December 17, 2021
What's Happening at School
As the first semester nears in January, this week found many students completing class projects before winter break.  8th grade Geography students created their own dioramas of an Amazon rainforest, after studying landforms, Earth & Space Science students made paper mâché volcanos.  Guest speakers visited classrooms and shared their professional expertise with students on architecture & engineering, the science of mosquito control and the daily work of a veterinarian.  

Senior students will be showcasing their months of hardwork as they exhibit their Senior Capstone projects on Thursday, January 13 from 5-7 pm.  Interested UMA families and students are welcome to attend.
Family Resources

COVID-19 Rapid Tests
Students were sent home with a rapid COVID test kit which we recommend students use the day before returning to school on Monday, January 3 to ensure they are healthy to return.  Each kit contains two tests, feel free to use the second test for other families members if needed.

Governor Walz announced expanded hours at COVID-19 community testing sites in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth. Beginning Monday, December 20, the Minneapolis and St. Paul state community testing sites will open two hours early at 9 a.m.  All three sites offer rapid antigen swab and saliva PCR testing.

COVID-19 testing is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 variants, including Delta and Omicron. Learn more about all of Minnesota’s community testing sites.

Get Vaccinated!
All eligible Minnesotans are encouraged to get vaccinated and boosted. Minnesota is offering boosters at the state’s Mall of America (16+) and MSP Airport (18+) vaccine sites as well as other state-run and state-hosted 5- to 11-year-old vaccine clinics, including those hosted at schools.

Minnesotans can find boosters anywhere vaccines are offered. For ages 18 and over, the booster dose does not have to be the same brand of vaccine as your initial series. Minnesotans 16 and 17 years old must get a Pfizer booster shot. Visit or contact a provider to get boosted and vaccinated. Find information specifically about boosters here.

Friendly reminder students need to wear a mask while on school buses to and from school each day.  They should not leave the house without a mask, a required school supply.

Picture Retake Day
Lifetouch Photo will be at school Thursday, January 6 to retake  photos for those needed or were absent on photo day. No purchase is necessary but families interested in purchasing a photo package can do so online at and enter UMA's Picture Day ID EVTKSJKVN 
Skating School Opportunity
Learn to Skate with the Minnehaha Skating School at Minnehaha Ice Arena in Minneapolis. Saturday & Sunday afternoon sessions starting January 8, visit Minnehaha Skating School on Facebook or Instagram or contact UMA parent Samantha Rodriguez at 612-643-1818 or
Give to the Max Campaign
We are thrilled to report UMA reached its Give to the Max campaign goal of raising $10,000 for after-school student activities and other unfunded student programs.  We appreciate the generous support of our students and programming.  Thank you!
Upcoming Dates
Dec 18- Jan 2 - No School-Winter Break
Jan 3 - Return from Winter Break
Jan 6 - Lifetouch Picture Retake 9-11 am
Jan 7 - No School Student Release Day
Jan 13 - Senior Capstone Showcase 5-7 pm
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