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September 8th, 2014

Check out what is happening with the UMS PTSA and how you can support UMS.

Sept-Oct 2014


SPLASH Session I

September 8th, 2014

SPLASH Session 1, UMS’s after school program, begins on September 15.  Below is the program booklet if you are interested in having your student participate.

2014 – 2015 Session I Booklet PDF

Principal’s Blog-September 4, 2014

September 4th, 2014

It is the eleventh day of school, and we are off to great start.  It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Curriculum Night on Tuesday.  Thanks to all of our families who have expressed positive comments, and, please, if your student is struggling or having difficulties with the beginning of the school year, let our school staff know.  We want all students to have a successful school experience at UMS. Read the rest of this entry »

Curriculum Night and Family Picnic

August 30th, 2014

All UMS Families are invited to our annual Curriculum Night and Family Picnic on Tuesday, September 2.

Picnic at Blair Park: 5:00-6:15

Pack up the family, a picnic basket, and blanket and come to the park!  Pizza slices, soda, and water will be available for purchase from the UMS PTSA near the Blair Park Shelter.  Meet other UMS families and celebrate the start of the new school year.

Curriculum Night / Open House at UMS: 6:30-8:00

You will have the opportunity to meet your student’s teachers, tour UMS, and gain valuable information about supporting your child at UMS.  UMS students and younger siblings are welcome to join their families for this event.

A detailed schedule is found here:

Curriculum Night 2014

Curriculum Night 2014 Spanish

Picture Day is August 22

August 21st, 2014

Picture day is Friday, August 22.  The photo taken at that time is used for the student ID and for the student yearbook.  Families may purchase prints by following the directions on this flier. UMSPictureDay2014

First First Day!

August 20th, 2014

This is the first day for many of our students, and it is also the first-first day for some of our staff!  Please welcome our new UMS teachers!

Welcome Back!

August 19th, 2014

Welcome UMS Families!

I can’t believe the 2014-2015 school year is ready to start, and tomorrow is the first day of school.  I’ve put together a few last minute notes to answer some of the frequent questions we have been getting from families and students.  I look forward to seeing all of our new and returning students tomorrow morning.  Please let us know if you have any other questions as we start the new school year.

  • School starts at 8:45 every day.  The bell to enter the building is at 8:38, and classes begin at 8:45.  Students may enter the building for breakfast at 8:00, and we begin supervision of students outside at 8:00.
  • On the first morning of school, all students are given a new copy of their schedules.
  • School ends at 3:44 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Students are dismissed at 2:47 every Wednesday for teacher professional development time.  There is regular bus service.
  • In the morning sixth graders line up at the doors on Vine Street.  Seventh graders line up at the doors on Michigan and Vine, and eighth graders gather at the main entrance.  If students want breakfast, they should come to the main entrance.
  • Parent drop-off in the morning is best along Michigan or on Vine (heading south only) between Fairlawn and Michigan.  Parent pick-up is best on Michigan, and Vine should be avoided.
  • Students do not need PE uniforms or band/strings instruments on the first day of school.  Teachers will review information about this required equipment during classes.
  • Parents have until August 26 to request schedule changes including band and strings, we cannot honor requests to change teams.
  • Fall picture day is Friday, August 22 during PE/Health classes.  This picture is available for purchase and is used to make the student’s ID.  IDs are usually received about two weeks later.
  • Parent Curriculum Night and the UMS Family Picnic will be held on the evening of September 2.
  • There are six Fridays during the year when school is dismissed at 1:15, again with regular bus service.  These days are September 26, October 31, March 6, April 17, and May 15.  Additionally, we are currently scheduled to dismiss at 1:15 on October 3 for UHS’s homecoming—this date does not appear on the district calendar.


Scott Woods

Principal, Urbana Middle School

1201 South Vine Street

Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: 217-384-3685

Fax: 217-367-3156



The mission of Urbana Middle School, a community of learning, is to engage and inspire students while promoting their intellectual, social, and emotional growth.


6th Grade Transition Day

August 12th, 2014

On Friday, August 15, 2013, Urbana Middle School will host 6th Grade Transition Day from 8:30 am to 11:00 am for both students and families.

Students are invited to tour their new school, meet their teachers and the UMS administrators, and also get to meet the other students on their team. There will be a meeting for parents lead by Barbara Linder, a former UMS parent herself and current UMS Mentor/Volunteer Coordinator. She will facilitate a wide variety of topics for incoming families. Coffee will be available. The parent meeting will take place in the band room, UMS 1150.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Danielle Jackson at 384-3685 or via email at dmjackson@usd116.org.

UMS 6th Grade Transition Day flyer
UMS los estudiantes de Sexto Grado al Día de Transición

Registration, PTSA, Spirit Wear, and Sports

July 28th, 2014

  • Registration begins Tuesday, July 29.  Please click here for more information about Centralized Registration.
  • The UMS PTSA will have a table at Centralized Registration with information about supporting PTSA and the work it does at UMS.  PTSA will also have information about various volunteer opportunities.  Click here for the PTSA Membership Form.
  • Also at the PTSA table there are two opportunities to purchase/order Urbana Tiger spirit wear.  Attached are the two fliers for spirit wear. UMS PTSA Spirit Wear 2014 UMS_school_spirit_headbands
  • Our first fall sport begins today.  Click here for more information about fall sports registration.

Principal’s Blog 7-24-2014

July 24th, 2014

I’m excited that this year, UMS will introduce three new opportunities for our students—an advisory program for all students, enrichment programming in all subject areas, and a policy to allow students to bring and use personal technology for educational purposes.  Each of these exciting new endeavors allow UMS to continue to be at the forefront of providing extensive, meaningful opportunities for all students.  Please do no hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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