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
What comes to mind when you hear the term “helicopter parent”? Do you think of yourself? Or do you have friends and acquaintances that come to mind? Webster’s dictionary defines the term, helicopter parent, as “a parent who is overly involved in the life of his or her child.” Some of you might think this is a fairly new term, as it seems to be gaining more and more attention these days. According to Wikipedia, however, the term may have been first used as early as 1969 in a book titled Between Parent & Teenager, written by Dr. Haim Ginott.
As parents, we are all just trying to do the very best we can each and every day. Over the years, however, it seems that more and more parents are trying to make things absolutely perfect for their children. This could mean signing them up for every activity that comes along or taking care of everything in their daily lives for them. While these children and young adults may, without a doubt, have a great life, what is the cost? Do your children know how to problem solve and make decisions on their own? Are they able to perform basic tasks such as making their bed or cleaning their room independently? The problem is that there are many kids who do not feel capable of performing even the most basic tasks on their own because they’ve either never been asked to or have never been taught to. These things have just been taken care of for them.
It often starts as small things that we know will help make our children’s day that much better. Then before we know it, our children are preparing for college without many of the basic skills, domestic and educational, to function without us standing there at every turn. This can even continue to be a detriment to our children as they head out into the workforce, preparing for life on their own. There was an excellent article printed in the USA Today regarding this very topic. Feel free to read more about the implications of helicopter parenting in this USA Today news article.
There is an abundance of information available at our fingertips on this subject. Whether you feel strongly for this style of parenting or you are against it, here are a couple of other resources you can read to help you begin to make the choice or changes in your household: