A Love Song to Unity Charter School

Written by Peter. Posted in 07960, Whole Child Education

One of the things I love best about Unity Charter School is that on any given day with any given situation the staff will treat my children as I would at home. We’re lucky to be in a community like that. The school my eldest son attended for kindergarten and first grade was not at all like this – I struggled leaving him there each day knowing that both the teachers and other parents did not share my parenting philosophy. On some days it felt crushing for both of us. But when I send my kids to Unity each day, I know that their teachers and the other adults in the school are doing their best to guide, teach, and protect my children as I would. I know that the staff knows my whole child and reacts to them as I would whether they are having a tough day or a great day.

Unity Charter School 1/2 Students Volunteer at Lafayette Learning Center

Written by Peter. Posted in Civic Responsibility, Education, Health and Nutrition, Whole Child Education

This fall, Unity Charter School’s 1/2 multiage class visited the Urban Garden at Lafayette Learning Center. We had been working on a cross-curricular unit entitled, “Citizenship in our Community” where we learned all about the characteristics of being a good community and classroom citizen.
Student holding green bean

Fresh green beans!

Technology In Education-Links of the Moment

Written by Peter. Posted in Education, Whole Child Education

While earlier link curation posts have touched on the importance of technology in education for 21st century students, some professionals also believe that video is also important to help train new teachers.  The New York Times features four short videos of teachers sharing insight into the art and science of teaching. Over the summer, we shared links regarding Internet safety for our kids.  Unfortunately, we’re all too aware of cyber bullying.  This short post prescribes a remedy, viral kindness.  Well worth the read.  On another front, Facebook has introduced a Prevent Bulling page.  Read about it here. Speaking of the Internet, there’s a movement afoot to teach young people how to write computer code, develop applications and design web sites.  A volunteer outfit called Coder Dojo offers kids an opportunity to learn computer coding in a less structured setting than the classroom.  

Camp Speers-Eljabar: Students Weigh In

Written by Peter. Posted in Education, Whole Child Education

Following are notes by students and a parent chaperone on the middle school field trip to Camp Speers-Eljabar in Dingmans Ferr, PA. Intro and photos courtesy of Michael Piacenza. – Ed. From Michael:  In place of a weekly academic recap, what better way to understand the fun and learning opportunities we enjoyed at Camp Speers this week.  Here is what the students and adults have to say… Who could not like camp?  Who could not like to go camping at “Camp Speers?”  Camp Speers was a great place with all of the fun activities and more.  Some of the things we did were very amazing like the rock climbing, canoeing, and commando.  Everyone helped everybody in facing fears, confidence and support. 

Special Education Advisory Committee

Written by Peter. Posted in Education, Whole Child Education

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is Unity Charter School’s forum for parents to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities.  We welcome the participation of all parents. Please note that this is not the forum for a discussion about individual students or your child’s IEP.  Topics are limited to those that impact all students or a group of students.  If you have concerns that you would like to share with the Director of Special Services prior to that meeting, or a specific concern about your child’s program, please contact Trudy Dunham, LDT-C at 973-292-1808 x15.

There is a significant statistical relationship between the level of family involvement and improved outcomes for children and young adults.   (Parent Reaching Out, 2006)

Special Education Parent Advisory Groups are required for all school districts in New Jersey. The purpose of these groups is to provide opportunities for parents and community members to offer input to their districts on critical issues.