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Field Day 2015: Fun for All

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Health and Nutrition, Uncategorized, Whole Child Education

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On Friday, June 12th, the staff and students of Unity Charter School descended on Collinsville Park for the annual Field Day. Students in K-8 multi-age groups travelled around the park all morning participating in a variety of games. The Drippy Bucket Relay, Noodle Stacking, and Splash Tag provided much needed relief from the hot weather. The always popular Shoe-Fly had students competing to kick their shoe the furthest. Basketball, Four Square, and Newcomb had students using their sports skills to work together. Running bases, Dizzy Bat Races, Potato Sack Races, Hopscotch, Hula Hoops, and Parachutes were stationed around the park. Students were able to participate in a sample of Lawn Games with Bocce, Horseshoes, Ladderball, and Bean Bag Toss. Children were kept energized with popcorn and watermelon provided by the Parent’s Association. The event was enjoyed by all!

About the Author

Alyssa Faber is the Health and Physical Education teacher at Unity Charter School. This is her second year at Unity, having worked at various schools and lived in the Philadelphia suburbs of South Jersey for the prior five years. She attended La Salle University where she played 2nd Row on the Women’s Rubgy team and developed a passion for sports, fitness, and health. Alyssa has been a certified lifeguard for 15 years and looks forward to swimming every summer. She enjoys hiking with her dog, Marley, when the weather is nice and spending time finding ways to “Alyssafy” (™) games in an effort to try something new every day.

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.

Washington DC Field Trip: A Student Perspective

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Education, Field Trip, Middle School, student post, Whole Child Education

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I just returned from a great trip to Washington DC with grades 7 and 8. This trip was educational, historical, and overall a really great way to close the year. We visited many places, learned about our country and had fun with friends and teachers. FullSizeRender3

One my favorite parts of the tour was visiting Lincoln Memorial because of the beautiful artifacts and the amazing view of Washington DC. We also went to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s Memorial and actually stood on the very steps where he told his “I Have a Dream” speech. This made me think about how things have changed over time and how important it is to make a difference in the world. I enjoyed seeing the United States Navel Academy and learn about the history of navel officers and their bravery. The campus had amazing buildings and monuments to honor these officers.

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Mixed in with lots of learning experiences were fun activities and time to hang out with friends that will soon be graduating. I loved the Ghost Tour led by a tour guide who told us legends about the geographical places in Washington DC and historical figures. On our last day we visited the Smithsonian Zoo. We ate dinner one night at the Hard Rock Café where they had great music and everybody in the restaurant was enthusiastic and interactive which made it fun. What a way to end the school year!

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About the Author

Sierra Gastelu lives in East Rutherford, NJ She has attended Unity Charter School for two years starting in sixth grade. In her spare time she likes music, plays piano, is involved in performing arts and snowboards.

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.

Snow Leopards Take Over The Liberty Science Center

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Education, Field Trip, Middle School, Uncategorized, Whole Child Education

by Christopher Imbriaco

In May, the fifth grade had their heads in the clouds. No, not because they were day dreaming about summer, but because the Snow Leopards participated in a lab called, “Head in the Clouds” at the Liberty Science Center! The students engaged in hands on activities that extended their knowledge on weather. Some of the topics they explored were cloud formation and the water cycle. Thanks to everyone who shared in this event!

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About the Author

Christopher Imbriaco has been teaching fifth grade for the school year and so far his time has been extremely rewarding to say the least. He has been teaching for nearly four years with his prior teaching experience including teaching middle school math and business courses at the high school level. Prior to embarking on his teaching career, Chris worked in corporate business for over five years. Some of his interests include sports, the global economy, and any activity that involves being outside. He would like to thank everyone who has been a part of his journey at Unity and looks forward to branching out and making new connections down the road.

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.

Arts Alive at Unity!

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Field Trip, Middle School, Sustainability, Uncategorized, Whole Child Education

By Karen Bloch
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On Thursday April 30th, the Panda Learning Group hosted an Artists Cafe as the culmination of their project based learning. We had an amazing turn out and were so excited to see so much lovely art and so many talented performers come together for this special night. As a fundraiser for the Middle School overnight trips, we raised $798.69!

As a teacher, I often refer to myself as a guide or a coach. This project was born from a class brain storm about ways we could raise funds while doing something to bring the community together. The students organized into teams to handle art, food, talent and advertisement. Each team worked collaboratively to focus on their area as part of the larger picture.

It was wonderful to see the students so excited about owning this project and to witness them problem solving, collaborating and reaching out to the community with grace and professionalism. By the night of the event they had taken ownership of everything from food tables to art prices, from hosting the event to inspiring performers.

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I do believe we have created a new annual event as this brought out teachers, families, alumni and community members for a wonderful time. We truly hope you all enjoyed the night and we cannot wait to host it again as we go forward!

About the Author

Karen is in her thirteenth year as a teacher at Unity and her twenty third year of her teaching career. With a background in Theater, holding a BA in Theater Arts from Gettysburg College, she is enjoying her work as Unity’s Performing Arts teacher tremendously. She lives in Sussex County with her husband, daughter and a small menagerie of animals.

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.

Students Organize Litter Clean Up Event

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

by Michele VanSciver
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Two children in Jens 2/3 learning group decided to study litter and the impact it has on our planet. As part of their study, they created a litter clean up event on April 18th at Burnham Park in Morristown.

Elizabeth and Ethan’s PLP (Personal Learning Plan) litter cleanup was a success! The kids were very enthusiastic about the project and spent more than an hour cleaning up the area. They collected several bags of garbage and a bag of recycling from the field behind the Burnham Park baseball field parking lot.

They were visited by a Whole Foods cyclist when they lined up for the picture. She gave out Gerber daisies and lettuce seed packets. A nice way to close the event!

About the Author

Michele Van Sciver is a parent of a third grader and kindergartener at Unity. She has been a member of the CommUnity for four years and enjoys watching the students learn about the world around them and how to protect it.

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.