UCAS Weekly

October 12, 2021

Principal Message

“The American ideal is not that we all agree with each other, or even like each other. It is that we will respect each other’s rights, especially the right to be different, and that, at the end of the day, we will understand that we are one people, one country, and one community, and that our well-being is inextricably bound up with the well-being of each and every one of our fellow citizens.” - C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General (1916–2013) As a school administration, we seek to foster positive interactions between our students both in and out of the classroom. The well-being of the UCAS community is inextricably bound up with the well-being of each and every one of our students, teachers, and staff members.

It is rewarding to observe students holding the door for each other, explain a difficult concept, or sit with someone who is having a rough day. The work our students do to boost each other up is foundational in our success. Everyone in the UCAS community benefits from these small acts of positive citizenship. The expansion of UCAS clubs further supports positive interactions. We hope these extracurricular activities will provide additional social and emotional support that will improve the overall wellbeing of our students.

Recent behavior and social media posts have left school staff concerned about a loss of investment in building a positive culture at school. Graffiti in the bathrooms, items being thrown in toilets, personal items being stolen, and extreme messes in the lunchroom send the message that students have lost their connection with the UCAS community and the need to care for the well-being of others at school. One administrator, when commenting on these behaviors, has often said, “That doesn’t happen at UCAS”. It is time we begin to address the root causes of these behaviors. While school discipline and legal consequences are possible results, an even greater threat is the loss of the unique family-like community that UCAS has enjoyed. Please contact us if there are causes you have observed that we can address.

As an administration, we ask that you spend some time during fall break to talk with your student(s) about why they are attending UCAS, what it means to them, and what they are doing to contribute to the positive citizenship we value. Part of the UCAS mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment. Thank you for all you do to help us realize this goal.


Mr. Wilde, Miss Wenger, and Mrs. Derbidge

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Dear UCAS Parents,

Today will mark the first meeting of the UCAS Parent Advisory Council. We anticipate meeting on the second Tuesday of each month, though this may change depending on the needs of the parents and staff who choose to participate on the council.

The purpose of this Council is to serve as a PTA-type organization for UCAS and to serve as an advisory board for the allocation and spending of trust lands money for UCAS. The UCAS school board gives final approval of trust lands spending but this Council will look at school goals and make a plan for how that money should be spent and submit that plan to the board for approval.

As part of its PTA-type responsibilities, this council will coordinate parent volunteers to help at the school for various activities such as dances, open-houses, parent-teacher conference meals, etc.

If you are interested in participating on this council, you can attend our first meeting today. You can email our Assistant Principal spencer.wilde@ucas-edu.net for an invitation to our Zoom meeting today at 2:30.

Thank you for being a part of our UCAS community.

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  • Juniors! You may still sign up and pay to take the PSAT test. Payments can be made in the main office with Mrs. Fife- the test is $17.00 and you will need cash or check to make a payment. The test will take place on Wednesday October 13th at 8:30

  • NHS members! The deadline to pay NHS fees in Orem is this Wednesday October 13th at 11:00 a.m. Please bring your payment of $10.00 cash or check to Mrs. Fife in the main office. If you combine the payment with the PSAT test, the total is $27 dollars and you can pay by card.

  • Fall Break is THIS WEEK! We hope you are able to stay home and relax on Thursday and Friday.

In Case You Missed It

  • We need a student supervisor! Want a steady job with predictable hours? Apply now by sending a resume to anne.orton@ucas-edu.net

  • If you missed the window for picture ordering, don’t worry! The window will open again a week before retakes. Picture retakes are on October 21.

  • COVID Testing at UCAS will be held for students on Thursdays from 8:00 - 8:30. They will only be offered at the Orem campus. Tests are optional. You can just show up between 8 and 8:30 to be tested. Check in at the front office. There will be NO TESTING DURING FALL BREAK

We Need YOU!