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Congratulations Track!

May 22nd, 2017

Congratulations to our UMS athletes at the State Track Meet this past weekend. Jeremiah Hamilton took a 5th place medal in the 200 meter dash. Jeremiah, Caelan, Amarion and Daniel took 8th place medals in the 4×100 relay. Our 4×200 relays of Dylan, Jackson, Kevin, and Julio for the boys and Rosie, Jaden, Elena, and Rylie for the girls both ran season-best times, with the girls taking 14th in the state. Thanks to all team members for your effort this season!

Congratulations to our UMS athletes at the State Track Meet this past weekend. Jeremiah Hamilton took a 5th place medal in the 200 meter dash. Jeremiah, Caelan, Amarion and Daniel took 8th place medals in the 4×100 relay. Our 4×200 relays of Dylan, Jackson, Kevin, and Julio for the boys and Rosie, Jaden, Elena, and Rylie for the girls both ran season-best times, with the girls taking 14th in the state. Thanks to all team members for your effort this season from your coaches.



Civic Youth Engagement Day

May 15th, 2017

On May 11, a group of eighth grade students attended the annual Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’s Civic Youth Engagement Day. Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Pece attended with our student leaders.

During the day, our students met with students from across the state, toured the capitol, and met with legislators. State Representative Carol Ammons (103rd District, Urbana) sponsored our students.



13 Reasons Why-Letter to Families

May 9th, 2017

Dear UMS Families,

SPANISH FRENCH

Our role as educators is not only to focus on the academic needs of your students but also to address their social and emotional needs. Because of this, we find it important to reach out to families about a show that has come to our attention. We have been hearing concerns regarding the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why. This popular show, which has recently been in the national news, is about a high school student who commits suicide and is rated TV-MA.

Unfortunately, the show does not provide information for how individuals access help if they may be considering harming themselves, and the show has been accused of glorifying suicide.

Across grade levels, students are likely to be unprepared to process the issues presented in this show. Recently at UMS, we are hearing an increase in students normalizing suicide. For other communities, there has been an increase in teenagers attempting suicide in the way depicted in the show.

We want you to know that we take this topic very seriously. The well-being of our students is our priority. We emphasize with students that they need to identify a responsible, trusted adult with whom they can speak about any mental health or safety concerns. The UMS staff includes two social workers, two social work interns, three grade-level counselors, and two psychologists who can more thoroughly address concerns regarding suicidal ideation and self-harm.

Below is information and resources for families.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UMS.

13 Reasons Why Letter to Families

Our role as educators is not only to focus on the academic needs of your students but also to address their social and emotional needs. Because of this, we find it important to reach out to families about a show that has come to our attention. We have been hearing concerns regarding the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why. This popular show, which has recently been in the national news, is about a high school student who commits suicide and is rated TV-MA.

Unfortunately, the show does not provide information for how individuals access help if they may be considering harming themselves, and the show has been accused of glorifying suicide.



Seeking Principal’s Award Nominations

May 2nd, 2017

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 following grid and submit an essay in order to be considered.  All applications will be blind-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 the perpetual plaque in outside the main office.  All applications are due in the main office by Tuesday, May 9, 2016 at noon.

Principal’s Award Nomination 2017 DOC

Principal’s Award Nomination 2017 PDF



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



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