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Picture Day is August 22

August 21st, 2014

Picture day is Friday, August 22.  The photo taken at that time is used for the student ID and for the student yearbook.  Families may purchase prints by following the directions on this flier. UMSPictureDay2014

First First Day!

August 20th, 2014

This is the first day for many of our students, and it is also the first-first day for some of our staff!  Please welcome our new UMS teachers!

Welcome Back!

August 19th, 2014

Welcome UMS Families!

I can’t believe the 2014-2015 school year is ready to start, and tomorrow is the first day of school.  I’ve put together a few last minute notes to answer some of the frequent questions we have been getting from families and students.  I look forward to seeing all of our new and returning students tomorrow morning.  Please let us know if you have any other questions as we start the new school year.

  • School starts at 8:45 every day.  The bell to enter the building is at 8:38, and classes begin at 8:45.  Students may enter the building for breakfast at 8:00, and we begin supervision of students outside at 8:00.
  • On the first morning of school, all students are given a new copy of their schedules.
  • School ends at 3:44 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Students are dismissed at 2:47 every Wednesday for teacher professional development time.  There is regular bus service.
  • In the morning sixth graders line up at the doors on Vine Street.  Seventh graders line up at the doors on Michigan and Vine, and eighth graders gather at the main entrance.  If students want breakfast, they should come to the main entrance.
  • Parent drop-off in the morning is best along Michigan or on Vine (heading south only) between Fairlawn and Michigan.  Parent pick-up is best on Michigan, and Vine should be avoided.
  • Students do not need PE uniforms or band/strings instruments on the first day of school.  Teachers will review information about this required equipment during classes.
  • Parents have until August 26 to request schedule changes including band and strings, we cannot honor requests to change teams.
  • Fall picture day is Friday, August 22 during PE/Health classes.  This picture is available for purchase and is used to make the student’s ID.  IDs are usually received about two weeks later.
  • Parent Curriculum Night and the UMS Family Picnic will be held on the evening of September 2.
  • There are six Fridays during the year when school is dismissed at 1:15, again with regular bus service.  These days are September 26, October 31, March 6, April 17, and May 15.  Additionally, we are currently scheduled to dismiss at 1:15 on October 3 for UHS’s homecoming—this date does not appear on the district calendar.


Scott Woods

Principal, Urbana Middle School

1201 South Vine Street

Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: 217-384-3685

Fax: 217-367-3156



The mission of Urbana Middle School, a community of learning, is to engage and inspire students while promoting their intellectual, social, and emotional growth.


6th Grade Transition Day

August 12th, 2014

On Friday, August 15, 2013, Urbana Middle School will host 6th Grade Transition Day from 8:30 am to 11:00 am for both students and families.

Students are invited to tour their new school, meet their teachers and the UMS administrators, and also get to meet the other students on their team. There will be a meeting for parents lead by Barbara Linder, a former UMS parent herself and current UMS Mentor/Volunteer Coordinator. She will facilitate a wide variety of topics for incoming families. Coffee will be available. The parent meeting will take place in the band room, UMS 1150.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Danielle Jackson at 384-3685 or via email at dmjackson@usd116.org.

UMS 6th Grade Transition Day flyer
UMS los estudiantes de Sexto Grado al Día de Transición

Registration, PTSA, Spirit Wear, and Sports

July 28th, 2014

  • Registration begins Tuesday, July 29.  Please click here for more information about Centralized Registration.
  • The UMS PTSA will have a table at Centralized Registration with information about supporting PTSA and the work it does at UMS.  PTSA will also have information about various volunteer opportunities.  Click here for the PTSA Membership Form.
  • Also at the PTSA table there are two opportunities to purchase/order Urbana Tiger spirit wear.  Attached are the two fliers for spirit wear. UMS PTSA Spirit Wear 2014 UMS_school_spirit_headbands
  • Our first fall sport begins today.  Click here for more information about fall sports registration.

Principal’s Blog 7-24-2014

July 24th, 2014

I’m excited that this year, UMS will introduce three new opportunities for our students—an advisory program for all students, enrichment programming in all subject areas, and a policy to allow students to bring and use personal technology for educational purposes.  Each of these exciting new endeavors allow UMS to continue to be at the forefront of providing extensive, meaningful opportunities for all students.  Please do no hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Important Information for All UMS Families

July 16th, 2014

Registration for the 2014-2015 school year begins on Tuesday, July 29, and school starts for all students on Wednesday, August 20.  A letter was sent out to all families today that includes important information about the start of the school year.  Additionally, a welcome letter went out to all families of incoming sixth graders.  Please take a moment to read through the letter, and do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions.  The letters are attached here:

2014-2015 Parent Letter

Letter to Sixth Graders

Sports Registration

July 15th, 2014

Fall sports include Baseball, Softball, Cross Country (running), and Girls’ Basketball.  Later this school year information will be available regarding other sports—Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Volleyball, and Track. In order to participate and/or try out for an athletic team students must be pre-registered.  If you are interested in registering for and playing a sport at UMS, you will need to have the following completed prior to trying out and/or participating:

• A sports physical examination (a physical is current for one calendar year from the date of the exam)

• A signed parent permission form Parent Permission Form (requires proof of insurance)

• $50.00 user fee (some students may qualify for a fee waiver)

• All fines and obligations to the district must be resolved.

Tryout information for each sport is as follows:

Softball tryouts are July 28 and 29 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the UHS field (at Washington and Broadway).  6-8th grade girls may try out, and there will be one team.  Email vpolitzer@usd116.org.

Baseball tryouts are August 4 and 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the JV practice field (in front of the UMS main entrance).  6-8th grade boys may try out, and there will be one team.  Practices begin on August 7.  Email: bmcfarland@usd116.org

Cross Country daily practice begins August 4 from 8:00-9:30 a.m.  Meet at the aquatic center.  Boys and girls in grades 6-8 may participate, and there is a “no cut” policy.  Email tsearing@usd116.org

Girls’ Basketball tryouts are September 1-3 with more details forthcoming.  Girls in grades 6-8 may participate, and there are two teams. Email lbehl@mchsi.com

Promotion Ceremony Details

May 30th, 2014

The eighth grade Promotion Ceremony will be held in UMS’s gymnasium on Wednesday, June 4 at 9:30 a.m. immediately followed by a brief reception in our cafetorium.  The school year concludes for eighth grade students at 11:00 a.m. on this day.

There is a Promotion Ceremony rehearsal on June, 3, and students must be present at school and participate in the rehearsal in order to take part in the Promotion Ceremony.  Immediately following the rehearsal there is a free eighth grade dance that ends at 5:30.

On the morning of promotion, June 4, Students are expected to arrive at UMS for the regular start of the school day, 8:45 a.m.  Students are asked to dress appropriately for this occasion as it is a dignified ceremony.  All students who have successfully completed eighth grade will be recognized and receive a certificate of promotion during the Promotion Ceremony.

The Promotion Ceremony begins promptly at 9:30 a.m.  Guests should arrive early to secure seating and parking.  School-aged students, including siblings, who are not participating in the Promotion Ceremony should not be in attendance as they should be attending school.

Students must meet all of the following guidelines in order to attend the Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony.  The Promotion Ceremony is not a graduation ceremony; therefore, participation is a privilege.


Students who do not meet all of the following guidelines will not be allowed to participate in the eighth grade dance or Promotion Ceremony.

  • The student must be academically eligible for promotion as described in the Student Handbook.
  • The student must be in attendance at school on June 3 and participate in the Promotion Ceremony rehearsal on June 3.
  • The student must be present at school at 8:45 a.m. on the day of the Promotion Ceremony, June 4.
  • All textbooks and library books must be returned by Wednesday, May 28.
  • Payment for any lost or damaged textbooks or library books must be made by Monday, June 2.
  • Any outstanding fees or charges accrued while at UMS are due by Monday, June 2 at noon.
  • At the time of the Promotion Ceremony the student must be dressed in attire that meets the standards established for Dress Code in the Student Handbook

Track Athletes to State

May 27th, 2014

Over the weekend, UMS sent 18 student athletes to the IESA State Meet.  It was a great weekend for our students and our track and field program.  UMS competes at the state level in the largest division (AA) meaning we are only competing against the largest middle schools in the state.  Well done UMS!
-7th grade girls placed third overall.
-Lanaeja Carter won the state championship in 7th grade discus.
-The 4×100 relay of Bella Hall, Kiara Thomas, Jyana Anderson, and Charisma Turner won the 7th grade state championship.
-The 4×100 relay of DiamonAsia Taylor, Taliah Pemberton, Lauryn Cross, and AyannaKelley-Weatherspoon (alternate Khamerin White) won the 8th grade state championship.
-The 4×100 relay of Josh Marshall, Chico Lipscomb, Luke Stephens, and Dmitri Turner-Winston finished 4th in the state (after being seeded 20th going in).
-Charisma Turner took 6th in the long jump and 5th in the 100 meter final.

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