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Unity Students Provide Warmth For Those in Need

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Civic Responsibility, Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Sustainability, Uncategorized, Whole Child Education

by Jennifer Carcich

To close out the 2014 calendar year, the students in Jen’s 2/3 and Chris’ grade 5 learning groups focused on the joy of giving and appreciating all that we already have. The students worked together to provide warmth for those in need. Both classes collected t-shirts and upcycled them into scarves. Students created 43 scarves that were donated to Emily’s Hats for Hope, a local organization started by a 17-year-old Morristown student.

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About the Author:
Jennifer Carcich is the 2/3 Grade Teacher and Lower School Team Leader at Unity Charter School. This is her fourth year teaching at Unity Charter School. She is certified to teach both general education and special education students and has been in the teaching field since 1994. Jennifer takes pride in helping Unity Charter School continue to strengthen its unique and innovative approach to education and bring forth the school’s mission.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Unity Charter School. Unity Charter School is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the author.

Unity Participates in Pennies for Puppies

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Civic Responsibility, Uncategorized, Whole Child Education

by Stephanie Litwin Seeing Eye 1

In December, Unity Charter School’s community service was a fund-raiser to help sponsor a puppy through The Seeing Eye’s, Pennies for Puppies program. On Wednesday, Dec. 10th, three representatives from The Seeing Eye came to talk to all of our students. Don, who runs the pennies for puppies program, Kathy, a Seeing Eye graduate and tour guide, along with her Seeing Eye dog, Becca, met with the students in five different groups. Students were given some basic information about The Seeing Eye and a harness to hold. Kathy spoke about what it’s like to be blind and work with a Seeing Eye dog. She answered many fabulous questions asked by the students and staff. Everyone, of course, enjoyed Becca, a beautiful German Shepherd. In addition to our guest’s visit, Seeing Eye facts were presented daily at the school’s morning meeting to further educate students. At the end of the month, Unity talled up all of the coins collected from students, their families, teachers and staff. We were proud to have collected $240 for The Seeing Eye.

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About the Author

Stephanie Litwin is in her 2nd year as an instructional support teacher at Unity. Stephanie provides instructional support in the 3/4 classes for reading and writing and in Kimberly’s 1/2 class 1 period a week. She also teaches the small group 2nd grade math class. Her work with the Seeing Eye involves 10 years of volunteering as a tour guide, walking the breeders and playing with the puppies at their breeding station in Chester and she’s raised 4 puppies.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Unity Charter School. Unity Charter School is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the author.

Democratic Governance Team Encourages Ideas

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Democratic Governance, Uncategorized

by Joeleen Corrales-Lee

On Wednesday, December 10th, the Democratic Governance team held its second meeting of the year. We had 4 multi-age groups working together to wrap newspaper around boxes for each learning group. Students shared ideas of what they would like to see happen at our school. The students decorated idea boxes that will be placed in every learning group classroom. Students will be encouraged to write down their ideas, and place the ideas into the box. At DG meetings, students will review the ideas and discuss the possibility of implementing these ideas at our school.

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The students have already come to meetings bursting with ideas. Some of the highlights included a school beautification day, a whole school field trip, requests for more picnic lunches, switching teachers for a day, and a friends assembly at the end of the year to talk about the new friends you have made.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Unity Charter School. Unity Charter School is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the author.

Unity Students Learn to Code

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Education, Middle School, Technology

by Ellen Fishter Avery Cropped

Unity joined thousands of schools last week in celebrating National Computer Science Education week. In K, K/1, and 1/2, students were introduced to coding using Bee-Bots. Students followed command cards to program the Bee-Bots then pushed go to watch their bumble bee “dance.” We also programmed a flash mob of Bee-Bots.

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For grades 3-8, classrooms were set up with Tynker – Hour of Code. Students signed in using their school account so their progress can be continued. In Tynker, coding is achieved by sequencing a series of blocks. We started off with the beginner game, Puppy Adventure, then moved on from there. Many students asked for a copy of the logon information so they can continue at home. There will be follow up lessons in coding in the lower school using Scratch and the middle school using HTML.

About the Author

Ellen Fishter came to Unity Charter School as the technology teacher last March. Prior to that she taught in Clark for 4 years and before that, Livingston for 15. When not working, she enjoys watching her children play collegiate lacrosse, photography, biking, and sewing.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Unity Charter School. Unity Charter School is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the author.

Motivational Speaker Pedals a Positive Message

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Education, Positive Discipline, student post, Uncategorized, Whole Child Education

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On December 5, 2014, Chris Poulos, a comedic, motivational speaking, biker came to Unity Charter School. All of the kids were excited to see him, and they were ecstatic once they saw his amazing moves, including the “Peanut-Butter Jelly.” Teachers were happy because of the positive message that Poulos was giving their students, such as, “Treat others the way that you would want to be treated,” and “Follow your dreams.”

“The biker guy was awesome! He’s so cool!” says sixth grader, Nicholas Scelfo. “My favorite part was when Chris jumped over two of my teachers! I really think he should come back again!”

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Chris Poulos has achieved a lot in his life, despite his challenges. Poulos admitted to Unity that he has attention deficit hyper-activity disorder, better known as ADHD. He said that as a kid, biking helped him get all of his energy out and he truly loved it, a lot. Poulos loved biking so much that he made it his career, which won him over 80 competitions. His website, www.chrispoulos.com, is dedicated to his work of positive influence on children and of course, biking. Funny, kind, smart, and athletic, it was unanimous, that Poulos’ assembly was one of the best that Unity had ever had!

About Chris Poulos

Chris Poulos is a multifaceted speaker featured at schools, colleges, and conferences throughout the county. His energy and enthusiasm translate into a dynamic performance guaranteed to leave any audience spellbound. Since 1988, audiences around the world have been riveted to Chris’s words of wisdom and astonished by his athletic ability. Chris is truly in a league of his own, mesmerizing his audience with incredible bicycle stunts, while simultaneously engaging them on topics such as: bullying, cyberbullying, perseverance, self-discipline, respect, teamwork, mental health, and more.

Chris designs each program to educate, motivate, and captivate his audience. During his performance, Chris combines extreme bicycle stunts with anecdotes and real-life experiences that reach inside the hearts and minds of his audience. This personal connection allows him to deliver content that the audience can immediately use to improve themselves and their peers. Chris will engage and motivate his audience to think about how to improve their own lives, treat others how they want to be treated, and create a ripple effect of respect and goodwill that will improve their whole community.