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
Dear Middle School Families,
I write this in hopes that you have had as good of a start to the school year as we have here at school. It has been fun and energizing to have students back in our building. One of the biggest rewards we have as educators is experiencing the youth and energy that students bring day after day. Another reward is watching students take care of one another. I can’t tell you how many times this year I have seen a 7th or 8th grader helping a 6th grader open a locker, show where a classroom is located, or help them understand middle school rules. With all of this, we are off and running with a positive start to the school year.
Last spring, University sent out a parent engagement survey. From this survey, we created some community goals for the 18/19 school year. One goal for UMS is to make more opportunities to connect with parents. This year, you will notice teachers sending out more emails to parents communicating what they are covering in their specific classes, open gym, student-led conferences, and phone calls home giving feedback about your child (positive or corrective). We ask that you help us in this process by attending the mandatory student-led conferences, contacting teachers or administration immediately when you have questions regarding your child, and staying involved and up-to-date with what is happening here at school through those emails.
Please check out the UMS Activities page on our website to keep up on all our after-school activity dates and competitions. Some other dates to put on your calendar include:
- October 5: Middle school dance in the high school main gym from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
- October 17: Choir concert in the auditorium (6th grade: 5:30–6:00 p.m., 7th and 8th grades: 6:15–7:00 p.m.)
- October 18: Band concert in the auditorium (6th grade: 5:30–6:00 p.m., 7th and 8th grades: 6:15–7:00 p.m.)
Middle School Principal
The University Middle School yearbook is creating a page of baby pictures for the eighth graders to show how much they have grown. You can send Mrs. Miles a scanned baby picture in JPEG format by email 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 21. 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 for your help!
We are off to a great start this year!
BUG Group - Lunchtime homework help is available every Thursday. This will give students with missing work and low grades the opportunity to catch up on their assignments.
Allies in Diversity - Our anti-bullying club is meeting every Wednesday from 3:15–4:00 pm. Our school counselors, Mrs. Njos and Mr. Lee, sponsor this club. This club is open to all middle school students who are interested in making our school a better place.
Naviance Student - Our college and career readiness program is now mobile-friendly. Ask your students to show you the lessons they have been working on during advising class. This month, students will be completing online lessons that focus on learning about their support network.
Schedule Changes - Quarter 1 electives are ending October 11, 2018. Students may request a change to their schedule beginning October 4. They must pick up an elective change request form from the front office and return it with a parent signature no later than October 18. We will not make any changes to quarter 2 electives after October 19. We honor changes based on space availability, therefore we cannot always guarantee placement in their preferred class.
Starting this year, Mr. Lee is now helping as counselor with the middle school (as well as helping with 4th and 5th grades). He is here in the mornings, and he will be working with students, running groups, and helping with Allies in Diversity (and helping in some other areas, too).
Congratulations to the new members to the National Junior Honor Society! The following students were inducted on September 13, 2018: Kendall Avery, Kenleigh Banks, Karime Borrego, Akam Chahal, Taylor Clark, Kohl Constance, Caitlin Fowler, Alexa Gollhofer, Isabella Gonzales, Luke Haas, Gabe Hollingshead, Chantel Jones, Dakota Lenz, Claire Lindenmayer, Gracy-Anne Long, Jaemason Long, Reyna Mefford, Tatiana Mostek, Jeremiah Olmstead, Maylea Parrish, Morgan Parrish, Hannah Porter, Luis Puga, Andrew Salazar, Sophia Simmons, Taidin Stone, Scott Thompson, Kevin Vaardahl, Brooklyn Viken and Macy Ziegler.
On October 30, University Schools (middle and high school) will host a guest speaker from Life CONsequences to educate and inform students about the consequences and dangers of alcohol, mental health, and substance abuse, in an effort to work toward prevention. We invite all parents to attend the evening session with our guest speaker on October 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
Guten Tag Middle School Bulldogs from Frau Seckler!
German Klub will be meeting every first and third Tuesday of the month during lunch in room 227 (Ms. Metz’s room.) Please bring your own lunch to the room and join Frau Seckler for some games and fun activities to help you learn German. You don’t need any previous experience and we welcome every grade level!
Bis bald (see you soon!)