The U Scoop

University Middle and High School Academies

Welcome to the November U Scoop

Dear UMHSA Family,

Social Media. Those of us who use social media or who have children on social media understand all too well the time and toll it can take on our schedules, relationships, etc. As our children navigate growing up in a digital world, it is imperative that the important adults in their lives monitor their online activity. Monitoring our children’s online presence helps us keep them safe online and encourages good digital behavior. Here are a few tips to help you keep a watchful eye in today’s digital parenting age.

1. You don’t need to be your child’s social media friend, but you do need to follow them. Have an honest conversation with your son/daughter about why you are following them and let them know it’s because you don’t trust other people. Following your child on social media means that you can see what is being posted and how others are responding. If he/she is concerned about you following them, promise him/her you won’t comment on their posts and then, of course, keep that promise.

2. You need to be educated on how each platform works and how your children use it. Parents/guardians need to know social media better than their children so they know how their child uses it and how others can contact or engage with them. You should also have the passwords to any accounts your son/daughter is using so you can see the direct messages your son/daughter is sending and receiving. Simply following your child on Instagram or Snapchat doesn’t mean you know what they are doing. Children will look for other ways to interact with friends in less visible ways, and these less visible ways are often where more cyberbullying or other forms of inappropriate communications occur.

3. Have meaningful discussions that set ground rules and expectations before following your children on social media. No matter the age, pay attention to posts and keep a watchful eye out for worrisome contradictions to real life. Extreme differences between the emotions and expressions included in social media posts and the emotions and expressions witnessed at home are red flags. Look for photoshopped selfies and other evidence of unrealistic portrayal of life. Have a conversation about the difference in social media and everyday life, including authenticity, body image, etc.

You most certainly should be personally connected to your son/daughter’s online activity. Our children are growing up in the digital age and we must help them understand the importance of maintaining a positive digital footprint. Creating a digital safety net is one way to establish a digital support system.

Popular Monitoring Apps: Net Nanny, PhoneSheriff, Norton Family Premier, TeenSafe, and SecureTeen

In the spirit of collaboration,

Dean Williams

Announcements & Acknowledgements

This is a friendly reminder that all visitors are expected to enter the building through the main office entrance, sign in the main office and receive a visitor’s pass. Thank you for your cooperation and support as we strive to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment.

The UMHSA application for the 20-21 school year is available on the UMHSA website through November 1. Please encourage your friends and neighbors with children to consider the U as an educational option.

UMHSA is participating in the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office “Coats for the Cold Coat Drive” from November 1-30. The drop box is located in front of the main office. See the flyer below for more info.

School IS IN session on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5.

The 5K Student vs. Staff Volleyball Game is November 8. Students in grades 8-12 may attend.

The University Middle Student Council Gleaner’s Canned Food Drive is November 11-15.

Due to staff professional development, Wednesday, November 20 is a half-day of school for students. School is dismissed at 11:30 am.

UMSA’s Spirit Day is Friday, November 22.

The Class of 2020 Fashion Show is Friday, November 22, at 2:00 pm in the auditorium. This event is for high school students only.

Thanksgiving Recess is Wednesday, November 27- Friday, November 29. Classes resume on Monday, December 2.

Please click on the link to access the weekly announcements.

Please click on the link to access the middle school announcements.

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Alumni Spotlight - Mr. Austin Little

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Austin Little

UHSA Class of 2013

Morehouse College Class of 2018

Physics Major

Current Profession: Business Technology Analyst, Atlanta, GA

Post-Secondary/Professional Journey

Throughout college, I had the opportunity to participate in several research programs (I did my first one at the U) which exposed me to the field of artificial intelligence. After spending two years developing machine learning algorithms for a biomedical device product at Georgia Tech, I was able to transfer that knowledge into technology consulting where I help clients strategize and implement big data/AI solutions.

Memories of the U

The Students vs. Staff Basketball games were my favorite school events. It was hilarious to see our teachers outside of the classroom on a basketball court.

Words of Encouragement for U (Current Students)

Life is about your growth journey, not your end destination. Understand that you should never stop growing, and use "the U" as an environment to facilitate that growth. Find and develop your passions and go after them with discipline, commitment, and a strong work ethic.

University Golfers Shine at OAA Regionals

Congratulations to the Girls Golf Team for their exceptional performance at OAA Regionals. University's Kyla H. and Amber M. placed 5th in the competition. Pictured from left to right: Sydney H. (A&T), Kyla H., Amyre H., Amber M., Jada W. (University Golfers)
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Lydia M. Recognized at Senior Night

Senior Lydia M., who has been a member of the Varsity Girls Swim Team for the past four years, was celebrated on Senior Night! Congratulations Lydia! Lydia is pictured below with her coach, her parents, and her teammates.

Mr. Melton's Madrid & Andalusia Trip

April 01, 2021 - April 09, 2021


Round-trip airfare, all transportation, sightseeing tours and site visits, all hotels with private bathroom, breakfast and dinner daily, full-time multi-lingual tour director.

All-inclusive insurance is available.

Click on the link for more information & check out the information below.

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