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 Bulldog Community,

I hope April is treating you all well. There’s not a lot to report this month and as the saying goes, “no news is good news”. Here at the middle school, we are refreshed from spring break and ready to tackle the last part of the school year. April is always a busy month with spring testing, student scheduling for next year, and all of our spring extracurricular activities.

Speaking of extracurricular activities, we have been flying through the seasons trying to make up from the fall. Girls basketball and boys football are currently playing. Track and Brainbowl will start in a few weeks from now to finish off the school year.

I hope you all have a great month of April. Please let us know if we can help with any issues that may arise with your child. 

University Middle School Remote Learning Guide:

To Get Started for First Block

Students will log in remotely using Google Meet (video conferencing) to each class at the usual time that class begins. You can find these links in the banner at the top of each class's Google Classroom page. For example, at 8:15 a.m. when school starts, students will go to the Google Classroom page for their first class and click on the Google Meet link in the banner at the top and join their class via video. They will continue this process for each class until the school day is complete.

Remote Learning Format

University Middle School is using Google Classroom as a template for remote learning. Teachers will be posting assignments, information, and resources on Google Classroom for all students. Students are responsible for completing assignments and assessments by the designated date and time.

Student Schedules

Student schedules do not change. It is just like when the student was at school. The classes and lunch will be at the same time.

In-Class Attendance

We expect all students to join the class on time. Teachers will be taking attendance at the start of class through Infinite Campus. Students will be marked tardy if they are not present at the time attendance is taken. Students are required to have cameras on during instruction. If a student is sick and cannot attend online, parents will need to call the middle school office to excuse them. State attendance laws still apply, and therefore students are expected to attend all classes.

Questions for Teacher

Teachers are live and will be teaching class as if students were in person. Students can ask questions, and we expect them to participate in class discussions. Students can email teachers through Google Classroom with questions. We ask that students and parents are respectful of teachers' time by contacting them during school hours.

Communication

While learning remotely, students and parents will receive communication from teachers in a number of forms. Teachers will use Google Classroom as the predominant method of communicating with students. When necessary, teachers or school personnel will email, text, or voice message parents and students with class or school information.

Parent Support

Remote learning is a challenge to many of our students, parents, and teachers. In order for students to be successful, they will need support from school and home. We ask that parents work with their students in managing their time effectively and encouraging their efforts. As a school, we will do our best in providing remote learning support and resources for parents.

Technology

We provided school-issued Chromebooks to students who are participating in remote learning during the 2020–2021 school year. If a student has technical issues with their Chromebook, please contact the student’s advisor, who will complete a tech support request. UMS handbook policies for technology use apply to remote learning students. Also, see our News page for more tech support information.

Sincerely,

Nick Kintz

Nick Kintz
Middle School Principal
nkintz@universityschools.com

Middle School News
Get Active This Spring

Springtime brings warmer weather, blue skies, and the itch to get outside and play! According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 20 percent of our nation’s youth are overweight, which means that being physically active is more important than ever. Outdoor activities don’t have to be expensive. Here are some great ways to get your kids (and you!) active and on-the-move.

  • Walk to school or work. If you live close enough, save on the gas, and walk or ride your bike to school, work, errands, wherever! Just don’t forget the helmet if you bike.
  • Visit the park. No matter your children’s ages, there is always something to do at the park. Play on the playground, roll around on the grass, or start a pick-up game of kickball or basketball.
  • Walk the dog. The canines in your life are anxious to get moving in the nice weather too!
  • Play a game. Check out this Kid Power website. It has a long list of indoor or outdoor activities to get your family on the move. Try some of these takes on your favorite games.
  • Play inside. For those wet spring days, find an indoor play area. Indoor rock climbing or trampoline facilities are popping up everywhere. Find one close to you.
  • Make a craft. Even if your family doesn’t participate in a physical activity, enjoy some great family time and create a springtime craft. The Highlights website has a list of great ideas.

Most of all, enjoy your family and get active this spring!