University High School News
FHS students and neighboring artists are enjoying the new CASA location! The Center for Advanced Studies & the Arts (CASA) is a consortium school serving Berkley, Clawson, Ferndale, Lamphere, Madison, Oak Park and Pontiac school districts. They offer sixteen Advanced Placement courses, a vibrant visual arts curriculum, and a robust advanced dance program. Their new location is at 22180 Parklawn in Oak Park.
Fur Angels therapy dog Annie made her first monthly visit to UHS today. Students and staff enjoyed petting and cuddling with Annie during CPC. We look forward to more visits throughout the year!
UHS welcomed our new and returning students with our 'First 4 Days' programming. Students participated in a variety of discussions and activities throughout the week designed to familiarize students with UHS, our staff, and each other. The week culminated with field day activities to celebrate a great start to the school year.
118 Ferndale students crossed the stage this week to receive their Tri-County Educational Center (TCEC) diplomas! Congratulations to all of you on this achievement. We are so proud to call you Ferndale Eagle Alumni.
The graduates boarded the Detroit Princess River Cruise earlier this week to celebrate with classmates and family. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time cruising the Detroit River and enjoying lunch together.
The District Calendar for 2023-2024 is now available as a PDF. Click here to view.
Congratulations to UHS senior Xavier Davis for earning all state honors in track and field. Xavier placed 7th in the D2 long jump. The coaching staff is very proud of Xavier's accomplishments and also want to thank FHS Coach Antonio who has helped Xavier get to where he is today.
University High sent several athletes to the Oakland County meet this week brought home a gold medal in Long Jump!
Laressa Brogdon (9th grade meet) – 200 meter dash: 28.25 seconds
Joshua Johnson – 200 meter dash: 23.21 seconds, a UHS school record.
Indi Tate – 200 meter dash: 26.89 seconds
Indi Tate – Long Jump: 15' 6.4" — 10th place
Xavier Davis – Long Jump: 21' 9.5" — FIRST PLACE
States this week the following will be attending Indi Tate (junior) long jump, Jerome Ellis (senior) shot put and discus and Xavier Davis (senior) long jump. These students have done amazing work throughout the 2023 track season. Please wish them the best of luck as they compete this Saturday at Forest Hill High School.
In an outdoor ceremony at the Ferndale Football Field, 105 new graduates were recognized and celebrated this Thursday. We are so proud of all these scholars on their achievement, and we cannot wait to see what lies ahead for them.
Congratulations to UHS Students Indi Tate, Xavier Davis, and Jerome Ellis who qualified for the track state finals yesterday. Indi was regional champion in the girl's long jump and Xavier was regional champion in the boy's long jump. Jermone earned 2nd place in both the discus and shot put, qualifying him for the state finals in both events as well. Congrats to these UHS athletes!
UHS Physics students were invited to present their ideas, understandings, and processes they went through to achieve their success on their culminating summative assessment. The project was a real-world, problem-based challenge that presented students with the task of designing a more reliable energy system to meet their own community's needs. It was designed to give students the tools to speak up in their local and global community for a better energy future, one that aligns with their own values, and those of their families. Students considered engineering tradeoffs, criteria, and constraints inherent in making decisions about energy systems, including the geological resources and limitations in Michigan.
After the presentation, the students received high marks for being very relaxed and showing that they had mastery of the content. #FlyHighMIEagles
During the presentation, the presenters discussed the models they created on the micro & macro scale, including the consideration of critical municipal & statewide decisions that must be made while designing the system, but also during an energy crisis, should one occur. In this course students learned not only of the physics & engineering behind energy systems, but also the socioeconomic & equitable impact that sweeping decisions have on all community members.
The course is taught by UHS Teacher of the Year, Lauren Thomas. Presenting 11th Grade students were:
- Sincere Martinez
- Christen Richardson
- Demetrius Norman
- Kassie Weje
- Jessica Thompson
UHS hosted a pinning ceremony this week for graduating seniors. A pinning ceremony is a chance for students and their families to affirm their commitment to themselves and their future as they approach their graduation day. The event honors the work the students have done to reach graduation and celebrates their future opportunities. During the ceremony, families place the pin on the student's lapel as a rite of passage into life beyond high school. It is a way for students and their families to celebrate together before the more formal graduation ceremony.
Congratulations to two UHS student athletes signed letters of intent to compete on collegiate athletics team next year:
- Angel Harris, UHS to Wayne County Community College - Women's Basketball
- Nave'yah Knott, UHS to Wayne County Community College - Women's Basketball