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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



Back to School Notes

August 17th, 2017

Welcome and Welcome Back!

I am sending few reminders and answers to some common questions for all of our families to help you prepare for the first day of school. Teachers have been back for two days, and we are excited to get started with the students! Please remember to check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for answers to our most typical family questions such as drop off and pick up routines, breakfast and lunch procedures, and to figure out who to contact at UMS with your questions.

Also, don’t forget that our Family Curriculum Night is August 24 from 6:00-7:30. More details to follow, but please mark your calendars.

As always, please call or email me directly if you need any help.

Go Tigers!

Scott Woods, Principal

Back to School Letter ENGLISH

Back to School Letter SPANISH

Back to School Letter FRENCH



Make Up Registration

August 7th, 2017

Make up registration begins Monday, August 7 and continues through Wednesday, August 9 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration resumes on August 18 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Only the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) may register a student for school. If your child is not returning to UMS, please contact the school immediately to receive an Illinois Student Transfer Form.



Back to School 2017-2018

July 16th, 2017

The first day of school is about one month from today. Our first day of school is Friday, August 18 and is for sixth graders only. Our seventh and eighth graders will join us for their first day on Monday, August 21.

Click here for our back-to-school letter that will  help you plan for the start of the year and includes information about registration, athletics registration, Sixth Grade Transition day (now the first day of school for sixth graders on August 18), Family Curriculum Night, and other announcements. Also, please make sure to check the website (www.usd116.org/ums) for regular updates and announcements, and take a moment to follow UMS on Twitter @UMSTigers. If you have questions after reading this letter, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 384-3685 or email me at swoods@usd116.org.

Registration Information:

Returning Families

New Families to the District (Course Selection Sheets for Families New to District 5th to 6th Course Selection 2017; 6th to 7th Grade Course Selection 2017-2018; 7th to 8th Grade Course Selection 2016-2017)

Below are various documents to help you get ready for the school year and have a better understanding of UMS.

2017-2018 UMS Athletic Participation Form

UMS School Supply List 2017-2018

UMS Frequently Asked Questions for Families 2017-2018

UMS Frequently Asked Questions about Bullying and Aggressive Behavior for Families

UMS Restorative Practices

UMS Student handbook 2017-2018

UMS Student Handbook and Planner 2017-2018 (Includes bell schedule and planner pages. A hard copy is provided to all students on first day of attendance.)



Congratulations Track!

May 22nd, 2017

Congratulations to our UMS athletes at the State Track Meet this past weekend. Jeremiah Hamilton took a 5th place medal in the 200 meter dash. Jeremiah, Caelan, Amarion and Daniel took 8th place medals in the 4×100 relay. Our 4×200 relays of Dylan, Jackson, Kevin, and Julio for the boys and Rosie, Jaden, Elena, and Rylie for the girls both ran season-best times, with the girls taking 14th in the state. Thanks to all team members for your effort this season!

Congratulations to our UMS athletes at the State Track Meet this past weekend. Jeremiah Hamilton took a 5th place medal in the 200 meter dash. Jeremiah, Caelan, Amarion and Daniel took 8th place medals in the 4×100 relay. Our 4×200 relays of Dylan, Jackson, Kevin, and Julio for the boys and Rosie, Jaden, Elena, and Rylie for the girls both ran season-best times, with the girls taking 14th in the state. Thanks to all team members for your effort this season from your coaches.



Civic Youth Engagement Day

May 15th, 2017

On May 11, a group of eighth grade students attended the annual Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’s Civic Youth Engagement Day. Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Pece attended with our student leaders.

During the day, our students met with students from across the state, toured the capitol, and met with legislators. State Representative Carol Ammons (103rd District, Urbana) sponsored our students.



13 Reasons Why-Letter to Families

May 9th, 2017

Dear UMS Families,

SPANISH FRENCH

Our role as educators is not only to focus on the academic needs of your students but also to address their social and emotional needs. Because of this, we find it important to reach out to families about a show that has come to our attention. We have been hearing concerns regarding the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why. This popular show, which has recently been in the national news, is about a high school student who commits suicide and is rated TV-MA.

Unfortunately, the show does not provide information for how individuals access help if they may be considering harming themselves, and the show has been accused of glorifying suicide.

Across grade levels, students are likely to be unprepared to process the issues presented in this show. Recently at UMS, we are hearing an increase in students normalizing suicide. For other communities, there has been an increase in teenagers attempting suicide in the way depicted in the show.

We want you to know that we take this topic very seriously. The well-being of our students is our priority. We emphasize with students that they need to identify a responsible, trusted adult with whom they can speak about any mental health or safety concerns. The UMS staff includes two social workers, two social work interns, three grade-level counselors, and two psychologists who can more thoroughly address concerns regarding suicidal ideation and self-harm.

Below is information and resources for families.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UMS.

13 Reasons Why Letter to Families

Our role as educators is not only to focus on the academic needs of your students but also to address their social and emotional needs. Because of this, we find it important to reach out to families about a show that has come to our attention. We have been hearing concerns regarding the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why. This popular show, which has recently been in the national news, is about a high school student who commits suicide and is rated TV-MA.

Unfortunately, the show does not provide information for how individuals access help if they may be considering harming themselves, and the show has been accused of glorifying suicide.



Seeking Principal’s Award Nominations

May 2nd, 2017

One Principal’s Award is given annually to one eighth grade student.  Students have the opportunity to nominate themselves for this award.  Students must complete the following grid and submit an essay in order to be considered.  All applications will be blind-reviewed by a committee, and the committee’s assessments of the applications will remain confidential.  The winner of the award will be announced at the Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony.  The winning student will receive an individual plaque and will have his/her name added to the perpetual plaque in outside the main office.  All applications are due in the main office by Tuesday, May 9, 2016 at noon.

Principal’s Award Nomination 2017 DOC

Principal’s Award Nomination 2017 PDF



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