Welcome to May and greetings to from the UAS Middle School!!! WOOHOO!!
There continues to be lots of activities and excitement in the hallways and classrooms of the UAS Middle School! One could argue that the energy generated within our awesome school is indicative of any middle level school. While that statement is probably quite true, I of course believe that our students and staff are extraordinary, and thus the enthusiasm produced is likewise exceptional!
There are two parallel activities upon which our school wide community is focused this week: Teacher Appreciation Week and Respect Week.
Sponsored by our very own MS Student Voice Committee (SVC), these amazing students have created a wonderful program for our students and staff on May 8, 9, and 10. Monday, May 8 is Student Voice Day. Students will participate in student-led discussions about our learning community. They will have the golden opportunity to share their voice, and discuss with one another ways which we can make our school even more terrific!
During Technology Tuesday, students will focus on how to respect themselves and others while using technology. Students will be role playing in a controlled chat room activity and then discussing appropriate interaction strategies. To raise awareness for the day’s activities, Tuesday will also be a dress down day. Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite device, wear a logo from a technology company, or dress as a technology celebrity.
Wednesday, May 10 will complete the Respect Week activities, with the SVC sponsoring Career Day. Students will be able to attend one of 13 amazingly interesting presentations about what the professional world is like. We are so very fortunate that 13 members of our community have agreed to talk to our students about their jobs and the path they had to take to get to where they are today.
Teacher Appreciation Week:
Our staff is absolutely amazing! I am truly grateful and blessed to have been an educator for 35 years, and during this time I have had the good fortune to have worked with many outstanding educators. That said, I believe the current group of MS teachers is truly excellent and I am so very proud to be their principal. The fact is, your children are lucky to be in their care! J As a result, I would encourage you to reach out to any one or the group of teachers that serve your child and say thank you. For me, this week is not about buying gifts for your child’s favorite teacher, but more about showing your appreciation and regard for the difficult work they do. Trust me, teaching is a challenging, yet richly rewarding job. Our staff teach because they love working with young people – your children! Feel free to contact them and say thanks this week, or at any point during the last few weeks of the school year. Rest assured that a “pat” on the back will go a long way to continue building mutual trust and respect.
In addition to these two activities this week, you are also cordially invited next week to the Middle School Band & Choir Concert on Monday, May 15th, 2017 @ 6:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Hall. Each of the grade level bands and choirs will be performing 3 pieces and one mass piece. The choir students will be singing classical, pop, and African pieces in multiple languages! The band students will be playing some favorites including “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, the main theme from “Star Wars”, as well as more complex piece you might not know yet! There will be choreography, clapping, narration by students, and two wonderful finales!
Over 100 middle school students will be involved in this concert. It’s a fantastic night, and we would love to have you join us. Come and see what the MS Music Program is all about! Admission is free, and the concert will last approximately two hours. If you have any questions about the concert, please contact Emma Gordon, the Middle School Band & Choir Teacher (firstname.lastname@example.org). We hope to see you there!
Last but not least, please remember the Fringe Festival on Tuesday, May 9 @ 6:30 PM in the Library, highlighting the artistic gifts of our talented students!
Important Dates and Activities:
May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 8 -10: Respect Week, sponsored by the MS Student Voice Committee
May 9: Fringe Festival @ 6:30 in the Secondary School Library
May 15: MS Band and Choir concert @ 6:30 in the MPH
May 18: MS Counselors Coffee @ 7:45 – location TBD
May 18: Grade 8 student activity – stay tuned for more details
Until our paths cross, please take good care, and remember, Middle School students matter!! May peace be upon you.