech possible. Ohio Tech Day is designed to include and inspire students: our next generation of leaders in tech and innovation. Any company, school, or organization interested in growing Ohio into a tech hub that creates opportunities for all Ohioans is welcome to participate.
Upper Arlington HS will be welcoming representatives from CSCC to speak with interested 10-12th grade students about the Central Ohio Workplace growth opportunities, and how the growing programs at CSCC are being developed to support this workforce need. Check out this article for more information.
Passwords for Staff and Students in Grades 6-12
The UACS Technology department recently had a network security penetration test completed. Data in the report pointed strongly toward the easy access hackers have to UA emails and matching passwords on the dark web. The access stems from staff and students reusing their school email address and exact same school password to sign up or register for sites/services outside of our district tools and resources. Given this finding we are making the following recommendations:
All staff and students in grades 6-12 are being asked to go to reset.uaschools.org and change their password to a passphrase that meets these guidelines:
- 8 characters long
- 1 capital letter
- 1 lowercase
- 1 number
- 1 special character
Do not use your school email account to sign up for programs, websites, resources, gaming, shopping, food delivery, etc. Specifically, do not use your school email AND your school password in tandem.
2023-24 UAHS Clubs
We are excited to publish our extra-curricular club offerings for the 2023-24 school year. Students, staff and families can access the list of our offerings one of two ways.
- Canvas Page
Students should all have access to an up-to-date list of our co-curricular, endorsed/sponsored and student-run offerings via our Student-Life Canvas page. Please note that only students and staff with a uaschools.org account can access the student-run club offerings.
A link to our offerings can be found on our Student-Life web page. Please check back periodically as additions will be posted as they are received. Again, only students and staff with a uaschools.org account can access the student-run club's offerings.
Please reach out to our office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 614-487-5210 if you have any questions.
Attendance is a critical component to learning. Students need to show up in order to take full advantage of the education programs we offer. When a student has an unexcused absence from class, both student and parents/guardians will be notified the next day and a consequence (detention) will be assigned for each unexcused absence. Be sure to check your attendance each day to ensure it is accurate.
Reporting an Absence
Class of 2024 Information
Caps and Gowns
Information from Jostens was sent to each of you earlier this month. A representative from Jostens was at the high school today, September 1, during both lunch periods taking in-school orders. Please see this link for more information regarding available packages. If you were unable to place an order today, please order your student’s cap and gown at www.jostens.com as soon as possible. Cap and gown orders will be distributed on Thursday, April 18, during lunches to ensure these items are not misplaced prior to the commencement ceremony. All other items will be delivered promptly after an order is placed. All graduating seniors who intend to participate in the graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 26, are required to wear a cap and gown.
Important Senior Dates 2023-2024
September 13: Senior College Planning Meeting
November 15: Senior Financial Aid Meeting
February 1: Information Due for Commencement Program (Info will be sent in December)
March 25-29: Spring Break
April 5: Cum Laude Induction Banquet
April 18: Jostens Cap and Gown In-School Distribution Day
April 27: Junior and Senior Prom
May 2: Senior Honors Assembly
May 16-17: Senior Exams
May 20: Senior Breakfast, Senior Celebration, Graduation Rehearsal
May 26: Graduation at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at 9:30 a.m.