The Scoop

University High School and Preparatory Academies

Welcome to the New School Year!

New beginnings or change can create excitement, anxiety or a little of both. The 2015-2016 school year is off to a wonderful start. We are extremely pleased with the leadership of our upperclassmen. Their demeanor has positively impacted an already progressive culture and climate. Being organized is another strategy that eases transition and fortunately, our UHSA/UPREP PTA purchased planners for our children. I offer the following strategies for organization and encourage you to use them as topics of conversation throughout the week.

Recommendations for planner use:

  • Make the planner a part of the daily routine; carry it always

  • Use backward planning for studying, projects and essays

  • Fill in assignment due dates immediately

  • Use color coding, flags or stickers as reminders

  • Record everything in the planner, including sports, homework, band, etc.

  • Ask your son/daughter to share the best thing they accomplished/learned during the week

  • Use abbreviations for speed and convenience

  • On Friday, ask your son/daughter what is on next week’s agenda

  • Don't discard old pages, the pages may include important information he/she may need at a later date

Remind your son/daughter to schedule the following:

  • Regular blocks of homework/study time

  • Assignment due dates

  • Field Trips

  • Test dates

  • Dances, homecoming, parties, birthdays, dates, spring break

  • Family gatherings, vacations, excursions

  • PSAT, SAT, ACT test dates

  • Deadlines for standardized tests

  • Fee due dates

  • College application and scholarship due dates

Veteran parents may notice the new format to what was once called the “Bi-Weekly Message from Dean Williams.” This school year, we are piloting a new communication format, “The Scoop." The Scoop will be published at the beginning of each month. You will continue to receive a message from me, student acknowledgements and important activity reminders. However, our new communication will include information from our counselors, assessment coordinator and much more. I hope you find the new format more informative.

Before I sign off, I want to remind parents/guardians about Southfield Public Schools new tardy procedures. If a student is late to first hour, a parent/guardian must sign the student in at the main office. We appreciate your support of the new procedures.

In the spirit of excellence,

Dean Williams

Tips for SUCCESS in Your Literature and Composition (ELA) Course

In keeping up with the latest technology, UHSA’s ELA Teachers have worked diligently to provide the following platforms to all students in grades 8-12:

  • Adopted Google Classroom, which sends alerts when a new assignment, including homework, has been posted AND will send an alert once the assignment has been graded.

  • Online access to ALL ELA textbooks, grades 8-12, using the student’s unique login (given by teacher); Physical copies are available for in school use only, including during Seminar. Assignments generated from the textbook are also available online.

  • Implemented Remind as another resource to send to students for upcoming assignments, assessments, and supplies; notifications are sent via text messages and available for Parent access as well.

Additional technological resources are available per the teacher discretion, but all are being used to ensure students’ academic success. Google Classroom and the online textbook are best utilized via Tablet, Chromebook, or Laptop; Smart phones have limited access and viewing capabilities. In certain instances, a limited number of these devices can be borrowed for in class use only.

We look forward to another successful year in ELA!

Links & Resources

For more information about Google Classroom, please view this short video.

For more information about Remind, please click here.

For more information about Chromebooks, please click here.

The Assessment Corner

Mark your calendars! On October 14th students in grades 8th-11th will take the PSAT/NMSQT. In order to begin testing in a timely manner, all students must arrive by no later than 8:15 am. Student names and room assignments will be posted throughout the building. Please bring an approved calculator (10th & 11th graders only) and a few number two pencils. For a list of approved calculators, please read over page 32 of The Official Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT. A printed copy of this guide was sent home with all 10th and 11th grade students.

This test is important for all of our students because it is a strong indicator of how they will perform on the SAT. Additionally, the test identifies a student areas of strength and weakness, which can be linked to the student's Khan Academy Account for personalized test prep. Our 11th grade students also have the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Our seniors will have a late start, with classes beginning at 11:30 am.

Here are a few tips for success on the PSAT/NMSQT:

  1. Take the practice test which can be found in The Official Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT.
  2. Get a good night's rest.
  3. Eat breakfast in the morning.

The Counselor Corner

Students and staff work together to create a wonderful, supportive learning

community at the U. Collaborative learning gives students the opportunity to

develop positive relationships with both classmates and teachers. However,

occasional conflict is inevitable. Students have the opportunity to participate in

mediation if they find themselves involved in a conflict by completing a Mediation

Referral Form in the main office. Mr. Patton and Mrs. Slevin will process the

mediation. The entire UHSA staff is committed to providing a positive, nurturing

environment; we are willing and ready to help our students navigate conflict.

Announcements and Acknowledgements

Congratulations to Briana Moore, Class of 2016. Briana is a National Merit Achievement Scholarship Semi-Finalist.

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 UHSA Student Representative to the SPS School Board, Royal Byrd.

Congratulations to Raymond Johnson & Kelsi Fulton who were recognized as Students of the Month by the Southfield-Lathrup Optimist Club.

Tuesday, October 6, is a Dress Down Day. Participation costs $2.00. Wrist bands will be sold in front of the main office on Tuesday morning.

Wednesday, October 7, is Count Day. It is important for all students to be present all day.

On October 7, special meetings are scheduled for UPREP parents in Room 211, and for Class of 2016 parents in the auditorium. Both meetings will begin at 6:30 pm and will last approximately one hour.

October 16, is the end of the first marking period.

Parent Teacher Conferences for students whose last names begin with A-J are Wednesday, October 28, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Parent Teacher Conferences for students whose last names begin with K-Z are Thursday, October 29, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

There is no school for students on Friday, October 30, due to staff professional development.