June 2015 archive

2015-2016 Supply Lists and Important Dates!

Universal American School will close for the summer as we will recharge our battery packs and prepare for next school year. Information about Grade Level Supply Lists can be found below. Additionally, don’t forget to check out our Summer Practice Packets which contain information about our Summer Reading Program and our Summer Book Drive.

Important Dates

Wednesday, August 26, 2015: NEW Student Orientation 

We look forward to welcoming our new families to UAS. If your child has not attended UAS before, please join us on August 26th from 8am-10am for New Student Orientation.

Monday, August 31, 2015: First Day of School for Students in Grade 1 – Grade 5

The first full day of school for students in grades 1-5 will be on August 31st. The school day start time will change as of 15-16 school year. The school day will run from 7:45-3:10. Bus schedules will be updated to reflect the new start time and we ask that families who drive to school note the change as well.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015: Early Childhood Orientation Day

Students in PreK, KG1 and KG2 may “drop in” on September 1st to meet their teachers and learn about their classroom with their parents. Parents AND students may come to school at anytime from 8-12. We ask that parents stay with their children in these grades during the “drop in” day to provide stability and support for their children.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015: First Day of School for Students in PreK, KG1, KG2

The first full day for Early Childhood students will be on September 2nd. Parents are welcome to bring their children to school and then let our young community of learners begin to bond with their new teacher and classmates.

Supply Lists 2015-2016

PreK Supply List 15-16

KG1 Supply List 15-16

KG2 Supply List 15-16

Grade 1 Supply List 15-16

Grade 2 Supply List 15-16

Grade 3 Supply List 15-16

Grade 4 Supply List 15-16

Grade 5 Supply List 15-16

Officially the End of the School Year!

School is out for summer! This last day of school was full of Ramadan Kareems, laughter and a few tears as students and teachers part ways for the summer. Our Farewell Assembly had a live taping of the Scorpion Weekly News and we said our goodbyes to departing staff and students. Thank you all that have touched the lives of the UAS community this school year! We wish everybody a safe and happy summer!

Enjoy our UAS Year in Review!


The Final Elementary Times of the School Year

The last edition of the Elementary Times is out!  You have three choices to view Screenshot 2015-06-17 13.05.31
the newsletter. The first is via the school’s ISSUU site which will allow you to view the newsletter online. The second version is via iBooks which is available to those of you with iOS devices or Macintosh computer. The third choice is via a downloadable PDF file.

Please follow the directions below for each version:

Choice 1: View in ISSUU Online

Click on the following link:
UAS Elementary Times June 2015 on ISSUU

Choice 2: iBooks Newsletter

This option is available to those of you who have an iOS device and/or a Macintosh computer/laptop. Click on the following link in the iBooks store.

 iBooks Version of the June Elementary Times

 Choice 3: Downloaded PDF file

Click on the following link:
UAS Elementary Times June 2015 in PDF

Spring 2015 MAP Results Available Sunday 6/14

Dear UAS Parents,

On Sunday, June 14th, results for the Spring 2014 Measures of Academic Progress assessment (MAP) will be available on the portal for you to view and download. Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP) are computerized tests, adaptive, and offered in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics and Science. When taking a MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier.

MAP tests are important to both individual teachers and to UAS as an organization. The scores help teachers to keep track of progress and growth of students. They use the information to help guide them in supporting students and informing instruction in the classroom. As an organization, UAS uses these scores to look broadly at our programs, curriculum, and effectiveness as an educational institution. In addition, the results allow UAS to benchmark against other schools across the globe.

In some cases, a student’s RIT score may have gone down or his/her growth may be in the negative range from fall to spring testing. If this happened with your child, please do not panic, as this is a single indication of the child’s progress and should not be considered as a lack of learning. Our guide here is the Northwest Evaluation Association, the publishers of MAP, who state:

“Each assessment is only a snapshot at a single point in time. Negative growth does not necessarily mean a student is not learning, or that classroom instruction has not been effective, or that NWEA data is not reliable. Rather, negative growth allows for additional opportunities to change the way we discuss our students’ learning. Instead of ignoring these instances as anomalies or assigning blame for their results, we should recognize negative growth as an important element in the culture of data driven instruction. Simply put, for unexplained reasons student scores sometimes fall.”

Universal American School has put together an informational website that will provide you information on the MAP test, reading your child’s test results and answering most questions you may have. Links to other resources for parents are also available on this site:

Additional information is also available from Northwest Evaluation Association at http://nwea.org.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Amanda DeCardy
MAP Testing Coordinator