What's New at Urbana Middle School
November 24th, 2015
The UMS PTSA is now taking orders for the Spirit Wear Holiday Sale. Don’t miss this chance to order UMS Spirit Wear in time for the holidays! Sweatshirts, tees and sport tek shirts make great holiday gifts for your UMS student or family members.
To place an order, please print out the ORDER FORM and submit it to the UMS Office, along with your check for payment. Please make all checks payable to UMS PTSA. Please enclose the payment and order form in an envelope marked: UMS Spirit Wear. All orders must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4th, in order to be filled before winter break. Orders will be available to pick up in the Office by Monday, December 14th. Please make sure to provide a current email address so you may be notified when your order is ready for pick up. Thank you for supporting the UMS PTSA!
November 19th, 2015
Dear UMS Families,
I want to take a moment and share with all of you our morning routines and procedures, especially as we head into the winter months. Please make sure your students are dressed warmly!
-Do not drop off your students before 8:00 AM. We do not provide supervision of students before that time. Students come into the building to start the day at 8:38 and do not need to be on campus until that time.
-Classes begin at 8:45. Students arriving after 8:45 are considered late to school.
-We will be outside in the morning unless the temperature is 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower as measured in “real” or “feels like” temperature, whichever is lower.
-We will not be outside during rain or if sidewalks are not cleared of snow.
-Breakfast is served from 8:10 until 8:30. Students arriving for breakfast between 8:10 and 8:20 are expected to return outside by 8:25. Students arriving between 8:20 and 8:30 remain inside until 8:38. This procedure is in place in order for us to best serve and supervise the more than 300 students who eat breakfast daily.
Principal, Urbana Middle School
1201 South Vine Street
Urbana, IL 61801
The mission of Urbana Middle School, a community of learning, is to engage and inspire students while promoting their intellectual, social, and emotional growth.
La misión de Urbana Middle School, una comunidad de aprendizaje, es involucrar e inspirar a los estudiantes mientras promovemos su desarrollo intelectual, social y emocional.
November 13th, 2015
This morning 20 students and their families were recognized at our Tiger Pride Breakfast. Congratulations to our September and October Students of the Month. View the program here Tiger Pride Breakfast Q1 Program 2015-2016.
November 13th, 2015
On Wednesday, November 11, all students and staff took part in a Veterans Day assembly. Our combined choirs and concert band performed, and there was a special recognition of our staff who are veterans. We also used this opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our sports and extracurricular groups, especially our great cross country teams for their strong season.
A special thank you to Max who performed Taps and our student readers, Sophie, Hanah, and Marshaun. We also had a guest speaker, OS2 Wood of the U.S. NAvy. Below is the text that was read by the students as part of our recognition of veterans. Read the rest of this entry »
November 10th, 2015
From November 9 to November 13, Urbana Middle School is participating in the Eastern Illinois Food Bank’s “Day of Giving” program. Any canned goods or monetary donations may be brought to the school, and we will serve as a public drop off location. This effort is part of our Spirit Week Celebration! Please join us in supporting this essential local agency.
November 4th, 2015
SPLASH–Students Playing and Learning After School Hours–is UMS’s after school program that offers academic support, enrichment, and recreational opportunities for students. Session 2 is from November 9 to December 17 on Mondays through Thursdays. Advance registration is required, and space is limited. The SPLASH booklet is available HERE and in the main office.
October 22nd, 2015
The UMS PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) Committee is in need of donations to support Urbana Middle School and our students. As a school, we regularly recognize students for their outstanding citizenship, scholarship and other accomplishments. A nice complement to our recognition is to award the student with some type of prize. We are requesting any type of prizes that might include specific products, gift cards, admission passes, etc. that our students could easily use.
We hope you are able to support our students via a donation. If you have any additional questions or if I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the PBIS Donation Letter for a list of suggested items. Thanks!
October 12th, 2015
PTSA Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser – Mr. Woods, Line Dancing! The Urbana Middle School PTSA will be hosting a Texas Road House Night on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. We will receive 10% of all pre-tax sales for food and beverages. There will be door-prizes and our very own Mr. Woods will do a little line dancing at 6:30 pm! Invite your family and friends! The required flyer is available here UMS PTSA TX Roadhouse Flyer. Please email email@example.com with questions.
October 12th, 2015
On Friday, October 9, students were given informational fliers regarding the UMS Quarter 2 Enrichment Program. Copies of those fliers are available here in English and Spanish. This week all teachers of eligible classes will review enrichment options during class with all students. If your student is interested in participating, please have your student return the final page of the informational flier by Friday, October 17. The family information night regarding this program, originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, has been cancelled.
Below is a brief introduction to the Enrichment Program for Quarter 2. Read the rest of this entry »
September 18th, 2015
First quarter progress reports were mailed home today, September 18. If you do not receive your student’s progress report by Wednesday, September 23, please contact the school registrar, Jan Mann, at 384-3685. Below is the text from the letter that was included with progress reports.
September 18, 2015
Dear UMS Families,
You are receiving the first quarterly progress report for your student. The purpose of a progress report is to provide you a snapshot of how your student is performing, and this grade is not the final grade for the quarter. In addition to a progress grade, you will see the number of absences and tardies listed on the report, and there may be comments from the teacher. You will receive four quarterly progress reports at the mid-point of each quarter and four report cards at the end of each quarter as notification of your student’s academic progress.
The school often receives questions about progress reports, and you should contact the teacher directly with your questions about grades in or comments for a class. You may also contact your student’s counselor regarding general academic issues or attendance. One frequent question is related to the idea that the family was not informed of a grade prior to progress reports. Please keep in mind that the progress report is the formal notification of current progress, and teachers are not required to do additional notification.
You are reminded that you may always access your student’s live academic and attendance information via Skyward Family Access. If you do not have an account set up yet, please stop in our main office with a photo ID.
If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly.
Scott Woods, Principal
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