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UMS Aids Puerto Rico

October 16th, 2017

Some of our staff and students have been affected directly by hurricane that hit Puerto Rico. Ms. Ciuro-Sanchez, UMS Dual Language Teacher, has organized a donation drive to support relief efforts. Please see the flier linked below for needed items. All items may be dropped off in the UMS main office this week.


Hallways and Tardies

October 15th, 2017

Beginning in the second quarter, Monday, October 16, we will implement some new procedures related to passing periods and hallway privileges with all of our students. For the vast majority of our students, these procedures do not represent a change from what they already do because most students are consistently on-time to class, have proper materials to class, and use passing periods appropriately.


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Parent-Teacher Conferences 10/26-10/27

October 13th, 2017

This fall, conferences may be scheduled between 4:30 and 7:30 PM on Thursday, October 26 and 8:10-11:30 AM on Friday, October 27. 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.

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.

If you need assistance in Spanish or will need a Spanish-speaking translator at your conference, please email lmaldonado@usd116.org or ask for Lucia Maldonado when calling our office.

If you need assistance in French or will need a French-speaking translator at your conference, please email bthiel@usd116.org or ask for Bonny Thiel when calling our office.

Fall 2017 Conferences

PTSA Meeting 10/17

October 13th, 2017

Dear UMS Families,

Please join us for our upcoming PTSA meeting on October 17, 2017 at 6pm. After our brief regular business meeting, we will hold a discussion on the topic of Bullying Prevention with Principal Woods. We are looking forward to an engaging and insightful conversation.

Questions? Email: urbanamiddleschoolptsa@gmail.com

Congrats to our latest PBIS raffle Winner ~ Trinity!!!

October 2nd, 2017

Congrats to our latest PBIS raffle Winner ~ Trinity!!!

Support UMS Bilingual / Dual Language

September 27th, 2017

Enjoy a traditional Mexican dinner and support UMS Bilingual and Dual-Language Programming.

Come and dine at Huaraches Moroleon!
805 Philo Rd, Urbana, IL
Tuesday, October 3rd
4:00pm- 9:00pm.
Bring in the attached flyer or tell the cashier you’re supporting UMS to make sure 50% of the profits will be donated to the Bilingual and Dual-Language Program at Urbana Middle School.

Huaraches Fundraiser

PTSA-Restorative Practices-9/19

September 18th, 2017

On Tuesday, September 19, the UMS PTSA will hold its first meeting of the year at 6:00 pm in room 1520 at UMS. After the business portion of the meeting, Dr. Woods will moderate a panel discussion with students on the topic of Restorative Practices at UMS.

We hope that you can join us! Childcare and dinner is provided.

If you have questions, or would like to contact the PTSA, email: urbanamiddleschoolptsa@gmail.com

Seeking Community-Led Enrichment Volunteers

September 16th, 2017

Dear UMS Families,

For more than a decade, UMS has partnered with parents and community members to provide enrichment courses to small groups of students. Each semester highly-specialized adults volunteer to meet with students for six class periods (one class period a week for six weeks) to teach a short unit-of-study. Of particularly high interest to our students are hands-on activities in the fields of science and technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer programming. However, we have found that hands-on units in any field are well-received by students.

In past years, we have called these courses Parent-Led Enrichment (PLE). In order to acknowledge the many community partners who work with our school, this year we are renaming the program Community-Led Enrichment (CLE). In our community, we have many, many parents and community members with unique and cutting-edge professional skills.

Generally, classes are limited to nine students. Students are selected by academic subject teachers because the student may have high interest and/or high aptitude in the content. Additionally, the subject teacher must determine if the students who participate are able to miss six class periods of regular course instruction.

If you are a highly skilled professional and may be interested in volunteering to be part of this program, please complete attached form or email Julia Lowry at jlowry@usd116.org. Mrs. Lowry will work with you to determine the best fit for you and our students in terms scheduling, recruiting students, and assisting you with the challenges and opportunities that arise when working with middle schoolers. Also, attached here is an information sheet with ideas about how to lead your courses.


Scott Woods, Principal

Julia Lowry, Instructional Coach

CLE Application 2017-2018

CLE Information for Volunteers

Fundraiser at Panera on 9-18

September 15th, 2017

Come on out and join us in our fundraiser at Panera Bread on Monday, September 18 from 4 pm – 8 pm at the Panera on Kirby Ave!  It’s a great way to have dinner and help raise money for UMS. Just being the attached flyer with you. Feel fee to share with your friends and extended family! Hope to see you there!


SPLASH Session 1

September 11th, 2017

SPLASH Session 1 begins Monday, September 18. The booklet is available here:

SPLASH Session 1 2017-2018

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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