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GATE Extension Opportunities 2016-17

Union Middle School 2016-17 GATE Extension Opportunities


Hello UMS Families - At Union Middle School, we offer GATE Extension Opportunities to our middle school students who have been designated as GATE at their elementary school during 4th or 5th grade. Our GATE students have priority entrance into the below clubs at UMS. However, knowing that many students are interested in expanding their learning, we try our best to accommodate all UMS students into these extension opportunities. If you would like for your student to attend, please encourage them to show up for the specific activity.


Math Challenge Team & Math Challenge Club

Advisor: Ms. Shaw shawB@unionsd.org

Meeting Day and Frequency: Tuesday/Weekly (Begins 9/27)

Meeting Time/Location: 3:00 p.m. / Room 10 & Room 41


In a change from years past, we will have two Math Clubs at Union Middle School for 2016-17. On September 27th at 3 pm in the cafeteria, all students interested in participating in one of our two math clubs will take a placement test. The 25 top scoring students on this test will have the option to participate in a competition based Math Challenge Team led by Mrs. Shaw in room 10. All other students will participate in a Math Challenge Club led by Mrs. D’Apuzzo in room 41. Both clubs will focus on an array of activities in advanced problem solving skills. The curriculum for the program focuses primarily on “Math Counts,” a nationwide math competition for middle and high school students, as well as American Mathematics Competition, California League of Mathematics, and Math Olympiad for the Math Challenge Team. More information regarding Math Counts can be found at www.mathcounts.org. The Math Challenge Team led by Mrs. Shaw will compete in local and state math competitions, face-to-face with other schools. We are very proud of all of our “mathletes.” Congratulations to UMS for continuing to receive the highest honors of Gold and Silver Levels in MathCounts competition each and every year.


Math Challenge Team/Club is open to all interested students in grades 6-8, but our GATE students have priority entrance. The placement test for entrance onto the Math Challenge Team begins September 27th in the cafeteria at 3 pm – 4:30pm. Please encourage your student to attend. Parent volunteers and “snack providers” are needed and much appreciated. Contact Ms. Shaw for more information: shawB@unionsd.org.


Mouse Squad

Advisors: Mrs. Adams  adamsJ@unionsd.org and Mrs. Peers peersS@unionsd.org

Meeting Day and Frequency: Thursday/Weekly and other times as needed

Meeting Time/Location: 3:00 p.m. / Computer Lab


Your child is eligible to apply to be a member of Mouse Squad, an exciting state-wide program that delivers core technology training and certification to middle and high school students. Under the direction of our media and technology specialist, Mrs. Adams and sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Peers, UMS’s Mouse Squad has become a national model. The program harnesses student knowledge to operate a Student-Run Help Desk to provide valuable technical support for UMS teachers. For additional information about the Mouse Squad curriculum, log onto: www.mousesquad.org.


Mouse Squad participants take on a leadership role in the school and are able to participate in state-wide conferences and trainings. Mouse Squad meets most Thursdays in the library and other times as arranged. To express an interest, please attend the next Mouse Squad meeting on Thursday in the library. For questions, contact Ms. Adams at adamsj@unionsd.org or Mrs. Peers at peerss@unionsd.org.


Historical Literature Groups - ON HOLD

Advisor: Ms. Linda Lakew lakewL@unionsd.org  

Meeting Day and Frequency: Wednesday/Weekly 4-5 weeks before each show

Meeting Time/Location: 3:00 p.m. / Room 13


In partnership with Red Ladder and with funding from Xilinx Corporation, UMS is able to offer our students four amazing opportunities to study Historical Literature for four-weeks and then travel to San Jose for a professional performance of the era and literature they have studied. Transportation is free. This is a one-of-a-kind program offered to very few students. Your child does not want to miss the opportunity to learn about some dynamic history, read and discuss classic literature, and appreciate professional stage and musical theatre. We hope to schedule this activity for second semester upon Mrs. Lakew’s return to UMS.


California Junior Scholarship Federation

Advisor:Mrs. Malatesta MalatestaK@unionsd.org & Mrs. Utley UtleyK@unionsd.org 

Meeting Day and Frequency: Available HERE

Meeting Time/Location: Lunch / Gym


CJSF or California Junior Scholarship Federation, is a statewide organization founded for the purpose of fostering high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship in the middle school grades. CJSF emphasizes service to the school and the community while creating pride in scholastic achievement. Its motto is Scholarship for Service. Seventh and eighth grade students who qualify with the appropriate grades are eligible. Students who qualify for 3 or more semesters will graduate with Honors. They receive a CJSF gold pin, a certificate with gold seal, and they will be accepted as an Associate Member in CSF (the high school CJSF program). Additional information on the CJSF program is provided during our morning announcements. All GATE students are strongly encouraged to participate in CJSF.


STEAM Club

Advisor:Mrs. Malatesta MalatestaK@unionsd.org & Mr. Nick Barbara BarbaraN@unionsd.org 

Meeting Day and Frequency: Every other Monday/Depending on last name initial

Meeting Time/Location: 3:00 p.m. / Room 25


Our STEAM Club was created to provide current or past PLTW students an opportunity to extend their learning outside of the school day. GATE students currently enrolled in PLTW are strongly encouraged to attend. In the STEAM after school club, students will design and test their ideas with advanced modeling software, study mechanical and computer control systems, and create digital animations. Student may also explore electricity and how it relates to the world around them. Students may have additional time to work toward designing and creating all things robotics.