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Saturday School Cancelled 1-14-2017

January 14th, 2017

The message is to alert you that Saturday School Detention for January 14 has been cancelled due to possibly dangerous road conditions.

Este mensaje es para avisarle que la detención de la Escuela del Sábado para el 14 de enero ha sido cancelada debido a condiciones de carretera potencialmente peligrosas.

Ce message est pour vous informer que la détention du samedi école pour le 14 Janvier a été annulé en raison des conditions routières dangereuses.

Math Carnival

January 11th, 2017

A Math Carnival at Illinois

Date:           Saturday, January 28, 2017, 2-5pm
Location:       Altgeld Hall, Urbana

You love mathematics? Fantastic! You don’t like mathematics? Well, then give us a chance to change that!

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign would like to invite you and your family to our winter math carnival! The Gathering for Gardner 2017 will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 2 – 5 pmin Altgeld Hall. This fun filled day will be packed with hands on activities, demonstrations, games and puzzles, refreshments, and mathematical prizes for participants! All activities are free and open to the public and there is no math training required to enjoy! Our puzzles are particularly designed for kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school students. Please come visit us and bring the whole family!

For more details, see http://math.illinois.edu/~lanius2/G4G.html

Frequently asked questions:
Who can I contact about Gathering for Gardner?
Feel free to email organizers Melinda Lanius at lanius2@illinois.edu or Philipp Hieronymi at phierony@illinois.edu

Why `Gathering for Gardner’?
Our event is to honor the achievements of popular mathematics writer Martin Gardner who, for over 50 years, entertained general audiences with a rich variety of mathematical puzzles.

MathCarnival-Flyer (1)

SPLASH Class Highlight

January 9th, 2017

Calling all students that love food, health, recreation and games to join TIGER PAWS. You can choose sessions on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday during Session 3 of SPLASH. Fun-filled sessions will include games, recreation, discussion, goal setting and self-reflection, cooking and tasting food, and receiving prizes. Prizes will include vegetable peeler; cutting board; measuring spoons; measuring cups; journal and pen; jump rope; medicine ball; pedometer; Frisbee; insulated lunch bag; sunscreen; water bottle; oven mitts; bandannas; apron. This class is supervised by U of I researchers and can be found in the 2016-17SessionIIIBooklet.pdf.

Eighth Grade Promotion?

January 3rd, 2017

As our eighth graders head into their final semester at UMS, many families want to know about our promotion ceremony and when our promotion ceremony will be held. The promotion ceremony is held on the next-to-last day of school at 9:30 in the morning at UMS. The promotion ceremony is not a graduation ceremony, and students do not wear caps and gowns or “walk the stage.” Every eligible student is recognized individually during the ceremony. Typically the ceremony takes about one hour.

Due to possible school closings during the winter months, the school waits until after spring break to set the official date of the promotion ceremony. At this point, we have not set the date for the promotion ceremony, but if there are no “snow days,” the promotion ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 24, the next-to-last day of school. Families of eighth graders will receive a formal invitation letter in the mail, typically in mid-April.

Tiger Pride Breakfast

January 3rd, 2017

On the morning of December 9, we celebrated with about 50 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, this year we are recognizing even more 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.

Overall, we recognized a wonderful group of students, and it was great to see so many of them and their families at our breakfast. Below is a copy of our program where you can read the nice words our teachers shared about the students.

Tiger Pride Breakfast Program December 2016

October's Students of the Month

November's Students of the Month

December's Students of the Month

Session III of SPLASH

January 3rd, 2017

Registration for SPLASH Session III is now open. Hard copy forms were given to students this week, and registration forms are due before January 12. Download a copy of the registration form here SPLASH Session III Booklet.

Tiger Times Newsletter

January 3rd, 2017

As we head into the second semester of the school year, I hope that all of our UMS families will take a moment to appreciate the many wonderful things our students and staff do to make UMS such a great school. Enclosed in this newsletter is only a small highlight of the many, many things that students are able to do and participate in here at UMS. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call.


Scott Woods

The quarterly newsletter is being mailed home this week. See below for an electronic copy.

Tiger Times Newsletter December-January

Spirit Week-Support EIFB

December 4th, 2016

December 5 to 9 is UMS’s annual Spirit Week. Along with having fun, UMS supports the Eastern Illinois Food Bank through a food drive and collecting monetary donations.

Each day of Spirit Week has a fun theme. Please encourage your student to participate by taking part in the dress up days, supporting the EIFB through food or monetary donations, and attending the school dance on Friday.

Monday=Jersey Day

Tuesday=Crazy-Wacky Day

Wednesday=Lazy Day

Thursday=Twin Day

Friday=Orange and Black Day

PTSA Fundraising Opportunity

November 29th, 2016

Parents, as you shop this holiday season, don’t forget that you can use the GoodShop search option to help earn money for Urbana Middle school. It is an easy way to help raise funds for the school while shopping at your favorite stores. flyer

Tiger Times October/November

October 23rd, 2016

The October/November edition of the Tiger Times is now available here.

Tiger Times October-November 2016 ENGLISH

Tiger Times October-November 2016 FRENCH

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