Golden Bear News: Sep 15, 2023
September 15, 2023
Message from the Principal
September 15, 2023
Dear UAHS students and families,
The Ohio Department of Education released report cards for the 2022-2023 school year. You can review UAHS’s report card here. While we need to take a moment and celebrate earning five stars in the four areas being measured, we must also recognize that this is just one measure of the very complex work we do as educators. We will continue to reflect, learn, and grow.
This week marks the midway point of quarter one. All grades will be updated by Monday morning. Please be sure to check your progress in PowerSchool.
Enjoy your weekend!
Andrew C. Theado
- 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 Competition Gym
- 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
- Oct 10 ~ PTO Meeting, 7pm-8pm in the Foundation Room
- Oct 11 ~ PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11 at UAHS (no regular classes)
- Oct 11 ~ Digital Learning Day for Grades 9 & 12 (will not attend school)
- Oct 13 ~ End of 1st Grading Period
- Oct 16 ~ Teacher Work Day (no students)
- Oct 18 ~ Family Connection Webinar, 4:30pm (Link to join)
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!
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.
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 email@example.com. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 22.
Class of 2024
National Honor Society
Eligible seniors (who were not inducted into the National Honor Society last spring) received an email on Thursday morning inviting them to apply. Please encourage your eligible student to get their application in before the deadline of Friday, September 29 at midnight.
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 email@example.com 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.