5th Graders Bring Creative Idea To Unity Morning

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

by Christopher Imbriaco Art Gallery

In January, the fifth grade class ran the morning meeting for the entire school. The students wanted to add something fresh to the meeting and came up with the concept of having an art gallery. The Snow Leopards came up with their own system that allowed two students each day to present their artwork in front of the whole entire school! The work was displayed for a week in the common room. The fifth grade should be proud of the idea and system that they created. Also, an additional thanks goes to the students who took on the initiative of taking on more work so that this idea would materialize. Job well done!

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.

Students Visit Local Pond to Study the Water Cycle in Winter

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

Written by Nina Lawson, Learning Group 2

Edited by Suzanne Dell’Orto (Nina’s mom)

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On Monday, December 22, Jen’s 2/3 Learning Group went on a field trip to the Burnham Park Pond in Morristown to further their study of water and the watercycle. This is our second field trip to study the water cycle this year…we have another one coming up in the Spring!

The bus trip to Burnham Park Pond was great! We learned a lot about watersheds. A watershed is a body of water that is made up of collected water from an area. We found out that household chemicals from lawns, cars, etc. can drain into the watershed and bother the fish, birds, frogs, diving beetles, and other living things that need the water to survive. You probably know all lakes, streams, and rivers have muck on the bottom, right? If chemicals get in the water cycle and into the water, it can kill all the organic matter and fish, animals and plants can’t survive!

When we got to Burnham Park Pond, Jen had us draw what we saw. We drew trees, dead bushes, nettles, a bit of the brook connected to the pond, and ducks that only came that time of year.

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Then we went in the water with Jen. We were all wearing big waterproof boots! Were told that we had to go in the water very slowly. To take another step, we had to wait till the silt faded a little, and we were careful not to go in the water higher than our boots. Jen wore waders, so she could go in really deep!

We used our homemade scope lenses (they were made from yogurt containers with the bottom cut off, and a piece of plastic wrap on the top for the lens). I noticed lots of dirt, silt, and a bubble on my scope lens. The edge of the pond was very muddy, and there were a lot of dead leaves in the water.

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We left the water and took notes on what we saw. Nora’s mom brought hot chocolate for everyone! Finally, we got our stuff, and headed to the bus. On the way to the bus Jen told us more about the things we saw and talked about watersheds! It was a great day!

About the Author

Nina Lawson is in Jen Carcich’s 2/3 Learning Group at Unity Charter School. She loves nature and drawing, and is always excited about going on field trips. Ask her for her latest “knock-knock” joke!

Suzanne Dell’Orto is a Unity Charter School Board Member and is co-chair of the Curriculum Committee. She is also a practicing artist and graphic designer, and is a design educator at Baruch College/CUNY in New York City.

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.

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.

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.