Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mr. Conley's 1/23/17 message

Good afternoon parents, 
 
Happy New Year! Now that the holiday season is in our rearview mirror, and many of our New Year’s resolutions hang on the precipice of becoming substantial life changes (HANG IN THERE!), the winter temperatures seem to be staying above the freezing mark for the next 10 days leading into February. Could we escape the winter without a school closure and keep the final student day as June 12? (I’m afraid that I may have jinxed us).
 
Tomorrow morning we will begin our final day of Mid-Term Examinations with teachers giving Period 9 and Period 10 examinations. To clarify my email from this weekend, if you child does not have an exam in the morning and/or in the afternoon, then they can arrive to school later or leave early. 
 
Please note that the 2nd Marking period will conclude on Tuesday, January 24, and grades will be made available to parents on the PowerSchool portal on Tuesday, February 7 in the afternoon.
 
Today’s E-news will update you on some events that are happening at UHS this month. Please be sure to keep up-to-date on all high school events by following me on Instagram: mr_conley_uhs on Twitter: @MrConleyUHS (#CatchTheSpirit & #UAreWorldClass), “Liking” The Unionville High School FaceBook page, accessing our UHS website, or reading this monthly E-News. Our goal is to provide parents with multiple means of communication about life at UHS.

How to Raise an Adult Book Book Discussion: January 26 and Author Visit on February 23
This Thursday evening (1/26), every member of the UCFSD Community is invited to attend a community book discussion about Julie Lythncott-Haims’ New York Times bestseller entitled How to Raise an Adult
 
On the evening of Thursday, February 23, Ms. Lythncott-Haims will be speaking to parents about the issues that she raises in her book. (we will have an in-school assembly earlier that day where Ms. Lythncott-Haims will be addressing the UHS student body)

These two events are open to the community and free of charge, but please register for each so that we might better prepare and forward any additional information on to you. Thank you! Reserve your seat here

UHS Course Selection Evening: Thursday, February 2 from 7:00-9:00
Please join us for the annual UHS Course Selection Evening which will be held on Thursday, February 2 from 7:00-9:00 in the UHS Auditorium. Representatives from each of the UHS Departments will be in attendance to answer any of your questions and/or concerns about your child’s courses for the 2017-18 school year.

College Planning Night for All Families in Grades 9-11: February 16
On February 16 from 7:00-9:00 the UHS Counseling Center will be hosting “College Planning Night for All Families.”  The evening will consist of break sessions with college representatives from various colleges/universities speaking on a variety of topics relating to the college admissions process.  Interested families should arrive at UHS by 6:45. A list of topics and presenters will be available on the UHS Counseling Center website prior to the event.

SAVE THE DATE! The Used Book Sale-- Friday, Feb. 24 & Saturday, Feb. 25
The annual UHS Book Sale will take place at UHS on Friday, February 24 from 4:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m, and on Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Book donations are now being accepted at all UCFSD schools from now until Friday, February 19th. Please be sure to “Like” the Used Book Sale FaceBook page (“Unionville High School Used Book Sale”),  follow them on Twitter (@UHSthebooksale), and check out their website (UHSBooksale.org) for more information.
Thank you, and have a wonderful month!

Sincerely,
Jimmy Conley, UHS Principal

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Mr. Conley's 12/13/2016 message

Good afternoon parents,

With Winter Break only a few short days away, a buzzing excitement fills the air throughout  the hallways of Unionville High School. While last minute shopping trips and endless present wrapping will consume our time over the next few days,  I wanted to pause and take this opportunity to offer my personal wishes of Seasons Greetings and hopes that you and your family have a happy and healthy New Year! In whatever way that your family celebrates this time away from school, I hope that it provides all members of the UHS family with countless opportunities for memory making that are filled with laughter and fun.  *Please remember that our Winter Break is from December 23 to Jan 1. All students will return to class on January 2, 2017.

Today’s E-news will update you on some events that are happening at UHS this month leading up to Mid-Term Examinations. Please be sure to keep up-to-date on all high school events by following me on Instagram: mr_conley_uhs on Twitter: @MrConleyUHS (#CatchTheSpirit & #UAreWorldClass), “Liking” The Unionville High School FaceBook page, accessing our UHS website, or reading this monthly E-News. Our goal is to provide parents with multiple means of communication about life at UHS.


Listen to the “Sounds of the Season”: 12/13 and 12/20
Join us this evening (12/13), and next Tuesday evening (12/20) at 7:00 pm to hear our Unionville High School music students perform selections of holiday music. Our Instrumental musicians will be performing this evening (12/13), and the Vocal musicians will be performing next Tuesday (12/20). Please join us for two evenings of beautiful seasonal music.


UHS Holiday Spirit Week is Back!
The Unionville High School Holiday Spirit Week is back next week (12/19-12/22)! Below are the days next week when we will be “Catching the Holiday Spirit”:
Monday (12/19)    “Rollout of Bed PJ Day” (All UHS dress code rules apply!)
Tuesday (12/20)    “Holiday Hat Day”
Wednesday (12/21)     Snow Day (Dress in winter weather gear...no snowball fights, please)
Thursday (12/22)    Ugly Holiday Sweater Day


The UHS On-Line School Store is Open for Business
Looking for last minute holiday items for family or friends? Check out the new the UHS on-line School Store (https://squareup.com/store/unionville-high-school/)  to get some of our new UHS Spirit Wear. Sweatshirts, T-shirts, car magnets, etc. all available for your purchase.  All on-line orders will be mailed home or can be picked up in the UHS School store. Start the new year by “Catching the Spirit”... Go U!


UHS Attendance Reminders
As a reminder, next week at UHS we are on a full-day schedule from Monday to Thursday.  If your student will be absent or leaving early on any of these days, normal attendance procedures apply. Please be sure to review the “Early Dismissal Guidelines,” the “Absence Guidelines,” and the “Extended Absence Guidelines” in the UHS Student Handbook which can be accessed from the UHS website.


Reminder of Early Dismissal Procedures for Students
If an early dismissal is needed (for a doctor’s appointment, etc.), students must bring in a parent note to the Main Office at the start of that day.  *Please remember that we will not phone into a classroom and disturb instruction for an early dismissal.


UHS Mid-Term Exam Schedule: Jan. 19, Jan. 20, Jan. 23, and Jan. 24
Weather permitting, will be have two full-days of school on Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20, and two half-days of school on Monday, January 23  and Tuesday, January 24.

During the January 23 and January 24 examination days, students will be released from UHS at 10:45am. Parents may elect to pick up their student(s) or their student(s) may remain in a study hall until 2:18 pm if we receive a parental note indicating the student is staying in the study hall. Busses will run at 2:18 pm; no lunches will be served on those days.


Thank you, have a wonderful month, and Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,
,Jimmy Conley, UHS Principal

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mr. Conley's 11/2016 message

Good afternoon parents,

Now that Halloween has passed (although much of that dreaded Halloween candy still lingers), and as Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, I wanted to share my personal wishes of thanks to all UHS families and students. Your children come to our high school each morning with a positive attitude toward learning, with a kind word and a smile for each staff member, and with a goodness of heart that refreshes and renews our building each day. For all of those things, our UHS Family gives thanks each day.

Today’s E-news will update you on some events that are happening at UHS this month. Please be sure to keep up to date on all high school events by following me on Instagram: mr_conley_uhs on Twitter: @MrConleyUHS (#CatchTheSpirit & #UAreWorldClass), “Liking” The Unionville High School FaceBook page, accessing our website, or reading this monthly E-News. Our goal is to provide parents with multiple means of communication about life at UHS.

*1st Marking Period Grade Reminder: 1st marking period grades will be available to families on November 18th by 8:00 am


Fall Production: Antigone (November 10-11-12 @ 7:00)

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, The Unionville High School Players present Antigone, the first Greek tragedy performed on the Unionville High School stage.  This student-driven production includes original music composed and performed by Eric Folmar, choreography by Cameron Cofrancesco, and costumes by Marina Khazana. The music is performed live with Harrison Bass on keyboards, Calvin Collison on bass and Eric Folmar on drumset. Stage managers Megan Belgam and Victoria Vaugh designed and built the set.

Curtain is at 7:00 pm each evening. Tickets are available in the Main Office and at the door.


UHS Art Gala: Friday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19

Please join us for the 41st Annual Unionville High School Art Gala which will be held on Friday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19. This annual event showcases local celebrated working artists, UHS Alumni, and current UHS Students along with live music and great food! We are proud to announce Lele Galer as this year’s featured artist. Mark your calendars for this wonderful event!


The 2nd Annual UHS Lip-Dub is coming to UHS: Wednesday, November 23!

Every UHS students will “Catch the Spirit” on Wednesday, November 23 as we will be performing our 2nd Annual UHS Lip-Dub to this year’s song, Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (Feel free to practice your dance moves with your child over the next few weeks!) We will have an AM assembly on 11/23. During the Assembly period, we will gather and participate in this fun experience. Please remind your child to wear his/her Unionville Blue and Gold colors that day!

When the video is completed and edited, we will share it on the UHS website/Facebook page for all the world to see. A special thank you to UHS Assistant Principal, Mrs. Amy Jenkins, and to Tech Education teacher, Mr. Stephen Ortega, for working with our students to organize this fun and spirited event!  


UHS Attendance Reminders

As a reminder, during the week leading up to Thanksgiving,  UHS is on a full-day school schedule from 11/21-11/23.  If your student will be absent or leaving early on any of these days, normal attendance procedures apply. If an early dismissal is needed (for a doctor’s appointment, etc.), students must bring in a parent note to the Main Office at the start of that day.  *Please remember that we will not phone into a classroom and disturb instruction for an early dismissal.

Please be sure to review the “Early Dismissal Guidelines,” the “Absence Guidelines,” and the “Extended Absence Guidelines” in the UHS Student Handbook which can be accessed from the UHS website.


NO Latex Balloons in the Building

​We have a few  students at UHS with severe latex allergies. Please remember that we cannot have any latex balloons in our building for any event (birthdays, parties, etc.)
Thanks to all for your help!


Thank you, and have a wonderful month, and a Happy Thanksgiving!


Sincerely,

Jimmy Conley, UHS Principal