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PARCC Testing

February 24th, 2017

Beginning on March 2 and ending on March 31, students will participate in state mandated standardized testing. This year, for the first time all UMS students will take the PARCC on-line. In general, all students will take three math tests and three reading / English tests. Additionally, eighth grade students take the Illinois Science Assessment.

All students do not participate in testing at the same time or every day during the testing window. There is a detailed PARCC schedule posted below so that families are aware of the dates and times of testing. Once a student has started a testing session, the school cannot interrupt the session to remove a student. Please review the testing schedule when making appointments for your student.

UMS PARCC Schedule

Beginning on March 2 and ending on March 31, students will participate in state mandated standardized testing. This year, for the first time all UMS students will take the PARCC on-line. In general, all students will take three math tests and three reading / English tests. Additionally, eighth grade students take the Illinois Science Assessment.

All students do not participate in testing at the same time or every day during the testing window. There is a detailed PARCC schedule posted on our website so that families are aware of the dates and times of testing. Once a student has started a testing session, the school cannot interrupt the session to remove a student. Please review the testing schedule when making appointments for your student.



Sixth Grade Transition for Fifth Grade-Update 2/22

February 22nd, 2017

Dear Families of Fifth Graders,

I have had the privilege of visiting with our incoming sixth graders this week. At each school, I spend about one hour with the students. The presentation that I use to guide my conversation with the students is here 2017 5th-6th Transition PPT. The purpose of my visits this week is to introduce the students to UMS, get them excited about UMS, and begin the process of selecting courses for sixth grade.

The course selection process that I do with the students is not final. A copy of your student’s selections will be mailed home later this spring with directions on how you can make changes. I have included a copy of this form here 5th to 6th Course Selection 2017. This is for your information only, and you do not need to do anything with this form at this time.

This will be UMS’s first year enrolling students from Leal and Dr. William’s dual-language program. I strongly encourage our students who participated in the dual-language program in elementary school or students who are otherwise proficient in Spanish to enroll in our three Spanish Dual-Language classes in order to maintain and grow their Spanish skills. Those classes are Spanish Language Arts, Spanish Science, and Spanish Social Studies.

Next week, our six Urbana elementary schools will visit UMS to tour the building. On March 15 from 6:30-8:00, families of fifth graders are invited to our Fifth Grade Family Orientation and Curriculum Night.

For more information on our transition process click here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly by calling UMS or email at swoods@usd116.org.

Sincerely,

Scott Woods



PTSA Interenet Safety Presenation

February 22nd, 2017

We had a large turnout for our February 21 PTSA meeting. Officer Tim McNaught of the Urbana Police Department presented information to UMS families. Many families requested that his presentation be shared so that families could follow up on various links and resources referenced in the presentation. Below is a copy of Officer McNaught’s presentation.

UMS PTSA Internet Safety by UPD 02212017



PTSA Meeting 2-21-2017

February 20th, 2017

All families are invited to attend the Urbana Middle School PTSA meeting on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00. Pizza and drinks will be provided, and there will be childcare for pre-school through elementary school aged students. Officer Tim McNaught of the Urbana Police Department will be our speaker, and he will be talking about issues of Internet safety related to our middle school students. The presentation will begin shortly after 6:00.  We are especially excited to invite families of Urbana fifth graders!  Meetings generally last about an hour.

All families are invited to attend the Urbana Middle School PTSA meeting on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00. Pizza and drinks will be provided, and there will be childcare for pre-school through elementary school aged students. Officer Tim McNaught of the Urbana Police Department will be our speaker, and he will be talking about issues of Internet safety related to our middle school students. The presentation will begin shortly after 6:00.  We are especially excited to invite families of Urbana fifth graders!  Meetings generally last about an hour.



NAAPID-February 13

February 8th, 2017

Dear UMS Families,

National African American Parent Involvement Day is Monday, February 13. All parents are invited to have lunch with their student/s during our regular lunch periods in room 1520. The purpose of the luncheon is to have conversation with our families, and simply spend time with our students. You are welcome to bring lunch for your student or enjoy lunch on UMS. Lunch periods are as follows:

  • Sixth Grade 11:00-11:35
  • Seventh Grade 11:45-12:20
  • Eighth Grade 12:30-1:00

Parents should arrive about 10 minutes before the lunch period to check in at our main office. Please make sure your student knows you are attending and he or she will meet you in room 1520.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Woods
Principal, Urbana Middle School

NAAPID UMS 2017 flier



Sixth Grade Transition for Fifth Graders

January 20th, 2017

We have several opportunities coming up for you and your child to become acquainted with UMS.

5th Grade Transition Letter 2017.ENGLISH

5th Grade Transition Letter 2017.SPANISH

5th Grade Transition Letter 2017.FRENCH

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Restorative Practices at UMS

January 20th, 2017

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, UMS began implementing Restorative Practices as part of our continuum of supports for students. The school took the extra step of adding an additional social worker for the 2016-2017 school year. During the first semester this year we experienced more than a 20% reduction in office discipline referrals compared to the same time during 2015-2016. We have also experienced a reduction in out-of-school and in-school suspensions decreasing by 67% and 23% respectively.

A key component to our implementation of Restorative Practices has been working with Conflict 180, and outside consulting group. Along with their direct consultation, Conflict 180 provides a regular blog / newsletter for our teachers, and I wanted to make sure to share that with our families. The blog can be found here . If you are interested in learning more about Restorative Practices in general, I encourage you to visit their website, where you may also subscribe to the blog.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any additional questions or would like more information.

Sincerely,

Scott Woods



Eighth Grade Transition

January 18th, 2017

Below is important information for parents / guardians of eighth grade students related to upcoming activities to prepare your student for Urbana High School.

Transition Letter.ENGLISH

Transition Letter.SPANISH

Transition Letter.FRENCH

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Saturday School Cancelled 1-14-2017

January 14th, 2017

The message is to alert you that Saturday School Detention for January 14 has been cancelled due to possibly dangerous road conditions.

Este mensaje es para avisarle que la detención de la Escuela del Sábado para el 14 de enero ha sido cancelada debido a condiciones de carretera potencialmente peligrosas.

Ce message est pour vous informer que la détention du samedi école pour le 14 Janvier a été annulé en raison des conditions routières dangereuses.



Math Carnival

January 11th, 2017

A Math Carnival at Illinois

Date:           Saturday, January 28, 2017, 2-5pm
Location:       Altgeld Hall, Urbana

You love mathematics? Fantastic! You don’t like mathematics? Well, then give us a chance to change that!

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign would like to invite you and your family to our winter math carnival! The Gathering for Gardner 2017 will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 2 – 5 pmin Altgeld Hall. This fun filled day will be packed with hands on activities, demonstrations, games and puzzles, refreshments, and mathematical prizes for participants! All activities are free and open to the public and there is no math training required to enjoy! Our puzzles are particularly designed for kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school students. Please come visit us and bring the whole family!

For more details, see http://math.illinois.edu/~lanius2/G4G.html

Frequently asked questions:
Who can I contact about Gathering for Gardner?
Feel free to email organizers Melinda Lanius at lanius2@illinois.edu or Philipp Hieronymi at phierony@illinois.edu

Why `Gathering for Gardner’?
Our event is to honor the achievements of popular mathematics writer Martin Gardner who, for over 50 years, entertained general audiences with a rich variety of mathematical puzzles.

MathCarnival-Flyer (1)



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