UMAC University News

April 24th 2015

Dear UMAC Families!

It's hard to believe that next week the student's will be taking the EOY (End of Year) PARCC test. We are so proud of all their hard work they have put in this year and know they are going to shine on these last final tests. The last round of PARCC tests will consist of one ELA test and two Math tests. This time around students will be taking PARCC either in the computer lab or in the learning resource center on the iPads. This will allow us to get through the tests in just a few days! Please see the upcoming PARCC schedule below. (Times with an * at the end indicate we will be eating lunch at 11:30am)

  • Monday, April 27th: New Friends ELA 11:15-12:40
  • Thursday, April 30th: Old Friends ELA 12:20-1:45*
  • Thursday, April 30th: New Friends Math 1 12:20-1:35*
  • Friday, May 1st: Old Friends Math 1 1:45-3:00
  • Friday, May 1st: New Friends Math 2 1:50-3:15
  • Monday, May 4th: Old Friends Math 2 12:20-1:45*

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Just a reminder that the Volunteer Breakfast is this Thursday, April 30th and we would love to see you there! Thank you so much for all you do and all your support, we couldn't do it without you!

Miss Russell and Mrs. Horist

Shared Reading

This week in shared reading we read the story The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney. This was a fun story told from the perspective of a hamster! In our age of technology and all the great and wonderful things it is capable of, this story allowed us to see the other side. That while technology is great, it can easily become a distraction in our lives. It was about a family who, thanks to the help of their son's class pet (Humphrey), rediscovered all the ways they can enjoy time without being "plugged in."


We had so much fun touring the United States, but are really excited to put our science caps back on as we start a new unit on environments. This week students were introduced to the unit where we will be investigating to learn about optimum environments different organisms require. Students worked with their to group to map out their terrarium and where might be the best places to plant the different seeds. Will certain seeds require more water than others? We then planted our seeds in our terrariums and will be recording our findings over the next week or so as we observe the growth of the different plants.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 29th: Woods Creek night at Colonial Cafe

Thursday, April 30th: Volunteer Breakfast

Friday, May 1st: School Spirit Day