PA High School - University Prep Academy



PA High School - University Prep Academy
PA High School
We exist to give students the courage to pursue a future full of
Principal Dannon Holley
Greetings to our UPREP Parents and Guardians,
On behalf of our entire team here at UPREP High School, I’d like to offer a sincere THANK YOU! As
you are aware, often heard and experienced, “It takes a village to raise a child…”
With that, we thank you for your partnership in this grand opportunity we have in teaming with each
other to create well-rounded scholars and future leaders.
You may have heard your son or daughter talk about our Six Pillars (Habits of Work and Scholarship)
being an essential component to our success as an individual, school and community as a whole. Our
six (6) pillars are as follows:
Cooperation: Working together towards a common goal where everyone contributes which creates synergy.
Accountability: The ability to take responsibility for your actions and your effect on self and team.
GRIT: The tenacity to preserve in order to accomplish a goal while overcoming obstacles and challenges.
o G-Gumption
o R-Resilience
o I-Initiative
o T-Tenacity
Integrity: The quality of being honest and having a conviction to strong moral principles.
Socially Conscious: To be socially aware of the needs within our global society and willing to assist where deemed
Commitment to High Quality: The personal interest in making certain that my individual contributions are a
positive reflection of me.
We ask that you join us in challenging your son or daughter in these six areas at home and in the
community. Continued exposure, recognition and discussion will further increase their success in these
habits of work and enhance their productivity socially and academically well beyond high school.
As we continue our partnership in creating scholars and masters of learning, we will begin our 20142015 “ACT Saturday School Program” for our 11th graders. This initiative was well attended last year
with maximum benefits for our students. ACT Saturday School will begin on Saturday, November 1,
2014 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and will be held in the Purple Building. Please have your son/daughter
speak with his/her CREW leader for additional information.
Again, we thank you for embracing the UPREP mission and vision. Your partnership is the key to the
success of our students.
Mrs. Shena Hill Scott,
Assistant Principal
FALL 2016
"10th grade students visited Cooley Law School"
On October 14th,
students from
UPrep Schools
visited Cooley
Law School in
Auburn Hills to
learn about all the
great things you
can do with a law
Attention 9th Grade Parents!
Service Learning Trips begin in November for 9th
grade students, and PERMISSION SLIPS ARE
DUE ASAP in order for your student to attend one
of these trips. Copies are available from Advisors,
in the Career Readiness Office in the Green
building, and on the website under University Prep
Academy, Community, College and Career
Services, and Career Readiness at the bottom of the
page where it says Department Documents. Make
sure to click the UPA version and check ALL
boxes at the bottom of the slip! Thanks for your
On October 24th and 25th the
University Prep Debate Squad
participated in the Wayne State
University Pappas Invitational Debate
Tournament. Teams from all over the
state competed including Detroit
Country Day, West Bloomfield,
Birmingham Groves, Seaholm,
Traverse City Central, East Kentwood,
Mona Shores, Portage Northern,
Detroit Cristo Rey, Jalen Rose
Leadership Academy, Arbor Prep,
Loyola, Romulus, Cass Tech,and
UPSM. We are pleased to announce
that many of our students won
matches against the competition. Most
notably freshmen Brielle Elmoore and
David Foster had a 4-1 preliminary
record clearing to Quarter-Finals in the
Novice Division. Additionally,
Sophomore Alysa Wiggins and Junior
Tamara Morrison were the 4th place
Varsity Team making it to the SemiFinal Round. Tamara won the 6th
place Varsity Speaker Award with
Alysa taking 2nd Place overall!
UPA High Travel Club has partnered with
Buffalo Wild Wings in downtown Detroit
(1216 Randolph St.) Come out to eat at
the restaurant on Wednesday, November
19th, 2014. Show your server a
certificate from our club and 15% of the
cost of your meal with support our trip to
Italy. Please see Mr. Reebel in Purple or
your front desk staff member for
You have 24 hours access to a FREE personalized
ACT prep tool via your Naviance account called
PrepMe ACT. All you need to get started is to
simply log in and begin your preparation. Take
diagnostic tests for each section for customized
lessons based on your strengths and weaknesses;
then, select the specific exam for which you would
like to prepare.
FALL 2016
We are happy to announce that the
formation of UPrep’s 2014-2015 Student
Council is now under way! Over the past few
weeks students who have expressed interest
in becoming a leader on campus and
representative for their class, have submitted
their applications and are currently under
review. Students selected through the first
round of the application process are now
working on writing speeches to present to
the student body and preparing for the
upcoming election! We look forward to the
results in the coming weeks and are eager to
get started with our work here on campus!
For more information contact:
[email protected]
I am very pleased to announce the University
Prep Academy is now an International Thespian
Society chartered member! The International
Thespian Society is the honor society for theatre
and its members are eligible for scholarships and
competitions and will receive newsletters that will
keep them informed about theatre events
happening throughout the world!
We are officially troupe #8089 and the members
will be traveling to the Michigan Thespian Festival
that takes place at Saginaw Valley University in
December where they'll be able to audition for
scholarships, awards and placement in the
Michigan Youth Arts' Festival that
takes place in May. They will also take
masters' workshops and view four
productions. Congratulations to all
buildOn transforms lives around the globe through service and education. It is a mission that comes to
life by partnering our after school service programs in our own neighborhoods with communities in
developing countries to build schools around the world.
buildOn mobilizes high school students around the country to meet the ever-growing needs of their
communities. buildOn empowers youth through 3 core activities: community service, global education
and building schools.
*buildOn University Prep Academy students have Program Meetings weekly every Thursday, afterschool from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
*There is a different service opportunity for buildOn students EVERY Saturday -- Please contact the
buildOn coordinator: Ms. Sherra Bennett in room 213 Blue Building for more information.
*Currently buildOn students are eligible to apply for Trek for Knowledge in hopes of receiving the life
changing opportunity to travel to a buildOn partner country to learn about another culture and serve
internationally building a school.
For more information on our Community Service, Building Schools, and Global Educations
please join us for a buildOn meeting!
Sherra Bennett
Program Coordinator
University Prep Academy
[email protected]

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