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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 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
Minimize First Day Jitters

The start of the school year is an exciting and sometimes scary time for children. Not knowing what to expect that first day often leads to nervous stomachs and sleepless nights before the first day of school. Advance preparation can help relieve some of your child’s anxiety.

  • If possible, visit the school before the first day of school, either at a scheduled event or by appointment. Even if your child is a return student, it’s been a whole summer since he’s walked the halls, and a little refresher doesn’t hurt.
  • Talk about your child’s fears and expectations in the weeks before school starts. Recount some of your memories as a child. While it’s best to focus on the positive, a funny story or two about your past struggles could help put things in perspective too.
  • The week before school starts, work on getting back into a routine. Set your child’s alarm each morning, and have him get up and go through the school-morning rituals. This will help reset his body clock and get him ready to get moving in the morning.
  • Check out the school supply list, and make sure your child is prepared.
  • Get everything ready the night before. Prepare your child’s lunch, set out backpacks and outfits, and decide what will be on the breakfast menu. Then, send your child to bed early. He’s sure to have trouble falling asleep, so some extra quiet time may help settle his nerves.
  • Get your child up a little early that first day to alleviate some of the stress of rushing through the morning routine. Leave the television off to ensure your child keeps moving.
  • After school, talk to your child. Kids are notorious for one-word answers, so ask open-ended questions that require a longer response. “Tell me what you did today.” “What is your teacher like?” and “What was the best part of your day?” are some great starters.

We hope your child is looking forward to his return to school. Some advance preparation is sure to help! Most of all, send him to school rested, prepared, and ready to tackle the year ahead.