Posts Tagged ‘democratic governance’

Annual Coat Drive Provides Warmth To Locals

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

by Jennifer Carcich Coat Drive 2015

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 Charter School’s June General Assembly: a Recap

Written by Peter. Posted in Civic Responsibility

– by Tanya Seaward

We would like to thank the members of the commUnity who were able to attend Unity Charter School’s final General Assembly of the year, held on June 3rd.  For those of you who weren’t able to make it, we started the evening with a short Volunteer Recognition ceremony to honor the many dedicated parent volunteers who gave so generously of their time and talents to Unity.  Lucy Tullo, PA President,  thanked her fellow PA officers (Danielle Lang, Karen Haskell and Diala Pharaon-Abboud), and highlighted the efforts of the many lunch, laundry, interest group, room parent, Roller Skating Party, Eco-School, EcoFest, Suburban Organics, strategic plan and board committee volunteers.  In particular, she noted the extensive efforts of Becky Rubenstein (lunch coordinator, Eco-Schools, teacher appreciation, room parent – what doesn’t she help with?), Catherine Delett for the Weekly Digest, and Rachel Kwock for World Culture Day.  Unity wouldn’t be the special place that it is without the help of our valued volunteers!

Board elections were the next item of business.  Outgoing board members Ronni Blaisdell, Matthew Onigman, Mindy Quirk and Tanya Seaward were thanked for their contributions to the school over the past years.  The members of the commUnity voted in one returning board member, Tina Bologna, and four new trustees to the board:  Lilie Donahue, Jonathan Fichter, Stacy Havens and Teri Rich.  Welcome!

The general assembly concluded with a presentation of the 5 year strategic plan by Board President Kirstin Sechler.  With the assistance of the New Jersey School Boards Association, we are pleased to say that we developed this plan with input and feedback from all our major stakeholders: parents, staff, board and the commUnity.  The strategic plan outlines the six major areas of focus: student achievement, character education, community engagement, sustainability, staff development and whole school viability. We would also like to thank all the members of the staff and commUnity that assisted with writing the detailed action plans associated with each major goal.  Both the complete strategic plan and the general assembly PowerPoint presentation can be found online.


portrait of Tanya Seaward  Tanya Seaward is a Unity mom to three students; Jeremy, Abby and Theo.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Communications Committee.  Tanya is a Chartered Accountant who enjoys gardening and leisurely rides on her bike (no hills please!).

Strategic planning for Unity Charter School’s Future

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

On the first Saturday in September, bluebird skies and balmy temperatures beckoned.  Somewhere, people were taking their kids to a soccer game, doing yard work, or otherwise taking advantage of fabulous late summer weather.  On a perfect day to be outdoors, Unity Charter School’s Board of Trustees had sequestered itself in the school’s art room to discuss long term strategic planning.

Unity Charter School General Assembly

Written by Peter. Posted in Civic Responsibility

The first general assembly of the 2012 – 2013 school year will be Monday, 22 October at 7 P.M.  Please join us in the multi-purpose room.  The Board of Trustees will present goals for this school year and review progress with its five-year strategic plan.  In addition, the board will summarize last spring’s community survey and school climate survey. In addition to hearing from the board, the assembly is also a milieu for all members of the commUnity – parents, staff members, students and concerned citizens – to ask questions, and give input to the board. The board organizes three general assemblies each year.  They are an avenue for the commUnity to participate in democratic governance of Unity Charter School.  At the March assembly, the board will present the 2013-2014 proposed budget to the commUnity for approval.  In the June assembly, commUnity members will elect trustees to the board.