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English Learners Curriculum

It is Union's mission to provide English Learners (ELs) and Immigrant students a high quality program, designed to assist students in learning English and to meet challenging state academic content and student academic standards. English Learners is a Title III program. 

All English Learners will participate in a quality instructional program that supports academic and social development. Emphasis will be placed on providing students with the greatest possible access to core curriculum and afford students access to appropriate English language instruction that will ensure progress from limited English proficiency to fluent English proficiency.

Pre-Kindergarten - 5th Grade / 6th - 12th Grade /

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Pre-Kindergarten - 5th Grades

At the elementary level, Union utilizes the research-based Structured English Immersion model to meet the instructional needs of ELL students.  In this model, the regular classroom teacher provides instructional strategies and differentiation to meet the language and literacy needs of the student.  Instructional specialists, ELL leads and/or instructional paraprofessionals provide linguistic and academic support to LEP students in the general education classroom by using an inclusion model.  Students may leave the mainstream classroom or receive English language development instruction during intervention periods for up to an hour per day.  Such pullout sessions provide intensive language acquisition instruction and are delivered in a setting with a low student/teacher ratio by an instructional specialist, ELL lead or classroom teacher.  The goal of the immersion process is to assimilate the student into the instructional environment such that the student progresses in both language acquisition and mastery of core curriculum.  All students are considered for intervention in core curriculum.  ELL students are considered for intervention in language development and core curriculum. 

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6th-12th Grade

At the secondary level, Union utilizes the research-based Sheltered English Instruction model to meet the instructional needs of ELL students.  In this model, students are placed in the sheltered instructional setting according to their demonstrated language proficiency level.  Students may be placed in a self-contained newcomer class, a sheltered core class with an academic language acquisition (ALA) elective or mainstream classes with an ALA elective. 

Students remain in an ALA class until they have demonstrated fluency on the ACCESS test.  There are a few exceptions made for students that are receiving additional literacy support by another course due to special circumstances like an IEP.  Students who have demonstrated fluency on the ACCESS test are monitored as they attend mainstream classes.  In cases where students are not succeeding, they may be placed in an ALA class or another class to provide additional support.

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District Announcement

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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