UNION, NJ - Here's just a few things that happened in Union's schools this week: 

UC STEP (Union County Student Training & Enrichment Program) is a full day program that was created to provide high school students the opportunity to develop a countywide community service around a topic they feel is important, while teaching them leadership, personal growth skills, and responsibility within their communities.  This program is presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and is open to 10th and 11th grade students in Union County.  Students from 11 high schools in Union County (approximately 220 students!) met at Kean University on Friday, December 6, 2019 ready to work and learn.  UHS School Counselor Lauren Weissberg attended with the 7 UHS representatives: Natacha Dorcely, Robert Fennimore, Victoria Gaona, RhodeTaina Gardere, Ifeoma Ihuoma, Naijah Jordan, and Kayleigh Maloney.

At UC STEP, students are given the opportunity to attend breakout sessions focused on personal growth and leadership while collaborating with others to work through the day’s activities.  In the morning, the students participated in workshops such as “You be the Judge,” which focuses on crafting effective elevator speeches, and “How to be an Effective Leader,” which focuses on identifying the diversity, concerns and values of others. 

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In the afternoon, the teams worked on their community service project proposals.  The students were placed on teams with other students from the county and asked to design a campaign to promote participation in the 2020 Census. Each group had 2 minutes to present their campaign and all participants were permitted to vote for their favorite—but they could NOT vote for their own.  The top 3 projects will be listed in an online poll and the winning proposal will then become the countywide project undertaken by participating Union County high schools. The Union County HS with the most involvement, enthusiasm, and creativity for the project is eligible to win the $1,000 START NOW Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Our students thoroughly enjoyed this experience and loved connecting with students with other schools.  We all eagerly anticipate the announcement of the winning service project and look forward to garnering community support to implement it here in Union!

Franklin School 

Miss Riley's Second, Third, and Fourth grade Gifted and Talented at Franklin School teamed up to create gingerbread houses. They budgeted, shopped, and built their houses. They took pictures and created real estate listings before enjoying their snack!


Boys Soccer

Congratulations to Sam Destine for being selected to play in the Senior All-Star game representing Union High School boys soccer. We are all proud of you.

Fifty-six members of the Peer Ambassadors Leadership Program at Union High School attended The Kean University Leadership Conference on Saturday, December 7th. The Gold and Platinum Leader from the Center for Leadership and Service created a Relevant and Tailored series of Workshops for our high school leadership. Under the Direction of Sandra Espinal, Kean Leaders of nominated and move through various levels as they progress in college. Sandra and I have also worked together on the Village Initiative, a network of community leaders committed to the support of our district. The Ambassadors and some members of the Empowerment Mentoring Group were very moved by how the Kean Gold and Platinum Leaders created, implemented and facilitated the workshops and the conference as a whole. This is an annual event for the Ambassadors. Thank you, Mrs. Bridges, for doing such a great job with our Peer Ambassadors!


Gabriella Romero from 202 & Micah Kruger-Serrano 303

UHS Bowling Victory over Roselle Park High games by Al-Tariq Green-201, Chris Rodriguez-215, and Chris Thomas-201

Jefferson Tour Guides showing our new student around! #JeffStrong #Jeffleaders #tlim

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Jennifer Parkhurst received funding from our district to host a Yoga 4 Classrooms workshop for our staff at the beginning of the school year in September. This workshop trained staff on how to use the Yoga 4 Classrooms card deck, which the Township of Union Education Foundation grant allowed her to purchase for all of the classrooms in Connecticut Farms school. We have been able to implement this program school-wide for the benefit of all of the students (and staff!) in our school.

These mindfulness-based strategies include seated and standing yoga poses and stretches, deep breathing techniques, and mindful meditations (called “imagination vacations”). These strategies encourage our students to pause before reacting to stressors and to calm down when they are angry or upset. This initiative has also allowed us to start our day with a calm, positive mindset through mindful moments in our morning announcements – for example, we celebrate “First Breathe! Friday” by practicing a deep breathing exercise together as a whole school.

Taylor Hodges-Freeland, a student at Jefferson School, is participating in the NJPAC's Arts Education Opening Night performance of Shrek Jr. which was last night and the kids were awesome! The program has students from all over NJ. They have Spring and Summer sessions-musical theater, hip hop, film, jazz, etc are some of the group's the students can participate in. It is a great program for our Arts interested students. More information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-house-spring-summer-performing-arts-at-njpac-registration-82881243029?aff=erelexpmlt&fbclid=IwAR1LVt3p9lTfct-pHbwSMy3Y_ixJVteLoe8uB5-OO9TcrPuQ7Hka-I3fnMM



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