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!


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. 


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

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