“What’s Up at UTMS?” July 2018

Keeping you Informed (6 pages)

UTMS     Every Student…….Every Day!

     2008 U.S. Dept of Ed Blue Ribbon school                                                                                  

15/16 - 16/17 Indiana “A”school

Webpage: http://uniontownshipmiddle.union.k12.in.us/   

Twitter:     https://twitter.com/UTMiddleSchool     

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UTMiddleSchool/ 

UTMS Calendar:   http://uniontownshipmiddle.union.k12.in.us/?PageName=%27Calendar%27

   Mr. Jerry Lasky                

         I certainly hope you are having a good summer thus far.  Plenty of summer left, so enjoy the time with your family and friends.  I’ve decided to send out our first newsletter this year a little early so you are informed of all the current news and changes that are going on at UTMS.  

        To start, UTMS will have a couple position changes, along with having a few new staff members joining us by replacing the retired staff.  The position changes involve the office staff and the 6th grade staff.  The office staff will be losing the position of assistant principal, but gaining the position of counselor.  UTMS has not had a counselor in the office for several years.  Mr. Klimczak, previous UTMS assistant principal, will be moving to the WHS office as assistant principal, taking the place of WHS retired assistant principal, Mr. Jack Schimanski.  Moving in to the UTMS office, we welcome counselor, Mrs. Annmarie Sims, who taught freshman and senior LA at WHS last year.  Mrs. Sims has an introduction for you in this newsletter.

        Due to the decreasing enrollment at UTMS, a district decision has been made to not replace the 6th grade LA position previously held by retired 6th grade LA teacher,  Ms. Mary Jarosz.  Mrs. Ruth Lavery, longtime UTMS LA teacher, will be teaching LA to all of the incoming 6th grade students.  She will incorporate both Literature/Reading and Grammar/Writing in her course.  Therefore, incoming 6th grade students will have one course in English Language Arts rather than two (Language Literature and Language Grammar).  As a result of the adjustment, the 6th grade staff have developed a new course in place of the lost second LA course.  The title of the course will be “CHAMPS”, a basic skills development course supported by the IDOE and approved by the UT School Board.  Course instruction will be conducted by all of the 6th grade staff during the 7th period of the day.  Later in this newsletter is a more in depth description of the course.  6th grade students will see “CHAMPS” on their schedule for 7th period.  The 6th grade student rotation period (Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Engineering/Tech, FACS/Bus) will be 8th period.  

This new course adjustment does not apply to 7th and 8th grade as they will continue to have two LA teachers with two seperate LA courses in Literature/Reading and Writing/Grammar.

      We welcome the following new UTMS staff members:

  • Mrs. Alexis Kruszka  - front office staff secretary (Attendance/Athletics) replacing retired staff secretary Mrs. Mary Kay Bobos.
  • Ms. Maddie Miller - 6th grade math teacher replacing retired Math teacher Mrs. Vicki Harber.  Ms. Miller previously taught 5th grade at UCE.
  • Mr. Steve Baumgartner - 8th grade Social Studies teacher replacing retired SS teacher Mr. Rob Bobos.  Mr. Baumgartner will also be the WHS varsity basketball assistant coach.
  • Mrs. Amanda Kohne - 8th grade Math teacher replacing Mr. Philip McKelvey who will be teaching Math at WHS.
  • Staff to be hired - 8th grade LA/Writing teacher replacing Mrs. Tara Reid who will be the Title I instructor at JSE



Meet the Counselor - Mrs. Annmarie Sims  


Hello Union Township!

 I wanted to take a minute to tell you a little about me.

I am a graduate of Purdue University with both my Bachelor's Degree in  Education (6-12) and also my Master's Degree in School Counseling. I have 9 years of teaching experience that cover grades 7, 8, 9, and 12. I served as Wheeler High School intern counselor in 2017, and taught Freshman and Senior English this past year!

I am a mom of two beautiful boys (Chase (4) and Jake(2)),  an avid camper, love spending time at the gym, accessorizing my jeep, palm trees, and of course helping others.  

My husband Eric and I are super excited to be part of the Union Township family. Go Bearcats!


What is my role?

As a School Counselor, I adhere to the following roles in order to promote positive development in social, emotional, and academic needs:

Individual counseling using Solution Focused Brief Counseling

Small group counseling- formation based on school need

Classroom guidance (i.e. Large group counseling)

Attend and participate in 504's and IEP meetings

Organize and administer some building testing

Observe and assess students in the academic setting

Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, social workers, students, and outside agencies

Respond to school crises or emergency situations

Provide information and resources to parents on a variety of issues

Consistently update myself on new practices, procedures for our school system and the school counseling practice


Please be on the lookout for future emails from me detailing how your child can come see the counselor, ideas for organization, stress relief, updates on the Union Township Middle School website under the “Guidance” portion and much more!

“ A little bit of kindness can go a long way” 

UTMS Sixth Grade CHAMPS Program/Course

(60500 - Basic Skills Development)








The UTMS 6th Grade CHAMPS program/course will be primarily implemented as an additional resource to alleviate the loss of time within the Language Arts classroom in sixth grade.  The students will work across the curriculum during this period, reinforcing concepts such as RACE (Restate, Answer, Cite, Explain), READWORKS, novel studies and writing genres.  Each of the 6th grade staff members with have a group of students for the CHAMPS program the 7th period of the day.  


 Additionally, the CHAMPS program will also include Challenge Education (Team building) activities, Bully Prevention programs, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) projects,  SOAR (Students On Academic Rise) enrichment, flexible grouping within different core areas, as well as re-teaching and reinforcement of sixth grade core standards.  

IDOE Middle Level Subject and Description

Subject 0500 BASIC SKILLS DEVELOPMENT  Basic Skills Development is a multidisciplinary course that provides students continuing opportunities to develop basic skills including: (1) reading, (2) writing, (3) listening, (4) speaking, (5) mathematical computation, (6) note taking, (7) study and organizational skills, and (8) problem-solving skills, which are essential for high school course work achievement. Determination of the skills to be emphasized in this course is based on Indiana’s standards, individual school corporation general curriculum plans, and the student’s Individualized Education Programs (IEP) or other individualized plans. Skills selected for developmental work provide students with the ability to continue to learn in a range of different life situations.

     What the Tech?  

Technology keeps progressing at UTMS.  This past school year (2017/18), UTMS was the first school in the district to incorporate chromebooks for each student in what is called a 1:1 student/computer environment.  Teachers have been continuously learning and developing their skills on incorporating more technology in the learning process to help prepare students for 21st Century learning and career preparation.  

The incoming 6th grade students will be receiving their chromebooks the first week of school.  Chromebooks stay with the students for four years (including summer) until replaced.  Insurance can be purchased during registration.  The insurance is highly recommended so students can get an immediate replacement if their chromebook accidently breaks or malfunctions.  A second chance to purchase insurance for current 7th and 8th graders will be opened during registration.  The opening time to purchase insurance will be limited for those who do not have the insurance.  If you already purchased the insurance last year, you do not need to purchase it again until the four year period is over and a new period, with new Chromebooks, begins.  Please refer to the Chromebook FAQ link on our webpage to understand more about the 1:1 technology initiative.  

A reminder to 7th and 8th grade students that if your Chromebook malfunctions in the summer, you can bring it to the tech department in the Commons Area of the middle school during weekday business hours (8-2).  Enter entrance “B” the Central Office entrance, next to the middle school entrance “A”, and request to see the tech department. It’s always good to call ahead at 759-2531 (Central Office Phone Number).  Another good time to come in would be the summer reading hours on Wednesdays.  If you do not plan to return to UTMS next school year, you must return your Chromebook.  Chromebooks, like school textbooks, are owned by the school corporation and rented through the book rental process.  

Did you know?

  • The summer reading program is on Wednesdays from (10 AM - 1 PM) and (2 PM - 6 PM) thru July 25.  AR points count for the upcoming school year.
  • School Registration: (Change from previous communication)
  • Thursday, August 2 for 6th grade from 11 AM-3 PM and open to all grades from 4 PM-6:30 PM.
  • Friday, August 3 from 8 AM- 3 PM open to all grades
  • Online registration will be available as a choice for registration rather than coming in on August 2 or 3, if you so choose.  Online Registration click here 
  • Students can begin bringing in school supplies to their lockers after they are registered.  Open door hours will begin during registration and the following week from 8 AM - 3 PM.  No glass or stickers in or on the lockers.
  • Students must have a physical on file before they can participate in school athletics.  Forms can be downloaded from the school website.
  • The school calendar is updated monthly on the school web page at: www.union.k12.in.us - “Schools” - “UTMS” - “Calendar” or directly at:


  • Media News:
  •  The Media Center collects Box Tops and Campbells UPC labels and has a monthly drawing for prizes during the school year.
  • The Media Center collects cards (Birthday, Holiday, etc…) and makes bookmarks out of them.
  • The Media Center accepts book donations.
  • The Media Center is always looking for parent volunteers.  If interested, contact Mrs. Ditchcreek at mditchcreek@union.k12.in.us
  • The Young Hoosier books are available as ebooks from the public library?
  • School Announcements will be posted on our website each day titled, “Bearcat News”.

Now you know!