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PTSA-Restorative Practices-9/19

September 18th, 2017

On Tuesday, September 19, the UMS PTSA will hold its first meeting of the year at 6:00 pm in room 1520 at UMS. After the business portion of the meeting, Dr. Woods will moderate a panel discussion with students on the topic of Restorative Practices at UMS.

We hope that you can join us! Childcare and dinner is provided.

If you have questions, or would like to contact the PTSA, email: urbanamiddleschoolptsa@gmail.com

Seeking Community-Led Enrichment Volunteers

September 16th, 2017

Dear UMS Families,

For more than a decade, UMS has partnered with parents and community members to provide enrichment courses to small groups of students. Each semester highly-specialized adults volunteer to meet with students for six class periods (one class period a week for six weeks) to teach a short unit-of-study. Of particularly high interest to our students are hands-on activities in the fields of science and technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer programming. However, we have found that hands-on units in any field are well-received by students.

In past years, we have called these courses Parent-Led Enrichment (PLE). In order to acknowledge the many community partners who work with our school, this year we are renaming the program Community-Led Enrichment (CLE). In our community, we have many, many parents and community members with unique and cutting-edge professional skills.

Generally, classes are limited to nine students. Students are selected by academic subject teachers because the student may have high interest and/or high aptitude in the content. Additionally, the subject teacher must determine if the students who participate are able to miss six class periods of regular course instruction.

If you are a highly skilled professional and may be interested in volunteering to be part of this program, please complete attached form or email Julia Lowry at jlowry@usd116.org. Mrs. Lowry will work with you to determine the best fit for you and our students in terms scheduling, recruiting students, and assisting you with the challenges and opportunities that arise when working with middle schoolers. Also, attached here is an information sheet with ideas about how to lead your courses.


Scott Woods, Principal

Julia Lowry, Instructional Coach

CLE Application 2017-2018

CLE Information for Volunteers

Fundraiser at Panera on 9-18

September 15th, 2017

Come on out and join us in our fundraiser at Panera Bread on Monday, September 18 from 4 pm – 8 pm at the Panera on Kirby Ave!  It’s a great way to have dinner and help raise money for UMS. Just being the attached flyer with you. Feel fee to share with your friends and extended family! Hope to see you there!


SPLASH Session 1

September 11th, 2017

SPLASH Session 1 begins Monday, September 18. The booklet is available here:

SPLASH Session 1 2017-2018

SPLASH activities are led by UMS staff, Urbana Park District staff and community partners. University of Illinois tutors volunteer in the Homework Lab. Funds for SPLASH are provided by Urbana School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant and a grant from the City of Urbana.

Programs include classes, clubs, activities, Homework Lab, and Morning Jump Start.SPLASH is an extension of the school day; therefore, the same rules and expectations outlined in the UMS Student Handbook will be followed during SPLASH. Transportation is provided by MTD or First Student at 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. On those days students requiring a MTD transfer will ride First Student.

First PBIS Raffle Prize Winner!

September 8th, 2017

Congratulations to our first PBIS Raffle Prize Winner – Arieonna!

Reminder: We are still taking prize donations. Please contact Mrs. Kretz if you have items to donate.

August 30 Notes: Drop-off and Pick-up

August 31st, 2017

Dear UMS Families:


As our new families learn our school routines, and as a result of some changes with in-building school procedures, I want to remind all families of some general items so that the school operates smoothly, safely, and with minimal disruption to student learning.

  • Drop-off. All students now enter through the main entrance (Door #1). Please do not plan to drop-off your student in the north parking lot between 8:10 and 8:40. Bus traffic, has priority, and we are experiencing very high volumes of traffic during this time. Families may drop-off students at other locations and students may walk to the main entrance. Do not drop off along Vine Street NORTH of Fairlawn. This area is designated for MTD drop-off. Families are encouraged  to drop-off SOUTH of Fairlawn on Vine, along Fairlawn where we have a crossing guard at Vine, and along Michigan.
  • Pick-up. Students may exit the building through a variety of doors. Families should make arrangements to have a regular pick-up location. After school, Michigan is a one-way street going west, and families are encouraged to pick-up along Michigan or in the Aquatic Center parking lot behind UMS. Families are reminded not to block driveways, especially residential driveways, at any time.
  • Contacting your student. Please call ahead if you need to pick-up your student or give your student something during the school day. It is important that we limit interruptions to classrooms. If the school knows in advance that you need your student, we will make every effort to have your student waiting for you in the office.
  • Delivering messages to your student. Generally, messages are delivered to students by a staff member throughout the school day. However, staff is unable to deliver messages to students during the last thirty minutes of the school day due to the high volume of messages as well as other staffing needs in preparation for dismissal.
  • What to do if your student does not make it home after school. It is most likely that your student did not board the bus home, did not go home directly after school, or did not tell you that he/she was not coming straight home. Buses typically do not leave campus until 8-10 minutes after the dismissal bell. Please allow for at least 30 minutes before contacting school. If your student has not arrived home, you are welcome to call the school, and the school will attempt to locate your student. If the school cannot locate your student, you should call your local police department.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional concerns, suggestions, or questions, and I hope your student is having a wonderful start to the school year!


Scott Woods, Principal

Family Curriculum Night – August 24

August 22nd, 2017


All UMS Families are invited to our annual Family Curriculum Night: Thursday, August 24 from 6:00-7:30. Please plan to arrive early to secure parking and to arrive at sessions on time. When you arrive, please enter through Door #2 (the PE ramp just east of the main entrance). We will provide you a copy of your student’s schedule if you need one. After picking up a schedule, sixth grade families start by visiting team teacher’s in their classrooms. Seventh grade families begin in the gymnasium where they may met with exploratory/elective and PE/health teachers. Eighth grader families begin with individual team meetings (Divergent in 1520, Hercules 1734, Jedi Cafeteria).

You are encouraged to bring your middle school student with you, and other children are welcome. We do ask that your children/student(s) remain with you and are supervised by you throughout the evening.

As a convenience to your family, PTSA will be selling pizza in the cafeteria lobby.

A detailed schedule for the evening is linked here.

Family Curriculum Night 2017-2018

Note from “Eclipse Day”

August 21st, 2017

Dear UMS Families,

I hope that your students have positive reports for you now that all of our students have made it through day one. Today we ran an alternate bell schedule in order to have time for all students to view the eclipse. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and all students had a chance to view this amazing sight. Read the rest of this entry »

August 21 Notes and The Eclipse

August 21st, 2017

Dear UMS Families,

Our first day with sixth graders is now history, and we are looking forward to our seventh and eighth graders joining us on Monday. A few quick reminders: Read the rest of this entry »

PTSA Message

August 18th, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians:
The UMS PTSA would like to welcome you back to another amazing school year! We send our well-wishes as your children become familiar with their new academic surroundings and expectations. We would also  like to extend an opportunity for you to join us at our first PTSA meeting on September 19, 6pm. in addition,  please consider becoming a member and finding out how you can become more involved. Have a great year!
You may contact UMS PTSA at urbanamiddleschoolptsa@gmail.com.
PTSA Membership Form

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