UHMS - Parent Newsletter

January 2020 Edition

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello Phoenix Families -


We hope that you and your family enjoyed the winter break and that it was filled with laughter, rest, and special moments. It is officially our last semester of the year. Which brings lots of exciting things at UHMS - STAAR, Spring Field Trips, and more. As we approach the dates for the state test (STAAR), we will continue to review academic progress and goals with our scholars. You can support us by reviewing your scholars previous STAAR scores at home, checking grades weekly, studying/reading with your scholar at least 20 minutes daily, and encouraging your scholar to attend tutorials if they need support in understanding a lesson or a homework problem from class. We are impressed with the growth of our scholars thus far and hope to keep the momentum as we finish out the school year. Be sure to review the Parent Calendar below so that you remain well informed of the things occurring at UHMS.


Uplift Hampton Admin Team -

Mrs. Parhms. , Mrs. Cormier, Mr. Deacon, Mrs. Mangum

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STAAR PARENT PORTAL

Need help accessing your scholars previous STAAR Scores?


1. Go to http://www.texasassessment.com/

2. Click Enter the Student Portal

3. Click Accept in the pop-up box

4. Then you will be redirected to the Texas Evaluation Data Portal.


  • a. If you know your child's unique passcode, enter it, along with the student's date of birth, then click Go.
  • b. If you don't know your child's passcode, click the search passcode link.
  • c. Enter the student's name, PEIMS ID (Social Security number or state identification number) and date of birth. Then click Go.
  • d. Student access code will be populated automatically. Click Return.


5. Once you have correctly entered the unique access code and date of birth, the student test story will be displayed on the screen. Click on any test name to view its details. To get an electronic copy of the STAAR 2020 report card, click the download PDFs button in the upper right corner.

6. Click Test Management to view the STAAR report card.

7. The system will generate an appropriate PDF file for download and printing.

STAAR TEST DATES

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IMPORTANT DATES: January Parent Calendar

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Things to Know

MLK Holiday: There will NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 20th.


Applications for the 20-21 School Year at all Uplift Schools are now being accepted: Click here to enroll you scholar for next school year or for more information: www.uplifteducation.org/Page/14854


Report Cards: The window for Report Card distribution is January 14th - January 24th. Be on the look out for a Parent Link with a specific date.


Health: We know a lot of scholars have been sick lately. Best practices are not to send scholars to school with a fever of 100 or above.


Uniforms: Are you unsure about the Uplift Hampton Middle School Uniform Policy? Click on this link to read all about it: https://www.smore.com/8dye9


8th Grade Week : If you have an 8th grade scholar, more details about graduation and other special events for 8th grade will be coming out soon.

FAMILY TIME TIPS!

Family Game Night

Pick a day out of the week to have a family game night.Take turns picking out a game and favorite snacks. Some of our favorites are: Candyland, Monolopy, Uno, or Guess Who.


Cook Together

Pull out a family recipe to cook together. You all can shop for the items together and divide up the tasks to create a family dinner.


Read, Read, Read

Take your scholar to a local library or search the internet for a good book. You can even pick out the same book your scholar is reading to help them develop habits of the mind and build capacity of thought and insight.


Plan a Fun Activity

Plan a fun activity with your scholar. Check out your local movie theater or entertainment venues. Some of our favorites are: Main Event, Bowling, Ice Skating, and Klyde Warren Park.

What's going on around Hampton MS?

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The ultimate goal of Uplift Hampton Preparatory is to provide the best academic experience for our scholars in a safe and positive environment. To achieve this goal, we must constantly evaluate our academic program and make adjustments when necessary to ensure that every scholar has the best chance for success.


Therefore, we have made the following adjustments for our English/Language Arts Department that will be effective January 13, 2020.

6th Grade

Mrs. S. Lewis will begin seeing all 6th grade scholars on an A/B Day block schedule where she will teach the main content with a focus on the readiness standards that every scholar needs to master in order to be successful on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).

Ms. A. Benavidez will begin seeing all 6th grade scholars on an A/B Day block schedule where she will teach the supplemental content with a focus on the supporting standards that every scholar needs to master in order to be successful on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).


8th Grade

Mr. X. Leonard will begin seeing all 8th grade scholars on an A/B Day block schedule where he will teach the main content with a focus on the readiness standards that every scholar needs to master in order to be successful on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).

Ms. L. Karbula will begin seeing all 8th grade scholars on an A/B Day block schedule where she will teach the supplemental content with a focus on the supporting standards that every scholar needs to master in order to be successful on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).

We appreciate your trust in making decisions that have every scholar’s best interests in mind. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact MYP Dean, Chataqua Mangum at cmangum@uplifteducation.org or 972-421-1982.

What are we reading in our ELAR Classes?

6th Grade: The Giver by Lois Lowry


7th Grade: All the Broken Pieces


8th Grade: Monster by Walter Dean Myers

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The Math Department at UHMS has recently added Carnegie Learning as a resource in the 6-8 Math classrooms. With this new resource, scholars will be able to have more hands on learning, that allows scholars to navigate various math scenarios and problems to build a better understanding of the math they are learning. If you want to learn more about Carnegie Learning, you can visit www.carnegielearning.com.

Need to Meet With Administration?


Uplift Hampton Middle School is always delighted to speak and meet with parents. While we make every opportunity to meet with parents, please note that arriving to school to meet with Admin without an appointment may result in a scheduling of an appointment for a different time or day. To ensure timely responsiveness please adhere by the following suggestions:


1. Call Ahead and Schedule an Appointment – By calling ahead, it ensures that parents are able to meet with Admin in a timely matter while respecting your valuable time. At various times throughout the day Admin are in meetings, in classrooms supporting teachers or even off campus for meetings. Without an appointment, it can be difficult to meet with parents right away.


2. Email – All emails addresses can be found on our Uplift Website as well as at the bottom of every newsletter. Emailing can possibly save time by eliminating phone tag especially if a call back may occur during difficult to answer situations such as work hours. All emails will be responded to within 48 business hours.


We thrilled with your outstanding engagement in your child’s education and we thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Additional Information

Dress Code: There have been several dress code violations occurring in the middle school. Scholars are to come in their complete uniform every day. All scholars are to wear their dress uniforms on Mondays which includes a white button down shirt. Bandanas are not part of the uniform and are not accepted as an accessory for anyone on campus. Outer wear (jackets, sweaters, etc.) are to be navy blue, gray, or black. Scholars will be asked to remove all other colors once they enter the building.


Attendance - It’s hard to overstress the importance of your child’s regular school attendance. One of your responsibilities as a parent is to get your child to school every day unless there is illness or an emergency. This is essential because:

  • Your child risks poor or failing grades if not at school.
  • Learning builds every day on what is learned the day before. This routine is interrupted when students only show up part of the time.
  • The whole school can suffer. Schools get state and federal money based on average daily attendance. When attendance goes down, so does the funding a school receives.
  • Your child’s life as an adult depends a lot on whether he has a high school diploma. If your child misses too many days of school, he may not be able to get a diploma.
  • Much research shows that students who skip school will also skip other commitments, like days of work.