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.

Middle School Students Embrace Community Beyond the Classroom

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Civic Responsibility, Education, Middle School, student post, Sustainability, Uncategorized, Whole Child Education

By Ben Heineman and Peter Ilias

The 6th and 8th grade Education for Sustainability classes are exploring the idea of community, specifically the history of Morristown and how Morristown (and other communities) are structured. We learned how communities create support systems to help its citizens. Our final project was to choose a small, meaningful idea that will help improve one of the following communities – our family community, our neighborhood community, our school community, or our town community.

Ben and Brandon decided to make snack packs for the middle school teachers during conference time since they often meet several hours in a row without breaks.

Peter, Nick, Matthew, Shavar and Alejandro put together a once a month plan to assist Chuck with cleaning hallways, common room and middle school floors and generally tidying the middle school classrooms.

But then something happened in our community.

On January 30th, a fire broke out on Elm Street in Morristown and firefighters fought it in the freezing cold from 11 o’clock at night until approximately 10:00 in the morning. It was so cold that the trees were frozen solid with ice. Above some of the stores on Elm Street, there were apartment. And in them were families. There were three kids. Two six year old girls and one eight year old boy.

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On February 6th, the 5th grade EFS class, watched a video about what happened on Elm Street. After that, the class came up with ideas on how to help the people in the fire. Some of the ideas were to put little pieces of paper with names of needed items on the door to the common room. Then people could take a piece of paper and get that item for the people in the fire. Some other ideas were to bring in items in which Susan (one of the EFS teachers, and parent of two Unity kids) could then donate directly. The class has decided to make backpacks full of school supplies for the three kids. Please consider donating.

About the Authors

Ben Heineman was born in Manhattan, NY, and currently lives in Maplewood. He has been attending Unity since 2nd grade. In his free time he enjoys playing, and watching sports.

Peter Ilias was born in Summit, NJ, and lived in Maplewood until he moved to Morristown. He still attends Unity,and is good with technology.

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.

The Fifth Grade Takes A Visit To The Seeing Eye

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Civic Responsibility, Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Field Trip, Middle School, Uncategorized

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In February, the fifth grade took a trip to The Seeing Eye. The Seeing Eye is the oldest guide dog school in the entire world! The students learned about the history of the facility. More specifically, the life story of Frank Morris and how he overcame the life obstacle of being blind in 1928 with his guide dog, Buddy. The story of Frank Morris serves as an inspiration for all by demonstrating that we can overcome life obstacles. The fifth grade learned about how the facility has trained 16,000 guide dogs that have served over 800 individuals who are blind.

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A few months ago, the entire Unity Community raised money for The Seeing Eye through fundraising event, Pennies For Puppies. The fifth grade took great honor in making the donation on the behalf of the Unity Community! Thank you for everyone who was involved especially Megan Higgins and Stephanie Litwin who led Pennies For Puppies!

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.

Join Students to Raise Funds for Special School in Haiti

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

by Julia Kelly

Unity’s mission of sustainability has always incorporated a major commitment to social responsibility in our school, our homes, our lives and the greater community around us. As part of this mission, Unity is involved in a special effort to provide financial assistance to a very special school in Haiti that needs our help.

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Unity students pride themselves on monthly service learning projects. Many of the fundraising ideas and community outreach come from the students themselves. The study body at Unity realize the great need in Haiti and would specifically like to raise funds for the School Cite of Soleil, since they realize how difficult it is to obtain the proper materials and supplies needed to have a great learning experience. The students also plan on setting up several skype sessions with the students of Cite of Soliel to connect on a more personal level.

In order to raise money for these students in Haiti, Unity students will be having bake sales, art shows and talent related fundraisers. Go Fund Me site is a simple way for us to connect virally to the world and help raise funds for the school in Haiti. Won’t you please join us in this effort and donate whatever you can afford towards this very worthwhile cause. All donations will go directly to the school and the children that attend it.

About the Author

Julia Kelly has been working at Unity Charter school since 2002 and has predominantly taught third and fourth grade. Although she did teach second and third grade for three of those years. She was drawn to Unity because of the mission and loves to help students understand how preservation of our planet is so important. Julia has been gardening and been dedicated to preserving our planet from a very young age. She has been overseeing the Unity garden since 2012 and enjoys sharing this with her students. Julia is a skier, hiker and musician and loves to read and travel. She currently lives in Sparta, NJ with my husband Jim. I have two grown children and three step children.

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 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.