Unami Update

February

Lieutenant Governor recognizes Unami for superior School Performance Profile

On Thursday, January 30th, 22 of Central Bucks schools were honored with the "Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics", as evidenced in the latest of the statewide achievement data, the School Performance Profile.


Congratulations to Unami's staff and students on their collective achievement. On behalf of Unami, Mrs. Lang proudly accepted Unami's achievement banner from Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Jim Cawley.

Mark Brown Reminds Students That Words Matter

Mark Brown, an Emmy nominated and nationally recognized speaker, visited Unami to deliver his positive message about taking a stand when others are treated unfairly or unkindly. He had Unami students laughing with his humorous take on middle school relationships, as well as incorporating some powerful and serious moments, which had students thinking about how they truly treat others and ways in which they can stand up for others moving forward.

7th Grade Wonder Awards

Team's Sapphire and Opal recognize students for their 2nd round of Wonder Awards.


“It is not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than necessary.” These are the words spoken by the principal in Wonder as he addressed his students at the end of the school year. On January 24th, six students from the Opal team were nominated by their classmates and given a standing ovation by their peers, parents, teachers, principals, and guidance counselors for always choosing kind.


“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness. And this is what the [award] is about: recognizing greatness…Greatness, lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength…He [or she] is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.” Students from Team Sapphire were nominated and recognized by their peers and received standing ovations at a team assembly on January 24th. The Sapphire Team is extremely proud of the positive role models students have been for fellow Unami students by choosing kind in their everyday lives. Please accept our congratulations as well for the wonderful work you do at home as parents.

UNAMI'S SPRING MUSICAL - BEAUTY & THE BEAST

Unami Middle School Performing Arts welcomes you to the award winning Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast, Jr. In addition to the wonderful talent of 75 dedicated student actors, audiences will be treated to a spectacular two level castle and colorful costumes. Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a young woman who recognizes that it doesn't matter what an outside appearance looks like; beauty comes from within. This family musical is perfect for all ages.


Senior Citizens are invited to a FREE PERFORMANCE on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 3:30.

Tickets are $9.00 for all audience members.

Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 1 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 2 at 2:00 pm.


Tickets are non-refundable. If there is inclement weather forcing a performance cancellation, the show will be performed the following weekend.

7th Grade Science Students Create Their Own Experiment Projects

Mrs. Caldwell's students put together their own experiment projects to showcase a variety chemical changes. They presented the experiments to their class and explained the “science” behind the experiments they performed. The students were very excited about all of their experiments. Students enjoyed seeing diet Coke and Mentos fountains, dry ice bubbles, baking soda and vinegar volcanoes, and many more fun demonstrations!

6th Grade Parents Middle School Orientation

Tuesday, March 4th, 7pm

Unami Middle School, Chalfont

Dear Sixth Grade Parents:

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 7:00 PM, Unami will be hosting an orientation for sixth grade parents. Everything that you need to know to prepare your sixth grader for middle school will be covered. Please be sure to attend the orientation at Unami.

Greetings from Unami's MDS Students


This week our children were introduced to Laura Numeroff; reading one of her famous children’s books, If You Give a Moose a Muffin. After our read aloud, the class collaboratively worked together “setting the table” for moose on a life size poster board. During this activity, our children had a blast gluing and pasting the various food and utensils onto the table. Later in the week our children were given the chance to bake. With the use of pretzel dough, our students were able to create the first initials of their name. The best part of this activity was the end product; eating a soft pretzel!

"Let's Go Fly A Kite" --Applying our Geometry Skills

Our 8th grade geometry class is living up to the challenge of creating different style kites by applying the properties of quadrilaterals. Students were given a specific parameter for the area of a kite and had to find the dimensions that would satisfy this parameter. Students engaged with one another throughout the process working on their critical thinking and application skills. We will fly the kites in the spring, when we learn about trigonometry, to determine how high the kites fly. We can’t wait to see how well our work inside of the classroom pays off when we go outside. Stay tuned!

The Geometry of Triangles

Students in Mrs. Dulsky's classes explored the geometry of triangles by using pop-ups. The three activities within the project involved creating, experimenting and designing pop-up cards, by changing the placement and number of triangles. The culminating activity was to design an original pop-up card to give to someone special.

PEN Students Explore Mythologies

Ms. Miller’s seventh grade PEN students recently worked in small groups to research mythologies of various cultures after completing a classroom study of Greek mythology. Students were given the opportunity to self-select groups and topics. During the project, Mrs. Kilpatrick taught the class about online database research and how to share NoodleTools projects with classroom teachers. Wonderful multimedia presentations were given on Aztec, Mayan, Egyptian, and Norse mythologies just to name a few.

National History Day

Since the beginning of the school year, over 100 students in 8th and 9th grade have worked on developing their National History Day projects. Students started the process by working to understand the 2013-14 NHD theme – “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” From there, students researched a topic of their choice in connection to the NHD theme, read and organized a wealth of historical documents, both primary and secondary, and developed final products in the form of exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites and historical papers. A few of the final products include an exhibit on the Little Rock 9, a documentary that looked at the role of the United Nations in Rwanda, a historical paper on censorship of literature and a website that examined the idea of civil disobedience as a form of protest. All students worked hard in order to display their final products in the school library on February 7th. Many of these students will also make the choice to compete with other students throughout Bucks and Montgomery County on March 22nd at Ursinus College. Unami encourages all students to participate in National History Day next year at Unami or CB South.

7th Grade Technology Students Experimenting with Shapes Used in Construction

Food for Life students begin their Fettuccine Alfredo lab by making fresh pasta noodles.

Unami's Own Wonder Wall

Drawing and Painting class worked in teams to generate ideas for our Wonder wall, inspired by Auggie and the book WONDER.


Ninth grade artists collaborated/designed precepts that were meaningful to them and created visual images that suited their positive messages.


Drawing and Painting students took pride in their work, and were happy to leave behind a mural that would inspire other students to think and act in a way where everyone in the Unami community can thrive/be themselves.


Thank you to Mrs. Jones and her Drawing and Painting students for this WONDERful aesthetic and inspirational contribution to the walls of Unami!

PEN Students Visit the Mutter Museum

Students taking the PEN classes in 8th and 9th grade were invited to attend a field trip to the Mutter Museum, dedicated to the Science of Pathology and medical oddities, owned and operated by a group of doctors. They also strolled down Chestnut Street to Liberty Place, where endless food court options provided them with lunch, before heading back to tell their friends and family all of the unusual things they discovered at the Museum!

FRENCH CLUB SPONSORS--BAKE SALE FOR HAITI

The Unami Middle School French club participated in their very first charity of the club’s existence this year. Outreach international is a very credible organization that collects donations and gives them to Haiti, and other countries of your choice that are in need of help. The money that is donated to Haiti is used to build schools, furnish them, and supply them with things like books and other necessities. Haitian students do not have a clean supply of drinking water, so our money that we donate also goes to helping supply drinkable water. The students in French club came up with the idea of having a bake sale to help raise money. The students brought in home-made baked goods during the week of Valentine’s Day for what was later known as “Love your international neighbors” week. French club students set up a bake sale stand at the end of school and sold their home-made baked goods for one dollar. After three days of hard work, the dedicated French club members made about $540.00 (official count to be determined) to donate. French club would like to thank the student body, staff, and faculty of Unami for donating to our bake sale for Haiti, and for making our first year a huge success.


January Boomerang Asset #9 - Service to Others

Asset # 9Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community. He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions.


Congratulations to our January Boomerang Award Recipient, Jason H. for his many volunteer activities and committment to his community.

February Asset for Boomerang Awards

February’s Asset is #26 Caring. Young person cares about others. They place a high value on helping other people. He/she thinks about ways of helping others and is motivated to initiate kind and thoughtful acts.

Anyone can nominate a student – teachers, parents, students, etc. Please show your support for this great recognition award.


Please take a moment to complete a Boomerang Nomination form for a Unami student who demonstrates Caring.

Geography BEE

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography and its importance in the world. Once again, Unami students in grades 7 and 8 competed through their social studies classes in this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge. The following students were Unami's ten building finalists: Zach B., Corey C., Liana J., Florentin K., Susan L., Kirstie M., Ife P., Will R., Sara R., & James T..

Unami's top three finalists were:

3rd Place – Florentin K., 2nd Place – Will R.,

1st Place – Liana J. (Unami's champion)

Congratulations to our Unami Student Musicians!!!

PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association)

District 11* Orchestra Music Festival (January 2014 at Pennsbury SD)

Joy Z. (9th grade) cello—First chair

Joshua L. (9th grade) cello


BCMEA (Bucks County Music Educators’ Association)

County Orchestra Music Festival (February 2014 at Pennridge SD)

Joshua L. (9th grade) cello—First chair

Jisoo K. (9th grade) violin

Charles H. (9th grade) double bass

Nicole J. (7th grade) violin

A Christmas Carol

Students had a great time on the Christmas Carol Field trip as the culminating activity to their novel study unit.

Candy Cane Change--Unami Students Give Back

Ninth grader Emily S. wanted to find a way to help local families who needed a little extra assistance during the holiday season. With the help of Megan M. , she put her plan into action. Through the sale of candy canes after school and a gift basket raffle, these community-minded students raised over $800. Several local families received an unexpected gift because of this compassionate and caring group of Unami students. Emily hopes to implement her "Candy Cane Change" program at C.B. South next year.

Blind Date With a Book

We’re celebrating the spirit of Valentine’s Day at the Unami Library by offering a “Blind Date With a Book.” As the advertisement states, “If you’re looking for a something new and exciting, try a blind date with a book. If the book’s not for you, just bring it back. It’s feelings won’t be hurt.”


Box Tops for Education

Unami Middle School is participating in the Box Tops for Education program. Since 1996, the Box Tops for Education program has helped schools like ours across America earn cash for the things they need. Currently, over 90,000 K-8 schools participate nationwide. There are over 250 participating products. Each Box Tops coupon is worth 10¢ and they add up fast! Schools can use their Box Tops cash to buy whatever they need most, from books to field trips to equipment. So far, America’s schools have earned over $525 million from Box Tops…and counting. Please send in your clipped Box Tops coupons to Mr. Fischer, Unami’s coordinator. Support your school today and see what a difference you can make!

Relay for Life

Saturday, May 17th, 9am-9pm

Tohickon Middle School, Plumstead, PA, United States

Central Bucks Middle Schools’ Relay for Life began in 2004 as a way to get young people involved in the fight against cancer and to serve as a customized alternative to local overnight events. For the past 10 years students have banded together to form teams, organize fundraisers, and dedicate hours of hard work to achieve their goals. Central Bucks students exceeded a $2 million cumulative ten-year total last year, helping fund cancer research and a myriad of support programs for cancer patients and their families. Working together with the American Cancer Society these students inspire others to honor, remember, and fight back for those who have been touched by the disease.


Important Information and Dates:

February 25th--Student Registration Ends

April 22nd--Chaperone Registrations & Schedules Due

Student registration ends Tuesday, Feb 25th.

April 22nd & April 23rd @ 7pm--Chaperone Meetings for Parents (Tohickon Auditorium)
May 12th--$50 Per Person Fundraising Total Due

PSSA Dates Changed Due to Snow Days


The Pennsylvania Department of Education has rescheduled dates for the Reading, Math and Writing PSSA dates due to the number of snow days this winter. The Reading and Math PSSA assessment will be the week of March 24 and the Writing Assessment will be the week of April 7. The Science PSSA assessment remains the week of April 28. For additional information , please click this link for more information.

Program Planning

The Program Planning process for course selection for the 2014-15 school year continues.


9th Grade
– Course verification sheets will be going home for parent signature March 4th to be returned to HR teacher by March 7th..


8th Grade – Course verification sheets will be going home for parent signature March 5th to be returned to HR teacher by March 12th.


7th Grade – Course verification sheets went home with students last week. Please review the verification sheet carefully with your child and write any changes directly on the sheet. Verification sheets were due back to the Guidance Office on February 19.


Important Upcoming Events

Parent Council--February 20 @ 9:00 AM

Unami Musical "Beauty and the Beast"

February 28th @7:00PM

March 1st @ 7:00PM

March 2nd @ 2:00PM


Pops Select Ensemble Concert March 3rd @ 7:00PM

Millcreek, Butler, & Unami Students


For more details, please visit the Unami Website.

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