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Family Curriculum Night 8-24-2015

August 24th, 2015

We hope all UMS families are able to join us this evening for Family Curriculum Night. Family Curriculum Night is a great opportunity for you to visit the school, meet your student’s teachers, and find out important information. Family Curriculum Night is not an open house and does follow a schedule which is posted in the grid below. Please plan to enter through the main entrance and pick up a copy of your student’s schedule. Remember, parking is limited, so plan to arrive early.

Several documents and presentations will be available at Family Curriculum Night.  Please refer to the links here for important documents.

Restorative Practices (Video)

Grade Explanation for Parents (Video)

2015-2016 Grading Scale One Pager (PDF)

Homework Tips and Stragegies English and Spanish

Curriculum Guide UMS 2015-2016 (English)

Curriculum Guide UMS 2015-2016 (Spanish)

6th Graders 7th Graders 8th Graders
6:35-7:00 Gym-Presentation for Parents Visit classrooms

(All PE / Health Teachers in room 1550)

Meet with Teams

-Divergent-1520

-Hercules-1734

-Incredible-Cafeteria

7:05-7:30 Meet with Teams

-Aviators-1520

-Dynamic-Cafeteria

-Stellar-Library

Gym-Presentation for Parents Visit classrooms

(All PE / Health Teachers in room 1550)

7:35-8:00 Visit classrooms

(All PE / Health Teachers in room 1550)

Meet with Teams

-Aspire-1520

-Phoenix-Cafeteria

-S.O.A.R.-Library

Gym-Presentation for Parents



Restorative Practices video for parents and families

August 21st, 2015

Below is the video explaining the implementation of Restorative Practices at Urbana Middle School.  If you have any questions about Restorative Practices, please contact Steve Higgins, Restorative Practices Facilitator or Principal Scott Woods at 217-384-3685.

UMS Restorative Practices video on YouTube



1st day of school – 2015

August 20th, 2015

Wednesday, August 19 was the first day of school at Urbana Middle School.  Below are some images taken from around UMS. Looking forward to a great year!



Save the Dates

August 19th, 2015

Now that school has started, we hope you will join us for these upcoming events that will help your student have a great year at UMS.  Click here for the flier in English and Spanish.

Family Curriculum Night Monday, August 24: 6:30-8:00

You will have the opportunity to meet your student’s teachers, tour UMS, and gain valuable information about supporting your student at UMS. UMS students and younger siblings are welcome to join their families for this event. Please plan to arrive early as parking is very limited. PTSA will be selling pizza slices and UMS spirit wear. You may also purchase yearbooks.

African American Parent Event, Thursday, September 3: 6:30-8:00

This event is geared toward parents of African American students, but all families are welcome. Come meet other parent of African American students and discuss how to make your student’s experience at UMS the best possible.

Contact: Janice Mitchell (jmitchell@usd116.org; 531-7124)

Latino Parent Event, Thursday, September 3: 6:30-8:00

This event is geared toward parents of Latino students, but all families are welcome. This program will be conducted in Spanish. Come meet other parents of Latino students and discuss how to make your student’s experience at UMS the best possible.

Contact: Lucia Maldonado (lmaldonado@usd116.org; 531-7162)

PTSA Meeting, Tuesday, September 15: 6:00-7:30

Join the UMS Parent-Teacher-Student Association for our first PTSA Meeting of the year. PTSA will have a guest presenter, principal Scott Woods discussing the new grading system, and a general business meeting. This is a great way for all parents to be involved in supporting UMS, its teachers and students.

Contact: Gennifer Gilbert (urbanamiddleschoolptsa@gmail.com)

Enrichment for All, Tuesday, October 13: 6:30-7:30

Find out about the UMS Enrichment Program that will begin during the second quarter. All students are encouraged to participate in at least one enrichment project of their choosing. Also, see displays and presentations of student work.



6th Grade Transition Day Photos

August 19th, 2015

Sixth graders and their families were invited to UMS on Friday, August 14 for the annual Sixth Grade Transition Day.

Teachers greeted the students at the sixth grade entrance along Vine Street around 8:30am.  Parents were welcomed at the main entrance, where staff members participated in a panel discussion with current and past UMS parents and students.  The newest group of parents were also given a tour of the building.

At 10:30, families reunited with their students and met with the academic team teachers.

Below are some pictures taken during the event.  We look forward to the new school year and wish all our students the best!



Transition Day-8/14

August 12th, 2015

Sixth graders and their families are invited to UMS on Friday, August 14 from 8:30-11:00 for our annual Transition Day.

Students should arrive by 8:30 at the Vine Street entrance. Teachers will greet students at the sixth grade entrance along Vine Street.  Students will enter the building with teachers in the same way that they will enter on a typical school day. Students will be with their academic teams (Dynamic, Stellar, or Aviators) and meet their teachers, tour the building, get lockers, and  have a snack in the cafetorium.

Families should come to the main entrance at 8:30. Parents will meet staff members, participate in a panel discussion with current and past UMS parents and students, and tour the building.

At 10:30, families will reunite with students to meet the academic team teachers. Academic teams will present important information to families and be available to help with any questions.

Students are welcome to attend without a family member, but we strongly encourage at least one family member to attend so that families can help support the transition to UMS.



Fall Athletics

August 2nd, 2015

Fall athletics begin on August 3.  Please read below for more detailed information.

Sports Registration: Fall sports include Baseball, Softball, Cross Country (running), and Girls’ Basketball. Later this school year information will be available regarding other sports—Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Volleyball, and Track. In order to participate and/or try out for an athletic team students must be pre-registered. If you are interested in registering for and playing a sport at UMS, you will need to have the following completed prior to trying out and/or participating:

  • A sports physical examination (a physical is current for one calendar year from the date of the exam) Physical-Form.pdf
  • ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION CARD (requires proof of insurance)
  • $50.00 user fee (some students may qualify for a fee waiver)
  • All fines and obligations to the district must be resolved.

Tryout information for each sport is as follows:

  • Softball tryouts are August 3 and 4 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the UHS field (at Washington and Broadway). 6-8th grade girls may try out, and there will be one team. Email vpolitzer@usd116.org.
  • Baseball tryouts are August 4 and 5 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the JV practice field (in front of the UMS main entrance). 6-8th grade boys may try out, and there will be one team. Weekday practices start Friday, August 7 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Saturday practices will be at 10:00. Practices are 4:00-6:00 p.m. on school days. Email: bmcfarland@usd116.org
  • Cross Country daily practice begins August 3. Meet at the aquatic center. Boys and girls in grades 6-8 may participate, and there is a “no cut” policy. Email tsearing@usd116.org and check http://umscrosscountry.weebly.com/ for updates. Additional practice information as follows:
    • Monday, August 3, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
    • Weekdays, Tuesday, August 4 through Thursday, August 13, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
    • Friday, August 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 15th Dual Meet vs. St. Matthews 9:00 a.m. at Prairie Park.
    • Girls’ Basketball tryouts are August 31 with more details forthcoming.
    • Boys’ Basketball tryouts are October 19 with more details forthcoming.



Back to School Information

July 21st, 2015

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 19, and preparations for the upcoming school year are well under way. This letter (click here) is to help you plan for the year and includes information about registration, athletics registration, Sixth Grade Transition Day, Family Curriculum Night, and other announcements. Below, you will find links to other important information specific to UMS. Also, please make sure to check this website for regular updates and announcements. If you have questions after reading this letter, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 384-3685.

Registration: Centralized registration takes place at UMS, and you can register all of your Urbana School District students during these registration times.

  • Tuesday,         July 28            – 10:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday,    July 29           – 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday,        July 30           – 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Any families unable to register during these times may register UMS students at UMS beginning on Tuesday, August 4 and continuing through August 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Registration resumes on August 18 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Only the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) may register a student for school. If your child is not returning to UMS, please contact the school immediately to receive an Illinois Student Transfer Form.

2015-2016 Student Handbook and Planner The Student Handbook and Planner will be issued to all students on the first day of school.

Google Apps for Education This form will be in your student’s registration packet and is needed to give your student an educational Google Apps account including email.

Acknowledgement Form This form will be in your student’s registration packet and is a policy acknowledgement form.  It includes acknowledgement of the Student Handbook and Planner, Consent to Watch PG-13 Movies, and acknowledgement of the Personal Technology Policy.

Curriculum Guide UMS 2015-2016

UMS Frequently Asked Questions 2015-2016

School Supply List 2015-2016

Bullying and Aggressive Behavior FAQ for Families



School Supply List

June 9th, 2015

The 2015-2016 school supply list can be found here. Supply List 2015-2016

Lista de materiales para el ciclo escolar 2015-2016.



Spots still available for Summer SPLASH program!

May 26th, 2015

Summer SPLASH is offering an educational/fun-packed program for current 6th, 7th & 8th grade UMS students from June 8th to July 2nd, Monday -Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The $40 fee will be waived for free/reduced lunch students and MTD tokens will be provided upon request.  Your student has been given a registration form or you can request one at the UMS office.  Please call Kathy Cearlock at 384-3685 with questions. http://ow.ly/Nre7X



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