Union Elementary School Newsletter Home of The Tigers October 2003 Vol. I Issue 1 Dear Parents and Guardians, It gives me great pleasure to welcome our Union Township School community to an exciting and challenging 2003/2004 school year. I was pleased to meet many parents during our back-to school program. The Union township School staff has been busy during the summer cleaning and repairing the school, writing the new language arts curriculum, selecting the reading program for grades K through 6, and revising the computer and music curricula. We are also please to announce new technology for our district including a wireless laptop lab, which is mobile and can be moved into classroom. I look forward to meeting your children and your families over the next several months. I enjoyed meeting many families at the Union Township Community Day, which was held on September 22nd at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse. Additionally, the PTA has been incredibly supportive and will be hosting a “Meet the Superintendent” night to be held on October 23rd in the evening. -Continued on page 2 IMPORTANT OCTOBER EVENTS Oct.4 Mid-marking period 7-8 State visitations for special education Monitoring 8 Grade 7 History Challenge, 6 pm 14 School Closed. Staff In-Service Day 21 Board of Education meeting, 7 pm 23 PTA meeting 7 pm *Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Smith *A revised language arts curriculum for K-8 *New Language Arts textbooks/program K-6 *A second self-contained special education classroom *Increased technology capabilities *Physical education/health teacher Edward Furman *Eighth Grade Language Arts Teacher Delia Mayock *Third Grade Teacher Beth Deremer *Special Education teacher Tim Wolfe and Paula Lightcap *Special Education aides Polly Osborne and Debra Salvo *Counselor Joyce Nahama, transferred from Grade 8 Language Arts *Newly painted hallways Nurse’s Notes By Susan Mason RN, School Nurse The Health Office at Union Township School is off to a busy and exciting start this year. In order to keep our students, parents and staff up-to date with any news or important information, I will be writing a section for the monthly newsletter called “Nurse’s Notes”. My goal is to be able to keep the community informed of any changes or trends that may affect them, as well as provide some timely tidbits of health education that will contribute to the overall. One of the most important aspects of a school nurse’s role is that of communication facilitator. I am very appreciative any health information that you pass along to me from your private health-care provider. With your permission, I can then disseminate this information on a need-to-know basis to other staff or professionals working with your children. I also update your child’s chart with immunizations, physical results, specialist’s reports, and any significant illnesses or injuries that are important to include in the health history. I encourage you to provide copies of all exams or reports to the health office, to assist me in maintaining accurate records. The most crucial piece of information that your provide to me is that me is that which is listed on the Emergency Care card, provided to you on the first day of school. That information is essential in reaching you in an emergency, in the event of an illness or injury at school. That information is essential in reaching you in an emergency, in the event of illness or injury at school. With many of our parents employed outside the home, it often becomes necessary to place numerous phone calls to track the parent down. Any additions to the contact network are appreciated at any time during the year, as the cards are updated daily. Cell phones or beepers, although often considered a nuisance, are the school nurse’s best friends. Please keep me in the loop, as you add phones or upgrade plans and change numbers. As always, a local alternated contact is a necessity, as often parents are out of the area during the day. Nice as my office is, (and I try to make it comfy), it is not a pleasant place to spend a day when you are sick. In a crisis, Union Township residents are among the most responsive and gracious I have ever had the pleasure to work with. As always, please call on me if I can be of any assistance during the year. I can be reached at 5551234, with voice messaging available for your convenience. LOST AND FOUND Have you been looking for your gym clothes, lunch bags, sneakers or soccer shin guards? Try looking in the lost and found bin in the cafeteria. After only one week of school the bin was overflowing with many valuable items. All lost and found items will be donated to the Norton Church Thrift Shop on a monthly basis. The first donation will be on Oct. 6th. EMERGENCY BUS EVACUATION This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. A Word from the Pre-School Come visit the preschool room we are off to a wonderful start. The children are learning many wonderful things. We are very excited about the up coming events. We will be attending a Pumpkin Picking Field Trip on Oct. 25th. The Halloween Party will be held on Oct. 31st. A carrot helps third graders learn the importance of water. These young scientists weighed a carrot every other day for a week. Each time the carrot was weighed it became smaller and felt drier. By the end of the week there was hardly any carrot left. These are some of the facts we have already learned: *The Earth is made up mostly of water *97% of the Earth’s water is salt water *2% is frozen *1% is fresh *The water we are using now in the same water that was here when the dinosaurs lived on Earth. *We need to take care of the water we have. **Third Graders have also completed their “Me I Am” Projects. Please stop to admire their wonderful posters.** This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read.This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. Bits and Bytes From the Computer Lab Things are in full swing in the computer lab. Students are eager to reset their network, passwords and begin the year. Older students begin the year with some “housekeeping.” Students “clean out” their network drives by deleting old files, then create folders on their drive for specific subjects. This encourages file management. Second Grade students are taught how to log onto the network and have been learning about the main components of a computer system, classifying it as either hardware or software. Third and Forth Graders will classify each component as either input device, output device, storage device or processing device. Many students will get a first hand look at the inside of a computer. All students will be reacquainted with our keyboarding program and receive formal instruction as well as a review of Microsoft Word. We then move on to project based activities. A packet will soon be sent home with student in grades 2-7, which offers materials and resources for keyboarding practice at home. Watch Out Crossfire, U.T.S Has a Debate Team! A debating club has been formed at Union Township School! The official name of the club, which is open to any seventh and eighth graders, is the Patrick Henry Debate Club. In addition to being fun, the club’s aim is to enhance the students’ ability to speak in public, increase research skills, and understand the fine art of arguing. The structure and format of the debates will parallel those implemented by the North in the Club has enabled the formation of four teams in each grade level. Two formal debates are scheduled for evening presentations this school year. Among the topics that will be debated are the practicality of continuing the use of the Electoral College to choose a president, the death penalty, and random drug-testing in schools. Dates for debates will be published at a later date. Hope to see you there! Board of Education Hi-Lites A Message From the Superintendent… (Continued from page 1) Please mark this event on your calendar and please stop by so that we have a chance to meet one another. On more serious note, know that the Union Township School’s administration and staff were prepared to recognize September 11th as a day of remembrance and provided individual support to students and families as needed. In addition, the Student Council is involved in a variety of activities to raise e funds to support the Pattenburg Fire Dept. Our future is certainly promising when we consider our service-oriented students. We thank you for sending us your children; they are truly a joy and a gift. Our best wishes to you and your families for a healthy and successful 2002-2003 school year. Sincerely, Kathleen Regan Superintendent At its Aug. 26th meeting: approved the adoption of the revised Language Arts Curriculum, Pre K- Grade 8 approved Debra Sullivan as a main office substitute secretary and board office clerk approved the following as main office substitute secretaries: John Doe I, John Doe II, and John Doe III. Approved the following as substitute teachers: John B. Good, Peggy Sue Lu, and Marybeth Nutt. At its June 24th meeting, the BOE approved the Teen Cap grant for the 2002-03 school year. Approved the purchased of a 12 unit Lap Top cart with wireless access point to0 be used for instructional purposes. At its July 22nd meeting the BOE approved the formation of a Debating Club by Mr. Fischer. Was presented with a brief summary review of the March 2003 GEPA results Approved the Dowling Food Service Management, Inc. Class of 2002 GEPA Results The first phase of performance results of last year’s eighth grade on March 2003 state-mandated standardize test, the Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA), were recently received. Formerly known as the Early Warning Test (EWT), this test was revised and renamed in 19999 to more accurately align with and reflect student proficiency in the N.J. State Core Curriculum Content Standards. The test results were as follow: This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. This is dummy text and is not meant to be read. Additional scoring results will be received over the next few months.