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NAAPID is February 8

February 1st, 2016

Join us for lunch during your student’s lunch period to celebrate National African American Parent Involvement Day on February 8. This is a great opportunity to visit your student during the school day and meet other parents, and NAAPID is open to all parents. You may bring a lunch, get a school lunch, or you may have the provided lunch.

Lunch periods are:

  • 6th Grade, 12:57-1:32
  • 7th Grade 11:05-11:35
  • 8th Grade 11:39-12:09



UHS Curriculum Showcase–For All Students and Families

January 22nd, 2016

Below is information sent to all of our eighth graders regarding the UHS Curriculum Showcase next week.  This event is targeted toward current eighth graders and their families, but the event is open to all families.  If you have a current sixth or seventh grader, and want to visit UHS to learn about its program of study, extracurriculars, and athletics feel free to attend.  Read below for more details…

Mark your calendars! Monday, Jan. 25 – UHS Curriculum Showcase! From 7 to 8:30pm in the UHS auditorium and commons area. All incoming freshman and their families, along with other interested community members are invited to this evening program that will include two sessions. The first is the counselors’ presentation in the auditorium and the second is the curriculum/extra curricular showcase in the commons.
This is a great night to learn what the UHS has to offer our incoming Class of 2020. Hope to see you there!



Quarter 3 Enrichment

January 15th, 2016

This week students were given informational fliers regarding the UMS Quarter 3 Enrichment Program. Copies of those fliers are available here in ENGLISH and SPANISH. This week all teachers of eligible classes reviewed enrichment options during class with all students. If your student is interested in participating, please have your student return the final page of the informational flier by Friday, January 22.

Below is a brief introduction to the Enrichment Program for Quarter 3.

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SPLASH Session 3

January 14th, 2016

Session 3 of SPLASH, the UMS before and after school program, runs from January 19 to March 9. SPLASH is still accepting enrollments.  Click on the SPLASH BOOKLET for course and registration details.  SPLASH Session 4 will run from April 4 to May 5, and program booklets will be available about one week prior to April 4.  For an overview of the SPLASH program CLICK HERE.



Box Tops Fundraiser

January 14th, 2016

UMS PTSA will be holding its annual Box Tops for Education fundraiser January 19 – February 8.  Our goal is to raise $1,200 for UMS this year.  If every student and staff member turns in at least 10 Box Tops labels, we can meet this goal.  Each label is worth 10 cents for the school and you may already have some labels on products you’ve purchased.  (See http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products for examples of products that have Box Tops for Education labels).  Please look around your home for products that have the Box Tops label on them, clip the labels and have your student turn them in to their academic team.  Every team facilitator has a Box Top collection jar, and there is also a jar located in the UMS office.  The team with the most Box Tops collected by February 8th  will win a prize!  Thank you for supporting our Box Tops fundraiser!

Box Tops Flyer



January 14 Family Engagement Event

January 7th, 2016

Join Urbana School District in hosting Dr. James Harden who will be speaking about the power of education to increase life opportunities for children.  The event is Thursday, January 14 from 6:30-8:00 at Urbana High School.  Dinner and childcare will be provided.  Please see the attached flier for more details.

January 14 Family Engagement Event



2nd Quarter Honor Roll Celebrations (updated 1/4/16)

December 27th, 2015

All UMS families received information on our next honor roll celebration along with their student’s report card in the mail last week. You can find your student’s second quarter GPA at the bottom of the report card. All students earning a 4.0 GPA or higher (with no Ds or Fs) are welcome to attend our honor roll celebration.

Please note that there are specific dates and times for each individual grade level:

  • 6th grade is Tuesday, January 5th from 1:35 – 2:15
  • 7th grade is Thursday, January 7th from 3:00 to 3:45
  • 8th grade is Tuesday, January 5th from 3:00 to 3:45

The following links lead to a more detailed information: (updated 1/4/16)



Informational Meeting for Families of Middle Schoolers New to USD

December 9th, 2015

Dear Future UMS Families,

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. Read the rest of this entry »



Course Selection for 7th and 8th Grade

December 9th, 2015

Beginning this week, counselors will be meeting with sixth and seventh grade students to complete elective course selection for 2016-2017 school year.  Counselors meeting with students will take until mid-January.  Copies of the course selections sheets are available below. You will be mailed a copy of your student’s course selection information this spring and will have the opportunity to make changes at that time.

In April, sixth and seventh grade math teachers will make recommendations for accelerated math (I-Math in seventh grade, AP Prep Algebra in eighth grade).  If your child is placed in accelerated math, you will be notified by mail by the first week of May.

For questions regarding seventh grade course selection, contact Mrs. Sikes (csikes@usd116.org).

For questions regarding eighth grade course selection, contact Ms. Kirkland (akirkland@usd116.org)

For questions regarding math placement, contact Mrs. Kretz (mkretz@usd116.org)

6th to 7th Grade Course Selection 2016-2017

7th to 8th Grade Course Selection 2016-2017



Enrichment Open House

December 8th, 2015

During the second quarter more than 150 students expressed interest in participating in our enrichment program. Students who completed an enrichment project will be presenting and/or performing on the evening of December 16 from 6:00-7:00 PM. Currently, teachers are working with students to finalize projects and determine who is ready to present and/or perform. We plan to notify specific parents of their student’s participation later this week once we have confirmed whether your child will be presenting. We hope that you will join us on December 16 to see many of the great projects our students have put together.



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