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

Happy Holidays to all of our Bulldog Family! While many of you are feverishly shopping and decorating for the upcoming season, we here at the middle school are wrapping up the first semester. I would like to thank all of our students, parents, and staff for what has been a pleasurable, to say the least, first semester. I have been astounded by the time, effort, support, and ability everyone has worked together to make this a positive place for our community.

I mentioned in my last letter about our student-led conference goals. I would like to announce that we will be hosting an open conference night for middle school only. This will take place on February 1, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the middle school gym. This format will allow parents to come in and talk to any teacher about their child’s grade in a specific class. Please feel free to come anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to talk to any of your child's teachers.

In wrapping up the fall semester, one area of concern in the middle school revolves around the use of cell phones. Cell phones are a part of our society and will be here to stay, so it seems. While cell phones are a positive open line of communication between you and your child, we are running into some negative effects of them here at the school. Some of the more common issues we deal with are cyber bullying through text messages and social media apps, finding illicit material, sexting, and using the phone at inappropriate times during class. As parents, we want to assume that our own child would not be involved in inappropriate uses of a phone. As a principal, the hardest part is keeping up with the newest and latest apps and trends kids are exposing themselves to. I would encourage you to take some extra time to educate yourself and familiarize yourself with your child’s phone. Some of the areas to look at are what specific apps are on the phone and how they work. Get on the internet and find out the pros and cons to each app and is there more to the app than what shows by clicking on it. For example, Snapchat is a popular app, but did you know there is an option called “my eyes only” which is where students can keep (and are keeping) inappropriate material? We are seeing an increase in fake photo vaults. Sit down together with your child and look at the text messages they are receiving and sending to make sure they are not getting bullied or being the bully. I could write pages upon pages about digital threats your child may be facing daily. The biggest advice is to get involved on a consistent basis with your child and his/her phone. Don’t be afraid to set filters, rules, and monitor everything they are doing on it, as it might just save them and you from being in a tough situation. If you would like more information on how to help keep your child safe, please feel free to contact me, and we can discuss this subject more in-depth.

Nick Kintz

Nick Kintz, Principal

Middle School News
The Murder Mystery At The Mystery

The University Middle School Drama Department will present The Murder Mystery at the Mystery on Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. and on Friday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. Both performances will take place in the auditorium, and the cost is $2 for adults and $1 for students.