• How long is the school day for UVMS students?
    The student day starts with a five minute "homeroom" at 7:32 a.m.and ends at the conclusion of p.m. announcements which start at 2:12 p.m. Our 2:15 p.m. dismissal buses are usually leaving campus sometime between 2:20 p.m. and 2:22 p.m. We follow a nine (9) period school day. Each period is forty-one (41) minutes in duration. There is three minutes between periods and four minutes between periods 3-4 and 6-7. An extra minute is added at these times to offer an additional opportunity for students who have either an early or late lunch to visit their hallway locker if needed.

    Is homeroom separate of 1st period?
    Students report to "homeroom" which is actually their 1st period class. Morning announcements are made during the five minute homeroom time. In short, homeroom and 1st period are in the same place with the same teacher. Homeroom starts at 7:32 a.m.

    Will my child remain with the same TEAM of students for all 3 years?
    No, at the start of each school year students are re-scheduled, heterogeneously, into different teams therefore changing the student chemistry of the team each school year.

    Are teams created based on student academic ability?
    No, teams are balanced, as best as possible. Each team maintains sections for each level of ability regarding reading and mathematics. All other subjects are heterogeneous.

    Can 6th graders play interscholastic sports?
    No, eligibility to play interscholastic sports begins in the 7th grade.  Middle School interscholastic sports play modified programs specified under New York State education and athletic guidelines.

    What happens on a two hour delay?
    When the school district calls for a two (2) hour delay all schools will start their school day exactly two hours later. For example, Union Vale Middle School's regular starting time for students' first period/homeroom class is 7:32 a.m. On a two hour delay it will be 9:32 a.m. School is dismissed at our regular 2:12-2:15 dismissal time when we have a delay.  All nine periods of class meet on a two hour delay but the period time is shortened. A listing of the exact times is listed in our student planner/handbook.