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Reading Essential Skills
- Expand vocabulary in reading, writing, and speaking.
- Recall and organize information.
- Use knowledge of literary devices (allegory, figurative language, imagery, point of view, and symbolism).
- Analyze details.
- Analyze poet’s use of imagery and personification.
- Give credit for information.
- Demonstrate correct use of verb forms and tenses.
- Demonstrate a correct use of sentence structure.
- Demonstrate a correct use of parallel structure.
- Spell studied words correctly.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of literary elements.
- Be a role model. Let your child see you reading.
- Subscribe to the local newspaper or purchase the Sunday edition, and work the crosswords and crypt-a-quotes.
- Make sure that your child has a library card, dictionary, and thesaurus, and encourage their use.
- Before applying in person, ask your child to write a letter to the manager of a business inquiring about a job.
- Give your child a confusing piece of correspondence you have received. Decipher it together.
- Encourage your child to find the hidden catch in junk mail offers.
- Choose a book which has been made into a movie. After both you and your child have read the book, see the movie together and talk about the similarities and differences (The Bourne Identity, A Walk to Remember, The Manchurian Candidate).
- Visit www.collegeboard.org and sign up for the SAT’s “Question of the Day” to be e-mailed to you each day.
Geometry Essential Skills
- Use the angle relationships formed by parallel lines cut by a transversal to solve problems.
- Identify relationships between pairs of angles (adjacent, complementary, and vertical).
- Use the relationships of congruency and similarity to determine unknown values (e.g., angles, side lengths, perimeter, circumference,area).
- Use logical reasoning skills (inductive and deductive) to construct and judge the validity of arguments.
- Find the distance between two points; the mid-point of a segment; and calculate the slopes of parallel, perpendicular, horizontal, and vertical lines.
- Compute length, perimeter, or circumference, area, volume, and/or surface area of geometric figures in a variety of contexts.
- Find angle measures and arc measures related to circles.
- Find angle measures and segmentlengths using the relationships among radii, chords, secants, and tangents of a circle.
- Use transformations (reflection, rotation, and translation) within coordinate geometry (e.g., reflect points across the y-axis).
- Use the properties of angles, righttriangles, and similar polygons to solve problems.
- Set a time each day and a quiet location for math work to be completed at home.
- Ask to see your child’s math grade on a weekly basis.
- Make use of tutoring opportunities that may be available at the Intermediate High School. Check with the site for availability and sched- ules.
- Create a written collection of the definitions, formulas, theorems, and postulates that are used in class, and have your child explain a few of them to you each week.
- Play a geometric game together like Tangoes (tangrams) or Tetris.
- Play a logic game like Clue or Rummikub with your child.
- Work logic, Suduko, or?Kenken puzzles.
- Watch a mystery with your child, and discuss why the evidence proves or disproves guilt.
- Calculate the area of a slice of pizza.
- Look closely at man-made and natural objects to find geometric shapes.For example, buildings, bridges, ships, windows, and towers are all examples of geometric structures. The earth is a large sphere, as are the other planets in the solar system; and fish scales are examples of tessellations.
John Chargois has worked for Union for more than 25 years. He was named a High School Class Principal in 2011. Previously, Chargois served as principal of the Union Intermediate High School.
A graduate of both the University of Tulsa and Northeastern State University, he has served the district in various capacities including earth science teacher, varsity football and tennis coach, ROPES Course Facilitator and assistant principal at various sites with the district.
He enjoys preparing students for future opportunities by providing them with a learning environment that allows them to reach their academic and social goals. He is committed to ensuring the district reaches its goal of 100% graduation and 100 percent college and career-ready. Away from school, he enjoys reading, golfing, mentoring youth and listening to various types of music.
Bob Buck started his career at Union Public Schools in 1981. He was named assistant principal at Union High School in 2015. He had previously taught Algebra I and geometry as well as coached basketball and baseball at Cascia Hall Preparatory School. His career continued at the former Union Junior High teaching Algebra I as well as coaching basketball and football. After two years teaching at Tulsa Public Schools Street School, he returned to Union as a math teacher at Union Alternative School for the last 20 years.
Buck received his bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Northeastern State University in 1979, and received his master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern Nazarene University in 2012.
Jennifer Jackson was named assistant principal intern for the High School in the summer of 2016. She was later named assistant principal. She comes to Union from Broken Arrow Public Schools where she had served as a department head for BAPS’s sixth and seventh grade science program and Pre-Advanced Placement science curriculum. Jackson has also served a teacher for Tulsa Public Schools, Clinton High School, and schools in the Wichita, Kan., area.
Jackson has a master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University and a bachelor’s degree in science for biological and physical sciences from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She also has an alternative certification in education from Wichita State University.