The U Scoop

University Middle and High School Academies

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Welcome to the September U Scoop

Dear UM&HSA Family,


It was a pleasure seeing so many families at last evening’s “Meet the Teacher” night. I hope you enjoyed the refreshments courtesy of Arkins Sweet BBQ Pit (organized by our UPTA) and your classroom visits.


Our children are transitioning from their summer schedules to fall school schedules. You may notice your son/daughter experiences difficulty waking up in the morning or is exhausted at the end of the school day. These strategies will support a successful transition from summer break to the full fall schedule.


1. Encourage Proper Rest

Depending on your son/daughter’s after school schedule, this may be difficult. Experts recommend 9-11 hours of sleep for children ages 6-13 and 8-10 hours of sleep for children 14-17.


2. Organize

Spend time each evening organizing for the next day. The morning rush is less stressful when clothing is laid out and backpacks and lunches are packed the night before.

Color-coded binders or folders are a great way to organize class materials and assignments. There are times when students complete homework assignments and fail to submit the work to the teacher. Designate one side of the binder/folder as the “to-do” side and the other side as the “completed” side.


3. Designate a Study Area

Designate a quiet, well-lit space with no TV or social media allowed.


4. Manage Time/Keep a Schedule

On Thursday, our students received their school planners (courtesy of the UPTA). This weekend is the perfect time to sit down with your son/daughter, record upcoming assignments, review his/her extracurricular activities and sports and carve out time to tackle homework/studying and review upcoming assignments that may benefit from being broken down into smaller tasks. Also, encourage your son/daughter to write down their extracurricular schedule and when they expect to sleep, eat meals and socialize with friends.


Students should spend approximately 15 minutes per year of school studying and completing homework. For a 6th grader, this averages to about 1 ½ hours per day and for a senior about 3 hours per day. If a high school student is taking an Advanced Placement (AP) course, add an additional 7 hours per week, per AP course.


Last but not least, encourage your son/daughter to schedule downtime. Downtime is extremely important for children and can be essential for mental, physical, and social health.


With children in mind,


Dean Williams

Announcements & Acknowledgements

Congratulations to Elizabeth A. Elizabeth was invited to compete in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition 20th Annual National Competition in New York City. All of her travel expenses were paid for by the Wolverine Bar Association, the Straker Bar Association and the Michigan Association of Black Judges. She won 2nd place!!


Give Mrs. Maas a high five! Mrs. Maas earned funding at DonorsChoose.org for a classroom project called “Great Start Supplies.”


Join us on Tuesday, September 17, at 6:30 pm in the library for our first UPTA meeting of the school year. We look forward to seeing U there!


UMSA’s first Spirit Day is September 20. The theme is sports jersey/t-shirt day.


School pictures and senior cap and gown photos will be taken on Monday, September 23. Information for students grades 6-11 was included in the fall registration packet. Seniors will receive proofs from Kaiser Studio; a pre-order form is not necessary for seniors.


Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences Schedule:


  • Wednesday, October 2, 3:30 pm to 6:15 pm: Students whose last names begin with A-J in grades 6-12
  • Thursday, October 3, 3:30 pm to 6:15 pm: Students whose last names begin with K-Z in grades 6-12.


A special thank you to Arkins Sweet BBQ Pit, the restaurant is located right here in Southfield, for donating the food for our “Meet the Teacher” night. The deluxe sandwiches and coleslaw were DELICIOUS! Thank you Mr. Arkin!


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Wolverine Bar Assoc., Straker Bar Assoc., and Assoc. of Michigan Black Judges Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition 24th Annual Local Competition in Detroit

Each year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major For Justice Advocacy Competition Committee invites 11th and 12th-grade students from select high schools in the Detroit metropolitan area to participate in this exciting and worthwhile competition. The purpose of the MLK Advocacy Competition is to promote oral advocacy among high school students and encourage students to develop and improve their analytical and writing skills.


To participate in the MLK Advocacy Competition, students must submit an essay analyzing an issue using the principles espoused by Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. Typically, the essay topic relates directly to academic and/or societal realities that some students encounter each day.


In June, we were notified that four of Mrs. Peek's student entries had been selected for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th place in the competition! Additionally, 1st place winner Elizabeth A went on to compete in the National Bar Association Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition 20th Annual National Competition in New York City where she came in 2nd place!


Pictured from left to right at the local competition: Donovan R (2nd place $1,500), Elizabeth A (1st place $5,000), Kierstin G (3rd place $1,000), Kayla P (5th place $500), & Mrs. Peek

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National Bar Association Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition 20th Annual National Competition in New York City

2nd place winner Elizabeth A. pictured at the national competition in New York City with a bar association representative and her father. Congratulations Elizabeth!
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U PTA Brings Arkins BBQ Dinner to Meet the Teacher Night

Mr. Arkins from Arkins BBQ with Dean Williams and the UPTA preparing to serve teachers, parents and students during "Meet the Teacher" night. We're making the "Unidifference."
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The Counseling Corner

FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION

Stephen Foster, from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor's Financial Aid office, will be presenting to our community on Tuesday, October 15th at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held in the UHSA Auditorium. He will be discussing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and scholarship searches. While the content is most relevant for our 12th-grade families, all parents are invited to attend.


12th Grade

College application season is upon us. Students will apply to colleges electronically either directly from the school's website or through the Common Application depending on each schools' application process. Please discuss the action items below with your 12th-grade student:


1. Electronic transcripts will be sent through Parchment, a secure database. Students must create an account using a personal email address. This website should be utilized anytime a student needs to send his/her transcript to a college/university. Click here for information regarding creating a Parchment account.

Read this guide for more detailed information about Parchment.com.



2. Many of the colleges/universities to which our students apply utilize the Common Application which requires both teacher and counselor recommendations. Students applying to colleges via the Common Application have already identified which teachers will be serving as recommenders for them. Each applicant must send an electronic invitation to their counselor and teacher(s) through their Common Application account. Many students have successfully completed this step; however, it is critical that all invitations are sent as soon as possible in order to give the recommenders sufficient time to submit quality recommendations prior to the early decision/action deadlines. Counselors will be available for assistance during seminar. Students must sign up outside of the counseling center. See the attachment below for more detailed information regarding the Common Application. Click here to view additional Common Application resources.


3. College Admission Test Scores are required for college applications. These scores must be sent to colleges directly from collegeboard.org and/or act.org. Students were advised to send their SAT scores to the colleges to which they are applying in April when they took the SAT test at UHSA. Many students successfully completed this step. Please review your student's College Board and/or ACT accounts to confirm that test scores have been sent to the correct colleges and universities. Colleges use the highest standardized test score provided by the applicant when making admissions decisions. They often reconsider applications if/when they receive higher test scores. Additionally, many schools award scholarship money based on a combination of test score and grade point average. We encourage students to take and retake both the SAT and the ACT for these reasons. The next SAT administration date is Saturday, October 5th, and the registration deadline for this test is Friday, September 6th (the late registration deadline is September 24th). The next ACT administration is Saturday, October 26th, and the registration deadline for this test is Friday, September 20th.


4. Attend the FAFSA Presentation on Tuesday, October 15th at 6:30 PM in the UHSA Auditorium.

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South Africa

March 26, 2020 - April 6, 2020


Included:

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All-inclusive insurance is available.


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Mr. Melton's Madrid & Andalusia Trip

April 01, 2021 - April 09, 2021


Included:

Round-trip airfare, all transportation, sightseeing tours and site visits, all hotels with private bathroom, breakfast and dinner daily, full-time multi-lingual tour director.

All-inclusive insurance is available.


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