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Parent-Teacher Conferences Reminder and PTSA Dinner

March 14th, 2017

This is a friendly reminder that Parent-Teacher Conferences are this Thursday and Friday. Please see details below about scheduling for your student, if you have not done so already. We sill have limited spots available, and we would love to see all of our families. Also, PTSA is hosting a dinner for our teachers on Thursday. If you would like to contribute to the dinner, please sign up at this link. PTSA is asking for food donations as well as paper goods and clean-up volunteers.  Monetary donations are also appreciated. If you have any questions about the dinner, please feel free to email Stephanie Thompson stephanierthompson@yahoo.com.

Details about conferences follow:

This spring, conferences may be scheduled between 4:00 and 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 16 and 8:10-11:30 on Friday, March 17. To schedule an appointment with your student’s academic team, call the main office, and our office staff will schedule a time with you. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an off-team teacher (e.g. PE/Health, Music, Art, Foreign Language, etc.), you may email the teacher directly or our office staff can connect you to the teacher’s voicemail.

Si vous désirez l’aide d’une interprète pendant votre conférence, veuillez envoyer un courrier électronique à bthiel@usd116.org ou demander Bonny Thiel quand vous téléphonerez au bureau.

Si necesita ayuda en español o necesitará un traductor en su conferencia, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a lmaldonado@usd116.org o llame a Lucía Maldonado en nuestra oficina a más tardar el día 10 de marzo para poder garantizar la asistencia de un traductor en sus conferencias.



Bullying and Other Aggressive Behavior

March 13th, 2017

Dear UMS Families,

[En Espanol]

In light of recent local events, school staff received questions today from students and families regarding bullying and school violence as it relates to Urbana Middle School.  At UMS we approach bullying and other aggressive behavior through addressing individual incidents, providing systems of supports to affected students, and by providing training and education for students and staff in order to reduce bullying and other aggressive behaviors.  To this end, each reported incident of bullying behavior is fully investigated by a staff member and appropriate actions are taken.  Students who demonstrate bullying behavior or are victims of bullying behavior are offered services through a counselor, social worker, or community agency.  All staff and students receive instruction on bullying prevention through our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. Additionally, our building is staffed with a counselor and dean for each grade level, two social workers, and a staff member specifically devoted to conflict resolution through restorative practices.

If your student is a possible victim of bullying or other aggressive behavior or if you or your student would like to report that someone else may be a victim of bullying or other aggressive behavior, you may complete the Bullying Behavior Reporting Form This may be done anonymously, and forms can be turned into the main office, a dean or counselor, or in one of the four anonymous reporting boxes located throughout the building. As another option, you are always welcome to contact the school directly and meet in person with one of our staff.

Here are some resources for families:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Bullying and Aggressive Behavior: For Parents

Resources shared with UMS teachers for possible use during Advisory.

Conversation Starter Videos (preview before watching with your student)

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Woods

Principal, Urbana Middle School



UMS PTSA News

March 13th, 2017

PTSA Meeting: Drug and Alcohol Use Among Middle School Youth

All UMS families are invited to join our PTSA at 6:00 on Tuesday, April 18 in room 1520 for a presentation on drug and alcohol use among middle school youth. Mrs. Sherri Rudicil of the Prairie Center will be presenting. She works frequently with UMS students in health classes, and her presentation will include information specifically about UMS and youth in our community. The presentation will be 30-45 minutes with time for Q&A. Following her presentation will be a short PTSA meeting. As usual, childcare and pizza dinner will be provided.

PTSA Officer Elections

The time has come to nominate a new PTSA board for the 2017-18 school year. Please send nominations to urbanamiddleschoolptsa@gmail.com by April 10th.  Voting will take place at the April 18th PTSA meeting. Thank you for your continued support of the PTSA



RESCHEDULED Fifth Grade Family Orientation and Curriculum Night

March 10th, 2017

Due to an unexpected and large community event taking place next Wednesday at Urbana High School, Urbana Middle School is rescheduling the Family Orientation and Curriculum Night originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 has been moved to Wendesday, April 12 from 6:30-8:00 PM. Updated details follow.

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-8:00 PM, Fifth Grade Family Orientation and Curriculum Night. Families are invited to come into UMS to receive an overview of the academic and extracurricular programs offered here.  Families will also have a chance to explore the building.  Your students and other children are welcome to attend. Teachers are generally not present on this evening.

Miércoles, 12 de abril  6:30-8:00 PM, Noche de Orientación y Plan de Estudios. Todas las familias de quinto grado están invitadas a visitar UMS esa noche para recibir información sobre el plan de estudios y los programas extracurriculares que se ofrecen en UMS. Las familias también tendrán la oportunidad de recorrer el edificio. Los maestros generalmente no están presentes en esta orientación.

Mercredi, le 12 avril, 18h30-20h00,  Orientation pour les familles d’élèves en cinquième année et Soirée de programmation.  On invite les familles à UMS pour un résumé de nos programmes académiques et parascolaires.  Vous aurez aussi la possibilité de visiter le bâtiment.  Vos élèves et d’autres enfants peuvent vous accompagner.  En général, les enseignants ne sont pas présents pour cet évènement.



Tiger Pride Breakfast

March 3rd, 2017

On the morning of March 3, we celebrated with about 40 students and their guests at our Tiger Pride Breakfast. Some students were recognized as a “Student of the Month” which students may win once during their middle school career. Winning this award earns the student a t-shirt and a seat at our annual Student of the Month retreat. Additionally, we recognized additional students as through our “Tiger Who ROARs” program, which is designed to allow teachers to recognize even more students as well as students who may have been named a Student of the Month previously.

Below is a copy of our program where you can read the nice words our teachers shared about the students.

Tiger Pride Breakfast Program January-February 2017

February Students of the Month

January Students of the Month

January Tigers Who ROAR



Semester Two Enrichment Options

February 25th, 2017

Along with regular coursework and homework, some students and their families may choose to benefit from additional enrichment work in a course that challenges the student to go above-and-beyond regular coursework and homework. Any student may choose to complete an enrichment project in any one course that meets for at least one semester.

The goal of this optional program is to extend the learning beyond the classroom setting for students who are meeting and exceeding curricular standards as well as to continue to engage students with high interest in a particular content area. At the same time, we hope that all students will complete at least one enrichment project per year in an area of interest to her/him.

Please click below for the detailed brochure and sign up form. The deadline to return this form is March 10 (NOT March 3 as stated on the form).

EnrichmentBrochure Spring 2017

SPANISH EnrichmentBrochure Spring 2017

FRENCH Enrichment Brochure Spring 2017



Tiger Times February-March 2017

February 25th, 2017

Click below to check out our February-March 2017  Tiger Times Newsletter.

TigerTimesMARCH2017



PARCC Testing

February 24th, 2017

Beginning on March 2 and ending on March 31, students will participate in state mandated standardized testing. This year, for the first time all UMS students will take the PARCC on-line. In general, all students will take three math tests and three reading / English tests. Additionally, eighth grade students take the Illinois Science Assessment.

All students do not participate in testing at the same time or every day during the testing window. There is a detailed PARCC schedule posted below so that families are aware of the dates and times of testing. Once a student has started a testing session, the school cannot interrupt the session to remove a student. Please review the testing schedule when making appointments for your student.

UMS PARCC Schedule

Beginning on March 2 and ending on March 31, students will participate in state mandated standardized testing. This year, for the first time all UMS students will take the PARCC on-line. In general, all students will take three math tests and three reading / English tests. Additionally, eighth grade students take the Illinois Science Assessment.

All students do not participate in testing at the same time or every day during the testing window. There is a detailed PARCC schedule posted on our website so that families are aware of the dates and times of testing. Once a student has started a testing session, the school cannot interrupt the session to remove a student. Please review the testing schedule when making appointments for your student.



Sixth Grade Transition for Fifth Grade-Update 2/22

February 22nd, 2017

Dear Families of Fifth Graders,

[En Espanol Estimadas familias de alumnos de quinto grado]

I have had the privilege of visiting with our incoming sixth graders this week. At each school, I spend about one hour with the students. The presentation that I use to guide my conversation with the students is here 2017 5th-6th Transition PPT. The purpose of my visits this week is to introduce the students to UMS, get them excited about UMS, and begin the process of selecting courses for sixth grade.

The course selection process that I do with the students is not final. A copy of your student’s selections will be mailed home later this spring with directions on how you can make changes. I have included a copy of this form here 5th to 6th Course Selection 2017 [FRENCH] [SPANISH]. This is for your information only, and you do not need to do anything with this form at this time.

This will be UMS’s first year enrolling students from Leal and Dr. William’s dual-language program. I strongly encourage our students who participated in the dual-language program in elementary school or students who are otherwise proficient in Spanish to enroll in our three Spanish Dual-Language classes in order to maintain and grow their Spanish skills. Those classes are Spanish Language Arts, Spanish Science, and Spanish Social Studies.

Next week, our six Urbana elementary schools will visit UMS to tour the building. On March 15 from 6:30-8:00, families of fifth graders are invited to our Fifth Grade Family Orientation and Curriculum Night.

For more information on our transition process click here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly by calling UMS or email at swoods@usd116.org.

Sincerely,

Scott Woods



PTSA Interenet Safety Presenation

February 22nd, 2017

We had a large turnout for our February 21 PTSA meeting. Officer Tim McNaught of the Urbana Police Department presented information to UMS families. Many families requested that his presentation be shared so that families could follow up on various links and resources referenced in the presentation. Below is a copy of Officer McNaught’s presentation.

UMS PTSA Internet Safety by UPD 02212017



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