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Student Surveys

April 26th, 2017

In the coming weeks, all students will be given two separate surveys. These surveys will be administered digitally, and no identifiable information about the students will be collected. Urbana School District is partnering with both groups administering the surveys, and the surveys have been pre-approved. If you have any questions about the surveys, or you do not want your student participating in one or both of the surveys, please contact swoods@usd116.org by Monday, May 1.

The first survey is related to our ongoing work to improve our school’s climate through Restorative Practices. A copy of the survey is here UMS_SURVEY_STUDENT_Spring_2017.

The second survey is for the CU Cradle2Career community initiative. A copy of the survey is here Academic Support Student Survey.



PTSA Meeting Update

April 19th, 2017

Thank you to Mrs. Rudicil of The Prairie Center for joining our April 18 PTSA meeting. Below is a copy of her presentation regarding drug, alcohol, and tobacco use among middle schoolers. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her at srudicil@prairie-center.com.

04-18-2017 UMS PTSA Presentation

Also, congratulations to the 2017-2018 PTSA Board!

Asia Fuller Hamilton – President

Melissa Pasco – Vice President

Treasurer – Rebecca Wiltfong

Secretary – Gennifer Gilbert

Tzia Hibler – Spirit Wear Chair



Fifth Grade Family Orientation and Curriculum Night-Documents

April 17th, 2017

Below are the documents and handouts from the April 12, 2017 Fifth Grade Family Orientation and Curriculum Night. Please feel free to contact UMS if you have any questions.

Presentation Presentation ENGLISH; Presentation SPANISH; Presentation FRENCH

Handout for Families: Handout ENGLISH; Handout SPANISHHandout FRENCH

Athletic Forms: 17-18 Athletic Form; Tigers on the Prairie (TOP) Running Camp 2017



Fifth Grade Family Orientation and Curriculum Night

April 9th, 2017

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.

At the same time as Dr. Woods presents in the cafeteria,a similar presentation will be provided in Spanish in the SPLASH Room, Room 1950, for our Spanish-speaking families and in French, Room 1330, for our French-speaking families.

SPANISH

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.

La presentación en ingles con Dr Woods se llevará a cabo en la cafeteria y simultaneamente se llevará a cabo una presentación en español con Dr Wiemelt en el salón de SPLASH  # 1950.

FRENCH

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.

Au même temps que Dr. Woods fait sa présentation dans la cantine, une version française sera présentée dans la salle 1330.



Congrats, Theo!

April 1st, 2017

For the second year in a row, an Urbana Middle School student paced in the top three at the state level in the Illinois State National Geographic Bee. On Friday, eighth grader, Theo Johnson placed third overall among 104 qualifiers from across the state.

Last year, Ved Shewale placed second at the state competition as a seventh grader. Ved was the UMS runner-up this year, and many a friendly geography competition can be seen in the UMS Cafeteria during eighth grade lunches between Theo and Ved.

For more information about the bee, click here.



Eighth Grade Promotion

March 31st, 2017

The Urbana Middle School Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 9:30 AM in the UMS Gymnasium. All eighth graders who are eligible for promotion will be able to participate in the ceremony. Each student will have his/her name called individually, and, at the end of the ceremony, each student will receive a Certificate of Promotion. Please note that this is not a “graduation ceremony,” and students do not wear cap and gown or “walk the stage.”

The formal invitation letter is linked below, and families will receive this letter in the mail next week. Please take a moment to review the letter including the guidelines on the second page.  If a student is not or may not be eligible for promotion, families will receive a different letter.

2017 Promotion Announcement Letter WEB



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.



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