Together, We are Building a Community

Hello parents and greetings once again from the wonderful confines of your UAS Middle School!  WOOHOO!!

I was so very pleased to see many parents in our Middle School last week. As we conclude our 6th quarter of existence as a Middle School on Thursday, January 26, the significance of parent involvement in our school did not go unnoticed.  Specifically, there were three events that drew parents into our “house” and helped to strengthen our relationships and build a more viable community.

On Monday, January 16, a group of parents gathered for the MS Principals Coffee, and to learn more about the progress being made within our MS Arabic Program.  Mr. Mahmoud Ali did a masterful job of detailing the Professional Development opportunities provided to, and the high level of expectations being required of, the MS Arabic staff. It is worthy to note that the Arabic staff, under Mr. Mahmoud’s leadership, is in fact rising to the challenge. Though there were many questions, the parents acknowledged the efforts and improvement being made.  Is there still room for improvement?  Of course the answer is yes, but as we focus on a growth mindset, the MS Arabic Department is fostering a climate of quality instruction and student academic achievement.

Thursday, January 19 brought a nice group of parents into the Middle School hallway for the monthly installment of the Counselors Coffee.  Hosted by our caring and talented duo of counselors: Kara Haines, and Mark Gaffney, the visiting parents engaged in conversation for nearly 2 hours that focused on our most precious commodity – our students. From my perspective, it is heartwarming to know our parents are so passionate about the safety and well being of their children.  Rest assured, the staff of the UAS MS shares that sentiment.  Parent voice was well represented, and most definitely heard!

Our final parent involvement opportunity happened on Wednesday, January 18, with our first ever MS band and choir concert.  Nearly 100 students graced the stage during the 2-hour musical extravaganza, and I would venture to guess that nearly 200 people filled the chairs of the MPH!  A fabulous crowd under any circumstances! The entire evening was a HUGE success starting with the grade 6 choir singing Scat Cat, and ending with the combined forces of all choir members singing a heart warming selection called Song of Peace. Many parents commented on what a magical evening it was, and I must wholeheartedly agree.  Emma Gordon deserves accolades for her work with all six groups spanning three grade levels and including both instrumentalists and vocalists.  Student introductions prior to each performance highlighted interesting details about each selection, and I couldn’t have been more proud of how our students conducted themselves throughout the evening.  The future is bright for the MS music program, of this there is no doubt!

The prevailing theme throughout the week of parent participation was: community.  One of the things that makes me so very proud as the Principal of the awesome UAS Middle School is to see all key stakeholder groups – students, staff, parents – engaging in meaningful and various ways.  We are only as strong as the sum of our parts, and it is obvious to this observer that we are growing stronger by the quarter.  I appreciate and commend those parents who were able to join with us this week, and I encourage all parents to seek opportunities in the future to participate in “our” learning community.  I am reminded of a quote I read early in my career from an unknown author: “While students may comprise only 20% of the earths population, they are 100% of our future.” How very true.  The lives of our students’ matter, and thus our collective contribution to their success matters.  Together we will make a difference in the lives of our young people, and I thank you for your willing partnership to that end.

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Important Dates and Activities:

January 26: Last day of quarter 2/semester 1

January 29: Frist day of quarter 3/semester 2

February 2: MS/HS Sports Day

February 8: Middle School Celebration of Achievement (COA) @ 10 AM in the MPH

February 9: MS/HS report cards are posted to the Portal.

February 12 – 15:  Week Without Walls

February 16: School Holiday

That’s the news from your neighbors in the Middle. Until our paths cross again, please take good care, and please remember, Middle School students matter!!  May peace be upon you.

What A Middle School (pre-teen) Boy Needs Most From His Parents

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

I hope you enjoy the following informative article that addresses what Middle School (pre-teen) boys need most from their parents.  Having raised a son of my own, and after my years of experience as a Middle School Principal, the “research” is very clear:  The middle years are a time when your Middle Schooler needs you more than ever.  Each of our pre-teens is unique, and develops and matures at a different rate. I hope the information below will inspire you to continue your active participation in their life.  Good luck!

 

By Monica Swanson

Middle School.  Just saying the words brings me frightening flashbacks of puberty and pimples.  Of insecurity and awkwardness. (not to mention, bad hair and braces.) Really, there may be no more challenging time in life than those middle school years.

Raising four boys of my own, I am keenly aware of all that they go through to transition from boyhood to manhood.  Their body, mind, and emotions are changing so quickly, it’s hard to keep up. And parents, here’s what I know:  If there is ever a time your son needs your support, it is in their Middle School years.

Your Middle School son may be pulling away more now. He may be telling you that he’s really grown up now, and ready for all kinds of freedoms.  He might tell you that his friends get to do this and that and play this and that, and you’re the really lame parent if you don’t do the same.  I know, I know.  Because, many parents hit the middle school years and then step back.  Maybe there is an awkwardness to this new season in their son’s life, or perhaps the parents just get busy or hit burnout, I get that, but pulling away and giving kids too much freedom at this age is premature, and can be extremely dangerous.  Sure, you may have taught your kids basic values and morals in their younger years, but now is the time to help them apply it all.  Middle School is an ideal time to mentor your son in how to practically work out the character qualities that he learned as a boy. So even if it seems like the other parents are giving freedoms and privileges that you are not, I say to you, Mom and Dad:  Don’t feel pressured to do the same. You’re better than that.

You know your son better than anyone, and you can make the call when the time is right.  The tricky thing with middle school boys is that there is a huge spectrum of developmental and maturity level among them.  You may have a sixth grader who is developmentally still like a fourth grader.  On the other hand, you may have an eighth grader who looks and sounds like a seventeen year-old.  Things are happening at an inconsistent rate, wildly varying from one young body to the next.  And perhaps your greatest job during these years is to study that boy, and determine just where he is on that spectrum.  You, the parent, will know the very best where your son is developmentally and maturity-wise, and you must parent him accordingly.  Not according to a number (grade or age.)  Not according to what his friends are doing.  According to what is the very best thing for your son, in the stage he is currently in.

Hitting the middle school years is like getting to half-time of an important game:  You may be ahead now, but the game’s not over.   Towel-off, get a big drink of water, and then gear up for the second half.  You want to finish strong.

To be fair, there are some middle school students who are very mature, responsible and self-directed.  But here’s my thing:  If they think they are so grown up, give them a chance to prove it.

My parenting MANTRA:  WITH FREEDOM COMES RESPONSIBILITY.

You want more freedom?  Show me how responsible you are!  Whatever maturity level you find your middle school son in, here is list that applies to all:

WHAT EVERY MIDDLE SCHOOL BOY NEEDS MOST FROM HIS PARENTS:

  1. Love and support:  Tons of it.
  2. Supervision: with ever-so-gradual increasing freedoms.
  3. Help with friends! Give them guidance and counsel.  My favorite quote: “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”  Meet their friends, and get to know them as well.
  4. Self-control:  Talk about it.  What does it look like?  How to apply it.
  5. Lots of communication: Talk to him about growing up.   Choices.  Girls.  Peer pressure.  Please get Dad in on this.  Talk to him and let him talk to you.
  6. Activity: Your Middle Schooler is all pent-up with energy, stress, and hormones.  Get him moving every single day and it will help tremendously.
  7. Laughter: He may not have a fully matured sense of humor yet, but he is getting there.  Laugh with your son and enjoy him.
  8. Hugs and touch: Mom AND Dad – he needs these from both of you.
  9. Healthy food: A Middle Schooler is old enough to understand that his food choices will affect his health, his acne, and his moods.  Try hard to have healthy food at home, and help him make good choices when he is not home.
  10. Positive place to hang out:  Middle Schoolers begin to crave fitting in and hanging out somewhere besides just at home.  Find a good after school program, sports team, or club.  Not just hanging out down the street, at the skate park or beach, but give them opportunities to connect with good people in good places.
  11. Tons of encouragement. “You are growing into such an amazing young man!” “Wow, look at your muscles!”  “I’m so proud of WHO you are becoming.”  “You are making really good choices!”  Etc etc etc.  Do not hold back on encouragement!

Middle School can be awkward, and challenging, and with your son, you will encounter moods swinging and hormones cranking.  It can also be a positive time, as kids gain self-confidence and maturity.  Be involved in your kids’ lives to make these the best years possible!

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Important Dates and Activities:

 January 16: MS Principals Coffee – 7:45 AM.  During this informative presentation parents will learn more about the great work being done within the UAS Middle School Arabic Department.  This parent session will be hosted by Mr. Mahmoud, the UAS Head of the Arabic Department, and Mr. Wasel, the Head of the Middle School Arabic Department.  These dedicated gentlemen will outline the work being done by the entire Arabic team to raise the level of Arabic within the Middle School.  In addition, the Arabic course outline will be shared, resources will be made available, and questions will be encouraged.

 January 18: MS Band and Choir Concert – 6:30 PM in the MPH:

January 19:  MS Counselors Coffee – 7:45 AM

January 26: Last day of quarter 2/semester 1

January 29: Frist day of quarter 3/semester 2

February 2: MS/HS Sports Day

February 9: MS/HS report cards are posted to the Portal.

That’s the news from your neighbors in the middle. Here’s hoping our paths cross soon and very soon. Please take good care, and please remember, Middle School matters!!  May peace be upon you.

MAP Begins and Principals Coffee Approaches

Welcome back to the exciting world of the UAS Middle School!  WOOHOO!!!  It is safe to say that the students and staff at our awesome school have hit the ground running in 2017.  In addition to end of the quarter assessments and project due dates, the calendar is filled with activities and programs to keep us all very, VERY busy.  The truth is, after a 2-week winter holiday, being busy is a good thing!  J

Please rest assured that we are doing everything we can to find a balance between activities, programs and due dates.  It is our hope we can effectively manage the calendar in order to find an appropriate mix of concerts, final exams, and test schedules.  Finding this balance is of course an attempt on our part to keep student, parent and teacher stress to a minimum.  Planning, organization, eating properly and getting a good night of sleep are essential elements to helping our young people manage their hectic lives and keep a positive attitude.  Thank you for supporting your child in this fashion.  Your guidance can make such a huge difference toward ensuring their academic success and emotional stability.

Please note the following dates and important information:

 January 9, 10, 11 & 12:  Students started the second session of MAP testing on Monday, January 9. The Measure of Academic Progress, or MAP, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators make informed decisions that promote student academic growth. For the first time, the test will be administered three times during this academic year; once in the fall, once in the winter and once in the spring. Please note that MAP helps determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year, in the areas of reading, math, science and language usage.

January 16: MS Principals Coffee – 7:45 AM.  During this informative presentation parents will learn more about the great work being done within the UAS Middle School Arabic Department.  This parent session will be hosted by Mr. Mahmoud, the UAS Head of the Arabic Department, and Mr. Wasel, the Head of the Middle School Arabic Department.  These dedicated gentlemen will outline the work being done by the entire Arabic team to raise the level of Arabic within the Middle School.  In addition, the Arabic course outline will be shared, resources will be made available, and questions will be encouraged.

 January 18: MS Band and Choir Concert – 6:30 PM in the MPH: Under the watchful eye of Ms. Emma Gordon, our instrumentalists and vocalists will take to the stage for what promises to be a delightful musical extravaganza!  I hope you can attend!

January 19:  MS Counselors Coffee – 7:45 AM

January 26: Last day of quarter 2/semester 1

January 29: Frist day of quarter 3/semester 2

February 2: MS/HS Sports Day

February 9: MS/HS report cards are posted to the Portal.

That’s the news from your neighbors in the middle. Here’s hoping our paths cross during one of the various programs in the coming weeks. Please take good care, and please remember, Middle School matters!!  May peace be upon you.

Last Day for ASA Sign Ups

REMINDER Today is the last day to sign up for the ASA Program! An exciting NEW activity has recently been added. Register today.

Log on to your parent portal page here.
Follow the link to view the descriptions and choose the ASA Activity.
After submitting the form, you will receive an immediate confirmation email that you have requested to register you child for an activity.

Another Exciting Opportunity Available Beginning Sunday, February 5 at 3:20. All Are Welcome.

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Happy New Year from the UAS MS!!!!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017!!! WOOHOO!!!!  Here’s hoping that you and your MS student enjoyed a sensational winter break, filled with some quality family time mixed with a good amount of fun, and spiced with a wee bit of relaxation as well!

Please note the following dates and important information:

January 2-5: After School Activities (ASA) registration continues.  The ASA registration will close at the end of business on January 5.

January 9, 10, 11 & 12:  Students will start the second session of MAP testing next week. Parents are kindly reminded to support your child by providing ample resources (food, sleep, etc.) so your student can perform at his/her optimal level.

As you may recall, the Measure of Academic Progress, or MAP, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators make informed decisions that promote student academic growth.  At UAS, we use the MAP standardized test with elementary, middle and high school students. For the first time, the test will be administered three times during the academic year; once in the fall, once in the winter and once in the spring. If you have not done so already, please feel free to check out the fall 2016 results, which are now available on the UAS portal for parents. Please note that MAP help the UAS educational professionals determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading, mathematics, science and language usage.

January 16: MS Principals Coffee – 7:45 AM

 January 18: MS Band and Choir Concert – 6:30 PM in the MPH: Under the watchful eye of Ms. Emma Gordon, our instrumentalists and vocalists will take to the stage for what promises to be a delightful musical extravaganza!  I hope you can attend!

January 19:  MS Counselors Coffee – 7:45 AM

January 21: PTSO sponsored International Day – please stay tuned for more information

January 26: Last day of quarter 2/semester 1

January 29: Frist day of quarter 3/semester 2

February 2: MS/HS Sports Day

That’s the news from your neighbors in the middle. May this New Year be filled with many blessings for you and your family, and remember, Middle School matters!!  Until our paths cross, please take good care.

ASA Winter Term Registration Now Open!

Dear Parents,

After School Activities (ASA) Registration for elementary, middle school and high school are now open on the UAS Parent Portal.screenshot-2016-12-14-17-12-15

We are happy to offer more than 15 ASA choices in the middle school during this winter session!

Please note these important dates:

  • Winter ASA Term: January 15 – March 15, 2017
  • Winter ASA Registration Deadline: January 5, 2017
  • Winter ASA Payment Due Date: January 8, 2017
  • Parent Registration Confirmations Sent Home: January 9, 2017
  • Winter ASA Term Begins: January 15, 2017

You can find detailed descriptions of the MS ASA activities here:

Please follow the steps below to register your child for an ASA activity:

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Log on to your parent portal page here.
Follow the link to view the descriptions and choose the ASA Activity.
After submitting the form, you will receive an immediate confirmation email that you have requested to register you child for an activity.

If you register your child for a paid activity, kindly pay accounts promptly and bring your receipt to the school office. Please note that the registrations for paid ASA activities is not complete until full payment is made and without payment by the above deadline, ASA assignments will be given to other children.

Please note that spaces are limited in some activities and enrollment will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any questions about the activities, please send an email to:
Elementary School: elementaryschoolasa@uasdubai.ae
Middle School: middleschoolasa@uasdubai.ae
High School: highschoolasa@uasdubai.ae

For portal support please email portalsupport@uasdubai.ae

Thank you for your continued support of the ASA Program!

MS Greetings

Greetings once again from your UAS Middle School!

As I sit at my desk writing this article it is less than a week’s time until the winter holiday. Many fond memories flood my mind of holiday’s past, and of prized family celebrations. While I reflect upon the joy I have experienced in years gone by, I am also looking forward to traveling this holiday, sharing food, adventures, and fun times with my adult children. It is an easy time of year to be reflective about both my professional and my personal life. That said, I am taking pause to be grateful for the many blessings in my life: past, present and yet to be.

img_7559 Grateful for a faithful employee, now departed: The UAS Middle School family said a fond farewell to Ms. Suzanne Makaram this week as she and her family have embarked on a new adventure and returned to the good old US of A. On paper, Suzanne was our first Administrative Assistant, but rest assured she was much more than that to me, and to “us”. I am so very grateful for Suzanne’s smile and for her positive disposition. She was kind to her very core and incredibly supportive of me, the teachers, the students and the parents of our great school. Upon entering the MS office, Suzanne was our first contact with a warm/friendly greeting to welcome anyone who crossed our threshold.img_7558She was dependable beyond compare and loyal to the MS team and to UAS. On behalf of the entire UAS Middle School community, I sincerely want to thank her for her positive contributions to the greater good of our school, but more importantly to the climate of our school. She has left an indelible mark upon us all. May peace be upon her and her family.

Grateful for a former colleague, now reunited: I kindly ask you to please welcome the talented Ms. Hana Malak to the MS office as the newest member of our Leadership Team. After working with me last year, and serving the Elementary School for many years, my team and I are happy to have Ms. Hana move across the campus and join us in the Middle School. WOOHOO!!!!

Grateful for my family: This will mark the first of my 56 years that I will not be able to wish my father a Merry Christmas and/or a Happy New Year. Melancholy am I. I am left with many, many fond memories of my dearly departed father, and as I have in the past 12 months, I will continue to carry those cherished recollections with me moving forward. One of my favorite memories of this season was when I played Santa Claus for my great nieces at our annual family gathering. I always tried my best to be jolly for sure, and that would make my father smile and laugh. When he watched his children, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren interact with Santa, the delight on his face was simply priceless. Long may the memory of his joy live in the chronicles of my family.

Be grateful: My wish for you this holiday season is that you can continue to share and enjoy the gift of time with your family. May you continue find the occasion to frequently share the gift of time with your children: time and time and time and time again. In my humble opinion, there is no gift more rare, or more meaningful, and it is the gift which will keep on giving for time immemorial. I myself have so very much for which to be grateful. As we prepare for the passing of one year, and another calendar year is set to begin, may you also pause and reflect upon the many things for which you too should be thankful. May you find as much happiness in your fond family memories, as I have in mine.

Until our paths cross again in person, please take good care and may peace be upon you.

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Please note the upcoming important MS events:
• December 15: ½ day of school – Last school day before Winter Break. Noon dismissal
• January 2: First school day in 2017!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

News from the Middle for the week of November 27

Greetings to YOU, an awesome parent of an extraordinary UAS Middle School student!!! WOOHOOO!!

I want to thank those MS parents who were able to attend the parent/teacher conferences last week.  I hope you found our wonderful staff to be welcoming and friendly, and the dialogue to be rich and meaningful.  Thank you also for your patience and flexibility if you were unable to schedule a conference with a particular teacher.  Please feel free to email any teacher with whom you have not yet been able to establish face to face contact, and my amazing staff will be as accommodating as possible.  Please let me know if I can be of any service to you whatsoever in this regard.  Best of luck, and thanks again!

This is an exciting week at UAS and across the entire UAE, as National Day is fast approaching.  Festivities and celebrations will be in full swing throughout this week and there are several excellent events planned.  Please note the following activities as they pertain to your MS student, and to our entire community.

Sunday, November 27: (day 6)

  • Show your UAE Spirit Day!
    • Students are encouraged to wear colors from the UAE flag (red, green, black or white)
    • There will be a parade throughout the school sponsored by the Islamic Department starting in the Elementary School beginning @ 9 AM.

Monday, November 28: (day 7)

  • Flag Day
    • Groups are kindly asked to wear the following colors:
      • Grade 6 students should wear green
      • Grade 7 students should wear red, and
      • Grade 8 students should also wear red.
    • All students and staff will report to the pitch @ 8:30 to create one GIGANTIC UAE flag, and have our picture taken! WOOHOO!!
    • Immediately following the picture, all students and staff in grades 6-10 will report to the MPH for an assembly hosted by the Arabic Department. The scheduled start time is 9 AM.

Tuesday, November 29: (day 8)

  • National Day Festival and Celebration
    • Students are encouraged to wear UAE National Dress
    • There will be a carnival in the area between the main building and the cafeteria, with games, food, henna, and camels among the available stations. Students will need money to buy food and to participate in some of the games. The MS students are scheduled to join the festival from 2 to 3 PM.
    • In addition to the day time festival for students and staff, the Festival and Celebration will continue into the evening from 5 to 9 PM. Parents are cordially invited to bring their entire family to the evening festivities!  Please see the posters on display in UAS for more information.

Wednesday, November 30: (day 9)

  • Students are encouraged to wear colors of the UAE flag. We will have a normal schedule, with the usual dismissal time of 3:10.

Thursday, December 1: (day 10)

  • NO SCHOOL in honor of the UAE National Day, which of course is December 2.

I do hope our students enjoy the UAE National Day activities that have been planned.  It should be a great week of positively generating some UAE National pride and spirit!!!

That’s the news from your neighbors in the middle. Thank you for your attention to this information, and remember, Middle School matters!!  Until our paths cross again, please take good care and may peace be upon you.

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Please note the upcoming important MS events:

  • November 27, 28, 29 & 30: UAE National Day festivities @ UAS
  • December 6: Technology Tuesday
  • December 12: NO SCHOOL: Prophet’s Birthday. The exact holiday will be announced by KHDA.  Please stay tuned.
  • December 15: ½ day of school – Last day before the Winter Break.  Noon dismissal
  • January 2: First school day in 2017!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Fall MAP Results Available on the Portal

Dear Universal American School Parents,

The Universal American School of Dubai uses the MAP standardized test for elementary, middle and high school students. UAS will administer the test three times during the academic year; once in the fall, once in the winter and once in the spring. The fall 2016 results are now available on the UAS portal for parents.

The tests help the UAS educational professionals determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading, mathematics, science and language usage. A Normative Data chart is a part of your child’s scores, which shows the average (mean) RIT scores for your child, in comparison to the average for UAS students and all students who took the test worldwide.

A RIT score is a different type of measure than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on your child’s score compared to others in his or her grade (a percentile ranking). Instead, the RIT score is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, which is independent of grade level. MAP is not a class ranking system as the tests focus on individual student learning growth.

You can find out more about the MAP tests and how to read the results from the following presentation:

MAP Parent Presentation Link:
http://www.slideshare.net/uasdubai/map-parent-presentation-55237952

MAP Report

Sample MAP Report and Key

In some cases a student’s RIT score may have gone down or their growth may be in the negative range from spring to fall testing. If this happened with your child, please do not panic as this is a single snapshot of the child’s progress and cannot be considered as an indication of a lack of learning. Our guide here is the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), which states, “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.”

As UAS continues to develop our data driven instructional practices, we believe we can address these anomalies while at the same time meet the needs of the students whose learning challenges may not have been detected before with our old tests. It is our intention at UAS to continue to administer the MAP test and look for trends that can be examined and determined.

Universal American School has put together a website on each of the divisional blogs that will give you information on the MAP test, on reading your child’s test results, and answers most questions you may have concerning MAP testing and test results. 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.

Sincerely,
The UAS Administrative Team

Parent/Teacher Conferences and Quarter 1 Report Cards!

Greetings to you from the glorious confines of the UAS Middle School!!!!  WOOHOO!!!

I am happy to share the following important information with you regarding the annual Parent/Student/Teacher conferences, and the first quarter report cards which were released on Thursday, November 17.

Quarter 1 Report Cards:

  • The grading scale is a leveled system extending from 7 to 1, and is based on a rubric scoring model, with a 7 being the highest attainable level. This is the same grading matrix used within the IB program in the High School.
  • The UAS Middle School is not using a Grade Point Average system this year. We believe the goal for “grading” should focus on what students know and are able to do or demonstrate.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences:

  • The UAS Portal system was opened last week for parents to register to meet with teachers during this batch of conferences.
  • The parent/student conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 23 from 1 to 6 PM, and on Thursday, November 24 from 8 AM to 12 PM.
  • Each conference will last 10 minutes and be conducted within each teacher’s classroom
  • We strongly encourage you to bring your student(s) to these meaningful conversations, as it is our goal to host “student involved conferences”. Because the discussions are about the students, we believe student participation is crucial in order for the students to achieve academic improvement and success.
  • Please keep in mind that each of the MS core teachers has approximately 100 students. With the scheduled breaks the teachers need during the conferences, there are only 48 time slots available for each teacher to host a conference. As a result, if you have recently held a conference with a particular teacher, you are kindly asked to consider scheduling a meeting with that teacher at a later date to address questions or concerns.  Your cooperation would be appreciated. If you are unable to schedule a conference during this time frame, you are welcome to email the teacher directly and schedule an appointment at a time after November 24 that is convenient for you and the teacher.

I genuinely look forward to meeting and greeting you during this year’s annual parent(student)/teacher conferences. If you have any questions, please feel to stop by the MS office and let’s have a chat!

That’s the news from your neighbors in the middle. Thank you for your attention, and remember, Middle School matters!!  Until our paths cross this week, please take good care.

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Please note the upcoming important MS events:

  • November 23 & 24: Fall parent/teacher conferences
  • November 27, 28, 29 & 30: UAE National Day festivities @ UAS
  • December 6: Technology Tuesday
  • December 15: ½ day of school – Last school day before the Winter Break.  Noon dismissal
  • January 2: First school day in 2017!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!