Unami United

March 24, 2015

Principal's Message

Dear Unami Parents & Guardians,


Hopefully we have seen the last of the SNOW!!! Spring is in the air and Unami students are joining spring sports by the hundreds. Included in this newsletter are proposed schedules for baseball, softball, track and soccer.


Congratulations to Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Kilpatrick for being awarded an Innovative Learning Grant from CB Cares Educational Foundation. Their grant, Audiobooks to Support Literacy, will provide $1000 to build Unami's audio book collection, providing students with another valuable means of exploring literature.


Unami shares our second grant, Positive School Climate Kick Off Assembly, with our sister middle schools, Holicong, Tamanend, Lenape, and Tohickon. Thank you to CB CARES for supporting our students!


Please be aware that the district calendar has been revised to accommodate the four days schools were closed for inclement weather. April 2nd, 7th are now school days and the last day of school is now June 18th. Click here to view new calendar.


Unami United,

Mrs. Lang

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INSTRUCTIONAL SPOTLIGHTS

Mrs. Myers and her Students - Technology Pioneers!

Unami students are seeing blue! 7th graders in Mrs. Myers’ ELA classes are piloting the use of HP stream laptops. From word processing to PowerPoints to Poll Everywhere, students will be using the laptops in a variety of ways and providing feedback to the district’s technology department to see if these devices offer enough capabilities to make them useful in the classroom.


Ms. Adams - Making Math Engaging for Students!

Ask Ms. Adams' students about her classroom, and they will tell you that active learning is a regular part of her classroom instruction. This instructional approach was on display recently, as students in her 8th grade Geometry/Trigonometry class worked in small groups, moving about the class to solve problems that were posted throughout the room. The activity involved color-coding, matching proposed solutions with answers that were also posted in the classroom, and work towards revealing a secret phrase based on correct solutions (this allowed student groups to ultimately check the accuracy of their work. Ms. Adams' classroom was alive and abuzz as her students scurried about the classroom to find/solve problems, find the corresponding answers, and ultimately reveal the secret phrase!


Ms. Weaver's Students Convene to Address the Cuban Missile Criris!

Always working to have her students engage in experiential learning, Ms. Weaver recently had her students form small "Presidential Advisory" groups to discuss and propose a response to Soviet installation of missiles in Cuba in October of 1962. The lesson involved students learning about the Cuban Missile Crisis through a reading, video clip, and Power Point, followed by review and discussion of six response options. The student groups then convened to discuss the pros and cons of each option, ultimately selecting one and justifying the rationale behind their choice. It was an intense and realistic learning experience!

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TEAM GNEISS - MISSION POSSIBLE

On Wednesday, March 11th, 7th Grade Team Gneiss teachers met with all students to review team expectations and remind students of some key strategies for a successful second half of the school year. With a theme of “Mission: Possible” team teachers, clad in all black and adorned with Tom Cruise-worthy sunglasses, shared examples of positive behavior in and out of the classroom that will help students not only survive but thrive this year and beyond. Teachers stressed the need to continue to be responsible, courteous, supportive, and hardworking. Team Gneiss students were excited to see their teachers surreptitiously emerge into the auditorium to the spy-thriller theme song, but the real highlight was Mrs. Hickman’s stealthy spy-crawl down the aisle. Team Gneiss is geared up to not just survive but thrive all the way to June 18th!

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Students Celebrate Pi Day

On March 14th, 3.14, Unami math students had an opportunity to show off their understanding of Pi and celebrate one of the most revered mathematical constants in the known world. Unami students joined millions of students and math lovers. It was as easy as Pi!

Team Legacy and Team Infinity Visit the Nation's Capital

8th Grade Team Legacy and 7/8th Grade Team Infinity's field trips to Washington, D.C. are just around the corner, Wednesday, April 1st, for Team Infinity and Thursday, April 9th, for Team Legacy. Have a great time everyone!!!
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Congratulations Unami Cheerleaders on a GREAT Season!

On Saturday March 14th the Unami Middle School cheerleaders wrapped up their season at the Del Val Gold Cup Competition with a third place finish out of six teams.

The road to Del Val began in mid-October with fall cheer tryouts. Under the direction of new coach, Tina Lewis, the girls were separated into two teams. The Black and Orange squads practiced 3-4 days a week in preparation for cheering at football and basketball games and school pep rallies. Additionally, the Black squad performed at three local competitions.


The day of the Gold Cup Competition the girls were electric and ready. Friends and family filled the stands to support the Warriors. The routine was at its highest difficulty level and was executed flawlessly. Fans echoed the UMS cheer and erupted in applause at the end of the routine. It was in the hands of the judges. The scores were close and Unami walked away with a 3rd place trophy.

"I couldn't be happier with the season. The girls were so ambitious and eager to learn. They never ceased to amaze me and I think their final routine was the perfect culmination of all their hard work over the past five months. I'm already looking forward to next season. I hope all the seventh graders return so we can continue to build on this year's skills and I can't wait to meet the newcomers." - Coach Tina Lewis

Unami Middle School Del Val

Unami's 8th Grade Boys' Basketball Team League Finalists

8th grade boys' basketball team competed in the league tournament championship game versus Holland M.S. at Lenape M.S. It was a close game, with Holland M.S. barely edging our valiant Warriors. Thank you to everyone who came out to cheer!!!
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ENERGY EXPO 2015

Mrs. Cohick's and Mrs. Caldwell's 7th grade science students recently completed their unit of study on energy. As a culmination to their study, students created stunning visual models of their understanding of what fuels our world.

Unami Science Olympiad Team SCORES

On Wednesday, March 4th, the Unami Science Olympiad team made up of twenty 7th, 8th and 9th grade students competed at the Southeast Regional Science Olympiad Competition at Neumann University in Delaware County. The students on the team competed in 19 different events covering all areas of science and engineering and entered two teams in one of the trial events. The members on the team competed against 25 middle schools from across southeastern Pennsylvania and medaled in 10 of the 19 events they competed in. Winning medals in their events were: William R. and Joshua Y. with a 1st place in Solar System, Susan L. and Isabella W. with a 1st Place in Meteorology, Eric L. and Jack N. with a 1st place in Write It, Do It, Susan L. and Nolan P. with a 2nd place in Dynamic Planet, Cathy Z. and Miranda S. with a 3rd place in Anatomy, Nolan P. and Ben K. with a 4th place in Can’t Judge and Powder, Jack N. and Eric L. with a 4th place in Bridge Building, Caleb T. and Cathy Z. with a 4th place in Disease Detective, Ben K. and Nolan P. with a 4th place in Bottle Rocket, and Ian S., Cathy Z. and Joshua Y. with a 4th place in Experimental Design

Congratulations to the entire team for their outstanding efforts at the regional competition.

Unami Hosts Annual POPS Concert

On March 4th, Unami hosted its annual POPS CONCERT, which included 6th grade Orchestra from Millcreek and Butler Elementary Schools, and CB South/West Chamber Strings. This year’s theme was “SPOOKY” night. Each group performed a few selections, and then a combined piece from The Addams Family, and the grand finale Thriller! Unami’s 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra, along with 7th grade String Ensemble members, performed three numbers—Pink Panther, Themes from Harry Potter, and Selections from Phantom of the Opera. We had over 120 string players from grades 6-12, making music and enjoying each other’s performances. The auditorium was filled with enthusiastic audience.

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Third Annual String Orchestra Festival Adjudication

Unami String Ensemble participated in the Third Annual SOFA (String Orchestra Festival Adjudication), hosted by Upper Dublin School District, on March 11. This is a two day event where neighboring school districts’ middle school and high school ensembles perform for two professional judges. They are given a recorded commentary on the performances, and rated according to the scores. Unami performed Selections from Phantom of the Opera, Themes from the Moldau, and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Both judges gave us perfect scores for the Moldau, and our overall score gave us a “Superior” rating, which is the highest level. This is Unami's first rating for SOFA. 38 students from all three grades participated, and were very proud of this accomplishment.

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TECHNOLOGY NEWSFLASH

We are thrilled to acknowledge Jack H. for breaking the all-time record for the CO2 car design and drag race. His car went the distance of 50 feet in .74 seconds. That will be a hard time to beat.
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UNAMI SCHOOL-WIDE TALENT SHOW--SAVE THE DATE

Unami's annual school-wide talent show is right around the corner, Friday, March 27th, beginning at 7:30 PM. Prepare to be entertained as Unami students share their wonderful talents with our community--singers, dancers, jugglers, comedians, and other amazing talents.

Order Your Yearbook NOW!

Advanced orders for the 2014-15 Unami Arrowhead will be accepted until April 15th.
No advanced orders will be accepted after April 15th. Click here for an order form.


We are collecting kindergarten photos of current 9th graders. Parents interested in submitting photos should do so by March 25th for inclusion in this year’s edition! Send digital photos to akazatsky@cbsd.org. Thank you!

Advanced Order Price ~ $22.00
Make checks payable to Unami Middle School
If you wait until they arrive, the cost is $25.00 while supplies last.

Orders can be turned in to the basket in the main office.

Boomerang Youth Recognition Award-March Asset #28 Integrity

March: #28 Integrity. Young person acts on his/her convictions and stands up for his/her beliefs. Young person talks openly about what he/she believes in and values: they “talk the talk and walk the walk.”


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.

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PSSA and Algebra & Keystone Dates

Please be aware of the following dates for PSSA testing:


PSSA English Language Arts - 7th & 8th, April 14-17

PSSA Math - 7th & 8th, April 21-23

PSSA Science - 8th, April 28-29

Keystone Algebra 1 - May 13-14


Please make every attempt to have your child in attendance on these dates to take these assessments. Additional information will be provided the coming weeks.

IMPORTANT DATES

8th Grade Rescheduled Spanish Field Trip: March 24th

9th Grade Rescheduled Spanish Field Trip: March 25th

Relay for Life Bank Day - March 26th

Unami Talent Show: March 27th - 7:30 to 9:30

Team Infinity Washington D.C. Field Trip - April 1st

Team Legacy Washington D.C. Field Trip - April 9th

UNAMI SPRING SPORTS' SCHEDULES

Baseball & Softball


Tues. 4/21/2015 8th Baseball/Softball Richboro M.S. Away

Thurs. 4/23/2015 8th Baseball/Softball Log College M.S. Home

Mon. 4/27/2015 8th Baseball (only) Tohickon M.S. Away

Tues. 4/28/2015 8th Softball (only) Tohickon M.S. Away

Weds. 4/29/2015 8th Baseball/Softball Holland M.S. Home

Fri. 5/1/2015 8th Baseball/Softball Newtown M.S. Away

Thurs. 5/7/2015 8th Baseball/Softball Klinger M.S. Home

Mon. 5/11/2015 8th Baseball/Softball New Hope-Solebury M.S. Away

Weds. 5/13/2015 8th Baseball/Softball Tamanend M.S. Home

Mon. 5/18/2015 8th Baseball/Softball Holicong M.S. Away

Weds. 5/20/2015 8th Baseball/Softball Lenape M.S. Home

Weds. 5/27/2015 8th Baseball/Softball Holicong M.S.** Away

Thurs. 5/28/2015 8th Baseball/Softball Holicong M.S.** Away


Mon. 4/20/2015 7th Baseball/Softball Tamanend M.S. Away

Weds. 4/22/2015 7th Baseball/Softball Tohickon M.S. Home

Fri. 4/24/2015 7th Baseball/Softball Lenape M.S. Home

Thurs. 4/30/2015 7th Baseball/Softball Holicong M.S. Away

Mon. 5/4/2015 7th Baseball/Softball Tamanend M.S. Home

Weds. 5/6/2015 7th Baseball/Softball Tohickon M.S. Away

Fri. 5/8/2015 7th Baseball (only) New Hope-Solebury Away

Tues. 5/12/2015 7th Baseball/Softball Lenape M.S. Away

Tues. 5/19/2015 7th Baseball/Softball Holicong M.S. Away


*Schedules are subject to change.

THE BIG STRETCH!

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157 Unami Students Sign-Up for Spring Track!!!

Track & Field

Weds. 4/15/2015 8th Track & Field New Hope-Solebury M.S. Away

Fri. 4/17/2015 8th Track & Field Log College M.S. Home

Tues. 4/21/2015 8th Track & Field Tohickon M.S. Home

Weds. 4/22/2015 JV Track & Field Lenape M.S. Home

Thurs. 4/23/2015 8th Track & Field Holicong M.S. Home

Mon. 4/27/2015 8th Track & Field Klinger M.S. Away

Weds. 4/29/2015 8th Track & Field Lenape M.S. Home

Fri. 5/1/2015 8th Track & Field Richboro M.S. Home

Weds. 5/6/2015 JV Track & Field Holicong M.S. & Tamanend M.S. Home

Thurs. 5/7/2015 8th Track & Field Holland M.S. Home

Mon. 5/11/2015 8th Track & Field Tamanend M.S. Home

Weds. 5/13/2015 8th Track & Field C.B Relays @ Tohickon M.S. Away

Fri. 5/15/2015 8th Track & Field Newtown M.S. Home

Weds. 5/20/2015 8th Track & Field CB/CR Championships* Away


*Schedules are subject to change.

Soccer

Mon. 4/20/2015 8th Spring Soccer Newtown M.S. Away

Weds. 4/22/2015 8th Spring Soccer Log College M.S. Away

Fri. 4/24/2015 8th Spring Soccer Holland M.S. Home

Tues. 4/28/2015 8th Spring Soccer Lenape M.S. Home

Thurs. 4/30/2015 8th Spring Soccer Shafer M.S. Home

Mon. 5/4/2015 8th Spring Soccer Holicong M.S. Home

Weds. 5/6/2015 8th Spring Soccer Cecelia Snyder M.S. Away

Fri. 5/8/2015 8th Spring Soccer Tohickon M.S. Home

Tues. 5/12/2015 8th Spring Soccer Klinger M.S. Home

Thurs. 5/14/2015 8th Spring Soccer Tamanend M.S. Away

Mon. 5/18/2015 8th Spring Soccer New Hope-Solebury M.S. Away

Weds. 5/20/2015 8th Spring Soccer Richboro M.S. Away

Weds. 5/27/2015 8th Spring Soccer Tohickon M.S.** Away

Thurs. 5/28/2015 8th Spring Soccer Tohickon M.S.** Away


Weds. 4/15/2015 7th Spring Soccer Tamanend M.S. Away

Tues. 4/21/2015 7th Spring Soccer Tohickon M.S. Home

Thurs 4/23/2015 7th Spring Soccer Lenape M.S. Home

Weds. 4/29/2015 7th Spring Soccer Holicong M.S. Away

Tues. 5/5/2015 7th Spring Soccer Tamanend M.S. Home

Thurs. 5/7/2015 7th Spring Soccer Tohickon M.S. Away

Mon. 5/11/2015 7th Spring Soccer Lenape M.S. Away

Thurs. 5/19/2015 7th Spring Soccer Holicong M.S. Home

Weds. 5/20/2015 7th Spring Soccer Richboro M.S.* Away


*Schedules are subject to change.

SHOE BOX RECYCLING

Student Council continues to collect used shoes that still have some life left in them as part of the Shoebox Shoe Recycling Program. Collection boxes are available outside the main office year round. Shoes do not need to be in shoeboxes, and we can’t accept slippers, flip flops, winter boots, rollerblades or other specialty shoes. Not only are you helping the environment, Unami benefits from this program. Student Council donates the funds we receive to “green” projects around the school. We are currently donating to the Unami Plough and Trowel community gardening club as they continue to expand their project.

EMPOWER U - GROWING STRONGER

Empower U for teen girls, grades 9 - 12 in Bucks County - Tuesdasy & Thursdays 7:30 - 9:00PM at the Central Bucks Family YMCA. Empower4 U is an 8 week program that enhances confidence through physical activity, healthy relationships and positive self-image. It is offered FREE through a partnership between Central Bucks Family YMCA and United Way's Bucks County Women's Initiative. Participants will engage in Fitness Center workouts, group-supported workouts and educational workshops related to health. Upcoming Sessions:


Spring Session: Tuesday, April 7th to Thursday, May 28th.

Participants receive a 2-month complimentary Y Teen Membership in addition to the full program. For more information, connect with Brooke Volpe, bvolpe@cbfymca.org, ext. 3010.

CB Cares--March Backpack Newsflash

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 February Backpack Newsflash.

Parent Council: Next Meeting/Thursday, April 30th. Join Us!

As a Unami parent or guardian, you are invited to attend and participate in our monthly parent council meetings. This is an opportunity for you 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!

Click here to view minutes of our January meeting.

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

  • April 30 *** note date change***

CBSD RESOURCE LINKS

  • Click here for up-to-date calendar information about the 2014-15 school year.

  • There is a Parent Portal app for your smartphone. Click here for more information.

  • Click here to read previous Backpack Newsflash editions from CB Cares Educational Foundation.
  • Click here to learn about CBSD efforts against bullying and for resources helpful to parents on this important subject and more.
  • To receive text alerts from CBSD, click here.
  • School Weather Related News

    Click here to keep updated on all CB weather related information, including delays and closings.

    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.
    • Use this link to connect to Amazon to shop and Unami library can earn as much as 15% of what you purchase!
    • 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.

    2014 District Calendar

    Click here for one-page calendar.

    LIKE CB SCHOOLS ON FACEBOOK

    Central Bucks School District is always looking for ways to enhance communication. Adding a Facebook page is another way we hope to share “good news” and information with our community. Click here to visit our page.

    Follow @ CBSDInfo on Twitter

    Follow Central Bucks School District @CBSDInfo for up-to-the-minute notifications of school delays, closures and emergencies