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Our school exists to help sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students grow academically, socially, and emotionally in preparation for high school, college, and life beyond.

A Message From Our Principal

I hope April is treating you all well. Here at the middle school, spring break refreshed us, and we are ready to tackle the last part of the school year. April is always a busy month with spring testing, student scheduling for next year, and all of our spring extra-curricular activities.

I want to take a moment and update you about the credit recovery process. We require students to pass all five of their core classes for the year. Core classes include math, science, language arts, STEM, and social studies. The way we calculate this is by taking the percent from the first and second semester, then averaging them. Students must have a 60% or better on the average. If your student does not meet the 60% average, we will require that he or she take a credit recovery course for each class failed here at University Middle School. If your student fails more than two courses, we require grade retention. We will have credit recovery at University from June 4 through June 28. The cost is $200 for each class failed (up to two). If your student does not take credit recovery classes here at University, the option will be grade retention. If you have more questions or need further clarification, please e-mail or call me at (970) 576.3903.

Good job to all of our winter sports teams for all of their hard work. Seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams had a successful season placing in the top four for both A and B teams in league tournaments. Wrestlers also had a great season and had four individuals place at the league tournament. Congratulations to our band and choir students for another wonderful performance. It is always fun and exciting to see the improvement as we go through the year. Just an FYI – UMS will be hosting the track league relays on April 10 beginning at 3:30 p.m., and we will also be hosting a "Brainbowl" competition on April 12 beginning at 4:00 p.m. All spectators are welcome. The events are also free of charge. Have a great rest of the month.

Nick Kintz

Nick Kintz, Principal

Middle School News
Teaching Children About Money

Green sometimes gets a bad wrap. It is often associated with nausea, envy, and jealousy. On St. Patrick’s Day, if you are not wearing green, you will get pinched! But green also has its positive side. Take cash, for instance. Having a lot of green is definitely a good thing.

Money is a huge part of our society, and there is so much to learn. Children need to be taught to spend wisely, distinguish between wants and needs, and use coupons, ads, and sales. They also need to learn how to save, and budget. Early life experience will prepare them for making financial decisions as adults.

With so much to teach, where do we begin? And how can we help our children to enjoy the process? Learning about money can, and should be, fun. Teaching concepts through games helps children to learn practical skills in a challenging and entertaining environment. The Washington Department of Financial Institutions has compiled a list of financial education websites with games for children of all ages. also has compiled information for children about earning, saving, spending, and giving.

Along with games, children need to see money in action. Allowing children to take an active role in figuring and maintaining a household budget will help them to understand the value of money, saving, and using a budget. If they earn money, encourage them to keep their own budget. A child’s budget form is available at

Knowledge of money is a necessity. So give green, green knowledge that is.  Help the learning process to be fun and exciting through games and challenges and by giving opportunities to see how money works in real life.