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UMS Tigers envision a Future City

January 29th, 2015

On Saturday, January 24, a group of students from Urbana Middle School participated in the Future Cities competition in Chicago.  This was the first time the Urbana Middle School club participated in this competition and the group came away as the only public school and only non-Chicago school to make it to the top five.  Out of a total of 34 teams, they ended up placing 3rd overall.  The UMS students received top awards for Best Education Advancement and Best Integrated High Designs.

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Monical’s Fundraiser

January 29th, 2015

Help support UMS seventh grade teams by having lunch or dinner at Monical’s on Monday, February 2.

Twenty percent of your bill will be donated directly to the school when you present the attached flier.

Thanks for your support!


Thank You Mentors!

January 22nd, 2015

January is National Mentoring Month.  Thank you to all of the members of our community who mentor at UMS through the CU 1:1 Mentoring Program.  Currently, 104 UMS students have a 1:1 mentor, and we will be adding more soon.  Additionally, 34 UMS staff members mentor through the program at five different schools across Champaign-Urbana.  By giving one hour a week, volunteers from across the community provide a lifetime of benefit to the children of Champaign-Urbana.  Thanks!  If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please call or email Barbara Linder (blinder@usd116.org or 384-3685).

PTSA Newsletter

January 20th, 2015

Please check here to read about important information regarding UMS’s PTSA and ways you can be involved in supporting UMS (available in English and Spanish).  The next PTSA meeting is Tuesday, February 10 from 6:00-7:30 PM.

PTSA Newsletter Jan-Feb 2015

Spanish En-Feb 2015

McTeacher Night–January 14

January 14th, 2015

Come and support UMS, and have dinner at the Cunningham Ave McDonald’s on January 14 from 5-7 pm.
20% of all sales are donated to UMS, and UMS staff will be working at the restaurant.
Ronald McDonald will be there.  Stop by for this celebrity selfie opportunity!!

McTeachers Flier

Parent-Principal Advisory Committee

January 5th, 2015

UMS’s annual Parent-Principal Advisory Committee will begin meeting on Tuesday, January 6 from 6:00-7:00 PM in the main office conference room.  Please contact Scott Woods if you plan to attend.  More information can be found here PPAC Letter

Principal’s Blog–The Gym

December 2nd, 2014

Embedded image permalinkThe main gym is in the final stages of repair from our flooding and mold remediation.  This week contractors began the process of sanding and refinishing.  We are on schedule to resume using the gym for athletic practices during winter break and for physical education classes when we return from break.

Because of the floor refinishing, students and teachers are not able to access the locker rooms for the remainder of the semester.  The PE staff has asked me to clarify for students and families that students will continue to be expected to participate in PE classes although students will not need to change clothes.  Students must wear appropriate shoes to PE, and if clothing is not appropriate for PE (i.e. many skirts and dresses), students should be prepared pull over shorts or sweats.  Students who do not participate in PE activities will not be able to earn full credit.  Students who are currently in swimming or in health are not impacted by these changes.

The refinishing process consists of sanding the floor, applying a water-based sealer, painting the graphics and lines, and applying a water-based finish.  Additional ventilation of the gym is in place during the school day.  If you have questions or concerns specific to the products being used on the floor, please contact Patrick Russell (prussell@usd116.org), assistant principal.

I want to thank our Physical Education staff and athletic team coaches for their incredible flexibility as we have worked through this challenge.  Our students, athletes and families have also been remarkably understanding.  I am excited to re-introduce our staff and students to our cleaner, brighter gymnasium come January!

Day of Giving–December 2

November 29th, 2014

Change Lives in our Community

Eastern Illinois Foodbank

Day of Giving – December 2

From December 1 through December 5, UMS will collect food and monetary donations for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.  This local agency supports families in need in Champaign County, and any donation your family can make is appreciated.

UMS is participating in a competition that ends on December 2, and the school may win $1000 if we raise the most money or bring in the most food items (specifically peanut butter, jelly, or sun butter).  Any donations may be brought into the main office, and checks should be written directly to Eastern Illinois Foodbank.  Only donations brought in on or before December 2 will count toward the competition, but we will be collecting all week.

As an additional incentive, any student who brings in four canned goods will get free admission to the dance on Friday, and the first 200 donors will receive a complementary piggy bank.  Students donating canned goods for a dance ticket should bring the canned goods to lunch.

DOG14 School Flyer – UpClose

Progress Reports and PPAC

November 26th, 2014

Yesterday, Tuesday, November 25, progress reports for second quarter were mailed home to all families.  Included with the progress report was a letter inviting all parents/guardians to participate in this year’s Parent Principal Advisory Committee.  See the attached letter for more information. PPAC2014

PTSA Holiday Vouchers

November 20th, 2014

The PTSA is selling Holiday Gift Vouchers to give to teachers, staff, teams, school groups, or the PTSA.  Your recipient is notified of your gift, which is deposited in their UMS account.  Recipients can choose to use their gift funds for any type of educational purchases.  To purchase vouchers, complete the form sent home last week (copies available in Main Office, attached below, or via email from urbanamiddleschoolptsa@gmail.com), include payment, and return to the UMS office by Friday, December 12, 2014.  Holiday Voucher 2014

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