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12/17/2018

The first print edition of the newspaper of the year has been released!! There are copies in each homeroom, in the hallway, and in all offices. Be sure to keep your eye out to grab one!

08/22/2018

College can wait, and maybe it should! Read Jeffrey Fishman's article to learn about an alternative for life after high school.

Nowadays, students are practically catapulted from their high school classrooms to a college campus, regardless of their readiness to face this new and daunting step in their lives. However, college is not the only option after high school.

Global Citizen Year is a gap year program that allows students to perform humanitarian work in Ecuador, Senegal, Brazil, or India before entering college. During their year abroad, fellows in the program live with a host family, study the language of the country in which they live, and work with a local organization in their new community. The stated goal of the program is to build the next generation of young students to explore our interconnected world.

In her article for Medium, Abby Falik, the founder of Global Citizen Year, explains her reasoning for developing this program by explaining, “The greatest threats facing humanity — migration, climate change, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, poverty and disease — are all global, and yet, America is retreating from the world. More than ever, we need you, our young leaders, to engage in our global community.” Falik believes that in today’s world, it is increasingly important that our leaders represent diverse experiences and backgrounds. She gives the following advice to students deciding what to do after high school, “...leave the country. Immerse yourself in a new culture and community. When you come back you’ll bring the experience and perspectives that will guide your education, shape your character, inform your leadership — and, through you, America’s continued leadership in the world.” By taking time before college to explore the world and prepare mentally, Global Citizen Year fellows enter campuses across the country with broadened perspectives, ready to take full advantage of the next steps in their academic careers.

This upcoming year, I will be living in Ecuador before attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2019. But I need your help to launch my gap year journey! Global Citizen Year has set up a Fellow Scholarship Fund to make this amazing experience accessible to all students, regardless of their background or financial circumstances. The Scholarship Fund provides over 80% of Fellows with financial assistance and 30% of Fellows with full scholarships. I could not be more excited to go to Ecuador, but I want to make sure that this experience is available to all students. Please donate to the Global Citizen Year Scholarship Fund using the following link (https://donate.globalcitizenyear.org/JeffreyFishmantoEcuador), and visit www.globalcitizenyear.org for more information regarding this amazing program! Also, please subscribe to my blog using the following link (https://www.globalcitizenyear.org/author/jeffrey-fishman/) to follow my adventures in Ecuador over the next eight months! Now go out there, and explore the world!

Did you know we have a literary magazine of all UD student written and visual work? Check out Amanda Yang's Club Spotlig...
03/13/2018
Rhapsody 2017

Did you know we have a literary magazine of all UD student written and visual work? Check out Amanda Yang's Club Spotlight on Rhapsody!

Rhapsody is the Upper Dublin High School’s student-run literary magazine. Preparing for its 43rd volume this June, Rhapsody is all about showcasing the talents and creative diversity of the student body, ranging from poetry and short prose to photos and art. Staff members come together to share their thoughts about and interpretations of each submission and hand pick the ones that will be published in the magazine.

Staff members have already met many times this year and have been busy at work reviewing submissions. Several art and writing pieces have already been submitted this year. Some goals Rhapsody has this year are having the outside community more involved, hosting a writing workshop, and arranging a poetry slam, an event where original writing is read in front of an audience.

Co-Writing/Senior Editor Kyra Lisse says, “Rhapsody is a fun, supportive, and engaging environment for our student body. With these things, I think we can produce some great work come June.”

If you would like to send in submissions, please email them at [email protected].

Check out last year’s electronic edition of Rhapsody right here: https://issuu.com/udhsrhapsody/docs/rhapsody2017final4resizepdf__1_

"Hidden Gems of UD: UD Compliments"[Angelina Han]Many people do not know about my favorite social media page out there (...
03/08/2018

"Hidden Gems of UD: UD Compliments"
[Angelina Han]

Many people do not know about my favorite social media page out there (after Cardinal Directions, of course): Upper Dublin Compliments. Founded by Emily Zauzmer, an alum of Upper Dublin, this page posts anonymous student compliments about other students of Upper Dublin. They are always kind and bring a smile to my face when I read the words shared. The compliments give better insight into some students that you may not know and makes you wish you did. Anyone can submit a compliment about a student to the administrator of the page through Facebook messenger; that position is currently held by senior Sydney Quan. It is an unexpected surprise for the receiver to see these anonymous posts. This page is incredible for the positivity and care that it spreads, and I hope that it continues to be passed on for years to come.

Hear of the good some seniors are doing at Upper Dublin! Water Wings: Making a Splash[By Kyra Lisse]Each year, all membe...
03/06/2018

Hear of the good some seniors are doing at Upper Dublin!

Water Wings: Making a Splash
[By Kyra Lisse]

Each year, all members of the UDHS senior class complete a Culminating Project, a graduation requirement that emphasizes leadership and community service. While students have virtually the entire year to complete it, some have decided to dive head first into their project. One such student is Samara Cheifetz, a swimmer whose project has made a giant splash in the Upper Dublin community.

“Water Wings,” says Cheifetz, “provided one-on-one swim lessons for children between the ages of three and eight with disabilities/special needs.” The program, which ran for five weeks in the fall, satisfied a need in the community that was not otherwise met. Lessons were provided by certified student lifeguards. The event also boasted two special ed teachers, two speech pathologists, and one occupational therapist to oversee activities.

The funds raised by the lessons were then donated to Special Olympics Montgomery County. Cheifetz and her team are proud to have contributed $360 to this special cause.

When asked how Water Wings came to be, Cheifetz explained that “it combines aspects of my life that I truly love - swimming, children and teaching.” Indeed, Cheifetz is the captain of the girls’ swim team and pays weekly visits to a second grade classroom at Fort Washington Elementary, where she graciously assists one of her former teachers. She is beloved by the students, and it shows in the dozens of handmade cards she has received from them.

“I love working with children and love seeing the positive impact that educators make on the lives of their students,” Cheifetz continues. “The project was certainly a lot of work, but it generated a lot of reward.”

03/02/2018

Check out for "Facebook tidbits" written by students about updates about the school! Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 pm!

The Facebook is OFFICIALLY LIVE! Follow us for updates on all things UD! Check out Amanda Yang's Club Spotlight: Cardina...
02/15/2018

The Facebook is OFFICIALLY LIVE! Follow us for updates on all things UD! Check out Amanda Yang's Club Spotlight: Cardinal Directions!
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After decades of reporting and publishing, Cardinal Directions is still running strongly as Upper Dublin High School’s student-run newspaper. The mission of Cardinal Directions is two-fold: to function as a place where students can hone their writing and to keep the student body at large engaged with important events happening at UDHS.

This year, the staff is taking its club to new heights! Cardinal Directions is introducing “Facebook Tidbits,” in which students will be writing short news articles that are edited and posted immediately onto the page. These tidbits supplement the print version, and readers will not have to wait for the publication of the paper copy to read about certain events. With that being said, the staff is also excited to be currently preparing a paper publication for the near future. There will be a number of more detailed and full-length articles on UDHS events included. Stay tuned for its release and distribution.

Ultimately, Cardinal Directions is a great opportunity for students to learn about journalism. Especially since the role and integrity of the press has become such a hot topic, Cardinal Directions is a unique platform for students to learn the basic principles of journalism.

If you have not already, please like Cardinal Directions’ page to continue receiving posts in your Facebook feed of students’ writing. You will not want to miss out on all the fun and exciting events happening at UDHS.

If you are interested in being a part of the newspaper staff, please join the google classroom (code: gtyji1a) or the Facebook group “Cardinal Directions!” to receive announcements for club activities and opportunities for writing articles.

02/14/2018

GET HYPE!!! Official launch with our Facebook news tidbits will be in 24 hours (7 pm)!!! I know you are as excited about this as we are 😀😀😀

02/13/2018

Tomorrow, after school, room 103, Scalici. Don't miss your chance to come to Cardinal Direction's Launch Party!! It will be the party of the ages!! Bring some friends and get ready for the day we've all been waiting for! (I can hardly contain my excitement, myself.) See ya there :)

Home stretch, 2 more days until the launch party Scalici's Room 103 after school for donuts and nutella and a nestful of...
02/12/2018

Home stretch, 2 more days until the launch party Scalici's Room 103 after school for donuts and nutella and a nestful of fun! You must be wondering, who's going to be behind all the news? (Well, you can definitely still join with your friends, but..) here's the team:

02/11/2018

T-3 DAYS!!! Don't forget to come to the launch party Rm 103 (Scalici) for some Donuts! Bring your friends for a great party! Great chance to meet - and join - the staff! See you there!

02/06/2018

Congrats to the Eagles for their Super Bowl win #gobirds! Due to the parade, we will be postponing the launch party to next Wednesday, February 14th! But, what a better way to show your love than coming out to the donutella launch party! See you then!

4 more days until our official launch! What can you look forward to?? Just to name a few...-Coverage on everything going...
02/04/2018

4 more days until our official launch! What can you look forward to?? Just to name a few...

-Coverage on everything going on in UD
-Advice columns for studying, school, and life!
-Relevant news going on in the world today to keep you in the know!
-Pop culture
-Movie reviews
-The students and MORE!!!

5 Days until the launch 2/8! Bring your friends to hang out and support the school newspaper! It's not too late to join!...
02/03/2018

5 Days until the launch 2/8! Bring your friends to hang out and support the school newspaper! It's not too late to join!
As we await anxiously for this special day, time to reminisce some of the team's favorite content!

"Stuck in a pickle? Too much homework? Fighting with a friend?

Email your problems anonymously to [email protected] for a sympathetic ear and helpful advice!!"

Midterms are over and you know what that means...yes we are that much closer to the official Cardinal Directions launch ...
01/31/2018

Midterms are over and you know what that means...yes we are that much closer to the official Cardinal Directions launch party! This is definitely one you will not want to miss, we're going to have Donutella shindig 2/8! Meeting will be in Mr. Scalici's room :)

You guys asked, and we couldn't stay away! Remember to mark Feb 8th for our launch date, but here is another sneak peak!...
01/18/2018

You guys asked, and we couldn't stay away! Remember to mark Feb 8th for our launch date, but here is another sneak peak!

Senior Jeffrey Fishman gives you "5 Easy Tips to Tackle Your Midterms!" Good luck everybody:

With midterm season rapidly approaching at Upper Dublin High School, here are some tips to help you ace your exams and avoid the stress of this crazy time.

1. Don’t procrastinate!

Cramming for a big test never ends well. Be sure to start studying early so that you have enough time to truly learn all of the material on your exams.

2. Schedule, schedule, schedule!

Schedule time to study for all of your tests. A little organization can go a long way. Make sure you put aside enough time to fully prepare for all subjects.

3. Make time to relieve your stress.

Try to make time in your busy schedule for a break or two. Spend a night with friends or watch a show on Netflix. If you study 24/7, you are sure to burn out before the test.

4. Get help from teachers if you are struggling.

Remember that teachers are your greatest resource because they are the ones making the actual tests. If you are struggling with the material in class, schedule time to meet with them. They want to see you succeed!

5. Prioritize your time!

With so much material to study for each class, you need to prioritize what is most important. Spend more time studying areas you are having difficulty with and only brush up on areas where you are more confident.

I hope these tips help you to get through this stressful time of year. Remember that while midterms seem scary, you are prepared and have all the tools you need to perform well. Good luck UD!

Happy to see our new fans! Mark your calendars for February 8th, our official launch date! (It's in mine already 😉)  To ...
01/10/2018
Princess Who?

Happy to see our new fans! Mark your calendars for February 8th, our official launch date! (It's in mine already 😉) To satiate your appetite for some good news...here's a sneak peak!

There's just been word from Gwendolyn Hoffman: Alert! The Princess Has Forgotten Her Identity!

For the first time in the history of Upper Dublin High School, Princess Who, a one act play, will be performed by the drama department as the Children’s Theatre winter show.

Princess Who is the story of a princess (played by Lauren Taylor) who winds up in the forest without any memory of how she got there or who she is. She makes her way through the forest with the help (sometimes) of different fairytale creatures to reveal her past and identity.

The director of the play, senior Anastasia Weggel, exclaims, “Princess Who is a very funny, exciting, and fantastical show for all ages!! With characters such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, Princess Who gives your favorite characters a new twist! The show has some wonderful moments that all members of the family will enjoy, and it sure has been a blast creating it for you!!”

Bring your friends and family to the Performing Arts Center on January 13 and 14 at 2:00pm to see this mysterious and whimsical show!

Tickets for Princess Who are on sale now for $12 each. Go to udhstheatre.ticketleap.com/princess-who/ to buy tickets. To stay on the journey with the confused princess and find out more, like Upper Dublin Theatre Department on Facebook and follow @udhstheatre on Instagram.

The Upper Dublin Theatre Department is proud to present our children's theatre show, "Princess Who?", a lively and enchanting tale about a princess who wakes up in the middle of the forest with no memory of her past. Follow our princess as she finds her way back towards her family, meeting charming�...

01/08/2018

Did you know UDHS has a school newspaper?? Did you miss us? Cardinal Directions is coming back better than ever! Stay tuned for a launch date on our page, and a sneak peak for what's to come! 🤣🤣🤣

The first quarter has just ended at UDHS and many freshmen are still becoming accustomed to the new environment. Read ab...
11/24/2016
Not Quite High School Musical

The first quarter has just ended at UDHS and many freshmen are still becoming accustomed to the new environment. Read about Freshman Gwen Hoffman's experience, here:

[By Gwen Hoffman]

The first quarter of the 2016 school year has passed by in a flash, and the freshman class has many thoughts about their new experiences in the “big bad” high school. The first day of high school m…

With the U.S. presidential election ending 2 weeks ago, there has certainly been lots of chaos going on in the news. For...
11/23/2016
Just Some Good News

With the U.S. presidential election ending 2 weeks ago, there has certainly been lots of chaos going on in the news. For a respite from all the tension, check out Eryn Cohen's article, "Just Some Good News," below:

[By Eryn Cohen]

It’s no secret that last Tuesday’s election has severed the country in two. The current political, ideological, and moral battle has highlighted the worst qualities in all of us, unveiling an appal…

School can sometimes be stressful, especially with the ending of the first marking period last week. For advice on allev...
11/22/2016
Confessions of a Student Work-a-Holic: Ep. 2 Stress

School can sometimes be stressful, especially with the ending of the first marking period last week. For advice on alleviating daily stress, check out Ep. 2 of Angelina Han's, "Confessions of a Student Work-a-Holic," right here:

With the first marking period coming to a close, I recently noticed that the cortisol levels of my fellow classmates and friends were through the roof. I am genuinely worried for the general happin…

Upper Dublin High School's Mini-THON is fast approaching! For more about the event, check out the article below:[By Eryn...
11/18/2016
Dance the Night Away at UDHS’s 3rd Annual Mini-THON

Upper Dublin High School's Mini-THON is fast approaching! For more about the event, check out the article below:

[By Eryn Cohen]

https://goo.gl/PTAheZ

A fun-filled night of dancing and games, Mini-Thon brings students together to join in the fight against pediatric cancer. 70,000 student volunteers in 235 schools hold Mini-THONs of …

The first annual "Mr. UD" was held in the auditorium tonight at UDHS. All proceeds went to Mini-Thon, an event that supp...
11/07/2016

The first annual "Mr. UD" was held in the auditorium tonight at UDHS. All proceeds went to Mini-Thon, an event that supports the fight against pediatric cancer.

Senior Matt Weiss was crowned winner.

[Pictures of the contestants are attached]

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