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,

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

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
Encourage Healthy Drink Choices

As parents and caregivers alike, we are often faced with hard decisions regarding what to give our children - to help hydrate them and to keep them healthy. With many sports and juice drinks on the market today, the choices can be overwhelming at times.

Popular kids’ drinks advertise anything from added vitamin C and vitamin D to added antioxidants. The brightly colored juice boxes and packages display our kids’ favorite cartoon character or sports figure enticing them to pick the fun and exciting drink as opposed to the healthier more ‘boring’ options of 100% fruit juice, milk, and water.

Although healthier than other alternatives such as soda and other popular drinks, fruit juices and other sports drinks also contain a high amount of sugar. Is it wrong to let your child indulge in one of these drinks from time to time? Probably not, but on a regular basis these drinks affect the overall health of the child.

According to Anne Kolker, a registered dietitian, sport drinks have as much as 13 teaspoons of added sugar. It is important to look at the serving size on the nutrition label. The label might read that a beverage bottle contains 80 calories, however, it is important to double check the label. For example, if the serving size states 2.5 servings, you must figure out the math. In this case, the 80-calorie beverage contains 200 calories. Not all fruit juice is created equal. Most do provide 100% juice, but be careful of how it is marketed. Some juice drinks may look like regular juice and advertise 100% vitamin C; however one of the main ingredients is high fructose corn syrup.

How can we encourage our children to make healthier drink choices? We can make water, juice, and milk fun and exciting. Water is more tempting when it is chilled and has some fruit added to it. Juice is a favorite and can be frozen to make ice pops. Milk can be added to your child’s favorite healthy cereal or mixed with fruit or light chocolate syrup.

As parents, the best way to help our children make healthier drink choices is to set a good example by making healthier drink choices ourselves.