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Tiger Times Newsletter, July 2106

July 20th, 2016

The first day of school is less than one month from today, and this year we are beginning a little differently. Our first day of school is Thursday, August 18 and is for sixth graders only. Our seventh and eighth graders will join us for their first day on Friday, August 19.

This newsletter is to help you plan for the year and includes information about registration, athletics registration, Sixth Grade Transition day (now the first day of school for sixth graders on August 18), Family Curriculum Night, and other announcements. Also, please make sure to check the website (www.usd116.org/ums), and take a moment to follow UMS on Twitter @UMSTigers. If you have questions after reading this newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 384-3685.

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School Supply List

June 3rd, 2016

Linked below is our school supply list for the 2016-2017 school year.  We are strongly encouraging all students to use zipper binders, and, if you can find one with a shoulder strap, that is much easier for your student.

UMS Supply List 2016-2017



Track and Field State Update

May 23rd, 2016

Urbana Middle School student-athletes made us all proud at the IESA State Track and Field AA Meet Friday and Saturday!

8th Grade Girls Runner-Up Team

Individual State Champions!

DiamonAsia Taylor in the High Jump (also earning medals in four events total)

Tyler Carrel in the Pole Vault (UMS’s first back-to-back state champion)

Medalists

Johnathan Warhover 3rd in Pole Vault; Aliyah McDaniel 2nd in Shot Put; DiamonAsia Taylor 4th in Long Jump and 200 meters; Kynzee Boastick 3rd in 400 meters; Girls 8th grade 4×100 7th with Bella Hall, Akierra Bufford, Valencia Knop,; DiamonAsia Taylor, and alternate La’Reasha Montgomery.

Placers

Timiya Johnson in Long Jump; Bella Hall in 100 meters; Boys 7th grade 4×100 with Daniel Mboyo, Amario Turner, DeAndre Simpson, Jeremiah Hamilton, and alternate Sam Birdsley; Girls 8th grade 4×400 with Nakiyah Bufford, Raevyn Russell, Akierra Bufford, Kynzee Boastick, and alternate Emma Searing.

Urbana Middle School student-athletes made us all proud at the
IESA State Track and Field AA Meet Friday and Saturday!
Individual State Champions!
DiamonAsia Taylor in the High Jump
Tyler Carrel in the Pole Vault
Medalists
Johnathan Warhover 3rd in Pole Vault
Aliyah McDaniel 2nd in Shot Put
DiamonAsia Taylor 4th in Long Jump and 200 meters
Kynzee Boastick 3rd in 400 meters
Girls 8th grade 4×100 7th with Bella Hall, Akierra Bufford, Valencia Knop,
DiamonAsia Taylor (yes that’s four medals), and alternate La’Reasha Montgomery.
Placers
Timiya Johnson in Long Jump
Bella Hall in 100 meters
Boys 7th grade 4×100 with Daniel Mboyo, Amario Turner, DeAndre Simpson,
Jeremiah Hamilton, and alternate Sam Birdsley
Girls 8th grade 4×400 with Nakiyah Bufford, Raevyn Russell, Akierra Bufford,
Kynzee Boastick, and alternate Emma Searing
8th Grade Girls Runner-Up Team
We led until the very last event and there are many “if only” scenarios
we could go through, but Springfield Washington had to accomplish
multiple unlikely wins in the last two events to catch us.  They did, and
we made it as difficult as possible for them.  It was a great and exciting contest.
Congratulations to all our team members for the hard work and time put
in.  Our feature in the State program thanked all Parent, Volunteers, Athletes
and Coaches and I repeat that here.



Track and Field to State

May 19th, 2016

Congratulations and good luck to all of our Track and Field Athletes who will be competing this weekend in the state track meet. We are heading into the state meet with our Eighth Grade girls the top seeded team overall, and, on the boys side, we have a chance to take first and second in the Eighth Grade Pole Vault. Our athletes who will  be competing are Aliyah McDaniel, Bella Hall, Akierra Bufford, DiamonAsia Taylor, Valencia Knop, LaReasha Montgomery, Raevyn Russell, Kynzee Boastick, Emma Searing, Tyler Carrel, Johnathan Warhover, Timiya Johnson, Daniel Mboyo, Amario Turner, DeAndre Simpson, Jeremiah Hamilton, Sam Birdsley, and Nakiyah Bufford.

On the girls side, heading into the meet DiamonAsia Taylor is seeded first in the 8AA High Jump, fifth in the 8AA Long Jump, and qualified in the 8AA 400 M Dash; Aliyah McDaniel is seeded second in the 8AA Shot Put; Kynzie Boastick is seeded second in the 8AA 400 M Dash; Akierra Bufford qualified in the 8AA 100 M Hurdles; Bella Hall qualified in the 8AA 100 M Dash; Timiya Johnson qualified in the 7AA Long Jump. The girls are seeded fourth in the 8AA 4×400 M Relay and fifth in the 8AA 4×100 M Relay

On the boys side, Tyler Carrel is seeded first in the 8AA Pole Vault and is the returning state champion, and Johnathan Warhover is seeded second in the 8AA Pole Vault. The boys qualified in the 7A 4×100 M Relay.



Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony

May 18th, 2016

Urbana Middle School’s Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony will be held in UMS’s gymnasium on Friday, May 20 at 9:30 a.m. The school year concludes for eighth grade students at 11:00 a.m. on this day.

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.

The event 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.



Illinois Youth Survey

April 27th, 2016

Between May 3 and May 11, eighth grade students will participate in the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS).  Details about the survey are listed below including a link to the IYS’s main website.  Hard copy letters informing you of the survey and how to opt-out are being sent by mail, and the opt out form is linked below for your convenience.

The purpose of the IYS is to better understand youth attitudes and behaviors that can impact student problems and academic success. It will ask about topics including nutrition, physical activity, bullying, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. Students will be asked to complete a survey (with no names or identification numbers) that will be confidentially administered during one class period. The survey is completely voluntary and privacy will be strictly protected.  More details about the IYS may be found here Illinois Youth Survey Homepage .

If you would like to have your child not participate in the IYS, please complete the opt-out form here IYS Spanish Opt-Out or IYS English Opt-out or contact your child’s social studies teacher.



Meeting for Families of Middle Schoolers New to USD

April 25th, 2016

If you are the parent or guardian of a student in grades five through seven who currently is not enrolled in but considering Urbana School District, you are invited to attend an informational session with your student on May 3. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an orientation to our school including an overview of curriculum, clubs and activities, and enrollment procedures. During your visit, you will also receive a tour of the school and have the opportunity to ask questions of our administrators and counselors.

Each year we have many students who enroll with us from private, parochial, homeschool, international, and other out-of-district settings, and we want to help make sure your student is successful.  At the same time, we want to make sure that you are making a well-informed decision about your student’s schooling.

We will offer two sessions on May 3, and each session will be similar.  Our morning session is from 9:30-11:00 in room 1520, and the evening session is from 6:00-7:30 in the band room.  Parking is available in our north lot along Vine Street, and visitors should enter through the main entrance (Door #1, located under the front awning).

If you have additional questions or cannot attend, please feel free to contact me directly.

A copy of this letter is provided here: Informational Meeting for non-USD Families



Illinois Black Caucus Youth Day Event

April 7th, 2016

REVISED-APPLICATIONS DUE BY APRIL 21

Attention 8th Graders:  UMS has been invited to participate in the Illinois Black Caucus Civic Engagement Youth Day Event in Springfield which will take place on May 19.  This event includes a trip to Springfield to visit the capitol, visit with state representatives, and see our government in action. This trip is no charge to the students, lunch is provided, and a UMS staff member will serve as your chaperone. If you are interested in being considered to be one of the UMS representatives at this event, please pick up a form in the main office or at our website.  Applications are due in the main office by Monday, May 2. UMS will be able to take only 9 students.

2016 Illinois Black Caucus Civic Engagement Youth Day Event



Eighth Grade Promotion

April 7th, 2016

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 Friday, May 20 at 9:30 a.m.  Students must arrive before 8:45.

2016 Promotion Announcement Letter



Principal’s Award

April 7th, 2016

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 an application 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 a permanent plaque in outside the main office.  All applications are due in the main office by Tuesday, May 2, 2016.

Prin Award Nomination 2016 WORD

Prin Award Nomination 2016 PDF



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