Greetings UAS Middle School Families,

It is an exciting time to see our students, parents, teachers and staff contributing their time and effort to build the UAS community!   Last weekend we had the MS performance of the Musical Dr. Edwina Jr.   Despite a few technical difficulties the shows highlighted the sprit and artistic talent of our student artist!

Please click on the link below to watch a slide show of the event.

As part of our continuing development of the whole child, we support our students pursuit of the performing arts.  Research done by the Stanford University for the Carnegie Foundation of Advancement of Teaching found that a student-artist  participating in the arts for  at least three hours on three days of each week were:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math or science far
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • 4 times more likely for writing an essay or poem

This past month our students have shown us their academic, artistic and athletic abilities and achievements, igniting a new community spirit. Way to go Scorpions!

Over the weekend, and through Sunday, students in both Middle School and High School participated in the Model United Nations Conference.  This is an opportunity for students to debate on international issues from the perspective of many nations. The student-diplomats continued to master the skills of research, public speaking, and an increasing understanding of international diplomacy.  Thank you to instructional coach Michelle Haag for organizing this conference, and a special thanks to Shelley Reinhardt, and her family, who also worked tirelessly to help organize the event.  Your support was greatly appreciated!

Please see the video below on the MUN event.

Below are details regarding our upcoming events, which we hope to see you there!

Regards,

Amanda Soliván

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, November 27th, Athletics & Activities Awards Evening at 5:30 in the MPH (details noted below)
  • Wednesday, November 28th, National Day Celebration from 6pm to 10pm.
  • Thursday, November 29th Unveiling of Martyrs’ Wall at the DFC Mall, 5 pm (details noted below)
  • Sunday, December 2nd, National Day Holiday, School Closed
  • Monday, December 3rd, National Day Holiday, School Closed
  • Wednesday, December 5th, Dental Screening for Middle School, 8am-1pm (letter detailing event is written below)
  • Sunday, December 9th– Final Date to Send Items for Holiday Gift Boxes to Support Staff (more information is written below)
  • Wednesday, December 12th– 7th Grade takes Arabic Benchmark Test(details are written below)

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

Announcements

Athletics & Activities Awards Evening

National Day Celebration

On Wednesday, November 27th UAS will be celebrating National Day.  Middle School students may wear UAE national dress or the colors of the UAE flag.  Further, we will host an evening event from 6pm to 10 pm including food booths, animal rides, and other activities.

Unveiling of Martyr’s Wall at DFC

Holiday Gift Boxes from Samarah Qadir

Each year the UAS community puts together small Holiday Boxes for our Support Staff, Drivers and Security Guards to remind them of how much we appreciate them. Most of the support staff are not able to travel home for the holidays and will not receive gifts. At UAS there are about 110 support staff, we would like to create small shoebox gifts with toiletries and essentials to give them as a small token of our appreciation.

Each homeroom in the school has been allocated a specific item to put into a small shoebox present for a male and female member of the support staff. We are requesting that each student donate the allocated item, so that each support staff member gets a box of assorted items.  Items for boxes will be picked up on December 9th.  Please find attached the Holiday Boxes distribution list. If you have any questions feel free to contact your child’s teacher or myself.

Thank you in advance!

Samarah Qadir (sqadir1@uasdubai.ae)

Dental Screening- From Dr. Amna Ahmed Butt

Dental health contributes to general health and well-being. Dental check-ups for Middle School students will be conducted on Wednesday, 5th December between 8:00am – 1:00pm by qualified and registered dentists from Levantine Dental Clinic. The screening is free of cost for the students and consists of visual dental examination using a separate, sterilized mirror for each student.

You will be notified by a dental report if your child needs to see a dentist for treatment. Dental screening is done to facilitate early intervention and identify children who are in need of urgent dental care; however, it does not take the place of a regular dental check-up.

Please return the consent form given to students in advisory on Tuesday, November 27th by Monday, 3rd December.

If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact the school clinic.

7th Grade Arabic Benchmark Test- From Maram Juma & Osama Gharib

In order to track our students’ attainment and progress in Arabic, we will hold a benchmark test for grades 1,3,5,7 and 9.  This is a new assessment and if the information is valuable, we will extend testing to all students next year.  The ABT assessment, shared in Mr. Sealey’s 100 Day Plan will assess students’ proficiency in all language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

This exam will take place in the following grades:

Grade 1 : Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Grade 5: Wednesday 5th of December 2018

Grade 3: Thursday 6th of December 2018

Grade 7: Sunday 9th of December 2018

Grade 9: Thursday 6th of December 2018

For grades 5, 7 and 9, kindly make sure to provide students of the following:

_ Headphone with microphone.

_ A device with Arabic keyboard.

This test will measure student proficiency against the Ministry of Education Standards in UAE.  We will use the results to inform improvements in Arabic.  Results will be shared in the next reporting cycle.  For more information click here.

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