- October 1, 2021
Whether it’s our use of additional web-based platforms such as Nearpod, Edwin, Google Suite for Education, Pear Deck, or Mathspace, UMS is using premier educational technology to provide opportunities for our students to question, experiment, and hone their critical thinking skills, while developing their knowledge in advanced academics. We will continue to provide ongoing professional development and training for our faculty.
This year, we have extended our one student, one device technology program to include all students in Grades 4 through 6 who have received a Chromebook laptop in support of an enhanced digital learning environment. Students will be using these devices in school and also when applicable, at home for homework completion. UMS has partnered with Google for Education, where the scope of technology and the seamless collaboration that this platform provides enhanced advanced curriculum while emphasizing on STEAM applications. Google for Education has become a leading platform for its compatibility, ease of use, and focus on coding education, which aligns with UMS’ vision of technology. We are proud to provide a cohesive device management program for education, while allowing for maximum collaboration through digital learning platforms, making this partnership the best for our Grade 4 to 8 students and staff. We are excited for this opportunity to provide our students with these advanced and innovative tools for learning.
Layering our core curriculum with fundamental 21st century life skills such as learning Financial Literacy and Entrapreneurship will allow our students to become more business savvy and allow for further practical application of their mathematic, technical, and socialization skills. We are proud of our students and their level of perseverance, drive, and commitment to their overall learning. We look forward to working with and celebrating the many accomplishments that our students will experience this year.
Our specialized rotary teachers offer their experience and a passion for the subject which they teach and enjoying sharing this with others! This year, our STEAM Specialist will be working with Grade 1 to 8 students on specialized thematic activities which connect to each grade level’s curriculum and bring the culmination of learning to a exciting new levels. Featured is a Grade 4 activity where students created solar panels by using simple items such as: boxes, tinfoil, saran wrap, and a wooden stick to melt the butter. Please stay tuned in the next newsletter edition for further updates on these wonderful learning opportunities.
In addition, our Math Specialist has been connecting with all teachers to integrate specific Mathematical concepts among the themes and topics of learning to broaden the level of interest and higher level thinking learning among all grade levels. We want for our students to see that ‘Math is Everywhere’! A monthly Math Challenge has been set forth for students to solve – NUMBER BOGGLE, where students are asked to demonstrate their number sentences using 3 or more adjacent tiles. Each class will bring their students to the board where they can place their answers on a sticky note to display on the Math bulletin board.
Our Science Specialist has offered key feature hands-on science lessons to our Grades 4 and 5 classes. These intriguing activities have engaged the students to explore facets of science on a deeper level. See further details in this edition in the Grade 4 level write-up.
Across all grade levels, during the first few weeks of school, students have completed a comprehensive academic overview which assesses and identifies any areas of weakness or gaps and strengths in core subject learning. Our students are completing their DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) which is a standardized reading assessment which is used to determine a student’s instructional level of reading along with their comprehension skills of the text. The DRA is administered individually to students by teachers and/or reading specialists.