Soliván’s Sunday Coffee

Dear UAS Middle School Families,

It has been an exciting first week for all of us at UAS!  The nervousness, joy and activity filled the hallways as students met new friends, reunited with old ones, and began the school year with their new classroom teachers.  The Scorpion energy that filled the building this week, and at the Aquaventure Water Park, was amazing!

To support and develop the whole child, we must also live whole lives.  This week’s Teacher Spotlight shines on Eight Grade English Teacher Mr. Holz.  In addition to teaching, Mr. Holz has many passions, including music, photography, writing, and his blog on building personal wealth.  Mr. Holz has blended these passions into his blog, The Happiest Teacher, which was recently recognized in an article by The National – UAE Edition.  When discussing the blog, Mr. Holz identified the values learned from his mother, how having multiple interests not only provides him with more balance, but it also makes him a better teacher.  He stated, “a lot of the ideas incorporate themselves into my teaching practice, the things I learn aren’t just compartmentalized.” Mr. Holz encourages students to find multiple interests in their lives, and to live, along with him, the UAS belief that we must enjoy a positive and healthy lifestyle.  For more reading on the importance of having multiple passions in your life, I’ve linked the Forbes article The Case for Pursuing Multiple Passions.  And, for more information on Mr. Holz’s blog, click here to view the article in The National – UAE Edition.

As begin this new school year, I am excited to join you in supporting the development of our children’s academic curiosity, intellect and social values.

This week will begin “The Week Without Walls” program, which is one of the many opportunities we provide at UAS to enable our students to explore new interests and learn through service to others.  On Monday, September 10th, we will host “The Week Without Walls” Parent evening from 5:00pm – 6:30pm, starting in the Secondary Library.  We hope to see you there!

If you have any other stories of students, staff, and parents living our mission, philosophy, and beliefs please let me know.  Have a great week!

Warm Regards,

Amanda Soliván

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 10th – Week Without Walls Parent Evening, 5:00pm – 6:30 pm, in the Secondary Library. Also, the first Scorpion Cast with your daily announcements will be posted on the MS Blog, available here.
  • Monday, September 17th – Back to School Night for Parents, 6:30pm -8:30 pm, in the MS
  • Important dates are noted on the online school calendar, available online here – 2018-2019 school calendar.

Announcements

 

Registration with Emirates ID, by Director of Admissions

As a school we are required to register all students with the Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA). As such, all parents are required to bring both their child’s and their own Original Emirates IDs to school where we will scan the ID’s and transfer the information into the KHDA system.  Once your child’s details are registered into the system, we will be able to download your Parent School Contract which you will have to sign. For your information, the contract includes all relevant information pertaining to the school, including school fees and transport fees.

To complete the registration, you are kindly requested to attend the Admissions office, from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, Sunday to Thursday and no later than Thursday, September 27. If the registration is not done by this date, students will not be able to request or receive any official documentation required from the school, such as report cards, enrollment letters, etc.  Thanking you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Lunch- Please have the lunch cards

Starting this week, students will not be able to purchase lunch using cash.  Please assist your child in charging their cafeteria card.

Annual Forms Signed By Thursday, September 13th

We will continue to use previous policies on technology, phones, and academic honesty under the Student Honor Code.  Parents are asked to review the policies and sign them with your student.  Hard copies of the forms were given to your student last Sunday, and  are available at the links below:

Forms for Athletics

To participate in athletics, forms must also be signed.  Paper copies will be printed and given to each student in their Advisory Class.  You are welcome to review, print, and sign the forms before school begins.  They are accessible at the links below.

  • Athletic Forms (For Students Planning on Participating in UAS Athletics Only)
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Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Dear UAS Middle School Families,

The first week of school of the 2018-2019 school year is almost here, one of the most exciting weeks of the year.  On behalf of teachers and the leadership team at UAS, we are overjoyed to welcome you!!

Many of us get the nervous jitters about the start of the year, as we don’t know what to expect.  To help ease those jitters, we want to open the year with a chance to connect, communicate and answer questions or concerns you may have about the upcoming year at UAS.  Please connect with myself and the leadership team by phone, email, social media at the contact information below.

We are here and happy to assist you throughout the year!

On Wednesday, September 5th from 7pm to 8pm at the Middle/High School Library, we invite you and your family to join us for Meet and Greet to gather to connect and communicate, to answer questions and concerns.  Refreshments will be provided!

On behalf of the team at UAS Middle School I look forward to meeting your family, and welcoming students next week to the start of a great year!

Warm regards,

Amanda Nicole Soliván

 

Schedule for the First Week of School

  • Sunday, September 2ndNew Student Orientation, 10am – 12pm in the MS/HS Library
  • Tuesday, September 4th – First Day for all MS students.                                           (No Early Release)
  • Wednesday, September 5th – Meet and Greet the MS Principal

(For Students, Day 4 School Schedule Observed)

  • Thursday, September 6th – All Student Field Trip to Aquaventure
  • Monday, September 10th – Week Without Walls Parent Evening, 5:00pm – 6:30 pm, in the Secondary Rooms
  • Monday, September 17th – Back to School Night for Parents, 6:30pm -8:30 pm, in the MS

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Do Students Go When They Arrive On The First Day?

MS students will start the day with their Advisory Teachers.  A list of students, their advisory teacher, and the room of their first class is assessible online here – First Day of School Advisory List – and will be posted at each entrance of the school. Guides will be available in the hallways to get your child to the right room.

 What is the All Student Trip to Aquaventure Waterpark?

On Thursday, September 6th, all MS students will go on a field trip to Aquaventure, a waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm.  It will be a great time for students to build relationships with their peers and teachers.

To attend, students must return a signed available online here – permission form – and pay the 250 dirham fee to the Accounts Department.  There is a snack bar menu  for your child to get lunch, as well as educational tours, click on the links for more information.

What does my child need for School Supplies?

We request that your student arrives to school the first day with their school supplies.  The school supply list for each grade level are assessible online below.

What Annual Forms need to Be Signed?

We will continue to use previous policies on technology, phones, and academic honesty under the Student Honor Code.  Parents are asked to review the policies and sign them with your student. The forms are available at the links below:

How does my student participate in Athletics?

To participate in athletics, forms must also be signed.  Paper copies will be printed and given to each student in their Advisory Class.  You are welcome to review, print, and sign the forms before school begins.  They are accessible at the links below.

  • Athletic Forms (For Students Planning on Participating in UAS Athletics Only)

What is the Uniform Policy?

Students uniforms will remain the same as last year.  The uniform store is open this Saturday, September 1 and throughout the week from 7:30am – 4:00pm. The Uniform Policy is available here – uniform policy.

 How does my student select Elective Classes?

Students may select their Elective Classes.  If they did not select their courses at the end of last school year, have them see their Middle School Counselors by the end of the first week.  If students do not complete course selection by Thursday, September 6th the elective will be assigned.

Where can I find the School Calendar?

Important dates are noted on the online school calendar, available online here – 2018-2019 school calendar.

More Connecting and Communicating

We love to recognize accomplishment and appreciation of students, parents, and staff for going above and beyond to help others, sharing new ideas, and great teaching and learning.  Please let us know when great things happen!

We also want to continuously connect and communicate with you on upcoming events, important policies and student performance.  Below is a summary of different ways to connect to what is happening in the Middle School, and how your child is progressing.

  • Scorpion Cast – A daily video or what is happening in the school will continue. They can be accessed daily at the UAS YouTube, linked here, and will be posted on the Middle School Blog.
  • UAS Newsletter – A weekly communication from the school, this email will provide information from all three divisions.
  • Middle School Blog – this blog, available here will be updated weekly to provide you with important information about our division. It will include upcoming dates, stories of recognition of students, parents, and staff, as well as resources parents can use to support their children in academics and socio-emotional needs.
  • Google Classroom – You will receive regular notifications from Google Classroom. Each classroom will provide you with information on daily classwork and homework.  I encourage you to access Google Classroom weekly.
  • Online Gradebook– This is one of the most important keys to monitoring your child’s academic progress. A weekly check is best!  Teachers are required to provide feedback on assessments within 10 school days and update them on Synergetic, which is linked here.   If you are having problems accessing Synergetic please contact the IT department.
  • Social Media: Follow UAS-Dubai on Twitter!  The handle for Twitter is @uasdubai_ & the handle for Instagram is @uasdubai
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