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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
Keeping Children Safe Around Water

Now that summer is approaching, nothing sounds more appealing than a dip in the pool to cool off from the heat. However, when swimming pools, plastic kiddy pools, or bathtubs are involved, children need constant supervision. All it takes is two inches of water, and a child can drown.

This is the time of year that you hear the unfortunate news of children drowning. According to Steve Eastwood’s article from About.com, around 90 people die in drowning-related incidents each year, and 75% of those deaths were children who were being watched by only one adult and were out of his/her sight for 5 minutes or less. If that is all it takes, there’s no excuse to leave your child alone for even one minute. If you need to go back inside or even walk out of the room while your child is taking a bath, take your child with you; or make sure that you have another adult watching him/her.

Knowledge and preparation is the best prevention. The American Red Cross website offers classes to become CPR certified. Being prepared is extremely important. Look for a class in or around your area.  By being prepared, you can help save your child’s life or the life of another.

Keep your kids safe during the summer this year. The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona is a group that consists of parents, health professionals, and business leaders who try to make aware the importance of water safety. The DPCA has a great website for those interested in getting involved in the cause against children drowning. It provides great tips and resources, from tips for lifeguards to grief resources for those who have been affected by or involved in drowning or near-drowning incidents. Summertime should be fun, so keep it that way by keeping your child safe.