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,
It is with much gratitude that I start by saying thank you. This year has been one that we will remember for many years to come for both positive and negative experiences. Now being able to reflect back on a year that started with nothing but uncertainty, we as a community can take a deep breath and know we did the best job we could for our school community. I am proud of all of our students, staff, and parents for making our students' education the priority and overcoming all challenges and obstacles. A great big thank you to all!
With the summer months upon us, it is important that our students get a break from school. While rest is important, we need students to continue the path of learning. That is why we are purchasing a book for each student to participate in our summer reading program. Research has proven reading is one of the best ways to keep students progressing. It doesn’t matter which subject a student is interested in, reading is prevalent to success. While each student is given a book, more reading is necessary throughout the entire summer (one book is not enough). Students should be reading no less than 30 minutes a day or at least six books during the summer. Please check out our library times in the library section of this Bulldog News to help your student get more books for the summer.
If you need anything during the summer months, our office is open on June 1 through July 16 (Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to noon). After July 16, we will return to hours of Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you have questions or need something, please give us call. I hope you all have a wonderful summer spending time with your families and making memories. We look forward to seeing you in August.
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 do not change. It is just like when the student was at school. The classes and lunch will be at the same time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Middle School Principal
Everyone looks forward to summer: the vacations, swimming, and longer days to play. When your children are so busy, it can be easy to forget basic summer safety. Here are some things to remember, to ensure you and your family have the best—and safest—school break yet.
Spending a lot of time outdoors in summer is a good way to become dehydrated. While sweating keeps you cool, it also zaps your body’s water supply. When you or your children are thirsty, instead of reaching for a soda or juice box, grab a water bottle. Water will rehydrate your body faster than sugary drinks, leaving you with renewed energy to go and play. Drinking plenty of water each day—especially when spending time outside—will ensure that you and your family stay safe in the summer heat.
Apply (and reapply!) that sunscreen
Make sure to lather up your family with sunscreen at least 30 minutes before heading outside to enjoy the summer days. This gives the lotion time to soak into your skin and start working its protective magic. Make sure that you also reapply the sunscreen after being in the water or exercising. Don’t forget easy to miss areas, such as the back of your neck, ears, and the tops of your feet.
Wear protective clothing
The summer sun can be brutal, especially when you are at the pool or beach. Make sure you wear protective clothing when outdoors. Wearing a long-sleeved shirt made with lightweight fabric can help ensure the sun doesn’t burn sensitive skin. Also wearing a hat with a rim large enough to shade your face, not only prevents sunburn, but also helps to keep you cool.
Take a break from the heat
Summer sun is at its peak between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Unfortunately, this is also the time most people spend by the water or in summer camp. Teach your family to stay safe in the heat by seeking out shady places to sit and rest, or take a break from the heat altogether and go indoors for a few hours. This will help avoid heat exhaustion, and ensure an enjoyable summer for all.
Now that the excitement of school ending has expired, and the long hot days of summer are upon us, the ever dreaded boredom has settled into the household. Although we would all love to “vacation” for the summer, it’s not always an affordable or available option for our families.
Entertaining your kids for 8+ hours a day can be a daunting task ; however, with a little time and planning, you will be able to create a busy (but affordable) schedule that suits your family’s needs.
The goal of planning is to prevent your kids from having the “same old” schedule and becoming bored. Remember, a day of “down time” can also be planned between all the busier activities. One of the most difficult parts of planning activities is generating ideas. Luckily, there are several online websites and blogs available that will help you generate your own ideas. We’ve put together a handy list of websites to help inspire you!
While planning, thinking “big” can prevent us from seeing the easy and simple things. Entertainment and activities don’t mean amusement parks and fancy toys but finding ways to enjoy the things that are already around us. For example, learn and explore your own hometown and surrounding communities. Begin by planning a trip to the library to research the town’s or city’s history. Later that day, allow the kids to present their information to the entire family, and then allow everyone to help plan a tour of their town or city for the next day, days, or weeks. Not only will this save you time from traveling, but it can also be very educational. Additionally, by staying local, you will have much more control of your budget.
Planning doesn’t mean scheduling every hour of every day but merely being prepared to take on the days and weeks of summer with your kids. It’s important to be flexible, create back-up activities, and even have an emergency activity when all else fails. Include your kids in the planning to help nurture their creative side, and additionally, they will be learning how to entertain themselves along the way.
Lastly, remember to enjoy the “lazy” days of summer before the chaos of schoolwork and extracurricular activities ensue!