Hello Upham Community,

I would like to remind everyone that parent/teacher conferences are quickly approaching. The parent/teacher conference sign-up link can be found below. The sign-up window closes tomorrow, Friday, October 25 at 11:00 AM.


A colleague recently shared a Washington Post article by Jennifer Breheny Wallace entitled, “Students in high-achieving schools are now named an “at-risk” group.” I am not sounding the alarm here. I found the article very interesting and thought I would share it.

Here is an excerpt from the beginning of the article:

Communities touting the best-ranked schools are often the most in-demand among families. But this competitive environment can come at a psychological cost to those attending them. Emerging research is finding that students in “high-achieving schools” — public and private schools with high standardized test scores, varied extracurricular and academic offerings, and graduates who head off to top colleges — are experiencing higher rates of behavioral and mental health problems compared with national norms.

A consensus study report on advancing health equity among American children published this summer by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine added youths in “high achieving schools” to their list of “at-risk” groups, along with kids living in poverty and foster care, recent immigrants and those with incarcerated parents.

You can find the article here: Washington Post article

Don’t forget (I am sure your children will remind you) that our Annual Halloween Parade will occur on Thursday, October 31st from 8:45 am until 9:15 am. Please feel free to take pictures along the route. There is a slight chance of rainy weather. We will have the parade inside if it rains. Hope to see you there.

Picture Retake

Reminder that we have picture retake tomorrow

picture retake flyer

Upcoming Dates

October 25 @ 11:00 AM Parent/Teacher Sign-up Closes

October 30 Parent/Teacher Conferences for grades 2-3-5

November 5 Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 7 Upham Mom’s Night Out

November 11 NO SCHOOL Veteran’s Day

November 22 Pajama Party/Movie Night

November 28/29 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break


Thank you for all your support!

Dare To Dream,

Mr. Dees

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