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Don't forget - drafts of closing ceremony speeches are due to advisors by 8:20 Tuesday 5/9. Auditions are at 3:20 on Tuesday 5/16.
This year, an 8th grade student will be chosen to represent the class of 2021 at the 8th grade Closing Ceremony. The student speaker’s speech represents the entire 8th grade and reflects on their years in Middle School. This speech represents the culmination of the Middle School experience.
If you would like to deliver this year’s speech, here is what you need to do:
Compose a speech that you think represents our 8th grade and your collective years in Middle School.
Share this speech with your advisor by 8:20 a.m. Tuesday 5/9. Your advisor will read through your speech and give you feedback.
Make any changes your advisor recommends.
Practice your speech so you feel confident and comfortable.
Audition. You will give your speech to a panel of teachers who will choose the speaker.
The date for auditions is 3:20 p.m. Tuesday 5/16 in Dr. Walczak's room. This is the only audition time.
If you would like to pursue this opportunity, you should begin working with your advisor right away. If you have any questions, feel free to ask your advisor.
Attention, 8th graders! You are going to have your photo taken for the Closing Ceremony slideshow. Here's when your advising will have their pictures taken.
Walczak- Tuesday May 9th 2:45
Taft- Tuesday May 9th 3:00
Strains- Wednesday May 10th 2:45
Eppelsheimer- Wednesday May 10th 3:00
DeTorre- Thursday May 11th 2:45
Mussoline- Thursday May 11th 2:45
Schlenker- Thursday May 11th 3:00
Attention, 8th graders! There are about 25 students whose baby pictures are either missing or do not have the correct name on them! Please check your email to see if you're one of them. Contact Jordan for more information. We need everyone's baby pics asap for the Closing Ceremony slideshow and program!
As you know, we have an author, Allison McGhee, visiting today from 2-3 PM. She will be leading a writer’s workshop in the MS Library. She has asked that you bring a notebook and a writing instrument. You will be sitting on the floor, so it would be helpful if you also bring a binder to use as a writing surface.
|5/2/2017 8:18:13||5th, 6th, 7th||5/2/2017||5/5/2017|
Intramural kickball is cancelled today and Friday due to the soaking fields and many students being involved in the musical this weekend. We will add a bonus week of kickball later this week.
|5/2/2017 8:14:43||6th||5/2/2017||5/2/2017||Chorus students should bring computer and headphones to rehearsal this morning||0||1||0||0|
8th graders, if you missed a class yesterday in order to attend English class, then go to the class you missed during your English class today. If you have questions, see Doc.
|5/2/2017 8:00:05||7th, 8th||5/2/2017||5/2/2017|
Attention Mary Poppins cast! Anyone who needs to run/practice their lines can come to Mrs. Fultz's room (on the 3rd floor) at recess today.
ALL 7th graders - please meet out in the front of the Middle School right after your CAT class for a group picture. After that, you will go to your lockers and CT rooms.
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Mrs. Meier let someone borrow her computer cord 2 weeks ago. She has not gotten it back yet. If you borrowed her cord, please return it to her or the Middle School office as soon as possible. She will be so happy! Thanks!
|5/1/2017 7:48:23||7th||5/1/2017||5/1/2017||Chorus students should bring computer and headphones to rehearsal this morning||0||0||1||0|
|5/1/2017 7:48:05||5th||5/1/2017||5/1/2017||Chorus students should bring iPad and headphones to rehearsal this afternoon||1||0||0||0|
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Wednesday, May 3, is Wildcat Wednesday. You may be out of uniform if you wear clothing featuring the USM name or logo. Additionally, you may wear non-uniform shorts or jeans that are in good repair as well as rubber-soled tennis, canvas, or leather shoes. Students not dressed in spirit wear with the USM name or logo will be asked to change.
Today, all 8th graders need to come to ENGLISH. Whether you have History or English today, you'll be in English.
If you're a switch student, switch classes to make sure you come to ENGLISH today. Don't go to your other class that you switch into; come to English instead.
If you have any questions, find Doc.
Everyone should bring their copy of To Kill a Mockingbird to English.
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
|5/1/2017||5/1/2017||Mary Poppins peeps.. read your MyUSM messages!||1||1||1||1|
|5/1/2017 7:33:03||5th||5/1/2017||5/1/2017||5th Kiddos-check your new lunch tables for May||1||0||0||0|
|4/28/2017 8:13:12||5th, 6th, 7th||4/28/2017||4/28/2017|
TGIF-- we have kickball today after school from 3:30-4:30 on the Middle School lacrosse field. All students 5th-7th grade who are able to play are welcome.
|4/28/2017 4:32:07||6th||4/28/2017||4/28/2017||Chorus students need computer and headphones today for rehearsal||0||1||0||0|
|4/27/2017 11:34:23||5th||5/2/2017||5/3/2017||Green Group has library during the English 50 on Wednesday, May 3rd.||1||0||0||0|
|4/27/2017 11:33:32||5th||5/1/2017||5/2/2017||Blue Group has library during the English 50 on Tuesday, May 2nd.||1||0||0||0|
|4/27/2017 11:32:16||5th||4/28/2017||5/1/2017||Blue Group has library during the English 50 on Monday, May 1st.||1||0||0||0|
|4/27/2017 11:31:06||5th||4/27/2017||4/28/2017||Red Group has library during the English 50 on Friday, April 28th.||1||0||0||0|
Depending on when you have English, either on Friday or Monday, guest experts will be back to check your progress on your memorial model. Be ready to meet with one for about 10 minutes to explain your design and answer questions. Mr. Shidler and Ms. Hauch, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Katz will be here.
Chorus students should bring their computers and headphones to rehearsal this morning
|4/27/2017 7:49:12||5th||4/27/2017||4/27/2017||Chorus students should bring their iPads and headphones to rehearsal this morning||1||0||0||0|
If you're interested in helping to write the Senior Sendoff and 6th grade cheer for the Upper School graduates, come to Mrs. Nesbit's room during recess on Friday!
|4/27/2017 6:24:37||5th, 6th, 7th||4/27/2017||4/27/2017|
All Spring musical participants.. check your MyUSM messages first thing this morning!!!
STOP BREAKING PENCILS in teachers' rooms - especially ones that teachers provide for the students! We know who you are and are watching you. Plan on a detention if we see this from you again!
|4/26/2017 7:44:23||6th||4/26/2017||4/27/2017||Make sure to bring your ORB to English today. Thanks!||0||1||0||0|
7th graders, please note that you are to leave your 70-min, after-lunch class 10 minutes early to head to the Commons for Advising to hear from, Dr. Kor, the guest speaker.
If you handed in a printed proposal to Mrs. Reimer this week, check her circle table to get your draft and feedback from her and/or Mr. Markwald.
|4/25/2017 7:57:46||6th, 7th||4/25/2017||4/25/2017|
All of Mrs. Markwald's art classes today will be held in the clay studio. Please report directly there for class. You will be working with Mrs. Meier as Mrs. Markwald is leading a workshop with 5th grade artists today.
Mrs. Markwald is looking for a few students from the Gold group to work during recess with Ms. Radha. Please come right away to get a spot to work on your board!
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Starting on Monday, May 1, we will begin observing our summer dress code. Golf or "polo" type knit shirts with collar and sleeves may be worn by both genders. All solid colors and styles of polos are allowed without logos or with minimal logos. Students may wear tennis shoes or other canvas or leather shoes with rubber soles with their summer uniform. Students may also wear khaki or navy blue shorts (either pleated, flat-fronted, or cargo style) that look neat, are in good repair (no rips or holes), and are not baggy. See the handbook for additional details.
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
In celebration of the Milwaukee Bucks playoff run, students may wear Bucks, USM, or other BASKETBALL related clothing on Thursday, April 27. Students who choose to participate must still wear winter uniform pants/skirts and shoes.
**(Ignore if this is a repeat announcement)
Red/Gold will be going to River Edge on Wed-dress for the weather and bring a small snack-lunches will be provided
Blue/will be going to River Edge on Wed-dress for the weather and bring a small snack-lunches will be provided
|4/24/2017 14:37:42||5th||4/25/2017||4/25/2017||Chorus students should bring iPad and headphones to rehearsal today||1||0||0||0|
|4/24/2017 14:36:22||7th||4/25/2017||4/25/2017||Chorus students should bring computer and headphones to rehearsal today||0||0||1||0|
On Wednesday, during Advising, the 7th grade will meet in the Commons to hear from Dr. Alex Kor, son of Eva Mozes Kor and Micheal Kor, two Holocaust survivors. Read the article Mrs. R. posted on MyUSM for a bit of background about Dr. Kor and be ready with questions.
|4/24/2017 11:09:29||7th||4/25/2017||4/25/2017||Orchestra students please report to orchestra first. You will eat late lunch today.||0||0||1||0|
|4/24/2017 8:15:53||6th, 7th||4/24/2017||4/26/2017||Game Club|
|4/24/2017 8:13:54||5th||4/24/2017||4/24/2017||Bartz Advisees to Reading Groups Today for CT.||1||0||0||0|
World Cultural Geography all meet in Mrs. Markwald's art room on Monday and Tuesday. We will be working with guest artist Radha to learn about mandalas and Indian art
7th graders who have ART today - come to Ms. Altman's classroom near the school store and bring your computer
|4/23/2017 23:30:26||5th, 6th, 7th||4/24/2017||4/25/2017|
Please let Mr. Piper know if you will be attending intramural kickball this Tuesday, April 25th. We need a minimum of 10 students to play a game. Kickball runs from 3:30-4:30 after school and will meet on Tuesday on the front field across from the pre-primary parking lot.
|4/21/2017 8:13:51||5th, 6th, 7th||4/21/2017||4/21/2017|
Intramural kickball- change into athletic clothing after school and meet on the MS lacrosse field by the hill that we sled on at 3:30. Make sure your ride is here to pick you up @ 4:30. Go 'Cats!
|4/21/2017 6:46:01||7th, 8th||4/21/2017||4/21/2017||Orchestra students please bring your laptops to class today.||0||0||1||1|
|4/21/2017 6:45:29||5th||4/21/2017||4/21/2017||Orchestra students please bring your iPads to class today.||1||0||0||0|
|4/21/2017 5:38:57||5th, 7th||4/21/2017||4/21/2017||Chorus students need laptops for rehearsal today.||1||0||1||0|
Please click here for the Park/River Clean Up Groups:
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE UNSUPERVISED IN A TEACHER'S ROOM BEFORE SCHOOL, DURING RECESS, OR AFTER SCHOOL! You MUST have a teacher's permission EACH time you want to use your device when you are not supposed to be using one! LAST WARNING!
6th Graders: If you need to stay in for recess to meet with a teacher or to complete work, you will need to get a pass from the teacher with whom you will be working either the day prior to or the morning of the recess you'll be missing. Without a pass, you will be expected to go outside or to report to a designated indoor recess area in the case of bad weather.
7th grade pizza party today! Dominos will be delivered in the dining room because we won the coin drive.
|4/20/2017 8:10:12||5th, 7th||4/20/2017||4/20/2017|
CAT Academy Fantasy Baseball Owners: Please meet in Comissioner Piper's room for class today. We will learn how to calculate our stats and 7th grade teams will draft.
Walczak, Mussoline, and Eppelsheimer Advising - We will all be together in the Library for CT today. It will be a SILENT CT. Bring everything you need to work for the entire 30 minutes. Bring your headphones so you're not tempted to talk.
5th graders- you DO NOT have tech/library this cycle due to the Washington DC trip next week for the 8th graders. Please report to your WCG classes when you have them for the 50 min class.
|4/19/2017 7:39:55||5th, 7th||4/19/2017||4/19/2017|
Chorus students should bring study materials or an ORB to rehearsal today to work on while individuals are presenting to Ms. Altman.
|4/18/2017 20:04:10||8th||4/19/2017||4/20/2017||NHD State Finalists - meet in Taft's room at recess Thursday!||0||0||0||1|
5th Grade English students,
Please bring your Three Times Lucky book to English each day until further notice.
For Tower Hour, Irene Gay is making all natural lip balms. If you’d like to purchase some, please fill out the form on myUSM under English assignments.
See Irene for more information.
Tower Hour students need to leave first period about 10-15 minutes early to set up for their Tower Talks and Pop-Up Shop. Students, you're responsible for what you miss!
Dr. Walczak's room is no longer open during recess.
Today, come visit the Tower Hour students!
From tomorrow on, go outside! It's spring! Remember, you need to be supervised by a teacher. If you are found without supervision, you will face consequences. As 8th graders, never forget you're leaders and role models.
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Teachers and students, join us at the Tower Hour Talks and Pop-Up Shop in the Library and Nerdvana today from 9:30-11am! Everyone is welcome!
Please bring a pencil and an ORB to math on your test day.
|4/17/2017 22:06:29||5th, 6th, 7th||4/18/2017||4/18/2017|
Middle School Students playing intramural kickball:
Today's kickball meeting is cancelled due to soggy fields. The forecast calls for much better conditions come Friday. We look forward to seeing you then. Please contact your parents re: having a ride at 3:15 or please report to the Middle School After School Program in the MS Commons. Thanks and Go 'Cats!
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
The Soles4Souls shoe drive ends Friday so make sure to bring any old pairs in. Remember that the winning grade receives an out of uniform day!
This is an Upper School sponsored shoe drive. The bins are underneath the 8th grade stairs. How sad! They are virtually empty.
Bring in your old pairs of shoes! They will be put to good use.
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Thursday, April 20, is scheduled as a Milwaukee Bucks Day in support of their playoff run. Students may wear Bucks clothing and/or team colors, USM jerseys or spirit wear, or their favorite basketball team's clothing. Please note that the USM dress code must still be followed for pants/skirts and shoes. Students not participating should plan to follow the winter dress code.
|4/17/2017 8:17:57||5th||4/17/2017||4/21/2017||English - Comma Quiz This Week|
Blue and Green - Thursday
Red and Gold - Friday
|4/17/2017 8:13:01||5th, 6th, 7th||4/17/2017||4/18/2017|
Co-ed intramural kickball will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30-4:30. Students will change into athletic clothing in the locker rooms after school and then we will be meet the front field, across from the pre-primary playground. If you haven't signed up for intramural kickball and would like to join us, please feel free to come.
|4/17/2017 8:11:33||6th, 7th, 8th||4/17/2017||4/19/2017||Game Club|
Special Forces Wednesday
Regular on Friday
Sign up on Mr. Matera's door
|4/17/2017 8:09:53||7th||4/17/2017||4/17/2017||Roanoke mystery lunch today in Mr.M's room, get food and get there quick!||0||0||1||0|
|4/17/2017 8:09:06||5th, 7th||4/17/2017||4/17/2017|
Chorus students should bring work or an ORB today for when people are presenting Arts Live projects to Ms. Altman.
|4/17/2017 8:01:14||7th||4/17/2017||4/17/2017||Earbuds/headphones for history today! Bring every day, yay!||0||0||1||0|
Spring Tower Hour and French students who are attending Upper School Tower Talks today -- please meet in the Theatre. Sit all together with Dr. Walczak and Mr. Mussoline.
If you're leaving for your Math test, please do so very quietly and respectfully.
8th grade choir needs to go to MS Commons during 6th block today (Monday) for 20 minutes. (This is the class after recess.)
|4/17/2017 7:31:50||5th||4/17/2017||4/19/2017||Math Percent test|
Blue/Green on Wed
REd/Gold on TUESDAY
All 5th grade docents for ARTS LIVE should report to the art room during CT today. We will go over our final presentation notecards and prepare for Tuesday's event!
French students who have class with Mr. Lipshutz today are to visit the Upper School Tower Project Presentations in place of going to French class. Those students are:
Bhushan, Anagha (Ana)
Grady, William (Liam)
Kolosso Nadel, Vivian
Osberg, Eleanor (Ellie)
|4/13/2017 13:31:53||7th||4/17/2017||4/28/2017||Sign up for CT math help in Miss A's room. This must be done by 2:30 each day.||0||0||1||0|
|4/13/2017 13:11:19||7th||4/19/2017||4/19/2017||flower sale orders are due today. NO EXCEPTIONS!||0||0||1||0|
|4/13/2017 13:10:42||7th||4/17/2017||4/18/2017||Flower Sale money and orders MUST be turned in by Wednesday!!!!!!!!||0||0||1||0|
Students interested in playing football in the Upper School- Please join Coach Sommers for lunch in the Study Hall room located next to the Middle School Commons on the Lower Level on Wednesday, April 19th for lunch. Grab your lunch from Flik and head downstairs. This is a great opportunity to learn more about football. Anyone interested in playing football in Upper School s welcome to attend.
|4/13/2017 8:15:21||8th||4/13/2017||4/13/2017||TURN IN YOUR DC FORMS TO TAFT NOW!!!!!!||0||0||0||1|
8th graders, remember as you're working on signing up for classes for next year -- you as the STUDENT have to be logged into myUSM to sign up for courses online.
|4/13/2017 7:46:00||7th||4/13/2017||4/17/2017||All history students please bring earbuds/headphones to class! Thank you!||0||0||1||0|
One of the most serious and meaningful moments of our trip to D.C. will take place on Friday morning, April 28. Four members of the 8th grade class will present a University School wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Tomb represents the sacrifice made by all American men and women in military conflicts throughout our history. You have the opportunity to select the members of the Class of 2021 whom you feel best represent the 8th grade, University School, and the Common Trust. You should select two female students and two male students by checking two boxes each for male and female students. This is an individual decision.
The link to the form is http://tinyurl.com/USM-Tomb-Vote
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
The Upper School French Club will be selling crepes during lunch on Wednesday this week. The money raised in French Club, mostly from the crêpe sale, goes towards sponsoring two Haitian children’s educations. Crêpes will be $2 with bananas, strawberries, chocolate, and whipped cream as choices of toppings. Please support French Club and remember to bring money.”
MISS A IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR EXTRA HELP TODAY AFTER SCHOOL. She will have a CT sign-up sheet for the next two weeks for help, so make sure you sign up if you need help before the test in May.
World Drumming students who have class at 8:20 this morning: bring laptop and headphones to the Commons.
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
The Spring Tower Hour Tower Talks and Pop-Up Shop will be on Tuesday 4/18 from 9:30-11 in Nerdvana and the Library. Please visit us during recess! Students will have many products for sale and custom order, so bring your money!
|4/11/2017 12:20:49||5th, 6th, 8th||4/12/2017||4/12/2017|
For the Coloring CAT Academy People : On Wednesday the 7th graders are scheduled to be in the library during our CAT class; for today only please report to the Middle School lobby.
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
The results of the energy competition are finally in! The Lower school won the grand prize by reducing their energy use by 8.7 percent. The Middle school also did very well by reducing their energy use by 5.3 percent. The Upper school finished in last with an energy reduction of 1.2 percent. Thank you to everyone who worked hard during the month of February to lessen the USM community’s impact on the environment!
-Upper School Environmental Action Team
|4/11/2017 8:13:43||5th, 6th, 7th||4/11/2017||4/11/2017|
Ms. Altman's students - if you're performing at Arts Live, remember to sign up by TOMORROW. The link is on the Chorus Bulletin Board on myUSM.
|4/11/2017 8:13:05||8th||4/11/2017||4/12/2017||Historians - bring a cell phone to class today||0||0||0||1|
|4/11/2017 8:07:27||6th||4/11/2017||4/11/2017||Orchestra students, please bring your laptops to orchestra today!||0||1||0||0|
All 5th graders that have signed up to be docents for Arts Live should meet in Mrs. Markwald's room during CT today. Bring your iPads! If you didn't sign up and would still like to help, please just come. This is your last chance to get involved with the docent project for the night of Arts Live.
ATTENTION: One student from each memorial group needs to report to Mrs. R's room at CT on Tuesday to sign up on the guest expert sign-up sheet. You will be deciding the two guest experts with whom you would like to talk on Wednesday after lunch. If you do not sign up, you will be randomly assigned to two experts.