Student-Led Conferences are About to Begin!! WOOHOO!!

Welcome once again to the wonderful world of the UAS Middle School!!!

As you likely know, the spring version of our annual parent meetings will be held this week, and the UAS MS will be hosting our first ever student led conferences! Though the UAS Elementary School has utilized this method of parent conferencing for many years, this will be the first time the Middle School has embarked on such an endeavor.

This method of conferencing will enable students to showcase the process of their growth and achievement at their individual level.  It provides students with the option to choose the evidence of their own learning journey, and it allows students the golden opportunity to highlight their strengths and talents.

An email was sent to parents last week with encouragement to register for a 30-minute block of time on Wednesday, April 25 for a student-led conference with your awesome MS student. Please note that these conferences will be conducted within the classroom of your child’s advisory teacher, and your child is expected to attend and share their learning with you. During this 30-minute conference, your student will be sharing evidence of their academic growth from each of their classes. Reflections, rubrics, self-assessments, peer-assessments, formative and summative assessments are all types of evidence your student might choose to share.

My staff and I are very excited about the opportunity to host this first batch of conferences led by our students, and we look forward to your positive participation!  If you have any questions about the conferences, please feel free to contact your child’s advisory teacher directly. Look forward to seeing you in the “house” Happy conferencing!

Directors Forum on April 24

The MS Principals Coffee, previously scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, has now been converted into a school wide Directors Forum focusing on the UAS Arabic and Islamic programs.  All parents are welcome to attend what promises to be a very informative presentation. You are encouraged to join your fellow parents from 8:00 to 9:30 AM in the Secondary School Library, where new UAS Director OB Sealey will play the role of host.

Thank you for your attention to this information.  Until our paths cross again, please take good care and may peace be upon you.

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Upcoming dates and activities:

  • April 23: End of year athletic awards ceremony
  • April 24: Directors Forum (8:00 to 9:30)
  • April 25: Student Led Conferences
  • April 26: Parent conferences for students of concern (SOC)
  • May 2: MS Theatre Production
  • May 7: MS/HS Choir Concert
  • May 9: MS/HS Band Concert
  • May 16: Ramadan begins (tentative) revised schedule from 8 AM to 1 PM

SLC’s, Directors Forum and Events Galore!!!

Welcome once again to the amazing domain of the UAS Middle School!!!

Our spring calendar is abundantly full of activities, and I encourage you to note the events listed below, and to consult the school wide calendar for more details. The pace will only get more hectic from here, so let’s collectively hang on and enjoy the ride!  WOOHOO!!!

A reminder about the 1st ever MS Student Led Parent Conferences

The spring version of our annual parent meetings will be held next week, as the UAS MS will be hosting our first ever student led conferences on April 25. Though the UAS Elementary School has utilized this method of parent conferencing for many years, this will be the first time the Middle School has embarked on such an endeavor.

Why student led conferences (SLC)?  SLC’s:

  1. enable students to showcase the process of their growth and achievement, and at their individual level,
  2. provide students with the option to choose the evidence of their own learning journey, and
  3. SLC’s allow students the opportunity to highlight their strengths and goals, and provide evidence they are working toward their goals.

Student led conference details:

  1. You will receive an email this week encouraging you to register for a 30-minute block of time on Wednesday, April 25 for a student led conference with your awesome MS student.
  2. The student led conferences will be conducted within the classroom of your child’s advisory teacher, and your child is expected to attend and present.
  3. During this 30-minute conference, your student will be sharing evidence of their learning from each of their classes.
  4. Reflections, rubrics, self-assessments, peer-assessments, formative and summative assessments are all types of evidence your student might choose to include.

Within each grade level, there are also students who are struggling academically and/or behaviorally.  We refer to these young people as being “students of concern” or SOC.  Each grade level team will be inviting parents of these SOC students to a team conference on Thursday, April 26.  Data that defines the concern will be shared, but more importantly strategies for improving the student’s current academic standing will be discussed and plans implemented.

My staff and I are very excited about the opportunity to host this first batch of student led conferences, and we look forward to your positive participation!

Directors Forum on April 24

The MS Principals Coffee, previously scheduled for April 24, has now been converted into a school wide Directors Forum focusing on the UAS Arabic and Islamic programs.  All parents are welcome to attend what promises to be a very informative program. You are encouraged to join your fellow parents from 8:00 to 9:30 AM in the Secondary School Library.

Thank you for your attention to this information.  Until our paths cross again, please take good care and may peace be upon you.

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Upcoming dates and activities:

  • April 17: Splash and Dash
  • April 23: End of year athletic awards ceremony
  • April 24: Directors Forum (8:00 to 9:30)
  • April 25: Student Led Conferences
  • April 26: Parent conferences for students of concern (SOC)
  • May 2: MS Theatre Production
  • May 7: MS/HS Choir Concert
  • May 9: MS/HS Band Concert

The UAS Splash and Dash is Here!!!

The UAS Splash & Dash is set to happen on Tuesday, April 17th.  The event will run from 9 to 11 am.

Spectators are encouraged to come along and support all competitors. We ask that all spectators be seated in the Pool Area or in the shaded areas around the track by 8:50 am.

Competitors will need to bring the following to the pool area:

Swimsuit & Towel (for swimmers)

Running Shoes (for runners)

Water Bottle

Students are asked to come to school ready for the competition and wearing their Splash & Dash t-shirts. T-Shirts will be distributed to them early next week.

All competitors will have a pre-race meeting on Sunday or Monday during lunch next week, to have more details about the event explained to them.

If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Mr. Carter or Mr. Trottier in the UAS Athletics Department.

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Student Led Conferences Have Arrived at the UAS MS!!!

Welcome back to the exciting world of the UAS Middle School!!!

Here’s hoping that you and your family had a sensational spring break and that your children have returned to school rested and rejuvenated, because I certainly have! WOOHOO!!!  As for me, I had the good fortune of connecting with my daughter in Cape Town, South Africa and we shared several FABULOUS adventures. I also enjoyed some quality down time, also known as a “staycation” last week, so I am truly good to go for the rest of this school year!

Welcome to the 1st ever MS Student Led Parent Conferences

We have reached the second half of our 2nd semester and it soon will be time for our spring version of the annual parent conferences.  This particular batch will be something new for the UAS MS however, as we will be hosting the first ever student led conferences on April 25. Though the UAS Elementary School has utilized this method of parent conferencing for many years, this will be the first time the Middle School has embarked on such an endeavor.

Why student led conferences (SLC)?  SLC’s:

  1. Enable students to showcase the process of their growth and achievement, and at their individual level,
  2. Provide students with the option to choose the evidence of their own learning journey, and
  3. Allow students the opportunity to include their strengths and goals, and evidence they are working toward their goals.

Student led conference details:

  1. You will receive an email by early next week, encouraging you to sign up for a 30-minute block of time on Wednesday, April 25 for the student led parent conference with your MS student.
  2. The student led conferences will be conducted within the classroom of your child’s advisory teacher, and your child is expected to attend.
  3. During this 30-minute conference, your student will be sharing evidence of their learning in each of their classes.
  4. Reflections, rubrics, self-assessments, peer-assessments, formative and summative assessments are all types of evidence your student might choose to include.

Within each grade level, there are also students who are struggling academically and/or behaviorally.  We refer to these young people as being “students of concern” or SOC.  Each grade level team will be inviting parents of these SOC students to team conferences on Thursday, April 26.  Data that defines the concern will be shared, but more importantly strategies for improving the current academic standing of the student will also be discussed.

My staff and I are very excited about the opportunity to host these student led conferences, and we enthusiastically anticipate plenty of quality sharing between students and parents. We look forward to your positive participation on April 25 & 26.

Thank you for your attention to this information.  Until our paths cross again, please take good care and may peace be upon you.

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Upcoming dates and activities:

  • April 17: Splash and Dash
  • April 24: MS Principals Coffee (8:00 to 9:00)
  • April 25 & 26: Parent Teacher Conferences – student led

MS Principals Coffee and Happy Spring Break 2018!!!

Happy day to you and greetings from the UAS Middle School!!!  WOOHOO!!!

I want to begin this message by resending my invitation for the Principals coffee this week. I sure hope to see you there – and bring a friend too!!!

Middle School Principals Coffee

I will host a parent coffee and conversation event on Monday, March 19 in the MS/HS library beginning @ 8 AM. As we think about the remaining days of the current academic year, preparations are already under way for the 2018-2019 school year.  During this Principals coffee, I will share details about the revised staffing list, including the talented educators who are replacing Ms. Beverly my MS Assistant Principal, and yours truly, and I will speak to the activities and focus points we are taking between now and June 28. In addition, the new Director, Mr. OB Sealey and the new Deputy Director, Mr. David Dorn, will share their vision for the future of UAS, and answer parent questions.  I hope you can attend what promises to be an important and informative session.

MAP Reports are Available to Parents

Please note that all UAS students completed their mid-year MAP testing session in February. The MAP assessment is used as a check-in for students and teachers to understand how learning is progressing towards the end-of-year goals. You are strongly encouraged to review the MAP report with your child and discuss how they are growing in their learning.

When looking at data for students, UAS considers both external and internal data to show a full profile of student learning. The MAP assessment is just one source of that learning profile.  For the most up to the minute information, please contact any of your child’s teachers if you have further questions about your child’s learning. If you would like more information about how to read the MAP assessment, please visit this presentation that was shared earlier with parents or the UAS MAP Resource page.

Splash and Dash 2018

It’s time for our students to participate in the UAS Splash and Dash, which is set to take place on April 17th during the school day. Students will swim 200M and run 3K either with a partner or alone. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers of the day.  Only students who sign up for the event will be able to attend, so students who are interested in participating in this fun and exciting event should be sure to register before the deadline of Wednesday, March 21.  Registration links can be found on the UAS Website and in Google Classroom. The cost of registration is 75 AED, which includes beverages on the day, a t-shirt as well as prizes. Also, for those students who are looking for partners, please encourage your son/daughter to ask their fabulous teachers to join in the fun!

Here’s hoping you and your family enjoy some quality time together during our upcoming spring break.  May your travels be safe and your adventures be many.  Until our paths cross again in person, please take good care and peace be upon you.

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Upcoming dates and activities:

  • March 19: MS Principals Coffee @ 8 AM
  • March 22: ½ day of school for students – noon dismissal
  • March 23 – April 7: Spring Break – NO school for students or staff
  • April 17: Splash and Dash
  • April 25 & 26: Parent Teacher Conferences – student led

Principals Coffee, Splash and Dash & Student Led Conferences

Welcome back to the exciting world of the UAS Middle School!!!  WOOHOO!!!

It is hard to believe that March has arrived, and with it comes the 100th day of school!  Can’t hardly believe that this school year is flying by so fast – can you?

Looking ahead on the calendar I would like to encourage you to be aware of some upcoming important events.  Included in the calendar of events are the MS Principals Coffee, the UAS Splash and Dash event, and our spring parent/teacher conferences. Read on and discover the MS treasures that are fast approaching!

Middle School Principals Coffee

I will host a coffee and conversation event on Monday, March 19 in the MS/HS library beginning @ 8 AM. As we think about the remaining days of the current academic year, preparations are already being made for the 2018-2019 school year.  During this Principals coffee, I will share details about the revised staffing list, including the talented educators who are replacing Ms. Beverly my MS Assistant Principal, and yours truly.  In addition, the new Director, Mr. OB Sealey and the new Deputy Director, Mr. David Dorn, will share their vision for the future of UAS, and answer parent questions.  I hope you can plan to attend what promises to be an important and informative session.

Splash and Dash 2018

It’s time for our students to participate in the UAS Splash and Dash, which is set to take place on April 17th during the school day. Students will swim 200M and run 3K either with a partner or alone. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers of the day.  Only students who sign up for the event will be able to attend, so students who are interested in participating in this fun and exciting event should be sure to register before the deadline of Wednesday, March 21.  Registration links can be found on the UAS Website and in Google Classroom. The cost of registration is 75 AED, which includes beverages on the day, a t-shirt as well as prizes. Also, for those students who are looking for partners, please encourage your son/daughter to ask their fabulous teachers to join in the fun!

Spring Parent/Teacher Conference will be Student Led

Last, but not least, parents should note that our annual spring parent/teacher conferences will be held on April 25 & 26.  The big news this year is that this particular batch of conferences are going to be student led. Though the UAS Elementary School has utilized this method of parent conferencing for years, this will be the first time the Middle School has embarked on such an endeavor.  My staff and I are very excited about the opportunity, and enthusiastically anticipate plenty of quality sharing between students and parents.  I will outline more details immediately following spring break, so please stay tuned.

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Upcoming dates and activities:

  • March 19: MS Principals Coffee @ 8 AM
  • March 22: ½ day of school for students – noon dismissal
  • March 23 – April 7: Spring Break – NO school for students or staff
  • April 17: Splash and Dash
  • April 25 & 26: Parent Teacher Conferences – student led

A Fringe Review:  PLUS Stitching Palestine, COA and WWW Exhibition!

Thanks for joining me, because here we are again, in the midst of the energized/organized “chaos” of the UAS Middle School!!!   WOOHOO!!!

MS Fringe Festival Review

On behalf of the entire Middle School community, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the parents, students, and staff, who positively participated in the 2nd annual UAS Middle School Fringe Festival on February 28.  Although the wind tried to foil the event, the evening was a HUGE success. Cris Mejia deserves a large “pat” on the back for having the courage and vision to organize and host this first ever “street-like” event.  Many students performed at the various venues, as well as several staff members. The performances included dancing, stand-up comedy, singing, and piano playing just to name a few.  And while there are simply too many people to recognize in this space, the UAS community should be exceptionally proud of our students and staff for their willingness to boldly go where no MS group has ever gone before!  WOOHOO!!!  BRAVO!!!! MABROOK!!! Yeah for our team!!!!!

Stitching Palestine: Monday, March 5, from 5 to 8 PM

The Fine Arts Booster Club is hosting and sponsoring a very special event (TONIGHT) on Monday, March 5 in the MS/HS Library.  This FAB event is an exhibition of Palestinian embroidery and is being held in honor of Women’s’ Week.  An exhibition reception and viewing will start at 5 PM and a screening of the documentary “Stitching Palestine” will be held @ 6 PM.  I look forward to seeing you in the house later today!

Celebration of Achievement (COA): March 6, 2018

Our exceptional students will be honored on Tuesday, March 6 @ 11:00 in the MPH with our first COA of this school year. Students will be recognized for their gifts, talents and contributions to our awesome school in all of our curriculum areas.  In addition, our incredible young people will earn recognition for perfect attendance, Sports Day, and with the “On a Roll” and “Principal’s Scorpion Awards.  The parents of students earning certificates have been cordially invited to attend this COA. Hope to see you there!

Week Without Walls (WWW) Exhibition: March 8, 2018

The UAS Middle School will host our first ever Exhibition on Thursday, March 8 @ 2 PM, highlighting the many incredible adventures in which our students participated during this year’s Week Without Walls exploration.  The program is intended to celebrate student learning during WWW and showcase the wide variety of student experiences. Parents are welcome to attend and discover for themselves the amazing activities that occurred during our annual WWW.

Thanks for listening.  Until our paths cross in person, please take good care and peace be upon you.

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Upcoming dates and activities:

  • March 5: FAB sponsored Stitching Palestine event
  • March 6: MS COA @ 11 AM in the MPH
  • March 8: WWW Exhibition @ 2 PM in the MPH
  • March 22: ½ day of school for students – noon dismissal

March 23 – April 7:  Spring Break – NO school for students or staff

Fringe Festival, COA, Stitching Palestine, and WWW Exhibition!

Welcome back to the exciting world of our UAS Middle School!!!   WOOHOO!!!

March is fast approaching and there are a LOT of activities dotting our schedule during the next 2 weeks.  Please hang on to your hat and enjoy the ride with our energized, super enthusiastic Middle School community!

MS Fringe Festival: February 28, 2018, from 5 to 7 PM

On behalf of the entire Middle School community, I want to extend to you a personal invitation to support our extraordinary young people and the Arts at our awesome school, by attending the 2nd annual MS Fringe Festival. This celebration of student (and staff) talent will take place on Wednesday, February 28 from 5 to 7 PM, and promises to be a very special evening, complete with food, entertainment and the opportunity to mix with other parents, teachers and MS students. I am personally performing in a couple of different groups and I’m also excited that my daughter Mary will be in Dubai and is singing at the Festival!! WOOHOO!!!!  The performance/staging area will be located between the Middle School office and the cafeteria. The performances will be happening simultaneously and will include comedy routines, dancing, singing and playing of instruments. All of the performances, just like street art, will have donation hats placed in front of them in order to raise money for our Million Solar Stars Program. I hope to see you at the 2018 UAS MS Fringe Festival on February 28!!!!!  WOOHOO!!!

Stitching Palestine: Monday, March 5, from 5 to 8 PM

The Fine Arts Booster Club is hosting and sponsoring a very special event on Monday, March 5 in the MS/HS Library.  This FAB event is an exhibition of Palestinian embroidery and is being held in honor of Women’s’ Week.  An exhibition reception and viewing will start at 5 PM and a screening of the documentary “Stitching Palestine” will be held @ 6 PM.  I hope you can plan to attend this amazing event.

Celebration of Achievement (COA): March 6, 2018

Our exceptional students will be honored on Tuesday, March 6 @ 11:00 in the MPH with our first COA of this school year.  This student celebration has been unfortunately postponed a couple of times, but is now set to take place next week. WOOHOO!!!! Students will be recognized for their gifts and contributions in all of our curriculum areas.  In addition, our incredible young people will earn recognition for perfect attendance, Sports Day, and with the “On a Roll” and “Principal’s Scorpion Awards.  The parents of students earning certificates will be cordially invited to attend this COA. Hope to see you there!

Week Without Walls (WWW) Exhibition: March 8, 2018

The UAS Middle School will host our first ever Exhibition on Thursday, March 8 @ 2 PM, highlighting the many incredible adventures in which our students participated during this year’s Week Without Walls exploration.  The program is intended to celebrate student learning during WWW and showcase the wide variety of student experiences. Parents are welcome to attend and discover for themselves the amazing activities that occurred during our annual WWW.

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Upcoming dates and activities:

  • February 28: MS Fringe Festival
  • March 3: UAS International Day sponsored by the PTSO
  • March 5: FAB sponsored Stitching Palestine event
  • March 6: MS Celebration of Achievement (COA) @ 11 AM in the MPH
  • March 8: WWW Exhibition @ 2 PM in the MPH
  • March 22: ½ day of school for students – noon dismissal
  • March 23 – April 7: Spring Break – NO school for students or staff

The Fringe is Coming! The Fringe is Coming! The Fringe is Coming!!! WOOHOO!

Welcome back to the exciting world of the UAS Middle School, where positive energy and enthusiasm collide non-stop!!!

From the title of this BLOG post you have probably figured out that the Middle School Fringe Festival is just around the corner. WOOHOO!!! To celebrate and advertise this annual event, I want to share some of the information from a previous BLOG post that was written by Cris Mejia.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRINGE FESTIVAL: February 28, 2018 – by Cris Mejia

UAS is a great community to be a part of, for this reason I am inviting you to attend the 2nd annual Middle School Fringe Festival on Wednesday, February 28th from 5 to 7 PM.  On this festive evening, we will come together as a community through art, food, creativity and quality time!

Fringe means alternative, unconventional. This will be a festival of art, music, dance, drama, miming, storytelling, or whatever you can think of, this is what the fringe will become. The performers will be all of us, actually, a combination of us: families, students, teachers, and support staff, all coming together from across the campus to perform, or to watch, and enjoy!  The performance/staging area will be located between the Middle School office and the cafeteria. The performances will be happening simultaneously and will include comedy routines, dancing, singing and playing of instruments. All the shows, just like street art, will have donation hats placed in front of the performers in order to raise money for our Million Solar Stars Program.

Thank you so much for supporting the UAS Middle School Arts program – Cris

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On behalf of the entire Middle School community, I want to extend to you a personal invitation to support our extraordinary young people and the Arts at our awesome school, by attending the 2nd annual Fringe Festival. It promises to be a very special evening, complete with food, entertainment and the opportunity to mix with other parents, teachers and MS students. I am personally performing in a couple of different groups and I’m also excited that my daughter Mary will also be in Dubai and will be singing at the Festival!! WOOHOO!!!!

I hope to see you at the 2018 UAS MS Fringe Festival from 5 to 7 PM on 28 February !!!!!

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Upcoming dates and activities:

  • 21 February: semester 1 report cards available to parents/students
  • 25 February: NO school for students – Professional Development day for teachers
  • 28 February: MS Fringe Festival
  • 3 March: UAS International Day sponsored by the PTSO
  • 22 March: ½ day of school for students – noon dismissal
  • 23 March – 7 April: Spring Break – NO school for students or staff

MS Principal’s Coffee on 19 February Has Been Cancelled

Goooooooooooooood morning UAS Middle School parents and welcome once again to the energized realm of MS!!! WOOHOO!!!

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I must cancel the MS Principal’s Coffee that was previously scheduled for Monday, 19 February.  I hope to host my next Principal coffee on 19 March, but please stay tuned for more information.  With any luck at all, that meeting can happen as planned.

Until we chat again, please take good care and may peace be upon you.

Pat Hould, UAS MS Principal