University Prep Science & Math
The mission of University Prep Science & Math (UPSM) Middle School is to prepare area students to attend selective universities and colleges, and to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics in a global society. In recognition of the efforts and accomplishments of its students, faculty, staff, parents and community, the Michigan Department of Education recently named UPSM Middle School a “Reward” school in addition to presenting the campus with an academic achievement award for high progress.
Welcome to University Prep Science & Math Middle School
Dear UPSM MS Families,
Welcome to University Prep Science and Math Middle School, uniquely positioned inside of the Michigan Science Center in midtown Detroit. Serving over 460 students, UPSM MS provides for the U Prep network’s mission to give students the courage to pursue a life of possibilities by ensuring access, opportunity and experience for every child in a comprehensive manner that ultimately equips students to achieve their dreams.
We are so excited to welcome our scholars through the front doors of UPSM Middle School. The learning, adventure, culture, and crew that awaits each young learner inside is something that we are so excited about, and looking forward to this school year. We want to make sure that all of our scholars and parents are set up for success. Our chosen theme for this year is: “We are CHAMPIONS!”
We are inviting staff, families, and our scholars to get ‘in the ring’ with us by simply asking, “What are YOU fighting for?” this school year.
The UPSM MS faculty recognizes that middle school is a special time in the lives of children as a set of dynamic biological changes unfold having a profound impact on their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Research shows that these changes require a radically different and distinct approach as young adolescents are not simply older elementary school students nor younger high school students. Small class sizes is just one of the many ways that UPSM MS’ honors the developmental uniqueness of students “in the middle” encouraging strong student-teacher relationships that afford teachers the opportunity to be more responsive to the individual talents and needs of individuals.
Adding to this important insight, UPSM MS is a competitive powerhouse for learning. We embrace opportunities for academic innovation providing for a unique instructional, curricular, and administrative approach to the education of students. Blended learning resources include a STEAM focused curriculum, 1 to 1 technology, supplemental personal learning and digital platforms, a strong emphasis on college and career awareness, implementation of a flex schedule, and all students are assigned to a Crew within small learning quads to further interdependence and accelerate achievement.
Quintessential to our success, our highly engaged parents serve as partners to help guide the success of students through timely and open two-way lines of communication, progress monitoring and early notification support problem-solving and foster positive parent-teacher relationships in an environment where higher order thinking is valued, and creativity is fundamental.
Above and beyond, the norm UPSM MS positions students for success providing experience and access through a wide range of afterschool enrichment programs to include:
- Peer Learners Connect /Mi-Science Center Partnership
- National Championship Chess Team
- Detroit PAL First Robotics
- Student Council
- Competitive Dance
- Service Learning Corps
- Gentlemen’s & Totally Talented Young Ladies Mentoring Club
- SWAG Social/Mentoring Club
- Editorial Writing Newspaper Club
- Boys and Girls’ Intramural Sports
- Afterschool Homework Help/Tutoring
I am so elated to partner with you ‘in the ring’ this year as we create and empower strong scholar champions!
So let’s get ready to have a ‘knock out’ year of teaching and learning as we are all looking forward to the 2018-2019 school year!
Welcome to “THE year of CHAMPIONS!!!!!!”
I cannot wait to see what adventures await us.
Your Partner in Education,
When you join our Crew, you’ll find an office culture that mirrors our philosophy for what works in the classroom. After all, it’s not just students who thrive in an environment built on collaboration, challenging work, acceptance, a “growth-mindset” and joy; grown-ups need it too!
We are an organization 100+ Crew members strong, and though we don’t all work in the same time zone, it’s not uncommon to join a colleague for a “virtual lunch” via video. Ours is a connected community of passionate thought partners whose work is inspired by students, teachers, schools, and each other.
The M-STEP is the state of Michigan’s primary test to measure student achievement in English Language Arts (ELA), math, science, and social studies. Students in third through eighth grade complete the test every spring, and parents usually receive results the following fall. Students’ scores provide information about how well they have mastered grade-level material. This is a computerized test.
Students in grades two through eight are required to take the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in reading and mathematics. This test is administered three times per year. In the fall, students take the assessment to receive a baseline score. They take a winter test to monitor their progress. After taking their final test in the spring, students’ scores are compared against their fall scores to determine how much growth they have demonstrated throughout the year. Each test takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.
Administered 3-4 times per year, interim assessments provide information for students and teachers about how well they have mastered grade-level material. These results give teachers valuable information about how to tailor their instruction to students based on their needs. Tests generally take about 2 hours per test to complete.
For students who are learning English as a second language, the WIDA test is administered to determine progress in the acquisition of the English language. The test is formatted differently for different ages, and it generally includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening components. The results from the WIDA inform a student’s placement and level of services for English language learners.
Food Service Quick Links
- The Scoop – Sept 2018 News – Issue 1
- UPSM Middle School Lunch Menu – October
- UPSM Middle School Supper Menu – October
Dear University Prep Parents,
As the new Food Service Director for University Prep Schools, it is my mission to ensure we provide a high-quality school lunch program to every student every day.
As a parent with two children, I understand how difficult it can be to make lunch on the fly or wonder if they are even going to eat what you pack them. While I support your any parent who chooses to prepare their children’s lunch, I also want you to have confidence in the school lunch program that we are providing in the building.
With this in mind, for the 2017/18 school year and I am proud to announce some exciting enhancements to our University Prep food service program! This year our organization has selected Variety Food Services Inc. to serve our young scholars nutritional meals.
Variety has over sixteen (16) years experience providing meals in child nutrition programs that include breakfast, lunch snacks and after school supper. Variety has consistently met the strict USDA nutritional standards for each meal type via annual SMI Nutritional Reviews conducted by the Michigan Department of Education.
Variety’s K-12, breakfast and lunch menus strictly comply with the USDA’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and they consistently incorporate the use of fresh fruits and vegetables (both hot and cold) every week in monthly menus. Additionally, variety has never introduced any fried foods into their programs.
I take tremendous pride in my job and believe school menus are an opportunity to model good nutrition and encourage healthy eating practices. I will work with Variety to provide our U Prep scholars with nutrition information such as an explanation of calories and intake, the dangers of fad diets and nutrition, and the importance of a balanced diet.
In regards to quality assurance I will conduct quarterly food service progress reports, monitor delivery standards, provide lunch staff with robust training and be vigilant about special dietary needs for individual students.
Also, this year our University Prep school menus will contain the following important food nutrition facts:
- Calories from fat
- Fat grams
- Fat percentage
- Saturated fat
I thank you for your continued support of our program, and I welcome feedback and ideas throughout the year.
Director of Food Services
University Prep Schools