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University High School and Preparatory Academies

Welcome to the April Scoop!

Dear UHS&PA Family,

Greetings from London!

The London 2016 UHSA Educational Tour is well underway. Our days have been full of breathtaking sightseeing, entertaining theater, and international cuisine. We are enjoying ourselves and look forward to what lies ahead during the last days of our learning experience. Information regarding the 2017 (Madrid and Barcelona) and 2018 (Greece) Educational Tours is at the end of this edition of The Scoop.

Parent-Teacher Conferences for all students are scheduled for April 7, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the gymnasium.

April is the month in which the Michigan Department of Education’s State Assessments are administered to students grades 8-12. Carefully review the following schedule.

Monday, April 11, 2016: Eighth grade students will begin Michigan State Test for Educational Progress (MSTEP) Testing. This is a regular school day for all students.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016: Only 9th, 10th and 11th grade students are expected to attend school. All 9-11 grade students should arrive to school before 8:00 am. Juniors will take the SAT; freshmen and sophomores will take the PSAT. We are looking forward to 100% attendance from our 9th-11th grade learners on April 12th. Lunch will be served after testing. Students will spend the rest of the afternoon in seminar (beginning at approximately 1:00 pm).

All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students need the following for testing on

Tuesday, April 12th:

  1. Approved calculator (we do not have calculators for every student)

  2. No.2 pencils (mechanical pencils are not allowed)

Equally important, cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices are not allowed in the test rooms. Students must store devices in their lockers.

Important Note: UPREP (8th grade) and seniors do NOT have school on Tuesday, April 12th.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016: Juniors will take the WorkKeys Assessment. This is a regular school day for all students.

Thursday, April 14, 2016: Juniors will take the Science and Social Studies MSTEP. All students are in attendance for the entire school day.


Dean Williams

Announcements & Acknowledgements

Ms. Hackworth, Mrs. Banks, and Ms. Dixon took 20 students to the NSBE 42nd Annual Convention in Boston, MA. Look for the story in next month's edition of The Scoop!

Ms. Lewis and several members of Student Congress are heading to the MASC/MAHS Student State Leadership Conference next weekend in Traverse City! We look forward to hearing about the conference when they return!

Lyndon D will compete in the American Legion's 2016 National Oratorical Contest next weekend in Indianapolis, IN. Good luck Lyndon!

The National Honor Society is hosting a Spring Fling Dance on Thursday, April 14 from 2:45-4:45 in the gym. Tickets are $5.

Tuesday, April 19 is a $2 Dress Down Day.

The next PTA Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm in Room 211. We hope to see you there!

The Fine Arts Festival will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 6:00 pm.

UHSA Juniors Win Over $8,000 in Scholarships!

The “U” is pleased to announce $8,200 in scholarships has been awarded to our students through The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, and the Wolverine Bar Associations 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Advocacy Competition.

Each year, the Justice Advocacy Competition Committee, on behalf of the three sponsoring associations, invite 11th and 12th grade students from select high schools to participate in this exciting and worthwhile competition. The purpose of the MLK Advocacy Competition is to promote oral advocacy among high school students and encourage students to develop and improve their analytical and writing skills.

Typically, the essay topic relates directly to academic and/or societal realities that some students encounter each day. This year’s essay topic was: If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive, would he argue that Blacks should focus on the #AllLivesMatter movement to focus more globally and generally on all lives or would he support the #BlackLivesMatter movement?

Each student submitted an essay of approximately 1000 words. Members of the three associations reviewed the essays to select the finalists. Finalists were notified by email and assigned a mentor. Finalists met with mentors and worked one-one one to improve public speaking skills. Next, students were invited to speak on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Wayne State University Law School. Finally, finalists competed and were awarded scholarships. Our students took 1st-5th place in this prestigious completion! All of the scholarship recipients are in Mrs. Peek’s English class. We are grateful to Mrs. Peek for supporting our students.

Cantara W. $5000.00

Sasha L.B. $1500.00

Jolyna C. $1000.00

Jason N. $750.00

Rose T. $500.00

Congrats to Angelo!

Angelo M earned 3rd place in the Optimist Club's Oratorical Contest! This year's topic was "How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others." Angelo wrote about how playing basketball in his former neighborhood united his community. Way to go Angelo!
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AP Testing is One Month Away!

AP Testing runs from May 3 - 13, 2016. This year we have over 130 students taking 10 different AP Exams! Students are excused for the entire day of their exam. Locations, days, and times are as follows:

Tuesday May 3 - Room 211 - 12:00 pm

AP Art History

Tuesday May 3 -Room 101 - 12:00 pm

AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Wednesday May 4 - Room 101 - 8:00 am

AP English Literature & Composition

Thursday May 5 - Room 101 - 8:00 am

AP Calculus AB

Thursday May 5 - Room 211 - 12:00 pm

AP Seminar

Monday May 9 - Room 101 - 8:00 am

AP Biology

Wednesday May 11 - Room 211 - 8:00 am

AP English Language & Composition

Thursday May 12 - Room 101 - 8:00 am

AP World History

Thursday May 12 - Room 101 - 12:00 pm

AP Statistics

Friday May 13 - Room 101 - 8:00 am

AP Human Geography

AP Studio Art - Submit portfolio with Ms. Bergasse

The Counseling Corner

We are proud to announce that senior Briana M has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. This is a highly prestigious scholarship program.

The University of Michigan has announced an exciting new scholarship opportunity for our current ninth grade students called the Wolverine Pathway Scholarship. This opportunity is a free, year-round program that partners with families, school and community to provide learning experiences that promote success in school, college and future careers. All Wolverine Scholars who successfully complete the program and apply to the University of Michigan and are admitted will receive a full, four-year tuition scholarship. Applications are due April 24 and can be found on the Wolverine Pathway Scholarship website:

Although there is snow on the ground as I write this message, summer is right around the corner. There are a wide variety of summer opportunities for high school students. Please visit our website to review the programs.

Class of 2018 Panera Fundraiser

Please support the class of 2018 and their upcoming Panera Bread Fundraiser!

The fundraiser will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Lathrup Village Panera on Southfield Road.

Just print off the flyer below (or pick up one from the main office) and purchase something to eat or drink. A portion of your order total will go to the class of 2018.

Please come out and show your support!

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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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March 29, 2018 - April 6, 2018


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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