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10/19/17

October 26th at 7pm at Hillside Community Church. UUSD staff are free with attached flyer.Fall Concert
 

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10/18/17

Please join us for the first English Learner Advisory Committee meeting this school year! We will meet on October 27, 2017 in room C106 at 3:30 PM. We will discuss what is ELAC, the different ELAC roles and responsibilities of the ELAC and changes from CELDT to ELPAC. We hope to see you there!

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10/18/17

Are you planning to attend a two-or- four-year college after high school? Are you planning to enlist in the military? Are you planning to play sports in college? If so, plan to attend COLLEGE NIGHT on Thursday November 9th from 6:30- 8:30pm. There will be informative sessions for all college-bound students, athletes and those planning to enlist in the military or attend one of the military
academies. Please make note that COLLEGE NIGHT will be held every year in November. If you start attending as a freshman, you will be able to cover all the workshops by the time you are a senior.

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10/18/17

Variety Show
Happy Holidays Variety Show Open Auditions will be on Monday, November 6 at 3pm in the Highlander Auditorium. See Ms. Richardson in D138 to sign up and for more details.

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10/18/17

Fall Play
Come see New York State of Mind on October 26, 27, and 28 at 7pm. Tickets are $10 with limited seating at 144 seats per performance.

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10/17/17

Choir Fundraiser
 

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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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10/4/17

Reflections is the national arts program sponsored by National PTA. Submit your original artwork in one of six categories to this year's theme- WITHIN REACH. Categories include Literature, Dance Choreography, Film Production, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. 

 

All those who enter have their names put in a drawing for a $25 gift card. Winners in each category also receive a gift card, and move on to the Council competition.

 

See attached document for official rules, contact information, entry form, and release form. Entry form and release form are required for all entries, and entries are subject to official rules. Entries not conforming to the rules may not be accepted.

 

Entries are due Monday, October 23 at 7:30 am in the quad outside the administration building. 

 

 

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10/2/17

GSA is finally open! Club president Elijah Owens. Meetings are second and fourth Tuesdays from 3:00-3:30 in F158

GSA
 

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10/2/17

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Let’s go ride a bike! This year the City of Upland will host the Tour de Foothills bike ride on Saturday, November 11th. You can ride on your own or with your friends. Families or clubs can register as a family on the family ride form or you can go online to the website tourdefoothills.com. Your club can come in as a group/family. Cyclists under 18 will need to have their parent sign a waiver. The registration forms are available in the guidance office.

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10/2/17

The club list is updated and posted in the activities section of the website. Please take the time to review the list and visit one of the many clubs UHS has to offer.

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9/27/17

Sign-up for all College Presentations in the Career Center. 

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9/21/17

Architecture visit
Dean Rogan (in black shirt) UHS class of 2017, explains his architecture project from Mt. San Antonio College to current Upland High School Academy of Engineering and Architecture students. Dean came in to show the students in Mr. Brooks’ architecture class what first year projects look like in college.

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9/9/17


The Black Student Union will be hosting its first field trip of the year and you are all welcome to join us. Juniors and Seniors will have first priority. The date is November 11th (Veterans Day weekend) so please remember that we do not have school that Friday. 

 

Time is From 2pm-6pm. The bus will pick us up from Upland High School and return to the same location. Details will be discussed at our next BSU meeting. 

 

Last year several of our students were accepted on the spot, so bring your transcripts and a resume (if you have one). Reserve your spot early as this event is FREE.

 

BSU meetings are every Thursday in D135 from 3pm-3:45.

 

See you there

 

DR :-)

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The Plaid

10/17/17

By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, The Plaid Photographer

 

     Add another win to the 2017 “win column” for the Upland Highlanders’ Varsity football team. The Highlanders won their seventh consecutive game of the season, last Friday night, against the Damien Spartans, by a score of 49 to 8. With the win, the Highlanders remain undefeated, as players from both offense and defense step-up and deliver impressive performances week in and week out.

    If you’ve been following along with the Highlanders’ season this year, each headline has pretty much been the same. Another game; another win. The Highlanders’ team has been extraordinary on both offense and defense thus far, excluding just a few blips in the road. The storyline wasn’t much different against Damien.

    The game started off with an interception, thrown by Upland quarterback, David Baldwin. Baldwin’s pass, intended for Taj Davis, was caught by both Davis and his defender, with the ball ultimately being ripped out of Davis’s hands. The interception counted as Baldwin’s fourth of the season, a relatively low number compared to his 20+ touchdown passes. Although Damien’s defense started out with momentum, their offense was never able to follow up and score.

    The rest of the first quarter was dominated by Upland running back, Cameron Davis, who has had quite the season thus far. With 5:18 remaining in the first, Davis scored a touchdown, via an 18-yard run, which complemented a successful offensive drive, up field by Upland. Then, just two minutes later, Cameron Davis scored again, thanks to a 44-yard-touchdown-run. At this point, Davis already had 70+ rushing yards and two touchdowns, with only a handful of carries. After two successful, extra-point kicks from Archie Green, the Highlanders were up 14 to nothing, by the end of the first quarter.

    The first eventful play of the second quarter came when Damien attempted a field goal from about 25 yards out. The Highlanders’ special teams’ unit was having none of it though, as Corey Thomas broke through the Spartan’s O-line, to block the kick and keep Damien scoreless.

    Perhaps one of David Baldwin’s greatest highlights of his career at Upland occurred next, with 9:43 remaining in the second quarter. After taking a snap and struggling to find an open receiver, and while facing pressure from Damien’s D-line, Baldwin scrambled out of the pocket and kept the ball for a wild 86-yard-touchdown-run. You read that right. An 86-yard quarterback keeper, all the way to the house. Keeping plays alive is vital to the game of football and Baldwin, in his junior year, was able to prove he can do just that on this scoring play.

    Continuing the dominance for Upland was senior running back, Kyle Jones, who went on to score a touchdown via a goal-line, go-ahead-run, with just over two minutes remaining, before halftime. After Archie Green knocked down his fourth extra point kick of the night, the Highlanders headed into halftime with a 28-to-nothing lead.

    Even with a stellar 28-point lead, the Highlanders were still all-throttle and no brakes, to begin the second half of play. With 9:49 remaining in the third, Highlanders quarterback, Baldwin, threw his one and only touchdown pass of the night to wide receiver, Simon Samarzich, who had to shake off a few Spartans to make it all the way into the endzone. Nevertheless, Samarzich was able to roll into the touchdown and complete the 21-yard-passing play. Samarzich, who is showing improvement on the field, has scored a touchdown in three of the last four games now.

    As if two rushing touchdowns wasn’t enough for Cameron Davis, the Highlanders’ junior running back scored his third touchdown of the night and completed the hat trick, with 4:49 remaining in the third quarter. Davis ran the ball in, from 39 yards out, on this scoring play. With the fog rolling in and time on the clock dwindling, the Highlanders had a massive, 42 to 0 lead.

    Highlanders’ backup quarterback, Keinon Ferdinand, came onto to the field with the Upland offense next, as the Highlanders began to rest their starters. Not all went well, however, for Ferdinand. On his second play of the night, a high snap, which overshot Ferdinand, resulted in him chasing the ball into Upland’s own end zone and being sacked for a safety. Although it was not Ferdinand’s fault, the Spartans had a couple points on the board--literally just a couple.

    Damien’s offense was finally able to get a drive going up field, early in the final quarter. Spartans’ quarterback, Warren Bryan, was able to throw an 18-yard-touchdown pass to his receiver, Mikey McCauley. After an unsuccessful extra point kick, which was blocked by Highlander, Jaden Dedman, the score was 42 to 8.

    Going out with one last bang, the Highlanders’ offense scored one more touchdown before the end of the night. On the final scoring play of the game, senior running back, Kyle Jones, shook off a few of the Spartan defenders to run 54-yards into the endzone and score his second rushing touchdown of the game. Backup kicker, junior, Cameron Walker, was able to split the uprights, with his second extra point kick of the night and put the icing on the cake for the Highlanders. With neither team scoring any more points in the remaining five minutes on the clock, the final score from Upland football stadium was 49 to 8.

    Dominating this match was obviously Upland’s run game. Kyle Jones was able to run for 129 yards and two touchdowns off of 10 carries for the Highlanders. Cameron Davis scored three rushing touchdowns and ran for 129 yards, with just seven carries for the Upland offense. Add in quarterback, David Baldwin, and his 110 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown, the Highlanders were clearly in great shape, when running the ball Friday night.

    On defense, the story was much of what it has already been all year. An impressive defensive line, led by seniors, Fou Hoching and Andre Barnes to name a couple, continued to place constant pressure on the opponent’s offense and keep Damien at bay. Linebackers, Justin Flowe and Leonard Leau, were able to continue their dominance and earn 13 tackles together. On the man coverage, defensive backs, Caleb Roberson, Corey Thomas, and Gavin Scott, pulled together to deliver a whooping combined total of 28 tackles. Needless to say, the Highlanders’ defense has been putting up outstanding numbers all season long, from all three parts of what makes up a strong defense.

    With all eight cylinders firing off and immense momentum continuing to build, the Highlanders have already made this 2017 season one to be remembered for years to come. After running over opponents week by week, one can only begin to wonder what the near future holds for this Highlanders team. After all, playoffs are only about a month away. However, before we let our minds anticipate playoffs, the Highlanders must now prepare to do battle against Chino Hills, whom they will face this Friday night, at Upland High, at 7:00p.m. The game will be Upland’s annual Homecoming game. As one final tidbit of information, Chino Hills was able to beat the Highlanders’ last season, in a very low-scoring, 14 to 11 game.

 

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10/9/17

 

By: Anthony Lopez,

The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves,

The Plaid Photographer

     The biggest rivalry in Southern California high school football did not disappoint last Friday night, as the Upland Highlanders and Rancho Cucamonga Cougars delivered one of the best games in recent memory. From controversy, to several penalties, and three hours of “damn good football,” the game featured just about everything. When the slugfest was over, the Highlanders came out on top, defeating the Cougars 30 to 23,  and remaining undefeated.

    If you were not at the game, in person or watching the live broadcast on Fox Sports Prime Ticket, then you missed a vintage showdown between two old rivals, who both entered the night undefeated. Upland players, Justin Flowe, LeShaun Potts, Taj Davis, and Cameron Davis put in the effort and performances that carried the Highlanders across the finish line. At the same time, Cougars’ quarterback, Nick Acosta, and running back, Sean Dollars, put in respectable efforts for the Rancho team.

    With Upland winning the opening coin toss and deferring to the second half, the Cougars’ offense was first to hit the field. A few passes and runs up the field, paired with a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Highlanders’ linebacker, Justin Flowe, set the Cougars up in prime scoring position. However, the Highlanders defense held strong in the red zone. Although the Cougars were able to score a field goal in the opening drive, preventing a touchdown was a huge win for the Upland defense.

    All it took for Upland’s offense was one play, as they caught the Cougars’ defense by surprise, right off the bat. The Highlanders scored the second they touched the ball, thanks to a double reverse play. Quarterback, David Baldwin, handed it off to Bryce Parker, who then reversed it to wide receiver, LeShaun Potts. Potts then heaved it 65 yards down the field to Taj Davis for a touchdown. The play caught fans, TV, and most importantly, the Cougars’ defense, by surprise. Potts’ first pass of the season was good for a 65-yard touchdown. With 8:28 remaining in the first quarter, Upland was up seven to three.

    After the ensuing kickoff and a quick TV timeout, the Cougars’ offense was back onto the field. This time, it only took Acosta and his crew a couple of plays to score their first touchdown of the night. With Acosta’s first touchdown pass of the night, the Cougars had the lead again. Upland phenom, Justin Flowe, broke right through the Cougars’ O-line on the PAT attempt, and blocked the kick. With the blocked PAT, the Cougars were up 9 to 7.

    The remainder of the first quarter did not go great for the Highlanders’ offense. On each of the Highlanders’ remaining two drives in the quarter, David Baldwin threw an interception. The junior quarterback turned in impressive numbers all season long, prior to the game, including only one interception, compared to 18 touchdowns. Despite these impressive numbers, Baldwin threw two interceptions in the waning minutes of the first. The Cougars were able to capitalize on these mistakes, as Cougars’ quarterback, Nick Acosta, was able to connect with receiver, J. Criddell, to put the Cougars up 16 to 7, to end the first.

    With the Cougars beginning to pick up a lot of momentum and an Upland offense struggling to make progress, the Highlanders’ defense and special teams unit would be the next group to deliver the goods for Upland. With 6:37 remaining in the second, Highlanders’ defensive lineman, Fou Hoching, was able to block a Cougars’ punt attempt. The ball wound up in Justin Flowe’s arms, who then ran it in 65 yards to the endzone, adding to the sophomore’s already impressive highlight reel. With an unsuccessful two-point conversion, the score was now 16 to 13, with the Cougars in the lead.

     After several minutes of general back and forth between the two teams and impressive defense from both sides, Baldwin and co. were eventually able to push their way through the Rancho defense in the waning moments before halftime. After an impressive drive and a few penalties against Rancho, Baldwin was able to throw a short touchdown pass to Le Shaun Potts, who made an outstanding catch, just above the defender’s head. With a successful PAT from kicker, Archie Green, the Highlanders were up 20 to 16, heading into halftime.

    The third quarter featured much of what the night had already been, as the two teams went back and forth on offense. Both team’s defenses were playing strong in the second half. The lone scoring play from the third quarter, came with 4:38 remaining, when Highlanders’ kicker, Archie Green, kicked his first field goal attempt of the year. The kick was good from 32 yards out, and the score put the Highlanders a full touchdown ahead, at 23 to 16.

    A marching drive up the field from the Cougars’ offense late in the third would be put to an end by Justin Flowe, who intercepted a pass from Nick Acosta, with just under two minutes left in the third. Flowe, who already had several solo tackles, a blocked PAT, and a fumble recovery touchdown, now added an interception to his growing list of highlights from the night. There is no question in anyone’s mind that Flowe will one day have a chance to chase down a career in professional football, if he sticks to it.

    In close games like this one, the fourth quarter is where the men are separated from the boys and the true winners emerge. Complementary to an already entertaining night, the fourth quarter of action was full of energy, excitement, and as Fox Sports best described it, controversy.

    The final quarter of play started off with a Rancho Cucamonga touchdown, by virtue of a memorable goal-line hurdle, by running back, Sean Dollars. The junior running back got the handoff and literally flew over both his O-line and Upland’s D-line. With the touchdown, the game was tied 23 to 23, with eleven minutes remaining. The intensity in the air was visible, and you could feel the energy from both crowds, home or away.

    Upland’s offense looked its best in the fourth quarter. After another reverse play, which featured a 41-yard pass from Potts to Davis again, the Highlanders’ offense found itself in scoring position, with 8:30 remaining in the game. On this scoring play,, it was Baldwin connecting with Potts once more, for a 9-yard touchdown pass. Potts now had three touchdowns on the night; two receiving and one passing. Green kicked another successful PAT, and the Highlanders had the lead 30 to 23, which would be the final score.

    The controversy in this game came, with just over one minute remaining. The Highlanders had the ball in their own territory and the Cougars had three timeouts. After each play, the Cougars would burn one of their timeouts. The Rancho defense was able to force a 4th-and-1 situation on the Highlanders’ offense. Upland decided to go for a QB sneak, to try to get the first down. With Fox Sports’ cameras all over the play, the spotting of the ball was extraordinarily close to the first down marker, as the ref spotted the ball on the 29-and-a-half yard line. The first down marker was originally at the 30-yard line. However, when the refs called the chain gang onto the field, to do an official measurement, the very tip of the ball surpassed the chain, which meant the Highlanders had the first down and the win. The question at hand here was whether or not the chain gang, which was being run by Rancho Cucamonga volunteers, accidentally took a few steps backwards during the measurements. Again, Fox Sports’ cameras were all over this incident and multiple replays clearly outline the first down marker and the spotting of the ball. However, an official call is an official call, and with that, the Highlanders were able to take a few knees to close out the game. Another classic showdown between Southern California’s biggest rivalry ended with fireworks (literally going off in the parking lot), and the visiting Upland crowd going wild.

    Some notable stats from Upland’s offense included Taj Davis’s five receptions, for a whopping 141 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver LeShaun Potts recorded one passing touchdown, 106 passing yards in total, and two receiving touchdowns. Quarterback, David Baldwin, completed 10 passes on 18 attempts, for 105 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Dynamic running back, Cameron Davis, who also played more than usual on defense, logged 12 carries for 54 yards.

    Notable stats from Upland’s defense included an impressive highlight reel from linebacker, Justin Flowe, who did just about everything. Flowe had 16 tackles in total, 9 of which were solo. In addition, Flowe had one interception, one blocked PAT, one sack, and one touchdown, via a punt-block. Caleb Roberson, who has been an incredibly consistent defensive back for Upland all season, had 6 solo tackles and played well throughout the night.

    When asked on the incredible performance from LeShaun Potts, Upland head coach, Tim Salter, said, “We ask LeShaun to do a lot of things now. He was injured earlier in the year, and came back from a sprained knee. He had a huge game tonight.”

    With the win, the Highlanders remain ranked among the top 10 in the state of California and move to 6-0, something that has not been done since the 2009 season. The win against Rancho was also Salter’s 225th win, as head coach for the Highlanders. Salter’s main takeaway from the night, “I think we found out tonight that as long as we hang together as a team, we’re pretty tough.”

    All eyes are on the Highlanders now, as they chug towards the midst of league competition. The triumphant Highlanders will now prepare to face Baseline League competitor, Damien High School, this Friday night, at Upland High, at 7:00p.m. The game will also be complementary to Upland High’s annual Senior Night.     

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10/6/17

  By: Andrea SosaThe Plaid, Staff Writer


     

On the 29th of September, juniors, Sanaa Johnson and Savannah Trujillo left to participate in the 15th annual Pathstar Swim Week (Oct. 1st to Oct. 9th), which concludes with the frigid swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco.

    The swim is organized by PATHSTAR, which helps to educate and promote wholesome nutrition and the importance of an active lifestyle among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to health issues, such as diabetes that are prevalent in Native American culture.

    It was Johnson’s and Trujillo's second time in the swim event. They were very excited to be swimming again and when asked if they felt prepared, both girls had a very positive response. Savannah Trujillo said, “Coming into the swim for a second time I definitely know what to expect. This makes me feel more prepared but there will always be factors that no one expects, so each time it is a new experience.” Sanna Johnson was fairly confident about competing in the swim for a second time. Johnson said, “Coming into this swim, I expect it to be a bit easier, since last year was the worst the water has been, since the program started. But I also have a feel as to what I should expect, which makes me feel more confident in the swim.”

    As expected, both girls were nervous about a few things going into the swim. Trujillo said, “The one thing I am nervous about is who my ‘Swim Angel’ will be. This is the person I will swim with in San Francisco, when we do the actual swim.” Johnson looked at her friend, nodded in agreement and said, “I am also nervous about my ‘Swim Angel.’ Everything else should be close to the way it was last year but this is the only thing that changes.”

   When the girls were asked about their training and if anything had changed, they both said, “No we will be swimming twice a day, like we did the previous year.” Johnson then said, “Our diet might change a little but besides that, everything will stay the same.”

   The girls also had some concerns, when it came to the swim itself. Trujillo said, “I don't have any concerns besides the weather because the way the weather is determines if we swim or not. I am confident in my swimming abilities and look forward to getting into the water.” Johnson shared her concerns about the weather as well, when she said, “I am confident that Savannah and I will complete the swim and improve our times from last year.”  

   The girls were asked if there was anything that they learned from the swim last year that would help with this year’s swim. Both of them said there were a couple of things that they were carrying into this year’s swim. Johnson said, “I learned a way to use restore energy, while swimming, without falling behind. I switch to a stroke that I find less draining but will also allow me to stay at a constant speed.” Johnson said, “I learned to hydrate more than I usually do. If I seem to get more tired, I try an easier stroke and to eat the right food, so I can stay warm.”

   Both girls go through a training process and swim trials, which started after they arrived in San Francisco. After the initial training sessions, the girls find out who their “Swim Angel” is and the route they will take. The Highlander family wants to wish both girls the best of luck and are excited to hear about their experiences when they come back to campus.

 

 

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