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July 21st, 2015

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 19, and preparations for the upcoming school year are well under way. This letter (click here) is to help you plan for the year and includes information about registration, athletics registration, Sixth Grade Transition Day, Family Curriculum Night, and other announcements. Below, you will find links to other important information specific to UMS. Also, please make sure to check this website for regular updates and announcements. If you have questions after reading this letter, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 384-3685.

Registration: Centralized registration takes place at UMS, and you can register all of your Urbana School District students during these registration times.

  • Tuesday,         July 28            – 10:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday,    July 29           – 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday,        July 30           – 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Any families unable to register during these times may register UMS students at UMS beginning on Tuesday, August 4 and continuing through August 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Registration resumes on August 18 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Only the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) may register a student for school. If your child is not returning to UMS, please contact the school immediately to receive an Illinois Student Transfer Form.

2015-2016 Student Handbook and Planner The Student Handbook and Planner will be issued to all students on the first day of school.

Google Apps for Education This form will be in your student’s registration packet and is needed to give your student an educational Google Apps account including email.

Acknowledgement Form This form will be in your student’s registration packet and is a policy acknowledgement form.  It includes acknowledgement of the Student Handbook and Planner, Consent to Watch PG-13 Movies, and acknowledgement of the Personal Technology Policy.

Curriculum Guide UMS 2015-2016

UMS Frequently Asked Questions 2015-2016

School Supply List 2015-2016

Bullying and Aggressive Behavior FAQ for Families

School Supply List

June 9th, 2015

The 2015-2016 school supply list can be found here. Supply List 2015-2016

Lista de materiales para el ciclo escolar 2015-2016.

Spots still available for Summer SPLASH program!

May 26th, 2015

Summer SPLASH is offering an educational/fun-packed program for current 6th, 7th & 8th grade UMS students from June 8th to July 2nd, Monday -Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The $40 fee will be waived for free/reduced lunch students and MTD tokens will be provided upon request.  Your student has been given a registration form or you can request one at the UMS office.  Please call Kathy Cearlock at 384-3685 with questions. http://ow.ly/Nre7X

6th Grade Transition Information

May 17th, 2015

On Tuesday, May 12, Urbana Middle School hosted a Family Curriculum Night for families of incoming sixth graders.  The information found below was shared that night.  Please contact UMS with any questions (swoods@usd116.org or csikes@usd116.org).

Transition Power Point Presentation

Important Information for Sixth Graders 2015

Transition Day Flyer

Tigers on the Prairie Summer Running Camp

5th Grade Letter 2015 with Course Selection Info

2015 5th grade transition to UMS (YouTube video)

Course Selection

May 11th, 2015

Student course selection information is now available to all grade levels.  We are very excited to be increasing our elective course offerings at all grade levels!  Here is some information for each grade level, and the course selection forms, with course descriptions, are posted below.

Sixth Grade–Course selection sheets have already been completed.  A copy was mailed home to all families.  If there are any changes needed regarding what was mailed home, those should be made on the form and returned to UMS or your child’s elementary school as soon as possible.  If you have questions, please contact the counselor for sixth grade, Mrs. Sikes (csikes@usd116.org).

Seventh and Eighth Grade–Counselors will be reviewing the course selection sheets with students this week.  Students will make selections.  By the end of next week we hope to mail home a copy of the completed selection forms.  At that time, if there are any changes needed, complete the form and resubmit it to the grade level counselor.  The counselor for seventh grade is Ms. Kirkland (akirkland@usd116.org), and the counselor for eighth grade is Ms. Medwed (tmedwed@usd116.org).

6th Grade Course Selection 2015-2016

7th Grade Course Selection 2015-2016

8th Grade Course Selection 2015-2016

8th Grade Promotion

May 7th, 2015

Below is the invitation letter that was sent home to families of eighth graders who are eligible to participate in the Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony.  The event will be held in UMS’s gymnasium on Wednesday, May 27 at 9:30 a.m.  Students must arrive before 8:45.

2015 Promotion Letter WEB

Info for Incoming Sixth Graders

May 7th, 2015

By now, parents of current Urbana School District fifth graders should have received a letter with important information about transitioning to Urbana Middle School.  A copy of that letter is here.  Please note that on the evening of May 12 from 6:30-8:00 PM we will host our Family 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.  Teachers are generally not present on this evening, and your student is encouraged to attend with you.


SPLASH Ready, Set, Bike! – Class concludes with group ride

May 7th, 2015

In this six-week SPLASH class, UMS students learned everything they needed to know to ride and take care of a bike!  Some of the topics covered were about the benefits of bicycling, the rules of the road, lane positioning, how to change your own bike tube, and how to safely ride in neighborhood streets.  Instruction took place half in the classroom and half on-bike and included League Certified Instructors.  All class participants were required to wear a helmet. Read the rest of this entry »

Principal’s Award

May 7th, 2015

One Principal’s Award is given annually to one eighth grade student.  Students have the opportunity to nominate themselves for this award.  Students must complete the application and submit an essay in order to be considered.  All applications will be reviewed by a committee, and the committee’s assessments of the applications will remain confidential.  The winner of the award will be announced at the Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony.  The winning student will receive an individual plaque and will have his/her name added to a permanent plaque in outside the main office.  All applications are due in the main office by Thursday, May 14, 2015.

Prin Award Nomination 2015 (Word Doc)

Prin Award Nomination 2015 (PDF)

Picture Day–Friday, April 17

April 14th, 2015

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