Greetings UAS Middle School Families,

Thank you to all of you who took time to attended Parent-Teacher Conferences to discuss how we can best support your child’s progress, and share thoughts about the school curriculum, activities, and culture.  We are grateful to work in partnership with you in developing the whole child’s individual academic and socio-emotional needs.

This quarter our student-competitors have been busy representing UAS in the Academic Games NESAC Championships in Beirut and made the semifinal round; Go Scorpions!   This young team of scholars challenged much older student-competitors from surrounding schools and almost brought home the Championship. Congrats to our student-competitors on their successful trip!   The Scorpions Volleyball Team won the Sportsmanship Award at the NESAC Championships and congratulate these student-athletes on their good spirt of competition.

This week, we will watch 50 student-artist put their best work forward both on and behind the stage with their performance of Dear Edwina Jr. Please come out and support out students this Wednesday and Thursday evening.

We are proud of our students’ accomplishments!

 Katelyn Chattman, Meraj Popal, & Rawaad Badami at the Academic Games in Beirut

UAS JV Volleyball Team at the NESAC Championship game in Kuwait

The MS Spotlight

The Middle School spotlight this week shines on Mr. Kurtis Trottier, our Assistant Principal.  In our last blog we discussed our work in the last 90 days regarding refinements to our Academic Curriculum.  This week we would like to share with you our work on Student Culture, which has been under the leadership of Mr. Trottier.  One focus has been on the integration of Restorative Justice in the MS.

Restorative Justice has three main goals:

  • Accountability– providing opportunities for wrongdoers to be held accountable to those they have harmed and enable them to repair the harm they caused to the extent possible.
  • Community Safety– Recognizing the need to keep the community safe by building relationships and empowering community members to take responsibility for the well-being of each other.
  • Competency Development – Increasing the pro-social skills of those who have harmed others, addressing underlying factors that lead youth to engage in wrongdoing, and building on the strengths in each student-youth.

Why should schools use Restorative Justice?

Restorative justice emphasizes values of empathy, respect, honesty, acceptance, responsibility,  and accountability, and:

  • Provides ways to effectively address behavior and other complex school issues;
  • Fosters a supportive environment that can improve learning;
  • Improves safety by preventing future harm.

Mr. Trottier says “Since formalizing some restorative practices within the Middle School this year as a way to supplement traditional consequences such as reflection time (detention) and suspension we have had a number of students and staff members go through processes of reconciliation. Through the use of Restorative Justice (RJ) Circles, both victims and wrongdoers have been brought together to share their feelings in an attempt to restore/repair relationships that have been harmed. Both victims and wrongdoers who have been involved in these processes have expressed feelings of vindication, remorse, understanding, empathy, and empowerment.”  We thank Mr. Trottier for his leadership on restoring justice in our school.

For a graphic that shows questions asked during on Restorative Justice meeting click here.

This Wednesday, November 21st we are celebrating a Thanksgiving Feast at 3:30 in the School Cafeteria for all students and parents.

After Thanksgiving dinner please walk over to the MPH to see out student-artist perform Dear Edwina Jr Musical at 6:30.  We look forward to seeing you, and have a great week!

Regards,

Amanda Soliván

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, November 21st, Thanksgiving Feast at 3:30 in the School Cafeteria (details are listed below).
  • Wednesday, November 21st, Middle School Musical Dear Edwina Jr. at 6:30 in the MPH.
  • Thursday, November 22nd, Middle School Musical Dear Edwina Jr. at 4:00 & 6:30 in the MPH.
  • Tuesday, November 27th, Athletics & Activities Awards Evening at 5:30 in the MPH.

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

Announcements

UAS Middle School Presents- Dear Edwina Jr.

You are invited you to the 2018 Middle School Musical, Dear Edwina, Jr.! It’s a classic musical that the MS musical team has modernized, telling the story of three girls who are auditioning to play the lead role of “Edwina” in the Disney YouTube series.   The show involves over FIFTY students in Grade 6, 7, 8 both on-stage and working backstage. It’s a fun show, filled with crazy songs, dances, and lots of hilarious character acting.

When can you come see this wonderful show? You have three chances!

  1. Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 pm in the MPH
  2. Thursday, Nov. 22 at 4:00 pm in the MPH (this show is FREE for everyone to attend)
  3. Thursday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 pm in the MPH

Tickets are 30 AED each to the evening shows, and kids under 6 get in for free. You can buy tickets from any cast member or at the door.

The Thanksgiving Feast

Athletics & Activities Awards Evening

 

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