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

Spring is a fun time in the middle school!  Yes, we will have the annual PARCC and CMAS testing in April, but there is a whole lot more than that. We have about 85 students (girls and boys) involved in track. We hosted our only home meet recently, but there will be several other meets the Bulldogs will enjoy competing in at nearby schools in our conference. Please check our website (under Middle School sports) for exact times, locations and directions to the schools.

Students will have opportunities to attend field trips during the last month. Our goal is for every trip to be academic in nature, but with a lot of experiential opportunities to mesh learning with practical and fun activities. Advisors may contact you to join as chaperones on some of the trips. Asking you to come along is for more than just baby-sitting!  In most cases, places we attend require an 8-10:1 ratio of students to adults, so you are helping us keep a safe and organized group of students engaged and on task.

Back to the testing for a moment....Colorado requires by law that all students participate in the State Assessments (PARCC & CMAS). Our 6th-8th graders will take three language arts tests and three math tests. Our 7th graders will also take three Social Studies tests, while 8th graders will take three Science tests.  These tests do not impact a student's individual grades, but the school-wide results give us a lot of useful information that guides the development of our K-12 curriculum.  Most importantly, individual student test results help us identify strengths and needs of each child and allow teachers to make instructional changes that are uniquely tailored to the individual.  Please support us in these mandated testing practices by encouraging the kids to do their very best and to give their best efforts.

Paul Kirkpatrick

Paul Kirkpatrick, Principal

Middle School News
Washington, D.C. Trip - Mandatory Meetings!

We have two meetings on the schedule for the Washington, D.C. trip. Please put the information on your calendar!

Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Middle School Cafeteria!

If you will be absent due to an emergency or other unavoidable circumstances, parents/guardians must contact Mrs. Van Beber at (970) 576.3935 or e-mail to receive information missed from this mandatory meeting.

Agenda: 4/19/17

  • Room assignments
  • Behavioral/medical contracts
  • Introduce UMS chaperones (Robin, Maggie, Ethan, Jeff, Anne)--define roles
  • Expectations of students/adult chaperones traveling with the group
  • Tentative travel schedule (flight and hotel info)
  • Mandatory after-school student meeting dates in late April/May

Agenda:  5/4/17

  • Finalize rooms
  • Go over final travel schedule
  • Luggage tags/information
  • Packing information
  • Departure/arrival information¬†