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 Parents,

I hope this letter finds you and your families well. I would like to start off by saying how appreciative I am of all your efforts, patience, and flexibility with this transition back into school. From a principal's perspective, I can say it has been the best start I could have asked for considering the situation we are dealing with. Whether your child is remote or in-person, we are glad to be back to educating our students. Every day, our students and staff are gaining confidence and improving themselves to make this new educational process successful.

Moving forward, we are expanding our knowledge on how to help students learn in this time of COVID-19. While our approach to teaching looks different, we as parents can do many things to help our students, no matter if they are remote or in person:

  • Please help your child with the organization of assignments. Get onto your child’s Google Classroom with them and look at the calendar for the week. All assignments should be in this calendar, and you can help come up with a plan to prioritize student work throughout the week.
  • When your child has a question that you are not able to answer, please have them email their teacher. They can CC you on the email so you can see the response to help guide them.
  • We also invite you to check Infinite Campus daily. If you have not yet done so, you can download the Infinite Campus app on your phone. You can go into the settings and get alerts on missing assignments, grades, and attendance. If you need to set up an account for Infinite Campus, please call the front office at (970) 576-3900.
  • Keep tabs on what your child is doing while on their devices. We notice students getting distracted or looking up inappropriate content on their devices. Have conversations with your child and create expectations when using devices. Check browsing histories to hold some accountability.
  • Ask your student about their day and have them give specifics on what they are learning. This is also a good opportunity to get a pulse on how they are doing socially and emotionally.

As we look forward to October, we have a few reminders for our middle school families:

  • We are no longer accepting lunches after the school day has started for in-person learners. If your student forgets lunch, you can call the main office and let us know. The school will provide lunch at no cost.
  • Please remind your child to bring a water bottle every day. We are supplying students who forget, but we do not have an endless supply of water bottles. We appreciate your help with this.
  • Remote learners, please continue to follow the remote guidelines by keeping your camera on during instruction. The teacher will tell you when it is okay to hide your screen. 

To our school community, keep up the good work. We are making strides again with educating our students. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns by phone at (970) 576-3903, or send me an email.

Sincerely,

Nick Kintz

Nick Kintz
Middle School Principal
nkintz@universityschools.com

Middle School News
Parent/Teacher Communication

Your child spends more waking hours during the school week with his teacher than he does with you at home. That’s why it’s so important to develop and maintain a positive and open relationship with your child’s teacher. But you’re busy. The teacher’s busy. So how do you break the ice and keep things positive?

Be in communication from the get-go. Let your child’s teacher know of any concerns you have at the beginning of the year and whether or not you’re able to help out in the classroom. Find out the best way to reach the teacher, and then stay in touch by communicating throughout the school year.

Write a note to your child’s teacher. Let her know of any changes in your family situation, such as a new addition at home, someone moving out, a job loss, or other changes.

Make sure the school has your most up-to-date contact information including your cell, home, and work phone numbers. You never know when an emergency might come up or when your child’s teacher might need to contact you for some other reason.

Stay on top of grades and homework. If the teacher contacts you about missing assignments or other concerns, be sure to respond right away. A two-way communication will only benefit your child.

Let your child know that you view your relationship with his school as a partnership and that you and his teacher are there to help him — not to get him in trouble. Then be in contact with the classroom as often as possible. Even if you work away from home, you can still be in touch via phone and email. Just be sure your child’s teacher knows the best way to get in touch with you and that you know the best way to get in touch with the teacher.