University Prep Science & Math MS
March 6, 2009
PRESENTATIONS OF LEARNING
The trimester is quickly coming to an end. Your 2009 – 2010 ENROLLMENT
child should begin preparing for their We are still accepting applications for next school
presentation of learning which can occur between year. If you know anyone who is interested, they
March 16 and March 27. Advisors will send can visit our website at:
home letters to schedule your child’s presentation www.uprep.com/sciencemath.html
and learning team meeting which will occur
immediately following the presentation. In April we will be sending home re-commitment
forms. These forms will help us determine which
Here are a few tips to help you and your child families will join us at our new school attached to
prepare for success: the Detroit Science Center next school year.
Get a copy of the presentation
Thanks to all the parents that have already shared
expectations from your child’s advisor
their success stories with others and have
Make the presentation interactive and
encouraged them to join our UPSM family.
interesting to the audience
Incorporate the suggestions provided last
trimester to improve your presentation
and make it your very best
Cereal is now available for $1.25 every morning
Schedule your meeting at a time that is
from 7:50 – 8:20 am. Students can purchase cereal
most convenient for you and your family
at the front desk. A healthy start to your day!
Prepare in advance and practice, practice,
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
As you and your child prepare, think about this
March 7: Boys Basketball Game @ Conner Creek
March 11 – 13: 6th Grade Academic Games State
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your Tournament (Grand Rapids, MI)
good is better and your better is BEST! March 16 – 27: Presentations of Learning
March 18 – 20: 7th Grade Academic Games State
Tournament (Grand Rapids, MI)
DETROIT SCIENCE CENTER March 20: No School (professional development)
The final group is headed to the Detroit Science March 24: Parents As Partners @ 5pm
Center next week. Students have been engaged in
an intensive 4-day science exploration. COMPUTER USAGE
Thanks to all of the parents that have volunteered Parents have received copies of the “Acceptable
to chaperone during the DSC visits. Your help Use Policy”. Please review this policy and return
and continued support is greatly appreciated. the back page with your signature.
Students cannot use the computers until this form
has been returned. Thanks for your support.
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JOIN US FOR COFFEE WITH THE SIM CITY AND MAG LEV
UPSM ADMINISTRATION Like computers? Want to build your own city?
Please plan to join us for morning discussions Then you should sign-up for Sim City.
about UPSM and our shared experiences. We Like cars? Want to build a levitating vehicle?
Then you should sign-up for Mag Lev.
want to hear your stories, and share strategies to
address school and student issues. Our school is
Sign your student up now for these hands-on,
growing, and our students are dealing with the exciting programs. Space is limited to the first 18
trials and tribulations of adolescence. As one of students signed up for each class. Sign-up forms
our highly respected partners, your input is are available in the main office.
greatly appreciated. We know there is a lot to
discuss; we’ll provide the coffee. Classes begin Monday, March 16 at 4:15 –
5:15pm. Students must be picked up promptly at
We would like to meet with parents from each 5:15. Session 1: Mondays, March 16 – April 20
trio on the following dates:
UNDERSTANDING MATH PROGRAM
Tomlinson trio – Tuesday, March 10: 7:45 – 8:30
Shappee trio – Wednesday, March 11: 7:45 – 8:30 Several parents joined us February 24 for our math
and science night. During this time parents
Neal trio – Monday, March 16: 7:45 – 8:30
viewed and judged the science fair projects and
learned about a great math program.
Beginning in April, we will host conversations the
last Tuesday of every month 4 -5 pm Understanding math is a computer assisted
We look forward to talking with you! interactive learning system for 4-10th grade
students. The program is designed to help
students enhance and expand their knowledge of
GREAT JOB STUDENTS - UPSM mathematics.
Rudy Neufeld, the owner and developer of
Students took the MEAP test in October. The test
Neufeld Learning Systems, took parents on a tour
covered items taught in the previous grade and of the program at the math and science night. He
previous schools. has generously offered parents the ability to
purchase the math program for $100. Parents
Grade Math Reading Writing Social Studies
must bring in their laptop so that we can load the
6 68% 80% 66% N/A program onto the computer. Parents with desktop
7 68% 60% 66% 65% computers must bring in their entire computer to
load the program. Payment is due at the time of
These scores represent the percent of students loading the program.
who passed the MEAP with a score of level 1
(advanced) and a level 2 (proficient). Dates for uploads:
Tuesday, March 10 & 17 (4-5pm)
We are excited about the levels of achievement for Thursday, March 12 & 19 (7:45 – 8:15)
our students. Our goal for next year is to have at
least an 80% in each area. We are striving for our
students to have scores equivalent to students in
suburban districts like Birmingham. In order to
reach this goal, we need to keep our students on
track with more time on task and a longer school
year. Thanks for supporting our mission!
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PARENT TO PARENT They also need to know that we love them no
By Margaret Trimer-Hartley matter what, we will celebrate their successes and
Superintendent—and mom we will do whatever it takes to raise and educate
Is your child lying, crying and flying off the
handle this year? Do you recognize him one As a parent, you need to know that this too shall
moment and want to disown him the next? pass. Even when your child is yelling and acting
unreasonable, know that it is only “temporary
Do you wonder if it’s your child’s fault? Your insanity”.
fault? Her friends’ fault? The school’s fault?
So now that we know we’re not crazy, what do we
Welcome to middle school. Some people jokingly do to manage the mania?
refer to middle school kids as the “range of the
strange.” Sixth through eighth grade is, indeed, a Here are some tried and true tips. They work—
time of enormous change in your child’s body but it takes time, commitment and consistency.
and your child’s behavior—both of which can And know that you can always contact your
have an enormous impact on their academic and child’s advisor, Mrs. Hill or me to ask about how
social success. your child is doing, share strategies or just vent.
We get it—and we’re here to help.
Look around UPSM and you’ll see that some of
our children are hitting puberty in full force while Always insist that your child has a
others have yet to bloom. Some of our students consistent study time each day.
are focused on their future while others couldn’t Set up a homework area that is free of
care less about what tomorrow holds. And, yes, distractions and has all of the necessary
lots of our kids are testing out new—and supplies.
sometimes shocking—behaviors. It’s not Make the point that homework is the
uncommon for typically well-behaved students to priority-before going out to play, before
be caught lying, being disrespectful, teasing, TV, a game, whatever.
bullying and forgetting things. Supervise their work, but don’t fall into
the trap of doing their work.
They’re learning—albeit in clumsy ways—when Encourage and motivate but try not to
and how to take risks, stretch boundaries, detach nag. Praise them to succeed.
from their parents and grow up. At the same time Model as often as possible. If parents can
many of them still want to sleep with their stuffed sit and read or do some of their own work,
animals and ride their little sister’s tricycle. children learn that everyone has
responsibilities and learning is life-long.
That tug of war between being a responsible, No matter how tempted, do not compare
mature young adult and a dependent, goofy kid your children’s performance with siblings,
is what makes the years between 10 and 13 so or other children their age. What works
difficult. We have to remember that no matter for one, may not work for another.
what they say to us, they are still children. They Make sure your kids get enough to eat,
need to be guided, corrected, nurtured and and plenty of rest, no matter how old they
sometimes punished when they make mistakes may think they are. Poor nutrition affects
and poor choices. They need to know their the ability to learn. Sugar crashes result in
boundaries now more than ever—because the limited concentration and reduced energy
stakes are higher and the dangers are greater. levels. Lack of sleep adversely affects
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concentration, memorization, and the Eleven-year-old Social-emotional development
ability to stay alert and awake in class. Moody, self-absorbed, and sensitive
Always stay in touch with your child’s Like to challenge rules, argue, and test
advisor, especially if homework is a limits; may be cruel; sometimes physically
struggle. Use the planner, PowerSchool or aggressive
email your child’s teacher if you have any Worry more about who’s “in” and who’s
questions. “out” than when they were younger
No matter how you feel about an Need lots of time to talk with peers; heavy
assignment, show your enthusiastic and users of the phone and email
positive side. Impulsive – often talk before thinking
Work with your child on organizational Have trouble making decisions
skills. Establish a place where backpacks Need adult empathy, humor, and
and school materials should be kept. sensitivity to help them cope with their
rapidly changing minds and bodies
For more help, the following books are
recommended by the National Middle School Twelve-year-old social-emotional development
Association. Adult personality begins to emerge
Capable of self-awareness, insight and
The Roller-Coaster Years: Raising Your Child empathy; more reasonable and tolerant
Through the Maddening Yet Magical Middle than at eleven
School Years Enthusiastic and uninhibited; appear more
by Charlene C. Giannetti and Margaret Sagarese secure
Thi is a lively guide to mastering the ups and Care more about peer opinions than those
downs of early adolescence. of teachers and parents
Will initiate their own activities without
Enjoy Your Middle Schooler by Wayne Rice adult prompting
A guide to the physical, social, intellectual,
emotional, and spiritual changes that middle At eleven, the awkwardness of adolescence is just
schoolers go through, with tips on how parents beginning, both physically and emotionally. It’s
can deal with these changes. time when feelings and relationships are seldom
clear or simple. Teachers and parents need to see
Middle School and the Age of Adjustment: A through children’s language, facial expressions,
Guide for Parents moods, and intentions and understand that
by Eileen Bernstein behind them is the child’s beginning quest to
Advice and practical suggestions that parents can establish independence and identity – the chief
use to help their children deal with common task of adolescence.
problems that can occur in middle school, written
by a school guidance counselor.
Here is an additional resource about your child’s
social and emotional development:
Yardsticks: Children in the classroom ages 4-14.
By Chip Woods
Are children are on the path to success!