UNION, NJ – A Union Township Academy for Policy, Publishing and Debate is planned for Burnet and Kawameeh Middle School students.

An information session will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Burnet. The program is open to students in grades 6 - 8 at both Burnet and Kawameeh Middle Schools.  There is no cost for the program. 

According to a voice message to all Kawameeh and Burnet parents, “Parents may recall that we have a version of this program before at both middle schools. The program has been redesigned in order to align with the next generation of science standards.  It will be an asset to your student in effective writing and communication skills.”

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“We are asking all Burnet and Kawameeh parents to join us for more information regarding the Union Township Academy for Policy, Publishing and Debate.”

According to information on the middle schools’ websites, the mission of the program is to supplement scientific writing, language arts, and to improve conflict resolution skills utilizing public debate. The goal of this program is to give students in the Township of Union the competitive edge in reading, communicating and writing from evidence.

Academy students will meet Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:40 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. The Academy will take place over the course of 40 school days.

The Academy students will view the current events of the day (through discussion of newspaper articles) and then learn to present their ideas through developing a group narrative following the aspects of debate. The blending of practice, content and crosscutting concepts in NGSS performance expectations will be reflected while instructing the students in the program. The students will be able to research additional sources while working with a team to find text based evidence.

Members from Stockton University as well as staff members from community organizations and representatives from private industry will periodically visit the Academy to engage the students in thoughtful discussions from both positions of debate - affirmative and the negative. Emphasis will be placed on training students to construct an argument based upon both traditional and electronic research fundamentals along with aspects of Publishing.