Greetings UAS Middle School Families,

I am continuously overwhelmed by the support from the UAS community.  As part of our MAP Testing celebration, we wanted to give students some free freshly popped popcorn as a reward, and members of the PTSO granted our wish by providing a popcorn machine.  See video below from our Middle School students thanking the members of the PTSO. Again, thank you PTSO for your generous support!

As we move through the year and remain focused on improving communication among parents, administration, students and teachers we are providing and creating more tools to connect. To better facilitate when tests will be pending, our teachers have created an Assessment Calendar.  Communication with you the academic progress of your students is essential.  In their bi-weekly meetings, teachers will discuss when assessments are coming, ensuring each student has no more than two assessment test per day.  You can access the calendar on the Middle School Blog here. Thank you to the parents who communicated with me during MAP Testing to express concerns, share ideas and ask questions.  The communication helps when we – the administration and teachers – take action to improve the experience for parents as students at UAS.

Yet another step toward expanding communication on student performance and strategy for focusing on improved academic performance, is the transition to a Quarter Grading System for the Middle and High Schools.  The Quarter Grading System will provide parents and students with more feedback on academic progress.  Quarter 1 will end on November 1st.  Grades for the first quarter will be made available to parents on November 7th.

TEACHER SPOT LIGHT 

This week’s Teacher Spotlight shines on Ms. Marin Thuen, our new Middle School Counselor, coming to us from the United States.  Marin is collaborating with fellow counselor Mr. Mark Gaffney to further develop our comprehensive Counseling Program.  This year, as part of the expanded Student Advisory Initiative, Marin is leading the development of Student Council and Student Voice Projects, and creating small groups driven on student needs, such as the new Mentorship Group. 

A school Student Advisory Initiative is essential to a strong middle school.  According to the article Creating a Culture of Connectedness through Middle School Advisory Program, an advisory initiative facilitates the development of meaningful relationships among students and with teachers “provid[ing] the structure that creates ‘connectedness’ in a middle school.

Connectedness is important to school culture. Meaningful relationships between students and adults within the school, increase student engagement in the school activities and academics improve a sense of belonging to the school. As article states “School connectedness is linked to higher grades [and] higher test scores.”  To improve our Advisory Initiative, Marin has assisted in implementing the Second Step Advisory Project, focusing on mindsets and goals, values and friendships, emotions and decisions, as well as serious peer conflicts. For more information on the advisory initiative within out Counseling Program you can access the above article by clicking here. For more information on the Second Step Advisory Project,  click here.

Please let us know if you have any questions advisory or the Middle School Counseling Program.

Warm Regards,

Amanda Soliván

 

Upcoming Events  

  • Sunday, October 14- MS Yearbook photo day
  • Thursday, October 4- Sunday, November 4th– UAS Book Drive for Children’s Books Grades 1-4 (flyer below)
  • Thursday, November 8th, End of Quarter 1 (note this date was moved on October 16th)
  • Wednesday, November 13th Quarter 1 grades are available to families. note this date was moved on October 16th)

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

Announcements  

UAS Book Drive

Update on UAS Middle School Athletics from Athletic Director Mr. Calandra:
“Really nice job by our Middle School swim team by placing 3rd overall at the Nancy Crosser Memorial Invitational Tournament this past Saturday, Oct. 6th.  This Saturday our middle school swim team will be heading down to ACS in Abu Dhabi for the EAC championships for their last competition of the year.  Good luck to all of our swimmers!

This Thursday, UAS will be hosting a Middle School pep rally game for both the boys and girl’s teams starting at 2pm.  This will give the entire middle school staff and student body a chance to come and support the teams.  UAS will be taking on ACS in this match for their last conference game of the season.

Next Saturday, Oct. 20th the Middle School EAC Championships for volleyball will be hosted at GAA in Abu Dhabi.  So far, our boys have qualified for the tournament and depending on how the game goes on Thursday, we will find out if the girls qualify as well.

Our grade 6 Junior Scorpions soccer team will be competing in their first jamboree of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 17th.  The jamboree will be hosted here at UAS from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.  ASD and DAA will be the other schools participating.  Please come down and show your support!

Student Absence Form

When students have a planned absence, we request they go to Miss Hana and get a student absence form.  This form helps to facilitate communication between the teacher, students, and parents.  Students will take the form to their teachers to get information about the work they will be missing, and what to make up, along with the deadlines for late work.  Please call Miss Hana for questions on the Student Absence Form.

 

Greetings UAS Middle School Families,

Last week was our final week of Fall MAP Testing.  Middle School administrators, teachers and parents put forth their best efforts to create a quality testing environment for students.  To congratulate everyone for their hard work, we spent the final period on Thursday celebrating the end of testing.  Students played capture the flag, soccer, and had a ride on tricycles, and below are images that captured the fun!

 

Next Week, we will begin CAT 4 Testing for 6thand 8thgrade students.  CAT 4 testing is an assessment designed to help students and their teachers understand how students learn, giving teachers critical data needed to meet a student’s individual learning needs. The process of personalizing a student’s education is called Differentiated Instruction.   The CAT 4 assessment includes questions about shapes and patterns, words, numbers, and student’s ability to transform visual images.  Our Student Support Services also uses the test to support students who are struggling or advanced. Here is an article called What Parents Need to Know about Differentiated Instruction.  To access it click here.

TEACHER SPOT LIGHT 

This week’s Teacher Spotlight shines on Hasina Pokardasfor her working with our students in preparing for CAT 4 Assessment. Hasina is our new Program Lead for Middle School Student Support Services Department. Acknowledging that all students learn differently, Hasina says the assessments like CAT 4 help us to know how to assist students in reaching their potential.  Although Hasina’s primary job is to assist all students and by working with teachers, identify techniques to and meet a student’s learning needs every day.

When CAT 4 and MAP testing results are posted, I will be sure to let you know, and post guides to assist you in better understanding the results.  The MAP results will be distributed in November.  We encourage parents to review the CAT 4 Assessment with your child, to connect with your student’s teacher and Hasina to ensure we are working together to support our children’s reach for their highest potential.

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding these assessments.

Warm Regards,

Amanda Soliván

Upcoming Events  

  • Thursday, October 4- Sunday, November 4th– UAS Book Drive for Children’s Books Grades 1-4 (flyer below)
  • Monday, October 8Grade 6 CAT 4 Testing
  • Thursday, October 11Grade 8 CAT 4 Testing
  • Sunday, October 14- MS Yearbook photo day

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

Announcements  

UAS BOOK DRIVE

Soliván ‘s Saturday Coffee

Greetings UAS Middle School Families, 

 Last week was our first week of Fall MAP testing.  Our teachers encouraged students to do their best on the test by having a pep ralley at assemblies where they showed a teacher created MAP music video.  The video has become hit online and gone viral!  See the video here.

Mr. Josh Kachmarik, PE Instructor, leading a MAP Pep Rally with 6th Graders

Our hallways have also been decorated to create a learning environment that shows we care about our student’s success, supporting their academic and emotional growth. As I said before, at UAS we care about the growth of the whole child.

Miss Mavs helped decorate the MS Hallway and Bulletin Boards for MAP Testing

During this final MAP testing week, we encourage you to talk to your child about the importance of the test, make sure they have a good night of sleep, a balanced breakfast, and arrive to school with a fully charged laptop.   

To assist you in better understand both the MAP and CAT 4 tests, we are hosting a Parent Coffee on MAP Testing this Wednesday at 8am in the Secondary Library.  We hope to see you there!

TEACHER SPOT LIGHT  

For her assistance in leading our teachers in Moral Education this week’s Teacher Spotlight shines on Ms. Hannah Donald, our program lead of Moral Education and MS Spanish Teacher.   The Moral Education curriculum is given by the KHDA for all Dubai schools.  It is based on four pillars including character & morality, the individual & community, civic studies, and cultural studies.   Overall there is a connection with the Moral Education curriculum and our UAS mission to empower students to be caring individuals, global citizens and our committed to supporting the growth of the whole child.   Having taught Moral Education last year, and now leading it for the Middle School, Hannah said she is “excited to continue this year because of deep and meaningful conversations with kids.  It led to more relationships.”

Ms. Hannah Donald, Moral Education Teacher Leaders & MS Spanish Instructor

To give a sample of what the Moral Education curriculum offers, last week all grade levels discussed empathy.  According to the article from the Greater Good Magazine, Seven Ways to Foster Empathy in Kids, there has been a decreased focus on others and a lack of empathy.  You can read the article by clicking here.   Not only have our teachers focused on empathy in Moral Education, but every day we highlight a student for a good deed in our “Caught Being Good” section of the Scorpion Cast.  Through these types of character education, we embody our shared values and encourage students to demonstrate kindness and empathy towards others.

If you know a student or staff member whom you would like to honor for their good deeds, please let me know.  We would like to feature them as a community member “Caught Being Good.” Tweet it to me at @UASMIDPrincipal

Warm Regards, 

Amanda Soliván 

Upcoming Event 

  • Sunday, September 23rd through Thursday, October 4th – MAP Standardized Testing  
  • Sunday, September 30 through Thursday, October 4th– Authors Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger visit(see flyer below) 
  • Wednesday, October 3rd– Principal’s Coffee at 8am in the Secondary Library.  Topic is: What about MAP? A glance inside the MAP testing & your child’s MAP    Also, Camps International the provider for the 7th grade Week Without Walls Nepal trip will be available to answer questions.
  • Thursday, October 4th– UAS Community Fair from 12pm-4pm in the UAS Main Building (see flyer below).
  • Sunday, October 14- MS Yearbook photo day

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

Announcement

UAS Community Fair

Visiting Authors Holbrook and Salinger 

We are excited to host authors and educational consultants Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger.  For more information on the authors and their work at UAS click here for the information flyer.    

Go Scorpions!

Below is a photo from the MS Volleyball Tournament that both boys and girls participated in today.  

Coaches Quinn and Walters with the MS Boys

Soliván’s Saturday Coffee

Greetings UAS Middle School Families,

Our teachers welcomed families into their classrooms at Back to School Night last week.  It was wonderful to see our community come together!

WEEKLY NEWS

Here are some brief updates on upcoming events at the UAS Middle School:

  • At Back to School night we introduced new elements to enhance our academic programs in our Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Arabic, Advisory, and Moral Education classes.
    • We are also increasing our focus on the use of assessment data to guide our instruction.

Ms. Bibi discussing her art class with a family at Back to School Night

  • Over the next two weeks our students will take the MAP assessment, one assessment we use to measure student growth. I’ve included a parent guide entitled 12 Common Questions Parents Ask About the MAP Growth Assessment at the link here.
    • This reading explains what MAP growth is, scoring, as well as how the test is formatted. For more detailed information on MAP growth, click on the Parent’s Guide to MAP growth here.
    • MAP also correlates its scores to SAT and ACT tests to note college readiness, meaning the degree to which a student is prepared for college. All of the information with MAP can be confusing.
    • To answer questions you may have, we will have a parent coffee on Wednesday, October 3rd in the Secondary Library, to guide you through an understanding MAP scores.

The MAP test is one way we are learning about student’s strengths and areas for growth in Math, Science, Reading and Language usage. Teachers will be helping students understand their results and we will send information on how to read your child’s results a few weeks after we complete all testing in the middle school.   We will be using the data for our planning and goal setting.

TEACHER SPOT LIGHT

For her assistance in our understandings of MAP data this week’s Teacher Spotlight shines on Callie Cantu, an instructional coach.   Callie is helping the Middle School teachers better understand MAP reports, assist with student goal setting, and provide information to parents.  Further, she, and the other instructional coaches, are available to assist teacher in understanding assessment data, not only from MAP but other assessments as well.  Teacher Zach Holz says Callie can “deal compassionately” when assisting with a myriad of issues “whether it’s about their own teacher practice, or a technical issue.” We are happy to have Callie’s assistance as we increase our focus on data driven instruction!

Callie Cantu, UAS Instructional Coach

Over the next few weeks, to support your student through their MAP testing, we encourage you to talk about the importance of the test, make sure they have a good night of sleep, a balanced breakfast, and arrive to school with a fully charged laptop.

Warm Regards,

Amanda Soliván

 

 Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, September 23rd through Thursday, October 4th – MAP Standardized Testing
  • Thursday, September 27th– Registration Deadline for Week Without Walls
  • Sunday, September 30 through Thursday, October 4th– Authors Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger visit (see flyer below)
  • Wednesday, October 3rd– Principal’s Coffee at 8am in the Secondary Library. Topic is: What about MAP? A glance inside the MAP testing & your child’s MAP growth.

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

 

Announcements

Letter from Ms. Maram Juma on Reading in Arabic “A” Classes

The letter summarizing new steps the Arabic Department is taking to increase the focus on reading in the Arabic A classes, for native speakers.  To access the letter click here.

Visiting Authors Holbrook and Salinger

We are excited to host authors and educational consultants Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger.  For more information on the authors and their work at UAS click here for the information flyer.

Upcoming Dance & Theatrical Play: Information from Drama Teacher Ms. Cris Meija

This dance & theatrical play gives a platform for youngsters to share and discuss some issues with the support of music, dance and dialogues. The main characters in the play mirror the conflicts and struggles of youngsters, dealing with unrealistic beauty standards, peer pressure, loneliness, body image, attention from the opposite gender, depression and the immense influence of social media. The play addresses harsh realities and encourages open discussions and understanding by lightly using humor and dance in the backdrop.

Soliván’s Saturday Coffee

Greetings UAS Middle School Families,

Welcome to Week 3!

Last week, many families attended the Week Without Walls parent evening.  Seeing the excitement of our students participating in community service programs, shows us the importance of such programs in developing the whole child and a love of learning.  There are many ways at school and home we can work at encouraging an excitement for learning.  Sharing your child’s enthusiasm, interests and encouraging her/him to explore subjects that fascinate them is one of many ways.  A Week Without Walls is one opportunity to cultivate your child’s interests, and for other tips on how to encourage  the love of learning in your child you can access an interesting article on 10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Learn by Scholastic Parent Staff, the article may be found here.

It’s important for the community of UAS to provide daily encouragement for the love of learning and pursuit of lifelong learning.  Staff at UAS are leading by example by enrolling in continuing educational courses.   This week’s Teacher Spotlight shines on Middle School French Teacher Ms. Souha Mouarak & Executive Administrative Assistant Miss Hana Malek.  Both participated in a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) course this summer.  They obtained three certificates each, TESOL in English, French, and Arabic, to share their learning with the Middle School.  Congratulations for the hard work and continuing to find new learnings to meet the needs of our students.

If you have any other stories of the UAS community of students, staff, and parents living our mission, philosophy, and beliefs let us know and we will feature their pursuits right her on Soliván’s Saturday Coffee.

One import note on an upcoming event; We will be hosting our Back to School Day on Monday, September 17th and there are events in the morning and evening (see the calendar below).  Refreshments will be available so, please come and fellowship with us.   We look forward to seeing you there!

Warm Regards,

Amanda Soliván

            Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 17th – PTSO Back to School Morning Coffee, 7:45am- 8:45am, in the Secondary Library
  • Monday, September 17th – Back to School Night for Parents.  Refreshments available at 6:00. Program runs from 6:30pm -8:30 pm, starting in the MPH
  • Thursday, September 27th– Registration Deadline for Week Without Walls
  • Sunday, September 23rd through Thursday, October 4th – MAP Standardized Testing
  • Sunday, September 30 through Thursday, October 4th– Authors Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger visit (see flyer below)
  • Important dates are noted on the online school calendar, available online here – 2018-2019 school calendar.

Announcements

 

Back to School Night Schedule

On Monday, September 17th we will have the Middle School Back to School Night.  We will start the evening with student musicians playing, and refreshments in the MPH Foyer at 6:00 and the program begins at 6:30., consisting of a Principal’s Welcome and Curriculum Leaders presenting new initiatives.  At 7:05 we will move into the MS Hall, for a Parent – Teacher Meet and Greet.

The PTSO Welcomes You!

Visiting Authors Holbrook and Salinger

We are excited to host authors and educational consultants Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger.  For more information on the authors and their work at UAS click here for the information flyer.   

Athletics Update and Letter from the Athletic Director

“Amazing job by our boys and girls volleyball teams after playing their hearts down at Abu Dhabi for their first match of the season.  The girls were able to pull out a win in a best of 3 set against the always tough ACS Vipers.  The boys were not fortunate enough to grab a win after losing in two sets but kept things close and worked very hard the entire game.  We are very proud of both teams.”

“Good luck to all of our competitive swimmers who are heading over to DAA on Saturday for their first time trial of the year!  These times can be used to set individual and team goals for the rest of the season!”

Information about the upcoming Junior Scorpions soccer season for any grade 6 students interested.

A Letter from the Athletic Director

 

JUNIOR SCORPIONS SOCCER PROGRAM

Hello parents and students,

I hope everyone had a great first two weeks of school so far and that everyone is enjoying their classes.  Starting the week of September 23rd, we will once again be starting up our Junior Scorpions soccer program for grades 4, 5, and 6.

Junior Scorpions is a developmental program offered by UAS which gives students the opportunity to participate and learn the fundamental skills of soccer in a fun and safe learning environment while also staying fit.  Any student is free to join no matter their experience or skill level.  This program takes place after school on the field at UAS.

Our program is part of the JEAC conference which includes other international schools in the UAE.  The focus of JEAC is to reinforce the value of sportsmanship, respect, teamwork and self-discipline through healthy and fair competition.  During competitions against other schools all students will receive equal playing time and scores will not be kept.  The emphasis we put on this program is learning and fun.

This year we are going to have students purchase a Junior Scorpions uniform that includes a top, shorts, and a water bottle.  The uniform is required and can be purchased from the school store for 120AED.  The same uniform will be used for all sports (soccer, track and field, basketball) and will only need to be purchased once even if the child participates in all three.  These uniforms can be used the following school year as well, as long as they still fit.

If you would like to register your child for the Junior Scorpions soccer program please click the link below and fill out the google form.

Junior Scorpion Soccer Registration Form

You must also submit these three forms for your child before they are able to participate.  Once these are handed in your child will be covered for the entire school year.

Medical Release

Insurance Form

UAS Athletic Participation Form

This year, there will be no weekday single games.  Instead, each team will have two jamborees, one midseason and one at the end of the season.  Here are the practice schedules and Jamboree schedules for each grade:

Grade 4 Boys

Practice: Mondays and Thursdays (3:20pm – 4:30pm)

Jamborees: Wednesday, Oct. 17th at ASD (4:00pm) and Saturday, Nov. 10th at ACS Abu Dhabi (9:00am)

Grade 5 Boys

Practice: Sundays and Wednesdays (3:20pm – 4:30pm)

Jamborees: Wednesday, Oct. 17th at Dunecrest (4:00pm) and Saturday, Nov. 10th at Dunecrest (9:00am)

Grade 6 Boys

Practice: Sundays and Wednesdays (3:20pm – 4:30pm)

Jamborees: Wednesday, Oct. 17th at UAS (4:00pm) and Saturday, Nov. 3rd at DAA

Grade 4, 5, and 6 Girls

Practice: Mondays and Thursdays (3:20pm – 4:30pm)

Jamborees: Wednesday, Oct. 17th at DAA and Saturday, Nov. 3rd at ASD

We hope to see many students signed up by the week of September 23rd.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact to me.

Thank you,

Rob Calandra

 

UAS Health Clinic Policies and Procedures

Dr. Amna, the School Physician, has released the 2018-2019 policies and procedures, which includes health forms.  Click here to access the document.

 

We Heard Your Feedback: Cafeteria Options

Based upon parent feedback last school year, the UAS cafeteria has refined its menu.  We now have a daily healthy meal option.  For 15 AED students will receive a meal of a main course (to include a protein), a vegetable, a fruit and water.  Other decisions are as follows:

  • Pizza once a week to be served on Tuesday only
  • Sides of salad bar, tabbouleh, hummus, fresh fruit juice, fruit smoothies (no powder)
  • Corn Cobb two times weekly (no cup of corn)
  • Fruit whole wheat pancake once weekly
  • Sandwiches containing protein (no processed meats)

A Letter from Experiential Learning Coordinator – Week Without Walls Registration

Dear Parents,

It is time to register your child for the Grade 6 – 11 Week Without Walls program in February 2019.  WWW is a compulsory component of the UAS curriculum and we have some exciting opportunities for our students to enhance their learning, whether it be on an International Trip, at an Adventure Camp, or through Local Day workshops.

Please download our Week Without Walls magazine here to help you in your selection and preparation.  You will also find useful information regarding immunizations.

It is important that you read the Pre-Trip/Activity Participation Terms & Conditions, which you can find here.

For the cost list, please click here.

You can download the timeline of events for easy reference here.

Follow the guidelines below to select and register for the 2019 UAS Week Without Walls program. Official registration will not be complete until ALL steps are completed.

Step 1: Initial registration to be made on this link, where you will be able to select your child’s chosen trip or activity. After clicking on the link, you will need to input your Synergetic username and password, then click on the Week Without Walls tab to proceed with the registration.

Step 2: Next week, we will send you a second link from the provider in order for you to complete the registration according to your child’s chosen trip or activity.

Step 3: The deposit payment will need to be made at the UAS Accounts desk by September 27th.

When the above steps have been completed, you will be officially registered for the 2019 UAS Week Without Walls program.

Note 1: Spaces on these trips and activities are limited and will be booked on a first come, first served basis.

Note 2: If a trip or activity falls below the specified quota, then the trip or activity will be cancelled and your deposit will be moved to another trip or activity of your choice.

Adventurously yours,

Sarah Ghanem
Experiential Learning Coordinator

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.  There will be a rotation schedule for the event, with international trips in the Elementary library and Local Camp Providers in Room #2200.  The rotation schedule is listed below:

  • Middle School Night (5:00 – 6:30pm):
Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
5:00 – 5:30 International Trip Talk Adventure Camp Talk Local Activities Fair
5:30 – 6:00 Local Activities Fair International Trip Talk Adventure Camp Talk
6:00 – 6:30 Adventure Camp Talk Local Activities Fair International Trip Talk

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 student 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)

Welcome Back!

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.

  • Miss Hana Malek, the Middle School Executive Assistant at hmalek@uasdubai.ae, 971-4-232-5222
  • Mr. Kurtis Troittier, the new Middle School Assistant Principal at ktrottier@uasdubai.ae, @kurtis_trottier
  • Ms. Amanda Soliván, the new Middle School Principal, at asolivan@uasdubai.ae, @UASMidPrincipal

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 lists 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 (@uasdubai) and Instagram(@uasdubai)!  

 

 

New Student Orientation

Dear New Students & Families,

We are delighted to welcome you into the Universal American School community!  Starting in a new school is a transition. We want to make it as comfortable and easy on students, and families, as possible.  Come join us Sunday, September 2nd from 10:00am-12:00pm  when we will host an orientation for students and parents new to the middle school.  We will gather in the Secondary Library. You will be provided with directions to the library when you enter the main entrance of the school.

At the orientation, students will be greeted by “student ambassadors,” who will show them around the school and answer their questions.  Further, teachers and other staff members will be there to show them how to access materials for their classes and help them address other topics pertinent to the life as a middle schooler at UAS.

For parents, we will provide you with information on our academics, communication, grading, grade book, and programs.  Several teachers and members of our staff will also be there, as well as other parents who are delighted to answer your questions.

Please email me, Hana the MS receptionist (hmalek@uasdubai.ae) or the MS Assistant Principal Mr. Kurtis Trottier (ktrottier@uasdubai.ae)  if you have questions, or specific topics you would like addressed.  My email is asolivan@uasdubai.ae.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Warm regards,

Amanda Soliván

Middle School Principal

 

 

Meet the New Middle School Administration Team

Middle School Principal-Amanda Solivan

Previous to coming to UAS, Amanda was the Senior Manager of Teacher Development at the Denver Schools of Science and Technology (DSST), a network of thirteen American charter schools. There she led instructional coaching, helping teachers in all content and grade levels improve their teaching strategies. In doing so, Amanda trained the Directors of Curriculum and Instruction at each school on the best coaching practices and strategic planning for professional learning.

Prior to joining DSST, Amanda was the Secondary Girl’s Assistant Principal at the American International School in Abu Dhabi and an Assistant Principal at South Middle School in Aurora Public Schools, an American school district. There, Amanda was in charge of instructional leadership, led strategic planning and professional development, and was responsible for student discipline.

Amanda started her educational career in public and private schools in the US where she taught high school history for ten years. During this time, Amanda traveled internationally to write curriculum as part of the Hanban Delegation to China and the National Consortium for Teaching East Asia to Japan. Amanda presented her curriculum at the American National Council for the Social Studies, and led professional learning in several capacities, including running professional learning for all Social Studies teachers within Aurora Public Schools. Her work in curriculum and instruction was recognized when Amanda was awarded as the Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2013.

 

Middle School Assistant Principal-Kurtis Trottier

Kurtis Trottier is currently entering his 8th year at UAS and 11th year in Dubai. He comes from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and has previously been an English teacher in the High School as well as an Athletic Directors for the past 3 years at UAS. Previous to that, Kurtis spent 3 years teaching English at another international school in Dubai as well as a couple of years teaching English as a second language in Korea.  

He has recently completed his Masters in Educational Leadership through the University of Northern Iowa and is excited for the opportunity to move into his new leadership role as an Assistant Principal with UAS’s Middle School.