Unami United

November 9, 2015

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

As you will see as you enjoy our latest newsletter, it has been an incredibly busy and productive first marking period. Students are immersed in academic inquiry, creative exploration, service and leadership in their communities.

I am continually impressed by how hard our students work and by their commitment to each other, their families, their school, and their communities. Our Unami R-ROCKS (Respect, Responsibility, Outstanding Achievement, Choosing Kind, and Standing Up for Others) recognition slips are at an all time high! We are so very proud of our students. They are the key to our ongoing effort in building a enriching, caring, and positive school culture. I hope that you see those goals being realized in reading this November newsletter.

Our Thanksgiving holiday begins for students on November 24th with an early dismissal at 10:45. We will be having our first school-wide positive assembly on this day. Being looking for pictures of our celebration in our next newsletter.

Thank you for your continuing support and for sharing your great kids with us!

Unami United,
Mrs. Lang
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Unami Middle School students Jennifer M, Brianna M, and Sean C, celebrate the school's American Scholastic Press Association awarded for Most Outstanding Literary Magazine for 2015. The Literary/Arts Magazine gives voice to our Unami student community. Thank you to advisors, Mrs. Pizzi and Mrs. Jones for your commitment and hard work. CONGRATULATIONS to our Unami students for your dedication, creativity, and for sharing your vision and voice!
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On November 10th during Unami United advisory forums, students in 8th and 9th grades will write letters to active-service members to be placed into a care package.

Thank you so much for your support of those who serve and protect our nation.

The hope is that by the end of the week (11/13), each forum has a collection of items that can be packed with the hand-written letters to be sent to the service men and women.

  • Tuesday Morning (11/10) Collection – Leftover Halloween candy (hard candies are popular, please no chocolate)

  • Wednesday Morning (11/11) Collection -Magazines (Sports Illustrated, Car and Driver, Motorcycle, People, US, Star, Reader’s Digest) *Appropriate (please no Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Maxim)

  • Thursday Morning (11/12) Collection – Any toiletries (toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, small packs of tissues that can fit in fatigues)

  • Friday Morning (11/13) Collection – Packaged Food (beef/turkey jerky, small snack packs – cheese-its, pretzels, Doritos - nut bars or nut packs -please no chocolate)


Once again this year, Unami will be holding a “Unami Wear” clothing sale through Kampus Klothes for t-shirts, hoodies, and other gear. The link to the flier on our website provides instructions for how to place an order. The sale will run through November 14. Barring any issues, we anticipate delivery of the items prior to both Hanukkah and Christmas, in the event you would like to purchase a “Unami Wear” item as a holiday gift. If you would like give the item(s) you purchase as a gift, simply indicate “Holiday Gift – [grade level]” in the “Ordered For” section when you place your order online, and we will pull all of those labeled orders and contact parents to pick up when they arrive. Otherwise, ordered items will be distributed to students in mid-December during lunches.

Thanks very much!


Mrs. Clifford’s 8th Grade Academic students performed American Revolution skits in class about the major cities involved in the American Revolution. Students formed their own groups and wrote a script about either Boston, Philadelphia, Trenton, Saratoga, or Yorktown and then performed a 5-10 minute skit live for their classmates.

Mrs. Clifford’s 8th Grade Advanced Social Studies classes took part in a Revolutionary War Town Meeting this past week. Students took on the roles of famous historical figures on whether or not to declare independence from Britain. Both classes showed excellent debate skills. Period 4 winners were the Loyalists and Period 5 winners were the Patriots. Great job to all participants!!!

Mrs. Keller’s and Mrs. Miller’s English classes finished up The Outsiders. The students really enjoyed reading the novel and will long remember acting out select scenes, like Johnny’s last words…”Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.”

Music students are moving into the "final stretch" in their preparations for the winter concert, working to perfect the holiday and seasonal pieces they will present. Recently, Mr. Bower's 9th grade band students had an opportunity to serve as guest conductors for a lesson where this holiday and seasonal music was the focus (check out the photo below).

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7th grade science students in Mrs. Cohick's and Mrs. Caldwell's science classes recently completed their unit on energy. The posters pictured represent the renewable and nonrenewable energy resources that the 7th grade learns about during their Energy Unit. They focus on how the energy resource is harnessed and how it is used by humans. Students also look at the way the energy resource affects our environment. Students quickly learn that our reliance on fossil fuels is not healthy or sustainable for our planet and that the renewable resources are a much better option as we move into a “greener” future!


7th grade Granite students participated in Poem-of-the-day Warm-Ups in Ms. Haeusser's English classes. Students wrote a found poem based on Lucille Clifton’s “in the inner city.” Students had to imitate the style and structure, but change the words so that their poem was about their own hometown or a place that was special to them.

"in the inner city" by Lucille Clifton

"in the inner city or like we call it home we think a lot about uptown and the silent nights and the houses straight as dead men and the pastel lights and we hang on to our no place happy to be alive and in the inner city or like we call it home"

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Mrs. Cohick’s 7th grade Science class used K’NEX cars and rubberbands to learn about Potential and Kinetic Energy. The students investigated how the number of twists of the rubberband affected the speed and distance that the car would travel. After compiling their data, students made graphs and analyzed their results.

7th grade students in Mr. Swanson's classes learn by doing. Check out how they learn to put siding on a residential home. They may not need "Angie's List"!


Ms. Scicluna and Ms. Jones’ 8th Grade students participated in the 22nd annual Kids Care project. Kids Care is a collaboration between Woodmere Art Museum and MANNA. The artwork will be exhibited before being wrapped and delivered along with meals to individuals battling life-threatening illnesses.

Unami students supplemented their artwork with a personal reflection that will be made into a notecard to help someone in need.

The exhibition will run from November 1 to December 13, with a reception on December 12 from 1-3 p.m at the Woodmere Art Museum.

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8th graders Chloe K. and Jocelyn F. with winter themed art collages, selected to be made into Unami note cards.


Spanish 2 students made travel brochures about countries from around the world inviting people to visit "their country or town".

French 1 students use their new vocabulary lists along with the French shorthand text language to create a 12 line dialogue.


Amidst all the other events happening in October, you may not have noticed that Unami participated in its 3rd annual campaign to benefit the United Way of Bucks County. Our fundraising efforts involved:

  1. Sales of "Boo Grams" - candy with a personalized message - for $1, which were distributed to recipients on Halloween;
  2. A car wash staffed by National Junior Honor Society student volunteers (as well as Ms. Adams, Mrs. Lang, Mr. Murtha, and Mrs. Peterson), which was held on the afternoon of October 29.

Both of these events raised over $600 for the United Way of Bucks County, whose work directly impacts Bucks County residents.

Thanks to those who volunteered time and/or contributed to a wonderful cause!

Also, special thanks to Mrs. Peterson (with some assistance from Mr. Murtha) for all of her work organizing the fundraising!

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The final pieces of the 2015 Magazine Drive are winding down. They include:

1, On Friday, October 24, student participants in the Drive were invited to be part of our Magazine Disruption Day. This included 2 major events on October 24, with some students even qualifying to attend both events!

  • Assembly Presentation by the Xpogo Stunt Team (featured on America's Got Talent);
  • Limo lunches to the Doylestown Dairy Queen for lunch and... more importantly... ICE CREAM!

Students who qualified for one or both events had a wonderful time. Check out the videos of the Xpogo presentation below!

2. Distribution of Cookie Dough orders on Wednesday, November 11. Orders will "go out" in 2 ways:

  • Students whose families ordered 2 or less tubs will bring them home from school on the 11th;
  • Students/families who ordered 3 or more tubs can pick them up at Unami, in the auxiliary gym (entering through the bus dock doors is best) between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the 11th.

Thank you to students, families, and staff for helping to contribute to another successful Magazine Drive fundraiser!

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Unami cheer squads, both orange and black, have completed the fall cheer season and are now gearing up for the winter season and competitions that showcase their game skills such as chants, cheer, dance and basic stunt formations. GO UNAMI !
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On October 23rd, Unami's Select Chorus and Student Council Leaders participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Blue Jay Trail section of the Neshaminy Greenway trail.

Unami's 9th grade choir students opened the ceremony with a moving performance of Philip Phillips, Home. 9th grade student council leaders expressed the connection between Unami and the surrounding community. "Unami and leadership board are so happy that we are able to contribute part of our property for this walking trail. We're connecting neighborhoods and communities through trails."


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On Saturday, October 24th, CB South "LINK" students kicked off the 2015-16 leadership retreat workshops with Unami and Tamanend middle school students. The students spent the morning in small groups, exploring what it means to be a leader and discussing ways students can be a powerful force in building a positive culture in their school communities. There were many fun and active team building experiences and during the closing session Unami and Tamanend students were able to "link" via a picture slideshow created during the morning at each school. Our next Link 2 Unity retreat is scheduled for Saturday, January 9. If your student would like to be involved in this wonderful leadership opportunity, please email Mrs. Lang @ chlang@cbsd.org or Mr. Murtha @ jmurtha@cbsd.org


The Pearl S. Buck International High School Leadership Program is designed for high school students who are interested in making a difference in their community. Open to students in grades 9 through 11, the Leadership Program was created for teens to learn leadership skills and the importance of working together.

Congratulations to 9th grade students, Nicole D, Ben F, Mercedes S, and Ethan W! Each of these students were accepted into the highly competitive leadership program. Click here to learn more about the program.

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A free parent speaker series is being offered by ParentPositive, a partnership between the Doylestown YMCA, Doylestown Health, CB Cares Educational Foundation, and CBSD. Save the dates for the following remaining presentations:

Student Mental Health and Stress Reduction

November 18 at 7 p.m. at Lenape Middle School

Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard, Lead Psychologist of the Anxiety Behavior Clinic at CHOP, will present evidence-based strategies to help tame your child's anxiety.

Physical Health of Children/Teens

February 18 at 7 p.m. at Lenape Middle School

Resilient Kids: Build Your Stress Busting Tool Kit

March 12 at 1 p.m. at CBFYMCA

Kids: From 1-4 p.m. join in healthy, fun, and creative activities that will help them feel empowered and take control of the things that stress them out (parents are not required to attend)

Parents: From 1-2:30 p.m. hear a panel discussion with area professionals to gain insight on how we can help our children manage their stress.

Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Lover with Expectations and Protections with Trust

April 13 at 7 p.m. at Lenape Middle School

Dr. Ken Ginsberg, Pediatrician at CHOP, offers an overview of strategies to build resilience and promote the kind of traits that lead to our children becoming happy, successful adults.


The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring a blood drive for the American Red Cross on November 24th. The blood drive is open to all community members on November 24th from 3pm until 8pm at Unami Middle School. Please consider donating blood!


Unami Student Council is sponsoring Spirit Days and has already collected over $265. The money will be used for holiday gift giving/support for needy Unami families.


For 9th grade students interested in exploring 10th grade programs available to them for the 2016-17 school year ...

December 8 - MBIT Presentation for all 9th grade students during 1st period

January 20 – MBIT Tour for those 9th grade students who are interested (8AM to 10:40AM)


Cyberbullying can be defined as any ongoing intentionally negative communication that is directed at an individual or group of individuals conducted via electronic communication. This can be done through the use of any of today’s technology in the form of text messages, e-mails, instant messaging, social networking sites such as Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, Websites, sending or posting videos or pictures, or any other form of electronic communication. While cyberbullying is an issue that parents and schools must address, it is important to note that it is often accompanied by traditional methods of bullying.

This hurtful and sometimes harmful communication can follow a student 24/7 as many teens and tweens rarely disconnect. Students are often reluctant to report that they are a target of this behavior for fear of having their cell phone or computers taken away. The media has highlighted stories containing horrific outcomes when students who had been targets of bullying behavior retaliated in the schools.

Parents and caregivers need to be aware of warning signs that children might be a target of this behavior or are engaging in cyberbullying. Being extremely secretive with their use of technology, taking their cell phones to bed at night, refusing to go to school and any other unexplained change in behavior are just a few examples. Keeping lines of communication is not private. An online social networking site is not the same as a diary kept under lock and key. Report suspected cases of cyberbullying to your school officials and do not hesitate to involve local law enforcement.

For more information on bullying go to:

Center for Safe Schools: http://www.safeschools.info/bullying-prevention

Federal Stopbullying: http://www.stopbullying.gov/


The first marking period closed on Thursday, November 5th.

Secondary school parents will be able to view, print, and/or save their child’s report card directly from the Parent Portal. Printed report cards will not be sent home with students. Parents will be able to view report cards for Unami students for the 1st marking period on Thursday, November 12. For parent convenience, we will announce future report cards dates at the conclusion of each subsequent marking period in the school newsletter and post them on the school website.


Important Upcoming Events:

November 11 - Cookie Dough pick-up 2-6:00 p.m.

November 19 - Parent Council 9 a.m.

November 24 - Early Dismissal for Thanksgiving holiday

For more details, please visit the Unami Website.

Leaving School Early Due to Illness

If a student becomes ill during the school day, the decision to excuse the student for the day is at the discretion of the school nurse. As a trained medical professional, this is one of the school nurse's responsibilities. Students should not be calling or texting parents/guardians to pick them up. If a student becomes ill, they must see the school nurse prior to being excused for the day. If this procedure is not followed, the student risks the possibility of an unlawful absence.


Parents of middle schoolers often ask how they can get involved. Some parents say that their child does not want them to get involved. At Unami, there are many special things that go on throughout the school year that would not be possible without the involvement and support of our parents. Please get involved.

Volunteers must have their clearances on file with the CBSD Human Resources Department prior to starting volunteer work. The new Pennsylvania State mandate does allow until July 1, 2016, to obtain background checks. However, in the best interest of the safety and security of our students, we are asking volunteers to comply with submitting background checks prior to volunteering in the 2015-2016 school year.

Volunteers may drop off required paperwork at the Administration Center at 20 Welden Drive.


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.

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.

Boomerang Youth Recognition Award--November: #40 Positive View of Personal Future

Congratulations to Zach L.! Zach is Unami's winner for September's asset of 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.


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 November 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 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.

  • November 19
  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 17
  • April 28

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.
  • 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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