May 14, 2020
UMA Spring Gala - May 28 - May 30
The UMA Gala theme this year is "Connections Count" which is represented in the artwork created by 11th grader Eva Ngono.  The Gala volunteers have found a way to safely raise funds for the school with an online auction.  Area businesses have generously donated gift certificates for dining, hotel stays, excursions.  Then there are amazing hand crafted jewelry and artwork to bid on too.

What will the Gala funds support?   The goal is to raise $14,000 for the purchase of 14-20 MacBook Pros, $3,000 for the purchase of 14 ChromeBooks and $1,000 for a Green Wall to be built by UMA teachers and students inside the school.

Why the funding need?  The effects of this pandemic have given new meaning to the importance of school to home connections.  UMA has lent out 75 chrome books and 10 internet hotspots to students and families to provide access to distance learning in these unprecedented times. Thirty of the original 50 MacBook Pros are still in circulation from UMA’s first year, seven years ago; 35 of the 55 additional MacBook Pros were acquired in UMA’s second year and are currently being used by students. Many ChromeBooks have surpassed their expected time frame of operation and are in need of replacement. Fourteen new ChromeBooks would allow UMA to replace non-functioning ones in the carts, and ensure that the school has full class sets available to students.

What can you do?  Look for more Gala updates in the next week’s newsletter. Make sure to like and follow UMA on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated. Plan to participate in UMA’s first virtual Gala May 28-30th!
Family Fun Night - Friday, May 15
Join the UMA Middle School Student Council in a lively Kahoot! competition this Friday, May 15 @ 5:00 pm.  To join the fun, please follow this link to play live at the UMA Twitch account. In order to play, you will need a device to watch live, as well as an additional device to answer the questions. We encourage you to play individually or as a family. 
What's Happening in Distance Learning Classes
A special delivery was made this week to the homes of our graduating seniors.  Showing our support for all their hard work that got them to this milestone event, students received a placard that can be displayed in their yard or home window.  More information in the coming week about the virtual graduation ceremony on June 6.

We think Upper Mississippi Academy is pretty special and unique. If your family thinks so too, please let friends and neighbors know about our hands-on, experiential learning.  We still have open seats in all grades for the 2020-2021 school year.  Soon, our website will feature an informational slideshow and virtual tour for those interested in learning more about us.  Remember, siblings of current UMA students receive 'sibling preference' in next year's enrollment process, so be sure to complete an online 2020-2021 application for them.  
Upcoming Dates
May 15 - Kahoot Game Night @ 5 pm
May 22 - No School for students-staff work day
May 25 - No School - Holiday
May 28  - UMA Gala Silent Auction opens @ noon
May 30 - UMA Gala Silent Auction closes @ 8 pm
June  6 - UMA Virtual Graduation Ceremony @ 2 pm
June 10 - Last Day of School
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