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Mr.  Jerry  Lasky
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Principal's Corner

UTMS, a place where every student matters every day!

Union Township Middle School is a welcoming, progressive, and high achieving school as a result of the cooperative effort of our students, staff, administration, parents, and community.  We take pride and responsibility in delivering the challenging state College and Career Readiness Standards (http://www.doe.in.gov/standards), along with providing vibrant fine arts programs, sports teams, and student organizations to encourage student involvement.  In addition, we are sensitive and responsive to the unique social/emotional developmental needs of our middle level students by enhancing the school with special programing and support.  

 

UTMS students continue to demonstrate increases in student achievement as measured by the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP+) in the areas of Math and Language Arts, along with 7th grade Social Studies and 6th grade Science.  Social Studies and Science are the only other content areas, along with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Language Arts and Math, that are included on ISTEP+.  

 

Middle schools throughout Indiana are graded by the state using a complex and controversial A-F formula which takes into account “student achievement” (Pass+, Pass, Did Not Pass) in Language Arts and Math, along with “student growth” (growth compared to a cohort group throughout the state) in Language Arts and Math.  

 

We embrace accountability and believe our school should be measured by achievement in all core subject areas, student social/emotional development services, and extracurricular programs. Unfortunately for all schools, the state school grade only takes into account “achievement” and “growth” in Math and Language Arts.  At UTMS, we value and provide a well rounded core curriculum education along with fine arts programs and extracurricular programs.  We have demonstrated success, as measured by student achievement, attendance, and participation in all core subject areas, fine arts programs and extracurricular programs.

 

With that said, we are proud and humble to receive a letter grade of "A" for the 2015/2016 school year by the state.  We understand that the grade is a snapshot of one school years success with “achievement” and “growth” in Language Arts and Math.  We will continue to strive for an increase in “student achievement” and “growth” in Language Arts and Math, along with progressing in other important core curriculum area's, fine arts, and extracurricular programing.    

We are proud of our students, staff, parents, administration, and community.  Bearcat pride permeates through the halls of UTMS!

 

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