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Principal John Chargois

Class of 2017

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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.

Union SchoolsReading Strategies

  • 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.

Geometry Strategies

  • 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.

Principal Staff

John Chargois John Chargois has worked for Union for 22 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.

Jennifer Beer Jennifer Beer is a 1989 graduate of Guymon High School. She earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education and her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

Prior to joining the Union family in 2007, Beer spent 14 years teaching a variety of computer courses to high school and middle school students. She was also as an instructor at Canadian Valley Technology Center. Beer served as an assistant principal at Union’s 6th/7th Grade Center for seven years. In 2014, she was named an assistant class principal at the High School.

 

Chris Ducker Chris Ducker started his career as a teacher for Union Public Schools in 2006. He taught Algebra 1 and Geometry at Intermediate High School before taking a position as an administrative intern at the Intermediate High School in 2011. He is currently an assistant principal at Union High School.

Ducker received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Northeastern State University in 2006, and he received his master’s degree in school administration at Northeastern State University in 2012.  He plans to continue his education in the future, as a pursuit to be a lifelong learner.

Ducker worked in the FOCUS program at Union for four years and was the 2009-2010 Intermediate High School Teacher of the Year. He also served as the 10th grade Mathematics Instructional Team Leader during the 2010-2011 school year.