Lab E-News

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

All Schools

  • PA speaker series, William Deresiewicz, February 4, 7 p.m., ESH Lobby

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    Save the date: William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life will present at the February Parents’ Association meeting.

    In preparation, Lab counselors and the acting diversity coordinator are partnering to host parent book clubs in the weeks leading up to the speaker. Copies of Excellent Sheep will be for sale at the January PA meeting for $20. If you would like a copy prior to the January meeting , you can also purchase one in the Learning & Counseling offices. Contact Christie Henry or Lauren Collins with questions.

  • Summer Lab 2015 brochure arrives in homes soon. Registration opens January 5

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    June 22–July 31 marks this summer’s six awesomest weeks. Online registration opens January 5, and the early bird discount expires March 15. Be sure to register early so you can get your favorite choices. Check the Summer Lab website or call 773-834-7766 with your questions.

High School

  • Fall Quarter grades available on Monday, December 29

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    Fall Quarter grades will be available in PowerSchool Monday afternoon, December 29. If you have misplaced your login or password or would like to receive the midterms in the mail, please contact the High School office, Ms. Arrington or Ms. Robison, 773-702-9446. An email will be sent notifying you exactly when grades are available.

  • Parent-to-Parent, Wednesday, January 7, 8–9 a.m., Judd 204

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    To support our parent community in facing the challenges of raising an adolescent, the PA and the HS Counseling Department have organized an ongoing opportunity to meet with other high school parents and a U-High counselor to share, problem-solve, and support one another. Contact Kate Surmeier with questions.

  • College Financial Aid Information Program, Wednesday, January 14, 7 p.m., I-House, 2nd floor

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    Senior Assistant Director, UChicago Office of College Aid Jaime González (and former U-High parent) will provide information about the nature of the financial aid process and the forms families submit to be considered for need-based aid. We open this conversation to the entire U-High community, as well as to our eighth grade families, because we understand that family financial planning for college often needs to begin early.

    So that we may have adequate seating and handouts, we ask that you please RSVP to our Department Secretary, Jeannie Grbavac, 773-702-9445, ext. 0, by January 13.

  • HS Principal Chat, Wednesday, January 21 at 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Judd 204

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    Dean of Students Ana Campos will join this talk by Principal Scott Fech to share information about the attendance policy and to seek parent input on its implementation.

  • U-High welcomes exchange students from Beijing #4 High School

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    Eleven students from Beijing #4 High School will be visiting U-High and living with U-High families from January 17–February 8. We are excited to welcome them in this second exchange with a high school in China. U-High students will have the opportunity to visit their new friends in China when they travel in June to reciprocate the experience.

  • 2015-2016 registration and course selection information

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    The Program of Studies, which contains detailed course information, will be distributed to students at school mid-January. It will also be available online on the High School homepage.

    Parents will have two weeks to review the Program of Studies with their child. Advisors and counselors will also be working with students at this time to assist with the decision-making process.

    Online registration opens the week of January 26 and will remain open for two weeks, closing on February 6. During that time, students may login to PowerSchool and select courses. They may do so multiple times until the February 6 deadline, should they change their mind about a course. Please remember that staffing and sectioning decisions are made based on the information we receive during this initial course registration period, so it is important that parents and students reflect on the need to fulfill graduation requirements and an appropriate course load.

    General questions about course registration and planning can be directed to your child's advisor or counselor. Advisors will be checking in with advisees during this time to ensure that all students complete the registration process.

    • Specific course content-related questions should be directed to the department chair of the relevant department.
    • Current eighth grade families should work with the Middle School and their Middle School Advisors to select the courses most suitable for freshman year.
  • Junior College Workshops to begin

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    Junior College Workshops will begin meeting the second week of January. Class rosters, times, and locations are posted outside of the High School Learning and Counseling office. Attendance is required at Junior College Workshops. If a student needs to change the period to which they are assigned, they should see their college counselor.

  • MLK Assembly: Thursday, January 15

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    The annual Martin Luther King, Jr., assembly will be at Rockefeller Chapel starting at 9:40 a.m. This assembly at University High School has been going on for more than 30 years, and this year’s assembly will once again have several student pieces as well as a guest speaker all in remembrance of Dr. King.

  • Senior Get-Away Retreat, Saturday, January 24, 8 a.m. to Monday, January 26, 4 p.m.

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    The faculty chaperones and Ms. Campos look forward to spending this time relaxing with the Class of 2015 at their final grade level event and in celebration of the end of the college application process. Contact Ms. Campos with any questions.

Middle School

  • ERB reports now available

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    Families of sixth and eighth grade students can find their ERB results in PowerSchool. Please email Ms. Cecilia Mullon with any questions or concerns.

  • Summer Lab 2015 trip to Pucará, Ecuador or Crow Canyon, Colorado

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    Science Teacher Tony Del Campo and Service Learning Coordinator Hannah Evans will lead a service learning adventure to Pucará, Ecuador. Students will experience twelve days of cultural immersion and collaboration on sustainable development projects with local students and citizens. Application deadline is January 16, 2015.

    Crow Canyon Archaeology Center in Crow Canyon, Colorado is for students in grades 5–7.

    More details including chaperones, timing, and costs are at the Summer Lab Field Study website.

  • Open to grade 8 parents: College Financial Aid Information Program, Wednesday, January 14, 7 p.m., I-House, 2nd floor

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    Senior Assistant Director, UChicago Office of College Aid Jaime González (and former U-High parent) will provide information about the nature of the financial aid process and the forms families submit to be considered for need-based aid. We open this conversation to the entire U-High community, as well as to our eighth grade families, because we understand that family financial planning for college often needs to begin early.

    So that we may have adequate seating and handouts, we ask that you please RSVP to our Department Secretary, Jeannie Grbavac, 773-702-9445, ext. 0, by January 13.

  • 2015-2016 registration and course selection information

    More

    The Program of Studies, which contains detailed course information, will be distributed to students at school mid-January. It will also be available online on the High School homepage.

    Parents will have two weeks to review the Program of Studies with their child. Advisors and counselors will also be working with students at this time to assist with the decision-making process.

    Online registration opens the week of January 26 and will remain open for two weeks, closing on February 6. During that time, students may login to PowerSchool and select courses. They may do so multiple times until the February 6 deadline, should they change their mind about a course. Please remember that staffing and sectioning decisions are made based on the information we receive during this initial course registration period, so it is important that parents and students reflect on the need to fulfill graduation requirements and an appropriate course load.

    General questions about course registration and planning can be directed to your child's advisor or counselor. Advisors will be checking in with advisees during this time to ensure that all students complete the registration process.

    • Specific course content-related questions should be directed to the department chair of the relevant department.
    • Current eighth grade families should work with the Middle School and their Middle School Advisors to select the courses most suitable for freshman year.

Lower School

  • Fifth grade concerts Tuesday, January 13 and Thursday, January 29

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    Come hear fifth graders display their musical talents at their first concert of the year.

    • General Music and Orchestra concert, Tuesday, January 13, 7:30 p.m., Café Lab
    • Band concert, Thursday, January 29, 7:30 p.m., Café Lab
  • Progress reports and ERB results for grades 3 & 4 available in PowerSchool, Monday, February 2

  • Parent/teacher conference days, Friday, February 6 and Thursday, February 12. No school grades 3–5

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    There is no school for Lower School students on those days.

  • Fourth grade Global Reading Challenge starts after winter break

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    After winter break, fourth grade students will be forming teams to read books featuring different cultures within the United States and around the world. Just before spring break, teams will compete in a challenge to answer questions based on the books.

    Books will be available to check out from school following winter break, but for those who wish to get an early start, here are the titles:

    • Looking for Bapu by Anjali Banerjee
    • The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
    • The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
    • Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It by Sundee Tucker Frazier
    • Drita, My Homegirl by Jenny Lombard
    • Half and Half by Lensey Namioka
    • How to Steal a Dog : a Novel by Barbara O’Connor
    • Calvin Coconut : Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury
    • Star in the Forest by Laura Resau
    • Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
  • Summer Lab 2015 travel opportunities

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    Crow Canyon Archaeology Center in Crow Canyon, Colorado, for grades 5–7. See details including chaperones, timing, and costs at the Summer Lab Field Study website.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • ESH Lost & Found

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    The ESH Lost & Found is getting full! The Lost & Found will be on display each Tuesday morning from 8–9 a.m. in the ESH Lobby. Or, you can stop by whenever you can and check the closet off of the lobby. Please come in and find your belongings!

  • Lobby Sing, Friday, December 19, ESH Lobby

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    All are welcome at the final Lobby Sing of 2014.

Archives

Issue: Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Upcoming Events

Fri. 12/19

Lobby Sing

Earl Shapiro Hall 8:00am - 8:30am
Mon. 01/05

Classes resume

Tue. 01/13

5th Grade Orchestra and General Music Concert

Cafe Lab 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Wed. 01/14

Lab Schools' Annual College Financial Aid Parent Program

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Thu. 01/15

Martin Luther King Assembly

Rockefeller Chapel 10:00am - 11:00am