Unami United

February 1, 2016

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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,


As you can see by the plethora of "50th" photos, Unami celebrated its 50th Anniversay last Tuesday morning with a tribute to the Five Decades of Unami. Unami Middle School was dedicated on September 26, 1965 as the third junior high school in Central Bucks. The school is named after the Native American tribe, the Unami or Turtle clan, a tribe that was considereed one of the most important of the Lenni Lenape tribes. Students were reminded that they continue on this tradition of responsibility, leadership, and excellence.


Our invited alumni, of which there were many, had the opportunity to witness the enthusiasm, creativity, and spirit of our student body. Students are the focus of all that we do here at Unami, and with the help of their dedicated teachers, students were the STARS of the celebration, including choir, orchestra and jazz performances, a film dedicated to Unami's five decades accompanied by student & teacher dances for each era. Alumni were then invited to judge our 50th year "Cake Boss" decorating contest and were then treated to school tours by our NJHS student volunteers. The cakes were absolutely amazing...watch out Cake Boss contestants! If you are in our lobby in the near future, be sure to check-out our decade themed bulletin boards. All in all it was a wonderful celebration for past and present Unami members.


Unami's Anniversary celebration will be airing on CBTV (Channel 28 for Comcast; Channel 40 for Verizon Fios) on the following dates:


  • Tuesday, February 2 - 7:32 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 3 - 6:53 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 4 - 7:32 p.m.
  • Friday, February 5 - 6:53 p.m.


Unami United,

Mrs. Lang
Principal

Chorus - 1960s
Orchestra - Old Time Rock and Roll
Teachers - 1990s

INSTRUCTIONAL SPOTLIGHTS

Students in Mrs. Clifford’s and Mr. Smola’s 8th grade advanced social studies showcased their National History Day Projects on January 29th. The National History Day assignment is part of their required research component for the advanced level class. This involves the development of skills necessary to be a successful historian, the ability to conduct in-depth and critical research, the analysis of primary and secondary source topics and ultimately the creation of a final product that demonstrates students’ knowledge of historical topics. This year’s theme was Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange. Students had the opportunity to create an exhibit, a documentary, a website, a paper, or do a live performance. All of the students did an amazing job and should be so proud of themselves!

GOOGLE APPS--UTILIZING TECHNOLOGY TO CONNECT PAST TO PRESENT

9th grade students in Mrs. Weaver's classes experienced 360 degree learning, taking virtual visits to WWII battle sites. First, students used Unami's new touchscreen laptops to explore images on the Google Cultural Institute/Historic Moments site. Students were challenged to analyze pictures and then predict how these historic sites might look today. Then they were invited to go where no Unami student has gone before...into the realm of Google Cardboard using Google Street View, finding specific locations that correlated to the battles that took place.
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CB MIDDLE ART STUDENTS HONORED AT BUCKS COUNTY COURTHOUSE

On January 19th, the second of four displays of CB Middle School artists' work was displayed in the Juror's Lounge in the Bucks County Courthouse. On this night, Unami and Tamanend artists had the opportunity to proudly share their works of art and each artist was honored with certificates of honor.
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ART ROOM OF THE MONTH

Ms. Danielle Scicluna – Secondary Art Teacher at Unami and other CB schools was recently honored by The Pennsylvania Art Education Association. Her students' work was featured in their publication for the month of January. Be sure to click here to see all the fabulous photos.

From Ms. Sciculna ...

My role as an educator is to build an environment that thrives off of art-based investigation, community, and leadership where students discover that their voices can be heard through creative expression. As a teacher traveling to many schools, making a lasting impact is challenging and rewarding in itself. With a little bit of time and a lot of wall space, a traveling teacher can be felt without physical presence. In addition to learning traditional art history and technique, I like to investigate relevant and important themes to teach students to observe the world around them in a more conscientious way. Students should not be afraid to fail, take risks, and problem solve in my art room. I encourage my students to assume the teacher role, to make discoveries, and to create a community that embodies leadership. The moments that matter to me most are when students share how they use their discoveries in my classroom outside of the classroom! My purpose of teaching is to inspire and build a person of character. I want my students to know that their voices are important and can be expressed in so many ways. I plan to continue challenging my students each day to build each one of them into a confident, creative, and contributing member of society. Please enjoy the work of my students!

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Unami 8th Grader Recognized by the VFW!

8th Grade student, Julianne M., was recently recognized by the VFW of Chalfont for her 1st place Patriot's Pen essay submission. This recognition made Julianna a 2-time award winner, having placed first in the essay competition last year as well! Representatives from the VFW visited Unami to present Julianna with her award and to show their appreciation for her work and the time she put into the essay. Julianna graciously shared her essay with the VFW representatives, in which she articulately communicated her admiration and appreciation for the service of veterans and current military personnel. Congratulations, Julianna!
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIEITY GEOGRAPHY BEE FINALISTS!

Each year Unami students compete throught their social studies classes in the National Geographic Society's Geography Bee. The ten Unami finalists met on Wednesday, January 27th for the final round. Congratulations to the 2015-16 winners: 1st Place, Ashton B., 2nd Place, Ryan S., and 3rd Place Noah S.

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Unami MDS and Peer Buddies Partner for Service

Friday afternoon the Unami MDS students gathered with their peer buddies to participate in a MLK Jr. Day of Service project by assembling breakfast bags and creating cards for the elderly in surrounding communities. Donations for the Breakfast bags included: tea, coffee, hot chocolate, oatmeal packets, granola or breakfast bars, juice boxes, and individual fruit cups. They were delivered to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Monday for distribution.

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TOUCHSCREEN LAPTOPS DEBUT AT UNAMI

Unami students are now enthusiastically engaging with the latest addition to CB's District technology initiative. All 11 of our new laptop carts, housing 15 touchscreen laptops, are now available to our classroom teachers. Within the first hours of their availability, teachers across the disciplines were integrating these wonderful resources into their lessons. You can see by the many smiling faces that students LOVE their new computers!

Unami Students Do the Talking at Parent Council!

Whenever possible, we like to incorporate student voices during our Parent Council meetings. This occurred twice during our January meeting, as both our Link 2 Unity (L2U) junior leaders and some Student Council Representatives addressed the parents to inform of them of current projects/events in which they were/are involved. Our L2U junior leaders (Alison C., Julia D., Maggie N., and Nick T.) shared their experiences, moving from L2U inductees to taking on a leadership role during our January retreat. Meanwhile, our Student Council representatives (Ben F., Joe G., Alexa N., Mercedes S., and Tarang T., along with the support of Dr. Cummins and Mrs. Houpert), spoke about their new community service connection with Pine Run Senior center, including ongoing visits to assist the seniors with technology learning and planning for a senior citizen sock hop in April! Many thanks to our student representatives for their willingness to share with our parents.
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LINK 2 UNITY WORKSHOPS

On January 9th we had our largest turnout yet for our L2U leadership workshops with 39 students in attendance, with 5 of our students attending for the second time, working alongside CB South students as Junior Leaders.


This is an excellent opportunity for students to build and grow our inclusive school community by making positive connections with each other. CB South "Link" students teach and challenge attendees to value their individuality and to use their voice, skills and talents to effect positive change within Unami's school culture today, and in CB's South's school culture in the future.


Our final L2U leadership workshop will take place at CB South, joining Unami and Tamanend student leaders together with the CB South "Link" leaders, on Saturday, March 19 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. All students interested in attending should contact Mrs. Lang or Mr. Murtha. 9th grade students who have previously attended L2U and would like to be considered for Junior Leaders, should also contact Mrs. Lang or Mr. Murtha. Hope to see you there!!!!

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UNAMI ENCORES THEATER PRESENTS "THE LION KING"

Unami and the Central Bucks School District proudly announces the premiere of Disney's Lion King, Jr., Friday, March 11 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 12 at 1:00 and 7:00 pm, and Sunday, March 13 at 1:00 pm. All General Admission tickets are $10.00 and will be available at the door while they last. Fifty-two students wear fabulous custom designed costumes to play the Pride Land and Jungle animals. They tell the story of kind Mufasa, King of the Jungle, and his son, Simba, who must learn how to become a leader when Mufasa falls under the plot of his brother, Scar. This classic tale of good and evil contains gorgeous music, heartfelt words, and the beauty of the African savannah and its animal inhabitants. It's the perfect family show for children and adults of all ages.

February #27 - Equality and Social Justice

Congratulations to our December nominees for asset #22 School Engagement: Sophie B., Skylar J., Maddie D., Casey R., Heather J.

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


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.

PROGRAM PLANNING FOR 2016-17

Program Planning for the 2016-2017 school year is underway. To find more information please refer to the Unami Guidance website, www.cbsd.org/Page/805.

CB MIDDLE SCHOOLS ARE NOW USING 'MY PAYMENTS PLUS'

CB Middle Schools will be using My Payments Plus for parents to use to pay for field trips, PE uniforms, student activities and other fees. You will receive an email blast to inform you that a field trip has been set up for your student and you can log onto My Payments Plus and make a payment. If you have a student at South you may already be familiar with the program.
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Dear Central Bucks Families,

Central Bucks School District has partnered with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office 365 to students in Grades 5-12. Office 365's productivity suite enables students and teachers to share documents, access Microsoft software applications online and work collaboratively. As the district increases both teacher and student access to educational technology, we wanted to remind you of a great opportunity.


Microsoft Office is available free for students in grades 5-12. Students may want to take the opportunity to install the full Office applications on up to 5 PCs, Macs or tablets for free. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Students can learn more about the process here: http://www.cbsd.org/365


Once downloaded, students can work with classmates online and see each other's changes in real time with Office Online, the full version of Office or OneDrive.

SCHOOL NURSE UPDATE

All medication, whether prescription of over-the-counter, must be kept in the health office. Medication must be sent in the original labeled container and must be accompanied by a Medication Dispensing Form signed by both the physician(or dentist) and the parent.


With parent permission indicated on the census verification report, acetaminophen and ibuprofen may be administered according to manufacturer’s suggested dosage. Your child should not come to school on narcotic medication for pain management as these medications may cause dizziness, light-headedness and sedation which make it difficult for your child to function safely and effectively in school. Administration of specific nonprescription medications is available to all students under the guidelines of the district’s Medical Director. These medications include cough drops, throat spray, antacid tablets, and Neosporin ointment.

PROTECTED CLASS BULLYING

In an ongoing effort to provide bullying prevention and intervention strategies, here is another article for your consideration:

"While all bullying is mean and intentional, some bullying activities implicate state and federal civil rights laws.


If a child/student is bullied because of his/her: race, color, gender, national origin, disability or religion, schools are obligated by law to stop the bullying and take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.


The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) take protected class bullying very seriously. Both PHRC and OCR provide schools with assistance to address protected class bullying and also provide students who have been bullied and their parents with resources to help them stop the bullying."


For more information on bullying go to:

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

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

Cyberbullying Research Center: http://cyberbullying.us/

PHRC: http://www.phrc.state.pa.us

OCR: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

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Physical Health of Children/Teens - Next in the Series...

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:


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 Love 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.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

February 4: 2nd MP Report Cards available on Parent Portal @ 8AM

February 6: Relay for Life Kick-Off Assembly - 8th & 9th Graders during Resource Period

February 18: Parent Council 9am

February 18: Positive Parent Series--Physical Health of Children/Teens 7PM @ Lenape MS

February 29: Pops Concert 7PM/Auditorium
March 1: 6th Grade Parent Orientation @ 6PM/Auditorium

March 4: Jazz Band 6PM @ Tohickon MS
For more details, please visit the Unami Website.

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.

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 January 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.

  • 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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