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First PBIS Raffle Prize Winner!

September 8th, 2017

Congratulations to our first PBIS Raffle Prize Winner – Arieonna!

Reminder: We are still taking prize donations. Please contact Mrs. Kretz if you have items to donate.

August 30 Notes: Drop-off and Pick-up

August 31st, 2017

Dear UMS Families:


As our new families learn our school routines, and as a result of some changes with in-building school procedures, I want to remind all families of some general items so that the school operates smoothly, safely, and with minimal disruption to student learning.

  • Drop-off. All students now enter through the main entrance (Door #1). Please do not plan to drop-off your student in the north parking lot between 8:10 and 8:40. Bus traffic, has priority, and we are experiencing very high volumes of traffic during this time. Families may drop-off students at other locations and students may walk to the main entrance. Do not drop off along Vine Street NORTH of Fairlawn. This area is designated for MTD drop-off. Families are encouraged  to drop-off SOUTH of Fairlawn on Vine, along Fairlawn where we have a crossing guard at Vine, and along Michigan.
  • Pick-up. Students may exit the building through a variety of doors. Families should make arrangements to have a regular pick-up location. After school, Michigan is a one-way street going west, and families are encouraged to pick-up along Michigan or in the Aquatic Center parking lot behind UMS. Families are reminded not to block driveways, especially residential driveways, at any time.
  • Contacting your student. Please call ahead if you need to pick-up your student or give your student something during the school day. It is important that we limit interruptions to classrooms. If the school knows in advance that you need your student, we will make every effort to have your student waiting for you in the office.
  • Delivering messages to your student. Generally, messages are delivered to students by a staff member throughout the school day. However, staff is unable to deliver messages to students during the last thirty minutes of the school day due to the high volume of messages as well as other staffing needs in preparation for dismissal.
  • What to do if your student does not make it home after school. It is most likely that your student did not board the bus home, did not go home directly after school, or did not tell you that he/she was not coming straight home. Buses typically do not leave campus until 8-10 minutes after the dismissal bell. Please allow for at least 30 minutes before contacting school. If your student has not arrived home, you are welcome to call the school, and the school will attempt to locate your student. If the school cannot locate your student, you should call your local police department.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional concerns, suggestions, or questions, and I hope your student is having a wonderful start to the school year!


Scott Woods, Principal

Family Curriculum Night – August 24

August 22nd, 2017


All UMS Families are invited to our annual Family Curriculum Night: Thursday, August 24 from 6:00-7:30. Please plan to arrive early to secure parking and to arrive at sessions on time. When you arrive, please enter through Door #2 (the PE ramp just east of the main entrance). We will provide you a copy of your student’s schedule if you need one. After picking up a schedule, sixth grade families start by visiting team teacher’s in their classrooms. Seventh grade families begin in the gymnasium where they may met with exploratory/elective and PE/health teachers. Eighth grader families begin with individual team meetings (Divergent in 1520, Hercules 1734, Jedi Cafeteria).

You are encouraged to bring your middle school student with you, and other children are welcome. We do ask that your children/student(s) remain with you and are supervised by you throughout the evening.

As a convenience to your family, PTSA will be selling pizza in the cafeteria lobby.

A detailed schedule for the evening is linked here.

Family Curriculum Night 2017-2018

Note from “Eclipse Day”

August 21st, 2017

Dear UMS Families,

I hope that your students have positive reports for you now that all of our students have made it through day one. Today we ran an alternate bell schedule in order to have time for all students to view the eclipse. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and all students had a chance to view this amazing sight. Read the rest of this entry »

August 21 Notes and The Eclipse

August 21st, 2017

Dear UMS Families,

Our first day with sixth graders is now history, and we are looking forward to our seventh and eighth graders joining us on Monday. A few quick reminders: Read the rest of this entry »

PTSA Message

August 18th, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians:
The UMS PTSA would like to welcome you back to another amazing school year! We send our well-wishes as your children become familiar with their new academic surroundings and expectations. We would also  like to extend an opportunity for you to join us at our first PTSA meeting on September 19, 6pm. in addition,  please consider becoming a member and finding out how you can become more involved. Have a great year!
You may contact UMS PTSA at urbanamiddleschoolptsa@gmail.com.
PTSA Membership Form

Back to School Notes

August 17th, 2017

Welcome and Welcome Back!

I am sending few reminders and answers to some common questions for all of our families to help you prepare for the first day of school. Teachers have been back for two days, and we are excited to get started with the students! Please remember to check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for answers to our most typical family questions such as drop off and pick up routines, breakfast and lunch procedures, and to figure out who to contact at UMS with your questions.

Also, don’t forget that our Family Curriculum Night is August 24 from 6:00-7:30. More details to follow, but please mark your calendars.

As always, please call or email me directly if you need any help.

Go Tigers!

Scott Woods, Principal

Back to School Letter ENGLISH

Back to School Letter SPANISH

Back to School Letter FRENCH

Make Up Registration

August 7th, 2017

Make up registration begins Monday, August 7 and continues through Wednesday, August 9 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration resumes on August 18 from 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.

Back to School 2017-2018

July 16th, 2017

The first day of school is about one month from today. Our first day of school is Friday, August 18 and is for sixth graders only. Our seventh and eighth graders will join us for their first day on Monday, August 21.

Click here for our back-to-school letter that will  help you plan for the start of the year and includes information about registration, athletics registration, Sixth Grade Transition day (now the first day of school for sixth graders on August 18), Family Curriculum Night, and other announcements. Also, please make sure to check the website (www.usd116.org/ums) for regular updates and announcements, and take a moment to follow UMS on Twitter @UMSTigers. If you have questions after reading this letter, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 384-3685 or email me at swoods@usd116.org.

Registration Information:

Returning Families

New Families to the District (Course Selection Sheets for Families New to District 5th to 6th Course Selection 2017; 6th to 7th Grade Course Selection 2017-2018; 7th to 8th Grade Course Selection 2016-2017)

Below are various documents to help you get ready for the school year and have a better understanding of UMS.

2017-2018 UMS Athletic Participation Form

UMS School Supply List 2017-2018

UMS Frequently Asked Questions for Families 2017-2018

UMS Frequently Asked Questions about Bullying and Aggressive Behavior for Families

UMS Restorative Practices

UMS Student handbook 2017-2018

UMS Student Handbook and Planner 2017-2018 (Includes bell schedule and planner pages. A hard copy is provided to all students on first day of attendance.)

Congratulations Track!

May 22nd, 2017

Congratulations to our UMS athletes at the State Track Meet this past weekend. Jeremiah Hamilton took a 5th place medal in the 200 meter dash. Jeremiah, Caelan, Amarion and Daniel took 8th place medals in the 4×100 relay. Our 4×200 relays of Dylan, Jackson, Kevin, and Julio for the boys and Rosie, Jaden, Elena, and Rylie for the girls both ran season-best times, with the girls taking 14th in the state. Thanks to all team members for your effort this season!

Congratulations to our UMS athletes at the State Track Meet this past weekend. Jeremiah Hamilton took a 5th place medal in the 200 meter dash. Jeremiah, Caelan, Amarion and Daniel took 8th place medals in the 4×100 relay. Our 4×200 relays of Dylan, Jackson, Kevin, and Julio for the boys and Rosie, Jaden, Elena, and Rylie for the girls both ran season-best times, with the girls taking 14th in the state. Thanks to all team members for your effort this season from your coaches.

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