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UMA Announces New Home

We are excited to share the news that UMA has found a permanent home in downtown St. Paul at 19 East Exchange Street. We will be located in the space formerly occupied by McNally Smith School of Music and will share our building with the History Theatre. Our new location is very accessible by public transportation and is only a short walk to the Minnesota State Capitol, Minnesota History Center, Fitzgerald Theater, Science Museum of Minnesota, George Latimer Central Library, Landmark Center, Mississippi River Visitor Center, and [...]

Happenings this Week: January 14, 2019

Monday, January 14: Theater Club Auditions Theater Club will be holding auditions for the upcoming, student-written original play from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Since October, students from both the middle school and the high school have worked together to create a script, and now it's time to cast parts! Theater Club will continue to meet on Mondays from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. until the week of the final performance in May. Information for stage crew and set crew [...]

Happenings this Week: January 7, 2019

Welcome back from winter break! We hope everyone had some enjoyable time off. Thursday, January 10 There will be middle school and high school information sessions for prospective parents this Thursday at UMA from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Spread the word! Friday, January 11 This Friday is a student release day. Teachers will be working on professional development and collaborative projects.

Happenings this Week: December 17, 2018

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 18–19 Our sixth graders are headed to the offices of Martin Williams Advertising to see how the Design and Engineering process works in advertising. Students will work in small teams with employees from the firm to discuss aspects of their own t-shirt designs and receive feedback on their team t-shirt. Friday, December 21 This is the last day of school before Winter Break. We will return to school on Monday, January 7, 2018. Be sure to check with your student to see [...]

Happenings this Week: December 10, 2018

Wednesday, December 12 Join St. Paul College for a Culinary Arts information session from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Interested? RSVP here. Thursday, December 13 The 7th graders will be hosting our annual Frost Feast for their families this Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dina Berray. Or, take a look at her blog to learn more about UMA's Culinary class.

Happenings this Week: December 3, 2018

Tuesday, December 4 Middle school and high school information sessions will take place Tuesday night at UMA from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6 Ms. Berray will be taking the eighth grade to the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. Friday, December 7 The ninth grade is headed to the Minneapolis Institute of Art as part of their Human Geography curriculum while the 10th graders will be conducting independent interview in the community to support their projects in Biology.

Happenings This Week: November 26, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Information Session for Current 8th Graders Parents and guardians of current UMA 8th graders: Please join us for a high school information session this Tuesday night from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. High school teachers will be available to discuss how UMA's high school is different from our middle school and to answer any questions you might have. If you'd like to attend, but cannot make it on Tuesday, please RSVP and let us know you [...]

Happenings This Week: November 12, 2018

Monday, November 12: PTO Meeting PTO meetings are open to all parents and community members. Monday's meeting will run from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the UMA cafeteria. Friday, November 9: High School Community Friday 9th and 10th graders are headed to the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus this Friday. They will view the university's insect collection, bird collection, mammal collection, and will meet with a UMN career counselor. 11th graders will be exploring the Minneapolis Institute of Art's exhibit, [...]

Happenings This Week: November 5, 2018

Monday, November 5: 7th Grade Field Trip to Northrup The 7th-grade students are attending a dance performance at Northrup Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus. Pixel, featuring the dazzling hip-hop based choreography of Mourad Merzouki, the cutting-edge digital projections of Adrien M and Claire B, and the Middle Eastern-influenced cinematic musical score of Armand Amar. Friday, November 9: High School Community Friday 9th graders are headed to Duluth this Friday as part of their Design & Engineering class. In the [...]

Happenings This Week: October 29, 2018

Wednesday, October 31: Halloween (no costumes, please) UMA does not allow Halloween costumes to be worn at school. We find this a distraction to our learning environment. Please have your students save their costumes and makeup for trick-or-treating. Students dressed in clothing which appears to be a Halloween costume will be asked to change and could result in a phone call home to bring more clothes. Thursday, November 1: Current 8th-Grade Families High School Information Session Current 8th-grade families are invited to join the high school [...]