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University Middle Gary Grant Head Custodian 973-399-6879 ggrant@irvington.k12.nj.us
University Middle Andrea Tucker Principal 973-399-6879 Ext 1608 atucker@irvington.k12.nj.us
University Middle Gayle Rosen Secretary 973-399-6879 grosen@irvington.k12.nj.us
University Middle Toi Womack Register Secretary 973-399-6879 Ext 1605 twomack@irvington.k12.nj.us
University Middle Mia Hayward Secretary 973-399-6879 Ext 1608 mhayward@irvington.k12.nj.us
University Middle Ann DiGore Guidance Counselor 973-399-6879 Ext 1611 adigore@irvington.k12.nj.us
University Middle Emelyn DeLacruz Guidance Counselor 973-399-6879 Ext 1610 edelacruz@irvington.k12.nj.us
University Middle Clavell Nelson Nurse 973-399-6879 Ext 1618 cnelson@irvington.k12.nj.us
University Middle Annatte Bailey Medical Clerk 973-399-6879 Ext 1617 abailey@irvington.k12.nj.us
University Middle Nancy Howe Guidance Counselor 973-399-6879 Ext 1612 nhowe@irvington.k12.nj.us
University Middle Gary McGeehan Asst-Principal 973-399-6879 Ext 1603 gmcgeehan@irvington.k12.nj.us
University Middle Chinaire Simons Asst-Principal 973-399-6879 Ext 1602 csimons@irvington.k12.nj.us
University Middle Derrick Edmundson Dean 973-399-6879 Ext 1602 dedmunson@irvington.k12.nj.us


Our PTA Meetings

September 22, 2016, October 27, 2016
November 17, 2016*, December 22, 2016

January 26, 2017, February 23, 2017
March 23, 2017, April 27, 2017
May 25, 2017

Meetings are held every fourth Thursday at 6:00 pm. Please be advised that meetings may be cancelled or postponed in the event of inclement weather. (*) These dates are rescheduled dates due to holidays and school closure. 

HEALTH UPDATES

Health Notice: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)   |   Health Notice: Meningococcal Disease FAQ

 

17-18 Parental Rights Policy / NCLB Mandate

September 9th, 2016|0 Comments

PARENTAL RIGHTS POLICY / NCLB MANDATE – Parental involvement is a key ingredient in the success of our students. As such, it is of paramount importance that as the parents/guardians you […]

17-18 Student Code of Conduct

July 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT  The information in the Irvington Public Schools Student Code of Conduct may be updated during the course of the school year. The […]

Acceptable Use of Computer Network/Computers

August 10th, 2015|0 Comments

ACCEPTABLE USE OF COMPUTER NETWORK/COMPUTERS  The Board of Education recognizes that as telecommunications and other new technologies shift the manner in which information is accessed, communicated […]

Harassment, Intimidation, And Bullying

August 10th, 2015|0 Comments

HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING  The Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a pupil. A safe and civil environment in school is […]

School-Parent Compact

August 10th, 2015|0 Comments

SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT  Schools receiving Title I ,Part A funds are required to have a written School-Parent compact. The compact will outline how parents ,students, and staff […]

“For me, education was power” – Michelle Obama

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at University Middle School, the home of the EAGLES, where our motto is Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM). This year we will continue our journey of transforming minds, attitudes, and futures. Our school community will maintain our vision of encouraging our students to strive for academic excellence and prepare for a successful future. This vision is intertwined with building our scholars from within as we nurture their spirit and self-actualization.

The staff at University Middle School is committed to the success of all scholars. At our school, highly qualified and dedicated staff members work collaboratively to ensure that all scholars are provided with a quality educational experience, which fosters the personal, intellectual, social and emotional growth and development of each child, which in turn, will motivate student achievement; our primary focus.

University Middle School has an approximate enrollment of 650 scholars. Our school offers everyone many valuable opportunities to participate, enjoy, and be successful in academic and extra-curricular activities that will assist our students in becoming a more knowledgeable, skillful and confident learner in our society. We encourage and look forward to helping students maximize their potential during their time here at University Middle School. Our hope is that each student will have a positive, productive, and academically successful year that will lead them closer to fulfilling their future goals.

Our school has a 9-period schedule that includes Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education for all students. University Middle School also offers French and Spanish, an intellectually gifted program, magnet music and visual arts programs and technology classes. All of our scholars are trained to use Chromebooks as a learning tool, and all classrooms have a Smart Board, which teachers apply in daily instruction by designing interactive lessons. Our staff and scholars will continue to develop abilities to analyze complex texts, determine evidence, reason critically, and communicate thoughtfully—the must-have skills for college and career. Additional academic initiatives aimed to improving, vocabulary-building, science instruction, and cooperative learning have been incorporated to increase student engagement. Student engagement will promote academic growth by teaching our scholars to become critical thinkers and problem solvers who will be able to function successfully in the future. Our classrooms are no longer singularly focused; there is a plethora of cross-curricular activities taking place, which makes learning more engaging.

University Middle School continues to positively evolve! There are productive Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) that meet daily for collaborative Common Planning sessions. The teachers follow a weekly agenda to review student work, analyze data, create lesson plans, develop common assessments, and collaborate with content area specialists. As a result of the collaborative Common Planning sessions, it is evident that there has been an increase in cooperative groups and collaboration in the classroom. Data driven instruction has been enlightening and informative. Data PLC sessions and after school data meetings have been productive times for teachers, the data specialist, Math and ELA specialists, and building administrators to analyze and discuss student data and inform instruction.

We continue to praise and celebrate academic excellence and positive behavior by acknowledging those scholars who work hard. The National Junior Honor Society, Honor Roll, Student of the Month, PARCC Champions and Perfect Attendance are a few of the honors that are bestowed upon our scholars. Our scholars have also placed in district sponsored contests such as the Martin Luther King, Jr Essay, Multicultural Essay, PRIDE Essay and the Spelling Bee. We also uplift our scholars with celebrations such as Honor Roll Breakfast/Dinner, Pep Rallies and other exciting events. Outside excursions are planned for our scholars to broaden their life experiences to make connections with their learning experiences.

We continue to nurture the hearts of our students with the assistance of a well-rounded support staff that offers academic, as well as, socio-emotional counseling. The staff consists of guidance counselors, social worker, and a dean. They spend a majority of their time familiarizing themselves with our scholars and collaborating with them on interpersonal skills that will help them grow academically and socially. This, in turn, gives our scholars the tools to develop into young adults who will continue to be life-long learners that demonstrate the character traits of independence, respect and dignity. This team also works diligently with all stakeholders to serve as a community-based center providing resources to parents, as well as, opportunities for them to share in the educational process of their children. This relationship fosters open communication with parents, and help families establish home environments to support children as students, all while providing a welcoming atmosphere.

University Middle School offers a supportive environment for scholars’ academic and emotional growth. Positive behavior and character education are proven to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes necessary for student achievement and success in life. Our PBSIS program will continue to be the underlying force of guiding student behavior. It will instill the idea that the acquisition of positive character values promotes healthy student development. It also encourages scholars to become responsible, contributing members of society, which will support a healthy school community.

Overall, educating our scholars is a joint effort. As we continue our academic journey, we want to thank all of our students, parents, staff and community members for their hard work and dedication this past year.  We welcome our new students and families to our school community. We are excited about this new school year and believe that it holds great promise for our entire school community.  At year’s end, we hope that we will all enjoy the rewards that will come as a result of our collective efforts to make UMS a school of academic excellence.

Best wishes for a terrific year, and welcome to the Home of the EAGLES!

 

Andrea Tucker
Principal

It’s Possible…It’s Possible…It’s Possible