Hip Hop Happenings at Unity

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

by Christine Thorsen
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As part of the PTO’s efforts to provide cultural activities for students, Hip Hop Fundamentals came to Unity today Friday January 29, 2016 to celebrate the history of hip hop through dance and music. By using dance, interactive lecture and audience participation, Hip Hop Fundamentals educated, inspired and entertained our students K-8. They explained to the students the origins of Hip Hop, a cultural movement that began among urban youth in New York City in the mid-1970s and has since spread around the world. As you can see from the pictures, both students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the performances provided by Hip Hop Fundamentals as well as those who participated.

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About the Author

Christine is a parent of at first grade Unity student and is the Administrative Assistant of Student Personnel for Unity Charter School.

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 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.

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.