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WILL releases Delta documentary

Part One of Uni High/WILL’s documentary, Rebuilding Foundations: Housing and Hope in the Mississippi Delta, was released on January 30, 2018. The link to the 60-minute documentary is: Rebuilding Foundations. The official hashtag for the project is #unihighdeltadoc, said project leader and Uni High senior Stella Faux.

“It’s definitely a very close to home sort of story, but it’s also really fascinating historically and it speaks to a lot of problems that students at Uni are very passionate about,” said Faux.

Click here for the Gargoyle story by Emma Loewenstein.

 It's Agora Week! Three students enjoy a Roman board game during the first day of Agora 2018.

Also from the Gargoyle:

Uni students register to vote by Annette Lee

Uni gets new charging stations by Annette Lee

Black Panther review: An intricate Afrofuturist masterclass in worldbuilding by Umar Hanif


 Agora Days 2018: Students help each other get started on crochet projects in a class taught by Uni grad and current subbie science teacher Cynthia Smyser.

Gym floor added to campaign priorities

As the Campaign for Illinois continues, Uni has added a gym floor to the list of priorities.  

Uni director Dr. Jeff Walkington also gave an update on how Uni has been using funds from the Innovations in Learning campaign. Since the fall of 2016, Uni has provided the following opportunities due to your generous support:

  • Dr. Walkington went to Washington, DC., to study labs at DC schools, including Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. 
  • Sharlene Denos and two students presented at the Biophysical Society Meeting at New Orleans on a kind of microscope they had invented.
  • Five teachers attended the International Forum on Active Learning (about innovative classroom design and instruction) at Minneapolis.
  • Dr. Walkington and four students went to the Big Data summer program at University of Connecticut.
  • Eight teachers attended the Learning and the Brain conference (Learning and Neuroscience) in Boston.
  • Marianne Downey went to a vendor fair –NeoCon--for classroom furniture for active learning spaces at Chicago.


 Agora Days 2018 features the legendary Cake Decorating class taught by alumni parent Amy Robison.


Senior Arielle Summit was named to 2018 IHSA All All-State Academic Team!

A three-time IHSA All-State athlete in cross country and 5-time all-stater in track, Arielle joins former Uni runners Ariel Zodhiates (class of 2000), George Gunter (2014), and Annemarie Michael (2017) as recipients of this award.

Senior Noah Blue broke the all-time school scoring record for boys basketball. Click here for the video. Blue also signed to be a student athlete at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
The Scholastic Bowl team consisting of junior Tim Cho, sophomore Ethan Ashbrook, sophomore Dylan Bowman, and freshman Jonathan Lau won first place at the National Academic Quiz Tournament State Championship (NAQT). By winning the tournament, they have qualified for the National Championship in May. Click here to read the rest of the story by Saahithi Maturi.
English Executive Teacher Dr. Elizabeth Majerus was the focus, along with a Young Adult literature scholar, of a Huffington Post article on teaching dystopias.  Majerus also recently had a poem accepted for publication in Another Chicago Magazine, a well- established and respected literary magazine with a national profile.
 Agora Days 2018 continues into the hallway, as two students work on a project.

Math teacher opening at Uni

As we sadly bid farewell to retiring math teacher Gene Bild, we would like to invite you to spread the word about our math teacher opening. The job announcement can be found at

Responsibilities Include: 

  • Teach assigned courses (ranging from Math 1—mostly algebra, with some geometry and trig—through second-year Calculus) to academically talented students. 
  • Develop innovative curriculum and math education research projects.  Present at professional conferences or workshops. 
  • Support/coach math teams for math competitions. 
  • The position also entails school activities normally required of teachers, such as attendance at faculty meetings, committee work, and non-classroom duties.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education.  Candidates with a bachelor's degree in a related field may be considered.
  • Substantial coursework in mathematics, with ability to teach Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Calculus (including multi-variable).

Desirable Qualifications: 

  • Graduate degree in Mathematics
  • Strong experience in Statistics (previous teaching, degree, or knowledge of appropriate software) and the ability to teach current practices of data science. 
  • Experience effectively teaching diverse and academically talented students. Illinois teaching certificate (secondary mathematics). 
  • Evidence of effective and creative secondary teaching experience, evidence of integration of technology into instruction, and experience in developing innovative instructional materials. 
  • Knowledge of alternative assessment strategies, such as standards-based grading, and non-traditional teaching practices. 

Gala volunteers needed

The Advancement office is seeking volunteers (over age 21) for the April 14 Uni High Gala. The shifts will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Advancement office will provide free admission with dinner and drinks for volunteers.

• Teachers Wish List Cashier (three volunteers needed)

• Teachers Wish List Runner

• Gala Welcome Table Host

To sign up for a volunteer slot, please contact Marianne (, Josh ( or Christine (


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