University Schools

Middle School Information

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

Welcome back to all of our Bulldog community. It has been a fantastic start here at the middle school. Students and teachers are fully energized from summer and in full stride with tackling all obstacles in their path. I would like to specially welcome and introduce to you our new staff members at the middle school. Mr. Mark Chambers is teaching technology, 6th grade success, personal finance, and environmental education. Ms. Tegan Poulton is new and teaches physical education and health. Mrs. Ashley Yeh, our new 7th grade math teacher, teaches all levels of math intervention. Shaunna Crust is 6th and 7th grade reading intervention and the 6-12 English language learner specialist. Sarah Mildenstein teaches 6-12 choir. And Deisy Galicia is teaching 7th grade Spanish. 

Some of you may have heard from your student about the family meetings we held earlier this month during advising. Parents may be asking what the family meeting is about at the middle school. I explained to the students about how during the school year we spend more time together during the school day than we do with our own families. Since we spend so much time together, we are like a big family; the Bulldog family. This is where the term comes from. In our family meetings it is an opportunity for our Bulldog family to communicate about school concerns, trends, celebrations, and much more. These meetings will occur five or six times throughout the year and last about 25 minutes. The idea is for staff to talk to students, students to talk to students and students to talk to staff. We do divide students up into grade levels to give it a more comfortable feeling among peers. For our first meeting I did most of the talking, clearing up what the dress code expectations are and some of the more common violations we had observed the first couple of weeks. The second topic of discussion revolved around behavior and what is means to be a Bulldog. Here at UMS we focus on BARK:

  • Be Responsible
  • Act with Kindness
  • Respect Others
  • Keep Safe

Using this matrix helps guide students to make positive choices. In our meeting we talked about the meaning of BARK and how the matrix can be used every day to make University a great place!

As parents, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please make sure to contact us immediately. Our staff is excited and eager to serve your child this upcoming year. There may be times of questions, frustrations or you may need direction from a teacher or administrator. Please email or write any of our staff and open up that line of communication so we can help each other. Thanks to all parents, students, and staff for a great start to the year.. 

Nick Kintz

Nick Kintz, Principal

Middle School News
Invention Project Based Learning

The 7th grade is beginning the Invention Project Based Learning (PBL). This is a collaborative project between multiple disciplines. In order for this project to be a success, students need a variety of supplies to help them create a mock-up of their inventions. We appreciate any items that you donate to the middle school for this project. Feel free to send items in through October 11. We will keep items that we do not use for this project for future PBLs. Donation suggestions include:

  • Colored construction paper
  • Egg cartons
  • Yarn
  • Large Ziploc baggies
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue sticks - small
  • String
  • Elmer's glue bottles
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Masking tape
  • Fabric squares
  • Cardboard tubes (paper towel, toilet paper, wrapping)
  • Small toy wheels
  • Empty, clean plastic containers (i.e. milk jugs)
  • Cardboard
  • Brown paper grocery bags

Do keep in mind that the above-mentioned items represent just a few of the supplies we will be using regularly over the course of the PBLs.

We are also in need of judges on Friday, October 13 to evaluate the final projects. Please contact Mrs. Wildt if you would like to volunteer. Thank you for all of your contributions to University Schools and your child’s education!

8th Grade Baby Pictures for UMS Yearbook

Attention 8th grade parents! The UMS yearbook is creating a page of baby pictures for the 8th graders to show how much they have grown. You can send Mrs. Miles a scanned baby picture in JPEG format by e-mail or bring one to the front office in the middle school. This is a free service to you so make sure that you get them in by December 15. We will return all baby pictures to the family. Please let Mrs. Miles know if you do not want us to give them to your child. Please make sure that your student’s name and advisor is on the back of the picture. Thank you!