Unami United

September 8

WELCOME BACK!

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,


Unami students had a fantastic first day together, which included a welcome assembly for all three grade levels. At our meetings we discussed the programs that we will be continuing and initiating this year, all designed to continue to grow our positive school culture.


  • Unami R-ROCKS (Respect, Responsibility, Outstanding Achievement, Choose Kind, & Stand UP).
  • Unami United Forums: Advisory Group meetings every other Tuesday--designed to build relationships and foster belonging and acceptance. We will have our first meeting next Tuesday, September 8.


7th grade students had a special 1st day schedule which ensured that they had the hallways of Unami to themselves on the first day of classes. 7th grade teams devised a host of activities designed to help students navigate the building, learn our procedures, and clarify our expectations.


I also reminded all students of our dress code and cell phone policies. I emphasized to students that dressing appropriately for school is essential for a productive learning and working environment. Please reference our student handbook, (click here ) which includes detailed information on all our school policies.


Our newsletter will be sent out frequently to communicate important events, notices and to share exciting educational happenings in our school so please be sure to have an updated email in our Parent Portal as all of our communications are sent to those addresses. Please click here for a direct link to our Parent Portal. You may also visit Unami's school wires website to see our school calendar and other important information about our school.


It was a GREAT start. Thank you for sharing your children with us. We missed them!


Sincerely,
Mrs. Lang

Unami United

UNAMI R-ROCKS MATRIX

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WELCOME TEACHERS NEW TO UNAMI

We are fortunate to have some wonderful new additions to our Unami faculty. They are very excited to join our team!

*Ms. Johnstone--Math

*Mr. Orenstein--Social Studies

*Ms. Peloquin--Science

*Ms. Donohue--World Language

*Ms. Caravella--World Language

*Ms. Scicluna--Art

*Ms. Hein--Family & Consumer Science

*Mr. Riley--Health & PE

Ms. Maldonado--World Language

Ms. O'Connor--English Language Arts

Mr. Hosler--Special Education

Ms. Iatorola--English Language Arts

Mr. Beyerle--Special Education

Ms. Kotzen--Special Education

*Shared with other CB Schools

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UNAMI SUMMER RENOVATIONS

Although Unami hallways were devoid of students and teachers this summer, they buzzed with the sounds of carpenters, electricians, painters, and technicians. The results are beautiful new locker and team rooms, brightened hallways in our science wing, a new look for our gymnasium and front entry, and a refurbished fitness room....just to name a few. The district is committed to creating the best teaching and learning environment for our students. Be sure to notice our beautiful new spaces when your visit on our Back-To-School Nights!
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Tuesdays--A Special Schedule

In keeping with last year's special Tuesday schedule, students will begin their day either reading for pleasure (our sustained silent reading program) or meeting in their small advisory groups for our Unami United Forums. Our forums are dedicated lessons designed for team building, continuing our mission of ensuring a a safe, accepting, and positive school environment. Tuesday, September 8, was our first Unami United Forum. Next week, be sure your student comes to school with their favorite book.

Back To School Nights: September 9 & 16 Begins in Homeroom at 7pm

7th Grade: September 9
8th & 9th Grades: September 16


This is an excellent opportunity to meet your child's teachers, walk their schedule, and receive a brief introduction to our course curriculum and classroom expectations.

7th grade students will be given a letter for parents/guardians on Tuesday, September 8, in their HR/Resource classes. 8th & 9th grade students will receive theirs on Tuesday, September 15. The back of this letter details your child's schedule. We will be on an "A" day rotation for both the 9th and the 16th. Please be sure to bring this schedule with your for the evening. We will provide maps of the school in the homeroom period.


Please plan to arrive at Unami early to ensure that you are seated in your child's homeroom no later than 7pm. At that time, there will be a welcome through our TV network.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Important Upcoming Events



September 9 - 7th Grade Back to School Night (7pm)

September 16 - School Pictures

September 16 - 8th/9th Grade Back to School Night (7pm)

September 17 - 1st Parent Council (9am)

September 18 - Magazine Kick-off Assembly

For more details, please visit the Unami Website.

CB CARES GRANT SPONSORS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER - TOM THELEN

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Tom Thelen, author of Victimproof, is one of America’s top youth motivational speakers. He has spoken at over 500 schools, colleges, and youth organizations. Rather than the typical “Don’t be a bully!” message, Tom shows students how to make a positive impact on their school culture. His message captivates students with stories that touch the heart and make them laugh. Tom ends the speech with a challenge for every student to BE THE CHANGE! Tom will speak to all 7th grade CBSD Middle School students on Wednesday, September, 30. Also, Lenape is hosting a special presentation for all CBSD parents that evening at 6:30. Tom’s visit was made possible with funding from the Innovative Learning Grant from CB Cares Educational Foundation

CB CARES PROVIDES COMMUNITY OF CONCERN BOOKLETS

“A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use”

The booklet is a 28-page manual written for parents by parents from Georgetown Preparatory School, Bethesda, MD. It has been reviewed by experts- Wilkie Wilson, Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University Medical Center, and Beth Kane Davidson, M.Ed., CAC, director of the Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center (Bethesda, MD), and Jeffrey M. Georgi, M.Div. CCAS, clinical director of the Duke Addictions Program, Duke University Medical Center.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL DANCE - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm

Place: Unami Gymnasium

Dance Admission: $5.00 with a current Unami Student ID and a canned good. $6.00 without a canned good. All canned goods are donated to a local food pantry.


Doors open at 7:30pm sharp. Please be on time! If you know you will be late, you must turn in a parent note to the Front Office in the AM on the day of the dance. In order to attend, students must be present in school the day of the dance.


The dance ends at 9:30pm. Please make sure that rides home are planned accordingly.


Only current Unami students are allowed to attend Unami school dances. There are no exceptions.

DANCE CHAPERONES NEEDED

If you are available to chaperone one of our dances, please sign-up through SignUpGenius or email Dr. Pam Sime-Cummins psime@cbsd.org or Mrs. Kathy Houpert khoupert@cbsd.org to assist with school dances.

Parent chaperones are contacted approximately two weeks prior to a dance. You may not be needed for every dance. Click here for additional information.

REMINDER: STUDENT ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES

For supervision and safety reasons, students may not be dropped off at school before 7:05 a.m. If you are driving your student to school and arrive before 7:05 a.m., please remain in your car with your student until 7:05 a.m.


For all students: Students not staying at school for specific teacher help, sports practices/games or approved meetings must leave campus by 3:00 p.m.

PSSA Individual Student Reports

PSSA Individual Student Reports for students who particiapted in the spring 2015 Mathematics, Reading, Science, Writing are expected to arrive to our buildings during the week of September 14. We will be mailing ALL individualized PSSA reports home on Friday, September 18.


To assist parents/guardians in understanding these reports, a "Report Interpretation Guide" can be found on the PDE website (www.education.state.pa.us (type "student report guide" in the search box. Click here for a direct link to our guidance page which has a PDF of this guide.

CB CARES INNOVATIVE LEARNING GRANTS AT WORK IN UNAMI LIBRARY

Thanks to an Innovative Learning Grant funded by CB Cares Educational Foundation, Unami Library is excited to announce they we have over 45 audiobooks available for you to listen to using your own device (smartphone, ipod, tablet, desktop etc.)



To listen to the audiobooks, download the Follett BryteWave K- 12 App and login to the catalog with your Central Bucks username and password.

Magazine Drive 2015!

Unami will kick off its 2015 Magazine Drive with an assembly presentation to students on Friday, September 18. The Drive is a wonderful way for students to get involved at Unami and serves as a wonderful fundraiser that directly helps Unami students. Funds raised go towards a gamut of needs to help students learn and participate in school, including classroom technology, school supplies,and team uniforms. Students who participate can earn prizes, including tickets to a performance by the "POGO Stick Guys from America's Got Talent" and participation in a limosine lunch on our "Magazine Disruption Day" on Friday, October 23. Be on the lookout on September 18 for your child to bring home more information for those of you who would like to support their participation. Thank you for your support either through the Magazine Drive and/or through the many other ways you help our school!

COMING TO THE UNAMI GYMNASIUM--POGO STICK GUYS FROM AMERICA'S GOT TALENT

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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 your 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!

All parent council meetings take place in our library and begin at 9AM.
  • September 17
  • October 22
  • November 19
  • January 4
  • February 18
  • March 17
  • April 28

Parent Portal

Through this secure online tool, parents have access

to information about their student(s). Parents are able

to view their student's attendance record, schedule,

assessment data, interim progress reports, report

cards, immunization records and family demographic

information like address and phone numbers. The

parent portal has proven to be very popular and

helpful. Go to the Unami or any district website and

click on the portal icon near the top of the page. Click here to view Parent Portal tips and frequently asked questions (you may also apply for an Activation Key here).

You can also keep up to date by going to each

teacher’s website for classroom information. Just go

to the Teacher Websites link on the Unami website.

If you do not have access to a computer for this

information, please contact the teacher. Phone

numbers and email addresses are also available on Unami's

Staff Page.

Appropriate School Dress

I am asking parents to assist me in ensuring that students are dressing appropriately for school. Students are not permitted to wear inappropriate clothing, which includes strapless or backless dresses, shorts or skirts that are above mid-thigh length, clothing that exposes the midriff/undergarments, or clothing containing questionable messages or pictures.


Hats/hoods/bandanas are not considered appropriate attire during the school day. Students may wear hats to and from school but they must be placed in the hall locker before homeroom and remain there until dismissal.


Students who are inappropriately dressed for school will be directed to comply by using gym apparel, items in the student's locker, or borrowed clothing from another student. The student will also be given a choice to have a parent bring appropriate clothing directly to school. More specifics of our school dress code policy can be found on our district webpage, or by clicking here.

School Lunches

School lunches may be purchased for the following prices for the 2015-2016 school year:
Meal Deal--$2.95 Premium Meal--$3.45 Breakfast--$2.15

Please be advised that students are not permitted to exceed three lunch charges. Per district policy, following that maximum charge, students will only be permitted to charge a peanut butter & jelly or cheese sandwich.


Our fresh salad bar will be continuing this year and coming soon "made to order" hot and cold sandwich bistro, along with our daily fresh Market Bistro entrees. Please click here to learn how to setup a school lunch account and to see menus available for all students.

UNAMI SPORTS

FALL SPORTS:
Fall Soccer, Tennis, Football, Cheerleading, Field Hockey

Winter Sports:
Girls' Basketball, Boys' Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleading

Spring Sports:
Track & Field, Spring Soccer, Softball, Baseball, Club Lacrosse

PIAA regulations governing interscholastic athletics require all student athletes to undergo a proper medical examination prior to their participation in any sport. The form is valid for school sports for one year from the date of the examination. Any medical examination conducted on or after June 1, 2015, will be valid for the entire school year.

The emergency information and consent form must be completed before the start of each season. Students must have all required forms completed prior to being allowed to participate in tryouts or practice. All forms should be given directly to the respective sports' coach. Please click here to link to Unami's athletic page (click here), which provides important athletic information and access to all required forms.

Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Unami's athletic director, Mr. Beyerle @ gbeyerele@cbsd.org

CB INITITATES NEW FAMILY ID PROGRAM

Central Bucks School District is implementing a new system for collecting athletic forms this school year. All parents must log on to Family ID, accessible through the Unami Athletics web page, (CLICK HERE) and complete all necessary forms on Family ID. The only hard copy page that needs to be handed into coaches is the Section 6 form of the physical.


If you already handed in a hard copy of the entire physical, you still must log on to Family ID, register, and complete the additional forms on the site. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Athletic Director, Mr. Beyerle, at gbeyerle@cbsd.org. Thank you for your cooperation.

CB South High School Football Game Attendance

Due to student safety and stadium operational concerns, students who are in 7th or 8th grades (or younger) will not be admitted to C.B. High Schools' football games without a parent/guardian attending the game with them. All students must have a current or prior year ID card with them to determine their name, grade, and school.


For information about CBSD Athletic Passes, click here.

A MESSAGE FROM THE COACHES OF CB SOUTH ICE HOCKEY

It's that time of year again! School is starting as is CB South Ice Hockey! The tryout dates for September are as follows:


Monday, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 @ Warwick @ 9:30 pm- High School Players. There will also be a parents meeting at the same time.

Sunday, 9/13 @ BCI @ 7:40 pm- Middle School Prospective Player Skate. There will also be a parents meeting at the same time. This is Rosh Hashanah so if you are unable to attend, we understand.

Sunday, 9/20, 9/27 @ BCI @ 7:40 pm- Middle School Player Tryouts
The October schedule will be announced after getting direction from Coach Coyne.

The cost for High School players is less than last year totaling $1,450. The cost for Middle School players will be between $600 & $650 this year. There is a 10% discount if a family has more than 1 player at any level, High School or Middle School. We will also be launching a new team website shortly.

The Coaches & Board look forward to a great season. We are actively seeking volunteers to help as team managers, score keepers, running the clock, banquet prep, fund raising, etc. Please let us know if you are willing to help.

Please contact Tim White if you are looking for more information @ timwhite39@hotmail.com.

Boomerang Youth Recognition Award--September: #26 CARING


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. A rotating committee of community “judges” which includes representatives from CB CARES, Outback Steakhouse, law enforcement, community nonprofits, local and state government, and local businesses, chooses one student (elementary, middle and, high school) from amongst the nominations. These district-wide winners receive a letter and certificate of recognition and a gift certificate from Outback Steakhouse in Jamison. In addition, their name is engraved on a plaque at Outback and their picture appears in the Bucks County Herald. A culminating luncheon in June, which includes all Boomerang Award recipients, their parents, and community judges,additionally serves as a celebration of this recognition. It should be noted that ALL students who have been nominated for this award receive a gift from CB CARES as an acknowledgement of this honor.


Here are the Developmental Assets for the 2015-16 School Year:

September: #26 CARING. Young person places high value on helping other people. He/she thinks about ways of helping others and is motivated to initiate kind and thoughtful acts


October: #31 Restraint. Young person can identify, regulate, and control his/her behaviors and emotions in healthy ways, particularly in stressful or unstructured situations.

November: #40 Positive View of Personal Future. Young person is optimistic about his or her own future and strives to reach his/her goals. They have hopes, dreams, enthusiasm and plans. He/she demonstrates strong efforts to achieve their goals, whatever they might be.

December: #22 SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. Young person is actively engaged in educational activities inside and/or outside of school. They take learning a step further and by their actions and enthusiasm serve as a role model to others

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

February: #27 Equality and Social Justice. Young person places a high value on assisting those who may need a helping hand. Equality-equal rights for all people.

March: #17 Creative Activities. Young person participates in creative activities which have a direct positive impact on him/her and others. Their creative activity can take a variety of forms– music, drama, art, or any other creative activity.

April: #25 Reading for Pleasure. Young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends.

May: #15 Positive Peer Influence. Positive Peer Influence. Young person’s best friends model responsible behavior. They are a good influence. They make good choices.

CB CARES

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 latest Backpack Newsflash.

MICROSOFT 365

Students all have access to Office 365 from school, home, and anywhere where they have wifi connectivity. Office 365 provides MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook to our students to use for school. By using this platform, students will be able to access these powerful educational tools both in and out of school. Students have been given individual accounts and log in information as well as expectations of appropriate, school-related use. This will also ensure student safety and the expectation is that all students will use the CB email accounts through Office 365 Outlook to communicate with their teachers.

Health Suite Information

Please be reminded that students may not carry any form of medication. This includes over the counter medication. If your child has any medication needs, please complete a medication dispensing form. Blank medication dispensing forms are available here.

Student physicals and dental examinations are state mandated and required for all new students in all grades. Dental examinations are required for all students entering grade 7. School forms for these examinations were sent home in the spring from your child's elementary school. If you require another blank form, please click here. Having up to date and accurate medical information about our students ensures that we respond appropriately to medical needs students present while in school. Please contact our school nurse if these examinations present a family economic hardship, as the school can provide assistance.

2015-16 District Calendar

Click here for one-page calendar.


Click here for monthly events calendar.

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 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.

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