May 17, 2016
Dear Unami Parents, Guardians & Students,
As you will see in this newsletter, the Unami community has been incredibly busy! Whether in the classroom, in academic competition, in the performing arts, or in service to others, Unami students always ROCK!
We are extremely proud of students' hard-work and accomplishments! I would like to thank them for their many contributions to their community this year. The video below shows our student council students "connecting" with the senior members of our community. This "sock-hop" was a culminating event for their service partnership with the Pine Run Senior Villagers.
As we wind down the 2015-16 school year, students will have many opportunities to celebrate their year. Please take note of the upcoming events listed below.
Thank you for all that you do to support our students and our school!
UNAMI STUDENTS BRIDGE THE GENERATION GAP
A thank you from the Pine Run Senior Villagers...
Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016 12:15 am
The Pine Run Villagers wish to thank and sing the praise of Unami Middle School students. They have bridged the generational gap. These students have shown great appreciation for seniors by reaching out to our community.
This year, they have been our mentors in electronic mobile devices (smart phones and tablets). They have visited Pine Run throughout the school year and met one on one with the residents. Their shared knowledge has greatly helped in our understanding and operation of the devices.
To cap off this year's service, they invited the residents to a sock hop at the school on April 15. They provided a DJ and decorated their multipurpose room in the spirit of the 1940s and 1950s. The girls all wore poodle skirts and the boys had the “James Dean” look. Several of the residents also dressed in the styles of the 1950s, wearing poodle skirts and the bebop style of dress.
The students visited and danced with the residents and entertained us with today’s dance style. (It is different from our day.) They jitterbugged and slow-danced with us, and they cooked us a diner-type meal of sliders, french fries and fruit, made us milkshakes and served a delicious dessert. It was a great fun time.
These students are our leaders of the future and we are very, very proud of them. Thank you, Unami “student teachers” and friends.
Mary Terpening, president
ONE BOOK, ONE UNAMI
This summer, the entire Unami community will share a common experience by joining together and reading Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonneblick.
All incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will read Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie as one of the two required summer readings. For the second book, students may read any title of their own choice as long as it is on their reading level.
During the 2016-2017 school year, there will be school wide activities that connect with this extraordinary book! In addition, we are excited to announce that the author, Jordan Sonneblick, will be visiting Unami in October 2016. This exciting author visit is being made possible in part from an Innovative Learning Grant funded by CB Cares Educational Foundation. Click here for more information on One Book, One Unami.
We think it is such a great book that we encourage our Unami parents and families to join us and read it as well!
The 9th graders in Mr. Scheck’s classes did their Neshaminy Creek Study on Thursday to kick-off the last unit of the year – Ecology & Environment. The students get to spend part of the class period in the Neshaminy Creek that runs along the back of Unami’s property. While in the creek they are looking for and identifying macroinvertebrates to determine the quality of the stream ecosystem based on the diversity and types of macroinvertebrates that are found.
ENGAGING STUDENTS WITH TECHONOLOGY
A new feature of the Quizlet site is Quizlet Live. Using the laptop computers, students enter the site using a prescribed code. After entering their names, they await placement via the program for a team. Once assigned to teams, students must work collaboratively to answer each question. Each game has 12 questions; each team has 3 to 4 players. As a result, one of the three or four team members has the correct answer so they must discuss the question and answer with each other. An electronic scoreboard keeps the class apprised of which team is in the lead. Each team is designated by an animal. The first team to score 12 correct answers wins!
The students pictured below are members of an Academic English 8th grade class at Unami Middle School. They are reviewing for a vocabulary quiz on Friday, May 6. Quizlet Live is very teacher-friendly; students responded positively to their first experience with Quizlet Live.
WELCOME BABY CHICKS!
In 7th grade Science, Mrs. Caldwell's students incubated and hatched baby chickens as part of their unit of study on Cell and Heredity. Obviously the baby chick were the main attraction for a few days. This was a great real-life learning experience for her students!
7TH GRADERS EXPLORE - THE CALL OF THE WILD
Students in Mrs. Frederick's and Mrs. Christein's reading classes explored the thematic connections between the novel The Call of the Wild by Jack London and outside artifacts. They demonstrated deep thought and creativity as they made links to other novels, children's books, poems, movies, newspaper articles, and songs that shared the same messages. The unit culminated with a visual presentation of their writing (in the form of a poster, video, website, powerpoint, etc.), and a "gallery walk"-- giving students the opportunity to appreciate their classmates' finished products. It was great to see the originality and sophistication of these projects! Bravo to these scholars!
CONGRATULATIONS 2016 NJHS INDUCTEES!
On Thursday, May 5th, Unami inducted 149 new members into the 2015-16 National Junior Honor Society. Students who were recognized demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.
NJHS Officers, Cathy Z., Samantha B., Melanie H., and Nicole D. led the induction ceremony and were joined by Senior CB South guest speaker,Paige Braun, who reminded students to look for opportunities to get involved and serve their community.
Character Building Presentations for 8th Grade Students
On Monday, May 23, 8th grade students will engage in a special Unami United advisory in conjunction with NOVA (Network of Victim Assistance), an organization that does a lot of work in our communities and with outreach to our youth. The presentation is part of a grant and will allow us to build on kindness themes moving into next year. NOVA will be working with us to present two films:
- Finding Kind (for 8th grade girls) - an award-winning documentary produced by two young women who packed their bags and traveled across America to interview hundreds of females about the "mean girl" phenomenon;
- We Could Be King (for 8th grade boys) - a story of the "compelling rivalry between students at two Philadelphia high schools... as their teams are forced to combine after drastic budget cuts... first time head coach Ed Dunn... must work with his staff and a new principal to unite these young men who must balance school work with other challenges on and off the field."
On May 23, NOVA will have representatives at Unami to conduct follow-up discussions with each 8th grade group about the films and lessons that can be taken away from them.
NOVA's presentation at Unami stems from a larger initiative involving Finding Kind. If you are interested in being involved yourself or further involving your child, the following community events centered around the film may be of interest to you:
- Public screening of Finding King at the Doylestown County Theatre on Sunday, June 5 at 9:30 a.m.;
- NOVA NO BULLYing Run on June 12 at Doylestown Central Park, including a 1-mile fun run/walk or 5-mile run.
CELEBRATING OUR PERFORMING ARTISTS...
UNAMI ROCKS THE BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE
On Monday, April 11, Unami theater students enjoyed a wonderful day of theater at the Bucks County Playhouse Drama Festival and Competition. The cast and crew of the Lion King, Jr, directed by Reva Kazman, with vocal direction by Kim Leonardo and choreography by Carolann Palmieri competed against 2 other middle schools: Cairn Community Arts Academy and Vineland Middle School. Each school entered two 20 minute segments from their musicals and were judged by three professionals from theater and dance who gave feedback to the student actors.
Unami's performances were enthusiastically received by the judges and students and were recognized with the following awards:
Comedy Duo: Olivia K. and Alison C.
Triple Threat (Acting, Singing, Dance): Lizzie P.
Choreography: Carolann Palmieri
Best Production: Reva Kazman, Kim Leonardo, and the Cast and Crew of The Lion King, Jr.
Said Reva Kazman, "I'm so incredibly proud of our Unami theater students who conducted themselves beautifully throughout the day. Though understandably nervous by the requirements of competition, our students gave top notch performances. It was a thrilling experience for them to perform on a professional stage. A hearty congratulations to all students, staff, and parents who made this memorable show possible."
SPRING ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
STRING ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL
On March 8, the Unami String Ensemble participated in the 4th Annual String Orchestra Festival Adjudication (SOFA), hosted by Upper Dublin SD. This is a two day event, where neighboring school districts' secondary string programs play for two judges, and get professional feedback and rating. Our String Ensemble performed Con Te Partiro, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, and Raiders March, and received a Superior rating.
CB MIDDLE SCHOOLS ACAPPELLA FESTIVAL
On Saturday, April 16, Unami Select Chorus along with choral groups from the 4 other CB middle schools, participated in the 7th annual Central Bucks Acappella Festival. Guest performing artist, Musae, the all female renowned Acappella group, gave mini workshops to all of the choral groups in the afternoon and then performed a concert in the evening to a sold out house at Tamanend Middle School. The concert finished off with a combined performance of all groups along with Musae singing together. Best of all, a professionally made CD of all the middle school vocal groups’ performances will be available from the concert that night. An extremely fun and educational time was had by all.
MUSIC CAROUSEL FESTIVAL
"On May 13, the select music groups of Unami participated in the Music Carousel Festival at Allentown Symphony Hall. All 3 groups earned the highest 'Superior' rating for their performances from the judges. After they received their trophies, they had some well deserved fun at Dorney Park. Even though the weather only cooperated for part of the day, a good time was had by all. Congratulations to all of the music students for a successful musical school year."
UNAMI TROWEL AND PLOW
While waiting for the last threat of a freeze to pass us by, we turned to our friends at Del Val University for support. On April 6, members of the Unami Trowel and Plow visited their green houses and planted seeds for our summer crops. With the help of Bonnie Oliver, our Master Gardener from the Penn State Extension, we filled flat after flat with peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, yellow squash, cucumber, broccoli, and cauliflower. The students and staff at Del Val will help tend our seedlings and harden them off so that we can transplant them in six weeks.
On our way home from Del Val, students stopped off at the New Britain Food Pantry at the New Britain Baptist Church. They visited the food pantry and learned about its operations. Produce that is harvested from our gardens is donated to the food pantry. Students learned that the Pantry serves between 750 and 800 families each month. Our produce will help those who live within the Unami sending community. As part of our visit, students collected and delivered over 140 lbs. of can goods, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. This was just the start of our donations this year.
Students will soon begin work on new scarecrows that will help scare off the birds and deer. We will also be organizing our summer weeding, harvesting, and donating schedule. We have been fortunate to have so many caring families in the past who have pitched in and helped keep our gardens producing even when school is not in session. We are always amazed at how this small project helps develop our small learning community as we work together to support the greater community around our school. If you would like to contribute in any way, please feel free to contact Dr. Massey by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY
On Saturday, March 18th, Unami sent a group of history-minded students to Ursinus College to participate in the regional National History Day Competition. The category this year was “Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History.” All of our students represented our school with pride and completed professional, creative and thorough exhibits, websites, papers, documentaries and performances.
1st Place Group Website (Junior Division) – “Martha Graham: Exploring Society Through Dance” by Kendra E. and Julianna M.
2nd Place Individual Documentary (Junior Division) – Brandon S. “The Manhattan Project: Exploring New Fields of Science”
3rd Place Group Performance (Senior Division) – “The Experience of an Asian Immigrant in America” by Ethan W., Michael V., Joshua Y., Zachary A. and Matthew H.
3rd Place Individual Website (Junior Website) – Alexa P. “Sally Ride: Reaching for the Stars”
The Granite team celebrated the end of PSSA testing with a fun filled and informative team activity day. Students began with a grand breakfast buffet. Students signed-up for and brought in an item to share with four friends. With a 170 students participating, we truly had a table of plenty.
Students then viewed the movie, The Giver. Students read the book in their English Language Arts classes and were able to discuss similarities and differences between text and movie script.
At 10:00 students headed to the buses for Penn’s Landing. Upon arrival, they boarded the Spirit of Philadelphia for a scenic river cruise and lunch buffet. Sure, it was a little rainy, but that did not dampen our spirits. Students took to the decks to see the sights, including the old Navy Yard, Battle Ship New Jersey, two different bridges, different historic piers and docks, and the skyline. The sights were narrated by the crew and captain of the ship. Students also gathered on the dance floor and moved to the beats of great tunes spun by the DJ. This was a great way to prepare for the last push to the summer break. Fun was had by all!
FRESHMEN VISIT THE "BIG APPLE"
On Thursday, April 21, 2016 the Freshman House took their learning beyond the walls of Unami for their field trip to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. The AMNH is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions with exhibits about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. This trip provided an opportunity for each student to participate in a rich learning experience while connecting to studies in the classroom.
Freshman Day Changing Venues...
Relay for Life
Reminders for all Relay for Life Participants...
Place: Tohickon Middle School
Date: Saturday, May 21
Pick-up/Drop-Off Site for ALL STUDENTS & CHAPERONES: Groveland Elementary School. School busses will shuttle chaperones/students and their supplies from Groveland to Tohickon. Please plan to arrive according to Unami's time-slot and be sure to arrive early enough to secure parking and loading onto busses.
All 8th and 9th grade participants participated in an assembly on Monday, May 16 to review the guidelines and expectations. All parent/guardian chaperones should be registered online by now. Students and parent chaperones must be registered and show their picture ID in order to enter Relay. We are sorry but ONLY registered relay participants are allowed at the event. Students should dress appropriately for the weather. No glass bottles or containers are allowed on the premises. Click here for a link to the Do's and Don'ts of the day.
This year Aramark partnered with the Central Bucks Relay for Life Program. For every reimbursable lunch sold at all Middle Schools from May 9th- May 13th, Aramark donated 25 cents to the program in each school's name. Aramark will be donating $1300.00 to Relay for Life in honor of all Central Bucks Middle Schools. Unami's contribution was $250.00. We would like to extend a special thank you to Aramark for their contributions to this very worthy cause.
Thank you to all for your enthusiasm and efforts to honor the survivors and support The American Cancer Society in finding the cure.
May 20 - Freshmen Dance 7:30 to 10PM
May 26 - French Fashion Show 4:30 to 6PM
May 30 - SCHOOL HOLIDAY
June 1 - Academic Achievement Night 7 to 9PM
June 6 - Freshmen Day
June 15 - Awards Assembly - 8AM
June 15 - Last Day - 10:45 AM Dismissal
MORNING DROP-OFF LINE
Many mornings Unami experiences a very long drop-off line that can lead to students arriving late. To alleviate this morning congestion, we ask that parents pull the whole way around the “drop-off circle” rather than stopping at bus platform door. Students may enter the building through both the office door (by the Unami sign) and the bus door after 7:15 a.m. when most drop-offs occur.
We thank you for your cooperation.
To access your son/daughter’s report card:
Log onto the Parent Portal: https://campus.cbsd.org/campus/portal/cbsd.jsp.
Click on REPORTS on the left-hand menu.
Click on REPORT CARD. You can print this report.
The final report card for the 2015-16 school year will be available to parents on June 17 at 8:00 a.m.
CB MIDDLE SCHOOLS ARE NOW USING 'MY PAYMENTS PLUS'
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 for April Minutes.
Thank you for attending our Parent Council meetings this year!
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.
- 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.