Mike Paredes: Principal

Mr. P

Dear Centurions,

We are excited to welcome you to the 2022-23 school year at University City High School (UCHS). The entire UCHS staff is committed to supporting you in achieving your highest potential. As a team, we can accomplish more and advance the legacy of our great school. When our team of students, parents, caregivers, staff, and the local community work together, we can best ensure equitable opportunities that lead to success for every learner.

As we embark on a new school year, remember that the staff is here to support and guide you. A key practice at school, work, and beyond is punctuality. Period 1 will now begin at 8:45 am, every day, as we are now holding occasional early-out days instead of late starts. Challenge yourself to be on time and ready to learn, attend all your classes daily, and do your best academically. Please take to heart one of my favorite quotes from former NFL Coach Tony Dungy: "Do what we do. Whatever it takes. No excuses, no explanations.” The “We” includes our entire support team at home and school.

Our Centurion staff is devoted to providing a safe, supportive, and engaging environment that ignites our learners to discover the genius that each of them possesses. We are committed to ensuring that every Centurion has the tools to succeed in college and their career. We all have a responsibility to prepare our learners to meet our school-wide learning goals, assuring that they are:

  • Contributing members to the community
  • Collaborative citizens
  • Effective communicators
  • Independent thinkers
  • Technologically skilled

Connections and relationships are essential and directly linked to high school student achievement. We are blessed to have an array of extracurricular opportunities at UC. I encourage all of our students to discover a program that inspires them and advocate for creating new opportunities that might not yet exist.

I look forward to meeting with many of you throughout the year (and beyond) at UC, listening and learning about the bright spots, and discovering where we can go from here.

Centurions, it’s going to be a great year. Together, let’s “Win the Day”!

UC...U Know!

Respectfully,
Mike Paredes
Proud UCHS Principal

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