Greetings UAS Middle School Families,

Last week the Scorpions were road scholars!  The 6th grade students ventured to Abu Dhabi to enjoy art at the Louvre, and to Kuwait and Beirut for NESAC championships in JV volleyball and JV Academic Games.   Our Athletic Director provides more updates on these events, in the announcements below.  In our continuing efforts to support the s the whole child here at UAS we were delighted to see our students active in the academic games, athletics, and the arts!

Ms. Bibi’s 6th Grade Art Students at the Louvre, Abu Dhabi

The Middle School Parent Coffee last week continued our ongoing dialogue with parents.  I thanked parents for the opportunity to present an update on the administrative and curriculum work we have been doing in the Middle School over the last 90 days.   Our goals in the last 90 days were

  • continue cultivating a positive school culture,
  • foster teacher leadership,
  • develop common expectations for teaching and learning.

During the first 90 days, we applied best practices endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to conduct classroom observations including teachers observing one another in the classroom. In addition, we analyzed MAP Test data, discussed literature on our curriculum standards, the KHDA instructional framework, and our inspection report.

The result of all this hard work was the creation of professional development plans for each of the Middle School Departments, to continuously improve our instruction to students.  Lastly, we also made improvements to our visual school culture by adding a  the new Student Lounge!

In our next blog we will discuss our work with the last 90 days on overall student culture.  Feel free to contact me if you would like to voice any thoughts regarding our work so far this year.

K-12 Curriculum Coordinator Ms. Jessica Jones & Instructional Coach Dina Coppes speaking with community members small groups during the MS Parent Coffee

Teacher Spotlight

The teachers spotlight this week shines on Ms. Ashley Green, for her participation in ASCD’s Emerging Leaders Program.  Ashley is the 7th grade Level Team Leader responsible for continuously improving school culture among 7th grade students and teachers.  ASCD is one of the premier American education media outlets providing professional learning to both teachers and administrators.  For Ashley, the conference helped her develop leadership skills she will apply at UAS to help the school become part of the international “connected community.”  We are delighted to support the professional learning of our teaching staff!

Ashley Green, Emerging Leaders Conference

This Wednesday and Thursday during the Parent Teacher Conferences, Assistant Principal Mr. Trottier and I are available to meet with you one-on-one.  If you have not already, please sign up for a time.  The window to sign up for conferences through Synergetic has closed, but you can contact Ms. Hana, the Executive Assistant in the Middle School Office to schedule a time.   We look forward to seeing you soon.

Have a great week!


Amanda Soliván

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, November 13th– Diabetes Awareness Day (details written below).
  • Tuesday, November 13th Quarter 1 grades are available to families. (Please note tuition bills must be paid prior to release of grades).
  • Wednesday, November 14th and Thursday, November 15th – Parent Teacher Conferences (more details are included in the announcements below)

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


Diabetes Awareness Day

On Tuesday, November 13th UAS will participate in Diabetes Awareness Day.  In doing so, students watch a video on Diabetes Awareness at the start of the day through our Scorpion Cast.  You may view the video by clicking here.  Our PE teacher, Mr. Kashmarik, will have fitness activities students can participate in during lunch.  Further, healthy snacks will be available after school in the foyer.  Students may also dress out of uniform in blue, the color representing diabetes awareness, as long as they remain school appropriate.  Therefore, skirts and shorts should go no higher than above the knee, no midriff tops, if a student is wearing tight leggings a shirt must be cover the student’s hips and bottom.  Lastly, shoulders should be covered.

Report Cards and Quarter 1 Conferences

On Tuesday, November 13th Quarter 1 report cards will be published.  You will receive an email confirming the report cards are open, and with directions of how to view them.  On Wednesday and Thursday, November 14th and 15th we will have parent teacher conferences.  If you have signed up, your schedule is available on Synergetic.  A list of room numbers and schedules will be available at the entry way to the Middle School, by the foyer, in case you would like to see the times and locations of the teachers whom you have signed up to see. You may also reference the list by clicking here. The window for signing up for conferences has closed, but if you would still like to see if there are time available please contact Miss Hana, the Executive Assistant of the MS.   She can also assist you in locating your schedule, if you need.

Fall MAP Test Results are Published

The Fall MAP test results have been published on Synergetic. The MAP test is one way we learn about student’s strengths and areas for growth in Math, Science, Reading and Language usage. The results for the Fall MAP assessment have been uploaded to Synergetic for you to review. Attached here are instructions on how to access your child’s MAP test scores.

MAP reporting and testing can be difficult to read and understand. To assist you, we have 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.

With conferences pending, please ask your child’s teachers questions you have related to the MAP results. We look forward to the conversations.

Athletics Update from Athletic Director Robert Calandra

This weekend, 9 of our middle school students flew to Kuwait to represent our JV volleyball teams in the NESAC championships.  We also have 4 of our middle school students representing our JV Academic Games team in Beirut for their NESAC Championships. We are so very proud of them all and we are confident that this weekend will have a lasting impact on each one of them.

Our season 2 tryouts will start this week for our soccer, basketball, wrestling, tennis, and cross-country teams.  The days and times of tryouts are posted right across from the main office in the middle school hallway.

Track & Field Application from Athletic Director Robert Calandra

Beginning on Monday, Nov. 19th, UAS will be starting practice for our Junior Scorpions Track and Field team.  Like all of our Junior Scorpion programs, the team is free to sign up and all student are welcome to join, as long as they are in grades 4, 5, or 6.  During this program students will learn all of the rules and skills associated with track and field.  They will also receive a tremendous amount of fitness in a fun and safe environment.

This program will last 7 weeks and during those 7 weeks there will be practice every Monday and Wednesday from 3:20pm – 4:30pm.  In these 7 weeks the students will also be able to participate in two Jamborees.  One will be Wednesday, Dec. 5th at ASD and the second will be Saturday, Jan. 26th also at ASD.

During the jamborees the Junior Scorpion kit must be worn.  If the kit was not already purchased for Junior Scorpions soccer, then it can be purchased at the school store for AED 126, including tax.  The kit comes with a shirt and shorts.

This year we have four coaches for the program.  They are Asha Burton (HS PE), Nick Boucher (MS Learning Support), Briana Thomas (7th Grade Social Studies and English), and Darlene Tezdiker (Substitute Teacher).  Please register your student by using the google form below.

JR Scorpions Track and Field Registration 

Dubai Student Wellbeing Census

In the upcoming week students will be taking the Dubai Student Wellness Census.  A parent letter explaining the census may be accessed here.


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