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1/18/18

Adrian FreireAdrian Freire, UHS Class of 2009, discusses one of his designs with students of Mr. Brooks’ ROP Architecture class. Adrian graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Landscape Architecture and now works in that field for Mudd Industries, located in Laguna Hills. Adrian explained how without the UHS Architecture class, he would not have had the opportunity to discover his passion. The skills he took with him from high school have kept him ahead of his peers both in college and in the work place.

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1/16/18

The 2018 track season is upon us. 

 

The Track & Field team is for any student who wants to improve their speed or endurance, like jumping or throwing or are just not sure but want to give it a try. 

 

If you are interested please come join us for an informational meeting on Wednesday January 18th at 3pm. The meeting will be held in the bleachers.

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1/16/18

All students under 18 that have jobs are required to have a Work Permit. If you are working without a Work Permit a $500-$1,000 fine could be incurred. Work Permit applications are available in the Career Center. Also, if you would like to get school credit for your work hours, enroll in the Work Experience class.

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1/16/18

Seal of BiliteracyAre you biliterate? Can you speak, read, and write in English and another world language? The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given to graduating Seniors that are proficient in English and another word language. Please apply by clicking on the link and filling out the Google form https://goo.gl/forms/8BsmU8DJd2Fjv70D3. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2018. If you have questions please see Ms. Villalobos in room F161.

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1/16/18

There will be a CSF meeting on Tuesday, January 23rd, at 2:50 in the UHS cafeteria. We will discuss 2nd semester membership and upcoming activities. Because of the start of 2nd semester, our meeting is a little later this month, but in February, we will resume our meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

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1/16/18

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Please join us on Monday, January 22nd in room C106 at 12:00pm for UHS's PTSA's upcoming association meeting. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

PTSA association meetings are a great place to learn about what's happening at UHS, and to join your voice with other parents, students, teachers, and administrators to help make Upland High School the best it can be.

 

Lunch is provided in potluck format for all in attendance.  PTSA provides the main dish. If you would like to bring a side dish or salad to share, please click here.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

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1/11/18

Honors Choir

Upland High School would like to congratulate Matthew Iniquez, Chris Gomez, Kasey Lynn Clark and Hannah Abrahim.  
Matthew and Chris have been accepted into the Chorale Leadership Academy at the 2018 California All State Music Education Conference in San Jose for current and future music teachers.  Only 75 students were selected in the entire state! The Choral Leadership Academy (CLA) will bring together high school students who demonstrate an interest in the music profession, together with pre-service college music education majors, for two days of musical and educational activities. These activities will teach musicianship skills, inspire confidence, and build camaraderie among musicians of the next generation. 
Hannah and Kasey Lynn auditioned for and were accepted into the All State Honor Choir performing at the same conference.  They will have the opportunity to perform with students from all over the state working with professional conductors and performing for an audience of music teachers.  Over 500 students auditioned for and were accepted into the Regional Honor choir this past November and based on their high scores were accepted into the All State Honor Choir.  
Kasey Lynn, Matthew and Chris will be majoring in Music Education and Hannah will be majoring in Vocal Performance.

Congratulations to these great Highlanders!
 

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1/11/18

Comedy Sports
Come laugh yourself silly this New Year with the January match for Comedy Sportz. The match is our new player game. It will take place on Friday, January 19 at 7pm in the Highlander Auditorium. Tickets are $5. See Ms. Richardson in D138 for more details.

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12/20/17

shoparooThe UHS library is excited to be partnering with a fun, free, and truly easy fundraiser called Shoparoo! Schools nationwide are already earning hundreds and even thousands every year through Shoparoo and it’s a great opportunity for us to really make a difference this year!

 

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple.  All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

 

Tell your friends and sign up today. Every receipt scanned will help buy a book for the UHS library. 

 

Get started today:
1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
2. Select Upland High school from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts - shop anywhere, buy anything!
 

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo - the more supporters, the more we will raise. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year. That’s free, easy money that we could be fundraising too. Check out shoparoo.com to learn more about this awesome app!

 

Thank you for your support!

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10/4/17

"Hello Seniors! 

We are eager to share with you our plans for Grad Bash 2018!  We are excited to announce that we will be attending Universal Studios Hollywood Grad Bash this year!  As you know, we have previously attended Disneyland’s GradNite.  Disneyland raised their prices (our cost would have been $195/ticket) and eliminated a few weeks worth of  dates leaving our date unavailable.   Our hope is that this new location and lower price (our cost will be under $100) will allow for so many more of our seniors to attend!   Please save this important info in your calendars:

 

Universal Studios Grad Bash 2018

Friday, June 8th

We will leave school early afternoon on the 8th and return home at approx 4:30am on the 9th

Tickets will go on sale Spring 2018

 

We are so excited to celebrate together at Universal!  Be looking for more info following Winter Break!

 

Tammy Anderson

Grad Bash Chairperson

tanderson@acumenstudios.com

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The Plaid

12/18/17

By: Jessica Carlton,

 The Plaid, Staff Writer

    On Saturday, December 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m., Link Crew put on their second annual “Cocoa and Cram,” an event that allowed Freshman to go to the library and receive help with their studying for finals, while enjoying hot cocoa with friends. The idea was created by Mr. Easton and Mrs. Wilson.

    The event gave students the option to study whatever subject they needed or to receive help on any upcoming assignments that were due soon. Every Link Crew Leader was there in the library to help the students catch up on their studying. Students also had the option to study with their friends, while drinking free hot cocoa that was provided. “Cocoa and Cram” ended up being a successful event once again. Many students showed up and were able to catch up on their assignments and studying. The event took place on a Saturday, so the students had to give up part of their weekend to prepare for the upcoming week of finals. However, many people enjoyed the idea of drinking hot cocoa, while being able to study with their friends.

    Freshman, Deanne Stapleton said, “I wanted to get some free cocoa and finish my study guide.” Even though many of the students were excited to receive free cocoa, it still helped motivate more students into the library to study. Some students needed help studying or finishing their final projects. Freshman, Jasmine Ruiz said, “I needed help finishing my English final project.” Freshman, Alex Fabela said, “I needed help on Biology.” Link Crew Leaders were there to help freshman prepare for their first week of finals. “Cocoa and Cram” had Link Crew Leaders available for all subjects, so the students were given help whenever they asked. Sophomore Link Crew Leader, Dorothy Vezma said, “It’s very helpful, at least I think so, because I had it last year and I passed all of my finals.” After having a successful first year of finals, some of the Link Crew Leaders came back to help the new Freshman.

    After a successful day of studying, the Freshman who took place in “Cocoa and Cram” are now prepared for their first week of finals. Hopefully, this event made finals a bit less stressful for the students who attended the event. We will be on minimum day schedule from December 19 through December 21. Good luck to everyone on their finals this week!

 

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12/18/17

By: Jennifer Fuentes Cedillo, The Plaid, Staff Writer

     On December 15, 2017, the Express Dance Team showcased countless dances that demonstrated their hard work and passion towards dance, with fast-paced and bold choreography. The theme of the arrangement seemed to be concerned with audience entertainment, the self-enjoyment of the dancers, and also showcasing technique and skill.

    As one of the last performance for the seniors on Express, it is clear that the performers intended to enjoy one of their last dance performances together as a team. When asked if senior year has been emotional, senior, David Nguyen said, “Right now it's not. But I feel like when the second show of Hip Hop and Express comes, it will be because I have a passion for dance and I will miss performing with the team.”

    The dancers performed to the song, “What’s a Girl Gotta Do,” by Basement Jaxx ft. Paloma Faith. The dance possessed a fair amount of style and flair, which allowed the performers to fully exhibit the song through the dance.Along with the theme of entertainment, the music choice was exceptionally adept for the piece to demonstrate the enjoyment and excitement the dancers possesed. Furthermore, the black and red costumes embodied the music and theme of the dance. The makeup and hair added dramatization to the performance as well.

    As the advanced Dance Team at UHS, the members were expected to be well-trained for their numerous routines throughout the year. Despite the quick pace of the choreography, the well-rehearsed performers worked well together. When asked about how many hours the team practiced a week, the Express Company coach, Anna Jarrell said, “Practice started this summer and we started to choreograph dances during that time as well. In the summer, the team practices for about six to eight hours a week and now, they practice twelve hours a week.”

    Along with the Express Dance Team, the dance technique classes performed to various songs, such as “Thumbs,” by Sabrina Carpenter, and “Best Thing I Never Had,” by Beyonce. As for the Advanced Jazz, they performed to “Piece of Paper,” by Amon Tobin.

    The dance department has recently reintroduced a new ballet class. Angelique Tahajian, the dance teacher at Upland High School said, “We brought the ballet class back this year. We are doing a demonstration of some bar work, as well as a performance today. About 90% of the students are new and have never danced ballet.”

    The Express Dance Company underwent numerous obstacles, as they prepared for the dance show. Jarrell said, “The biggest difference of this show compared to last year is the team. I feel like the team this year is more hungry and willing to learn, as well as more open to all the suggestions. They do anything to please me. Time management and getting everything together and to work smoothly was a challenge, although we always tend to make it through.”

 

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12/11/17

   By: Nadia Castro, The Plaid, Staff Writer

    On December 8, 2017 the Hip Hop Dance Team dominated the stage with their amazing talent. The show was filled with colorful lights and music that made everyone want to dance with the team. The songs featured hits of today and also some throwbacks. The dances were precise, with excellent choreography that made each performance full of momentum. When asked how the team prepared for the show, senior, David Nguyen said, “Preparing for the show did require a lot of yelling, but the yelling helps the team work harder and focus more on the dances we work on for show. The team this year is very hardworking and dedicated, but also cheerful and loving.”

    The auditorium was packed with families and friends, all there supporting their favorite dancers. At a point in time, the coaches, Jan Carlo and An Le, called up volunteers to dance for a prize, which the crowd loved. The coaches have given their time and devotion to the Hip Hop team. Junior, Marissa Garza, said “ Jan and An have not only been good coaches to the team but good friends. They push us to work hard and shape us into better people at the same time.” The show was only achievable with not only the dancers, but the coaches who drive the team to exceed its potential. The team also showed their love to the advisor, Anna Jarrell, who was able to make this team possible from the beginning.

   “Family” is a word that was mentioned when each dancer from Hip Hop described the team. The dancers were not only dancing with friends, but had grown with each other, as a family. Junior, Logan Chacon said, “What makes us a team is the fact that we spend so much time together that now, we’re family and even though things get difficult or frustrating sometimes, we’re always there for each other and supporting each other.”The team made it known that they were a family, once it was time to dance because they were able to show off what they had practiced from the start of the year till now, together as a unit.

    As an ending came to the show, the dancers danced their last dance with such power that it would easily not be forgotten. When asked what her favorite part of the show was, junior, Skylir Dennis said, “My favorite part of the show was our final bow. We put hours upon hours of hard work, blood, sweat and tears into an amazing show that went by so fast. It was nice to share such a unique moment with my team.”

    For the Hip Hop team, the evening provided great memories for not only veteran performers, but the first-year teammates as well. Junior, Brandi Cervantes said, “Performing for the first time with Upland Hip Hop team felt amazing, as everyone was feeding off each other’s good vibes and it was just a once in a lifetime experience.”

 

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