About Urban Middle School

Urban Middle School has a tradition of being academically challenging resulting in high student performance. High expectations define Urban’s rigorous curriculum, which challenges students to move beyond basic knowledge and comprehension to higher order thinking skills. We are proud of our students’ high achievement, our extra and co-curricular offerings, and our athletic program. These programs prepare Urban students physically, socially and academically for high school success.

A building with pillars

On These 4 Pillars, We Stand


"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities." Stephen Covey


"Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." Martin Luther King Jr.


"Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is looking." C.S. Lewis


“I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” Jackie Robinson

Education at Urban Middle School

Middle School is a time of learning and personal growth for students and the middle school concept is designed to nurture that growth. Students rotate through a variety of allied arts classes, in order to expose students to different subject areas. As students advance to the upper grades, more choices are given to allow students more control over their schedule and learning.

All Urban Middle School students have a Chromebook for daily school and home use. Access to technology is part of the evolution in Sheboygan Area School District’s 1:1 device commitment. The use of this technology is and will continue to be an essential part of daily instruction at the secondary level.

A large percentage of Urban teachers have earned a Master’s degree and a majority of them have more than five years of teaching experience. Urban teachers have a passion for their subject area allowing them to bring the best educational experience to the students and their families. At Urban staff, students, and families work together to support less fortunate families in our school community and around the world through Student Council and a strong Middle School Parent Teacher Organization.

Urban is known for its impressive student council, which is one of the largest in the state. The students involved participate in service projects, organize school activities, and receive leadership training. They run concessions, sell apparel, and help to raise money for both the building and student activities.

In addition to student council, students have opportunities to participate in a large number of co-curricular and athletic options. In addition we have academic enrichment in the form of the Lakeland Math competition, geography bee, spelling bee, and National History Day competitions. Advisors do their best to schedule the activities so students do not have to choose between, but can participate in any or all activities they are interested in.

Principal's Message

At Urban Middle School we strive to provide a comprehensive and academically challenging middle school experience for all students. As a middle school, we are committed to supporting both the academic and social/emotional needs of our students. While middle school is a time for transition, you will find that your children adapt quickly to the culture here at Urban and find their 'niche,' both in and out of the classroom. Please encourage your children to participate in new experiences and activities here at Urban.

We are committed to the success of every student. We work collaboratively in both small and large groups to address the needs of all students. In addition, you will find teachers with rooms full of students before and after school working to ensure that the students have mastered academic successes. 

Parent involvement is very important to the success of your children in our middle school. Here are a few ideas for helping your child have a successful middle school experience.

  • Provide your children with manageable tasks that will help them develop organizational skills and responsibility.
  • Encourage your children to try new things and to regard failure as a necessary part of learning and growing.
  • Become knowledgeable about the needs and concerns of young adolescents during the middle school years.
  • Help children turn their anxiety into positive action by learning about school rules, schedules, locker procedures, and the availability of counseling.
  • Attend school functions and stay involved in your child's schooling.
  • Support children in their efforts to become independent.

I'm excited about the new initiatives for the upcoming school year and look forward to meeting each of you as we strive to make the school year a successful experience for everyone here at Urban Middle school

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

My door is always open!

Dr. Ted DiStefano


Office Hours

M/T/TH/F: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Summer Office Hours

June 10th - June 28th 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM

CLOSED July 1st - July 26th

July 29th - August 16th 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Regular office hours resume the week of August 19th

School Hours

M/T/TH/F: 7:40 AM to 3:03 PM

W: 7:40 AM to 1:48 PM

Arranging a Visit

Please call our school office at (920) 459-3680 to set up a tour. For our students' safety, visitors are required to enter through the main doors, sign in at the office, and obtain a visitor's pass. The visitor's pass should be displayed throughout your visit to make it clear that you are an authorized visitor.

Getting Here

Urban is located at 1226 North Ave. on the north side of Sheboygan. It is only a few blocks from Lake Michigan.

State Report Card

As part of the state accountability system, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) produces report cards for every district and school in Wisconsin.

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