Unity Middle School Students Launch a News Show

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Middle School, student post, Technology, Uncategorized, Whole Child Education

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For our PBL (Project Based Learning) project, we thought of ways to improve the middle school. First, we made a survey for the middle school students and staff. The results came in and many people said that they wanted a middle school news show. We film the news on Wednesdays and Fridays. The news plays on a large tv in the middle school hallway on Mondays, Wednesdays,and Fridays. The news consist of 4 parts; upcoming events, birthdays, weather and lunch. The members of the PBL Group include Lizzie, Desiree, Venya, Shamaya, Becky, and Veronika.

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Student & Teacher Reviews

“I think it’s very entertaining and the weather portion is very helpful.”

-Brynn Johnson


“The weather is a great addition to the Unity News! very helpful.”

-Sierra Gastelu


“I am very impressed with the production of the Unity News. The show elicits excitement from all of the students each morning and I look forward to seeing future episodes!”

– Lindsey, Social Studies & Project Based Learning teacher


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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 Doubles the Fun with Two Events in One Day!

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

by Sheena Sullivan
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Unity hosted its annual Harvest Happening on Friday, October 30th. The morning was full of excitement as the children and teachers took part in the festive fall activities. Class parents were on hand to help with set up, games and chaperoning the groups. The fifth and sixth graders did an excellent job helping the younger students throughout the morning. Students in multi-age groups happily moved from station to station. Stations included zombie tag, push the pumpkin, pumpkin relay race, craft, wax museum, creeper and monster toss. The students enjoyed popcorn and cider at the PTO snack station.

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After the Harvest Happening, parents were invited to Bring Your Parents to Lunch Day. Students and parents ate lunch in the beautifully decorated common room. Parents took part in an authentic Unity lunchroom experience and everyone seemed to enjoy it! Thank you to all the class parents, event volunteers, parent attendees, lunchroom helpers, kitchen helpers and dishwashers for making Friday so special. Thank you to the garden and beautification club for the beautiful centerpieces.

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About the Author

Sheena Sullivan is the mother of Adam and Samer Anshasi and PTO president. She loves volunteering at Unity and helping parents connect with their children’s school. She enjoys spending time with her family and gardening.

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 Terminators Tackle the Lego League

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

by Jeffrey Mrozak

We are excited to announce the kickoff of Unity Charter School’s first Lego League team. It is an exciting premise bringing STEM into friendly competition as students complete project and design challenges. This after school enrichment group is held on Thursday for students ages 10-14. This year’s theme for the project challenge is “trash trek”.

Our team (“The Terminators” – as chosen by the team members) must utilize the engineering design process to help design a solution to the building trash problem that our society has. Our team must work together to develop a method to help reduce the garbage problem in some form. They decide which problem they would like to research, and then must design a method to help. They also must complete a presentation of their ideas. The Terminators will also compete in a series of “robot challenges”. They will be responsible for the design, programming and building of these robots. We are looking forward to a very exciting season in the Lego League and cannot wait to work together as a team and have fun!

About the Author

Jeff is a 3/4 Learning group teacher at Unity. He currently lives in South Orange and has a Siberian Husky named Cali. He enjoys all forms of art and creating it, and also love playing and watching soccer. Jeff has a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s Degree in Education as well as a Supervisor’s Certification from Seton Hall University. He is trained in S.T.E.M (the interdisciplinary approach to science, technology , engineering and math) and loves using this approach for all subjects in the classroom. Jeff enjoys working at Unity and embarking on exciting learning adventures in our classroom!

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.

Annual Coat Drive Provides Warmth To Locals

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

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Unity Charter School held its first Community Service project of the year. Democratic Governance student representatives spread the word about Market Street Mission’s annual coat drive. The representatives called the Mission to arrange for pick up of the coats, made signs, wrote an article for the Unity Digest, and wrote speeches to announce the coat drive at school wide morning meetings during the month of October. Students brought in 49 coats to help those in need keep warm this winter. Coats are distributed on Morristown Green the first Saturday in November.

Democratic Governance Representatives from all learning groups are working on scheduling service projects throughout the year, along with Spirit Days and school wide agenda items. We are proud of the active role our students take with the community.

About the Author

Jennifer Carcich is the 2/3 Grade Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator at Unity Charter School. This is her fifth 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 and continuing 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 Fun Run Generates Fun and Funds

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

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This year, the rain held out and our Unity Fun Run went off as planned on Thursday, October 1st. Our physical education teacher, Alyssa, became the DJ and played pumping music for the runners. The students, siblings, parents and teachers ran/walked five laps on the driveway and Evergreen Place for a total of one mile. Several spry students ran more! Some staff members positioned themselves on the course to ensure safety and to cheer on the runners while others ran the course with the children. Before and after run, the children played on the playground, ate snacks and enjoyed some relaxing time together. This great time outdoors was a great way to raise funds for sustainable projects for Unity Charter School. We raised $710 just by running in circles! Keep training and we hope to hold this energetic event again in the spring.

About the Author

Jennifer Carcich is the 2/3 Grade Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator at Unity Charter School. This is her fifth 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 and continuing 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.