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 TECHNOLOGY TUTORS ROCK!!!
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.
VETERAN'S DAY SERVICE PROJECT
VETERANS' SERVICE PROJECT THANK YOU
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!
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.
Team Gneiss Takes in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Theatre
7th Grade Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Put Us in the Holiday Spirit!
TEAM JOURNEY MEMOIRS
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.
UNAMI MUSICIANS COMPETE...
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.
CB MODEL CONGRESS
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.
Unami Middle School starts a Debate Club.
FRENCH CLUB CELBRATES “Action de Grâces”
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS!
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.
FEATURED ART ROOM OF THE MONTH
UNAMI ARTISTS CELEBRATE THE SEASON!!!
PEARL S. BUCK LEADERSHIP GRADUATES
Congratulations to emerging leaders, 9th grade students, Nicole D, Ben F, Mercedes S,
and Ethan W!
DELECTABLE DINING AT THE MELTING POT
CB South Curriculum Fair
Thursday, Jan. 7th 2016 at 6:30pm
1100 Folly Road
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.
CB COMMUNICATION SURVEY
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.
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.
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.
PARENT/GUARDIAN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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.
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
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
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.