- Summer school for our three sites is in full swing; Hurley Ranch and Union are holding summer school from May 31, 2016 to June 32, 2016. In order to maximize our resources, we are holding summer school for Both Hurley Ranch and Union at Hurley Ranch. This allows us to utilize the same buses for our students and start summer cleaning at Union while summer school is in session. Dos Rios is holding summer school from June 6, 2016 to June 23, 2016. We are pleased to offer summer programs at our schools and have enrolled the following number of students for summer instructional support.
- We will begin the District Curriculum mapping to adjust district and state standards based on teacher recommendations throughout the school year. The Curriculum Mapping committee will work from June 20th, 2016 to June 30, 2016. The process of curriculum mapping pulls together 23 teachers for summer work to review our pacing, standards selection, and the materials we provide to support instruction. This is powerful work for two weeks that sets the stage for strong planning and preparation for all staff and students throughout the 2016-2017 school year. We look forward to moving toward a digital platform this coming year and can do this with the support of our community passing the Bond Election last November as we will be able to provide our teachers with devices to use these tools. Thank you Union families and community members!
- The district began a reading intervention program in March of this past school year. We are pleased to share that the results look good after the conclusion of just one cycle prior to the ending of the school year. We look forward to completing five cycles in the coming school year.
- We exited 18/98 students
- We grew 76/98 students
We are very proud of the progress the students have made and look forward to servicing more students in the next year as we will have more time and more support with paraprofessionals. This will increase our ability to support more students.
Union School District held the May Food Bank for our community on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. We were able to provide groceries to 188 adults and 165 children in our community. The food we were able to supply families with was bread, radishes, peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, soup stock, and Gatorade. We look forward to our continued work with the St. Mary's Food Bank next year.
Union Elementary held their first First Annual Kindergarten Spelling Bee on Tuesday, May 10th in the Union Library. Each kindergarten class held classroom spelling bees the end of April and named their top 3 spellers to send to the Bee. Eighteen kindergartners competed for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place on May 10th. The bee went 23 rounds, utilizing the 1st grade spelling list, before the winners were determined. A big thank you to our Spelling Bee Coordinator, Mrs. Sisson, our announcer, Mrs. Nightingale, our three judges, Mr. Welsh, Ms. Stoltenberg, and Mrs. Gompert and Mrs. Garcia for assisting our spellers throughout the Bee. First place went to Jaxson Vega, second place went to Amy Cardenas, and third place went to Allyson Flores. We're very proud of our spellers.
Fifth grade students at Hurley Ranch held their annual Civil War Research Fair in the cafeteria. Students developed large Civil War sets describing the events that occurred during the Civil War. For example, Joseph Bailey developed a diorama of General Lee’s most famous battle, The Battle of Chancellors; Jose Flores wrote a report and attached it to his display explaining the Battle of Fort Sumter; and Ivoryiana Khanique Horton developed a scenario of Abraham Lincoln explaining his life on a historical timeline. The event was enjoyed by parents, community members, and students.
Union School District received the Arizona English Language Learner Assessments back from Pearson last week. Union School District reclassified 23% of our student population to proficient which means that these students will not be in an ELL classroom next year and in the general education classes. Way to go students, teachers and parents!
Dos Rios reclassified 13%
Hurley Ranch reclassified 28%
Union Elementary reclassified 34%
The Union Elementary School District is happy to inform you that the Governing Board approved Ms. Lorah Neville as the new superintendent to begin July 1, 2016, at last night’s board meeting.
Ms. Neville is a 25-year educator serving as a teacher, principal, Director of Curriculum, Executive Director for Curriculum and Learning Services. She began her career in the Chandler Unified School District. She is currently serving in the Kyrene School District as Executive Director for Educational Services.
Ms. Neville has presented numerous staff developments for teachers and principals and served as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor for Northern Arizona University teaching Reading in the Content Areas and Curriculum Design. She has also served her community on the Chandler Center for the Arts as a Youth Advisory Sponsor and Volunteer.
Ms. Neville is a hands-on, collaborative leader who values input from all team members to make a difference for all kids!
Please visit our Superintendent's Top Happenings page to read more