Field Day 2015: Fun for All

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

By Alyssa Faber Field Day pic

On Friday, June 12th, the staff and students of Unity Charter School descended on Collinsville Park for the annual Field Day. Students in K-8 multi-age groups travelled around the park all morning participating in a variety of games. The Drippy Bucket Relay, Noodle Stacking, and Splash Tag provided much needed relief from the hot weather. The always popular Shoe-Fly had students competing to kick their shoe the furthest. Basketball, Four Square, and Newcomb had students using their sports skills to work together. Running bases, Dizzy Bat Races, Potato Sack Races, Hopscotch, Hula Hoops, and Parachutes were stationed around the park. Students were able to participate in a sample of Lawn Games with Bocce, Horseshoes, Ladderball, and Bean Bag Toss. Children were kept energized with popcorn and watermelon provided by the Parent’s Association. The event was enjoyed by all!

About the Author

Alyssa Faber is the Health and Physical Education teacher at Unity Charter School. This is her second year at Unity, having worked at various schools and lived in the Philadelphia suburbs of South Jersey for the prior five years. She attended La Salle University where she played 2nd Row on the Women’s Rubgy team and developed a passion for sports, fitness, and health. Alyssa has been a certified lifeguard for 15 years and looks forward to swimming every summer. She enjoys hiking with her dog, Marley, when the weather is nice and spending time finding ways to “Alyssafy” (™) games in an effort to try something new every day.

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.

Arts Alive at Unity!

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

By Karen Bloch
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On Thursday April 30th, the Panda Learning Group hosted an Artists Cafe as the culmination of their project based learning. We had an amazing turn out and were so excited to see so much lovely art and so many talented performers come together for this special night. As a fundraiser for the Middle School overnight trips, we raised $798.69!

As a teacher, I often refer to myself as a guide or a coach. This project was born from a class brain storm about ways we could raise funds while doing something to bring the community together. The students organized into teams to handle art, food, talent and advertisement. Each team worked collaboratively to focus on their area as part of the larger picture.

It was wonderful to see the students so excited about owning this project and to witness them problem solving, collaborating and reaching out to the community with grace and professionalism. By the night of the event they had taken ownership of everything from food tables to art prices, from hosting the event to inspiring performers.

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I do believe we have created a new annual event as this brought out teachers, families, alumni and community members for a wonderful time. We truly hope you all enjoyed the night and we cannot wait to host it again as we go forward!

About the Author

Karen is in her thirteenth year as a teacher at Unity and her twenty third year of her teaching career. With a background in Theater, holding a BA in Theater Arts from Gettysburg College, she is enjoying her work as Unity’s Performing Arts teacher tremendously. She lives in Sussex County with her husband, daughter and a small menagerie of animals.

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 Organize Litter Clean Up Event

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Civic Responsibility, Sustainability, Uncategorized, Whole Child Education

by Michele VanSciver
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Two children in Jens 2/3 learning group decided to study litter and the impact it has on our planet. As part of their study, they created a litter clean up event on April 18th at Burnham Park in Morristown.

Elizabeth and Ethan’s PLP (Personal Learning Plan) litter cleanup was a success! The kids were very enthusiastic about the project and spent more than an hour cleaning up the area. They collected several bags of garbage and a bag of recycling from the field behind the Burnham Park baseball field parking lot.

They were visited by a Whole Foods cyclist when they lined up for the picture. She gave out Gerber daisies and lettuce seed packets. A nice way to close the event!

About the Author

Michele Van Sciver is a parent of a third grader and kindergartener at Unity. She has been a member of the CommUnity for four years and enjoys watching the students learn about the world around them and how to protect it.

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.

Music, Martial Arts & Memories

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Education, Field Trip, Uncategorized

By Karen Bloch

On Tuesday April 28th, grades 3-4-5 traveled into NYC to attend a tour and performance at Lincoln Center. Being so close to NYC, as a theater teacher I am always thrilled when we are able to take advantage of the world renowned resources available to us. We had a peaceful bus trip in and the looks of excitement and awe on the children’s faces was wonderful as we stepped onto the plaza at Lincoln Center.

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Our tour guides met us quickly and our groups set off to explore the wonders of the facilities. We had a chance to go into the director’s booth and watch the Metropolitan Opera rehearsing and to see some of their costumes up close. At the jewelry box theater we saw dancers practicing for the Spring season of the American Ballet and learned about different types of stage design and flooring.

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After our tours, we gathered to watch a performance of Deoro: Balance in Two Worlds. The musicians played cello bass guitar and drums and the martial artists were breathtaking. The lead performer did a great job of including the children and our kids asked some great questions and a number of them were even invited onstage to learn some martial arts moves!

On the way home it was wonderful to hear the children discussing the performance animatedly and we talked a bit about how inspired they were by the performers and their talents. Any opportunity to engage in live theater and to meet and speak with professional artists is a great one! I am very proud of how polite and engaged the children were and I cannot wait to enjoy even more opportunities to explore the Performing Arts!

About The Author

Karen is in her thirteenth year as a teacher at Unity and her twenty third year of her teaching career. With a background in Theater, holding a BA in Theater Arts from Gettysburg College, she is enjoying her work as Unity’s Performing Arts teacher tremendously. She lives in Sussex County with her husband, daughter and a small menagerie of animals.

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.