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Global Gardens

Global Gardens is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering students and communities through hands on-science education. The organization believes helping students create a garden is a way to not only assist them in learning about science, health and the environment but also challenge them to become caring, forward thinking and confident individuals. Global Gardens is committed to planting seeds of change!

The program is a voluntary, after-school program at Rosa Parks and near the 6th/7th Grade Center, in which groups of students meet on a weekly basis after school to learn about the environment and gardens and apply what they have learned to a real garden. On Fridays, the students from the groups can invite family members and friends to view their plot and see its progress.

QuikTrip, whose headquarters are adjacent to the Rosa Parks Elementary school property line, has helped Rosa Parks spruce up its garden over the past few years a "day of caring" in September. Global Gardens also partners with McAuliffe Elementary.

Planting Seeds of Change

Our mission at Global Gardens is to empower low-income students to be agents of change in their own lives and communities through inquiry-based science and peace education. We believe helping students create a garden is a way not only to assist them in learning about science, health and the environment, but also to challenge them to become caring, forward-thinking and confident individuals.

Goals

  • Develop science-based community garden spaces, where the community has ownership of the implementation, progress, and maintenance of the garden.
  • Encourage the use of the garden as a central gathering and meeting place for the community.
  • Teach an all-encompassing curriculum that connects the garden with other disciplines and allows students to connect the learning in the garden to both school learning and real life experiences.
  • Establish local, national, and international connections with students through the Internet, based on growing and eating food, and various cultural practices involving plants.

Asbury United Methodist Church – through Global Gardens - has partnered with Grove Elementary and the 6th/7th Grade Center to manage The Gardens at Asbury Corner.

Global Gardens

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

Board of Education Considers Policy Changes

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to [email protected].

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to board@unionps.org.

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