The UAS Academic Games team, under the guidance of coaches Brookie Chandler and Al Finney competed last week in the OAC Academic Games Championships in Amman, Jordan. Both teams made the UAS community very proud, and the UAS 1 team won first place! The following details are a recap of the exciting competition in Amman.

This year UAS was able to send 2 junior varsity teams to compete in Amman, Jordan. UAS 1 (Zaid Ma’ayah, Najat Mustafa, Amoy George, Gio Chidiac) and UAS 2 ( Mansur Popal, Anshuman Bhattacharyya, Mya Msuya, Dena AbuDiab) started Day 1 off strong competing in the Spelling and Geography Challenge and knowledge bowl competition. They ended day one with UAS 1 in second place with 4 wins in the knowledge bowl and UAS 2 tied for third place with 4 wins. Amoy and Mansure were finalist in the Geography challenge and were able to compete again to score more points for the team. Zaid, Mya, and Anshuman were spelling finalist. UAS 1 placed 4th in the STEM competition.

Day 2 started off a little rough with both teams losing their knowledge matches but their strong performance the previous day secured them a spot in the final 8 of the quarter final round. UAS 1 beat out the Bayan Bilingual School of Kuwait in the quarter final and the American International School of Jeddah in the semi final round to qualify to compete in the championship game.

During the Championship game UAS competed against the American International School in Egypt and started strong! After the first 10 minutes of the 25 minute round, UAS was ahead by 20 points. UAS continued to pull ahead securing the championship win and scoring enough points to win overall first place in the academic games.

During Day 2 there were also individual challenges in Mathematics, Fine Arts, Current Events, the Geography final, and the spelling bee final. UAS JV again showed up the competition by taking first place in mathematics (Zaid Ma’ayah) and first place in Fine arts, current events, and geography (Amoy George).

Congratulations to the coaches and all members of this years Junior Varsity/Middle School Academic Games teams. BRAVO!! MABROOK!!! WELL DONE!!!!

That’s the news from your neighbors in the middle. Thanks for reading, and remember…Middle School Matters!!

International Day FUN!

Congratulations to the PTSO for a wonderful International Day Celebration on Saturday. It was a beautiful afternoon filled with international spirit and fun. We want to give special recognition to our grade 6 students and their teachers for the time and wonderful effort they put into researching and creating projects about different countries around the world. The students did a superb job with their projects, presentations, and competitions, so the UAS Community could learn about the world through their research and projects. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Parent Conference Sign Up

Hello parents and greetings to you this fine day from UAS Middle School pride, where excellence and enthusiasm collide!!!

We are happy to share the following important information with you regarding the upcoming Parent/Student/Teacher conferences, and the first quarter report cards which were released on Sunday, November 15.

Quarter 1 Report Cards:

• The grading scale is a 1 to 7 system 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.
• The student recognition assemblies will not be held at this time, as the MS Leadership Team and the Grade Level Team Leaders continue working on a student recognition system that focuses on student growth, improvement, effort, citizenship and the attainment of grade level skills. It is our intent to host a student recognition assembly after the conclusion of quarter 2.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences:

• The UAS Portal system is now open for parents to register to meet with teachers. Please refer to the instructions at the bottom of this message on how to reserve time to meet with teachers.
• The parent/student conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 25 from 1 to 6 PM, and on Thursday, November 26 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 Ms. Suzanne Makaram, our amazing Administrative Assistant, and schedule an appointment at a time after November 26 that is convenient for you and the teacher.

Creating an appointment Parent/Student involved/Teacher Conference

• Go to the portal to the Parent Access to Student’s Reports and Parent Teacher Interview. Click on this link.
• There will be 3 tabs across the top, please click on Interviews.
• A new window will open up. If you have multiple children, on the far right hand side you will see the list of your children’s names. Choose one of the names and schedule the appointment times you would like, then repeat the process with your other children.
• The list of your child’s teachers will be in the window. Choose the teachers and available appointment times. Each appointment is 10 minutes.
• If you would like to schedule an appointment with the middle school counselors, please go to the middle school counselor link. These appointments will be 20 minute slots.

Thank you for your time and attention to these points. We look forward to greeting and meeting you during the annual parent(student)/teacher conferences.

That’s the news from your neighbors in the middle. Thanks for reading, and remember……..……Middle School Matters!!

Technology Tuesday – November 17 – 7:45 – 9:00

Parents are invited to come learn and ask questions about Google Classroom and other Google apps students are using in class. Please come to room 2200 on Tuesday, November 17 from 7:45 to 9:00. It would be very helpful if you have a Gmail Account so we can do practices similar to what your child does in class with google apps.

For parents who are unable to attend, Ms. Zimbrick will be available during Parent Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday, November 25 and 26 in her office to answer specific questions.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Middle School MUN – Huge Success!

There were 18 UAS Middle Schools students who participated in the in-house UASMUN on November 8-9. We are very proud of the hard work these student delegates put into researching their countries and writing position papers about real world issues over the past several weeks. The energy and excitement were high during the last two days. All delegates had many opportunities to get up and speak to share their ideas. To see more photos please go to the MS Happenings Photos tab.IMG_0696

Week 2 of MAP Testing

Week 2 of Measures of Academic Progress Test (MAP) begins on Sunday. Our first week went well! Thank you to all the students for their hard work on this.

Sunday, November 8 – Grade 6
Monday, November 9 – No Testing
Tuesday, November 10 – Grade 8
Wednesday, November 11 – Grade 7
Thursday, November 12 – No School

In order to help your child do the best they can on these tests please help insure your child has the following:
Good night’s sleep
Nutritious breakfast
Healthy snack
Fully charged laptop battery
Positive attitude

A typical testing day will consist of:
7:45 to 9:30 Testing
9:30 – 10:00 Break – stretch and snack time -students may go to the cafeteria
10:00 – 11:30 Testing
11:30 – 12:25 Lunch
The remainder of the day will be regular schedule.

Any make up tests will be done during the week of November 15.