UAMS Newsletter


Unger-Stock Award

The Unger/Stock Outstanding Teacher Award has been made possible by the generous donation of Colonel Guinn E. Unger. Through a charitable trust established by Col. Unger and the late Mrs. Phyllis E. Unger, the Upper Adams School District has been able to perpetuate the long-standing tradition of recognizing outstanding teachers. Col. Unger, a 1943 graduate of Biglerville High School, realizes the importance high-quality teachers played in his life and the lives of his children. In 1995, Colonel Unger encouraged the Upper Adams School District to institute the Guinn E. Unger Innovative Teaching Practices Award. This award, presented to one secondary and one elementary teacher each year, recognized the efforts to institute innovative teaching practices into the classroom.

Colonel Unger was a student of the late L.V. Stock, who was a teacher and administrator in the Upper Adams School District from 1923 through 1957. In 1985, the L. V. Stock Teacher of Excellence Award was formed through the generous contribution of Verna O. Stock, in honor of her late husband, Leslie V. Stock. After nearly twenty years of honoring distinction in teaching through the L.V. Stock Teacher of Excellence Award, the tradition came close to extinction due to dwindling funds. When faced with the possibility of losing the tie between the L.V. Stock name and teacher excellence, Colonel Unger agreed to support the initiation of a new award, combining the components of both the former L.V. Stock and Guinn E. Unger awards. Thus, in 2005, the Unger/Stock Outstanding Teacher Award was conceived.

The Unger/Stock Outstanding Teacher Award is made available to one secondary and one elementary teacher each school year at the Upper Adams School District. The recipients will be chosen from selected teacher candidates who are nominated by peers, parents, students, staff members and/or community members. This recognition award is intended to bring special attention to a teacher nominated by others for qualities exemplifying outstanding practice.

Parents, teachers, students, staff and community members are welcomed and encouraged to submit a nomination. A nomination form can be found below and at the school website at or you can pick up an application at any Upper Adams School Office or the District Administrative Office.

The nomination form must be returned on or before April 16, 2021. Announcement of the recipients will be made during the year end in-service program.

Return Nominations to:

Attn: Candy Bretzman, Central Office Executive Assistant

Upper Adams School District
161 North Main Street, P.O. Box 847
Biglerville, PA 17307

Or email the nomination form to

7th grade ELA

In 7th-grade language arts, the students are researching the many events of the Civil Rights Movement. They are researching their event and creating an infographic to present their findings. Next week, we will be starting the novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Diversity Club

This month the Diversity Club is recognizing Autism Awareness. We are inviting students to a scavenger hunt to find the Autism Awareness infinity symbol. There will be three hidden throughout the building and the winners will receive an Amazon gift card!

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The Diversity Club members also wanted to create a message for the month surrounding the campaign “Stop Asian Hate.” They came up with a powerful message that is displayed in our middle school hallway as a reminder that hate spreads as quickly as a virus.
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Camp Koala - A Place for all Grieving Kids

Hello from Camp Koala!

We have had to modify our spring camp, and will hold a one day IN PERSON camp for grieving kids on Saturday, May 1st at Camp Karoondinha in Union County, Mifflinburg, from 9am-7pm. Lunch and dinner provided, no cost to attend.

Ages 7-12 and teens are invited to apply! Our activities will all be outdoors, including meals.

Please find an application form attached to this email. Priority will be given to campers who have not been to this camp before. Others will be on a wait list for the time being. Space is limited, so please apply asap.

We are practicing very strict precautions, and everyone will be required to wear a mask! If your child is unable to wear a mask, please do not apply. All of our volunteers will also be masked and many will be fully vaccinated. There is limited space available, so please apply asap.

Music News

Mr. Phillippi and Mrs. Kelly would like to try holding a FULL rehearsal with both A and B students on Friday May 7th and Friday May 14th with MS Chorus meeting from 1-2pm and MS Band meeting from 2-3pm (both Fridays). Please contact Mr. Phillippi and Mrs. Kelly with any questions.

SAVE THE DATE! Spring IN-PERSON Chorus concert 5/18/21!

We don't have all of the details yet, but we DO have dates for our chorus and band spring concerts that we want our students and parents to know about. At this time, we plan to have a (limited) live audience and the times are TBD once we plan how to rotate groups on and off the stage and in/out of the auditorium. Save the Date!

Middle School Band and Chorus - Tuesday May 18th

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Upcoming Events

4/19-4/27 - ELA PSSA

5/3-5/6 - Math PSSA

5/10-5/14 - Sci PSSA

5/7/21 - Half Day

Upper Adams Middle School

Shane Brewer, Principal