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

Dear Middle School Families,

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at UMS!

We hope you had a great month of October and are adjusting to the cooler weather. This last month has been busy, to say the least. Thank you to all the parents who joined us for our open gym conferences on September 27. We hope you connected with all the teachers on your student’s schedule. By now, all families should have also met with your student’s advisor for the student-led conference. This conference is mandatory for all middle school students, unlike the open gym, which was voluntary. If you have not done so or we have not contacted you for a conference, please contact me immediately. In the student-led conference you should have received a report detailing the CMAS scores your child took last April. At school, this is one lens that we look at to see your student’s progress and growth. Another lens we use is NWEA, which is another standardized test taken twice a year. Along with teacher instruction, we also link together the formative and informative assessments to come up with an instructional plan to help guide your student to success. The one area that you can help with the most is making sure your child is reading every night. This is the biggest support piece that we have found coming from home that helps in all content areas. Often, the biggest hurdle is finding something that kids are interested in reading. This is trial and error. Keep looking at different genres, magazines, or news articles to help find an area that your child has an interest in. We recommend a minimum of 30 minutes a night.

One other thing to note for academics is our retention policy. Students must pass all five of our core classes with at least 60% or higher for semester one and two. Core classes include math, language arts, stem, science, and social studies. We will average the percentages of semester one and two at the end of the year to see if your child passed. If they do not, they will have to attend summer school at UMS. If your student does not attend summer school, we will retain your student in the same grade. Please make sure if your child is struggling that you are in contact with teachers. Some parents feel the dynamics of school is parent /child) vs. school. Our belief is a team approach and that it will take all of us working side-by-side to help your child succeed.

I would like to recognize all our students who have been busy participating in all the fall activities. Congratulations to our students who participated in a very successful choir and band concert. All our athletic teams worked hard in each of their successful seasons. Thanks to all our teachers, coaches, and parents for all the time and effort necessary to help our students.

League Results for UMS Fall Sports:

Cross Country
Boys - 2nd place
Girls - 6th place

Volleyball
7th grade A team - 2nd place
7th grade B team - 1st place
8th grade A team - 2nd place
8th grade B team - 1st place

Football
7th grade - 4 wins, 3 losses
8th grade - 3 wins, 4 losses

Sincerely,

Nick Kintz

Nick Kintz
Middle School Principal
nkintz@universityschools.com

Middle School News
Attention Eighth Grade Parents

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!

Middle School German Klub

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!)