Another Quarter Down… Time to Celebrate!

I can’t believe it is already the end of Quarter 3!  Where has the time gone? Quarter 3 was just as action packed as Quarter 2, and there has been much learning!  One of my favourite things we do at UAS is Week Without Walls.  Although all the trips are important, it is really the Service Learning trips that have had the greatest impact on our students.  Please take 4 minutes to watch this video:

We have extraordinary kids at UAS and the Week Without Walls is an excellent opportunity for our students to truly live the Mission of our school.  We have a lot of work to do with the home portion of the Week Without Walls experience; and although nothing will be able to match the bonding, learning and importance of our overseas trip we are committed to developing Week Without Walls to ensure all students get the opportunity to explore ways to become caring, critical thinking, responsible global citizens.

Tomorrow at 2:00 the High School will be conducting our second student celebration of the year in the MPH.  The first Assembly was great and many of our students are eager for the next one.  We hope that this assembly will be bigger and  better than the first, which, if you missed it can be recapped here.

I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.  The fourth quarter is sure to have many more great memories and we are excited for all the important learning our students are going to do.


International Day – Wednesday!

Come Join International Day on Wednesday!

On March 15th, UAS will be celebrating International Day.  The PTSO along with students and teachers throughout the school have been working tirelessly to prepare for what will truly be a day to remember! The Elementary, Middle and High School will each visit the festival throughout the day.  High School students are encouraged to wear the colors of their flag or their own national dress.  The High School will run a shortened day schedule whereby all classes finish before our regularly scheduled lunch break.  At 1:20, students will be dismissed to the International Day festival.  They should bring spending cash for the food trucks which will be selling items for lunch.  Students will need to buy vouchers from the PTSO booth in order to pay for food at the vendors’ trucks.  

Starting at 2:00, performances will take place on stage by students across all three school divisions.  These performances will wrap up around 3:00 and students who ride the bus, and are not staying for the remainder of the day, should prepare for their ride home.  Buses will run at the regularly scheduled time of 3:25.  The evening performances will begin at 3:30 and the International Day festival will end at 7:00 PM.  The International Day celebration will be a great event for the entire UAS community.  We do hope to share the fun and enjoy the festivities with you, so see you there! 

As a preview to all the fun, check out this video from International Day 2015!  This year is sure to be bigger and better.  We hope you will join us!

A Week in the Life of a Busy High School!

March 5th, 2017.

It’s a real shame that the KHDA inspection didn’t happen last week. If it had, we would have been able to showcase so much of what we are proud of.  Here is what we did last week:


Drop Everything and Read.  As part of our Literacy Month, the whole school stopped on Sunday to have 25 minutes of quiet reading time.  Our Literacy initiatives are paying off.  Our MAP tests show that our kids are doing an exceptional job reading.  Moreover, last night we got our PISA results from 2015.  If UAS were a country, we would be number one in the world in reading!  That is a fabulous result.

Blood Drive.  In the spirit of giving, UAS ran it’s annual Blood Drive this week.  Those who were old enough to participate did so.  We had 63 people donate over 100 litres of blood!

MONDAY: PSAT testing.

Our PSATs are done and based on our results last year, we have much to continue to be proud of!  In our Grade 10 cohort from last year, we had 3 students in the 99th percentile!  We’re hoping to top that this year!

TUESDAY: Athletics Banquet

On Tuesday we celebrated our season 2 athletes.  The turn-out was amazing!  What impressed me the most was the quality of speeches our students wrote.  Our kids are amazing speakers and we will continue to put them on stage where they belong!  Huge kudos to Mr. Trottier and Mr. Carter for developing such a heart-felt celebration of student achievement.

NESAC Boys Basketball Championship Celebration – 2017 Universal American School

WEDNESDAY: Week Without Walls Reflection Meeting

Last week we sat down and talked as a leadership team about one of the things we are the most proud of: our external Week Without Walls Trips, and, one of the things we recognize needs improvement: our Week Without Walls here.  Lots of great ideas came to the table.  As it stands, the overseas trips are life-changing experiences for kids.  They do meaningful work and learn the value of altruism.  So much more can be done here.  We are looking to improve engagement in our work placement programme and  raise expectations on a local programme driven by curriculum.  We welcome any feedback you may have.

THURSDAY: Cap & Gown

The class of 2017 met early in the library on Thursday to try on their Grad Caps and Gowns.  With Graduation just 2 months away, the energy in the room was very exciting!  The senior parade took the grads on a stroll down memory lane, where some of them got to walk the halls of the Elementary wing – where they attended school 11 years ago!  After that, we met on the field for our Group Photo. The students looked amazing and we were so proud to be a part of their special day.  Huge thanks to the Senior Moms for their support of this event!

Every week at UAS is action-packed.  I can’t wait to share it with the DSIB inspectors this week!

Have a great week, UAS!