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Tiger Times October/November

October 23rd, 2016

The October/November edition of the Tiger Times is now available here.

Tiger Times October-November 2016 ENGLISH


October 22nd, 2016

Registration for SPLASH Session II is now open. Hard copy forms were given to students this week, and registration forms are due by November 2. Download a copy of the registration form here SPLASH Session II.

Honoring Our UMS Family Veterans

October 22nd, 2016

This year for Veterans Day, we would like to honor the veterans in our school family by posting their name and/or photo on a bulletin board. If you have a family veteran, please return the form linked here to the main office or email hjacobs@usd116.org.

Veterans Day Flier


October 11th, 2016

Dear UMS Families,

Good communication between home and school is important to the success of all of our students, and two times this year Urbana Middle School will host conferences in the evening and during the regular business day. All families are invited to participate in conferences, but families are asked to schedule an appointment in advance. Appointment times are limited, and if you are unable to schedule during conferences, you may contact your student’s teachers directly.

This year, conferences may be scheduled between 4:30 and 7:30 PM on Thursday, October 27 and 8:10-11:30 AM on Friday, October 28. 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.

As always, please contact me directly if you have any feedback, questions or concerns, and I look forward to seeing you at conferences this fall.


Scott C. Woods, Principal

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 21 de octubre para poder garantizar la asistencia de un traductor en sus conferencias.

Cross Country to State

October 9th, 2016

Here is a message from our cross country coach, Todd Searing:

Huge congratulations to all our runners at the Lake of the Woods Sectional Saturday morning.

Our girls seven of Ashley, Celia, Lena, Mattie, Emma, Phoebe, and Sofie took 3rd, right behind Bloomington and well ahead of rivals Mahomet (34 pts) and Kingsley (45 pts). So proud of the concentrated effort from every runner. Amazing team work!

Ashley and Celia took top 10 spots.  Celia became just the 7th runner in UMS girls’ program history since 2004 to break 13:00, moving to 6th on the all-time list.  Lena moved up to a 3-way tie for 11th all-time.  Mattie was our 4th scorer, with Emma next inside the top 30 out of over 90 runners.  Way to go!  Phoebe and Sofie went out exactly as we needed, aggressive from the start and adding points to other teams, both maintaining and bettering season times on a notoriously tough course.

Our boys also represented the team very well, recording five times in the 12:00′s on  a course where few sub-12:00 times are seen.  Jaime, Noah, and Park came up just short of individual spots, with Grant and Pedro quickly closing our score, helping beat a tough Mattoon team with two runners in front of our first finisher.  Jackson and Jackson gave everything they had left after fighting hard to return and recover.  We can’t wait for so many returning runners to keep working toward spring, and next season.

My thanks to all of our CC family for such an enjoyable season!

12:30 Saturday 10/15 at Normal’s Maxwell Park is the State start time for the girls.

Coach Searing

Need to order pictures?

September 23rd, 2016

If you need to order pictures from our September 12 picture day, go to www.mylifetouch.com and enter our school’s picture day ID, AH216048Y0.

Enrichment Program

September 23rd, 2016

Did you know your student could complete an enrichment activity in nearly any class that meets for at least a semester? Starting next week, teachers will introduce how students in their classes can participate in our enrichment program.

Along with regular coursework and homework, some students and their families may choose to benefit from additional enrichment work in a course that challenges the student to go above-and-beyond regular coursework and homework. Any student may choose to complete an enrichment project in any and all of his or her courses that meet for at least one semester.

The goal of this optional program is to extend the learning beyond the classroom setting for students who are meeting and exceeding curricular standards as well as to continue to engage students with high interest in a particular content area. At the same time, we hope that all students will complete at least one enrichment project per year in an area of interest to him/her.

Enrichment Brochure 16-17

Enrichment Brochure SPAN 16-17

Enrichment Brochure FREN 16-17


September 23rd, 2016

We are excited to announce the continuation of Urbana Middle School’s after school STEM Club: U-STEM. The program is in its sixth year and is designed for UMS students who are talented, interested and motivated in mathematics and science.

The program goals are: maintain or increase students’ interest, involvement and literacy in science and mathematics; stimulate excellence in the school’s science and mathematics programs; and help increase access to programming for students who are historically under-resourced in science, mathematics and technology.

For more information click on the detailed letters below or go to the U-STEM website.

U-STEM Letter


PTSA Meeting–9/20

September 6th, 2016

Please join us at the first PTSA meeting of the year on September 20th! Join us for a short presentation, followed by discussion, about the implementation of a Restorative Practices approach to student discipline at UMS.  Dr. Elaine Shpungin and UMS’s Tracy Welch will lead this conversation.  This is a great Q&A opportunity.   You will also have an opportunity to join PTSA, purchase spirit wear, and receive information about fundraisers like Box Tops.  Pizza and child care will be provided.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the Band Room.  Please email urbanamiddleschoolptsa@gmail.com for questions.

SPLASH Session 1

August 30th, 2016

Sign-up your student for the UMS SPLASH Program. Session 1 is September 12 to October 20, and registration forms are due by September 7. Copies of the program booklet were provided to students, and a copy can be found here 2016-17SessionIBooklet.

SPLASH activities are led by UMS staff, Urbana Park District staff and community partners. University of Illinois tutors volunteer in the Homework Lab. Funds for SPLASH are provided by Urbana School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant and a grant from the City of Urbana. Programs include classes, clubs, activities, Homework Lab, and Morning Jump Start.

SPLASH is an extension of the school day; therefore, the same rules and expectations outlined in the UMS Student Handbook will be followed during SPLASH. Transportation is provided by MTD or First Student at 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. On those days students requiring a MTD transfer will ride First Student.

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