Unami United

December 23, 2014


Principal's Message

Dear Unami Parents and Guardians:

For December 23rd's Unami United Advisory Forums, all Unami teams planned special activities to celebrate the holiday season.

7th Grade Team Gneiss had a Victorian Integration Day. Students participated in different activities in each core class. During their science classes, all students made their own ice cream (peppermint or vanilla) ...yummy!

Team Granite also participated in a Victorian Era Rotation! Each teacher on the team cooked up a special slice of Victorian deliciousness: Mrs. Woodring's students played Victorian Parlor games; Mr. Fischer read and discussed the history of ice cream, so that when making it in Mrs. Cohick's class students were able to appreciate the rich history of the treat. Mrs. Myers's students played a Victorian game and Mrs. Good presented the history of the Christmas Card. Students wrote a holiday and New Year's greeting to a friend, utilizing 1900's words and phrases. Students also wrote New Year's wishes to their former elementary school teachers, connecting with the past and making new resolutions for the future.

7th/8th Team Infinity explored the wonders of winter, focusing on all the fun activities that accompany the snowy weather.

8th Grade Journey students shared their favorite holiday traditions and brought in their favorite storybooks to set the mood! 8th Grade Legacy students participated in team building events that included forums battling it out in their annual "scooter" races.

The Freshman House distributed the the 9th grade students their "graduating" class t-shirts during the morning. We hope that they will wear their "Class of 2018" shirts with pride during their remaining months at Unami and once again at South. In the afternoon, the 9th grade faculty challenged the winning 9th grade turkey bowl team to a match.

Wishing all of our community a healthy and happy New Year!

Unami United,

Mrs. Lang

7th Grade Orchestra
7th Grade Chorus
7th Grade Band

Holiday Concert - Part 2 (7th Grade and Select Chorus)

On the evening of Thursday, December 11, Unami held its second holiday concert of the season, this time showcasing the talents of our 7th grade band, chorus, and orchestra students, as well as our select chorus students in grades 7-9. The concert featured both Christmas and Hanukkah music, with a few non-holiday tunes sprinkled in too. As is typical of our Unami music concerts, the parking lot was packed, and the theatre was standing room only! We appreciate all the Unami families who attended to share in some wonderful holiday music. Check out the video clips above for some highlights from the evening.


Instructional Spotlight

In Mrs. Caldwell's and Mrs. Cohick's 7th grade science classes students are learning about physical and chemical changes. They observed the dehydration of sugar, which shows many properties of a chemical reaction. (Color change, smell, new product, smoke, and heat.) Students were able to identify the reaction as an example of an exothermic change as well.

In the following unit, students explored the different forms of matter--solids, liquids, gases, and plasmas. These 7th grade students demonstrate their mastery of understanding...see below our future teachers!!!



On Monday, December 22nd, the 8th grade members of Team Infinity traveled to see the sites of Philadelphia. During their visit, one of their tasks was to take "selfies" at the historic sites, connecting the old with the new, giving students an appreciation of the tremendous accomplishments of our nation's founding fathers, the ideals they held, and having fun while doing so...rigor and relevance!!!
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CB South Lacrosse Team supports NOVA with Food Drive

Recently the CB South Lacrosse team staged its annual food drive for NOVA (http://www.novabucks.org/). This is an incredible organization dedicated to helping victims of violence in Bucks County that the CB South Boys Lacrosse team has been supporting for a number of years. This year the team donated almost twice as much food as the agency requested, and were able to help 12 families. Unami Student Alec Schmidt joined other lacrosse team members on 12/10, delivering the collected donations to NOVA.

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MDS Cocoa and Caroling

From 1:30-2:30 on Tuesday, December 23, the MDS room hosted a Cocoa and Caroling event. It all started with the arrival of Santa Claus himself, who spread holiday cheer through the halls of Unami with the help of the MDS students. Then, the real party began in room 49 - there were sweet treats, hot chocolate, a (projected) fire, and lots of singing! The event was a wonderful celebration for the MDS room and epitomized its connection throughout the Unami community!
Unami 12 Days of Christmas


Unami students often take the initiative to give back to and serve their communities. 9th grade students, Lexi G. and Cameron D. have organized a "hats, scarves, gloves and coat drive" for students of Luis Munoz Marin Elementary School. New or gently worn items can be donated from December 17 through January 28. Collection boxes are located in the main office, library, cafeteria and the classrooms of Dr. Massey, Mrs. Pizzi, and Mrs. Field. Thank you girls for your hard work and enthusiasm!
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Unami Middle School Library and Doylestown Bookshop are pleased to welcome author Holly Black to Unami on January 20th. Holly Black is the bestselling author of fantasy novels for teens and children. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles(with Tony DiTerlizzi), Tithe and The Modern Faerie Tale series,The Iron Trial (with Cassandra Clare) and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. In fact, one of her novels, Doll Bones, received a Newberry Honor last year and is on the Bucks County Reading Olympics list this year. Her latest young adult book, The Darkest Part of the Forest, is being released just a few days before her visit to Unami. For more information on Holly Black, please visit her official webpage at http://blackholly.com/.

All students are encouraged to attend the author visit. To do so, they just need to fill out a simple application available from their English teacher, Mrs. Kilpatrick, the librarian, or the library web page (http://cbsd.org/Page/25014). This application is due January 12th.

If a student would like to get a book signed, they must purchase the book through the Doylestown Bookshop. Doylestown Bookshop is offering a variety of Holly Black’s books at a discounted cost to our students. The book order form, available from a student’s English teacher, Mrs. Kilpatrick, or the library web page (http://cbsd.org/Page/25014 ), is due January 9th. The books will be delivered to your students signed by Holly Black after the visit.

If you have any questions regarding this author visit, please email Mrs. Kilpatrick at hkilpatrick@cbsd.org.


Mrs. Jones' 7th grade art students learned how to draw the proportions of the face

and then learned how to abstract their drawings using Cubist techniques!


Three music groups from Unami put on a musical performance at Butler and Mill Creek Elementary Schools on Thursday, Dec. 18. Our Unami musicians performed a variety of Holiday pieces for students and teachers to enjoy. The band performed a sing-along medley of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and Jingle Bell Rock. The orchestra performed a classical number and Sleigh Ride. The Select Chorus performed a Hanukkah selection and a piece from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. All of the performers were excited to perform for their previous teachers who were delighted to see them again! The audience consisted of students in grades 1 through 6. They were great audiences as they clapped and sang along to all of the music. This was the final performance of our music groups for the 2014 school year. Great job Unami musicians!

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Approximately 50 French club students- 7th to 9th grade, were introduced to a French Winter Holiday song, named, “vive le vent” sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells”. After about 5 minutes of practicing, the two groups had a “Carol-off” and whichever team sung the carol the best got to make their cookies first. It was a tough call because both groups were so energetic and put forth great effort into their carols, but since the “non-francophones” did as well as the francophones, with no prior French knowledge, they ended up winning the battle. The students then helped themselves to sugar cookies and delicious toppings and got themselves into the holiday spirit by making holiday cookies.

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Students in 8th grade art classes recently designed winter themed cards for the Unami community. They drew their best ideas in a Pop art cartoon style using markers to enhance the details.

Mrs. Lang had the cards printed along with a special message, written by the students, for all to enjoy!

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Students in Mrs. Jones' 8th grade art classes just completed their POP art vases,

glazed inside and out, and ready for use at your home soon!


In January we will begin our program planning for the 2015-2016 school year. Students will attend grade level assemblies, which will provide them with all pertinent information for the selection of classes. Email notifications will be sent to parents, making them aware of all facets of our program planning process. Teachers will spend time discussing class options with their students so that they may begin considering those options when making class choices for the next school year. Please be on the lookout for these emails and refer to our website for more detailed information. We appreciate your help in guiding your students in their decision making. As a reminder for your calendar, CB South’s curriculum fair night is January 8th.

Mark your Calendar for 9th Grade Curriculum Fair at CB South

The 2015 Central Bucks High School South Curriculum Fair for all current 9th grade students from both Tamanend and Unami Middle Schools is scheduled for Thursday, January 8th. Our program will begin at 6:30 pm in the C.B. South High School Auditorium.

The initial portion of the evening will allow 9th grade students and their parents/guardians an opportunity to hear from the C.B. South Administrative and Guidance Teams regarding scheduling and graduation requirements, as well as many other particulars involved in selecting courses for the 2015-2016 school year. All visitors that evening will also have an opportunity to walk through the C.B. South Gymnasium visiting with department teachers and current high school students who will be stationed at tables with specific course information and ready to answer any questions you may have concerning courses.

Also that evening, many C.B. South clubs will be showcasing their various elements in the cafeteria in order to share some of C.B. South's extra-curricular opportunities.

Teen Cuisine Courses to be Offered to 13-18 year-old CB Students at Tohickon.

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Aramark is pleased to announce their first ever Student Recipe Contest. Recipes will be split into 3 groups: elementary, middle and high school. One winner from each group will be selected. The winning recipes will be featured on March menus and each winner will also receive a prize. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 21st. For more information on contest rules click here.


9th grade students who are interested in learning more about the wide variety of programs offered at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology are invited to attend an Open House on Wednesday, January 7th from 7 to 9pm.

On Monday, February 2, MBIT will be hosting its first shadowing day event. Current MBIT students are invited to bring a friend in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade that day to shadow their program. Visiting students can only shadow the program that their friend is in. The event will occur during both sessions, but spaces are limited. Current MBIT students must obtain and complete an application form for approval.

The short video below gives a brief description of some of the programs and opportunities available at MBIT. Click here for more information.

2014 MBIT Promo Video
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Boomerang Youth Recognition Award-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.

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.

CB Cares--December Backpack Newsflash

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 December Backpack Newsflash.

Parent Council: Next Meeting/Thursday, January 22--Join Us!

As a Unami parent or guardian, you are invited to attend and participate in our monthly parent council meetings. This is an opportunity for you 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! Click here to view minutes of our October meeting.

All parent council meetings take place in our library and begin at 9AM.
  • January 22
  • February 19
  • March 19
  • April 23


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  • Click here to read previous Backpack Newsflash editions from CB Cares Educational Foundation.
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  • 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 library 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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