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Primary Multiage

A multiage classroom is a mixed-age group of children who stay with the same teacher for more than one year. The children, teacher and parents become a unique “family” of learners. At Union, the primary multiage classroom includes children who may take two or three years to move to third grade and is designed to give every child opportunities to find success on his or her path of growth.

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Teachers approach curriculum using themes, integrating all areas of learning—reading, spelling, writing, math, science and social studies. Each student is viewed as an individual member of a community of learners, and teachers recognize that not everyone will progress at the same rate. Primary multiage classrooms feature large group instruction and smaller, flexible groups for specific skill instruction. Curriculum is based on the Oklahoma Priority Academic Skills (PASS) and the district’s instructional plan (scope and sequence) for first and second grade. Teachers employ a variety of assessments and report student progress using a report card designed specifically for the primary multiage program.

Benefits

Students make continuous progress, that is, they progress through skills as quickly as their development will allow.

Students needing more time to master skills can do this in primary multiage classrooms without “being held back.” High achieving students also do well in this setting, often achieving above their grade level in course work.

Another advantage is that children spend two to three years with the same teacher. This enables the student to build a long-term relationship with the teacher and gives the teacher time to develop a more comprehensive picture of a student’s strengths and weaknesses, thus improving the quality of the student’s education.

In addition to academic development, students have the opportunity to develop leadership and social skills. Not only do students learn from their teachers but from each other as well.

Research

Research indicates that academic achievement in multiage classrooms is the same as or better than that of single-grade classrooms. Since many of the skills required for first and second grade overlap, this is an ideal age to offer the program. Studies also reveal that students in multiage classrooms have positive attitudes toward school, themselves and others.

Appplications

Parents are given the opportunity to apply for their child’s admission into the program in the spring. An attempt is made to maintain ratios similar to the rest of the district in regard to gender, achievement and ethnicity.

Parents may contact their child’s principal for further information regarding parent meetings and the application process.

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Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.

Respectfully,

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Union Public Schools

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