Unami United

December 21, 2015

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

It is hard to believe that the holiday break is just a few short days away. As you will see in this newsletter edition, our Unami community has been quite busy. We are especially proud of our students' service to our school, our community, and our nation. You will see featured below a few of these service activities. Students gain so much from the experience of giving back and our students are always so eager to do so. It is truly an honor and privilege to work with them. I would like to specifically commend our faculty for organizing and leading these service opportunites. They model each and every day the importance and the reward in serving others.

Mr. Murtha and I would like to wish all our families a happy and healthy holiday season!

Unami United,
Mrs. Lang

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Unami Student Council members wanted to find a way to reach out and provide service to some of the elderly members of our community. Last week, numerous Council members provided one-on-one teaching and assistance to a group of Pine Run Villagers, answering their questions and teaching them how to use and make the most of their technology devices.

Using the Villager’s own personal device (IPhone, IPad), students helped Seniors “bridge the technology gap” by showing them how to organize photos, add and change apps, use Facetime, add and delete contacts, set up voice commands and use Siri, set-up Gmail accounts and send and receive emails/texts. Because they grew up in the world of advanced technology, basically whatever the Villager needed, our students were able to help them with!

Feedback from the students and Villagers was extremely positive with both sides finding the experience fulfilling. We will be going back again this week and hope to continue the partnership with Pine Run into the New Year.


As part of Unami Middle School’s recognition of Veteran’s Day, students donated food, toiletries and magazines to be sent to active service men and women serving in five different countries. In addition, students and teachers wrote letters to the troops thanking them for their service. Ultimately, we were able to collect for 25 individuals that will be thrilled with the surprise during the holidays. A big thanks to Operation Santa for their support.
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After collecting candy, snacks, magazines, and toiletries for a member of the U.S. Air Force, Mrs. Siegel's advisory heard back from their service member. He wanted to let her advisory know that he had received the care package and he was thoroughly enjoying the letters that the students had written to him. He stated that he plans on writing back to each of the students individually.
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Online Apps Helping Students Learn Spanish!

Mrs. DeRosa's 9th grade Spanish 2 students have access to interactive online study and learning through both Quizlet and Quia programs. A photo below shows a student playing a game called "Gravity", where Spanish words/phrases are written on meteors. Students must translate the words/phrases before the meteor hits the earth!

Dr. Massey's 7th Grade Students Put Cato the Elder on Trial!

Students in Dr. Massey's social studies classes culminated their studies of Ancient Rome by engaging in a comprehensive research assignment towards holding a mock trial. In the trial, Cato the Elder will be facing charges for crimes against humanity for being accused of playing a major role in instigating and carrying out massive carnage against the Carthaginians during the Punic Wars. A photo below shows students, working both independently and collaboratively, during the research phase. Students truly enjoyed this active and real-world learning experience!

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9th Grade Students and Teachers Bring Back the 1920's... at Least for a Day.

As a culmination of their studies and research on the 1920’s, ninth grade students participated in a simulation of a traditional 1920’s day on Monday, November 23rd. By dressing up as their 1920’s historical figure that they had researched, students learned to dance the Charleston, watch a compilation of Charlie Chaplin movies, listen to a Langston Hughes poetry reading and participate in fads from the 20’s. During the party, students interviewed one another to gain insight into the accomplishments and contributions that other 1920’s historical figures had made throughout their life in American history. The goal was to create a social network within the 9th grade class of 20’s and 30’s historical individuals. Some classes created Instagram pages of their figures while others completed a research page to aid in their understanding of the complexity of the characters they chose to represent. All students contributed to the success of the day by bringing in food and dressing up as their character.

9th Grade 1920's Day

Team Gneiss Takes in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Theatre

On December 15, Team Gneiss travelled to the Civic Theatre in Allentown, PA to view the production of A Christmas Carol. The trip was a culmination of their reading of the play in English class. Students dressed up in their theatrical best and were treated to an excellent performance, which brought the story to life for them. We were proud of our students for their excellent etiquette in the theatre and happy to have given them such a meaningful cultural opportunity.
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7th Grade Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Put Us in the Holiday Spirit!

The 7th grade band, chorus, and orchestra put on a wonderful holiday show on Tuesday evening, December 8. The show was filled with both standards and some lesser known tunes, and it was all capped off with a spirited (and lighted!) Holiday Lights, sung by the 7th grade chorus. Although our weather has been warm of late, there was a pleasant winter chill in the air on this night. Well done, 7th graders!
7th Grade Band - Holiday 2015
7th Grade Chorus - Holiday 2015


Journey team students created Six Word Memoirs about Thanksgiving and what they were thankful for as a Unami United activity before Thanksgiving break. Pictured are students in Ms. Miller’s forum group.

Hat Parade Days

On two designated Friday's during January and February, Unami students will be offered the opportunity to donate $1.00 and wear their favorite hats for the day for charity.

The proceeds from these days will be donated to two very worthy causes--Penn State's Thon, (an annual Penn State event to fight childhood cancer), and for The Heavenly Hats Foundation, an organization that collects and distributes brand new hats of all kinds to those heroes of all ages who lose their hair due to the treatment of cancer or the many other medical conditions which may cause hair loss. The Heavenly Hats Foundation(TM) was founded by teenager Anthony Leanna when he was only 10 years old.

Take a moment to view the video below describing how a young boy saw a need and began what is now a national organization serving thousands.

Heavenly Hats Foundation, Inc.


On Saturday, December 12, PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association) held auditions for Orchestra and Band for the District 11. Over 600 instrumentalists from school districts from both Montgomery and Bucks Counties participated at Central Bucks East HS. Unami had four ninth grade orchestra members trying out. Of the four, our very own violist Sanya Qi, made it to the District Orchestra, ranking 6 out of 40. Congratulations to Sanya. She will be participating in the District Orchestra Music Festival in January 13-15, at Lower Moreland HS. The guest conductor for this ensemble is Mrs. Pak’s brother, Maestro Thomas Hong.

Unami students also auditioned for the BCMEA (Bucks Co Music Educators' Association) Orchestra and Chorus. Congratulations to Unami violinists, Tony K., Serha H., Ethan W. for making the County Orchestra.

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14 Unami students participated in the annual CB Model Congress on November 30th. Students took on the roles of 14 representatives from the U.S. House of Representatives, wrote bills and debated the merits and problems of a wide variety of proposals. These individuals learned about the goals of the Armed Services Committee, Ways and Means and the Education & the Workforce Committee. There was great debate regarding the tax code, education in America and the U.S. military to name a few. These 14 individuals were excellent representatives for Unami and made us proud.

Model Congress will be this spring for all interested students.

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Unami Middle School starts a Debate Club.

Numerous students took the initiative to begin a Debate Club at Unami, found faculty sponsors and organized the format and debate topics. During debate days, students typically take on one more serious topic (national news, historical, scientific) and one more light-hearted topic. During its first meeting, students passionately discussed statement # 1 - homework should be banned and statement # 2 – pancakes are better than waffles. We look forward to more heated discussion as the year progresses.


On September 17, French club celebrated its first “Action de Grâces”, or Thanksgiving together. In events leading up to this, the students learned about Thanksgiving in Canada, and information which compared and contrasted Thanksgiving in Canada and in the United States. Also, the students were given a list of “survival etiquette” in France. Students learned how to behave properly at the dining table in France and they were challenged to follow through with that etiquette during the Thanksgiving feast. About 70 students attended the French Club Thanksgiving and they brought a wide assortment of different foods. Some foods were very Thanksgiving inspired, such as mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple pie, and pumpkin pie. Other foods were French culture related such as brie, fruit tartes, and baguettes. Some students even shared their own favorite cultural recipes for this wonderful time of sharing and giving thanks. Students retrieved their food and then waited patiently for everyone to serve themselves and sit down, until the host said “Bon appetite”, which means that they were allowed to start eating. The students enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of sharing food with their friends, and getting prepared for the Thanksgiving festivities next week.
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Unami band members ushered in the season by playing and welcoming the arrival of Santa at the Bucks County Antique Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 5th.

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Congratulations to Ms. Scicluna, for being selected for Featured Art Room of the Month by PAEA (Pennsylvania Art Education Association). She will be featured on their Webpage for the Month of January. Unami students' work such as artwork displays, students in progress and holding their artwork, will be proudly featured. We are so excited to see the final product. Stay tuned for January publication.


Students contribute their artistic talent to KID'S CARE 22! 8th grade collages were used to create notecards to distribute (with meals through MANNA) over the holiday season! Thank you to our student artists for making our holidays so colorful and bright!
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Th Pearl S. Buck Leadership Program was created for teens to learn leadership skills and the importance of working together.

Congratulations to emerging leaders, 9th grade students, Nicole D, Ben F, Mercedes S,
and Ethan W!
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9th graders explore the communal eating style in the 9th grade Cooking class. The Melting Pot of Warrington uses this style of dining in their restaurants so our 9th graders took this opportunity to visit the Melting Pot and enjoy a three course meal.
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CB South Curriculum Fair

Thursday, Jan. 7th 2016 at 6:30pm

1100 Folly Road

Warrington, PA

The 2016 Central Bucks High School South Curriculum Fair for all current 9th grade students and parents from both Tamanend and Unami Middle Schools is scheduled for Thursday, January 7th. Our program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the C.B. South High School Auditorium.

The initial portion of the evening will allow 9th grade students and their parents an opportunity to hear from the C.B. South Administrative and Guidance Teams regarding scheduling and graduation requirements, as well as many other particulars involved in selecting courses for the 2016-2017 school year. All guests that evening will also have an opportunity to visit the C.B. South Gymnasium meeting with department teachers and current high school students who will be stationed at tables with specific course information and ready to answer any questions you may have concerning courses.

Also that evening, many C.B. South clubs will be showcasing their various elements in the cafeteria in order to share some of C.B. South's extra-curricular opportunities.


In the past few years, communication across the district has greatly evolved. Our district and school websites have been upgraded with the intent to make them more mobile-friendly, our school newsletter format has been standardized, and we have integrated Facebook and Twitter for the sharing of information. Given all of these changes, we wanted to poll our families on the effectiveness of our information outreach.

Here is a link to a brief survey that will help us gather your feedback and to ensure that information and updates are reaching our families in the most efficient manner. The link will also be available on the district webpage. If you have children in multiple buildings, please feel free to complete multiple surveys or utilize the final question to differentiate your responses.

We value your insight and appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. If you have any questions, please contact Community Relations at: Communityrelations@cbsd.org

Boomerang Youth Recognition Award--December #22 School Engagement

Congratulations to our November nominees for asset #40

Positive View of Personal Future

Matt D., Arianna K., Justin F., Lauren O., Nicole D., Josh Y., and Chelsea N.

The Boomerang Youth Recognition Award is a monthly program which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by one of 9 chosen Developmental Assets (one asset for each month from Sept.-May). The ballot box is located in the main office at Unami Middle School or you can go to the nomination link here. Students can be nominated for the award by any member of the community, including students nominating each other. Each school submits one student who best represents the chosen quality. A rotating committee of community “judges” which includes representatives from CB CARES, Outback Steakhouse, law enforcement, community nonprofits, local and state government, and local businesses, chooses one student (elementary, middle and, high school) from amongst the nominations. These district-wide winners receive a letter and certificate of recognition and a gift certificate from Outback Steakhouse in Jamison. In addition, their name is engraved on a plaque at Outback and their picture appears in the Bucks County Herald. A culminating luncheon in June, which includes all Boomerang Award recipients, their parents, and community judges,additionally serves as a celebration of this recognition. It should be noted that ALL students who have been nominated for this award receive a gift from CB CARES as an acknowledgement of this honor.

Here are the Developmental Assets for the 2015-16 School Year:

September: #26 CARING. Young person places high value on helping other people. He/she thinks about ways of helping others and is motivated to initiate kind and thoughtful acts

October: #31 Restraint. Young person can identify, regulate, and control his/her behaviors and emotions in healthy ways, particularly in stressful or unstructured situations.

November: #40 Positive View of Personal Future. Young person is optimistic about his or her own future and strives to reach his/her goals. They have hopes, dreams, enthusiasm and plans. He/she demonstrates strong efforts to achieve their goals, whatever they might be.

December: #22 SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. Young person is actively engaged in educational activities inside and/or outside of school. They take learning a step further and by their actions and enthusiasm serve as a role model to others

January: #9 Service to Others. Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community. He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions.

February: #27 Equality and Social Justice. Young person places a high value on assisting those who may need a helping hand. Equality-equal rights for all people.

March: #17 Creative Activities. Young person participates in creative activities which have a direct positive impact on him/her and others. Their creative activity can take a variety of forms– music, drama, art, or any other creative activity.

April: #25 Reading for Pleasure. Young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends.

May: #15 Positive Peer Influence. Positive Peer Influence. Young person’s best friends model responsible behavior. They are a good influence. They make good choices.

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Physical Health of Children/Teens - Next in the Series...

A free parent speaker series is being offered by ParentPositive, a partnership between the Doylestown YMCA, Doylestown Health, CB Cares Educational Foundation, and CBSD. Save the dates for the following remaining presentations:

Physical Health of Children/Teens

February 18 at 7 p.m. at Lenape Middle School

Resilient Kids: Build Your Stress Busting Tool Kit

March 12 at 1 p.m. at CBFYMCA

Kids: From 1-4 p.m. join in healthy, fun, and creative activities that will help them feel empowered and take control of the things that stress them out (parents are not required to attend)

Parents: From 1-2:30 p.m. hear a panel discussion with area professionals to gain insight on how we can help our children manage their stress.

Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protections with Trust

April 13 at 7 p.m. at Lenape Middle School

Dr. Ken Ginsberg, Pediatrician at CHOP, offers an overview of strategies to build resilience and promote the kind of traits that lead to our children becoming happy, successful adults.


For 9th grade students interested in exploring 10th grade programs available to them for the 2016-17 school year ...

January 20 – MBIT Tour for those 9th grade students who are interested (8AM to 10:40AM)


December 24 -January 3 - Holiday Break

January 9 - Link 2 Unity Leadership Retreat

January 11 - Cyber-Bullying Assembly - All Grade Levels

January 21 - Parent Council - 9AM

January 26 - MP 2 Ends (early dismissal) Unami 50th Anniversary School-Wide Assembly

January 27 - 9th Grade Assessment Assembly

For more details, please visit the Unami Website.

Leaving School Early Due to Illness

If a student becomes ill during the school day, the decision to excuse the student for the day is at the discretion of the school nurse. As a trained medical professional, this is one of the school nurse's responsibilities. Students should not be calling or texting parents/guardians to pick them up. If a student becomes ill, they must see the school nurse prior to being excused for the day. If this procedure is not followed, the student risks the possibility of an unlawful absence.


Parents of middle schoolers often ask how they can get involved. Some parents say that their child does not want them to get involved. At Unami, there are many special things that go on throughout the school year that would not be possible without the involvement and support of our parents. Please get involved.

Volunteers must have their clearances on file with the CBSD Human Resources Department prior to starting volunteer work. The new Pennsylvania State mandate does allow until July 1, 2016, to obtain background checks. However, in the best interest of the safety and security of our students, we are asking volunteers to comply with submitting background checks prior to volunteering in the 2015-2016 school year.

Volunteers may drop off required paperwork at the Administration Center at 20 Welden Drive.

Parent Portal

Through this secure online tool, parents have access

to information about their student(s). Parents are able

to view their student's attendance record, schedule,

assessment data, interim progress reports, report

cards, immunization records and family demographic

information like address and phone numbers. The

parent portal has proven to be very popular and

helpful. Go to the Unami or any district website and

click on the portal icon near the top of the page. Click here to view Parent Portal tips and frequently asked questions (you may also apply for an Activation Key here).

You can also keep up to date by going to each

teacher’s website for classroom information. Just go

to the Teacher Websites link on the Unami website.

If you do not have access to a computer for this

information, please contact the teacher. Phone

numbers and email addresses are also available on Unami's

Staff Page.


The partnership between CBCEF and the Central Bucks School District is long-standing. Since its inception, CBCEF has been involved in promoting the 40 Developmental Assets in our local schools through programs and trainings, with the goal of fostering positive behaviors and values in our community’s youth. At the present time, there are many active school programs which represent the mission of CBCEF - serving as a community catalyst by engaging, empowering, and linking people, organizations and businesses in the community. Click here for the December Backpack Newsflash.

Parent Council

As a Unami parent or guardian, you are invited to attend and participate in our monthly parent council meetings. This is an opportunity for your to be an informed and participative member of our learning community. We make it a practice to highlight our many students' accomplishments and update you on coming attractions. Please consider joining us!

All parent council meetings take place in our library and begin at 9AM.

  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 17
  • April 28

2015-16 District Calendar

Click here for one-page calendar.

Click here for monthly events calendar.

Fundraise for Unami While You Shop-- A Fantastic Way to Support Your School!

If you use the following vendors, please think about supporting UMS while you shop:

  • If you shop at Target and have a Target Red Card, you can register your card for Target's Take Charge of Education program so that Unami receives a percentage of your spending. Thank you to all Target shoppers!
  • Giant Food Store has an A+ School Rewards program through their clip-less coupon card. Note, each year you need to reselect Unami so that your shopping benefits UMS.
  • Clip and send in Box Tops to the attention of NJHS; or, shop at the Box Top Market Place where you will find vendors such as Best Buy, KMart, Justice and more.
  • If you like to shop online, check out the eScrip Online Mall. When you sign up for an account, selecting Unami earns money for our school.

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