Union County Middle School's mission states: We are growing as learners and leaders to leave a legacy. Students and staff alike participate in making this mission happen. As a Leader in Me school, students participate in living the "7 Habits" of Highly Effective People. They are given the opportunity to take an active role in the school community through a variety of situations in and out of the classroom including student jobs, the Student Lighthouse Team, extra-curricular clubs, etc. Our vision is to create a school where each student achieves, is prepared for the future, and desires to improve the community in which they live.
Academically, our students' needs are met and enriched as every student receives the same core instruction daily in math, language arts, science, and social studies as well as taking part in enrichment or intervention classes. There is a tiered level of interventions for students requiring additional help in core areas or for those needing to be more academically challenged. As a result of the joint vision of the school and district for excellence, our students are motivated to be successful because they know their strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and track their own progress. Students keep data binders, documenting their progress and participate in student-led conferences. Aided also by the results of frequent formative assessments, students can use this information and make their best attempts to learn.
While keeping academics our top priority, we realize building positive relationships with our children enhances student achievement. Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles within their classroom, the school, and the community. Incorporated into our routines is the goal to create a team and class building atmosphere on a daily basis by using a variety of engaging teaching strategies and student activities.
Recognizing that middle school students also have unique developmental needs, UCMS implements PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Support) through the KyCID (Kentucky Center of Instructional Discipline) program, focusing on positive behavior support. Teachers incorporate consistent school-wide procedures to help students transition from one activity to another. As a KyCID school, we have addressed behavioral expectations. School-wide expectations are communicated, taught, practiced, and reviewed with students during the course of the year.