Unami United

June 29th, 2015

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Principal's Message

Dear Unami Parents & Guardians,


As you will see when viewing the final newsletter of the 2014-15 school year, our students' last few weeks were filled with academic challenges, service to others, and joyous celebrations. The freshman class is now off to CB South, but they will not soon forget their final fun-filled days at Unami. We are excited for their next steps, but will sincerely miss them. They are a wonderful class.


Our last week included team building activities and student recognition assemblies for all grade levels. The entire Unami community celebrated the close of the year with our final School-Wide Positive Assembly. Students and faculty gave new meaning to "UNAMI ROCKS", lip syncing to their favorite Pop & Rock Hits!!!


Although the students are away for the summer, the Unami hallways are not quiet. Renovations to our locker rooms, which includes the addition of several team rooms, is well underway. The new space is going to be beautiful and will be completed by students return in August.


Thank you for all that you do to support our school and community!
Have a great summer!


Unami United,

Ms. Lang

UNAMI UNITED...FAREWELL 2014-15

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Freshmen Rockin to the Oldies

Freshman Dance

Farewell Freshman!

Freshman Dance As you can see by the smiles and movement, the freshman dance was "rockin". It was a beautiful night under the stars. Students danced to both popular music and the "oldies", including favorite line dances such as "cotton-eyed Joe". Tasty appetizers disappeared quickly and the photo booth, complete with assorted props, was a big hit!


Freshman Day was an exciting and entertaining day for the freshman class. The students began their day in the auditorium watching their classmates perform in the Freshman Talent Show. They then donned their swimsuits and headed over to High Point to enjoy some swimming and a little fun in the sun.


The Freshman Farewell Award Ceremony (Superlatives) were held during advisory on the morning of June 9th. The students enjoyed a hot breakfast sandwich, some fruit and juice, as the teachers honored the students with light-hearted awards and recap some of the many fond memories of their freshman year.

Unami Student Sews for Service

Our 9th grade students find numerous ways to give back and serve their communities.

9th grade student, Sara D. models a dress she made to donate to the ConKerr Cancer Chapter. It is no surprise that Sara was Unami's U-RROCK award winner for her kindness and care towards others! Thank you, Sara. We will miss you!!!
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INSTRUCTIONAL SPOTLIGHTS

Outdoor Learning

Students in Ms. Spera's 8th grade science class recently used sling shots to measure the angle and distance a launched ball traveled. Needless to say, this was a welcome activity for students who could engage in learning while enjoying some warm and sunny weather!

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A Learning Legacy!

Ms. Jones' 9th grade art students have been hard at work preparing and painting a mural with positive messages on the hallway wall right outside the Unami cafeteria. This mural follows the huge success of last year's Wonder mural (right outside of the library), which promoted "Choose kind". The students have been working on the mural for nearly 2 months, and it's almost complete! Thanks to our 9th grade artists for adding a lasting piece that promotes positivity in our building.

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Dr. Sime's 7th Grade Students Visit Elementary Schools


Each year, Dr. Sime has her students engage in what is termed an "80/20" project. The idea/term comes from Google, which allows its employees to spend 20% of their time on a work assignment that is personally generated and developed by them. The assignment is worker choice and independent of other assigned work. Dr. Sime allows her students to spend class on Fridays (20% of their week's class) on this type of assignment, within the parameters of learning about the environment. Students must create a presentation to be delivered to 6th grade students in the district. The assignment gives Dr. Sime's 7th grade students an opportunity to learn about environmental impact in a more in-depth fashion, connect with our feeder elementary schools, and gain valuable experience researching, preparing, and delivering information.

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Botany Scavenger Hunt

All 9th Grade students competed in a Botany Scavenger Hunt in their Science classes within the last weeks of school. Students collected different parts of plants around Unami’s Outdoor Classroom to review and apply the information that they have been learning in their Botany Unit. Students tallied up their total points (harder to find plant parts were worth more points) and a winner for each class was determined.

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Mental Health Fair a Huge Success at Unami!

Unami 9th graders participated in the first of its kind Mental Health Education & Awareness Day on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015. Using a grant provided through the Foundations Community Partnership, the program was designed to “Empower Youth through Education” and help start conversation among students and parents to decrease the stigma that often accompanies Mental Health issues. It is thought that if we “pull back the curtain” and expose and address MH issues, we help kids know they’re not alone. Additionally, by educating kids, we empower them to help themselves.


Students chose from among 20 different workshop offerings, attending 4 workshops and two large-group assemblies during the day. CB professional staff, local and Philadelphia-based community organizations, and mental health professionals provided information on topics pertinent to the adolescent population. Workshop topics included: Food & Mood, Erasing the Stigma, Building Confidence & Self-Esteem, Exploring the Realm of Eating Disorders, Technology Tools & Apps to Keep you in the Zone, Dealing with Test Anxiety, My Friends & Family are Stressing Me Out, When Girlfriends Turn Mean, Understanding & Supporting LGBTQ Youth, All Brains are Wired Differently, Stress Management & Relaxation Strategies, Brain Fitness 101: What is Executive Functioning, Living with ADHD, Understanding Self-Harm, Depression & Bipolar Disorder and Marijuana & Alcohol: Questions & Answers.


Check out the photos below of what was a fun, powerful, and insightful day!

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Spring Concerts & Art Show

In May of every year, the Unami music and art departments team up to present a series of evenings devoted to both disciplines. This year, our Spring Arts & Music Festival occurred on the following dates:


  • May 11 - Orchestra Concert & Art Show;
  • May 13 - Chorus/Band Concert and Art Show;
  • May 14 - Chorus/Band Concert and Art Show.


Attendees to each of the evenings were treated to an amazing display of paintings, pottery, 3-D images, and other art mediums, which were also available to be enjoyed at the conclusion of the music performance. Parents and friends were amazed to see the artistic talent of our students.


The music portion of the night entertained with a great variety of music. Some of the highlights included orchestral versions Michael Jackson's "Thriller", an orchestral presentation of "Don't Stop Believin'" with featured chorus members, a 1970's montage of music from last summer's hit film Guardians of the Galaxy, and a medley of Beatle's music by the chorus with backing by the Unami band. For the latter, the stage was full!


Check out the videos and pictures of below from the evenings of our Spring Arts & Music Festival!

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Unami Students Host 6th Graders from Millcreek and Butler

UMS was an exciting destination for our rising 7th grade students from Millcreek and Butler. 6th grade students were in awe of the size of their new home for the next three years. Our 7th, 8th and 9th grade students offered them a warm welcome with tours that were informative and reassuring. 6th graders then attended our very first extracurricular fair. UMS students took great pride and joy in showing off all the "fun" sports, activities and clubs that are available at Unami. Our resident "yoyo phenom", Max F., was quite the hit! 6th graders flitted from one activity to another, quickly realizing all the great opportunities that await them as the youngest members of our wonderful community! Tour guides and extracurricular fair hosts were treated to a pizza lunch for all their hard work and enthusiasm!!!

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Unami's band members marched alongside our 4 sister schools in Doylestown's annual Memorial Day Parade. It was a beautiful day to express our gratitude for service and love of community and country.
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ACADEMIC RECOGNITION NIGHT

On May 27th Unami students who performed in the top 10% of their grade level were recognized at Unami's Academic Awards Night. The night began with a beautiful performance by Unami's String Ensemble and concluded with parents, students, and faculty enjoying light refreshments together. Ms. Lang's presentation remarks noted the extraordinary academic performances of all Unami students and that determining the top ten percent of each grade level required going out as many as 10 decimal points. It was a lovely night for students to bask in the glow of their well earned recognition.

TEAM JOURNEY HAPPENINGS

On May, 20th , Team Journey traveled to Trenton, New Jersey to see physics come alive outside the classroom at the Trenton Thunder baseball game. The students enjoyed a beautiful spring day collecting real time data and applying the formulas and concepts they studied in science class. Students thoughtfully and enthusiastically figured their calculations related to velocity, acceleration, projectile motion, and air resistance. Afterwards, many children remarked how the trip helped them review and prepare for the following day’s science quiz. Next time you are at the ballpark, don’t be surprised if your child gives you a physics lesson!

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TJ CHATS MODEL TEDx TALKS

Students in Mrs. Keller’s English classes presented TJ (Team Journey) Chats modeled after TEDx Talks. Students thought of an idea worth sharing, and then researched the idea to add to their credibility. The TJ Chats were both enlightening and thought-provoking. Students impressed their classmates and Mrs. Keller with topics such as The Effects of Divorce on Kids, How I Can Spot a Liar, The Benefits of Doodling, The Importance of Teens Having Healthy Relationships with Their Parents, Photoshopping’s Effects on Body Image, Living an Optimistic Life, The Importance of Communication in Relationships, Making Positive Choices as well as a hundred others!

Team Journey culminated a fantastic year with a team awards ceremony and picnic at Peace Valley Park on June 17th. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the students’ achievements and look toward becoming part of the 2015-15 Freshman class.

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May Boomerang District Winner

Congratulations to our 9th grade student, Kimberly Wang for being the District Winner for May's Asset, Personal Power. Kimberly knows she can effect change and make a difference in her middle school simply by showing kindness to others.
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Boomerang Youth Recognition Award-May Asset #37: Personal Power

Young Person has a healthy sense of Personal Power. She/he believes they can effect change and make a difference in their school and/or community.


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.

UNAMI ARTISTS--OH HOW THEY CREATE!!!

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Congratulations to our Young Artists!

“Students in Mrs. Jones art classes had an opportunity to enter a poster design contest for Aramark, the food and nutrition service company that works with Central Bucks school district. Two seventh grade students, Gavin C. and Eric L, had their drawings chosen to represent grades 7-9. They were each given a $100 gift card and recognized at a recent board meeting. Congratulations boys!”

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RELAY FOR LIFE

Unami 8th and 9th grade students joined alongside Tohickon, Tamanend, Holicong, and Lenape students in CB's annual Relay for Life. This was the culminating event of weeks of planning and hard work. The day began with loading buses and setting up camps. The opening ceremonies recognized survivors and caregivers and then hundreds of CB students began CB's 2015 "Relay for Life". Students walked for hours, selling treats and homemade crafts, demonstrating their combined efforts and commitment to discover the cure.

CB Cares Educational Foundation Awards 18 Innovative Learning Grants, Totaling $16,640


At the May 12th School Board meeting, CB Cares Educational Foundation (CBCEF) awarded 18 Innovative Learning Grants, totaling $16,640, to Central Bucks School District administrators, teachers, guidance counselors and nurses.


Congratulations to Unami's grant recipients, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Kilpatrick. Their grant will be used to purchase additional audiobooks for our library. Thank you for the extra steps you take to support our students!

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Click here to see more detailed information on Unami's Summer Reading requirements.

BUS INFORMATION FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR


Dear Unami Families,

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, bus cards will only be mailed to those families with children in kindergarten and grade 1. Information for students in grades 2-12 will be available through the Transportation tab in the Parent Portal.

More detailed information will be sent at the end of July but it is important at this time to make sure you can access your Parent Portal account. Please click here if you do not have a Parent Portal account or need help with your existing account.

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CB Cares--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 the link below for the current and past Backpack Newsflashes.


JUNE 2015 BACKPACK NEWSFLASH

Parent Council

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 on the link below to view minutes of our April meeting.


http://cbsd.schoolwires.net/cms/lib07/PA01916442/Centricity/Domain/320/Parent%20Council%20Minutes%20April%202015.pdf


We thank our outgoing 9th grader parents for their attendance and look forward to seeing our regular attendees and some new face next fall!

CBSD RESOURCE LINKS

  • Click here for up-to-date calendar information about the 2015-16 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.

    2015 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