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Greetings University Middle and High School Families,

2020 has been a year like no other; no one in our learning community has experienced anything remotely close to what we have lived through these past 12 months. The year began with hope and excitement and quickly turned into a tailspin. Our daily schedules were disrupted and paused, celebrations and vacations were cancelled or postponed, loved ones were lost, we were challenged to adapt to new norms, prioritize our personal health and safety and witnessed political and social movements against the mistreatment of marginalized citizens. I’m sure many of us are emotionally and physically exhausted.

As we approach the winter break and a new year, I am reminded that there is power in collective hope and optimism. My hope is that we continue to uplift and encourage one another. Let’s pay attention to what we can control and focus on being hopeful and spreading optimism. Before the end of the year, I encourage you to sit down with your family, record responses to the following questions and share out your answers. Throughout the year, revisit what you’ve recorded and/or display your answers in a visible place.

  1. Write down 3 things for which you are grateful.

  2. Write down 3 hopes for 2021.

  3. Write down at least one way you will make a difference in someone’s life or the lives of others (if your desire a broader goal) in 2021.

  4. Write down the names of 3 people who will support your positive thinking and how each individual can support you.

The UMHSA staff wishes everyone in our learning community a safe, healthy, and hope-filled winter break and New Year!!

Here’s to optimism,

Dean Williams

Announcements & Acknowledgements

Congratulations to Assistant Dean, Mr. Harry Patton for being recognized by the Detroit Lions as their “Champion of the Game” Fueled by Campbell’s Chunky. Mr. Patton will be featured during the December 13th home game in a pre-recorded interview during Virtual Pre-Game Show. Thank you, Mrs. T. Washington, for nominating Mr. Patton for this honor!

Mark your calendars! Join us for “Balancing...Moment to Moment, Exercises to Help You Relax” on Monday, December 7, at 6:00 pm. The evening’s seminar will be facilitated by Mrs. Paula Lightsey, Certified Mindfulness Facilitator. Use the following link to join the seminar: Balancing...Moment to Moment. Access code: 157 675 8835, Password: Mindfulness. Or join by phone +1-415-655-0001 US Toll.

Spread the News! The UMHSA admissions application for the 2021-2022 school year is available on the SPS and UMHSA website. Applications are due on December 11, 2020.

Attention 6-8 Grade Families! On Monday, December 14, at 6:00 pm, join us to learn more about your scholar’s iReady score reports. The link will be sent in a separate email.

Winter Recess is December 21, 2020, through January 3, 2021. Classes resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, 2021 classes are not in session.

Semester exams for high school students only are January 19 through January 21. Please see the attached schedule. These are regular school days for middle school students.

Friday, January 22 is Records Day for all staff. Classes are not in session.

Chromebook Repairs

If you need technical help with a Chromebook, please visit the Return to Learn Link on the district website and click on "Technology". You will be able to submit a Service Ticket with the Oakland Schools Help Desk. The website information is also quoted below:

Technology Issues? For technical help on a device you have received, please contact the Oakland Schools Service Desk via phone at (248) 209-2060, email at or online ticket submission/LiveChat.

Dean Williams has office hours reserved just for UMHSA parents/guardians. “Meet with the Dean” gives you the opportunity to chat with Dean Williams about matters of importance to you and your scholar. Please visit to schedule an appointment.

Mr. Patton, Detroit Lions "Champion of the Game"

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Mr. Patton's Interview

Detroit Lions Pregame Show | Week 14 vs. Green Bay Packers
The video should start at the 56:25 mark, but just in case it does not, scroll to 56:25 to see Mr. Patton's interview! Enjoy!

High School Exam Schedule

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All of the Virtual Open House Links are now LIVE on our website! The link below will take you to the Virtual Open House Webpage, where you'll find numerous videos with information about all of our departments and special programs.

Please share the link below with families who may be interested in learning more about the U!

Click here to share with interested families!

Check out Dean Williams' Opening Remarks as well as our middle and high school overview videos below!

University Middle School Academy and University Highs School Academy Virtual Open House
Experience the U - High School

December Seminar Calendar

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January Seminar Calendar

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Register for our Virtual 5K

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The Counseling Corner

In the month of November and December, counselors will hold grade-level meetings to introduce Xello to students.

Xello Career Readiness assignment -

All students at UMHSA will be completing their Educational Development Plan (EDP) in Xello. Xello can be found in your child’s Clever account. Xello has several components that help students learn more about themselves as they explore careers of interest. Please have your child show you their Xello account and what is required.

Southfield Public Schools is offering additional resources to students who need a trusted adult for advice and guidance in non-academic matters or to support behavioral/social goals. There are three options:

Easterseals: For new individuals/clients, please call (248) 475-2150 to get scheduled for intake. Easterseals will offer intake using telehealth and will continue to provide services using a telehealth platform. Psychiatrists and doctors are using telehealth as well, please call (248) 475- 6300 for an appointment.

EasterSeals Contact:
Jennifer Thayer, LMSW, CAADC|Program Manager
Office: (248) 475.6307 | Fax: (248) 475.6370 |
2399 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills, MI 48326 |

CNS Healthcare Mobile Services: CNS Healthcare is equipped and ready to offer services via phone or Microsoft Teams. For new adults, children, and families intakes, please contact Amy Stern, LMSW Program Manager, at (248) 409-4155.

CNS Healthcare
Office: (248) 745-4900 | Fax: (248) 994-8005
279 Summit Drive Waterford, MI 48328 |

Ascension Michigan School-Based Health Centers: Ascension Michigan School-Based Health Centers are offering virtual medical and mental services to students Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The medical services available are COVID-19 symptoms, follow up visits, medication refills, rash, acne, allergies/sinusitis/URI, pediatric constipation, asthma refills, contact dermatitis, eye complaint, fever, influenza, pediatric gastroenteritis, headache, insect bites, nose bleeds, otitis externa, skin infection, and health education sessions. The mental health services provided are treatment for anxiety, trauma, grief, behavioral/mental health education, psychoeducation, mindfulness, coping skills, and depression.

Individuals can access the service by calling (248) 398-0199 or by emailing Nurse Practitioner Rasanda Dorsey at or the Behavioral Health Counselor Darryl Allen at

Looking for free tutoring?

GVSU's K-12 Connect is a gateway for the university and its students to connect and engage with K-12 schools, families, and students to support them throughout their educational journey.

Free virtual tutoring services are available to K-12 students throughout the state of Michigan. Tutors are volunteer GVSU community members and include faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, etc. Volunteers have indicated grade bands and subjects they are comfortable working with and must pass a GVSU background check prior to working with students.

Click on the link to register: K-12 Connect Virtual Tutoring - K-12 Connect

Scholars of Distinction

These students have excelled this first marking period of the 2020-2021 school year. Please join the UHSA learning community in congratulating our students whose first marking period grade point average is 3.5 or higher! Great job!

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AP Exam Collection - Postponed

Due to the three week order, AP Exam Collection has been postponed.

Stay tuned for future collection dates!

Cash and money order are the only acceptable forms of payment. Exam fees are as follows:

  • $143 per exam for AP Capstone (AP Seminar or AP Research)
  • $95 per exam for all other AP Exams

Families who qualify for free or reduced lunch should reach out to Mrs. Maas for the forms and adjusted fees at:

ACE Mentor of SE Michigan program

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The ACE Mentor of SE Michigan program is
returning in January 2021 in an all-virtual format.
Registration is open now.

ACE is a FREE after school program open to any high school student with the curiosity and drive to learn about the various career paths in the design & construction industry.

ACE Mission: To engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.

High school students benefit from a nationwide program designed to introduce them to careers in Architecture, Construction and Engineering!


  • The ACE Mentor Program is FREE!
  • Students will be dual enrolled at LTU and will receive loaner laptops to use for the program.
  • Students that successfully complete the program are eligible for three credits to be applied to most Michigan colleges or universities.
  • Seniors that successfully complete the program are eligible to apply for scholarships.

To support students in learning about the program we have planned an informational session as an overview. There are three dates in October to choose from and the virtual presentation will run from 4:00 – 5:00 PM.

Presentation Dates:

  • October 8, 2020
  • October 15, 2020
  • October 22, 2020

Event Registration Link: ACE Mentor Program Presentation for Students and Parents

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**Important Links to Bookmark**

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