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Sixth Grade Transition for Fifth Graders

January 20th, 2017

We have several opportunities coming up for you and your child to become acquainted with UMS.

5th Grade Transition Letter 2017.ENGLISH

5th Grade Transition Letter 2017.SPANISH

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Sixth Grade Transition for Fifth Graders

January 20th, 2017

We have several opportunities coming up for you and your child to become acquainted with UMS.
February 21-23, UMS staff members will visit elementary schools.  We will visit each elementary schools during the school day to meet the students and provide an overview of UMS. Students will make initial elective course selections at this time.
Tuesday, February 21 Dr. Williams 9:30-10:30; Leal 1:15-2:15
Wednesday, February 22 Yankee Ridge 9:30-10:30; Thomas Paine 1:00-2:00
Monday, February 27 Thomas Paine (Bus pick up at 9:15.  UMS 9:30-10:30.  Bus Depart 10:40.  Return by 10:55) Yankee Ridge (Bus Pick up at 1:05.  UMS 1:20-2:20.  Bus Depart 2:30.  Return by 2:45)
Tuesday, February 28 Dr. Williams (Bus pick up at 9:00.  UMS 9:15-10:15.  Bus Depart 10:25.  Return by 10:40)
Thursday, March 2 Dr. King (Bus pick up at 9:15.  UMS 9:30-10:30.  Bus Depart 10:40.  Return by 10:55);  Leal (Walking. UMS 1:20-2:20.  Depart by 2:30.)
Friday, March 3 Wiley (Walking. UMS 9:15-10:15.  Depart by 10:25.)
April, Elective course selection sheets will be mailed home to families for finalization.
First Day of School, Sixth graders only. On the first day of school, we will have only sixth grade students in attendance. On that morning, we will have a short parent meeting in the cafeteria.
February 27-March 3, elementary students will visit UMS.  Elementary students will take a field trip to UMS during the school day.  Once here, your students will take a tour of the building led by UMS students and staff.
Wednesday, March 15, 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.
We look forward to working with you to make the middle school years successful.  If you have any questions, please contact UMS directly.

We have several opportunities coming up for you and your child to become acquainted with UMS.February 21-23, UMS staff members will visit elementary schools.  We will visit each elementary schools during the school day to meet the students and provide an overview of UMS. Students will make initial elective course selections at this time.Tuesday, February 21 Dr. Williams 9:30-10:30; Leal 1:15-2:15Wednesday, February 22 Yankee Ridge 9:30-10:30; Thomas Paine 1:00-2:00Monday, February 27 Thomas Paine (Bus pick up at 9:15.  UMS 9:30-10:30.  Bus Depart 10:40.  Return by 10:55) Yankee Ridge (Bus Pick up at 1:05.  UMS 1:20-2:20.  Bus Depart 2:30.  Return by 2:45)Tuesday, February 28 Dr. Williams (Bus pick up at 9:00.  UMS 9:15-10:15.  Bus Depart 10:25.  Return by 10:40)Thursday, March 2 Dr. King (Bus pick up at 9:15.  UMS 9:30-10:30.  Bus Depart 10:40.  Return by 10:55);  Leal (Walking. UMS 1:20-2:20.  Depart by 2:30.)Friday, March 3 Wiley (Walking. UMS 9:15-10:15.  Depart by 10:25.)April, Elective course selection sheets will be mailed home to families for finalization.First Day of School, Sixth graders only. On the first day of school, we will have only sixth grade students in attendance. On that morning, we will have a short parent meeting in the cafeteria.February 27-March 3, elementary students will visit UMS.  Elementary students will take a field trip to UMS during the school day.  Once here, your students will take a tour of the building led by UMS students and staff.Wednesday, March 15, 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.We look forward to working with you to make the middle school years successful.  If you have any questions, please contact UMS directly.



Restorative Practices at UMS

January 20th, 2017

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, UMS began implementing Restorative Practices as part of our continuum of supports for students. The school took the extra step of adding an additional social worker for the 2016-2017 school year. During the first semester this year we experienced more than a 20% reduction in office discipline referrals compared to the same time during 2015-2016. We have also experienced a reduction in out-of-school and in-school suspensions decreasing by 67% and 23% respectively.

A key component to our implementation of Restorative Practices has been working with Conflict 180, and outside consulting group. Along with their direct consultation, Conflict 180 provides a regular blog / newsletter for our teachers, and I wanted to make sure to share that with our families. The blog can be found here . If you are interested in learning more about Restorative Practices in general, I encourage you to visit their website, where you may also subscribe to the blog.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any additional questions or would like more information.

Sincerely,

Scott Woods



Eighth Grade Transition

January 18th, 2017

Below is important information for parents / guardians of eighth grade students related to upcoming activities to prepare your student for Urbana High School.

Transition Letter.ENGLISH

Transition Letter.SPANISH

Transition Letter.FRENCH

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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.



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