Welcome Back From Winter Break!

Dear Families,

Welcome back!

We hope the Winter Holiday has brought you and your child an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate.    The end of the academic semester is coming in three weeks, so I encourage all students in the Middle School to quickly refocus on their academic pursuits.  Next week the KHDA inspectors will be touring UAS, so we ask our students to welcome the guests.

Teacher Spotlight

The teachers spotlight this week shines on the PE teachers Josh Kachmarik and Mindy Halpern who organized the UAS Middle School House System.  Below is a description of the House System.

The “House System”, aligns students, teachers and other members of the school community into subunits or “houses” that come together to participate in different competitions and while providing a support network for each individual. (Kind of like Gryffindor and Slithering from Harry Potter).

Each “House” is comprised of students from different grade levels as well as teachers, administrators and support staff in order to create a greater sense of community and belonging and transition from the elementary school into the middle school and with their same “Houses.”

What are the Houses?

Red Foxes

Green Gazelles

Purple Vipers

Black Falcons

Yellow Leopards

When did the House System startStudents were assigned to their houses on the last day before the Winter Holiday. Student Advisory can remind students of their assigned house.

How are students assigned to a House?  Students were assigned to their “Houses” along with their advisory group based on a spin of “The Wheel of Fate” that randomly assigned each group to a house during the introductory assembly. 

 What Does a House System Do?

  1. It provides a sense of belonging to individuals within the Middle School community. 
  2. It provides opportunities for development of social, intellectual, physical and practical skills through competitions and challenges in sport and other academic activities.
  3. It provides opportunities for individuals to experience a sense of achievement both inside and outside the classroom.
  4. It creates fun and excitement through competition and allows individuals to be part of a team that is bigger team than just their own class.
  5. It will provide roles and opportunities for leadership. 

 Earning Points for Your House “Houses Points” can be earned through a variety of ways including house competitions, involvement in school wide house initiatives, and other positive behaviors such as: 

Intramural House Competitions 

Attendance & Tardy Challenges

MAP Results Challenge

Intramural Lunch Initiatives

Below is a video of our first House assembly.  Have a great week!


Amanda Soliván



Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, January 9th, Week Without Walls International Trips Information Meetings

Sri Lank Trip, 5:30-6:15, Room 2200

Kenya Trip, 5:45-6:30, Secondary Library

Nepal Trip, 6:30-7:15, Secondary Library

  • Thursday, January 31st, Last Day of Semester 1

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

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