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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 Bulldog Families,

I hope all is well with your families and everyone is safe.

From the school perspective, this will be a new challenge for us all. As a school, we will do everything we can to make this the best possible outcome for our students. In the weeks to come, we will simplify everything we can to help students continue their academic endeavors. While we are still and will be for a while in the planning, trial and evaluating stages, there are a few things you can expect from us:

  • You can expect communication to your child from their teachers through student email or Google classroom.
  • You can also expect to be hearing from your child’s advisor at least once a week while we are out of the building to check in and see what needs your child may have.
  • Don’t expect the workload to be at the same level of demand as when they are attending class in the building. We know that students may only get ½ to ¼ of what they normally get in a full school day.
  • Expect to help your student organize their time on accomplishing the weekly tasks given.

Should anything major change, I will be emailing you, the parents.

There is a lot of uncertainty and a lot of questions we do not know the answers to yet but, as time passes, this will all become clear. The main component is going to be communication between principals, teachers, parents, and students. Be patient with us and your child, as this is going to be new for all of us. I am very confident in all of the staff that they will do the best job they can with the circumstances at hand.

If you have any questions, please email your student’s advisor and they will get you the answers/direction you need.

Please stay safe.

Sincerely,

Nick Kintz

Nick Kintz
Middle School Principal
nkintz@universityschools.com

Middle School News
Tips for Allergy Season

The approach to managing a child's allergies is similar to that of an adult, with some important differences regarding medication choices and dosing. In general, there are three ways to treat a child's allergies:

  • Avoidance of the allergic triggers
  • Use of medications
  • Allergy shots (immunotherapy)

Avoidance of Allergic Triggers
Avoidance of the causes of a child's allergy symptoms can often be the best way to prevent symptoms. There is essentially no cost, no medication side effects, and it is essentially a curative approach to the child's allergic problem. Examples of at least partially avoidable allergens include pet dander and dust mites. However, avoidance of allergens is often difficult and not always possible. For example, plant pollens and mold spores are part of the outside air, and short of keeping a child indoors all the time, it is impossible to avoid exposure to these allergens. Once allergy testing reveals the presence of allergic antibodies to various triggers, an allergist may recommend avoidance of these triggers.

Use of Medications

When avoidance measures fail or are not possible, many children will require medications to treat their allergy symptoms. The choice of medication depends on numerous questions to be answered by the parent or child's physician:

  • How severe are the child's allergies?
  • What are the child's allergy symptoms?
  • What medication can the family get (over the counter prescription)?
  • What medication will the child take?
  • Does he/she need medication daily or intermittently?
  • What side effects might the child experience from the medication(s)?

Allergy Shots
Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, treats allergies by reducing the child’s sensitivity to allergens. Although immunotherapy doesn’t work for everybody and may be only partially effective in some people, it does offer some severe allergy sufferers the chance to eventually reduce or stop using “rescue” medication.

This therapy might work for your child if he/she suffers from severe allergies and cannot avoid the specific things he/she is allergic to. It is most successful when used to treat:

  • Those with allergic rhinitis
  • Those with asthma
  • If it begins early in life or soon after the allergy develops for the first time

Work with your child's doctor to discover what will work best for your family and allow your child an active and joyful life.