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Picture Day–Friday, April 17

April 14th, 2015

Bike to School Day 2015

April 9th, 2015

Join us for Bike to School Day on May 6


2015 NAAPID Event

February 24th, 2015

On Monday, February 9, students, parents, and staff at Urbana Middle School celebrated National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID).  All UMS families were invited to join their student for lunch, and enjoy student presentations, get a tour of the library, and meet with UMS administrators.

What is NAAPID?

  • NAAPID stands for National African American Parent Involvement Day and is celebrated in 47 states and over 40 countries around the world.
  • NAAPID was created by Mr. Joe Dulin, now retired, Principal of Roberto Clemente; to address the serious achievement gap facing African American students.
  • NAAPID is a call to action to get parents involved in their children’s education. It is expected that this international celebration open up dialogue among teachers, parents, and students and lead to a more conducive learning environment for African American students, students of color, and all students regardless of their ethnicity.

Photo credit:  Janice Mitchell

Box Tops

February 18th, 2015

Over the next week, the UMS PTSA will hold its annual Box Tops for Education spring fundraiser.  Our goal is to raise even more than $2,000 for UMS this year.  If every student and staff member turns in 10 Box Tops, we can meet this goal.  Each label is worth 10¢ for the school and you may already have some labels on products you’ve purchased. (See http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products for examples of products that have Box Tops for Education labels).  Please look around your home for products that have the Box Tops label on them, clip the labels and have your student turn them in to their academic team.  Every team facilitator has a Box Top collection jar, and there is also a jar located in the UMS office.  The team with the most Box Tops collected by February 23 will win a prize!  Thank you for supporting our fundraiser.

PTSA Meeting 2/10

February 9th, 2015

All UMS families are invited to the PTSA’s next meeting which is Tuesday, February 10 from 6:00-7:30 in the UMS Band Room.  Ptincipal Woods will be our gust speaker, and he will be discussing the changes that were made to this year’s grading policy.  There will be a free pizza dinner and childcare provided by the UMS PTSA and UMS Student Council.  This is the next to last meeting for the year; so please join us!

NAAPID is February 9

February 6th, 2015

UMS invites family and friends to visit our school as we celebrate National African American Parent Involvement Day.  Join us by having lunch with your child on Monday.  All families are welcome, and lunch is provided.  More details are available here.

Congratulations 7th Grade Boys Basketball

February 6th, 2015

Congratulations to our 7th Grade Boys Basketball team.  In the last week, the boys won the regional at UMS and sectional at Effingham to qualify as one of the final eight teams in the state tournament.  Please join our students at Normal Kingsley Middle School  at 11:30 on Saturday.  Details about the location are here.  Details about the tournament including scores are here.


UMS Tigers envision a Future City

January 29th, 2015

On Saturday, January 24, a group of students from Urbana Middle School participated in the Future Cities competition in Chicago.  This was the first time the Urbana Middle School club participated in this competition and the group came away as the only public school and only non-Chicago school to make it to the top five.  Out of a total of 34 teams, they ended up placing 3rd overall.  The UMS students received top awards for Best Education Advancement and Best Integrated High Designs.

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Monical’s Fundraiser

January 29th, 2015

Help support UMS seventh grade teams by having lunch or dinner at Monical’s on Monday, February 2.

Twenty percent of your bill will be donated directly to the school when you present the attached flier.

Thanks for your support!


Thank You Mentors!

January 22nd, 2015

January is National Mentoring Month.  Thank you to all of the members of our community who mentor at UMS through the CU 1:1 Mentoring Program.  Currently, 104 UMS students have a 1:1 mentor, and we will be adding more soon.  Additionally, 34 UMS staff members mentor through the program at five different schools across Champaign-Urbana.  By giving one hour a week, volunteers from across the community provide a lifetime of benefit to the children of Champaign-Urbana.  Thanks!  If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please call or email Barbara Linder (blinder@usd116.org or 384-3685).

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